May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Oklahoma Tourism is partnering with 988 Oklahoma to provide resources, insights and fun, healthy ideas for getting out and about in Oklahoma. Whether you’re looking for a sunny beach where you can sink your toes in the sand or a cozy bookstore where you can curl up in a reading room, these trip ideas are just some of the many options to bring some calm and joy to your life.
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Remember, if you’re experiencing a mental health-related crisis, there is help. Dial 988 to reach Oklahoma’s Mental Health Lifeline, and you’ll be connected with a trained behavioral health professional. Click here to learn more about 988.
Embark on a quick getaway or a rejuvenating extended vacation to The Canebrake, a destination hotel and spa near Wagoner and Fort Gibson Lake. Guests will have access to amenities across the 300 acres of rolling hills, including a full-service restaurant, a pool, a club room filled with games, yoga classes and a spa.
Soak up the sunshine and boost your vitamin D with a nap on the sleeping porch at the Stone Creek Cabin in Broken Arrow. In addition to all the amenities you’d expect from a top-notch vacation rental, this one also comes with a hanging queen-sized platform bed perfect for breezy afternoon naps or evening stargazing.
The spectacular sunsets alone are enough to enjoy a meal at White Dog Hill, positioned atop a rising plain with unimpeded views for miles. Located in a native red stone clubhouse, the menu is as vast as the sprawling deck surrounding this hidden gem.
Take a stroll through the expertly-manicured gardens at Philbrook Museum of Art and then head inside to spot an inspiring collection of pieces ranging from paintings and sculptures to jewelry and stained glass. Beautiful blooms can also be spotted at the Tulsa Botanic Garden and Woodward Park, while families will appreciate all the free attractions and activities at the Gathering Place.
Escape the bustling cityscape of Oklahoma City with a trip to the newly expanded Scissortail Park, a 70-acre urban oasis located downtown. Nearby, visitors can also walk through the winding pathways at the Myriad Botanic Gardens or head inside to experience the recently reopened Crystal Bridge Conservatory. Enjoy a leisurely walk through Will Rogers Gardens or dine on a picnic lunch in the waterside pavilion at E.C. Hafer Park in nearby Edmond.
Awe-inspiring views of Oklahoma’s 77-foot waterfall await visitors to this pristine park. Hike to the bottom of the falls where you can experience the sights and sounds while remaining tucked away in a hidden, serene valley.
Sink your toes in the sand at Foss State Park. Although Oklahoma is a landlocked state, it offers plenty of lakes and rivers lined by sandy beaches. In addition to a large swimming beach along Foss Lake, this peaceful park also offers five palapas at Sunset Beach.
Reading takes you on the greatest adventures, so curl up with a good book from one of these (locally-owned) bookshops and community libraries.
Feed your brain with farm-to-table farm found across Oklahoma. With options like Ludivine in Oklahoma City, the Living Kitchen Farm & Dairy in Depew and FarmBar in Tulsa, fresh produce and locally-sourced proteins straight from Oklahoma farmers has never been easier.
According to 988 Mental Health Lifeline, getting regular exercise has been shown to lessen symptoms of depression and anxiety. Visit one of Oklahoma’s Heart Healthy Trails and take a step in the right direction. Heart Healthy Trails are classified as a paved trail or nature/hiking trail that is of easy to moderate difficulty and marked by Heart Healthy Trail signs at 1/4 mile intervals.
Ready to ditch the rat race for a well-deserved vacation but stressed about the overall cost? You are not alone. More and more people are embracing the act of keeping their money where it belongs – in their wallet. Browse this list of 50 free things to do in Oklahoma to discover that you don’t have to go broke to have fun in the Sooner State.