7 Best Things to Do in Yukon, Oklahoma

Yukon, Oklahoma

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Yukon, Oklahoma, located just 20 minutes west of Oklahoma City, is worth a visit. The town is named after the Yukon River in Canada and Alaska, and is an American Indian name meaning Big River. Here, you'll find an abundance of activities to check out, including picturesque parks and trails, historic museums, and a surprising amount of Czech culture and history. While you're in town, pay a visit to the railroad museum, get your kicks on Route 66, and check out the Clydesdale draft horses up close. In October, the celebrated Czech heritage festival is a major draw for visitors. Here's how to make the most of your time there.

01 of 07

Enjoy Locally Made Wines at Farfella

Farfalla Wines

Farfalla Wines

While fine wine may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Yukon or even Oklahoma, it's where you'll find Farfalla Wines, a family-run winery whose name means "butterfly" in Italian.

Stop by the tasting room, which is only open two weekends each month, to sample dry, semi-sweet, and a selection of featured wines that change throughout the year—dry reds like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, dry whites like Chardonnay, semi-sweet wines like peach Chardonnay, scarlet cranberry, black cherry red, and strawberry Riesling—as well as other seasonal varieties.

505 Poplar Ave, Yukon, OK 73099, USA
Phone +1 405-354-8381
02 of 07

Visit Yukon's Many Museums

Yukon Veteran's Museum

Yukon Veteran's Museum

1010 W Main St, Yukon, OK 73099-1044, USA
Phone +1 405-514-6794

The city of Yukon features several museum options for history lovers, including Yukon's Best Railroad Museum, which is open by appointment and features vintage train cars, and the Yukon Farm Museum, which offers a closer look at historic tractors and other farming equipment.

Nearby, the Yukon Historical Society Museum and Art Center features a replica of businesses on Main Street as well as a complete history of the town and performances by the Stage Door Theatre group. The Yukon Veteran's Museum, open by appointment, is a place where local veterans have put together collections from World Wars I and II, the Korean War, and more recent international conflicts.

03 of 07

Celebrate Czech Heritage

Oklahoma Czech Festival

Czech Festival

205 N Czech Hall Rd, Yukon, OK 73099-6546, USA
Phone +1 405-324-8073

Yukon is known as the Czech capital of Oklahoma and the annual Oklahoma Czech Festival, which celebrates the Czech heritage of the area, is held on the first Saturday of October each year. Thousands turn out to get a taste of culture, food, music, dancing, traditional costumes, and arts and crafts hailing from the Czech Republic. The customs and foods you will experience here have been handed down through the generations dating all the way back to the Czech settlers who came to the area in the late 19th century.

The Czech festival typically starts at 10 a.m. with one of the state’s largest parades on Main Street. Afterward, at Czech Hall, you can enjoy plenty of family-friendly entertainment including polka music and dancing, carnival rides, and an arts and crafts show—save room for Czech pastries and sandwiches. All year long, Czech Hall, built in 1901, is a social center and meeting place hosting everything from lodge meetings and parties to plays, language classes, and polka dances.

04 of 07

See the Historic Downtown Along Route 66

Oklahoma Route 66 Sign along the historic Route 66 in the State of Oklahoma, USA.

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The city of Yukon began in the late 1800s and has plenty to offer in terms of historic areas. Located along the iconic Route 66, downtown Yukon is home to a number of shops and restaurants, as well as the homes of the town's founders. Route 66 was aligned through Yukon in 1926 and served as Yukon's main thoroughfare, drawing people to its business district. Sadly, once I-40 was constructed farther south, fewer travelers came through the little town, a fate similar to some of the other places you'll find along historic Route 66.

U.S. Rt. 66, Yukon, OK, USA
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05 of 07

Go for a Stroll in Chisholm Trail Park

Chisholm Trail Park

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500 W Vandament Ave, Yukon, OK 73099, USA
Phone +1 405-350-8937

Of the many Yukon-area city parks, Chisholm Trail is a must-visit. In addition to being one of the best places to walk and run in the metro area thanks to its scenic boot-shaped path, Chisholm Trail Park is the site of annual events like the Concerts in the Park series and the Freedom Fest July Fourth celebration. It also has several pavilions and a look-out point.

06 of 07

Experience the Yukon BMX Raceway

BMX Yukon raceway participants

Yukon BMX Raceway

Taylor Park Sports Complex, 410 N 11th St, Yukon, OK 73099, USA
Phone +1 405-977-0322

Operated by the Yukon Parents and Riders Association, the Yukon BMX Raceway is located within the Taylor Park Sports Complex on 11th Street. Spectators can watch any race for free, while first-time riders can try out the track for free as well. Experienced riders can learn more about racing during the BMX race season, which typically runs from January 1 to December 15 each year.

07 of 07

Visit Express Clydesdales

Clydesdale Horses in full tack
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12701 W Wilshire Blvd, Yukon, OK 73099-1518, USA
Phone +1 405-350-6404

Robert Funk Jr. bought eight rare Clydesdale horses in the mid-1990s and brought them to a ranch in Yukon, Oklahoma. They became quite popular, and the ranch now has 40 of these majestic creatures, which appear at events across the nation, including the Oklahoma State Fair.

Head four miles north of I-40 on Garth Brooks Boulevard in Yukon to visit the Express Clydesdales Barn, a specially-reconstructed barn was originally built in 1936. Amish barn specialists came from Indiana to rebuild its main structure, which serves as a showroom and barn for the horses. You'll see the wagon the Clydesdales pull as well as their elaborate harnesses, trophies, and information about the horses.

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7 Best Things to Do in Yukon, Oklahoma