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2 totally awesome summer getaways for Tulsa families

The McFly
The Slater
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge
Tree House at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge
Posted at 10:33 PM, Jun 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-08 23:33:00-04

Want to get away for a weekend vacation this summer?

2 Works for You has found two exciting family adventures that are less than a four-hour road trip away.

Travel back to the 80s or 90s by staying in these retro-styled Airbnbs.

Located in Dallas, TX, just a four-hour road trip from T-Town, The Slater and The Mcfly are sure to please the inner-youth in every family.

Jeremy Turner is the owner of these two unique accommodations.

“A one-of-a-kind nostalgic experience. It's fun to see how parents enjoy sharing things from their childhood with their own kids. It's a place to celebrate, play, and have a blast from the past,” Turner said.

The Slater is inspired by the 90s show “Saved by the Bell”. It features a diner based on The Max, the cool hangout from the iconic teen TV sitcom.

The McFly is dedicated to all things 80s. The accommodations offer a “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” arcade and an original Nintendo.

Both locations offer two bedrooms that sleep eight people and a breakfast assortment of your favorite childhood cereals.

“I really just tried to look back on all the things that I loved as a kid and put them all together in these spaces,” Turner said.

During the day take the kids to the largest waterpark in Texas, Epic Waters Indoor Park, just a 30 minute drive from The McFly and The Slater.

120,000 square-feet of wild water fun, featuring 11 different spectacular water slides, a lazy river, an activity pool where your family can shoot some hoops, a surfing attraction, cabana rentals and a wading pool for the little ones, just to mention a few.

The park is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission into the facility is limited to the public, the water park staff highly suggest getting your tickets in advance.

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is our next stop, located in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. This safari is located only three hours from Tulsa.

Their mission statement is “to provide lifetime refuge for abandoned, abused, and neglected big cats with an emphasis on tigers, lions, leopards, and cougars.” The refuge currently houses about 100 animals at their facility, including a monkey.

The Turpentine Creek provides guided habitat tours, where visitors can observe many of their large cats and exclusive behind the scenes tours, which must be booked at least three days in advance.

Families with kids five and older can stay on location in a 15 feet high treehouse or safari tents.

To plan your visit to this wildlife refuge, contact the facility.

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