Family Vacations in Oklahoma

Photo courtesy Red Earth, Inc. Oklahomans celebrate their culture and heritage.

From the mountains of southeast Oklahoma to the canyons and ranches of the northwestern part of the state, families can spend days, even weeks, exploring caverns and forests, rivers and waterfalls, and observing everything from buffalo and elk to monkeys and tigers, during a variety of wildlife tours.

In Oklahoma City or Tulsa, visitors can spend their days having fun at amusement parks, attending festivals or visiting museums filled with American Western art and artifacts, and have their pick of Broadway entertainment and restaurants at night.


In the following article, you’ll find profiles of some of the state’s most popular festivals, and it’s largest museums. Included is contact information to help you plan your trip as well as photos of each destination. Here’s a preview:

Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival

Every June, more than 100 Native American tribes from North America gather in Oklahoma City for a foot-stomping celebration of their culture, history, and artistic handiwork.

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Much of this enormous complex in Oklahoma City is devoted to Western-themed artwork of the highest caliber. It also has a number of exhibits that are particularly engaging to children.

Woody Guthrie Folk Festival

The five-day Woody Guthrie Folk Festival is marked by performances by dozens of top-notch folk musicians (regional favorites and nationally recognized touring musicians), a songwriting contest, and a deep reverence for the late, great Woody Guthrie.

Oklahoma City National Memorial

A visit to Oklahoma City National Memorial evokes the spirit of hope in America that can rise from tragedy. The "Gates of Time" at the memorial are inscribed with the times immediately before and after the bombing.

Continue reading to find out more about Oklahoma's Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival.

To learn more about family vacation destinations, see:

  • Family Vacations: Learn about hundreds of family vacations in destinations all over North America.
  • Oklahoma State Guide: Learn about Mobil Travel Guide-rated hotels and restaurants in Oklahoma, as well as other recreational activities.
  • Scenic Drives: For those who think that getting there is half the fun, we have compiled more than 100 of the most scenic drives throughout the country.