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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Lake Hefner love

Lake Hefner

Did you know that Oklahoma has more man-made lakes than any other state? It's one of those weird-but-true facts, much like Oklahoma was once located near the equator. But we digress. One of OKC's favorite lakes of any provenance or location is Lake Hefner. Lake Hefner is not only a water source for a portion of the city, but also a great place for a variety of water-related activities. In addition to loads of fishing areas and docks (be sure to get a city permit in addition to a state fishing license), RIVERSPORT OKC now offers sailing lessons, kayak rentals and more on Lake Hefner. The lake is also a popular location for kitesurfing and wind boarding, and also hosts a terrific set of trails that surround the lake that are just waiting for you to run, walk or cycle. There’s even a park, a public golf course, a remote control aircraft field and picnic areas to enjoy. Afterward, take a reflective respite from all your activities at one of the East Wharf restaurants lakeside like Redrock Canyon Grill, Louie’s on the Lake, Mama Roja Mexican Kitchen, or Hefner Grill, perhaps with an outdoor cocktail and snack as you look out over the lake and lighthouse? Darn it, that sounds delightful, if we do say so ourselves - we'll see you there!

cycling, family-friendly, fishing, golf, Lake Hefner, outdoor recreation, restaurants, running, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

2018 Oklahoma Regatta Festival

Oklahoma Regatta Festival

The 2018 Oklahoma Regatta Festival will take place Sept. 28 - 30 in the Boathouse District. This amazing three-day competition includes rowing, dragon boating, kayaking, white water rafting and family fun.

The weekend will also feature the Oklahoma City University Head of the Oklahoma race, OGE NightSprints, and food trucks and beer gardens. The races features teams from all over the nation competing on all levels of competition--collegiate, masters and junior rowing.

During the festival the 500-meter NightSprints are held when the sun sets. This creates a unique and intense atmosphere for everyone involved from spectators to competitors. Everyone is invited to bring something to sit on or someone to sit with, or both of course, and cheer the athletes on.

Boathouse District, family-friendly, free, live sporting events, Oklahoma River, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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A riverís rise

Riversport Rapids whitewater rafting

In many ways, the story of the Oklahoma River and the modern-day renaissance of Oklahoma City go hand-in-hand. The river and Oklahoma City had many ups and downs during their first century before the original MAPS program jumpstarted an unprecedented rebirth for both.

To help tell that story, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber launched a storytelling feature on www.greateroklahomacity.com/river depicting the rise of Oklahoma City’s river.

“A River’s Rise” walks the reader through the history of the Oklahoma River from the Land Run of 1889 to today. Each of the six chapters cover an important aspect of the river’s renovation, from its roots as an important water source for early settlers and a venue for entertainment offerings like Delmar Gardens at the turn of the 20th century, to the more recent addition of the RIVERSPORT Rapids Whitewater Center and hosting the 2016 Olympic trials for whitewater kayaking.

Each chapter of the story offers the chance to engage with more contextual content, with links to news archives about Oklahoma City’s hosting of the Olympic Festival of 1989 and videos capturing the original vision for the boathouses that now dot the banks of the Oklahoma River, all to tell Oklahoma City’s story more fully.

So check out “A River’s Rise” and be sure to share it with you friends and family.

Boathouse District, MAPS, Oklahoma River, publication, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Summertime in the 4-0-5

It’s here, it’s here! Summer, that is. Memorial Day marks the traditional start of summer and the end of the school year. With backyard BBQ’s, 9 p.m. – or later – sunsets and great weather to be outdoors, what’s not to like about summer? Summer is the time of infinite fun, where the day seems to last forever and the fun never stops!

Hold on now, you say. How will we keep the kids entertained, you say. How will we make it through endless days of “Mom, what can we do today?” or “Dad, will you drive us to the mall?” while fighting the urge to ship the family off to distant relatives (distant being the key word) so you don’t have to be the fountain of fresh ideas for family fun and frolic???

Here at Better Life HQ, we have a few suggestions that just might keep your family entertained, all while enjoying some amazing attractions that should be on your summer “to do” list!

