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By Oklahoma Tourism Staff
If you are looking for a change of pace in your fitness routine, destinations across Oklahoma offer out-of-the-box ways to stay in shape while still having fun. From outdoor hiking trails to indoor rock climbing, opportunities abound to challenge your fitness level and discover new hobbies.
The Oklahoma River underwent a drastic transformation in the past decade to become a premiere destination for river sport enthusiasts, but the Oklahoma City Boathouse District offers more than just training facilities for Olympic hopefuls. Oklahoma City Riversport makes getting on the water accessible to people of all levels of experience. In Boathouse 101, a free hour-long class, participants can sample rowing, kayaking and dragon boating to learn the basics. More in depth classes help polish technique. Rentals range from 10 to 15 dollars per hour.
If boating isn’t your preferred method of viewing the city, the Boathouse District offers more than 13 miles of scenic trails at the Route 66 Boathouse at Lake Overholser. Both the Chesapeake and the Route 66 Boathouses offer bike rentals for 10 dollars, or you can bring your own wheels. For someone who is new to the Boathouse District, Riversport’s “Try It Now” pass offers a free chance to sample kayaking, cycling, indoor rowing and fitness classes.
Also near Bricktown, Rocktown Climbing Gym takes fitness to new heights with its indoor and outdoor climbing routes. What was once a grain elevator now uses its silos to house climbing courses, and the staff offers guidance from many years of personal climbing experience. Even complete strangers to the sport can find their climbing niche with the first time climber package, which includes all necessary rental equipment and a safety orientation class that will get you climbing in no time. The gym has routes of all heights and difficulties, from 35 feet up to 90 feet. Even kids as young as three can take part in the fun, and the Oklahoma Climbing Club Team gives young climbers the chance to sharpen their climbing skills in a team setting.
For outdoor enthusiasts, Oklahoma’s state parks offer countless ways to actively encounter nature. At Red Rock Canyon in western Oklahoma, the red canyon walls provide a perfect backdrop for hiking, and the more adventurous can try rappelling down the canyon. Broken Bow Lake, with its clear waters and calm coves, is perfect for a foray into scuba diving or snorkeling, while the nearby stables of Beavers Bend State Park offer scenic hour-long trail rides. Each Oklahoma state park offers hiking and biking trails for people of all experience levels.
For more ideas on destinations that will keep you moving, or to find out more about the locations listed in this article, go to TravelOK.com.
Kaylee McDaniel is the Sustainable Initiatives and Travel Communications Assistant with the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department.