Those of us traveling in Oklahoma summers prefer to be submerged in cool water at every given opportunity. Like animals of the African savannah, we move in herds to life-sustaining watering holes. Fortunately for us, though, the threat of predators is minimal, and Oklahoma State Parks offer affordable and accessible swim escapes. From metro-adjacent favorites like Lake Keystone and Lake Thunderbird to popular destinations like Lake Sequoyah or Lake Texoma, there’s no shortage of options. Here are six other state parks where you can beat the heat.Learn More
Good times abound in Ardmore, Oklahoma where you can dock at Lake Murray State Park's beautifully clear, 5,700-acre lake. Enjoy a round of golf at the state's oldest and largest state park, a favorite for Ardmore locals and tourists alike. At the Tucker Tower Nature Center in Lake Murray State Park, you'll discover many fossils, a 288-pound meteorite found nearby and educational programs in the summer.
There's plenty more to discover in Ardmore — enjoy boutique shopping experiences on Main Street, and find modern art at the Charles B. Goddard Center for Visual & Performing Arts. For local history, visit the Greater Southwest Historical Museum and the adjacent Military Memorial Museum. Try your luck and take a spin at Gold Mountain Casino in Ardmore or venture just outside of town to spend a day with the animals at Woodbine Farms. Ardmore also offers plenty of great dining options including well-known favorites like Two Frogs Grill and Cafe Alley.