7 Natural Wonders to Explore in Oklahoma with Kids

Oklahoma is brimming natural beauty, rich history, and unique attractions that offer culture and fun for families and visitors of all ages. And these 7 Wonders of Oklahoma offer endless opportunities for family adventures. Whether you’re a local looking for new experiences or a visitor exploring the Sooner State for the first time, here’s how you can embark on an unforgettable journey to discover Oklahoma’s wonders with kids!

7 Natural Wonders to Explore in Oklahoma with Kids

Black Mesa
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Black Mesa State Park

One natural wonder and exciting adventure is a trek to the highest point in Oklahoma at Black Mesa. Located in the state’s Panhandle region, this geological marvel offers stunning vistas and diverse wildlife. Hiking to the summit is a great way to engage kids with nature as wildlife can often be spotted along the trail. Be sure to look for 

Tallgrass Prairie Reserve
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Tallgrass Prairie Preserve

The Tallgrass Prairie Preserve has vast expanses of native grasses that stretch as far as the eye can see. Guided tours and interpretive programs provide excellent opportunities for kids to learn about the importance of preserving this endangered ecosystem. Consider bringing binoculars for birdwatching and a camera to capture the beauty of the prairie landscape.

Alabaster Caverns
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Alabaster Caverns State Park

Delve into the depths of Oklahoma’s underworld at Alabaster Caverns State Park. Take a Day Trip and explore the cool, dark caverns adorned with unique formations, and marvel at the natural wonders hidden beneath the surface. Guided cave tours offer a safe and educational experience for families, allowing kids to learn about geology and the fascinating creatures that inhabit the caves.

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Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Rescue

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

Embark on a wildlife adventure at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, home to bison, elk, deer, and a variety of other native species. Take a scenic drive through the refuge or lace up your hiking boots for a family-friendly trek along one of the many trails. Don’t forget to pack a picnic and enjoy lunch surrounded by the stunning beauty of the Oklahoma wilderness.

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Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center

Step back in time at the Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center, where ancient Native American mounds offer a glimpse into Oklahoma’s prehistoric past. Kids can explore interactive exhibits, participate in hands-on activities, and learn about the Spiro People and their art and artifacts. Guided tours provide insight into the history and significance of the mounds, making it a memorable learning experience for the whole family.

Turner Falls with Kids OklahomaTurner Falls Park

Cool off on a hot summer day at Turner Falls Park, home to the state’s tallest waterfall. Swim in the natural swimming areas, explore hiking trails, and enjoy a leisurely picnic surrounded by picturesque scenery. With its natural beauty and family-friendly amenities, Turner Falls Park is the perfect destination for a day of outdoor fun.

Little Sahara Oklahoma
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Little Sahara

Little Sahara State Park, nestled in Waynoka, Oklahoma, is a mesmerizing desert-like landscape characterized by vast expanses of sand dunes stretching as far as the eye can see. Here, families can embark on thrilling adventures amidst the rolling dunes and enjoy a variety of outdoor activities suitable for kids of all ages like off-roading and sand dune exploration!

Talimena National Scenic Byway

We had to add an 8th wonder because this one cannot be passed up! If you drive along these breathtaking 54 miles in southeast Oklahoma, especially in the fall or spring, you will be in awe that this is Oklahoma! Hop in the car, and enjoy these incredible scenic views. 

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