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Oklahoma State Parks:
Oklahoma State Parks – Also known informally by its nickname, “The Sooner State“, in reference to the non-Native settlers who staked their claims on land before the official opening date of lands in the western Oklahoma Territory or before the Indian Appropriations Act of 1889. This increased the European-American settlement in the eastern Indian Territory. Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory were merged into the State of Oklahoma when it became the 46th state to enter the union in 1907. Oklahoma has 50 State Parks, 3 State Fish Hatcheries, and 2 State Wildlife Management Areas.
Lake Thunderbird State Park- Many people consider this park “home away from home” where you can go hunting waterfowl/bow deer, bike ride, camp, trail walk and fishing or just hanging out. Horse riding trails, hiking trails, numerous docks for both launching boats, and separate docks for fishing are available. For a first-time visitor, or someone wanting to enjoy the peaceful and serene aspects of the lake then visit during the off season as the lake can be a bit of a hot spot for folks looking to fish, and swim along with other water activities. But if that is your kind of scene then the weekend would be the best time to visit! This Park is a great place to spend a beautiful day and is found near Norman.
Central State Park– This Park is just beautiful with many campsites right on the lake. You can stay in a primitive camp site with paved parking and a table at each site – there are 30-40 primitive sites. There is a great view of the lake from the campsite area. There is drinking water in less than 100 feet away and clean toilet areas. Campers are allowed to use the showers a short drive away in the RV campground. At a price of $15.20, this was a bargain. RV sites with some or full service is around $26 – $35. The park attendants at the entrance are very friendly and provided lots of information on the park and area. With a location so close to Oklahoma City, it was very surprising how secluded this park feels. Found in the town of Edmond.
Red Rock Canyon Adventure Park– This Red Rock Canyon Adventure Park can be part of Oklahoma’s Route 66 adventure. The canyon itself is a surprise that suddenly just appears, and it is breathtaking. The campground is broken into several small and intimate camping areas which makes for a really nice experience without feeling crowded. There are many areas for day use, climbing, swimming, hiking, etc. You might get to spent time talking with the owners, they have a deep love for the park and have some great plans, so a second stay will be well worth it. The beautiful trails and the service of the staff is amazing. This Park is found in Hinton.
Fort Cobb State Park- This State Park has many campsites from full hookups to tent sites. The bathrooms are old but decent with well-groomed sites; some paved, some gravel. There is no TV signal but three bar Internet. This is a great place for fishing, biking and hiking and is open year-round. The 4,000-acre lake has swimming, boating & camping plus mini-mart, eatery & tackle shop. Found in the town of Fort Cobb.
Roman Nose State Park, Lodge & Golf Course– What a great Oklahoman treasure. The golf course is challenging from the blues, enjoyable for a beginner from the reds. The course is laid out within the park canyons and is unique. The people working there, both at the lodge and the pro shop, are very friendly. The lodge rooms are clean and modern. The food at the Soggy Bottom restaurant has delicious, unique details, like their deep pan cooked breakfast. The kayaking on the lake is great and make some time for some amazing hiking. You can rent boats from the general store where you can also buy mining kits for the kids to sift through at a little mining station they have. Found in Watonga.
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Oklahoma Museums – This is a state in the South-Central region of the US, bordered by 6 states – Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Colorado. There are museums featuring Route 66 as well as Native American history. Join us while we travel through Oklahoma.
Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve: The Frank Phillips Ranch was founded in 1925 and the Woolaroc Museum had a humble beginning four years later in 1929. The 3,700-acre wildlife preserve is home to more than 30 varieties of native and exotic animals and birds. It is a working ranch that maintains the animals for the enjoyment of the guests in a natural, protected setting. The Woolaroc Museum presents one of the world’s most unique collections of Western art and artifacts; Native American pottery, baskets, beads, blankets and cultural art; historical displays; and one of the most complete collections of Colt firearms. Guests can also tour the Lodge, which was used as a place for Frank Phillips to entertain his friends and maintain business relationships. The Lodge abounds with tales of the parties, business events and wilder goings-on. This place makes a great day trip! There are wild animals roaming the property as you drive through to the museum. The artwork alone is worth the trip! And so many artifacts and history in every room! Take your time and soak it all in. Do not miss the basement where there are relics of early oil production and lots of firearms displays. You will learn things about the old west that you never learned in school. This unique museum is in Bartlesville.
SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology: This museum is “America’s Only Skeleton Museum”. The Museum is a unique educational experience. Focusing on the form and function of the skeletal system, this 7000 sq. ft. museum displays hundreds of skulls and skeletons from all corners of the world. Exhibits include adaptation, locomotion, classification and diversity of the vertebrate kingdom. Do not let the size of the building fool you. It is packed full of interesting displays, information and scavenger hunts for the kids. The staff is very helpful and knowledgeable too. You will find this museum in Oklahoma City.
Will Rogers Memorial Museum: This museum is a wonderful experience and is a great tribute to his life. The tour guides are superb. They basically follow along and throw in tidbits of information as you view the displays, if you ask questions, they are a wealth of information. Each area and exhibit have a QR image that opens on your smartphone giving a short explanation of the items or display you are viewing. The memorabilia is great. The first room shows ornately carved saddles from different countries and authentic western saddles. Young people will benefit from the humor, especially the way he poked fun at politicians. You will find this museum in Claremore.
Oklahoma Route 66 Museum: This Museum is the creme-de-la-creme of Route 66 Museums, incorporating a depth of insight into the meaning of the Mother Road for so many Americans during the great population shift of the 30’s. The photographic collection is priceless, the written narratives are fascinating. This is a museum dedicated to making you feel the importance of this highway to new beginnings. From the history, to the roadside icons, to the diners, the cars, to the people who traveled the road, you will find out a lot of information from their displays. They have a nice gift shop too. In one area you can watch film that puts you back into that time. “Cookie lend me your comb…” This museum is worth some time here in Clinton.
Vintage Sewing Center And Museum: It is hands on, and you get to try out many different machines. They have a kid’s room with small machines and tables exactly right for them. It is amazing to see all the various brands and types of machines. The staff are welcoming and knowledgeable. If you grew up sewing, you must see this place; it is so interesting and is doing a great job keeping sewing alive with the young people. It is also easily accessed from I-40 in Tulsa.
TravelKatz will be happy to make Oklahoma a vacation to remember. Just call us at 352-277-7300 or “chat” on www.vacationnationradio.com.
Oklahoma Festivals along with Route 66 entertainment are sure to bring you to Oklahoma faster than you thought. TravelKatz will happily plan your next vacation to Oklahoma; give us a call at 352-277-7300. Don’t forget the Cherokee Nation and other interesting places along the way.
2nd Annual Oklahoma Book Festival: Join us for a fun-filled day celebrating books, authors, poets, illustrators, and readers. This Book Festival will take place at the Boathouse District in Oklahoma City in September! This FREE event welcomes book-lovers young and old for a day of educational adventure. Meet more than 90 of America’s finest literary talent. Listen to panel discussions and presentations. Buy a book and get an “authorgraph” by the author. Bring the kids for children’s story-time and craft activities. Experience live entertainment. Enjoy the food trucks. Browse the vendor booths and merchandise. Discover new books, writers and illustrators. The Boathouse District, Oklahoma City.
Plaza District Festival: In celebration of the revitalized District, the Plaza District Association holds this Festival each fall. The highlights feature a wide array of Oklahoma’s own performing artists, visual artists, live musicians and children’s activities. The festival is open to the public and draws audiences from across Oklahoma City and the surrounding areas and offers the surrounding neighborhoods an arts festival right in the heart of their community. Artist booths line NW 16th Street in a festive display of Oklahoma creativity. A great place to shop for the holidays Plaza District, Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma Regatta Festival: This three-day celebration of rowing, kayaking, dragon boating, whitewater rafting and family fun includes the Oklahoma City University Head of the Oklahoma race, the OKC Night Sprints, and a family festival featuring food trucks, and a front row seat for all the racing – and the Riversport Adventures! Spectators are invited to bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy racing on the Oklahoma River, then check out the action at Riversport Rapids and Adventures. Admission is free. Parking is $10 and benefits the programs of the nonprofit OKC Boathouse Foundation. Riversport Adventures OKC; Fri – Sun early October.
Oklahoma City Girls Day Out: It will host an array of vendors selling everything from handmade jewelry to boutique items and much more. Admission: $5. on Sun, Oct 13 Finally, a fun time for us girls!
