The Oklahoma River, revitalized by the original MAPS projects, has now become a haven for all manner of recreation. Sure, the river was recently designated an official U.S. Olympic and Paralympic training site. But wait! The Oklahoma River is not just for college athletes and Olympians. OKCitians from the young to the old, as well as the Olympic-caliber, have benefited from the recreational rendezvous it affords, and you can too.
In addition to winning national and international acclaim from travel writers, architecture critics and paddlesport promoters, the Boathouse District offers activities for everyone. Try your hand at rowing, canoeing or kayaking at the Chesapeake Boathouse. Check out the new Sandridge Skytrail, the Air Express Zip Line and the Sky Slide (the tallest slide in America, opening on Memorial Day).
If you’re of the younger set, the Youth Zone will have you recreation-ready with the Cloud Bounce, Sky Tykes, Kids Zip, Extreme Air Jumper and more. You can even rent-and-ride a bike, go for a skate or take a jog along the river trails.
Don’t feel like breaking a sweat? Treat yourself to a sunset river cruise or a specialty / theme cruise and enjoy food, music and adult beverages while you traverse the locks and see the sights. A concert venue is even coming to the river this summer. But don’t get too complacent – more development you’ll want to take advantage of is coming soon as a result of MAPS 3, including a whitewater rafting course and grandstands. If you haven’t been down to the river, come see what’s driving all the buzz and have some fun while you’re at it!