Dallas encompasses about 385 square miles, but its heart is in the downtown area. The epicenter of urban revival, downtown Dallas offers shopping, dining and a wild nightlife. It is also home to the West However, for many non-residents, Dallas is just that “really big city south of Oklahoma,” and hasn’t been known as a fun place to bring kids.
The northwest quadrant of our state has a unique and beautiful landscape and our state parks are a terrific—and inexpensive—way to enjoy the scenery!
More than a century ago, Gordon W. Lillie, better known as “Pawnee Bill,” formed his own Wild West Show. The entertainer became an icon in the early 1900s with his famous Wild West Show. One part rodeo and one part circus, Pawnee Bill’s show traveled across the country thrilling audiences with trick riding, historical reenactments and performers from around the globe. Although Pawnee Bill and his traveling show are long gone, his legacy lives on in Pawnee and visitors to his hometown this month will be treated to a reenactment of his famous Wild West Show.
Check out our 2015 Where to Go + What to Do Guide to plan your ultimate summer!
Imagine hiking up a hill at Beavers Bend State Park or digging up selenite crystals at the Great Salt Plains State Park. Feel your body stretch as you do a few yoga poses. Breathe in the crisp air as you walk down hidden trails. Feel the adrenaline of kayaking down a feisty river or reeling in that big catch of the day while fishing. If the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department has its way, kids of all ages in Oklahoma will experience just that. Offering a free passport to Oklahoma’s state parks, the department is encouraging kids to get outside, get active and get healthy while having fun in the state’s most beautiful places.
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.
Mae Kiggins has worked as a park ranger, research assistant, forest policy intern and environmental sciences academic adviser. Now a mom of two (her son Macen is 5 and her daughter Sydney is 2), Mae blogs about her outdoor experiences with her kids. There’s no one better to shed a little light on the joys of outside adventures. Read her thoughts on the importance of outdoor play then plan to explore an Oklahoma state park.
Beautifully situated on the banks of Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees, Grove offers an array of activities that will satisfy the outdoor enthusiast, the history buff or the casual sightseer. Only three hours from Oklahoma City, the charming Oklahoma town is close enough for a day trip but offers plenty of activities to keep you entertained for days. We sent OKC outdoor enthusiast Mae Kiggins to explore the area with her two kids and report back on the top family destinations.
Spring Break is fast approaching and summer break comes soon after. While there will be plenty of fun to be had in the metro, it never hurts to get out of town for a few days. MetroFamily’s calendar editor, Lindsay Cuomo, visited St. Louis with her husband and three kids and reported back about the can’t-miss attractions. The eastern Missouri city is a seven-hour drive away from the metro, making it an ideal out-of-state destination.
Are you looking for a good weekend trip that includes both indoor and outdoor activities? Something to satisfy the history lovers and the nature lovers? It’s time to head east to Sallisaw, where you can explore both the great outdoors and our great state’s history!