By Keli Clark

     Spring break is in progress across the state. If flying the friendly skies to a faraway theme park or swimming with the dolphins in an exotic location isn’t on your immediate travel agenda-don’t worry, you still have time for a fun getaway with the family. Budgeting your time and hard-earned savings can be easily achieved if you plan a retreat in your own home state. 

     Start your search with the click of a mouse., the official website of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department is an informational site with travel adventure ideas, including some with special offers and package deals. Click the Explore Oklahoma tab on the homepage to start your cyber journey for family fun. 

     Fresh air and sunshine is always high on our priority list for good health. The link for Oklahoma State Parks is the best bet for planning your escape to nature. The state parks are an economical choice for families of all sizes and age ranges. The parks are located throughout the state making each location a unique destination. From the wind-whipped sand dunes of Little Sahara in Waynoka to the cypress trees lining the clear stream of the Lower Mountain Fork River at Beavers Bend near Broken Bow, or the tall grass prairies surrounding Osage Hills; the parks offer an environmental kaleidoscope to all outdoor enthusiasts. Some recreational activities include camping, fishing, hiking, bicycle, equestrian and ATV trails. Golfers can choose from seven state park golf courses and lodges and cabins are available for those who enjoy creature comforts while seeking outdoor adventure. Online booking links on the state park home page are available for cabin and lodge room reservations and for booking tee times on the golf courses.

     Other links on the home page offer more options when mapping your road trip. Video clips from the popular Discover Oklahoma television program showcase rural and urban cities, attractions, events, and feature mouth-watering food dishes at down-home diners and local restaurants. Hit the link for the award-winning magazine Oklahoma Today, and you’ll find visually stunning photography and stories written by the magazine’s talented writers that are sure to entice your desire to see everything that’s offered in the pages of the magazine.

     Need more ideas? Highlight the links for Agritourism, which feature agriculturally related adventures such as berry farms, wineries, orchards and working ranches. Family Activities offers programs, events and attractions that cater to children and Route 66 will guide you to places from east to west along the internationally famous mother road.  

     Also, don’t forget the publications you can pick up at any statewide Travel information Center such as the 2012 Travel Guide, Destination Dining Guide, Route 66 Guide, Agritourism Map and of course an official state map so you can pinpoint your travels. 

     Put a little spring in your step and celebrate the splendor of the season. Find fun family adventures around every corner and along every highway throughout Oklahoma.