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Oklahoma Staycation: 7 Fun Things to Do While Staying Close to Home

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By    |   Friday, 27 Feb 2015 08:38 AM

For many people, a vacation means taking a trip to another state or country, but that doesn't always have to be the case, especially when in Oklahoma. Planning a family staycation can cost less, produce memories and uncover fun activities close to home.

Here are six fun things to do in the state of Oklahoma:

1. Will Rogers Memorial Museum and Birthplace Ranch: The American icon was more than just an Oklahoma cowboy. He was a movie star, syndicated newspaper columnist, humorist, author and philanthropist. The museum and birthplace ranch, located nine miles apart in Claremore and Oologah, Oklahoma, respectively, offer visitors the chance to experience Rogers' childhood and share in his many accomplishments as an adult.

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2. Pawnee Bill Ranch Historic Site & Museum: While Buffalo Bill is synonymous with the Wild West shows of the early 20th century, few have heard of his short-lived traveling show with fellow trick-shooter "Pawnee Bill," who was a world-renowned entertainer in his own right. Visitors to Pawnee, Oklahoma can tour the 14-room mansion of Pawnee and his wife, May. Built in 1910, the home contains family memorabilia, photographs, original art work, and many of the original furnishings. Also, tour the accompanying museum, blacksmith shop, 1903 log cabin, 1926 barn and Indian Flower Shrine.

3. Hallett Motor Racing Circuit: Located in Jennings, Hallett Motor Racing Circuit is a 1.8 mile, 10-turn road-racing course, with more than 80 feet of elevation change courtesy of nearby Osage Hills. The track hosts auto, motorcycle, and go-kart races.

4. Stone Wolf Casino: If gambling interests you, the Stone Wolf Casino in Pawnee offers more than 200 electronic games, and Howler's famous BBQ on the grounds. Families on staycation will definitely enjoy.

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5. Tulsa Air & Space Museum & Planetarium: Opened in 1998, TASM's expanding mission is to "preserve Oklahoma's aerospace heritage and inspire science-based learning through discovery," according to their website. Housed on nearly 18 acres near Tulsa International Airport, the interactive planetarium has numerous historical displays, hands-on science exhibits, a flight simulator lab, and full-dome presentations.

6. Historic Route 66: The most famous road in the U.S., Route 66 spans across eight states from Illinois to California. Of its' 2,448 miles, 426 are in Oklahoma, representing the largest drivable stretch in the country. Drive past more than 120 historic signs, and see charming slices of Americana, including the Coleman Theater, Foyil Totem Pole Park, the Blue Whale, Pop's giant soda bottle, and Tulsa's giant Golden Driller statue on the fairgrounds.

7. Oklahoma City National Memorial:  Located in downtown Oklahoma City, visitors can pay their respects at the site of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Solemn reminders appear throughout the grounds, including an outdoor Field of Empty Chairs, the bronze Gates of Time and the Survivor Tree.

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For many people, a vacation means taking a trip to another state or country, but that doesn't always have to be the case, especially when in Oklahoma. Planning a family staycation can cost less, produce memories and uncover fun activities close to home.
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