Family Travel Ideas for the Fall Vacation | Way of life
Broken Arc, Oklahoma
3.5 hours from Tulsa
The Broken Bow assortment has grown in popularity in recent years. luxury cabins in the wooded areas surrounding Broken Bow Lake. A search on AirBnB or VRBO indicates accommodations from simple to sprawling, and some cabins even have “kid” themes such as pirates or mermaids, as well as backyard playgrounds. Fireplaces and hot tubs are pretty standard for Broken Bow cabins, and fall is a great time to use both.
Hiking, mini golf and boating are just a few things to do in Beavers Bend State Park, 4350 S. Route 259A. Don’t forget your fishing license and your rods: the trout streams are stocked all year round and the park has two areas for catching and releasing trophy fish. travelok.com/state-parks/beavers-bend-state-park
The whole family will appreciate ride a horse at Beavers Bend Depot, 290 Beavers Bend Loop. Wildlife sightings are common on guided hikes. Children aged 5 and over ride their own horse; young children ride with an adult. If the trains are more at your speed, take a ride in the woods led by “Loco Joe”.
less than 2 hours from Tulsa
Autumn weather calls for camping (or glamping). TO Orr Family Farm, 14400 S. Western, visitors can stay overnight in tipis or Conestoga carts on the 108 acres of the farm. Create memories at a free campfire with s’mores. Campsite guests enjoy after-hours access to the farm’s attractions such as its hay walks, pumpkin patch and corn maze, open from late September to early November. Day passes are also available.
Active families will gravitate towards RiverSport OKC, which features a range of outdoor adventures including high-speed slides, zipline, and stand-up paddleboarding at 800 RiverSport Drive. Many attractions have size and weight requirements, but there is something for everyone here. Under adult supervision, even young children can have fun with various trampolines and kayaks. riversportokc.org
The weather in Oklahoma is finicky, so don’t let the rain or the heat ruin your vacation. Bubba Play indoor play area, 13429 N. MacArthur Blvd., offers three levels of jungle-themed play for kids of all ages and adults up to 250 pounds. Obstacles, slides and ball pits – all disinfected several times a day – will keep the whole team busy for hours. bubbaplayokc.com
less than 6 hours from Tulsa
Located in a century-old warehouse in the city center, City museum, 750 N. 16th St., is an explorer’s dream. In fact, there are no cards – on purpose. Miles of tunnels, slides, caves, secret passages and more invite children and adults to experience their own adventures among the 10 floors and 600,000 square feet. citymuseum.org
Giant anteater, polar bear and zebra are just three of the 500 species to see up close Saint-Louis Zoo, 1 Government Drive, one of the few free zoos in the country. âDinoroarus,â a captivating display of animatronic and stationary dinosaurs, as well as a fossil dig site, is open until October 31 for a fee. Reservations at the zoo are required. stlzoo.org
See the famous Gateway Arch from a whole new perspective: the mighty Mississippi River. River cruises by Gateway Arch Riverboats, 50 S. Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd., are narrated by a captain or ranger of the National Park Service. Choose from a 1-hour daytime cruise or a 2-hour rooftop dinner cruise on select Fridays and Saturdays through November.passerellearch.com
3.5 hours from Tulsa
Branson is known for its family attractions, of which the King is Silver Dollar City Theme Park, 399 Silver Dollar City Parkway. Craftsmen showcase crafts from the 1880s, such as pottery, blacksmithing, and candy-making, while shows and musical performances entertain. The rides are plentiful for all ages; the most recent, Mystic River Falls, is an epic group rafting experience through Ozark’s waterways. silverdollarcity.com
Holidays can be fun and educational. Walk with 50-60 species of butterflies from around the world at Butterfly Place and Rainforest Adventure, 4106 W. Highway 76. Travel a forest-themed mirror maze and the Banyan Tree Bungee Adventure, which mimics the roots of rainforest trees. Encounters with creatures at the Living Rainforest Science Center allow guests to pet or feed reptiles and amphibians. thebutterflypalace.com
Thrill-seeking teens and adults alike will love Branson Mountain Adventure’s Runaway Mountain Coaster and Flyaway Ziplines, 935 State Highway 165. Race your family or friends on the new high-speed Flyaway Quad ziplines, or choose your level of thrill on the individual trolleys, while enjoying breathtaking views of the Ozarks. bransonpinemountaincoaster.comtp