Authored by Heaven Stubblefield in Oklahoma
Published on 01-18-2010
If you have decided to give Oklahoma a shot as a vacation destination, you might be pleasantly surprised at some of the things that there is to experience there. From campgrounds to historical landmarks, you’ll find there is a lot more to see and do in Oklahoma than you imagined the plains had to offer.
If you are looking for a small, quiet getaway that is surrounded by natural beauty, you might want to check out Cedar Lake. Cedar Lake is 10 miles south of Heavener and 40 miles west of Mena Arkansas. It is located on 86 acres that is surrounded by pine trees and hills with an abundance of oak trees. There are plenty of hiking trails, and the fishing includes cat fish, blue gill and large mouth bass. There are a total of 87 campsites, 25 that have electric and water (nine of which have sewer hook ups and four of those are specially made for people with disabilities), and the rest have centrally located drinking water and no electricity.
Turner Falls Park is a beautiful 1,800 acre park which has been a popular recreation area since around 1868. It is also the oldest park in the State of Oklahoma. This waterfall is the largest waterfall in Oklahoma at 77 feet tall and gets its runoff from Honey Creek. At the bottom of the falls you can find a natural swimming pool that visitors love to spend time and enjoy themselves in. Every acre of the park is open to the public and you can enjoy its many nature trails, wildlife, caves, geological sites and picnicking. You will also discover a very large castle made from rocks that were taken from the area. This was built by an eccentric doctor back in the 1930’s. There are two outhouses, a guesthouse and garage all made in the same style with the same type of rocks. Turner Falls is found just off Interstate 35 on the way to Dallas, Texas and marked well with directional signs. Also, nearby you will find the Arbuckle Wilderness which features 1,000 exotic animals roaming freely that you can view through your own car or take their Safari truck to see them all. There are also amusement park rides and a petting zoo the kids will love.
Fort Sill Landmark and Museum can be found in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and is a 1800’s military post that includes 50 different buildings on the grounds. This fort was founded by General Philip Sheridan during a winter campaign against the Southern Plains tribes. This was one of the forts that the Buffalo Soldiers were stationed at during the 1870’. Of all the buildings standing 46 of the 50 are still in use and in spectacular condition. This fort has incredible historical displays and once you have finished exploring all that it has to offer, visit the grave of Geronimo the great Apache warrior who found this his final resting place.
Twin Arrows Buffalo Market is the place for those who are looking for something other than beef for their pallets. Here you will find the finest cuts of buffalo, elk and venison for sale. You will also find a wonderful collection of Indian art and other Native American products. You can find this wonderful market in Adair, OK.
Holy City of the Wichitas is an incredible theatrical experience that has the longest running passion play in the nation. Since 1926 “The Prince of Peace” has been playing here every Easter season. Other attractions include a memorial to the victims of the Oklahoma bombing, the Veterans Walkway and the World Chapel which has now become a popular wedding chapel. This attraction can be found in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Lawton, Oklahoma.
There are a vast variety of things to see and do in Oklahoma, so much so that it would be impossible to be able to list and describe them all in one short article. Find out for yourself just how much there is to offer.