Pumpkinville: One of the most treasured fall traditions in Oklahoma City will be at the Myriad Botanical Gardens. The popular Children’s Garden transforms a pumpkin town featuring thousands of pumpkins, hundreds of gourds, a variety of fall foliage and tons of fun activities. The cost to attend is FREE for members or $8 per person. Children 2 and under are free. Includes admission to Pumpkinville and Mo’s Carousel. More than 16,000 pumpkins fill the Children’s Garden along with imaginative displays, creative crafts and fun games that celebrated the fall season. Visitors can enjoy riding the Pumpkinville Express Train, Paint-A-Pumpkin, ride the Carousel at the Myriad Gardens, enjoy harvest-themed vendors and other activities that are held onsite as part of the festivities. Children’s Garden Oct 4 – 20.
7th Annual Wiggle Out Loud: OKC’s Free Family Music Festival: Join us on Sunday, October 20th! We’ll have a fresh, diverse lineup of musicians and performers ready to bring the energy! In addition to awesome live music, we will have engaging activities, a delicious variety of food trucks and more fun that the whole family can enjoy! Oklahoma City.
OKC Holiday Shopping Extravaganza: This Holiday Extravaganza will be held on November 10. Enjoy live music by Heartbreak Rodeo. Come start your holiday shopping. Hosted are local Oklahoma businesses, delicious food, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and much more. Free parking. Admission $4 for ages 12 and up. Oklahoma City; Hours: 11am-5pm.
Give Travelkatz a call at 352-277-7300 and we will make a great family vacation for you in Oklahoma. Don’t forget about partnering this vacation with a possible Route 66 vacation.
PLACE OF INTEREST
Tulsa is a city on the Arkansas River, in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. It’s known for its art deco architecture, mostly in the central Deco District. Landmarks like the Philcade and Philtower buildings reflect a 20th-century construction boom fueled by the prosperous local oil industry. The Philbrook Museum of Art is housed in an Italianate villa that was once the home of a local oil magnate.
Philbrook Museum of Art: The expansive villa is stunning and very well kept up. The museum has several permanent collections and some visiting ones. The grounds are stunning and well worth strolling through. if you want a guided tour, it’s 2pm during weekdays. Take your time to stroll through the rooms on all three levels but especially linger at the gardens and waterfalls, gazing into the koi pond at the bottom near the famous gazebo. Take lots of pictures but no flash photography inside. You never know what will come to the Philbrook. That’s just bonus! It’s a beautiful mansion turned museum. The art that resides here IS priceless. The gardens are picturesque. We recommend the Kitchen 27 which is a comfortable, casual restaurant. The food is good. The Vietnamese chicken salad which is very flavorful and light.
The Cave House: The house itself was amazing and I was shocked by the upstairs – it was so cool! While the house was amazing the true gem was Linda the owner/tour guide. She has done thousands of hours of research on the house, neighborhood and Tulsa. Her stories are wonderful about people who lived in the homes and nearby. Linda’s decoration and design choices were unique and perfect for the house. We recommend an afternoon with Linda’s stories to anyone…and the house is fun to see as well! Well worth the time!
Woody Guthrie Center: The Center was very informative and well laid out. Even if you are familiar with Woody Guthrie you will learn quite a bit. The virtual reality experience of the dust bowl storm was also great. Everyone loves all the interactive displays and seeing the original hand-written lyrics to “This Land Is Your Land” is cool. We couldn’t recommend this museum enough, for fans of Woody, and those just beginning to learn. You will also see clothing and instruments from the Byrds, Johnny Cash, Elvis, Roy Rogers and others. This museum is not just great for learning about Woody Guthrie, his progenitors and musical influences, and those who came after him like Bob Dylan, but also provides insight in the social conditions that shaped him: the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, progressive politics and populism. And anyone just interested in Oklahoma history will enjoy this museum dedicated to one of Oklahoma’s most famous sons. It is good for kids because it is interactive. And in this multimedia age, it has pictures, sounds, video, artifacts and commentary to engage viewers of all ages.
Mary K. Oxley Nature Center: There are a lot of trails and you can walk through the marsh areas. There is an elevated platform for viewing at the large lake. Some trails may be mucky if there have been recent rains, so wear appropriate footwear. The nature center building itself is great with knowledgeable and friendly staff. All the trails are beautiful and well maintained. I suggest you get a trail map at the main building and leave a donation.
