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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Better biking

Whether you’re a fan of road bikes, mountain bikes or the occasional unicycle, OKC has the trails for you and is getting more every day. With the passage of MAPS 3 in 2009, voters approved $40 million to construct miles of new trails to make the city more bike friendly than ever. Additionally, with the recent passage of the 2017 GO bonds, the City will dedicate even more money, $8.4 million, to new trails. Here are just a few of the multi-use trails the City currently has to offer:

  • The Oklahoma River trails are two trails that run along the Oklahoma River corridor and the Boathouse District that are 13 miles long. They also connect to several other trails such as the Bricktown Trail and Katy Trail.
  • If you’re interested in taking a cruise around a lake, take a look at the Bert Cooper Trails that circle Lake Hefner. These trails are 9.8 miles long and are near a variety of restaurants along the East Wharf so you can grab a bite to eat after a good workout.
  • One of the newest trails as part of MAPS 3 is the 7.5 mile long West River Trail. This trail offers some beautiful scenery and is connected to the Oklahoma River Trails and Overholser Trail.

If you’re someone who likes to chart their own path, take a look at the bike trail map. From here you can pick your own route and pedal to your heart’s desire throughout OKC.

Lake Hefner, mountain biking, Oklahoma River, Boathouse District, cycling
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Out East

As residents of Prague like to say, “Come Czech us out!” Prague has a rich European history as it was founded by Czech immigrants who named the city after the capital of the Czech Republic. Prague hosts the annual Kolache Festival the first Saturday of May and celebrates the rich Czech culture.

You also don’t want to miss Prague City Lake, a 400-acre lake that includes a boat ramp, boat docks, picnic areas, volleyball court and playground. For hours and usage fees, go online. It is surrounded by the Prague Lake Trail, which features 30 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails, although you have to bring your own horse.

day-trip, equine, festivals, mountain biking, outdoor recreation, Prague, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Letís get campy

Camping by a lake

Need an outdoor escape to celebrate the start of summer? You don’t have to leave the metro area to get your camping fix.

Lake Arcadia
The area around this in-city-limits lake in northeast Oklahoma County has been preserved to keep the nature natural, and provides an easy escape to camping bliss. At Lake Arcadia you can fish, boat, swim, ride your mountain bike, play disc golf and more. Get more info on camping here.

Lake Thunderbird State Park
With two swim beaches and two marinas (and a plethora of boat ramps) there is plenty to do both on and off the water at this state park just east of Norman. Hear that sound? Playgrounds, horse riding stables and all 18.5 miles of the Clear Bay Recreation Area Trail System are calling you (either that or the battery in your smoke alarm needs to be changed).

Oklahoma City East KOA
Located in Choctaw, this campground offers a pool, a snack bar, a playground and even Wi-Fi(!). Tent sites with water and electricity are available, as well as those without hookups.

Around the state
Want to get a little further away? The Oklahoma State Park system offers plenty of diverse opportunities to spend time under the stars. Our friends at the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department are experts in exploring Oklahoma. Be sure to check out their tips for camping in the state and view a list of state parks.

outdoor recreation, parks, water sports, camping, day-trip, equine, family-friendly, fishing, mountain biking
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Have símore fun in OKC

Lake Marina

As Oklahoma City’s summer comes to an end, we here at The Better Life think there is no better time to explore the great outdoors. In Oklahoma City, there are plenty of places that are perfect for a camping excursion with family or friends. We may live in the largest city in Oklahoma, but that doesn’t mean you have to travel far to get campy this summer or fall.

For the folks in north OKC, Arcadia Lake in nearby Edmond has four parks and more than 140 campsites, ranging from full hook-up campsites to primitive spots (a.k.a. no water or electric hook-ups). Each site has access to picnic areas and fire pits, as well as community water and restrooms.

Lake Stanley Draper, located in southeast Oklahoma City, is the City’s largest lake and outdoor recreation area. The Lake Draper Marina offers a range of primitive camping locations near the southwest corner of the lake and close to the trailhead of the CrossTimbers Riding Area. Camping permits are available for $8 a day for each site.

Lake Thunderbird State Park is 13 miles east of Norman and full of hiking, mountain biking and nature trails sprinkled amidst its 447 campsites and 86 miles of shoreline. The nearby Discovery Cove Nature Center offers programs throughout the year and displays snakes, animals, furs and artifacts native to the region.

In northern Oklahoma City is Bluff Creek Trail. The trail is a single loop with tight turns and pulse pumping challenges. At 3.5 miles you’ll get in plenty of exhilaration without ending totally tuckered out.

If you are itching to visit someplace a little farther from home, check out the Oklahoma camping resources available from our friends at TravelOK.com.

family-friendly, mountain biking, outdoor recreation, camping, day-trip
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Hands on Nature

Wine Grapes

Did you know that you can enjoy a national scenic byway, tour a vineyard, visit a working alpaca farm or enjoy hand-picking fruit and vegetables right here in the Sooner State?

  • The Talimena National Scenic Byway, a breathtaking 54-mile route in southeast Oklahoma, is known for its spectacular fall foliage. Enjoy hiking and biking trails, hang gliding, equestrian camp and more while you are here. And be sure to check out Talimena Drive. Not only can you enjoy the area's beautiful foliage, you’ll also be exploring one of the highest mountain ranges between the Appalachians and the Rockies.
  • Make the short drive to Just Right Alpacas in Jones to experience a working alpaca farm. Visitors can pet the animals as well as learn the process of making alpaca fleece products from shear to loom.
  • Enjoy a day of family fun picking fresh fruit and vegetables in Harrah. Spencer's Orchard and Wind Drift Orchards offer a variety of tasty treasures.
  • Explore the world of wine at Tres Suenos Vineyards & Winery in Luther and spend some quality time enjoying local cheeses paired with Tres Suenos' current vintage. Guided tours of the vineyard are given year-round and tastings are available each week Thursday-Saturday.
family-friendly, mountain biking, cycling, day-trip
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Stillwater

OSU

Home of Oklahoma State University, Stillwater is just an hour or so up the road from OKC and features plenty of diverse activities. Read on for more ideas on how to spend your time in Stillwater.

