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 floodwaters 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 gives 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.
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.
They are 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 quickly. This one is only June 9th-11th click here for a map and more information.*
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 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.
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.
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.