The thought of going on a family vacation, even a short weekend getaway with the kids, can be enough to make some parents nervous and anxious before the trip even begins. From deciding where to go to packing the right (or wrong) items, there is a lot to consider when heading out on an adventure. A combination of fun family activities and lasting memories makes these Chickasaw Country weekend getaways with the kids worth it.

Chickasaw National Recreation Area
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Chickasaw National Recreation Area

A Best Attraction finalist in “The Best of Chickasaw Country 2014,” parents and kids will appreciate this fun outdoor adventure area. The recreation area’s pristine waters make for a relaxing setting for parents, while the whole family can enjoy a picnic or games in the scenic park. Combined flora and fauna from eastern deciduous forests and western prairies make for an interesting learning experience for everyone.

Tiger Safari Zoological Park

It’s hard to find a kid who’s reluctant to visit a zoo, especially one that features over 135 animals. During a trip here, it’s likely that you will see some of, if not all, of the following animals:

  • Red kangaroos
  • Exotic birds
  • Reptiles
  • White tigers
  • Wallabies
  • Fennec foxes

Visitors to the zoo can choose to stay overnight in authentic African huts, a Jungle Safari Tree House or enjoy primitive camping with the kids under the stars.

photo credit: REI
photo credit: REI

Bedré Fine Chocolate Factory

It doesn’t take much of a sweet tooth to head over to this fine chocolate establishment, the Best Attraction winner in “The Best of Chickasaw Country 2014.” An expansive 34,000 square feet of facility space allows for a large manufacturing floor and retail shop, not to mention a wealth of confectionery delicacies and gifts to keep the kids happy!

Arbuckle Mountains

This ancient mountain range spans 35 miles from east to west. Visitors come for the waterfalls, hiking trails and lakes in the area. Popular recreation areas in the mountain range include Turner Falls Park, the Chickasaw National Recreation Area and Lake of the Arbuckles.

Ardmore City Lake

Refreshing crystal clear water and five miles of shoreline means plenty of opportunities for families to experience the great outdoors over one weekend. Some of the lake’s amenities include:

  • Group facilities
  • Recreation room
  • Horseshoes
  • Cabins/cottages
  • Playground
  • Hotel/motel
  • Camping

The lake’s 160 surface acres means lots of swimming, boating and fishing. The lake’s array of fish includes Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass and Sunfish.

AMTRAK Heartland Flyer

Travel­-weary parents will appreciate taking a trip by train rather than trying to keep kids entertained on a long car ride. The AMTRACK Heartland Flyer offers two daily train rides, one each way, with stops in Norman, Purcell, Pauls Valley, Ardmore and Gainesville. The train provides passenger rail service between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth, Texas.

Braum’s Family Farm

Experience one of the largest global dairy operations at the Braum’s Family Farm, which has over 10,000 acres of land. The farm’s features include: state­-of-­the­-art processing plant, milk barn, private dairy herd and bakery. Additional perks include guided tours and a glimpse of the workers as they make ice cream, ice cream cones and cookies and milk.

Finish the day with free samples of Braum’s ice cream.

What is your idea of a perfect weekend with your kids?


Hey there, I’m Tiffany! I’m a work-at-home mom of two rambunctious children (Jasmine, 9 + Sean II, 5) and recently widowed at just 35 years old. I've remarried and currently live right outside of Baton Rouge in Denham Springs, Louisiana with two adoring cats and a dog. Let's connect on Twitter @fabulousmomblog.

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