  • The National Wrestling Hall of Fame – this “shrine to the sport of wrestling” should definitely be on your Stillwater to-do list. Full of memorabilia and history, “mankind’s oldest and most basic form of recreational combat” is celebrated here. Learn about the sport’s pioneers, African-American and Latino wrestling history, America’s Olympic heroes, and more.
  • Main Street ShoppingDowntown Stillwater features that classic Main Street feel, with lots of local flavor and things to see and eat. Bike nights, Food Truck nights, and the Car and Bike Show augment the experience. Check the calendar at the link above to see what’s going down Downtown, or just head out and get your shop on.
  • Lake Fun – Stillwater’s three area reservoirs of regalement stand ready for you to visit any time of year. Lakes Blackwell, McMurtry, and Boomer offer all the typical lake fun you can stand and then some, including bird watching, mountain biking, hunting, disc golf, camping, horseback riding and trails for fitness, among other features.
  • Golf at Karsten Creek – The Stillwater area in general offers plenty for the duffers out there, but you may want to pay a special visit to Karsten Creek. Considered one of the best public courses in the nation, this Tom Fazio-designed course is the home of Oklahoma State’s golf teams, and you can play there too! Take the opportunity to grab your clubs and experience a demanding course you’re sure not to forget.

For more info, just hop over to www.visitstillwater.org.

museums, outdoor recreation, retail, Stillwater, water sports, camping, college, day-trip, food, golf, mountain biking
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A walk in the park

Did you know that Oklahoma City is home to more than 100 parks? Yep, you read that right – more than 100 parks in OKC. No matter how you prefer to get your recreation on, there’s sure to be something for you. Playgrounds, fishing, walking paths, spraygrounds and even a mountain bike trail are all just minutes away, no matter what part of the city you choose to call home. There are even special parks for thrillseekers including the Mat Hoffman Action Sports Park and the Route 66 Skate Court.

Oh, and did we mention that there are accommodations for every sport imaginable—soccer, baseball, basketball, football, tennis, disc golf and even cricket? And the offerings at OKC parks are only going to get better thanks to MAPS 3 projects which are currently in the works. We can hardly wait for the downtown park which will connect downtown with the Oklahoma River. We can only imagine the fun concerts, festivals and events that will be held at the 70-acre park.

fishing, kids, mountain biking, outdoor recreation, parks, bmx, family-friendly
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Edmond

Here at the Better Life we know Oklahoma City is a lot more than the OKC city limits. In fact, we like to think of it as Greater Oklahoma City. There are many great communities just outside of our city that help add entertainment and housing options to our region. Every once in a while we like to take a look at some of these communities. Today we will look up north beginning in Edmond.

Edmond is our neighbor to the north and is actually the state’s sixth largest city with a population of just over 81,000. Edmond is hard to beat for a suburb. We aren’t just blowing smoke as CNBC ranked it No. 1 on its “10 Perfect Suburbs” list.

Arcadia Lake is a great place to catch some outdoor fun. The fishing at Arcadia is great as you can catch bluegill, catfish and bass year around. Wait … year around? “Who wants to fish in the frigid temperatures of January?” you might be asking. Well, the lake has a heated, covered dock for just that type of occasion. Arcadia is one of the youngest lakes in Oklahoma, as it opened in 1987. You can also swim, boat, water ski and play disc golf. The lake also has some quality trails for hiking, biking and horse riding.

Are you into the performing arts? You can catch a variety of great shows in Edmond starting with an event at the Armstrong Auditorium.  It is a luxury venue that hosts premier concerts and performing arts, ranging from the Russian National Ballet to classical, jazz or even bluegrass music, depending on the season.

Edmond is also home to University of Central Oklahoma’s Jazz Lab. Every week the lab features live entertainment with food and drink of course. 

This is just a small taste of things to see and do in Edmond. What are some other can’t miss events or attractions in Edmond? Let us know in the comments.

live music, mountain biking, music, outdoor recreation, water sports, ballet, concerts, cycling, Edmond, fishing
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Trails Without Tribulations

Caloi Supra 2008

You see that thing over there in the corner, gathering dust? All of lithe, delicately engineered lines of chain, rubber, gears and a formerly shiny steel (or aluminum or carbon fiber) frame? Yep, that’s your long-neglected mountain bike, and now that fall is almost upon us, it’s calling you to put some air in the tires, some grease on the chain and go for a ride.

Sure, you should wear a helmet, and yes, shorts with ample padding in the buttocks area are just about a necessity. But it’s hard to find a more exhilarating hobby that doesn’t involve something illegal is quite so accessible. Here in Oklahoma City, in addition to the paved trails system you’ve heard so much about, there are also plenty of places to put the “mountain” back into a mountain bike ride (or something akin, at any rate). There are trails to discover from Edmond to Norman of varying levels of difficulty, and recently Continental Resources gave $175,000 to help expand the trail system and add other fitness amenities at the Bluff Creek trail.

If you want to get out of the metro and explore a little bit on two wheels (perhaps as part of a weekend camping adventure), the Oklahoma Earthbike Fellowship has a nifty map, and our friends over at Travel OK have some more ideas for you. We think it’s high time for you to shake the dust off and get some time in the saddle of your trusty steel steed.

outdoor recreation, cycling, mountain biking
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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