Oklahoma has a rich heritage and deeply storied past, but discovering that information isn’t always simple! Where do we begin? One way to start is by exploring with the aid of a tour guide, who can supply guests with all of the tidbits, stories and interesting facts you’ll need to know. Get to understand Oklahoma’s history and culture on these 10 great guided tours in the state.
The Friends of the Mansion volunteers are always knowledgeable and informative about the different aspects of the Governor’s Mansion. Tours are only available on Wednesdays, and you have to make a reservation. Your tour guide takes you through most of the mansion and talks about some of the artwork and décor, as well as the different governors.
If you’ve ever wondered how ice cream is made, this is the tour to take. Braum’s offers tours of their farm and plant twice a day, Monday through Friday. Reservations are required, but the tour is free. Get an inside look at one of Oklahoma’s best companies.
Guthrie is a great town to experience history. The Guthrie Ghost Walk takes about 90 minutes, and you’ll walk along the same streets that hosted outlaws, politicians and actors. You’ll hear tales of murder and heartbreak that will make your skin crawl. Watch carefully and you might even encounter one of Guthrie’s spirits yourself.
Catch the trolley at 2nd and Harrison for a guided tour through the city of Guthrie. It costs $5 per adult, and you’ll get a narrated ride that gives a lot of information about famous residents and architecture. It compares the different styles of homes and tells you about the history of the town.
This tour takes you through a graveyard where you’ll get all kinds of tales of the paranormal. German soldiers have their graves in this cemetery, as do many of Oklahoma’s most interesting citizens. The historians have done their homework, and it’s very informative and detailed. You have to pre-pay for the tour, but it’s worth scheduling.
This walking tour gives you a look at some of Oklahoma’s favorite and most historic restaurants. You walk through the neighborhood, then stop and eat at a few different places with the group.
Tulsa Spirit Tours offers different themed tours throughout the year, but they all revolve around finding the ghosts and spirits in the community.
Learn more about the Chisolm Trail when you take one of these walking, bus or trolley tours. Occasionally, they offer horse-drawn carriage rides through the city, where you’ll get some great information about the people who once lived in the area.
Grisso Mansion offers guided tours of this gorgeous home with custom crown molding and Italian tile. The 11,000-square-foot mansion was built in 1928 and is a nice example of Italian Renaissance architecture. During the candlelight tour, you might catch one of the many ghosts who are said to live here.
The Oklahoma State Capitol is the only capitol in the world with working oil wells on the ground. There are 650 rooms in the building, and it houses some of the most beautiful artwork in the city. Self-guided tours are available every day of the week, but volunteers offer 45-minute tours Monday through Friday at specific times of the day.