100 Things To Do This Summer In Oklahoma

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#99: American Banjo Museum in downtown Oklahoma City. Photo by Brent Fuchs.
#99: American Banjo Museum in downtown Oklahoma City. Photo by Brent Fuchs.
  • 81. Find respite in the urban wild at Tulsa’s Turkey Mountain. Hiking, trail running and cycling are popular activities at this nature park.
  • 82. View the Captain’s Castle from Castle Street in Cameron. The castle, purportedly built in 1890 by Confederate Capt. J.E. Reynolds, is a private residence that was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. A highway marker tells its story.
  • 83. Pet precious baby farm animals at the Tulsa County Free Fair July 31-Aug. 1.
  • 84. Travel back in time at the Har-Ber Village Museum in Grove. Tour historical buildings and view antiques and reproductions of items that were essential to living in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
  • 85. Pay respects at Geronimo’s grave in Fort Sill.
  • 86. View American Indian art in various media at the Masters Art Show beginning June 21 at the Five Civilized Tribes Museum in Muskogee.
  • 87. Enjoy lots of memorabilia from B-Western films at the Gene Autry Oklahoma Museum in the tiny town named for the famed cowboy actor.
  • 88. Saddle up for Cavalcade, the world’s largest amateur rodeo, July 14-20 in Pawhuska.
  • 89. View a monument to the world’s largest peanut in Durant.
  • 90. Attend one or both nights of the second annual Center of the Universe Festival, featuring both local and national music acts.
  • 91. Learn about various aspects of the state’s historical people and places at the Oklahoma History Center.
  • 92. Tour Fort Gibson, a U.S. Army post that served as a base camp for military expeditions and played a role in the Civil War. Abandoned by the Army in 1890, the fort now holds a reconstruction of the early log fort as well as buildings that are original to Fort Gibson.
  • 93. View Beaux-Arts works of art at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art in the exhibition Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, June 21-Sept. 14.
  • 94. Soak up native culture at one of the state’s annual powwows. The Intertribal Indian Club of Tulsa’s Powwow of Champions will meet Aug. 8-10 at Tulsa’s Mabee Center.
  • 95. Watch the turtles bask on logs in the creek at the Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum.
  • 96. Learn the history of Pensacola Dam, the first hydroelectric facility constructed in Oklahoma, which spans a mile across the Grand River Valley near the towns of Langley and Disney.
  • 97. Ride horses at Roman Nose State Park.
  • 98. Visit the 99’s Museum of Women Pilots, a collection of historical artifacts related to the organization founded by female pilots, in Oklahoma City.
  • 99. Pick and grin at the American Banjo Museum in downtown Oklahoma City.
  • 100. Enjoy Oklahoma’s wide-open skies at one of many primal camping spots across the state.