When planning a trip, lodging decisions typically take a back seat to your itinerary. But these quirky, out-of-the-box accommodations are sure to take center stage. Load up the family for a memorable night’s stay on your next getaway.
Step up your traditional tent camp with a stay in a canvas-walled tent at Osage Hills State Park.
Osage Hills State Park is best known for its natural beauty with a diverse natural landscape and prime fishing spots but the park is now home to a unique camping option. Think old school military barracks or a miner’s encampment and you’ll have a good idea of the canvas-walled tents available for families to enjoy. Comforts like a pitched roofline, platform wooden floor, benches and cots make for an easy, no-hassle step up. Park staff installs wood stoves in the tents during the cooler months so campers can be comfortable year-round. Leave the bulky gear at home and just show up with some extra chairs, a few supplies and you are ready for an adventure. Visitors can also enjoy tennis courts, a swimming pool, modern bathhouses and more during their stay.
Tents are $55 a night with a two-night minimum on weekends. Each tent sleeps up to six.
‘Roughing it’ has a new look! Robbers Cave State Park put an Old West spin on their newest lodging option. Families can stay in a covered wagon complete with all kinds of modern amenities including heat, air conditioning, a mini fridge and queen size beds. For a closer-to-home option, Orr Family Farm in south Oklahoma City has Conestoga wagons designed to look like the wagons pioneers used in the 19th century. Inside, families can enjoy bunk beds, heating and air conditioning as well as a private charcoal grill and a group fire pit. Campers also get access to a Signature Swim Spa and some of the farm’s activities including pedal boats, fishing, gaga ball, a giant jumping pillow and more.
The covered wagons at Robbers Cave start at $65 per night with a two-night minimum on weekends and can be booked under the Book a Campsite option at Travelok.com. Orr Family Farm has family and large group options available year-round. Their wagons start at $195/night for a family of 4 to 6.
Escape to a floating villa on Lake Murray.
You aren’t going to find a more waterfront stay than the floating villas on Lake Murray. Be right on the water and enjoy vaulted ceilings, spacious docks, private balconies and panoramic views in one of the luxury cabins. Each has a fully-stocked kitchen with modern amenities and is within a mile of restaurants and a golf course. Lake Murray State Park offers a variety of water sports, hiking, ATV trails, historic sites and more.
Rates start at $150 a night.
Kick back in a Western Town at Redneck Riviera Resort & Ranch.
You may recognize the ranch from the TV show “Hillbilly Handfishin.” Some of the cabins at this ranch take the shape of an old Western town façade offering families a fun way to kick back and enjoy the spacious southern Oklahoma views of the nearby Red River. Tongue and cheek signs add to the destination’s whimsy. Families can also enjoy hunting, fishing, ATV rides and more.
Rates start at $75 and range from one to three bedrooms.
Bunk in a turn-of-the-century train car at Rebel Hill Guest Ranch.
The Rebel Hill Express is a refurbished, Victorian passenger car turned cabin, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a rock shower and claw-foot tub. Filled with antiques and classic décor, your family will feel like they have traveled back in time. It’s fully stocked with everything you need including pots and pans. All you need to bring are your personal items and food.
The train sleeps up to six and the working ranch offers horseback riding, canoeing, fishing and more.
A weekend stay in the Rebel Hill Express is $350 and the weeknight rate is $150.
Sleep under the stars in a teepee at Roman Nose State Park.
In keeping with the park’s namesake heritage, families can stay in a rustic teepee. Constructed from wood and canvas, the unique structures add to the excitement of the adventures at the park. Large enough to sleep up to four adults, the teepees are equipped with indoor/outdoor carpet on a concrete pad, an electric outlet, a picnic table and an outdoor fire ring and grill.
Teepees are available from April to October and cost $32 a night with a two-night minimum on weekends.
Recreate a childhood dream in a treehouse at Ra’s Eufaula Treehouse Treesort.
Towering high about the ground, a stay in one of two elaborate treehouses near Lake Eufaula will feel like something right out of the pages of the classic childhood novel, “The Swiss Family Robinson.” Enjoy the beauty of the lush surroundings and a private getaway with plenty of opportunities for relaxation and outdoor activities. Modern amenities like a mini-fridge and microwave and accessories like hammocks, swings and horseshoes are fun perks.
The houses accommodate families of 4 to 7 people and range from $164-$200 a night.
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About the Author – Born and raised in the Oklahoma City metro and a graduate of the Gaylord College of Journalism at the University of Oklahoma, Lindsay Cuomo has worked for MetroFamily since 2014 covering local stories, people and events. Lindsay is a mom to three school-aged boys and calls Moore, Oklahoma home.