9 Easy Road Trips From Tulsa
There are so many kid-friendly attractions within driving distance of Tulsa. Here are eight suggestions for a low-stress road trip! Most of these locations are close enough to be an easy day trip, but a couple might be more suited to an overnight stay.
1. Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Located less than an hour or so from Tulsa, Bartlesville makes the perfect day trip! Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve is perhaps the premier Bartlesville attraction, but the Price Tower Arts Center, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is also well worth a visit! During the summer, the Bartlesville Kiddie Park offers a low-cost option for families with young kids.
- Bartlesville Kiddie Park (Open seasonally. Closes for the 2020 season on August 29), 205 N. Cherokee Ave., Bartlesville, kiddiepark.net. Hours: Open Fridays and Saturdays starting May 1 until the last day of school, 7-10 p.m. Once school is out, the park is open Tuesdays through Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays, 7-10 p.m.
- Price Tower Arts Center, 510 Dewey Ave., Bartlesville, pricetower.org. Hours: Open daily, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
- Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve, 1925 Woolaroc Ranch Rd., Bartlesville, woolaroc.org. Hours: Open Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
2. Bentonville, Arkansas
In addition to miles of hiking and biking trails, Bentonville, Arkansas, boasts both an incredible art museum and a popular children’s museum! For more suggestions, check out this article all about Bentonville!
Photo by Jen Kerckhoff
- Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, 600 Museum Way, Bentonville, AR, crystalbridges.org. Hours: Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Monday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
- Scott Family Amazeum, 1009 Museum Way, Bentonville, AR, amazeum.org. Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Closed Tuesday.
- The Momentary, 507 SE St., Bentonville, AR, themomentary.org. Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
- The Walmart Museum, 105 N. Main St., Bentonville, AR, walmartmuseum.com. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 12-9 p.m.
3. Dallas, Texas
Don’t try to do Dallas in a day. But definitely consider putting this vibrant city on your road trip bucket list! Plus…they have an IKEA!
- Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas, dallasarboretum.org. Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Great Wolf Lodge, 100 Great Wolf Dr., Grapevine, greatwolf.com. Hours: Open 7 days a week. Great Wolf is both a water park and hotel, so you can stay overnight!
- LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy, Grapevine, dallasfw.legolanddiscoverycenter.org. Hours: Open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- Nasher Sculpture Center, 2201 Flora St., Dallas, nashersculpturecenter.org. Hours: Open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Perot Museum of Nature and Science, 2201 N. Field St., Dallas, perotmuseum.org. Hours: Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
4. Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Known for its artistic community, downtown Eureka Springs is a joy to discover. Look for popular landmarks like the Rainbow Staircase and Humpty Dumpty! Check out Tara Rittler’s blog post, “8 Reasons to Love Eureka Springs,” for more travel suggestions.
- Christ of the Ozarks, 935 Passion Play Rd., Eureka Springs, greatpassionplay.org. Hours: Open daily, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
- Onyx Cave Park, 338 Onyx Cave Lane, Eureka Springs, onyxcaveeurekasprings.org. Hours: Call for hours (479.253.9321)
- Thorncrown Chapel, 12968 Hwy 62 West, Eureka Springs, thorncrown.com. Hours: See details here.
- Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, 239 Turpentine Creek Lane, Eureka Springs, turpentinecreek.org. Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
5. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
We are constantly amazed by how much there is to do in Oklahoma City! In addition to some of their incredible museums, plan some time to explore OKC’s shopping districts, including the Paseo and Plaza Districts!
- Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno Ave., Oklahoma City, oklahomacitybotanicalgardens.com. Hours: Outdoor grounds are open daily, 6 a.m.-11 p.m.; Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory is open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
- National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St., Oklahoma City, nationalcowboymuseum.org. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 12-5 p.m.
- Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr., Oklahoma City, okcmoa.com. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 12-5 p.m. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
- Science Museum Oklahoma, 2020 Remington Pl., Oklahoma City, sciencemuseumok.com. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Scissortail Park, 300 SW 7th St., Oklahoma City, scissortailpark.org. Hours: Open daily, 6 a.m.-11 p.m.
6. Pawhuska, Oklahoma
Have you visited the Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile yet? If not, Spring Break could be the perfect opportunity! We recommend showing up early for breakfast because their pancakes are delicious! After breakfast, pay a visit to the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, where the road is often surrounded by buffalo or other wildlife.
- Osage Nation Museum, 819 Grandview Ave., Pawhuska, www.osagenation-nsn.gov/museum. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, 15316 Co Rd. 4201, Pawhuska, nature.org. Hours: Open daily from dawn to dusk
- The Ben Johnson Cowboy Museum, 201 E. 6th St., Pawhuska, facebook.com/benjohnsoncowboymuseum. Hours: Open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
- The Pioneer Woman Mercantile, 532 Kihekah Ave., Pawhuska, themercantile.com. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Closed Sunday.
7. Springfield, Missouri
When our web editor took a day trip to Springfield, she was impressed at how easy the drive was. Wonders of Wildlife Museum & Aquarium was chosen the Best New Attraction of 2018 by USA Today Readers, but there are other things to do in this fun city as well!
You can even do a shark dive at Wonders of Wildlife!
- Discovery Center of Springfield, 438 St. Louis, Springfield, discoverycenter.org. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
- Fantastic Caverns, 4872 N. Farm Rd. 125, Springfield, fantasticcaverns.com. Hours:
- Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium, 500 W. Sunshine St., Springfield, wondersofwildlife.org. Hours: See schedule here
8. Stillwater, Oklahoma
If someone in your family attended OSU, a quick visit to Stillwater could also be a fun trip down memory lane. Try dining at the original Hideaway or Eskimo Joe’s! Beyond that, here are some kid-friendly activities to do while there:
- Oklahoma WONDERtorium, 308 W. Franklin Ln., Stillwater, okwondertorium.org. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
- The Botanic Garden at OSU, 3300 W. 6th St., Stillwater, botanicgarden.okstate.edu. Hours: South entrance open daily dawn to dusk; North entrance open weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
9. Wichita, Kansas
At 2 hours and 45 minutes from Tulsa, a visit to Wichita may work better as a two-day trip. Popular dining and coffee options include: Milkfloat, Reverie Coffee Roasters, Cocoa Dolce and Old Mill Tasty Shop.
- Botanica, 701 Amidon St., Wichita, botanica.org. Hours: Open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd., Wichita, exploration.org. Hours: Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 12-5 p.m.
- Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 W. Museum Blvd., Wichita, oldcowtown.org. Hours: Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 W. Zoo Blvd., Wichita, scz.org. Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.