When March arrives, it usually brings some blessedly warmer weather with it. It’s also the month of spring break for the kiddos, which means it’s time for a quick vacation. If traveling outside the state isn’t in your plans, Oklahoma has plenty of excellent spots to visit.

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge & Visitors Center

Located near Lawton, the mountains offer a variety of activities for both solo and group outings. Hunting, fishing and backpacking are perfect for the spring weather, and there are free educational programs for people of all ages, including scavenger hunts and indoor birding. There are plenty of trails with campgrounds as well.

Medicine Park

Located in Comanche County and near the Wichita Mountains, Medicine Park was founded in 1908. With plenty of outdoor and indoor activities, this is a perfect family getaway. One of the most popular attractions is ParkStomp, a bluegrass celebration from March 15-17. 

“Our first festival is perfect for spring break,” says Kaylee Horn, administrative assistant for Medicine Park. “It’s the kickoff to our busy season.” 

There are also overnight options for those looking for a longer stay. 

“There are rentals for couples to get away or a cabin for the whole family,” she says.

Little Sahara State Park

Located in Woods County, this park is perfect for the thrill seekers looking to drive across 1,650 acres of sand dunes. 

“Visitors can bring their own ATV or rent one on site, and ride dunes ranging from 25 to 75 feet,” says Chase Horn, the communications director for the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation. 

There are seven campgrounds if you want to stay overnight, complete with water and electricity. 

“You won’t want to get off the dunes,” he says. “It’s a blast to be on an ATV in the mini-desert atmosphere.” 

Carlton Landing

Located in Pittsburg County, this resort-style town is perfect for relaxing over your well-earned break. The location has plenty of coastal vibes and a big selling point is the boat club, offering members access to luxurious ski and pontoon boats.

With a fleet of ski and pontoon boats, the water adventure route is a wonderful choice for a family looking to get some sun. There are also plenty of events, including Cinema on the Lawn and Saturday morning crafts. 

Beaver’s Bend State Park

Located in McCurtain County, Beaver’s Bend is one of the most popular parks the state has to offer. 

“With activities like hiking, horseback riding, fishing and golf, there is something for everyone at Beaver’s Bend,” says Chase Horn. The activities truly are endless, and there are plenty of booking options if you want to spend a few nights.”

He also offers a must-see suggestion. 

“You can’t visit Beaver’s Bend without stopping at the nature center to see some of the animal ambassadors,” he says. “Our naturalist always has activities that are fun and educational for kids.” 

If you plan to return, Beaver’s Bend will also be in the path of totality for the 2024 total solar eclipse on April 8.

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