12 Months of Fun in Chickasaw Country

Hi friends! Kalli here.

I’ve blinked and January is almost over! How did this happen? A few weeks ago, I set a goal to travel more in 2019, and I intend on making this happen! I have plans to travel across the country, but sometimes the best places are in our own backyard! Chickasaw Country is one of my favorite places in Oklahoma. There are so many towns, boutiques, restaurants and events that make this area so special! Below I made a list of 12 places for you to make memories, have big laughs and explore this year in south-central Oklahoma!


While it’s cold, spend time indoors at Urban Air Adventure Park in Ardmore! This is the perfect place to bring the kiddos to expend all their energy. Trust me, it will help with your sanity, too! And while you’re in Ardmore, don’t forget to eat at Café Alley!


Relax in February at the Sole’renity Spa inside the Artesian Hotel! This is a beautiful getaway, perfect for Valentine’s Day or a just because day! (cough, cough … this would be the perfect gift for me!)  

Spa and pedicure salon chairs in Chickasaw Country



Woo-hoo! Spring break is finally here! Spend a day (or a week!) hiking at Turner Falls in Davis! For the adventure seekers, take a ride on the 777 Zipline or the Air Donkey Zipline Adventures! And don’t forget to grab a fried pie from Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies! The Chocolate pie is my favorite!

Turner Falls waterfall with people swimming in Davis Oklahoma



Celebrate National Parks Month at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur! It’s a beautiful place to hike, fish, bike and picnic! And guess what? You might even see a baby bison! There’s nothing cuter than that!


It’s FINALLY getting warm in Oklahoma! Take advantage of our beautiful weather and spend the day at the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur! Walk around the Traditional Village or see a movie indoors.

Exterior of Chickasaw Cultural Center in Oklahoma



Grab your flip flops and swim suit and spend the day at the Lake Murray Water Sports in Ardmore! If you want to spend the weekend, the Lake Murray State Lodge is a beautiful place to stay. Don’t forget your sunscreen!


Spend the 4th of July cooling off at Lake Texoma in Kingston! Relax on a boat from the Catfish Bay Marina or go for a ride at Water Wings – a Hydro Flight water sport adventure! How fun does that sound?!


What’s the perfect summer snack? Watermelon! Get yours at the Rush Springs Watermelon Festival! My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

Large watermelons on a table at the Watermelon Festival in Rush Springs Oklahoma



Grab your golf clubs and spend the day trying for a hole-in-one on the greens at WinStar Golf! While you are in Thackerville, don’t forget to make a few bets at WinStar World Casino and stay at the WinStar Inn!

Golf cart and men golfing in Chickasaw Country



Trick-or-treat! Spend the day walking around a pumpkin patch in south-central Oklahoma! Baker’s Acres and Brown’s Farm and Garden are wonderful places to find the perfect pumpkin!


Before Christmas, spend a weekend shopping local in south-central Oklahoma! Tishomingo, Sulphur, Ada, Ardmore, and Duncan have unique and fun boutiques perfect for finding cute gifts!


Christmas is here! Plan a date night for under the lights at the Chickasha Festival of Light! Ride a camel, go on the Ferris wheel or play laser tag!

Trail of Christmas lights in Chickasaw Country

How did the year go by so fast?! Take time this year to plan your vacation days before they slip away (like they usually seem to do!) Join me in making a plan just like this, for yourself, on National Plan Your Vacation Day on January 29!

As always, while you are out and about traveling, always remember to use #VisitChickasaw!

Happy travels,



(Originally published on January 22, 2018. Updated on January 16, 2019.) 


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