It’s a story for the ages – the weekend rolls around and you find yourself doing the same old thing every time – dinner and a movie. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Several years ago, my friends and I decided we’d had enough. It was the beginning of summer and we wanted shake things up. In short, we wanted to seize every moment.
To hold ourselves accountable, we did the easiest thing ever – we made a list! We listed everything that came to mind, regardless of how silly or far-fetched it seemed. Ideas were flying onto the page.
Every Friday we pulled out our list, looked it over and picked an activity. By the end of summer we had done most everything on “the list”. That summer was a total success!!
Years later I still use this method. Why? It works. If you’re looking to shake up your routine, look no further. Here are some easy ideas to get you started.
Sports and Recreation
Tulsa Drillers – Nothings says ‘summer’ quite like a baseball game. “Seats” on the lawn are $5 each and if you catch a Friday or Saturday night game, be sure to stay for the fireworks. The display is breathtaking! For a complete schedule and ticketing information, visit the Tulsa Drillers website.
River Parks / Turkey Mountain – These Tulsa gems offer something for everyone at practically no cost! Along River Parks you can play Frisbee golf (full disclosure – I used to scoff at this “sport” but I recently played and was surprised at how much fun it is), splash around the water feature located at 41st & Riverside or check out bikes for a family bike ride.
If hiking and a natural environment is calling you, go on a day hike at Turkey Mountain. With more than 20 miles of marked trails, you’ll find something for every skill level.
For additional information about trails and bike rentals, visit www.riverparks.org. For detailed map information and Turkey Mountain rules, visit www.turkeymtn.com.
Guthrie Green – This city park offers fun, free activities all summer long. Each Sunday features an outdoor concert, Thursday nights you can catch a family-friendly movie and other events are added all summer long. Visit www.guthriegreen.com for all the details.
Outdoor Concerts – Free outdoor concerts are a staple of the Tulsa area. Running all summer long, Utica Square continues the tradition of 5th Night, a free concert every Thursday night.
Summer also brings the beginning of First Friday Concerts at LaFortune Park. The first Friday of each month will feature a different musical act, appropriate for the whole family.
For a list of scheduled performers at each venue, visit Summers Fifth Night and The Gardens.
Woolaroc – Located about an hour north of Tulsa, Woolaroc has something for the entire family. Established in 1925, the 3,700 acre wildlife preserve is home to more than 30 varieties of native and exotic animals and birds. You’ll also find a world-class museum of Western art, artifacts and an extensive Colt Firearm collection. To plan your visit, check out www.woolaroc.org.
Regardless of your budget, Tulsa and the surrounding areas offer a host of fun activities for the whole family. Ditch the boring routine and see what your community has to offer!
And get ready to have the best summer ever!
*Several of these activities involve roughing it on the grass. If that isn’t your thing, be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair. And don’t hesitate to pack a picnic lunch or snacks!