Operating under the same Boathouse District/RIVERSPORT umbrella as the Oklahoma River is the Lake Overholser Boathouse, located just south of the historic Route 66 bridge at the lake. Like the Oklahoma River, this boathouse (formerly known as the Route 66 Boathouse) area 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 a zip line. The area is open June through October.
Looking to get back to nature? You can actually pull that off while in Oklahoma City. Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge on the far west side of the metro is 1,000 acres of hiking, fishing, birdwatching, and communing with nature. If you’re patient and quiet, you can usually spot whitetail deer, beaver, egrets, cormorants and hundreds of species of migratory birds and waterfowl. It’s also a popular spot for kayaking, with rentals available from the Lake Overholser Boathouse.