When it comes to fall break and activities to do, my brain feels like it wants to explode because it’s full of ideas just waiting to be shared! Fall is our “last hurrah” before we bundle up in hooded blankets, socks and turtlenecks for the winter!
My personal favorite thing to do is to explore the trails around some of Oklahoma’s beautiful lakes.
My top four are:
1. Broken Bow/Hochatown: Home of the log-style cabins nestled in foothills of the Kiamichi Mountains. Hochatown is about four hours from Oklahoma City in the southeastern park of Oklahoma. The town is quaint, with great food, a petting zoo and fun little gift shops. There are several trails around the lake with gorgeous views. There are also creeks to wander in, search for crawdads, fish, kayak and simply get lost in nature admist the smell of campfires.
2. Lake Tenkiller: Rolling terrain, as well as tons of trees and trails to explore in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. Lake Tenkiller is known to be one of Oklahoma’s clearest and most scenic lakes, and is about 2.5 hours east of Oklahoma City. There are several state parks for camping, cabin rentals or bringing the RV. This is our personal favorite because it’s away from the hustle and bustle of the “fall break-ers” and it’s the breath of fresh fall air you may be looking for! Another lodging option is the Fin and Feather Resort. It won’t break the wallet and can accommodate large family gatherings. If you are looking for a 1960s “nostalgic lake hotel” with a burger and shake restaurant, check out the Fin and Feather.
3. Robbers Cave State Park: If you want all things fall, then buckle up, grab the backpacks and hiking shoes, and head east. The Fall Festival is going on during fall break which brings carnival rides, fair food, vintage car shows, live music, shopping and caves to explore! Our boys had a blast exploring the caves and I enjoyed the live music and carnival vibes. (Festival dates: October 14-16th, 2022. Friday-Saturday 9AM-4PM, Sunday 9AM-4PM)
4. Lake Arcadia: Have you been to their new Spring Creek paved trail? Grab your bikes, walking shoes, strollers and backpacks and go explore the rolling tree-lined trail at Lake Arcadia or have a picnic and watch the sunset at the dam. Our boys like to park at the Integris entrance and walk under the bridge to Chick-Fil-A for dinner.
If you want to stay in town and still have some fall fun, I have plans for you, too!
Local Oklahoma City area ideas:
Haunt the Zoo (at the Oklahoma City Zoo): The zoo is always a fun place to let the kids get their energy out while visiting all the animals. Starting October 8th, through the 30th they will have trick-or-treating, crafts, a hay maze and “Halloween-Themed” sea lion shows.
Tentober Family Camping at Mitch Park in Edmond. This sounds like SO much fun! Bring the tents and your friends and experience an overnight campout with the kids. They will have campfires, s’mores, kayaking, fishing and a mountain biking course. (Dates: October 15-16th, 2022. You must pre-register through www.edmondparks.com)
Chisholm Trail Festival in Yukon, celebrating the history of the Chisholm Trail. There will be re-enactment of Western history along with food, contests, live entertainment, Civil War demonstrations, craft booths, pony rides, petting zoo, Kids Korral, and a pumpkin patch. What a great way to soak in the history of Oklahoma…outside in the fall. (October 15, 2022 9:30AM to 5:00PM)
Red Earth Parade and Fall Fest located at the Myriad Gardens. Tons of children’s activities that include an arts and crafts market, native dancers and a youth Powwow that celebrates Oklahoma City’s Indigenous Peoples day. There is also a parade that starts at 10am. (October 15, 2022 10:00AM to 6:00PM)
Last but not least, if you are looking to end your fall break at a fun restaurant with all the patio vibes, check out the new Chicken Shack in Arcadia off Route 66! They have bean bags, live music, a playground, and tons of outdoor seating. The best part – their chicken is delicious!