2215 N. 14th Street
Ponca City, OK 74601
Phone: (580) 762-8311
Fax: (580) 765-0014
Located west of Sapulpa in Drumright, a short distance from Tulsa, this museum of local history is housed, along with the local Chamber of Commerce, in a 1916 Santa Fe Railroad depot. The tracks are no longer here, but the history remains. Both indoor and outdoor exhibits showcase the oil and railroad history of this town. The museum also hosts various seasonal evening events. Students of local history will be enlightened, and children will love the railroad cars and old machinery. Group tours are offered by appointment.
Originally established in 1925 as a personal ranch retreat by oilman Frank Phillips of Phillips Petroleum in an attempt to preserve the beauty of the Old West, this facility now is home to a large museum complex and wildlife preserve. The name Woolaroc is taken from "woods, lakes and rocks." The ranch hosts a museum, a Native American Heritage Center, a petting zoo, a drive-through natural preserve, a nature trail and more. About an hour north of Tulsa toward Bartlesville, this is a great day trip for the family.
Dogs have a lot to be happy about at Chapin Dog Park. Here, they can run, play, fetch, and roll over off leash. While your dog runs around, you can take a seat on a bench or seek out some shade. Nearby, there's a model airplane flying area, so you can bring out yours or just watch other people's planes zoom around.
At 14 miles (22 kilometers) in length, the Arkansas River Trail is one of the longest and most popular paths in Wichita. Walk or bike along the Arkansas River, taking in the great outdoors. Along the path, not only will you see plants and wildlife, but you'll come across major attractions in the city, like stadiums and museums.
Naftzger Memorial Park is located in downtown Wichita. Although it's small, it makes up for its size in style. There's a waterfall located in the middle of the park where visitors can sit and enjoy the sound of the water. Bring a lunch and take a seat at one of the picnic tables, or find respite in the beautiful gazebo. This small park is a treat for those passing through downtown who want a bit of time outdoors.
Opened in 1987, these gardens were a collaboration between the Wichita Area Garden Council and the City of Wichita. They include an aquatic collection, butterfly garden, a butterfly house, greenhouse for tropical plants, a rock garden, a rose garden, a sensory garden, a Shakespearean garden, and more. They opened a children's garden in 2011 that features several themed areas for kids.
Originally established in 1921, the Arthur B. Sim Golf Course is the largest in Wichita. This 18-hole course features 33 sand traps, a pro shop, and food and drinks. They offer lessons here as well, if you're looking to improve your skills. Enjoy a day outdoors, playing a round with friends or business associates.
When in Tulsa, spend some time outdoors on the Katy Trail. The trail travels 7 miles, from downtown Tulsa to Sand Springs. If you are running, mile markers are located every half mile which makes tracking your progress easy. Located on the former location of railroad tracks, the trail is relatively flat and features few road obstructions along the way. During the hot summer months, there are both water fountains and ample shade provided by canopies of trees.
Featuring several lakes where you can fish, Sedgwick County State Park is a must-visit for fishing aficionados. Even if fishing isn't your thing, there's plenty to do for the whole family. Hike or bike along a trail, taking in the sights of wildlife. If you're into sports, head to the softball field or basketball court for a game. In the winter, the sledding hill is tons of fun!
A visit to Tanganyika Wildlife Park fulfills the dual goals of an educational and fun-filled outing for the entire family. One can view common, rare and endangered species such as clouded leopards, Purple-capped Lories, Nigerian Dwarf Goats, domestic ferrets, Southern Three-Banded Armadillos and Huachuca Mountain Kingsnakes. Keep an eye out for special events like Pumpkins at the Park, Safari Splashdown and Twilight Hours. This park conducts safari classes and other educational activities for students and scouts. It also runs the Species Survival Fund for wildlife conservation. One can host birthday parties and weddings at this much-loved family park.
Learn about local plants and wildlife at the Great Plains Nature Center. Inside, exhibits like Kansas Wildlife and Prairies of the World are educational for both kids and adults. Outside, trails provide the perfect opportunity to view some of the flora and fauna you learned about inside. Remember your trip here with something from the gift shop - it offers a variety of books, toys, and other fun memorabilia.
If you're looking to have a fun family day on a budget, head to Kansas Wildlife Exhibit. With no admission fee, this exhibit provides visitors with a glimpse at over 25 species of animals native to the area. Learn about local ecology and see animals up close. The exhibit opened in 1988 and has been educating kids and adults alike ever since.