100 Things To Do This Summer In Oklahoma

Whether it’s indoors or outside, a tour or a seed-spitting contest, there’s lots to do this summer in the Sooner state.

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#19: Totem pole in Chelsea.

#19: Totem pole in Chelsea.

  • 1. Gaze at the fireworks over ONEOK Field and downtown after the Tulsa Drillers’ Friday night games.
  • 2. Cheer for contestants in the dance competition at the annual Red Earth Festival June 5-7 in Oklahoma City.
  • 3. Gnosh on goodies from the food trucks on Wednesdays at Guthrie Green in the Brady Arts District.
  • 4. Camp at Osage Hills State Park. Enjoy the hilly walking trails, water falls and wildlife.
  • 5. Oklahoma is home to a wealth of wineries. Spend a day visiting several in central Oklahoma, including Tres Suenos Vineyard and Winery in Luther, StableRidge Vineyards and Winery and Territory Cellars, both in Stroud.
  • 6. Celebrate Oklahoma’s native son at Woody Guthrie Folk Festival July 9-13 in Okemah.
  • 7. Hike the Black Mesa to enjoy the view from Oklahoma’s highest elevation point.
  • 8. Take a photo in front of Chaps My Ass, a motorcycle specialty store, in Medicine Park. While you’re in the town, take advantage of its quaint, locally owned shops, restaurants and lodging.
  • 9. Float along the Illinois River in a raft, inner tube or canoe.
  • 10. Enjoy a Big Country at one of the state’s many Hideaway Pizza locations.
  • 11. Take advantage of Oklahoma’s topography with a romantic weekend at Beaver’s Bend and Hochatown State Park in southeast Oklahoma’s picturesque Ouachita Mountains.
  • 12. Stay late on Saturdays at the Oklahoma City Zoo and take advantage of cooler temperatures while enjoying the zoo’s exhibits.
  • 13. Visit America’s only skeleton museum, the Museum of Osteology, in Oklahoma City.
  • 14. Cheer on athletes with physical disabilities at the annual UCO Endeavor Games June 5-8.
  • 15. Reserve a space to tour Once Upon a Time: Stories in Art About People, Animals and the Land at Gilcrease Museum.
  • 16. Ring in the start to summer with a summer solstice walk at Spiro Mounds. Hear about the history of these ancient mounds that were used to track the sun’s movements throughout the year.
  • 17. Drink a pop at Pops, which offers more than 600 flavors in its Soda Ranch in Arcadia.
  • 18. Regroup at Quartz Mountain Resort, a serene lodge and state park nestled in the Wichita Mountains in southwestern Oklahoma.
  • 19. Take a selfie with a totem pole in Chelsea.
  • 20. Cheer on the turbo-charged lawn mowers during El Reno’s Grascar season.
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