Vacations Close to Home: Oklahoma

Wednesday, June 11 at 11:40 AM
Category: Arvest News

This is part two of a three-part series featuring entertainment and recreation within the Arvest footprint.

Do you ever find you don’t visit your local tourist attractions? Don’t fall into this trap! Here are some sites you won’t want to miss in Oklahoma!

Bartlesville, Okla.,* is home to the only skyscraper built by Frank Lloyd Wright, called the Price Tower Arts Center,* which features an art gallery, a hotel, a restaurant and bar, meeting space rental and tours. The home of Frank Phillips,* who founded Phillips Petroleum, is open to tours and is a wonderful example of luxury architecture of the time. His country home is now known as the Woolaroc Museum,* and is a great collection of history ranging from artworks, guns, wildlife and even an airplane. After you’re done visiting the Phillips Petroleum Company Museum* and the Bartlesville Area History Museum,* head over to Adams Golf Course or Sooner Park which is known for its shopping, dining and children’s space. Looking for something especially for the little ones? Check out the rides at Kiddie Park!*

Tulsa, Okla., is recognized as one of the top 10 music areas in the country where you can catch performances at places like Cain’s Ballroom,* Brady Theater,* BOK Center* and Tulsa Performing Arts Center.* Enjoy American art and one of the most comprehensive collections of Western art at the Gilcrease Museum.* There is also the Philbrook Museum* offering artwork across multiple centuries and the European/English style gardens are breathtaking! Cherry Street is a city of its own with shopping, farmers markets and night life unlike any other! The Brookside* district is considered Tulsa’s most diverse entertainment district, something for everyone in this neck of the woods for sure, it has a variety of shopping, restaurants, and beautiful landscapes to walk and enjoy, and don’t forget to pick up some Tulsa-brewed root beer from Weber’s Superior Root Beer!* Prefer to be outside? Check out River Parks,* an outdoor retreat along the banks of the Arkansas River. Enjoy over 26 miles of asphalt trails, or rent a bike from Tom’s Rivertrail Bicycles and hit the trails while soaking in the sun and some fresh air.

Lawton, Okla., and the surrounding area boast historic sites, nature habitats, the arts, golf and more! Historic Lawton Fort Sill is a great place to experience the influence of Native Americans, pioneers and military heroes. You will find beauty, historic presence, natural splendor and fun for all ages. With over 22,000 acres of wildlife habitat in the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge,* you are sure to find something that will satisfy the outdoorsman in you. You can also boat or fish at Lake Elmer Thomas or Lake Lawtonka. For the art lover enjoy the Leslie Powell Art Gallery* or enjoy a show at the Lawton Community Theatre or Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra.* For the historians there are several options including Comanche Nation Museum and Cultural Center,* Fort Sill National Historic Landmark and Museum,* Museum of the Great Plains* or the U.S. Army Field Artillery Museum.* For family entertainment enjoy a game of bowling at Hog Pin Bowling or try a game of laser tag at Laugh Out Loud. To cool off take a dip at Comanche Nation Waterpark or for something cooler try your hand at painting ceramics at A Pigment of Your Imagination. For the avid golfer there are several courses within a 45-minute drive of the Lawton area — Fort Sill Golf Course, Lawton Country Club and the Territory in Duncan, Okla. For nightlife options try your chance at slots or a game of cards at the Apache Casino Hotel* or Comanche Nation Casino.

Check out our myCommunity Pinterest board* for more site-seeing options nearby. As you can see, Oklahoma is rich with history, the arts, outdoor recreation and more!

If you missed part one of this three-part series, then check it out now. It features the awesome entertainment options in Arkansas.

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: Bartlesville, Lawton, Oklahoma, Tulsa
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