8 Great Day Trips from OKC

8 great day trips from OKC for the whole family! Hop in the car and go find some fun things to do in Oklahoma! From crystal-digging to a drive-through safari, there is an Oklahoma attraction for everyone!

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We’ve lived in Oklahoma City for nine years now, but we’ve barely scratched the surface of what the great state of Oklahoma has to offer in terms of travel! There are so many fun things to do in OKC, but, sometimes, it’s exciting to take a day and go explore other parts of the state!

All of the places on this list are within a 2 1/2 hour drive from OKC. We’ve had the pleasure of experiencing some of them ourselves. The rest are on our Oklahoma Bucket List.

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Great Salt Plains State Park

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Great Salt Plains State Park in Jet, OK
Photo Credit: Woods Family @ Us Living Life

Great Salt Plains State Park is on our Oklahoma Bucket List! It will take you less than 2 1/2 hours to drive to this Oklahoma “gem”. Yes, that was a pun! You can dig for your own hourglass-shaped selenite crystal, which can’t be found anywhere else in the world in this unique shape! The park is open for digging from April 1 to October 15 each year.

There are lots of other activities to enjoy as well. Take a dip in Great Salt Plains Lake, go fishing or boating, ride your horses, or hike along one of the beautiful nature trails. In the winter, you may even spot an eagle!

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Great Salt Plains State Park in Jet, OK
Photo Credit: Woods Family @ Us Living Life

My cousin, Josh, and his family recently took a day trip from OKC to visit Great Salt Plains State Park and shared these great photos with me! You can find more of their fun family adventures over on their blog, Us Living Life!

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Photo Credit: Us Living Life

The Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile and Lodge

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The Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile in Pawhuska, OK

We visited Pawhuska, Oklahoma last spring on our way home from New Life Ranch. It’s less than 2 1/2 hours from OKC, but you may want to start your day early if you want to shop and eat at The Mercantile, explore Pawhuska, eat again at Ree Drummond’s P-Town Pizza, have dessert at Charlie’s Sweet Shop, and drive out to The Lodge (where The Pioneer Woman is filmed).

The Lodge is a good little drive out into the country. When I say “a good little drive”, I mean you drive, and you drive, and you drive some more. This is a working ranch. There are only dirt roads. Don’t wash your car before you go. But it’s totally worth it! You’ll want to check the website before you go since tickets for The Lodge tours are only available on certain days.

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The Pioneer Woman’s Lodge in Pawhuska, OK

The Gathering Place

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Gathering Place in Tulsa, OK
Photo Credit: Gathering Place Facebook Page

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