Camping in Oklahoma

If it's a road trip you're craving, then this is the state to head to. Home of the longest remaining stretch of Route 66, Oklahoma has plenty to see along the way. You can experience the outdoors and take in some biking, birding, or on an ATV, visit historic sites and even get in some gambling at one of the many casinos. With a history shaped by Native American culture, the Wild West and more, the Sooner State will provide you with a rich experience around every turn.

Events


OK Mozart International Music Festival
This prestigious annual music festival held annually in June features a full range of orchestral music by America's top musicians. Here, audiences enjoy the soaring sounds of both classical and chamber music as well as a wide array of performing arts, jazz, pops and Broadway show tunes.

 

International Youth Finals Rodeo
The International Finals Youth Rodeo, held at the Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center in Shawnee, is the ultimate rodeo event for up-and-coming cowboys and cowgirls. This six-day event in early July features two performances each day by contestants from all over the United States. The whole family is sure to enjoy this exciting youth rodeo that includes barrel racing, pole bending, breakaway roping, goat tying, team roping, calf roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, saddle bronc riding and bareback riding. A full Western trade show and concessions are available throughout the rodeo grounds.

International Youth Finals Rodeo
The International Finals Youth Rodeo, held at the Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center in Shawnee, is the ultimate rodeo event for up-and-coming cowboys and cowgirls. This six-day event in early July features two performances each day by contestants from all over the United States. The whole family is sure to enjoy this exciting youth rodeo that includes barrel racing, pole bending, breakaway roping, goat tying, team roping, calf roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, saddle bronc riding and bareback riding. A full Western trade show and concessions are available throughout the rodeo grounds.

Oklahoma Renaissance Festival
May marks the opening of the Oklahoma Renaissance Festival at the Castle of Muskogee. Step back in time to the 16th century with Queen Elizabeth I of England, King James of Scotland, and more than 600 costumed performers and artisans as they create the boisterous village of Castleton. This Renaissance festival features a royal court, jousters and jesters, magicians, musicians and minstrels. Delight your taste buds with wonderful and unique foods, or browse through more than 125 handcrafted booths for one-of-a-kind items. Get festive and show up in your best Renaissance attire or rent a costume onsite.

Activities

Frontier City
Frontier City, Oklahoma's only Western-themed amusement park, has been a favorite Oklahoma City destination for more than 50 years. Featuring rides for all ages, live entertainment and delicious food options, visitors are guaranteed to find something to do here. Thrill seekers can test the boundaries of gravity on looping roller coasters like the Silver Bullet and the Diamond Back or get thrills on the Wildcat, a more traditional coaster. The Hangman catapults riders almost 100 feet, and if that's not high enough, Eruption, the tallest ride in Oklahoma, sends riders more than 240 feet into the air.

Oklahoma Aquarium
Located in Jenks near the Arkansas River, the Oklahoma Aquarium provides a glimpse of exotic sea life. Boasting the largest aquarium in the four-state region, the Oklahoma Aquarium's one million gallons of water holds more than 4,000 sea creatures. Some of the amazing exhibits include a touch tank, the largest and most comprehensive antique fishing tackle collection, and an underwater viewing tunnel where the world's largest captive bull sharks swim around and beside you.

Cultural Sites

Gilcrease Museum
Discover the perfect combination of art and history at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa. Home of the largest and most comprehensive collection of art and artifacts from the American West, the Gilcrease houses everything from archaeological finds and sculpture to historical documents and fine art from American, Native American and Mexican masters. Step back in time as you tour up to 400,000 extraordinary pieces that reveal the discovery, expansion and settlement of North America from 1494 to today. Extend your visit into the 23-acre on-site garden that reflects the beauty and majesty of the art inside the museum.

Chickasaw Cultural Center
Celebrate the culture of the Chickasaw people at the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur. Visitors are invited to walk through a learning tour of the herbal medicines, traditional foods, clothing and culture of this ancient tribe. Participate in a traditional stomp dance alongside larger-than-life dancers portrayed on a multimedia exhibit, or sample traditional Chickasaw fare at the Aaimpa Cafe. By the time you leave, you’ll have experienced the emotional removal of the tribe from the southeastern U.S. to Oklahoma and may even be speaking some key words in the native Chickasaw language.

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City is a dream for art lovers and history buffs alike. Browse an acclaimed collection of paintings and sculptures by great Western artists while learning what made the cowboy the iconic character of the Old West. Connect with America’s past as you explore almost 200 individual artifacts showcasing Native American and Western life including a replica cattle town, antique firearms and the famous “The End of the Trail” statue on display.