Story & Photos by Kessley Miller
As college students, it can be difficult to find the extra money to spend on extravagant vacations or fun events. With the high cost of college, prioritizing how to spend money is crucial to be able to budget school, everyday expenses and leisure activities. It can be overwhelming to make plans for spring break with so many expenses, but here are some options to have a memorable spring break this year without leaving the Oklahoma.
1. Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge: Located in Lawton, this is a short hour and a half drive from the Oklahoma City Metro. Here you will find many activities to do such as nature walks, fishing, rock climbing and beautiful scenery overlooking the mountains. A great time to go would be during the sunset as the sky changes colors from blue to a pastel pink.
2. The Plaza District: This artistic area of Oklahoma City has a number of eccentric shops, restaurants and beautiful murals to look at while venturing from shop to shop. Here, you can eat some pizza at Empire Slice House, get an ice cream at Roxy’s Ice Cream Social and then have a photoshoot in front of one of the many murals.
3. Turner Falls Park: Located in Davis, an hour and 15 minute drive down I-35 South, there is a blue waterfall that flows into a pond that is available to the public to swim in on warmer days. In this park, there is also zip lining, hiking trails, picnic areas, etc. Be sure to stop by The Arbuckle Fried Pies, right outside of the park, for a sweet treat as well.
4. Oklahoma City Zoo: For all the animal lovers out there, this is the place for you. A new elephant exhibit allows visitors to walk out on a deck overlooking the elephants and watch them in their habitat. Patrons can be on the lookout for the latest addition to the herd. Baby elephant Kairavi was born in October 2018. Prices are $11 for adults and $8 for children and senior citizens.
5. The Escape OKC: Put your mental abilities to the test at The Escape OKC. Visitors are immersed in the mid dle of a scene that requires working together as a group to figure out the puzzle and “escape” from the room before time runs out. For group rates, the prices start out at $24.
6. Oklahoma City Museum of Art: Located in the heart, Downtown Oklahoma City, the OKCMOA is home to one of the largest glass sculptures ever created by Dale Chihuly. The current exhibit hosted by OKCMOA is Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West which opened Feb. 1 and is here until May 26. Admission is $12 for
adults, but with a group of 15 or more, admission is just
7. iFly Indoor Skydiving: For the thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies out there, this is the perfect place. Located in northwest Oklahoma City, this indoor facility allows customers to suit up and actually have the experience of skydiving from indoors. After practicing with an instructor, the visitor steps inside a giant cylindrical tube that gives the feeling of falling from the sky. Prices range from $59.95 to $86.95 depending on the type of flight.
8. Great Salt Plains State Park: A unique state park located in Northern Oklahoma, this park allows visitors to walk on grounds that are about half as salty as the ocean. Visitors are able to literally lick the ground to taste the salt.
9. Pops: Take a short drive to Arcadia up Route 66 and enjoy a refreshing soda from Pops. There are more than 700 drinks to choose from and diner-style cooking with vibrant walls that are covered in different soda bottles. There is also a great place for a photo opportunity in front of the giant soda bottle in the parking lot.
10. Beavers Bend State Park: This state park is located in the southeastern area of Oklahoma. Visitors can try activities such as float trips, canoeing and horseback riding. There are many beautiful scenic views of this mountainous region. This state park would be the perfect place for a weekend or day trip.
11. Washita Battlefield National Historic Site: This site is the location of Lt. Col. George A. Custer’s surprise attack on the Cheyenne Village of Peace Chief Black Kettle. This site is home to a tragic event in history and now visitors are able to learn what truly happened on the Washita River by going on ranger-led tours, seeing the Washita Native Garden and experiencing views of the Washita River Valley.
12. Oklahoma City Underground: At this hidden gem underneath Oklahoma City, visitors are able to walk around brightly colored lit up tunnels. These tunnels connect parking garages and businesses. This is a place to have photoshoots and see an artistic perspective of what were once just normal walkways.
13. Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum: Walking around the grounds of what is left of the Alfred P. Murrah building is an uneasy experience, but learning about the history of that fateful day in April 1995 shows visitors the impact Oklahomans made when they were able to come together.
14. Oklahoma lakes: Oklahoma is home to the most man-made lakes in the United States and they are all over the state. There are options to go to nearby lake or take a road trip, and there is even the choice between visiting a large lake or small lake. There are so many activities to do at a lake, such as camping, fishing, nature walks, boating or having a campfire.
15. Wheeler Ferris Wheel: Located within the Wheeler District of OKC, this Ferris wheel was originally from California, but is now open and offers rides to visitors. This Ferris wheel is now an iconic landmark in Oklahoma City. No matter what your budget is this spring break, there are so many different options that a person has to make it a memorable week. Expensive trips might not be realistic, but grabbing a group of family or friends and going to do something new is always special. For more ideas of activities or places to visit, go to www.travelok.com.