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Family Activities

Posted by Sara Orellana Paape on Mar 1, 2021 9:15:00 AM

March in Oklahoma is typically an incredible month to be outside. The weather is moderate, allowing for time outside, such as hiking, and other incredible activities. Oklahoma weather varies wildly and many times without notice, creating few opportunities to truly enjoy the outdoors.


A Southern California native, I thrive on living outdoors. I miss the temperate temperatures, the inviting cool nature of winter, and the dry heat of summer. I remember spending hours outdoors and crave the time outside. I miss the feeling of sun on my skin, and the fresh air. Living in California means spending time outdoors year-round. No matter how long it has been since I lived there, I crave that lifestyle. 


Oklahoma is a different kind of outdoor state. The plains have a mysterious beauty of their own, the breeze blowing in the prairie grass often resembles waves in the water. The wildlife is plentiful, the variety of wildflowers in the hundreds, and activities are plentiful, if you know what you are looking for. Camping, fishing, and hiking are among the top local activities. Kayaking, canoeing, boating, and even tubing are also popular activities. The biggest deterrent is the long hot summer and the extreme cold created by the constant breeze in winter. I have found timing and layers to be the secret to outdoor activities.


Locally, climbing Mt. Scott in the spring, summer, and fall months is a popular activity. On foot, the trail leading to the top takes roughly 2-hours. Beginning the hike as the sun rises not only creates amazing views, but also ensures the heat is bearable. LETRA promises hours of fun in the sun and water. The sandy shores of the lake mimic the beaches, with the added fun of water slides and boat rentals. A roped off swimming area and lifeguards creates a water-filled day all can enjoy. Earlier trips to LETRA which start mid-morning, and end right after lunch will help you miss the heat of the day.


If the temperatures are still a bit mild for outdoor fun, driving through the wildlife refuge is exciting. Frequent sightings of buffalo, elk, and long-horn, along with the ever-busy prairie dogs keep kids entertained while parents can enjoy the relaxation which comes from enjoying wide, open spaces. The Medicine Park Aquarium has indoor and outdoor activities for all ages. Enjoy petting a sea anemone, watching the electric eels show off, or enjoy a quiet moment in the quail hut. 


No matter what activities you choose to do with your family, March can be the start of a great spring in Oklahoma. Explore the local scenery, learn the local legends, and life on the prairie will slowly grow on you.