5 Fall Outdoor Adventures in Oklahoma

Contributed by September Blogger of the Month, Mae Kiggins

Chickasaw-Fall-FestivalFall is such a fun time of year to get outdoors; cooler temperatures, changing colors and festivals galore. Personally, I look forward to cooler temperatures the most. My son has Fall Break in October and we are on a hunt for some fun activities to celebrate the season. Here are a few we tried last year and others that friends have recommended for this year.

Fall Foliage – I have to admit that I was a little disappointed in the fall colors in Oklahoma City last year. So I have been on the hunt for the best places to see fall foliage colors in Oklahoma. I have been told they are Talimena Drive  from Talihinia, Ok to Mena, Ak and Beavers Bend State Park. TravelOK has a list of 14 Fall Foliage Routes and updates the page when leaves start turning along Talimena Drive.

Robers Cave Fall Festival – This is another area to see beautiful fall colors.

Date: October 16th – 18th

Times: Friday – Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cost: Free Admission

General Information: This festival boasts over 80,000 visitors are year, 200+ arts and craft vendors, amusement rides, entertainment and a classic car show on Saturday. On Saturday there are FREE shuttles to and from parking lots to festivals and from the town of Wilburton to the festival. Visit the TravelOK website for more information.

Chickasaw Cultural Center’s Fall Festival

Dates: October 17th

Times: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Costs: Free admission to living history village

General Information: We loved this event last year. They have traditional stomp dancing and games, free pumpkins and decorating, free food sampling and many other activities.

Storybook Forest at Arcadia Lake

Dates: October 23rd – 30th

Times: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Costs: $8 weekdays $10 weekend, purchase tickets between Oct 1-22 for $2 off per ticket – call (405) 216-7471, parents free with child’s ticket

General Information: This non-scary Halloween event brings to life classic fairy tales for kids 10 and under. Trick-or-treating along the festive forest trail, hayrides and campfires are just a few of the activities. Call 405-216-7471 for more information.

Cordell Pumpkin Festival: What is fall without a few, or ton, of pumpkins?

Dates: October 10th

Times: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Costs: Free Admission

General Information: This is an old-fashioned, small town festival with a parade and all. Don’t miss the pancake breakfast, pumpkin carving, costume contest and pet parade. Call 580-832-3538 for more information.

Mae KigginsMae is a recovering park ranger spending her days blogging about her family’s outdoor escapades at OutdoorsMom. As an urban outdoor mom, Mae occupies a niche in the outdoor blogger community, offering ideas and encouragement to city dwellers that connects them with the outdoors.

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