There was a time when Robbers Cave State Park wasn’t named as such. If it had, it would have been a pretty obvious tip for police, who might have stumbled upon outlaws such as Jesse James, Belle Starr, and the Youngers hiding out from the law. The wooded hills, rugged caves, and remote location amid the Sans Bois Mountains made it an ideal place for the infamous to disappear after robbing a train or showing the townsfolk their bare ankles.
Today, this same natural landscape attracts a different sort of adventurer—rock climbers, cave explorers, and all manner of outdoor enthusiasts. The park's 8,200 acres include three fishable lakes that teem with trout and perch, and the trails offer scenic trips for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. Climbers scale and rappel sandstone cliffs, and the wilderness area's wildlife attracts hunters and nature watchers.
After trying to track down the old outlaw cave among the sandstone hills and cliffs—which can reach heights of 1,500 feet—visitors warm up next to the fireplace in one of the park's 26 cabins. To make visits comfortable, these feature fully equipped kitchens, linens, and satellite TV, as well as central heat and air. The Belle Starr View Lodge also welcomes guests, and there are plenty of sites for tents, RVs, and stockpiles of loot as well.
For more than 25 years, the Hale family has owned and operated Star Skates throughout Oklahoma, serving up exercise opportunities to children and adults under the clever guise of having fun. Grab a friend, family member, or willing pet and hit the rink, where a pair of rental skates awaits. Star Skate opens its doors to the public on Friday nights, Saturdays, and Sundays, rendering weekends an ideal time to prepare for a future spent performing couples dances to disco music.
Gather a group of up to 30 folks for a private joyride down to the ranch's secluded Cowboy Camp, where picnic benches and a large grill are provided for outdoor feasts. Play volleyball in the serene backwoods, watch the multi-hued sunset, or roast marshmallows underneath an all-encompassing blanket of stars. Sequoyah Riding Stables can tailor hayrides to fit any group, with musicians, cowboy storytellers, and poets available for extra entertainment. During your visit, you'll also make acquaintance with Bojangles, the stables' buffalo, and have the opportunity to feed this sociable bison by hand.
Dust clouds form from the hooves of two warhorses thundering across the jousting field. Across the way, a falcon wheels in the sky, spotting prey for his master. Meanwhile, King Henry watches from a tall stone tower, pleased with the bustling marketplace below. It isn’t the year 1539, and it isn’t planet Camelot IV in the Avalonian system. It’s the modern-day Oklahoma Renaissance Festival, held at the Castle of Muskogee every summer for nearly 20 years.
Every merchant and performer has a story to tell, from Sir Robert Vinterhawk of Birds of Prey to the painter Lady Anne, who creates lush portraits of the castle’s guests. The Tribal Circus performs gravity-defying feats without the aid of strings or wizardry, and the mysterious masked man of Cast in Bronze enraptures his audience with the sanctified tones of carillon bells. For adrenaline-pumping thrills, the human chess game —where life-size pieces engage in full battle—is second only to the raucous jousting tourney. Guests can further immerse themselves in a lost era with a spin around the maypole or by dressing up for the daily costume contest.
The Rusty Nail Winery is a premier tourist destination in southern Oklahoma. Tourists and locals alike can sip, taste, relax, select the perfect bottle of wine to take home, explore our unique gift shop, or sample tasty foods from our Bistro.
In 2000, the city of Pauls Valley hosted VISION 2010, a series of meetings where locals proposed goals they had for the next 10 years. When it came to creating new city attractions, the VISION 2010 turned to local toy designer and collector Kevin Stark. Five years later, one October 15, 2005, the Toy and Action Figure Museum welcomed its first visitors. Inside, more than 13,000 collectibles––from Incredible Hulks and Millennium Falcons to Wonder Womans and Simpsons toys––celebrate the art of the action figure.
For devotees of the Dark Knight, meanwhile, the "Batcave" traces the evolution of Batman figures, from Tim Burton's moody caped crusader to Christopher Nolan's even moodier caped crusader. Over in the playroom, youngsters can even dive deeper into make-believe by playing with toys and dressing up in a handful of costumes. Besides action figures, the museum houses The Oklahoma Cartoonist Collection, a retrospective of drawings by notable state artists such as Zack Mosley and Carole Bender.