Mile by mile, the Sooner State offers the most diverse terrain in the country, which visitors and residents can explore through more than 30 vastly different state parks, as well as six national park sites, four national scenic drives and d countless other breathtaking sights.
Add to that the nation’s longest Route 66, the 39 Native American nations headquartered here, and the many concert halls and movie theaters resuming their busy schedules, and people can find a plethora of experiences virtually every day in Oklahoma.
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Here’s your guide to summer fun and beyond in Oklahoma. We will continue to update this list so be sure to check back often!
— Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer
Things to do in OKC
You can see some of the nation’s best public art in Oklahoma City: Oklahoma City’s public art, ranging from historic sculptures to abstracts to the rotating murals of the Plaza District, is the best in the nation as ranked by readers from USA Today. Oklahoma City, described as “a veritable outdoor gallery,” was among a list of cities across the country named by a panel of USA Today editors and expert advisers and then voted on by readers.
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5 Historic OKC Buildings Once Hidden But Brought To Life: Like cities nationwide, Oklahoma City showed little interest in historic preservation in the 1960s. Hundreds of historic structures were demolished as part of the Pei urban renewal plan. But other buildings survived only to have false facades added to disguise the original historic appearance.
The OKC Zoo Amphitheater will host Smashing Pumpkins, Black Crowes, AJR and more this summer: The Zoo Amphitheater’s summer lineup also includes Ben Rector, Third Eye Blind and Goo Goo Dolls. Matchbox Twenty is set to return in 2023.
OKC’s deadCenter Film Fest returns June 9-12, here’s what you need to know this year: After two years of celebrating mostly indie film online, the deadCenter Film Festival is returning to an in-person format this year for its 22nd editing.
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Things to do in Oklahoma
7 drive-in theaters across Oklahoma provide nostalgic enjoyment: For families, moviegoers, or couples looking for a different kind of night out, a trip to the drive-in theater offers a nostalgic experience that’s hard to top.
Hit the Highway: 10 Drives in Oklahoma: Mile after mile, Oklahoma offers the most diverse terrain in the country, along with a plethora of museums, restaurants, and attractions. There’s plenty to see and do across the Sooner State outside of the obvious draws of Oklahoma City and Tulsa. So fuel up your vehicle and plot a course on TravelOK.com for one of these 10 road trips in Oklahoma.
10 Greenwood Historic Sites To See In Tulsa: Here are 10 must-see sites to visit in and through Tulsa’s Greenwood Historic District. Greenwood Rising: The Black Wall Street History Center, an $18.6 million, 11,000 square foot history center, joins several other monuments, memorials and landmarks in the Greenwood Historic District that help tell the story of the story of the Tulsa Race Massacre.
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24 Scary But Beautiful Abandoned Places In Oklahoma But that’s exactly what the following 24 abandoned places are: beautiful and spooky. They’re also steeped in history, and thanks to the hard work of the Abandoned Oklahoma team, we get to see these places before it’s too late.
The Woody Guthrie Folk Festival turns 25: Here’s what you need to know: The festival affectionately known as WoodyFest will celebrate its 25th anniversary July 13-17 at multiple venues across folk legend Okemah’s hometown . The festival typically draws around 100 musicians and 3,000 music lovers to the small county town of Okfuskee to celebrate the life, music and legacy of its namesake, who many consider to be the most famous Oklahoman of all time.
Legendary Tambourine Virtual Jukebox: 12 Highlights of Tulsa’s New Bob Dylan Center: The 29,000-square-foot Bob Dylan Center, which opened to the public May 10, is the primary public venue for the extensive collection of Bob Dylan Archive which includes rare photographs, memorabilia, personal effects and other items spanning the Nobel Laureate’s influential 60-year career.
From the virtual jukebox to the legendary tambourine: 12 Highlights of Tulsa’s New Bob Dylan Center
Educational Things To Do Around Oklahoma
5 Places to Visit in Oklahoma to Learn About Native American Cultures: Many Native American nations based in Oklahoma operate cultural centers, museums, and historical sites where people can learn about their culture.
9 Must-See Highlights at Central Oklahoma Museums You Can See Anytime: Here are nine popular highlights from the permanent collections of some of Central Oklahoma’s top museums, which means you can see them at any time. any time these attractions are open.