Not many urban destinations can claim the diversity of outdoor recreational options we enjoy here in OKC. From climbing to hiking to watersports, OKC has plenty of ways to play outside for casual fun or serious enthusiasts.Not many urban destinations can claim the diversity of outdoor recreational options we enjoy here in OKC. From climbing to hiking to watersports, OKC has plenty of ways to play outside for casual fun or serious enthusiasts. With more than 250 days of sunshine each year, you can enjoy many of these year-round!
Start your adventure off with one of the latest additions to recreation in Oklahoma City – Spokies, the city’s bike-share program. Swipe your credit card at any of the eight kiosk locations (found at spokiesokc.com) and enjoy a 30-minute ride. When finished, return the bike to any kiosk.
Then make your way to the Oklahoma River, which is home to the Boathouse District. Offering popular ways to spend time outdoors, enjoy views of the downtown skyline and get active. The Boathouse District is the focal point for RIVERSPORT Adventures which includes rowing, kayaking, running, cycling and an 80-foot Sky Trail. Also, RIVERSPORT Rapids, a new 11-acre whitewater rafting and kayaking center is the perfect afternoon activity to cool you down in the summer sun. And don’t forget to wear closed-toed shoes to enjoy these fun activities!
Operating under the same RIVERSPORT umbrella is the Lake Overholser Boathouse. This Boathouse offers stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, walking and bicycling trails and other new adventures, such as a “stunt jump” free fall, an extreme swing, a climbing wall and zip line. This area is open June through October for all to enjoy.
Get closer to nature at the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge at the north end of Lake Overholser. It is 1,000 acres that have remained unchanged since before statehood. The hiking area will put you in close contact with whitetail deer, beaver and egrets while also enjoying the beautiful views of lakes, bottomland forest and marshlands. Adventurers can also fish or rent kayaks and canoes to explore the North Canadian River/Oklahoma River through the refuge.
For hiking, nature and wildlife visit Martin Park Nature Center, a calm oasis by the Kilpatrick Turnpike. Martin Park Nature Center features 2.5 miles of hiking trails cut through woods and grasslands of the 144-acre park. Martin Park Nature Center’s playgrounds, trails and visitor’s center are accessible to those in wheelchairs.
Another popular spot among the locals for all kinds of recreation use is Lake Hefner. You’ll find walkers, runners, bicyclers, roller-bladders, skateboarders and more enjoying the Hefner Trails that circle the lake. Want to watch a sunset? This is the place to be, especially if you are into sailing or water sports like kitesurfing.
You can also enjoy what is said to be one of the top 10 skate parks in the U.S. by National Geographic Travel Guide, OKC’s own Mat Hoffman Action Sports Park. Named after OKC’s Mat Hoffman who is an unparalleled pioneer in the sports of freestyle BMX. This park is free admission and open from dawn to 11 p.m., daily.
So come play in the sun and find adventure in OKC!