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7 Healthy Ways to Celebrate Fall this Year in OKC

Between 100-degree weather in the summer and bitter, dry cold in the winter, Oklahoma’s seasons are known for their drastic highs and lows. Somewhere in between lies the fall and spring seasons, although spring is historically known for rain, powerful storms and tornadoes. 

That leaves fall as one of the few times of the year you can relax without sweltering temperatures, layers of cold-weather gear or a storm shelter for protection. Although fall in Oklahoma tends to be short-lived, the comfortable days, cool nights and fall foliage offer a welcome change.

To celebrate fall, this guide provides you with outdoor and family-friendly activities to explore Oklahoma City and the surrounding areas.

 

Fall activities for families

Between Halloween and teaching your children how to skate, there are plenty of family-friendly activities to participate in.

Trip to the pumpkin patch

Pumpkin season is upon us, not just for Halloween but also in anticipation of Thanksgiving. There are several farms and stands in the Oklahoma City metro to get your pumpkin fix. Each pumpkin patch also has plenty of activities to keep the children busy.

Orr Family Farm offers the most family fun in terms of attractions. Not only does it have a pumpkin patch, but your children can also ride a pony, hop on a hayride, explore a corn maze, ride pedal cars or bounce around on the giant jumping pillows. Weekday tickets cost $12.95 online or $18.45 at the gate. Weekend tickets run $16.95 online or $22.81 at the gate.

Hillbilly Haven is a family farm with pumpkins, a petting zoo, tricycle courses and hay bale swings. Tickets cost $8 and adults over 65 get in for free.

At Parkhurst Pumpkin Ranch, your children can experience a petting zoo, explore a corn maze and partake in hayrides. 

Trick-or-treat experiences

You usually think of walking in neighborhoods to celebrate Halloween with your children, but Oklahoma City has several safe trick-or-treating alternatives to choose from.

In downtown OKC, Scissortail Treat Trail at Scissortail Park is set up to provide a contact-free option for your kids to receive Halloween treats on Oct. 30. They will also provide music, the chance to interact with Halloween characters and taste food from several vendors. The event costs $5 and runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nearby in Bricktown is the seventh annual Brick-or-Treat on Oct. 25 where children 14 and under can collect candy while walking around Bricktown. The event is free and lasts from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

In Arcadia, the Storybook Forest runs nightly Oct. 23 through Oct. 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This forest is a well-lit path where children experience scenes from classic storybooks all while collecting candy. Tickets cost $12.

Stay active on skates

Starting in early November, you and your family can ice skate on the Devon Ice Rink at Myriad Botanical Gardens. Admission is $14 per person or $9 if you have your own skates.

If ice skating isn’t for you, try roller skating at the Sky Rink at Scissortail Park. This new outdoor skating rink is for both skating and rollerblading. The price to skate varies on the day — $7 on Thursday’s and Sunday’s and $8 on Friday’s and Saturday’s.

 

Outdoor fall activities

Oklahoma can get a bad rap for being a flat area, but the state is much more diverse than that. The topography includes forests, mountains, prairies, rivers, lakes, canyons and mesas. As a result, the state has many activities to satisfy outdoor enthusiasts.

In addition to the scenic views, Oklahoma is also known for its farming, which is on display at several farmers markets in the fall.

Take a stroll in one of OKC’s parks

Scissortail Park is downtown OKC’s new crown jewel from an outdoor activity perspective. The 70-acre park opened in 2019 and features a children’s playground, a picnic area and a 3.7-acre lake. Families and their children can rent pedal boats, canoes or kayaks on the lake.

Nearby, the Myriad Botanical Gardens boasts dozens and dozens of plants surrounding a small pond where your children can feed fish and ducks. While some plants become dormant as the temperatures drop, Myriad is also home to many trees with changing leaves around this time.

Located in northwest Oklahoma City off Memorial Turnpike, the Martin Park Nature Center is a secluded area that is ideal for viewing foliage in the fall. It also has 2.5 miles of woodland trails and a playground for children.

For those who live in south OKC, Earlywine Park is a 99-acre park located between Mustang and Moore in the south metro. The park features a playground and various outdoor activities for the family, including tennis courts and walking trails.

Visit a farmers market

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring. Visiting a local farmers market is a fun way to support your local community and provide an excuse to get out of the house on Saturday mornings.

Depending on where you live, there are several farmers markets to choose from. Note the Farmers Public Market is open year-round, while the markets at Scissortail Park, Norman and Edmond close for the winter after October.        

OSU-OKC Farmers Market at Scissortail Park: Each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., you’ll find dozens of local vendors sprawled out in the northeast corner of Scissortail Park across from the new Omni Hotel. Choose from grass-fed beef or local fall produce such as squash, pumpkins, root vegetables and leafy greens.

Oklahoma City Farmers Public Market: Each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Farmers Public Market in the Farmers Market District showcases homemade breads, herbs and spices, canned goods and local vegetables.

Norman Farm Market: If you live in the south OKC metro, the Norman Farm Market is a great place to pick up local vegetables, locally raised meats and homemade desserts. The market is open 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday’s and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday’s.

Edmond Farmers Market: If you live in the north OKC metro, the Edmond Farmers Market offers more than 50 vendors that feature all Oklahoma-based produce, meats and other food products. The market is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday’s and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday’s.

Participate in a walk or run

The cool fall temperatures are a perfect invitation to exercise outdoors by participating in a family walk or run. From now until November, there are several options to choose from.

Bedlam Run, Nov. 6, Wheeler Park: Race options include a 5K for $35, 10K for $45 or half marathon for $55. Runners 17 and under receive a $10 discount.

Little Red Heart 5K, Nov. 6, Lake Hefner: This run celebrates donors and recipients of heart transplants. Race options include a 1 mile walk for $45 or a 5K run for $45.

Holiday Hustle 5K and 10K, Nov. 13, Oklahoma Christian University: Parents and youth runners can participate in a 5K or 10K ($25) race, while children ages 4 to 9 can run in a 440-meter race ($15).

Joltin’ Joe 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run, Nov. 14, Earlywine Park: This run celebrates the life of Joe Warfield, a legendary Oklahoma City runner who was tragically killed in 2019. Race options include a 5K for $40 or a 1 mile walk for $25.

Chill Your Cheeks 5 and Mascot Jog, Nov. 20, Chisholm Trail Park: This Yukon-based run coincides with the opening of Christmas in the Park. Race options include $25 for adults and $20 for youth runners. In addition to the 5K, there will be a mascot 100-yard dash and a free Jingle Walk in which families can leisurely stroll through the Christmas lights display.

Go hiking to see fall foliage

Fall foliage in Oklahoma is best viewed in late October or early November when the warm temperatures quickly change cool days.

These color changes, combined with sherbet-looking Oklahoma sunsets, produce some of the prettiest views you’ll find around this region.

On the weekends, consider a family hike to take in these foliage changes. You’ll have to travel a bit outside of the OKC metro, but it’s worth the additional time spent. Options for hiking include the Ouachita National Recreation Trail in Talimena State Park, Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur, Red Rock Adventure Park in Hinton, Roman Nose State Park in Watonga or the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge near Lawton.

 

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