One of our favorite OKC hot spots for splashing is just outside the Children's Garden area at Myriad Botanical Gardens. Thunder Fountain lures in kids of all ages with everything from light sprinkles to heavy downpours. Fitting the nature theme of the gardens, this splash pad simulates a real rainforest thunderstorm by going through storm cycles to the delight of everyone under the shaded fountain canopy. The City of Oklahoma City also has pools and splash pads all around town. You can find them here.

Summertime used to mean drive-in movie time, back in the day, and you can still find a few drive-ins around the metro. But there's just something special about watching a movie while sitting on a picnic blanket in the great outdoors. One of our favorite places to catch a flick is Myriad Gardens’ Great Lawn. On Wednesdays throughout the summer, the Great Lawn becomes the backdrop for a free summer flick.

Buy the kiddoes – and treat yourself, too – some peanuts and crackerjacks when you root, root, root for the OKC Dodgers at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, home to Oklahoma City's minor league baseball team. Tickets to these fun-filled and family-friendly games are more affordable than a game in the bigs, so you’ll have plenty of extra cash for snow cones and hot dogs. The ball yard is conveniently located in Bricktown so catching a game affords you a chance to see the scenic Bricktown Canal and views of downtown. Check out the Dodgers’ schedule to find when the home team is playing.

Anyone who grew up fishing during the summer knows just how much fun it is to dip your hook, but it can be difficult for city dwellers to go to all the trouble to have their kids take up this summertime hobby. Grabbing a pole and bait and taking the time to get a fishing license and scope out a good spot to drop your line may not seem worth the effort. But don’t despair, OKC makes fishing easy by offering Free Fishing Days. You can fish without a city permit on the first Saturday of each month (but you still need your state license). Kids can also take weekly lessons at various Oklahoma City parks throughout the summer so there's no excuse not to share this iconic summer experience with the kiddoes! Who knows, you might even run into the Thunder’s PG13!

movies, Myriad Botanical Gardens, outdoor recreation, water sports, Bricktown, Dodgers, family-friendly, fishing, free, kids
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Choose your own adventure at the Boathouse District

Flat water kayaking

The Oklahoma River has the ultimate comeback story—all you need to do is look at the Boathouse District for tangible proof. What is now the glittering jewel of Oklahoma City’s outdoor recreation offering used to be a dry riverbed that required periodic mowing. Today, the Boathouse District is home to an Olympic training venue for rowing and canoe/kayak and the only permanently lit paddle sport racing course in the world, but even beginners and casual athletes can enjoy the facility through corporate rowing leagues and rowing classes.

If you want to get on the water, the Boathouse District offers flatwater kayaking and stand up paddle board rentals and a Learn to Row program that will teach you how to scull and sweep in only one month. But if you prefer to climb to new heights instead, the Boathouse District can also oblige with the Rumble Drop or SandRidge Sky Trail, the tallest adventure course of its kind in the world! Both the 700-foot zip line across the Oklahoma River and the 72-foot sky slide from atop the sky trail will make you feel like a kid again. There is even a youth zone for the kiddos. And certainly anyone who appreciates the great outdoors will love the 13 miles of scenic trails that meander along the Oklahoma River.

The easiest way to take in everything the district has to offer is through the RIVERSPORT Pass, which includes RIVERSPORT Rapids, Love’s tubing and river boarding, plus all land and flatwater adventures in the Boathouse District, at Lake Overholser and at Lake Hefner. No matter your activity level, the Oklahoma River and the Boathouse District are sure to have something for you to enjoy.

family-friendly, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Class V fun at RIVERSPORT Rapids

whitewater rafting

As only one of six manmade whitewater courses in the country, RIVERSPORT Rapids distinguishes Oklahoma City as the premiere location for whitewater sports, not just in the United States but around the globe. The whitewater center, which was funded debt-free by the MAPS 3 program, offers recreational rafting, kayaking and tubing experiences. And it’s not just for novices—people will also see elite athletes from around-the-world training and competing on the slalom channel.  

