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By Austin Tackett
Summer is here which means the skies are sunny, the temperature is rising, and the kids are out of school. Between our great State Parks, world class attractions, and superb festivals, Oklahoma offers plenty of opportunities to help take advantage of the nice summer weather and extra free time. Of course no summer vacation would be complete without taking a memorable road trip, and Oklahoma once again provides plenty of opportunities to do just that.
I recently decided to take a day trip from Seminole to Ada on Highway 377 going southbound from I-40. The trip is pretty short, but still packed to the brim with great sites to see.
Just a few miles down the highway lays Seminole, a town whose rich oil history makes it the perfect home for the Oklahoma Oil Museum. The Oil Museum is home to various oil working artifacts, photographs, and a diorama of a working oil field from the 1920s. Visitors to the museum love to view the beautiful on site memory garden which is dedicated to families who have served in the oil industry.
Another great attraction in Seminole is the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum. Here children ranging in age from three to 12 can inhabit an imaginary town where they become the doctor, judge, firefighter, waterworks engineer and more. Kids go crazy for the superSONIC Express train ride, as well as the incredible 12,000 square foot outdoor maze. The Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum is easily one of the best hands on learning experiences for kids within the state; make sure you don’t miss it!
The hilly stretch of highway between Seminole and Ada is a beautiful representation of the lush scenic landscape of south eastern Oklahoma. The summer weather grantees that the brightest thickest greens and snappiest sky blues will contrast in waves as you cruise along. This is most certainly the time and place to put the top down, and the radio up.
Ada is a beautiful little town that manages to be quiet and relaxed, while at the same time still busy with excitement. Part of this perfect paradox has to do with East Central University, whose presence in the town keeps a steady flow of energy and young new faces in town.
This charming vibrancy is on full display in Ada’s bustling Downtown Main Street area, which is both larger and more active than nearly any historic downtown area you’ll find anyplace else. This beautiful downtown has it all! Health food shops, antique stores, jewelers, banks, furniture stores, great restaurants, independent clothing boutiques, and much more can be found in this thriving area.
So, if you’re looking for a cheap easy day trip, remember Seminole and Ada are just around the corner. Places to learn, shop, eat, and relax await you with small town convenience and charm.
We’ll be keeping the great road trip ideas coming next month, but if you have any travel tips that you’d like to share with us or any other feed back write us at Roadtrips@travelok.com. For more information on how to plan your next road trip adventure, make sure to check out the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department’s website, www.travelok.com or by calling the Oklahoma Travel Experts at 1-800-652-6552.