Because every now and again you just need to get out of the house, like... immediately. So grab some snacks, load up the kids and hit the road.
A. Alabaster Caverns State Park, Hwy 50 & Hwy 50-A near Freedom, OK
Alabaster Caverns is best known for being the largest public gypsum cave in the United States. Tours are available. The website notes that the park is located in a relatively sparse area, so remember to gas up and bring plenty of food and supplies with you. For more information, call (580) 621-3381.
B. Sand Dunes in Little Sahara State Park, 101 Main St. in Waynoka, OK
The main attraction at Little Sahara State Park are the sand dunes where you can rent (or bring your own) dune buggy and/or ATV. The dunes formed over time from terrace deposits, remnants of prehistoric times when the Cimarron River flowed over the entire area. For more information, call (580) 824-1471.
C. Sod House Museum, 4628 State Highway 8 in Aline, OK
The Sod House Museum seeks to preserve Oklahoma’s only sod house and interpret the early-day lifestyles of a pioneer, from the establishment of the Cherokee Outlet of 1893 to 1920. You can find more information about the Sod House at OKhistory.org. Be sure to call ahead before visiting. (580) 463-2441.
D. Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge Location: The refuge headquarters is located 1.5 miles southwest of the junction of State Highways 11 and 38.
Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1930 as a refuge and breeding ground for birds and for use as a sanctuary for migratory birds. The refuge is a great place to learn about science, math, art, history and more. Crystal digging is permitted from April 1 through October 15, sunrise to sunset. The refuge’s namesake, the salt flats, is a very unique geological formation. Find out more about the refuge at www.fws.gov.
E. Arcadia’s Round Barn Location: 107 E. Hwy 66
This unique archiectural structure became a popular landmark on Route 66.
F. POPS Location: 660 W. Hwy 66
Another iconic landmark along Route 66, visitors can grab a soda (over 600 kinds to choose from), fill up with gas and grab a bite to eat to head back on Route 66.
G. Woolaroc Museum Location: 1925 Woolaroc Ranch Rd. in Bartlesville, OK
The ranch is a 3,700 acre wildlife preserve, home to many species of native and exotic wildlife, such as buffalo, elk and longhorn cattle. Woolaroc is also a museum with an outstanding collection of Western art and artifacts, Native American material, one of the finest collections of Colt firearms in the world.
H. The Blue Whale Location: 2680 N. Highway 66 in Catoosa, OK
The Blue Whale is another must-stop-spot for those traveling along Route 66. Stop here for a picnic lunch, but note that swimming is no longer allowed.
I. Totem Pole Park Location: 21310 Hwy 28A in Chelsea, OK
Home to the world’s largest concrete totem pole, this is yet another iconic spot along historic Route 66. The park was constructed by Ed Galloway and invites guests to come play and picnic.
This article first appeared as part of the 2016 Summer Family Fun Guide from TulsaKids.com.