RIVERSPORT Rapids also offers a few more relaxing options if “rapid” is not really your speed. On Thursday evenings this summer, participants have the option of tubing with the rapids slowed down followed by a “floating film” after the sun sets.

In addition to adding fun and excitement to our community, RIVERSPORT Rapids also helps increase community safety. The center is available for swift water rescue training, offering a controlled setting where rescuers can learn the most advanced techniques for rescuing people from fast-running water.

If you want to sample all that you can experience at RIVERSPORT Rapids, attend the Oklahoma City Whitewater Festival, May 19-20. The celebration will feature the BoaterX extreme downriver kayaking competition and free whitewater kayaking clinics. Spectators can enjoy music, food and beer specials at the on-site Big Water Grill while experiencing all the action.

family-friendly, Oklahoma River, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Land of a lot of lakes

Lake Hefner

Oklahoma City is one of the premier places for water sports in the country. There are more than 30 lakes within an hour’s drive of OKC. In fact, Oklahoma has more man-made lakes than any state in the Union and more shoreline than the east and Gulf coasts combined. With so many lakes in Oklahoma it would take weeks to cover all you can do, so let’s just focus on what to do within OKC’s city limits.

  • Lake Hefner: features 2,500 surface acres, heated fishing docks, boat ramps, 9.1 miles of biking and jogging trails and is famous for sailboats and windsurfers. Hefner is also home to the Oklahoma City Boat Club.
  • Lake Draper: features 2,900 surface acres, four covered fishing piers, boat ramps, tending docks, handicap facilities and fish attractors. Picnicking, fishing, jet skiing, boating and sailing are all permitted. Skiing is allowed in open waters.
  • Lake Overholser: features 1,500 surface acres, covered fishing pier, boat ramps, tending docks, handicap facilities and fish attractors. Picnicking, fishing, sailing, boating and jet skiing are permitted. Lake Overholser is also attached to the wondrous Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge.
  • Arcadia Lake: features 1,820 surface acres, picnicking, camping, swimming, water skiing, boating, hiking, disc golf and an equestrian trail. A heated, covered dock is provided for year-round fishing.
water sports, cycling, equine, family-friendly, fishing, outdoor recreation, running
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

A Riverís Rise

OKC Whitewater Rapids

In many ways, the story of the Oklahoma River and the modern-day renaissance of Oklahoma City go hand-in-hand. The river and Oklahoma City had many ups and downs during their first century before the original MAPS program jumpstarted an unprecedented rebirth for both.

To help tell that story, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber launched a storytelling feature on www.greateroklahomacity.com/river depicting the rise of Oklahoma City’s river.

“A River’s Rise” walks the reader through the history of the Oklahoma River from the Land Run of 1889 to today. Each of the six chapters cover an important aspect of the river’s renovation, from its roots as an important water source for early settlers and a venue for entertainment offerings like Delmar Gardens at the turn of the 20th Century, to the more recent addition of the RIVERSPORT Rapids Whitewater Center and hosting the 2016 Olympic trials for whitewater kayaking.

Each chapter of the story offers the chance to engage with more contextual content, with links to news archives about Oklahoma City’s hosting of the Olympic Festival of 1989 and videos capturing the original vision for the boathouses that now dot the banks of the Oklahoma River, all to tell Oklahoma City’s story more fully.

So check out “A River’s Rise” and be sure to share it with you friends and family.

MAPS, Oklahoma City history, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A Better Life: health

Family exercising on trails

When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, Oklahoma City is putting its money where its mouth is by investing in world-class health amenities. Recent investments in trails, bike lanes and the Oklahoma River have made OKC an outdoor lover’s dream. Oklahoma City is home to a wide variety of active living experiences, ranging from 140 miles of walking, running, bicycling, and skating trails to 26,000 square feet of terrain for skateboarding, in-line skating and BMX freestyle biking and even whitewater rafting and kayaking.

