CITYSCAPES AND WILD BEAUTY Ok­la­homa

Take in town and na­ture on a Sooner State es­cape. Ur­ban lights burn bright with at­trac­tions at Christ­mas and be­yond, while state parks of­fer peace­ful post-hol­i­day havens.

Midwest Living - - Special Partnet Section -

OK­LA­HOMA CITY WON­DERS Down­town in De­cem­ber keeps the heart of Ok­la­homa’s cap­i­tal city puls­ing with fes­tive fun. Be daz­zled by the Brick­town Tree Light­ing Fes­ti­val (Novem­ber 23), skate out­doors at Devon Ice Rink (Novem­ber 10–Jan­uary 27), find unique gifts at hol­i­day pop-up shops in Mid­town (Novem­ber 23–De­cem­ber 23), prance at your pace in the San­dridge Santa Run (De­cem­ber 1) and take a mag­i­cal water taxi ride on the Brick­town Canal (Novem­ber 23– De­cem­ber 30). Most events are free, and all take place in the glow of hol­i­day lights.

TULSA HOT SPOTS

T-town beck­ons with world-class cul­ture like Ok­la­homa Aquar­ium (in nearby Jenks), the Gil­crease Mu­seum, the Philbrook Mu­seum of Art, and the Tulsa Air and Space Mu­seum and Plan­e­tar­ium. The Blue Dome En­ter­tain­ment District down­town of­fers a rich ar­ray of at­trac­tions, nightlife and restau­rants, in­clud­ing the name­sake Blue Dome build­ing (a 1920s oil sta­tion) and Dilly Diner, fa­mous for break­fast fa­vorites served all day.

WHERE TO WATCH EA­GLES Ok­la­homa’s ea­gle-watch­ing sea­son peaks in Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary, when as many as 2,000 of the mag­nif­i­cent birds call the state home for the win­ter. See them at state parks, in­clud­ing Se­quoyah State Park (about an hour south­east of Tulsa), Key­stone State Park (about 20 min­utes west of Tulsa) and Lake Thun­der­bird State Park in Nor­man.

OK­LA­HOMA AQUAR­IUM, JENKS

DILLY DINER, TULSA

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