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Oklahoma’s third largest city, is home to performing arts, unique museums and galleries, year-round festivals, and nationally recognized sports teams. This is the place to bring the family to experience world-class attractions, lodging and restaurants,  all in the unique environment of a university community.
Kids and dinosaurs go together like peanut butter and jelly and one of the best places in the country to get up close and personal with dinosaurs is the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History ( ) where you can journey through 500 million years of history. Part of the University of Oklahoma, the museum houses more than 6 million artifacts and specimens in its  collections and features dynamic displays on human, plant and animal life, but its resident dinosaurs are always a big hit with the whole family! This amazing, child friendly museum boasts record-breaking dinosaurs that cannot be viewed anywhere else, like the world’s largest Apatosaurus (also known as the ‘Brontosaurus’). The museum’s Pentaceratops skeleton with its  10½-foot-tall skull has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest dinosaur skull. These and other prehistoric giants grace the Hall of Ancient Life and leave kids staring up in amazement. But looking up at  the towering giants is not the only vantage point you can get on Sam Noble’s dinosaurs – the whole family can board the glass "dinovator" for an adventure which takes guests up 26 feet to meet the Apatosaurus eye-to-eye.

The Hall of Natural  Wonders is a wonderland showcasing the diversity of Oklahoma’s wildlife. In a series of detailed dioramas, visitors are taken on a walk through the state’s diverse landscapes to meet wildlife on its own turf. Visit a coyote den, watch buffalo  lazily grazing while a rattlesnake poises for a strike, and walk through an interactive cave exhibit where you’ll find bats and other cave-specialized species. Kids will particularly enjoy the many hands-on exhibits and interactive displays, as  well as trying to spot the many camouflaged animals hiding in the dioramas. The cultures of Oklahoma’s native people are explored in the Hall of the People of Oklahoma. Here you will learn how the earliest Oklahomans hunted mammoth and bison and  view examples of early Native American dwellings and tools. A native storyteller weaves a dramatic tale of a buffalo hunt while events are highlighted in a display area that becomes a theater through the innovative use of light and still drawings. Learn  the secrets of turning a tree into a canoe, view artifacts from spearheads to jewelry, and learn more about the ceremonies and traditions of Native Oklahomans. Don’t miss the Discovery Room with its "Please Touch" policy. This is an exciting educational  experience where activities include a dinosaur dig where children can excavate casts of real Oklahoma dinosaur fossils, and dozens of hands-on discovery drawers and activity boxes filled with objects from the museum’s collection that can be taken  out, handled and explored.

While you’re in Norman, there are several other family-friendly activities that you won’t want to miss. Soak up some "Sooner Magic" with a tour of the beautiful  and historic University of Oklahoma campus which is home of the seven-time national championship OU football team. Or visit Perfect Swing Family Fun Centre ( for a day of excitement with go-kart rides, bumper boats, batting cages, miniature golf, and a large indoor play area.

One of the most historically significant cities west of the Mississippi River, Tahlequah was the end of the Trail of Tears for the eastern Cherokees and has been the capital of the Cherokee Nation since 1841. A wonderful place to visit is the Tsa-La-Gi, an ancient village depicting Cherokee living, which can be viewed at the Cherokee Heritage Center (, along with Indian art, crafts and books. Here you can experience interactive exhibits and view artifacts while learning about the history of the Cherokee people in their original homeland in the Southeastern United States as well as their new home and capital in Oklahoma. Don’t miss the evening performances of the Trail of Tears Drama in the 1,500-seat open-air amphitheater. The whole family will be fascinated by this timeless, true story of the forced removal of the Cherokees from their native homeland and relocation to Indian Territory.

Cherokee Heritate Center


An ideal place for a safari tour is the Abuckle Wilderness  ( ), an exotic animal drive-thru park where you can feed llamas, giraffes and mountain goats right from your  car window. This well laid out park is a great place to visit and kids will love feeding the animals and enjoy the camel rides, paddle boats and go carts.

Nearby is the Turner Falls Park ( where kids will enjoy splashing around in one of Oklahoma's most popular recreation spots. The 77-foot waterfall and surrounding natural caves and pools make it a playground for young and  old. There are picnic areas and lots of places for the kids to run free, but this is a very popular spot and does get very busy in the high season.

In Pauls Valley is the Bedre Chocolate Factory ( ) where the whole family can see a wonderful assortment of chocolate being made and then sample the delicious products in the chocolate shop.


Recommended place to stay...

Montford Inn

The Montford Inn, built in 1994, was custom-designed to create a unique quality and personalized atmosphere, achieving a distinctive ambience through a combination of elegance and country tradition. The owners welcome children.


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