To learn more about active living opportunities and health care options in Oklahoma City, check out the Health section of www.abetterlifeokc.com.

cycling, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation, running, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

A better life: health

Family exercising

While we are all about to gorge on the sweet, sweet Halloween candy, it is important we think about our health for a second. We know health is one of the most crucial aspects of relocating to a new city. Whether it is healthy living through outdoor activities or outstanding medical care, having options when it comes to the lifestyle you want is extremely important when picking a new hometown.

During the past decade, Oklahoma City has made huge investments in walking/biking trails, sidewalks, watersports and just about any matter of outdoor activity you can think of. The metro is also home to some of the most prestigious medical care facilities in our part of the country. For more on health in Oklahoma City, visit www.abetterlifeokc.com/health.

community, cycling, outdoor recreation, running, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Crew goals

Dragon Boating

Some of the best riversport athletes in the world will be in Oklahoma City on Oct. 5-8 as the Oklahoma Regatta Festival takes place on the Oklahoma River. For four days, 2,500 athletes will compete in rowing, kayaking, dragon boating and whitewater rafting during the Oklahoma City University Head of the Oklahoma Regatta and the OGE NightSprints.

The OCU Head of the Oklahoma races will include 2.5 mile races against the clock each day where participants from across the country will compete in collegiate, masters and junior rowing divisions. The 500-meter night sprints Saturday evening will surely be a sight not to miss – they take place on the only permanently lighted rowing race course in the world. And the friendly dragon boat competition with teams of 20 paddlers and one drummer will “Paddle for a Cure,” with all proceeds benefitting the local affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

In addition to the racing, the Oklahoma Regatta Festival will include a family festival with food trucks and beer gardens – all with a first-rate view of the racing and the traditional post-race fireworks. Whether you are rolling with your crew or flying solo, the Oklahoma Regatta Festival is the perfect place to enjoy the first weekend of October in Oklahoma City.

View the schedule at riversportokc.org.

Boathouse District, family-friendly, festivals, Oklahoma River, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Rolliní on the river

In addition to hosting the Regatta annually, the Oklahoma City Boathouse District serves as a U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Site year-round. But it is also a place for a ton of family fun and adventure.

The newest addition to the river is RIVERSPORT Rapids, a MAPS 3-funded whitewater center that offers rafting, kayaking and tubing. The center opened in May 2016 and hosted the Olympic trials for canoe/kayak slalom that year. For tamer entertainment, rent a kayak or stand-up paddle board for the day or test your skills on the climbing walls.

But if watersports aren’t your style, you can also take your adventurous spirit to new heights with the Rumble Drop or SandRidge Sky Trail, the tallest adventure course of its kind in the world! Both the 700-feet zip line across the Oklahoma River and the 72-foot sky slide from atop the sky trail will make you feel like a kid again. There is even a youth zone for the kiddos. And certainly anyone who appreciates the great outdoors will love the 13 miles of scenic trails that meander along the Oklahoma River. No matter your activity level, the Oklahoma River and the Boathouse District are sure to have something for you to enjoy.

running, water sports, Boathouse District, cycling, family-friendly, kids, MAPS, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The sporting life

You don’t have to live in Oklahoma City long to realize people here love their sports. Be it Thunder, Cowboys, Sooners, Energy, Dodgers or anything in between the people here are fanatic about their favorite teams. The Sporting Life section of our website gives you a great snapshot of athletics in the 4-0-5. Team sports not your bag? We (really Oklahoma City) have you covered. On the page you can also find info on golf courses, lakes, the Oklahoma River, running, cycling and more. Do you see something we missed? Be sure to let us know and we will get it added.

Dodgers, football, golf, live sporting events, OKC Energy, outdoor recreation, running, Thunder, water sports, cycling
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Up North

If you want to take a road trip north of Oklahoma City you can find history, sports, outdoor fun and more. 

First, let’s start with the history because there is no better way to celebrate Oklahoma’s rich history than to visit the largest Historic Preservation District in the nation. Guthrie is Oklahoma’s territorial capital and home to historic museums, more than a dozen bed and breakfasts and a highly preserved historical downtown district.

