What to do for Summer Fun while all the lakes are flooded

The 2017 Flood has left many of Oklahoma’s lakes flood­ed and fam­i­lies won­der­ing what to do for fun sum­mer activ­i­ties. For­tu­nate­ly, our state boasts a wealth of excit­ing activ­i­ties. That will make it eas­i­er for you to find alter­na­tive sum­mer fun. Each of the options below will give you a unique taste of every­thing Okla­homa has in store. Who knows, as the flood waters recede you might decide to make them a reg­u­lar part of your vaca­tion fun.

1. Go Bird Watching at Black Mesa State Park

Black Mesa State Park and Nature Pre­serve is a great place to head to if the 2017 flood dis­rupt­ed your orig­i­nal plans. Okla­homa is in the path of many migra­to­ry bird species, mak­ing this pre­serve a top attrac­tion to keep under con­sid­er­a­tion. Your kids will enjoy this unique chance to go on an out­door adven­ture. They will eas­i­ly imag­ine them­selves back in the old days when Native Amer­i­can tribes and cow­boys roamed the area. Many of the birds that pass through this area are species abun­dant in the Rock­ies. This giv­ing you a unique chance to spot them with­out leav­ing the state. Some of the most pop­u­lar winged vis­i­tors include Bald Eagles, Bur­row­ing Owls, Less­er Prairie Chick­ens and Moun­tain Blue­birds. Be sure to bring your cam­era, because the sur­round­ings pro­vide a per­fect back­drop for some pic­tures that you’ll trea­sure.

Unlike vis­it­ing a lake you won’t get sand in your hair. Click here for a map and more infor­ma­tion. While this might be a long dri­ve for most of us it would allow you to stop at #5 along the way

2. Attend the Red Earth Festival in Oklahoma City (June 9–11)

If bird watch­ing isn’t your thing then this sum­mer holds many alter­na­tive 2017 flood activ­i­ties. One such as Red Earth Fes­ti­val in OKC. This annu­al fes­ti­val brings trib­al cul­ture and her­itage to life before your eyes. Over 1000 dancers and artists rep­re­sent­ing over 100 tribes. The fes­ti­val offers fun for art and craft enthu­si­asts. Offer­ing the chance to shop for authen­tic crafts made by gen­uine trib­al arti­sans. All ages will enjoy the dances that fea­ture col­or­ful cos­tumes and it’s always fun to see who will win the com­pe­ti­tions. Atten­dees will have a whole new appre­ci­a­tion for Native cul­ture and local his­to­ry. There are few expe­ri­ences that come close to liv­ing Native Amer­i­can cul­ture first-hand.

You bet­ter gath­er the gang up quick. This one is only June 9th-11th click here for a map and more infor­ma­tion.*


Red Earth Festival Hours 
Fri June 9 — 10 to 7 pm
Sat June 10 — 10 to 9 pm
Sun June 11 — 10 to 5 pm

3. Visit with the Mustangs at Mowdy Ranch

When sum­mers comin’ and you got the lake on your mind. Mowdy Wild Mus­tang Ranch might be just the place to get that over­filled lake off your mind. If you’re look­ing for a great taste of the Old West, there are few things that pro­vide this expe­ri­ence bet­ter than vis­it­ing with wild mus­tangs. When you’re among wild hors­es, it is very easy to imag­ine Okla­homa as it must have been before the state was set­tled. The 4,000-acre prop­er­ty is home to over 150 wild hors­es. They also have a pop­u­la­tion of black­buck ante­lope and fal­low deer. Guid­ed tours give you the best access to these beau­ti­ful ani­mals, also ensur­ing that you have plen­ty of chances to take pic­tures for last­ing mem­o­ries. These tours last an hour, a great length for vis­i­tors with kids. Equine enthu­si­asts of all ages will appre­ci­ate the efforts to save these beau­ti­ful sym­bols of Oklahoma’s her­itage.

Click here to find a map and a few more details.*

4. Take a Road Trip Along Route 66

Even if Oklahoma’s lakes are out of the equa­tion for sum­mer fun, there are still plen­ty of activ­i­ties through­out the state that will more than make up for them. The part of Route 66 that runs through Okla­homa offers some attrac­tions that high­light the state’s unique char­ac­ter and pro­vide a lot of fun for all ages. Some of the high­lights that you’ll find along the high­way include the Route 66 Vin­tage Iron Motor­cy­cle Muse­um, the Will Rogers Memo­r­i­al Muse­um, the Route 66 Muse­um and Totem Pole Park. No mat­ter how long the length of your vaca­tion, you’ll find a lot of fas­ci­nat­ing things to do along this route.

Click here to find links to more infor­ma­tion and a map.*

5. Do Some Exploring in the Alabaster Caverns State Park

While the 2017 flood might have the lake waters up and the kids feel­ing down (about not get­ting to swim that is). These cav­erns fea­ture alabaster, which is a rare type of gyp­sum. Alabaster cre­ates some tru­ly stun­ning for­ma­tions. The cave at this park is the largest of its kind that is open to the pub­lic, ensur­ing an amaz­ing time for every­one that takes one of the tours. All of these tours are guid­ed, and you’ll appre­ci­ate the unique insights that your guide offers. The total tour spans 3/4 of a mile and takes around 45 min­utes. A lot of bats that call the cav­ern home, and see­ing them take flight at dusk is well worth your time. Should you enjoy the idea of camp­ing, tent and RV sites are avail­able, along with pic­nic and grilling areas ide­al for enjoy­ing an evening under the stars.

Click here for a map and more details.*

*Maps and links com­ing soon when the Loca­tions tab is updat­ed.


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