Oklahoma City, fondly known as OKC, is a vibrant hub of culture, history, and entertainment. But sometimes, the allure of adventure calls, and you find yourself itching to explore what lies beyond the city limits. For parents looking to give their kids a memorable experience, there’s no shortage of day trips from OKC that promise fun, learning, and a touch of the unexpected. Let’s dive into some of the top day trip destinations that are just a short drive away from Oklahoma City.

The Tulsa skyline at night.


Dive into a Blend of History and Modernity Just a couple of hours away, Tulsa offers a mix of Native American history and contemporary attractions. From the Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art to the bustling Tulsa Arts District, there’s something for everyone. Don’t forget to explore the Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area, a haven for outdoor enthusiasts.

Great Salt Plains State Park 

A Unique Landscape Awaits Journey to a place where the remnants of a prehistoric sea meet the modern world. The Great Salt Plains State Park offers a unique landscape where visitors can mine for selenite crystals, unique to this region. It’s a hands-on experience that kids (and adults) will love.


Home to the University of Oklahoma, Norman is a city pulsating with youthful energy. Beyond the sports events, the city houses the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. And for nature lovers, Lake Thunderbird awaits.

Route 66 

Embark on an Iconic Journey on the legendary Route 66, which runs right through Oklahoma, and offers a plethora of attractions. From historic diners to quirky roadside attractions, there’s a lot to explore. Whether you head northeast towards Joplin or west towards the Texas border, adventure is guaranteed.

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

The Wichita Mountains are a testament to nature’s grandeur. Home to diverse wildlife, including Texas Longhorn cattle and bison, it’s a treat for nature lovers. The scenic drives and hiking trails offer breathtaking views, making it a perfect day trip destination.


Tishomingo offers a deep dive into the rich history of the Chickasaw Nation. From the Chickasaw Council House Museum to the scenic Blue River, it’s a blend of history and natural beauty.


Bartlesville stands as a testament to the oil boom of the early 1900s. The Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve offer a glimpse into the era, while the Price Tower showcases Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural genius.


A Glimpse of the Wild West, Hugo’s history is intertwined with the Wild West era. From its historic dance halls to the unique “Showmen’s Rest” section of the Mount Olivet Cemetery, it’s a trip back in time.

Turner Falls Park 

Turner Falls, located in the Arbuckle Mountains, boasts the largest waterfall in Oklahoma. It’s a haven for outdoor activities, from hiking to swimming, making it a must-visit.

Making Memories

Oklahoma City is a gateway to numerous adventures that lie just beyond its borders. From historic towns to natural wonders, there’s a world waiting to be explored. And as you plan your next day trip, remember to cherish these moments with your loved ones. And visit Crème de la Crème for the gold standard of daycare and early education. Safe travels!

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