After Guthrie, we suggest you keep your caravan moving north to Stillwater, one of Oklahoma’s most famous college towns. Home to the Oklahoma State University Cowboys, Stillwater is sure to show you a good time. Stillwater is home to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, one of the best public golf courses in America, Karsten Creek, three different lakes and a downtown that looks like it belongs on a postcard.

OKC’s closest neighbor to the north is Edmond. Edmond is home to two colleges, lakes, parks and more. We suggest checking the schedule of the Armstrong Auditorium to experience this architectural gem. You can read more about Edmond in a past post here.

college, day-trip, Edmond, golf, Guthrie, history, museums, Stillwater, water sports, arts and culture
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Down South

OU Campus in Norman

There is nothing like a college town, especially in the fall. Norman, home of the University of Oklahoma, makes a great day getaway from Oklahoma City. The state’s third-largest city channels both the bustle of a big city as well as the quaint charm of a college town. Be sure to check out the University of Oklahoma’s campus and catch a football game with 85,000 close friends.   

Looking to cool off from the hot Oklahoma heat? Continue your journey south to the one and only Lake Murray. Located inside the state park, Lake Murray has some of the clearest blue waters around. You can enjoy the day boating, fishing, swimming or stay the night in one of Lake Murray’s quaint cabins.

fishing, football, Norman, water sports, college
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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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.

water sports, day-trip, equine, festivals, mountain biking, outdoor recreation, Prague
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, May 9, 2017

Great lakes

Lake Hefner Lighthouse

Oklahoma City is one of the premier places for water sports in the country. There are more than 30 lakes within an hour’s drive of OKC. In fact, Oklahoma has more man-made lakes than any state in the Union and more shoreline than the east and Gulf coasts combined. With so many lakes in Oklahoma it would take weeks to cover all you can do, so let’s just focus on what to do within OKC’s city limits.

  • Lake Hefner: features 2,500 surface acres, heated fishing docks, boat ramps, 9.1 miles of biking and jogging trails and is famous for sailboats and windsurfers. Hefner is also home to the Oklahoma City Boat Club.
  • Lake Draper: features 2,900 surface acres, four covered fishing piers, boat ramps, tending docks, handicap facilities and fish attractors. Picnicking, fishing, jet skiing, boating and sailing are all permitted. Skiing is allowed in open waters.
  • Lake Overholser: features 1,500 surface acres, covered fishing pier, boat ramps, tending docks, handicap facilities and fish attractors. Picnicking, fishing, sailing, boating and jet skiing are permitted. Lake Overholser is also attached to the wondrous Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge.
  • Arcadia Lake: features 1,820 surface acres, picnicking, camping, swimming, water skiing, boating, hiking, disc golf and an equestrian trail. A heated, covered dock is provided for year-round fishing.
running, water sports, camping, cycling, equine, fishing, Lake Hefner, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A Better Living: Health

A Better Life OKC

We know health is one of the most crucial aspects of relocating to a new city. Whether it is healthy living through outdoor activities or outstanding medical care, having options when it comes to the lifestyle you want is extremely important when picking a new hometown.

During the past decade, Oklahoma City has made huge investments in walking/biking trails, sidewalks, watersports and just about any matter of outdoor activity you can think of. The metro is also home to some of the most prestigious medical care facilities in our part of the country. For more on health in Oklahoma City visit www.abetterlifeokc.com/health.

community, cycling, outdoor recreation, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

HefnerFest

Lake Hefner Lighthouse

Beautiful sunsets, a 10-mile trail and iconic lighthouse in the middle of the state make Lake Hefner a must see travel destination for visitors and residents alike. Instead of simply driving by this iconic lake again on Lake Hefner Parkway, why not stop by for a fun-filled day?

Hefner Fest is a free event for people of all ages taking place April 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Experience all that Lake Hefner has to offer with free sailing experiences, stand up paddle board rentals, kayak rentals, tailgate games and so much more. Hefner Fest will also feature live music, food trucks and a beer garden.

