4 fun stops in southcentral Oklahoma
Experience summer fun in the Wichita Mountains, Lawton and Chickasha.
Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge
Courtesy Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge/C. Evans
Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, Oklahoma Highway 49 northwest of Lawton
This sprawling, natural area is great for hiking, camping and picnicking. You might encounter free-range buffalo, prairie dogs and longhorn cattle as you navigate the prairies and the peaks. It is considered one of Oklahoma’s most stunning natural landscapes.
Within the refuge is a 66-acre site called the Holy City of the Wichitas. In addition to numerous stone buildings, which look lifted straight out of biblical times, the location hosts a long-running Easter pageant.
Medicine Park, Oklahoma Highway 49, east of Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge
Located northwest of Lawton, the small town of Medicine Park was created as a tourist resort in the early 20th century and bills itself as “America’s Cobblestone Community.” There is a robust event schedule each year, too, including Rock’n the Park American rock music festival July 6-7. Check the website, medicinepark.com.
Museum of the Great Plains, 601 N.W. Ferris Ave., Lawton
The Lawton museum covers the history of North America from Mexico to Canada between the Rocky Mountains and the Mississippi River. Exhibits range from modern-day cultures to prehistoric geology. One of its most popular exhibits focuses on “Terrible Tuesday,” a tornado outbreak in the Wichita Falls area in the late 1970s. There are plenty of hands-on activities for the kids throughout the museum, too.
Muscle Car Ranch, 3609 S. 16th St.
On the way back to Tulsa, take a side trip to this 62-acre RV Park and Campground. It’s more of an outdoor museum for roadside wanderers and automobile enthusiasts. There are hundreds of artifacts onsite, from vehicles to salvaged neon signs. Take a driving tour or stop for a while to explore.