Discovery Lab -Tulsa Children’s Museum: They have a very realistic showcase of dinosaurs found in the OK and TX areas! They also have a giant room full of kids’ science learning, playing and very cool climbing tunnels made from tape! The place is in a warehouse, so it is very simple. The experiments were fun to watch. There seems to be a lot to do for all ages even for toddlers.
Flights from Tampa to Tulsa are direct. Call Travelkatz at 352-277-7300 and we will put a very special vacation together for you and yours.
Alabama Gardens- Come witness the beautiful colors and varieties of flowers and plants as we travel to Alabama for a look. There are 13 varieties of gardens located all over the state. Call us to help you create that springtime Alabama adventure! Or maybe you would rather witness the fall colors instead.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens: A cherished place of respite and inspiration since 1962, these Gardens promote a passion for plants, gardens, and the natural world. Located in the heart of Birmingham, this 67-acre urban oasis offers beautiful blooms, glorious specialty gardens, and opportunities to grow your green thumb throughout the year. The Gardens are free and open to the public every day of the year. A facility of the Parks and Recreation Board, these Botanical Gardens are the result of a public-private partnership between the city the nonprofit Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Beautiful gardens with lots of incredible plants and water features and benches to sit and take it all in and it’s also right across from the zoo. It’s a beautiful place to take a walk, read a book, have a picnic, or take photos. The gift shop is lovely as well. Found in the city of Birmingham.
Dunn Formal Rose Garden: This Rose Garden is an official All-America Rose Selection Display Garden. It features tea roses, floribundas, grandifloras, climbers, miniatures and shrub types that bloom in glorious colors from late April until frost. You’ll see old favorites such as ‘Peace’, ‘Chrysler Imperial’, and ‘John F. Kennedy’ mingle with newcomers like ‘All That Jazz’, ‘Dolly Parton’ and ‘Fourth of July’; our bounty of roses has made this spot a mainstay attraction since The Gardens first opened in Birmingham.
Hess Camellia Garden: Another beautiful site, this Shade Garden and the Japanese Garden are found at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Come and enjoy the diversity these gardens offer.
Huntsville Botanical Garden: The 112-acre Botanical Garden is open year-round and contains a diverse ecosystem of meadows, upland and bottomland forest, and wetlands, as well as a variety of specialty gardens and native plant collections. The Mathews Nature Trail contains the largest accredited trillium collection in the U.S. and the Anderson Education Center is home to the nation’s largest open-air butterfly house. The Native Plants Teaching Garden is a public space that highlights the way local plants, soil, pollinators, and birds create distinct communities and how they interact to form a diverse, sustainable, and attractive landscape. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Garden is a member of the American Public Gardens Association of North America. Discover this garden in Huntsville.
Dothan Area Botanical Gardens: Serene retreat featuring 50 acres of lush, manicured gardens with ponds & shady walking trails. It is on the smaller side but for $5 a person it was well worth the money! There is a gorgeous Asian garden and tropical plant house. You can see a good variety of roses, camellias, and herbs, too. There are paved walkways for a very peaceful and quiet stroll on a Sunday morning. For the children, there is a kid zone which everyone loves. Found in town Dothan north of Atlanta.
Aldridge Gardens: This spot is amazing. Wonderful accessible walking trails, a hands-on bonsai educational opportunity, a Veterans Memorial Arbor and Pentagon Plaza with beautiful views of the lake, also a great place to take a run in the park – and just adorable geese or ducks! They also have a venue you can rent for events. Come experience the beauty and hospitality the city of Hoover has to offer.
Cornerstone Gardens: This garden is a beautiful hidden gem! You might very well love all the Bible verses throughout the garden! Cornerstone Gardens and Arboretum was created as a place of meditation, rest, and reflection for Carriage House Repose & Restore, Inc., a Christian support ministry for ministers, missionaries, and evangelists. The Carriage House is situated on the property close to the gardens, and the pastors and others come to stay there as a short-term respite. The caretakers and stewards of the Carriage House ministry have opened the gardens to the general public to share the natural beauty and wonder of over 5,000 plants and trees comprised of over 150 different species. Travel to Mobile to enjoy this garden.
