Visiting the Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve in Oklahoma

We stopped in a little town called Bartlesville, OK and setup shop at Riverside RV Resort & Campground for two nights. Neat little campground with a pool, and a great laundry room made out of a remodeled travel trailer that was cheap and air conditioned, plus they have $.50 cent sodas which was great since I was out and wanting a cocktail. It was blowing cottonwood seed all over the place when we arrived. It was nice out so we did a little bbqing both nights.

Next day we went to Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve which was about 12 miles outside town in what seemed like the middle of nowhere. Woolaroc was established in 1925 as the ranch retreat of oilman Frank Phillips. About an hour in, I had a lightbulb moment when I finally realized this was the same Phillips as in Phillips 66 or Conoco fuel which explains why the place was so well maintained. The ranch is a 3,700 acre wildlife preserve, home to many species of native and exotic wildlife, such as buffalo, elk and longhorn cattle. Woolaroc is also a museum with an outstanding collection of western art and artifacts, Native American material, one of the finest collections of Colt firearms in the world, and so much more.

We packed a lunch and spent about 4-5 hours there doing the walking trails, visiting the petting zoo, touring the absolutely massive museum full of priceless artifacts and the family lodge. Bus loads of kids were visiting in the morning, but just about leaving by the time we got there so it was not busy at all and super laid back.

Money Saving Tip: Jeri found a coupon for $2 off adult admission to Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve on the the Oklahoma Green County website. Print out this coupon and save some money! Adults are regularly $12 but children 11 and younger are FREE.

Route: See Leg Two - Updated Route With Comments for our comments about driving on the Cherokee Turnpike.

We drove onto the Woolaroc Wildlife Preserve and we were greeted by this deer

Feeding time at Woolaroc Barnyard

Two very curious ostriches on the Woolaroc Wildlife Preserve