Most people see Lake Hefner as a great place to take a stroll or ride your bike but Lake Hefner also offers all kinds of water sports fun. In fact, plans were just released to enhance the historic Lake Hefner Boathouse to help increase the amount of activity on the lake.

After the event, take a stroll along the 10 mile trail that surrounds the lake or stop by one of the many restaurants along Lake Hefner’s waterfront to enjoy a beautiful sunset that only Lake Hefner can provide. Lake Hefner is more than just that pretty lake next to the highway, so be sure to stop by and experience all that it has to offer. 

running, water sports, beer, cycling, food, Lake Hefner, live music, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

If you build it they will come

What would you do if you had a dry riverbed that needed to be mowed periodically? If your answer is not “transform it into a world-class venue for rowing, canoeing and kayaking,” then you aren’t thinking like the leaders of Oklahoma River’s recent renaissance.

The seven-mile stretch of the North Canadian River, known today as the Oklahoma River, was part of the original MAPS projects and was completed in 2004, a mere 13 years ago. Prior to MAPS, the area had been a dry riverbed whose water was redirected to avoid flooding downtown Oklahoma City. Thanks to residents’ approval of a one-cent sales tax in 1993 and again in 2009, the Oklahoma River is now a premiere center for riversports that attracts visitors from around the world. 

If you take a stroll through this area, prepare to see world-class boathouses with stunning architecture from Oklahoma City companies and universities. The recent addition of RIVERSPORT Rapids and the developing 70-acre downtown park which will stretch from the heart of downtown OKC to the Oklahoma River will only add to the excitement of this unique area. If you haven’t, pack up the family and make the short trek to explore this growing area. We can promise you will be glad you did.

family-friendly, MAPS, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Fun even without a paddle

Riversport Zipline

In addition to hosting the Regatta annually, the Oklahoma City Boathouse District serves as a U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Site year-round. But it also a place for a ton of family fun and adventure.

The newest addition to the river is RIVERSPORT Rapids, a MAPS 3-funded whitewater center that offers rafting, kayaking and tubing. The center opened in May and hosted the 2016 Olympic trials for canoe/kayak slalom.

You can also take your adventurous spirit to new heights with the Rumble Drop or SandRidge Sky Trail, the tallest adventure course of its kind in the world! Both the 700-feet zip line across the Oklahoma River and the 72-foot sky slide from atop the sky trail will make you feel like a kid again. For tamer entertainment, rent a kayak or stand-up paddle board for the day or test your skills on the climbing walls. There is even a youth zone for the kiddos. And certainly anyone who appreciates the great outdoors will love the 13 miles of scenic trails that meander along the Oklahoma River. All river adventures activities are currently open during the weekends. They will open for week-long fun in late May.

Boathouse District, family-friendly, MAPS, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Making waves

Riversport Whitewater

Oklahoma City is a town full of people who dream big but whitewater rafting in downtown? A decade ago even the most bright-eyed optimist would have told you to tap the breaks. But in 2017 your own thrill ride on the waves is possible in the shadow of the skyline.

The RIVERSPORTS Rapids is one of only six man-made whitewater courses in the country and will is powered by a total of six pumps that weigh more than 12,000 pounds each (think full-grown elephant or two great white sharks) and circulate 82,000 gallons per minute (fast enough to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool in a mere 80 seconds). About 2,000 people will be able to raft in a single day making RIVERSPORTS Rapids one of the largest rafting facilities not only in the United States, but in the entire in the world. But don’t fret, the facility is family-friendly too, offering rafting and kayaking for all levels of users from novice to Olympic Champion.

In addition to adding fun and excitement to our community, RIVERSPORT Rapids also helps increase community safety. The center is available for firefighter swift water rescue training, offering a controlled setting where rescuers can learn the most advanced techniques for rescuing people from fast-running water. The rapids are open on weekends until May 15 when they will be open seven days a week.

