Ultimate Terrors is the sprawling, aptly named abode of the storied Skull family, as well as the area's prime destination for professionally administered Halloween thrills. Unlike generic VIP passes, which are only good for complimentary escargot-encrusted monocles, this VIP pass gains fast access to the park’s three central attractions. VIPs can enter each exhibit before others via the Speed Pass line, a sanctioned short cut that does not violate any federal cuts, butts, or coconuts ordinances. Start the happily horrific ordeal in one of Oklahoma’s largest haunted houses—the 18-room 4,000-square-foot Skull Manor––and meet its undead, perpetually behind-in-rent tenants. Next, visit Code Blue, a haunted hospital whose 16 rooms showcase ghoulish inpatients and predictably foul-smelling cafeteria fare. Finally, the realm of 3-D Chaos inspires last-minute self-reflection after victims get lost in its maze-like twists, turns, and inherently evil shrubbery. Those who make it through the dark triptych alive will receive a commemorative photo.
Deep in the woods, the thick canopy blocks out what little moonlight permeates the night sky. Through the panoramic darkness, the ominous sounds of distant screams, rustling branches, and twigs snapped under mysterious footfalls convey one message: you are not alone. Ghouls and other fiendish creatures lurk around every corner at Scream Country Haunted Hayride & Forest, ready to ambush passersby with heart-stopping, spine-tingling shouts of “boo!” or requests for directions to the nearest gas station. Set on more than 40 acres of twisting forest, Scream Country invites intrepid guests to explore the fearsome darkness, acquainting themselves with the paranormal vibes that charge the air every October.
With a licensed driver behind the wheel, Bricktown Bike Bar allows guests to safely pedal from bar to bar. The entirely muscle-powered vehicle cruises through downtown Oklahoma City on a planned or custom route, as guests hop on and off to refill growlers. The bike bar equips guests with the bike and the driver and encourages guests to provide their own snacks and beverages.
Since its founding 75 years ago in a graceful 1920s mansion, Philbrook Museum of Art has grown to become one of the preeminent art museums of the central United States. The cornerstone of its permanent collection is its wide-ranging survey of Native American art, from traditional basketry to 20th-century paintings. Other highlights include Renaissance and Baroque paintings from the Kress Foundation and an American art collection including 15 paintings by Andrew Wyeth.
Outside, the museum's 23 acres of grounds includes a lush garden whose trails run alongside native Oklahoma plants and plants that relocated to Oklahoma after college. An architectural addition features an auditorium, restaurant, library, and education studios, many of which host the Philbrook's interactive, enlightening programs and events. In the summer, these include daytime art camps for six- to 12-year-olds and a nighttime film series that screens features in the garden. The Philbrook's growing modern and contemporary art collections can be found at a satellite campus in downtown Tulsa, which also contains the Eugene B. Adkins Collection and Study Center of Native American Art.
Jack Spears and his sons David and Austin want people to love the Illinois River as much as they do, so they placed their resort's expansive camping, RV, and cabin grounds on the bank in positions that allow boarders to appreciate the scenery year-round. In the summer, their General Store's ice-cream fountain pours nonstop as river-goers take a rest in the shop's shade. The resort boasts year-round security to preserve campers' gear and scare off loitering snowmen in the winter. The staff also doles out dry goods, supplies, and groceries to campers or families staying in the manors of Pine Valley Retreat throughout the year.
Boasting a full arsenal of medals and bottle honors, Sand Hill Vineyards presents Oklahomans with premium pouring grounds. Grab a friend or loved one and sip samples of pinot grigio, merlot, and Riesling at Sand Hill's tasting room (normally a $3 tasting fee per person). You'll also receive a bottle of wine that you can take home to love and raise as your own, only to eventually consume its insides and dispose of its empty shell. Fans of white wines will appreciate a chardonnay ($12) or Riesling ($12); on the colorful end of the spectrum, try a chocolate port-style wine ($20), a cabernet reserve ($18), or choose from a number of other options.