If you’ve worn out a route in your neighborhood with the dogs and are looking for new sites, we’d suggest loading up the whole crew and heading to a state park.
Oklahoma has 33 state parks, so there’s plenty of adventure to be had, in a safe way of course.
The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department has taken extra steps to keep them available for use. The hiking trails, picnic tables, fishing docks and boat ramps are open. Just be sure to keep your distance from people. The number of public restrooms has been reduced, so watch for signs that point to the open restroom. Tent campsites are limited or might be unavailable, so check with the park before you head out. All playgrounds are closed. Cabins are available, but all dishes have been removed. All lodges are closed.
In the Oklahoma City metro, the closest park is Lake Thunderbird in Norman. The park is a popular spot for boating and fishing, with places to swim as well. You can find more hot fishing spots along Oklahoma’s Fishing Trail.
Not far outside Oklahoma County, you can find Roman Nose State Park, where there are hiking trails, a golf course, fishing and much more. Be sure to check the availability of activities before you go.
Now, if your family isn’t leaving the house until you get the “All clear,” you can take virtual tours of some of the state parks, such as Alabaster Caverns or Black Mesa. You can also start making plans to explore the state by downloading travel guides from the tourism office or getting the beautiful printed versions sent to your home. For those of you that are a fan of the Ken Burns’ Country Music documentary, you can learn more about all the Oklahomans in the show with this handy guide. You can also start planning your trip along Oklahoma’s Music Trail, where you’ll learn about everyone from Oklahoma City’s Flaming Lips to McAlister’s Reba McEntire.