Not many urban destinations can claim the diversity of outdoor recreation options we enjoy in OKC. From climbing to hiking to watersports, OKC has plenty of ways to play outside for casual fun or serious enthusiasts. And with more than 250 days of sunshine each year, you can enjoy many of those options year-round.
Explore downtown on a bicycle 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 you’re finished, return the bike to any kiosk, which includes stops throughout the central part of Oklahoma City.
Get closer to nature at the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge at the north end of Lake Overholser. It is a pristine area of 1,000 acres that have remained unchanged since before statehood. Hiking the area will put you in close contact to whitetail deer, beaver and egrets and beautiful views of lakes, bottomland forest and marshlands. Adventurers also can fish or rent kayaks and canoes and explore the North Canadian River/Oklahoma River through the refuge.
OKC’s own Mat Hoffman is an unparalleled pioneer in the sport of freestyle BMX. He was the subject of the fantastic film “The Birth of Big Air,” produced by Spike Jonze, Johnny Knoxville and Jeff Tremaine for ESPN’s 30 for 30 series. Appropriately, Oklahoma City named its new action sports park for Mat in 2005 with the opening of the Mat Hoffman Action Sports Park. The park has been named one of the top 10 skate parks in the U.S. by National Geographic Travel Guide. There’s no admission fee, and the park is open from dawn to 11 p.m.