Story by Danny Fritts
Photos by Michelle Rojano
Oklahoma City is full of entertaining activities for everyone to enjoy. Whether for a family vacation, a road trip with friends or a romantic getaway, Oklahoma is home to a variety of activities. Below are just a few places that are must-see stops for the summer.
Riversport Adventure Park at the Boathouse District
Located just outside of the famous Bricktown Entertainment District, Riversport is a passport to exciting adventures on the Oklahoma River. It is home to the world’s tallest adventure course—the 80-foot SandRidge Sky Trail, along with the Whitewater Rafting and Kayaking Center. For those who love to have their stomach turned upside-down, the 700-foot zip line is the perfect thing to try. Younger kids will enjoy the Sky Tykes mini sky trail, the Cloud Bounce and Kids Zip. Riversport also provides rowing and kayaking lessons to all ages, plus kayak and paddleboat rentals daily on the Oklahoma River and Lake Overholser.
For more information, visit Riversport Adventure Park or riversportokc.org.
The Plaza District is home to many galleries, retail shops, restaurants and performance venues. Experience live theater in the heart of OKC at Lyric Theatre, located in the district’s historic Plaza Theatre. There are also chances to enroll in different dance and painting studios; not to mention, hairstylists and tattoo artists are just a step away in the Plaza District. Each second Friday of the month from 6-10 p.m, enjoy LIVE on the Plaza, which is a block party featuring live music, selected artists, special events and local shopping.
Caitlyn Bell, Rose State student, said the close community atmosphere is what she loves about the Plaza District. She also enjoys going there to eat and take pictures with all the art on the buildings.
For more information, visit the Plaza District or plazadistrict.org.
Roman Nose State Park
Roman Nose State Park is named after a Cheyenne chief and is one of the original seven Oklahoma state parks. Set among a beautiful canyon and three natural springs, the activities include an 18-hole golf course, swimming pools, hiking trails, fishing, mountain biking and horse stables. For a memorable stay, book a night at the exquisite Roman Nose State Park Lodge. The 22-room lodge has been modified to reflect the natural landscape of the area. The newly decorated rooms feature large showers, comfortable beds and flat-screen televisions. There are also 11 cabins at the park, two of which are pet-friendly. Whether looking for a romantic giveaway or family-filled weekend, Roman Nose State Park is the place to be.
For more information, visit Roman Nose State Park or call 580-623-7281.
Water Zoo Indoor Water Park
When Oklahoma thunderstorms come soaring in, the Water Zoo Indoor Water Park will open for business. This unique water park offers twisting and turning water slides. The Tornado Bowl is an enclosed tube slide that careens water park enthusiasts into a bowl, then spins until they shoot out into a landing pool. Zero-depth entry pools allow leisurely swimming while the Lazy and Crazy River takes the water park goer around the park. Guests can challenge themselves through the slide-boarding interactive video game experience, combined with the thrill of a four-story water slide.
For more information, visit Water Zoo Indoor Water Park. water-zoo.com or call 580-323-9966.
Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark
The Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark is home to the Oklahoma City Dodgers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers offer family-filled Sundays, which include player autographs, bouncy houses, face painters and the chance for kids to run the bases after the game. Every Thursday, they offer $2 drinks, including draft beers, soda and water. Every Friday, catch post-game fireworks that light up the skies of Bricktown. The Dodgers offer affordable products all season long, so group outings and family fun are only a phone call away.
For more information, visit Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, okcballparkevents.com or call 218-1000.
Bricktown Entertainment District
Bricktown is home to Oklahoma’s hottest entertaining and dining area. There are multiple restaurants in Lower Bricktown, located just across the street from the ballpark. Other main attractions include Bass Pro Shops, Harkins Theatres, horse-drawn carriage rides, Brickopolis, HeyDay and water taxi tours on the Bricktown Canal. This district always has a great energy and produces a lot of foot traffic, even leading into the night. Bricktown is the perfect place for catching a movie at Harkins, playing a round of laser tag at Brickopolis or watching a baseball game—there is something for everyone.
For more information, visit Bricktown or call 236-8666.
The 6420 is a student publication at Rose State College.