Boathouse District, family-friendly, outdoor recreation, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Best of 2016

Riversport Rapids

This time of the year is filled with “Best of Lists.” Best of music, best of movies, best of television … you get the idea. So why not us? So here are our favorite posts of the past year. Below is a good example of what this blog is all about so you can easily share with your friends and show them why this blog is such a good and entertaining resource. Consider it a “Here-are-five-important-things-a-newbie–to-OKC-needs-to-know” list:

  • With or without a paddle- Maybe no place in OKC had a bigger 2016 than the Oklahoma River. The opening of the RIVERSPORT Rapids gave citizens and visitors an experience you can’t find anywhere else, whitewater rafting in a metropolitan downtown.
  • Let’s hear it for the beer- The craft beer scene in Oklahoma City has been on the rise for a while with some local breweries who have won big honors. However, recent efforts to modernize our state’s liquor laws have set the stage for local breweries to reach a whole new level.
  • Area of innovation- Entrepreneurship has been in our city’s DNA since its founding in a single day. This year an effort in placemaking centered around a proposed innovation district took huge strides towards reality.
  • Making a mark on aviation history- Our city and state have played an underrated role in the evolution of aviation. From early pioneers like Wiley Post to astronauts like Shannon Lucid, the Sooner State has been on the forefront of aerospace innovation.
water sports, aviation, beer, entrepreneur, history, Innovation District, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma River
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Haunt a bunch of other places

Kids playing in hay

If you’ve ever thought, “Hey, this Halloween spirit I am fomenting within myself and my children would be a lot better if it were accompanied by a whole bunch of city-sponsored events,” you’re in luck. The city’s Parks & Recreation Department have heaps of Halloween-themed events on the slate, including “Halloween on the Green” at Will Rogers Gardens, “Haunted Hikes” at Martin Nature Park and “Halloween Glow Swim” at the Foster Indoor Pool, among others. Check it out and really stoke the Halloween mood!

family-friendly, holiday, outdoor recreation, parks, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Boats and rows

Regatta Festival

Some of the best riversport athletes in the world will be in Oklahoma City on Sept. 29 – Oct. 2 as the Oklahoma Regatta Festival takes over the Oklahoma River. For four days, 2,500 athletes will compete in rowing, kayaking, dragon boating and whitewater rafting during the Oklahoma City University Head of the Oklahoma Race and the OGE NightSprints.

The OCU Head of the Oklahoma races will include 2.5 mile races against the clock each day where participants compete for the best time. The 500-meter night sprints Saturday evening will surely be a sight not to miss. Events are held in different categories including collegiate, masters and junior rowing as well as kayak and dragon boat racing.

But the fun isn’t just limited to participants. In addition to the racing, the Oklahoma Regatta Festival will include a family festival with food trucks and beer gardens – all with a first-rate view of the racing and the traditional post-race fireworks.

View the schedule at riversportokc.org.

beer, family-friendly, festivals, food, Oklahoma River, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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With (or without) a paddle

Whitewater rafting

In addition to hosting the Regatta annually, the Oklahoma City Boathouse District serves as a U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Site year-round. But it also a place for a ton of family fun and adventure.

The newest addition to the river is RIVERSPORT Rapids, a MAPS 3-funded whitewater center that offers rafting, kayaking and tubing. The center opened in May and hosted the 2016 Olympic trials for canoe/kayak slalom.

You can also take your adventurous spirit to new heights with the Rumble Drop or SandRidge Sky Trail, the tallest adventure course of its kind in the world! Both the 700-feet zip line across the Oklahoma River and the 72-foot sky slide from atop the sky trail will make you feel like a kid again. For tamer entertainment, rent a kayak or stand-up paddle board for the day or test your skills on the climbing walls. There is even a youth zone for the kiddos. And certainly anyone who appreciates the great outdoors will love the 13 miles of scenic trails that meander along the Oklahoma River.

family-friendly, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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The river that OKC built

OKC Boathouse District at night

What would you do if you had a dry riverbed that needed to be mowed periodically? If your answer is not “transform it into a world-class venue for rowing, canoeing and kayaking,” then you aren’t thinking like the leaders of Oklahoma River’s recent renaissance.

