100 Things To Do This Summer In Oklahoma

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#45: The historic Mattie Beal home in Lawton. Photo courtesy Lawton Heritage association.
#45: The historic Mattie Beal home in Lawton. Photo courtesy Lawton Heritage Association.
  • 61. Make the drive to Okarche to visit Eischen’s, the state’s oldest bar, and sample the famous fried chicken.
  • 62. Partake of authentic Italian cuisine at Pete’s Place in Krebs.
  • 63. Take part in the festivities of the 133rd annual Otoe-Missouria Summer Encampment in Red Rock July 17-20.
  • 64. Open your mind to interpretation at Opening Abstraction, an exhibition at Philbrook Downtown, before it closes June 19. Opening Abstraction features works drawn primarily from Philbrook’s permanent collection created from the end of World War II to the present.
  • 65. Take the catfish challenge at Dino & Maria’s Steak and Catfish Barn in Oklahoma City.
  • 66. Rent a boat for a day of fishing and watersports on Lake Skiatook.
  • 67. Soak up a diverse array of music and culture at Bartlesville’s annual OK Mozart festival.
  • 68. Tour the historic Price Tower, the only skyscraper in existence to be designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, in Bartlesville.
  • 69. Splish-splash in the waters at Pelican Bay Aquatic Center in Edmond.
  • 70. Get your anime on at the 10th annual Tokyo in Tulsa, a celebration of Japanese culture and animation, July 11-13.
  • 71. Visit some of Oklahoma’s most renowned barbecue spots, and decide for yourself who produces the best ‘cue.
  • 72. Have an impromptu picnic on the 29th Street Pedestrian Bridge in Tulsa.
  • 73. Learn about inhabitants of Oklahoma – from prehistoric to present-day – at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History in Norman.
  • 74. Celebrate the works of the University of Oklahoma professors emeriti George Bogart and James Henkle at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, located on the OU campus.
  • 75. See where your ice cream comes from on a tour of Braum’s Processing Plant and Bakery in Tuttle.
  • 76. Trace the history of aviation in Tulsa at the Tulsa Air & Space Museum.
  • 77. Catch a concert at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in Muskogee. Some of the state’s most talented musicians regularly play there.
  • 78. Bird-watch in Redbud Valley, part of Tulsa’s Oxley Nature Center.
  • 79. Attend Pauls Valley’s annual Okie Noodling tournament, an event that is uniquely Oklahoma, June 21.
  • 80. Tackle the easy hiking trails with the whole family at Oklahoma City’s Martin Park Nature Center.