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Oklahoma winters are typically chilly, and therefore when the weather begins to warm, most people are anxious to enjoy the pleasant weather. Below are some of the top activities for outdoor enthusiasts in Oklahoma:

Oklahoma City Zoo

The Oklahoma City Zoo is an ideal activity for animal lovers of all ages. At this famous zoo, visitors can view interesting exhibits and observe birds, mammals and reptiles in their natural habitats. Throughout spring and summer, patrons can also enjoy a safari tram, paddle boats, animal shows and a variety of dining options without leaving the grounds.

Oklahoma River Excursions

The Oklahoma River provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts. Visitors can rent kayaks, rowboats or simply bicycle around the river on one of its many scenic trails. A zip line and ropes trail are also found near the river, and year-round passes to all river excursions are available.

Hiking on Turkey Mountain

Turkey Mountain provides a wonderful atmosphere for those who enjoy hiking. There are multiple trails for various hiking skill levels and each has its own personality. Less than a mile from the Tulsa shopping center, Turkey Mountain is sometimes described as a “wilderness escape from the concrete jungle.”

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is a fantastic choice for those who enjoy viewing animals and plants and their natural environments. The Refuge boasts hundreds of reptiles, birds and mammals, including Texas longhorn cattle, Rocky Mountain elk, American bison and jumbo woodpeckers. Visitors can rock climb, picnic, hike, camp, fish, or simply explore the area’s nature trails.

Lake Murray State Park

The Lake Murray State Park, located in Ardmore, Oklahoma, is the state’s oldest and largest facility of its kind. The crystal-clear water of Lake Murray is ideal for jet skiing, wakeboarding, scuba diving, fishing, boating and swimming. There are also nature trails, camping sites, hiking paths and horseback riding stables located around the shores of the lake.

Alabaster Caverns State Park

Located in Freedom, Oklahoma, is the 200-acre Alabaster Caverns State Park. Naturally formed from a rare type of gypsum, the caverns make up the world’s largest natural gypsum cave that is opened for touring. On a daily basis between the hours of 9 AM and 4 PM, guided excursions are available. Guests can also walk around the caverns on man-made trails, from where great photographs can be captured.

The activities and attractions mentioned above are by no means all Oklahoma has to offer outdoor lovers. However, the landmarks and parks listed above are a great place to start for those planning a day of discovery and sightseeing. Whichever attractions visitors choose for an enjoyable and educational outing, they are sure to want to return again soon to experience more of Oklahoma’s great outdoors.

This post is a guest contribution from The Ladysmith, Miranda Lambert’s bed and breakfast in Tishomingo, OK.

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