Lions, tigers and outlaws, oh my! 10 local Spring Break destinations

With spring break coming, many students will be using the week to travel to exciting destinations.
For students who simply cannot afford to travel far, there are closer activities for a night out, a day trip  or weekend getaway within the state:

Dave and Busters-OKC
Known for: being an arcade for adults. Dave and Busters requires that an adult accompany all guests under 18 years of age.

Oklahoma City Zoo–OKC
Known for: having lions, tigers, and bears, oh my! The Oklahoma City Zoo also has an exhibit showing all the different animals that can be found in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma City Museum of Art–OKC
Known for: an extensive art collection and Cocktails on the Skyline, which happens on Thursday nights.

Robber’s Cave State Park–Wilberton
Known for: being a former hideout of outlaws Jesse James and Belle Starr. Rumor has it treasure may still be buried near the cave.
Alabaster Caverns – Freedom
Known for: being the largest gypsum cave in the world open to the public.

Redbud Valley Preserve–Catoosa
Known for: having mountain, prairie, and desert life within its premises. Many of the plants and animals found within Redbud Valley’s borders are found nowhere else in northeastern Oklahoma.

The Great Salt Plains – Jet
Known for: having a saltwater lake. The area is also covered with salt crystals, left behind from a prehistoric ocean.

Little Sahara State Park – Waynoka
Known for: its sand dunes. Little Sahara is a favorite for dune buggy and ATV riders.

G. W. Exotic Animal Memorial Park – Wynnewood
Known for: providing a sanctuary for abused and abandoned exotic animals throughout the country.

Philbrook Museum of Art–Tulsa
Known for: both its art collection, and beautiful gardens.

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