Spring is the perfect time to discover all there is to see and do in Green Country. One of six “countries” in Oklahoma, the northeast area of the state known as Green Country offers many opportunities for weekend get-a-ways and week-long family vacations.

           

Some of the nation’s finest museums, unique festivals, fly-ins, performances, family-oriented zoo and aquarium events, sought-after architecture styles, beautiful gardens, and amazing casino resorts just happen to be right here in Green Country.

           

Visitors from all over the country are discovering the area’s treasures. In fact the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department reported that direct domestic travel spending has reached more than $6.1 billion in Oklahoma.

          

In Green Country the figure is $2.1 billion, according to Jackie Stewart, executive director of Green Country Marketing Assn., one of the state’s multi-county organizations working with the state Tourism Department.

           

Here are some highlights of Green Country offerings as much-welcomed warm weather returns to the region. For more events and details, visit greencountry.com and travelok.com.

           

Among Bartlesville’s offerings: Broadway in Bartlesville, “A Chorus Line” on the 4th;  Woolaroc’s Spring Traders Encampment, 8th-9th; Pilot Club’s Antique Show, 15th-17th; the first “Tangible History” presentation at the Frank Phillips Home, 22nd, (These continue through October); and several events at the Price Tower Arts Center including “Symposium: Bruce Goff in Theory and Practice”, on the 23rd.

           

In Broken Arrow, the Lunch Box Spring Series runs the 5th-26th.

           

Just outside of Checotah, the original battlefield of the Battle of Honey Springs will roar with cannon and volley fire from April 29th-May 1st when 5,000 re-enactors take part in the nationally sanctioned re-enactment of this important Civil War battle. Visit Checotah.com for more details.

 

Claremore hosts several April events including the Home & Garden Show, 1st-3rd; J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum’s Daisy BB Gun Days, 15th-16th; “The Ghost of the Mansion” on the 1st and 2nd; Green Country Classic Ranch Rodeo, 29th-30th; and Destination Claremore, April 29th-May 7th.

           

Haskell’s Stone Bluff Cellars offers meals, wine tasting and more with a beautiful view. Check their site for specials.

           

Jenk’s Oklahoma Aquarium brings oceanic creatures to the Midwest’s doorstep. There’s always a new discovery in this attraction where sharks swim overhead and exhibit after exhibit of sea creatures delight and amaze.

           

Mannford hosts the Chamber Golf Tournament on the 22nd and Thursday Night Jackpot Bass Tournaments on the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th.

           

The exciting Miami Rodeo runs from the 28th-30th. National recording artist Josh Gracin headlines the Rodeo Miami Concert which follows the rodeo.

           

There is so much going on in Muskogee in April. Visit muskogeechamber.org for details. Here are just a few: Azalea Festival, 1st-30th; Midwest ATV Dirt Track Race, 22nd-23rd; Azalea Line Dance Jamboree, 9th; and the Renaissance Festival, April 30th-May 30th.

           

Owasso’s ever-growing Bouquet of Gardeners Spring Garden Festival is set for the 30th at Tyann Plaza at 169 and 96th St. You’ll love the variety of plants, gardening items and learning opportunities. There will be door prizes too!

 

The Pawnee Bill Ranch is hosting the Lion’s Club Easter Egg Hunt at the ranch in Pawnee, 23rd; and a non-denominational Easter Sunrise Service on the 24th with a fundraiser breakfast for Friends of the Pawnee Bill Ranch Assn.

           

Check out the charming town of Pawhuska where Oklahoma history begs your inquiry. Stroll the hilly streets and stop in a downtown diner for a local treat. On the 23rd, Hearts and Hands Outreach Mission takes place at the Community Center.

           

In Shidler, home of Bivin Garden, enjoy the town’s first annual Easter Egg Hunt on the 23rd in Coussen Park. The Garden opens May 5th, just in case you were wondering when you could visit this beautiful haven in Osage County.

           

Tahlequah’s Red Fern Festival, 29th-30th, charms visitors with activities reminiscent of a simpler time. Honoring Wilson Rawls, the author of the best-selling book “Where the Red Fern Grows,” the festival includes the Red Fern Chili Cook Off and Barbeque Extravaganza, live entertainment, 5K Run and One Mile Dog Jog, a car show, children’s activities including a crawdad pool, and more. Visit redfernfestival.com.

           

Green Country’s largest city, Tulsa, is ready for spring with activities going on just about everywhere. The Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium holds its ninth annual Aviator Ball on the 30th. The Tulsa Zoo hosts a celebration of apes and moneys with “APE-ril” on the 2nd. Nationally recognized museums Gilcrease and Philbrook host outstanding new exhibits. Entertainment of an endless variety is available in this friendly city. Check out the sites of the casino resorts, the BOK Center, and the Performing Arts Center which is hosting Bill Cosby on the 2nd and The Aluminum Show 5th-10th.

           

There are many more Green Country events in April. Visit individual sites or greencountryok.com for more. For a free copy of the 2011 Guide to Green Country, call 918.744.0588 or 800.652.6552.

           

Green Country Marketing Assn. is one of 11 multi-county organizations working with the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, the Oklahoma Travel Industry Assn. and the other 10 multi-county associations to promote the state tourism industry.