Top Oklahoma State Parks for Families
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There's never been a better time to visit an Oklahoma state park! Our state boasts 34 breathtaking state parks just waiting to be explored. The Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department in partnership with the Oklahoma State Department of Health has just revealed a Passport Program to encourage local kids to visit state parks. Read about the program here and then head to one of these incredible state parks to start earning your passport rewards. Learn more about the benefits of having kids explore nature here.
Black Mesa State Park & Nature Preserve (NW corner of panhandle): This park boasts the highest point in Oklahoma at 4,973 feet above sea level!
Great Salt Plains State Park (north central Oklahoma): Visit this park to take part in the iconic Oklahoma experience of crystal digging. Set out on the enormous salt plain with a shovel and bucket to dig up your very own souvenir.
Lake Murray State Park & Lodge (south central Oklahoma): The lake is home to historic Tucker Tower Nature Center, a recently revamped tower that was once a retreat for Oklahoma’s governor and now features a nature discovery center and viewing deck.
Little Sahara State Park (northwest Oklahoma): Viewing miles of towering sand dunes (1,600 acres to be exact), your family will forget they’re in Oklahoma when you visit this unique park.
Lake Eufaula State Park (southeast Oklahoma): This park is situated on the largest lake in the state and offers splash-happy visitors 600 miles of shoreline perfect for swimming.
Alabaster Caverns State Park (northwest Oklahoma): Explore Oklahoma’s underground treasures at this park, where you can tour the world’s largest gypsum cave that is open to the public.