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By Lindsay Vidrine
Nothing creates cherished memories like family trips, especially ones where you try something new. Agritourism – where agriculture and tourism intersect – is Oklahoma’s growing adventure offering travelers the opportunity to experience a cornucopia of family-oriented activities and events on farms and ranches across the state.
Popular summertime Agritourism destinations include U-pick farms, farmers markets, guest ranches and horseback riding. Luckily, there are two new brochures to help make planning easy.
For the ultimate cowboy experience, bunk at a guest ranch, where you can learn about everything from the landscape to local culture. Ride horses, hike, fish, swim and more during the day, then feast on a fine chuck wagon meal before gathering around a crackling campfire to share stories.
The Oklahoma Agritourism program has updated its Western Experience brochure which is a free guide to guest ranches, country stays, horseback riding and more. Travelers can peruse bed and breakfast listings, local hiking and fishing spots, plus more than 100 farms and ranches that let you play cowboy for the day or weekend.
Also hot-of-the-press is the Oklahoma Land Bounty guide. This brochure maps out fresh-picked fun at statewide farmers markets and U-pick farms, many of which are in season throughout the summer. It also includes seasonal crops such as pumpkin patches and corn mazes in the fall.
Blackberries, peaches and a bounty of fresh produce are ripe for the picking this time of year and nothing tastes better than sun kissed food that’s straight from the source. Not only can families pick-their-own fruits and veggies, but many berry farms and orchards also host festivals and special events throughout the summer to celebrate the season.
Keep up with all kinds of Oklahoma Agritourism happenings through their blog called The Vine which can be found at TravelOK.com/Agritourism. Just click on The Vine logo and make sure to bookmark it for future reference.
In addition to the new Land Bounty and Western Experience brochures, TravelOK.com also offers free guides to Oklahoma Wineries, Hunting, and a statewide Agritourism map that lists all farm and ranch destinations statewide. Click on over to TravelOK.com/brochures to get your bounty of free trip planning resources.