Memorial Day weekend on Adventure Road. The warm promise of summer is hanging in the horizon, and road trip memories are ready to be made. The whole season, and the open road, is waiting before you.
Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored. – Earl Nightingale
This weekend is all about celebration and breaking free. Find joy in spending time with loved ones as you venture off on the road ahead, scenic waters out one window and the Oklahoma prairie out the other.
Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them. – Marcus Aurelius
Zip off on a Jet Ski® across the aqua depths of Lake Texoma.
Kick back in a natural pool at Turner Falls Park.
Bask on the bow of a sailboat at Lake Hefner, feeling the wind and spray graze your face as you float over the glassy surface.
Enjoy the freedom of the three days ahead. See you on Adventure Road.
Lake Texoma State Park is home to one of the largest reservoirs in the United States. Famous for its striped bass, Texoma has been dubbed the Striper Capital of the World. Kingston, Oklahoma, even celebrates the popularity of striper fishing with the Kingston Striper Festival held each June.
Beautiful Lake Murray is known for the clarity and color of its waters and its seemingly endless list of recreational opportunities. Framed by the thick forest of Murray State Park, this 100-foot-deep, spring-fed lake also houses a wide variety of birds, including the rare wintering bald eagle. Lake Murray is a popular destination for a variety of activities, including camping, swimming, hiking, golf, tennis, horseback riding, fishing, boating, sailing, riding ATVs and more.
Cascading 77 feet from the top of the Arbuckle Mountains, the park's Turner Falls is known as the tallest waterfall in Oklahoma. With sandy beaches, natural caves, swimming areas, a rock castle and cabins, Turner Falls Park is a perfect family destination.
Chosen CNN’s top travel destination for Oklahoma in 2014, the Chickasaw Cultural Center is one of the largest, most comprehensive tribal cultural centers in the United States. Come celebrate, embrace and share the heritage that binds the Chickasaw Nation together.
Enjoy this four-story, 81-room boutique hotel that blends all the modern amenities with the charm and character of the original Artesian, a popular tourism destination from 1906 until 1962, when it burned to the ground. Rebuilt in 2013, the new and improved Artesian offers a full-service spa, an indoor/outdoor pool and bath house, a casino and several unique shops.
The Myriad Botanical Gardens act as a lush, landscaped oasis in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City. The recently remodeled gardens’ 17 acres draw everyone from concert goers to families to those just looking to enjoy the natural environment.
The Paseo area was developed in 1929 as the first shopping district in the state, and gradually became home to local artists and musicians. Today, the Paseo's Spanish revival buildings are home to 22 galleries, restaurants, boutiques and more. Be sure to visit for First Friday, the Paseo's monthly art walk, featuring dozens of artists and several opening receptions held in participating district galleries. The Paseo Arts Festival is also held annually on Memorial Day Weekend, combining art, food, music and family fun.
Imagine spending a day among the shining buildings of downtown Oklahoma City, enjoying an adventure wrapped in the bustle of urban life. Then, when things wind down, you drive just 15 minutes south, still in the city, to experience a brand-new landscape at Lake Hefner.
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