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Savoring Summer: Exploring Oklahoma's Outdoors and Local Delights
May 11, 2023
Summer in Oklahoma is a magical time of year. The weather is warm, the skies are clear, and the state comes alive with outdoor activities and events. Here are a few reasons why summer in Oklahoma is so great:
Local Farmers Markets: Oklahoma's farmer's markets are a great place to find fresh produce and support local farmers. From the Tulsa Cherry Street Farmers Market, Broken Arrow Farmers Market, and the Owasso Farmer and Artisan Markets, there are plenty of options to choose from. These markets offer a variety of fruits, vegetables, meats, local wine, baked goods, and handmade crafts, pet friendly with local music making them a great place to spend a Saturday morning.
Festivals: Oklahoma is known for its lively festivals during the summer months. From the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon to the Tulsa International Mayfest, there's something for everyone. These festivals offer live music, delicious food, and local art vendors, making them a perfect way to spend a weekend with family and friends.
Lakes: Oklahoma is home to several lakes that offer endless opportunities for boating, fishing, and relaxation. Lake Eufaula, Grand Lake, and Lake Texoma are just a few of the popular spots. These lakes offer a variety of water activities, including water skiing, tubing, and wakeboarding. For those who prefer a more relaxed pace, there are plenty of beaches and picnic areas to enjoy.
Family Fun: Oklahoma is also home to several beautiful parks that offer a variety of outdoor activities. The Gathering Place, located in Tulsa, is a world-class park that spans over 66 acres and offers a wide range of activities, including playgrounds, water features, and zip lines. The Tulsa Zoo is another popular destination for families, with over 500 species of animals and several exhibits to explore. Guthrie Green, located in the heart of downtown Tulsa, is a vibrant community gathering place that offers free concerts, festivals, and movie screenings throughout the summer. The Tulsa Botanic Garden is a stunning 170-acre botanical garden that showcases a variety of plant collections, including a children's discovery garden and a seasonal butterfly exhibit. These parks are a great way to enjoy the beautiful summer weather.
Scenic Drives: Oklahoma is home to some of the most scenic drives in the country. The Talimena National Scenic Byway offers breathtaking views of the Ouachita Mountains, while the Route 66 drive offers a glimpse into the state's history and culture. These drives are a great way to spend a day exploring the state and taking in its natural beauty.
Outdoor Recreation: Summer in Oklahoma is the perfect time to get outside and explore the state's natural beauty. From hiking at Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge to camping at Beavers Bend State Park, there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy. The state's varied landscape also offers opportunities for rock climbing, mountain biking, and horseback riding.
Fruit Picking: Summer in Oklahoma is also a great time for fruit picking. Local strawberry and blueberry farms allow visitors to pick their fresh berries, making for a fun family activity. Some popular farms include Thunderbird Berry Farm in Broken Arrow, Joe's Farm in Bixby, and Rustic Acres in Chandler.
Summer in Oklahoma is a time to embrace the outdoors, support local farmers, and celebrate the state's culture and history. From festivals and farmers' markets to lakes, scenic drives, and fruit picking, there's something for everyone to enjoy. So, whether you're looking to relax by the water or explore the great outdoors, Oklahoma has it all.
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