Carlton Landing

Carlton Landing 

Oklahoma

Castle of Muskogee

Through July 6, the Castle of Muskogee hosts its annual fireworks sale. Shop onsite or online and pick up curbside at 3400 Fern Mountain Road, Muskogee. Numerous events are throughout the year; a complete schedule is available at okcastle.com. During the off season, walk and tour the grounds of the 14-acre Renaissance Village. okcastle.com

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

This summer, Adventure Days at the Cowboy are through July 25 at the Oklahoma City institution. Different themes and self-directed activities will highlight each week. On weekdays, participate in instructed crafts from 10 a.m.-noon and 1-2 p.m. Monthlong activities will culminate on July 25 with the National Day of the Cowboy Celebration, which will include art activities, trick roping, a moustache contest and a book signing with author John Langmore. Activities are free with general admission or to museum members. nationalcowboymuseum.org

Carlton Landing

Located on the shores of Lake Eufaula just 20 miles south of Interstate 40, Carlton Landing is a planned community designed by the same firm behind Seaside, Florida. Nature walks, a community farm, boat rental and numerous luxuries await those who stay in the bungalows, cottages or houses. Homes also are for sale. carltonlanding.com

Stillwater

Eskimo Joe's

Eskimo Joe's 

Known for its college campus, Stillwater also boasts the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum, the Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University, two nearby lakes, plenty of live music venues and delicious dining spots, as well as a historic, walkable downtown. visitstillwater.org

Arkansas

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Opened in 2011 in Bentonville, Crystal Bridges boasts a permanent collection of American masterworks paired with temporary exhibitions celebrating the power of art and architecture. Sculpture and walking trails link the museum’s 120-acre park to downtown Bentonville, where patrons can also visit the Momentary. This satellite site showcases contemporary art forms and hosts events.

The sites have limited the number of visitors to 30 guests per 15 minutes at Crystal Bridges, and 15 guests every 15 minutes at the Momentary. Visitors must register for a timeslot online and will receive an email prior to their visit about what to expect and how to prepare. crystalbridges.org

Missouri

Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium

Less than three hours from Tulsa, this Springfield attraction boasts a 1.5-million-gallon Aquarium Adventure showcasing more than 35,000 live fish, mammals, amphibians and reptiles. The immersive wildlife galleries bring visitors eye-to-eye with a massive collection of record-setting game animals. When the new facility opened in 2017, readers of USA Today voted it the Best New Attraction in the country. wondersofwildlife.org

Big Cedar

Big Cedar Lodge is known for its numerous amenities and natural scenery, all tucked into the Ozark Mountains abutting Table Rock Lake in Ridgedale. Many visit Top of the Rock, a nature-based heritage preserve and cliff-top extension of Big Cedar Lodge. Stay in a cozy cabin, hit the golf course and hike one of the nearby nature trails. bigcedar.com

Texas

Dallas

Whether you’re headed on a road trip with the kids, your sweetie or a group of friends, Dallas is the place to relax, explore and satisfy this summer. Just four hours away are numerous museums, shopping destinations and watering holes eager to have you visit. Learn about the science behind Pixar at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Peruse and dine at the Dallas Farmers’ Market. The bustling downtown arts district has numerous boutique and luxury hotels, while nearby Deep Ellum entices music lovers and cocktail connoisseurs. visitdallas.com 

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