The seven-mile stretch of the North Canadian River, known today as the Oklahoma River, was part of the original MAPS projects and was completed in 2004, a mere 11 years ago. Prior to MAPS, the area had been a dry riverbed whose water was redirected to avoid flooding downtown Oklahoma City. Thanks to residents’ approval of a one-cent sales tax in 1993 and again in 2009, the Oklahoma River is now a premiere center for riversports that attracts visitors from around the world.  

If you take a stroll through this area, prepare to see world-class boathouses with stunning architecture from Oklahoma City companies and universities. The recent addition of RIVERSPORT Rapids and the developing 70-acre downtown park which will stretch from the heart of downtown OKC to the Oklahoma River will only add to the excitement of this unique area. If you haven’t, pack up the family and make the short trek to explore this growing area. We can promise you will be glad you did.

family-friendly, MAPS, Oklahoma City history, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Family fun in the sun

Lake Tenkiller

While we love exploring the outdoors OKC, and seriously there are new trails, adventures and activities to check out every day, every now and then we enjoy taking a road trip to explore other great parts of the state. Pack up the fam or a few friends and head east to enjoy a fun-filled adventure.

Our great state boasts the largest number of lakes created by dams of any state in the nation, with more than 200. In fact, whether your interests include adventures such as scuba diving and wakeboarding or sailing and swimming, you’re sure to find the perfect locale in eastern Oklahoma.

  • Lake Thunderbird: A short drive from the hustle and bustle of OKC, Lake Thunderbird offers outdoorsmen a variety of water activities and recreation. From swim beaches to primitive camp sites and playgrounds to archery ranges, Lake Thunderbird offers a close-to-home way to reconnect with ­nature.
  • Lake Eufala: Lake Eufaula, Oklahoma's largest lake, is located in southeastern Oklahoma, near I-40. With 600 miles of shoreline, Lake Eufaula offers something for everyone. Whether you prefer the relaxation of paddleboating or the adventure of wakeboarding, you’ll be right at home here. Campsites and cabin rentals are also available. 
  • Lake Tenkiller: Enjoy scuba diving, camping, hiking, fishing, golfing and water sports while surrounded with beautiful rock bluffs. And the spectacular sunsets here are hard to beat.

If your kids are looking for a wet and wild activity to beat the back to school blues, consider the Splash 'n Dash. The non-competitive biathlon-type event will consist of a fun run and swim for boys and girls ages 7-12.

day-trip, family-friendly, fishing, golf, outdoor recreation, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Boathouse District

Kayak in the Riversport Rapids

Maybe no district mirrors Oklahoma City’s modern-day renaissance like the Boathouse District. A little more than two decades ago the Oklahoma River was a local joke that had to be routinely mowed (it wasn’t exactly flowing with water). Thanks to investment from the local citizens through MAPS the river now is a hotbed of activity, features multiple boathouses and is a U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Site year-round.

Just last month the one-of-a-kind RIVERSPORT Rapids opened. The project, which is part of the city's MAPS 3 initiative, is one of only six man made white water courses in the entire country. The site will offer different courses ranging from class II rapids (perfect for families and first time rafters) to class IV rapids which will challenge even elite athletes.

The district is not just for Olympic-caliber water athletes but for the whole family. Try out the free fall experience of the Rumble Drop or SandRidge Sky Trail, the tallest adventure course of its kind in the world! We have to admit that both the 700-feet zip line across the Oklahoma River and 72-foot sky slide from atop the sky trail make us feel like kids again. But don’t fret, there is plenty to do for those who prefer a little tamer entertainment. Rent a kayak or stand-up paddle board for the day or test your skills on the climbing walls. There is even a youth zone for the kiddos. And certainly all outdoors men and women (young and young at heart) will love the 13 miles of scenic trails that meander along the Oklahoma River.

Can’t decide what to do? Don’t worry you can buy a RIVERSPORT All Access or Adventure pass. You can buy a day or annual pass and try everything the Oklahoma River has to offer.

Boathouse District, family-friendly, MAPS, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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