TravelKatz is looking forward to helping you and yours have a special vacation in Alabama where you will get to see beautiful gardens. Just call us at 352-277-7300 or chat at www.travelkatz.com.
OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA
The word Oklahoma combines the Choctaw words ukla (person) and huma (red). Oklahoma City, meanwhile, started out as little more than a railway stop, established in 1887 and called Oklahoma Station. In 1889, when white settlers began moving in, people started calling the settlement Oklahoma City. The city officially adopted the name Oklahoma City in 1923.
State Capitol: The capitol complex area is interesting and the History Museum, Governor’s Mansion is all within easy walking. Good gift shop / Travel Info. But the capitol building is under renovations for some time in the future. The tour guides do their best to explain what you are missing because of the renovations and do a great at explaining the history and facts of Oklahoma and the Capitol so it is still worthwhile going on a tour.
Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum: The Oklahoma City bombing memorial. WOW. The most beautiful memorial. So well thought out. So sweet. So moving. There is a person there in uniform explaining what was where and what happened that fateful day as well as what happened to the 2 attackers. Interesting and historic! A must see! It takes you to the event before the incident throughout the criminal trial. Go early when they open to beat the crowds and then come back to get pics of the outside memorial when lights are lit. The memorial lights are incredible.
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum: This museum has cowboy history, relevance of how Hollywood impacted American’s fascination with cowboy and even the civil war. The history of the Native American is well done. Over all it’s a good museum and a good way to spend the afternoon. Most enjoyable exhibits for most are the old town replica, the movie photography and the western actors exhibit. The Western art and Native American collections are amazing. Information presented is comprehensive. This is probably the best collection of western art in the country. Room after room of beautiful paintings and statures by artists such as Remington.
Museum of Osteology: The name should be Museum of Fish and Animal Skeletons, which is what it is. A surprisingly interesting place. The centerpiece is a complete suspended whale skeleton (it was brought from Nantucket where it had washed ashore dead. There are also snakes, small rodents, large predators, just about anything. This museum was started as a hobby by the owner when he was a young boy…he would get dead animals and clean the bones and reassemble. He has a very interesting story on how the bones are cleaned etc. It is very much worth a visit! You would think it would be creepy, but the approach of the museum is geared toward science and education. At the entrance, you’ll see the insects at work cleaning bones. Quizzes are provided for different ages to create a scavenger hunt for information found in the exhibits.
Science Oklahoma Museum: This is a good place for kids of all ages. This is a very big place with so much stuff in it! It offers many activities to spark the imagination of children and adults alike. Their new Curio City exhibit is an amazing array of zany things! it looks like it was built with old things that no one wanted. You can splash in the water, dig for dinosaur bones, star in a play, or test your physics skills at the carnival. Whether you want to just be indoors to beat the heat or explore everything science has to offer, everyone can find something to do at Science Museum Oklahoma.
Will Rogers Park: HUGE park with breathtaking landscaping. From the gardens, which looked like botanical gardens as seen in England, to the elegant walkways with statues, the arbor, the pond, and the look-outs, you may have trouble taking it all in. The flowers are dazzling. Can’t believe that entire place, on par with lots of botanical gardens and it is free and open to the public. Giant koi fish in the ponds as well as ducks and geese. You can even see some cranes and other wildlife while there. Great walking trails. This park is beautiful even in the winter.
Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark: If you love Baseball then you need to go see the Oklahoma Dodgers play at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. They are a triple A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. This park is a first-class venue. Statues of Mickey Mantle and Johnny Bench grace the outside grounds. Seating is awesome no matter where you sit. There is two levels of VIP suites. The food choices are really good and not badly priced for a ballpark. They also have a great team shop that sell a wide array of shirts and other items. Just pack up the family and head to Bricktown and go to that Game. It is great family fun. Go early and eat in Bricktown.
Centennial Land Run Monument: These grounds are on the edge of Bricktown and next to Bass Pro. First off, this is a huge, multi-pieced sculpture. It is long and very life like. You can movement in the sculptures even though they are still. It’s a great place to take pictures, that is for sure. When in OKC do not miss this.
There are direct flights from TPA to Will Rogers Airport so give us a call and we will get you there is style. 352-277-7300.
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