It’s the glorious time of year between swimming and building snowmen. It’s right in the middle of football games, parent-teacher conferences and school field trips to the pumpkin patch. It’s time for … fall break! Whether your kiddos get a full week off or only a few days, we want you to soak up every moment with your little ones by making memories exploring south-central Oklahoma.
(Hopefully) the temperatures are slowly getting cooler and leaves are beginning to change. People say summer is the best time to be outdoors … but we have to disagree. Fall is the PERFECT time to explore nature’s beauty. Here are a few places we keep coming back to, year after year:
One of the most beautiful places in Oklahoma is just a few blocks from bustling downtown Sulphur. The Chickasaw National Recreation Area (or CNRA) was created in 1902 as the Sulphur Springs Reservation, and now, 117 years later, the park continues to be a great place to explore. The recreation area is the perfect place for a hike, picnic, fish and camp with your family. We suggest visiting the Travertine Nature Center to learn more about the historic park,
few miles to the southwest of the CNRA is Oklahoma’s tallest waterfall – Turner Falls. Mazeppa Thomas Turner discovered the falls in 1878 and it quickly became a national attraction to the likeness of the Grand Canyon. Turner Falls Park offers hiking trails, caves to explore and even a zipline! It’s a great place to visit year-round, but you’ll find special enjoyment in visiting this stunning site in autumn.
A few miles from Ardmore is Oklahoma’s oldest and largest state park at nearby Lake Murray. Your kids will never say the dreaded words, “I’m bored,” at Lake Murray State Park. There’s plenty of fun to be had from exploring Tucker Tower to fishing by the lake. If you want to extend your trip, book a stay at Lake Murray Lodge.
If pumpkin patches are your game, Chickasaw Country is the name! Throughout south-central Oklahoma, there are many different pumpkin patches and mazes that are a fun way to spend fall break. Below are a few of our favorites:
- Happy Day Farms Pumpkin Patch in Terral
- Brown’s Farm in Chickasha
- Cornerstone Kids’ Ranch in Ada
- TG Farms in Newcastle
- Woodbine Farms in Ardmore
We are no stranger to festivals! If you’re looking to take the kids to a safe and fun festival, we’ve got you covered. From Chickasha to Sulphur, there’s something for everyone, everywhere.
- Rock Island Art Festival: October 4 - 6
- Harvest Fest at the Chickasaw White House: October 12
- Fort Washita Ghost Tour: October 23 - 26