Explore the history and culture of the American Southwest by taking a weekend trip to Oklahoma. The state’s notable attractions include Tulsa’s Air and Space Museum, as well as water sports at Lake Murray in Ardmore. Find big city fun in Oklahoma City, or small-town peace and quiet in Lawton. Book a stay at one of many Oklahoma vacation rentals today. Consider one of these cities in Oklahoma for your next weekend getaway.

1. Tulsa

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For family attractions and big city fun, choose Tulsa as your weekend getaway vacation destination. Spend a Saturday taking the kids to the Tulsa Zoo, which features exotic animals and a petting zoo for the little ones. The Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium also draws crowds to this Oklahoma city to capture out-of-this-world sights and interactive exhibits. Stop in at the Tulsa Aquarium to see underwater sea creatures, or thrill the art enthusiasts in your family with a tour of the Philbrook Museum of Art or a stroll down the Brady Arts District. See blooming flowers in this Midwest city when walking through the gardens of Woodward Park, or hike and bike more than 26 miles of trails in the Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area.

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2. Norman

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Treat the history buff in your crew with a weekend getaway in Norman, offering access to the Chautauqua and Miller Historic Districts. Browse more than 150 historic homes that date back to the 1920s, or admire the architecture of the Boyd House and the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority House. On a Friday or Saturday evening, catch a performance at the Sooner Theatre before enjoying a juicy hamburger at Charleston’s or The Garage. After relaxing in your Norman vacation rental, explore the area when biking the trails of Lake Thunderbird State Park or get in a game of golf at the Jimmie Austin Golf Club.

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3. Bartlesville

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When you want a weekend to energize physically and mentally, choose from a variety of vacation rentals in Bartlesville where you can take part in the Bartlesville Heritage Walking Tour that offers refreshing views of the city’s historic architecture. Explore how this small town transformed into an energy giant when visiting the Phillips Petroleum Company Museum on a weekend afternoon. The history doesn’t stop there. Bartlesville is also home to a 1903 Santa Fe Engine and Depot on display. Keep moving while viewing wildlife at the Woolaroc Wildlife Preserve or the Tallgrass Prairie Reserve in this Oklahoma City. Osage Hills Park is also the perfect place to embark on a bike ride with rentals from Tom’s Bicycles.

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4. Lawton

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Take in the fresh air and breathtaking views with a vacation rental in Lawton. This city boasts wide-open spaces with wildlife freely roaming. See longhorn cattle, deer, elk, and free-range buffalo when visiting the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. While at the refuge, try your hand at rock climbing, mountain biking, and hiking. Expand your sights to the history of Lawton with a stop at the Museum of the Great Plains and Fort Still, an army fort that originated in 1869. Lawton also offers cultural attractions, such as plays, concerts, and musical performances at the McMahon Memorial Auditorium, for your family to enjoy on a weekend getaway.

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5. Broken Arrow

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Golf enthusiasts are eager to make Broken Arrow their vacation destination with its eight golf courses. Get in a game at Forest Ridge Golf Club, or take the kids to try their hand at mini golf when stopping in at the Broken Arrow Family Golf Center. Broken Arrow offers more than just golf, though. Tour the historic downtown area to see an original train depot, or learn more about the city’s history with a trip to the Military History Center. Ray Harral Nature Center and Park is a draw for hikers, with three-mile trails complete with picnic facilities. If art is your thing, don’t miss out on seeing the Rose District that’s home to Pinot’s Palette and the Rose District Farmer’s Market where local artists sell their masterpieces.

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6. Oklahoma City

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Join in the hustle and bustle of the big city with a vacation rental in Oklahoma City. This vibrant area offers attractions that include performances at the Civic Center Music Hall where you can see local symphonies, ballet, and opera companies on a weekend evening. Browse the collections at the Red Earth Art Center or the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, or show off your down-home roots when visiting the American Banjo Museum or the Western Heritage Museum. Time your trip for the warmer summer months and cool off at Riversport Adventure Park where you can kayak, tube, and white-water raft with the family.

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7. Edmond

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Located along well-known Route 66, Edmond is a convenient place to enjoy a weekend getaway in Oklahoma with access to museums, rodeos, and fun in the sun. Take the kids to the Barnett Field Splash Pad on those hot summer Saturdays before relaxing at your cozy vacation rental. When you want an exciting evening, reserve tickets for a live rodeo at the Lazy E Arena. Take in the history of this city with a tour of the Edmond Historic Society adjacent to the Oklahoma Frontier Drugstore Museum. Offer the kids a sobering lesson in history when paying your respects at the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing memorial within the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.

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8. Ardmore

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A weekend getaway in south-central Oklahoma puts you in Ardmore, a mecca of cultural and outdoor attractions. Take part in equestrian activities and events at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum, or opt for a guided horseback ride with Johnson Performance Horses. With close proximity to Lake Murray and Lake Murray State Park, Ardmore gives you and the family the opportunity to rent canoes or take a boat tour with Lake Murray Water Sports. Explore the Arbuckle Wilderness to see roaming animals and then satisfy your quest for cultural venues with a stop in at the Charles B. Goddard Center for visual arts, musical, and theater performances.

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