Steel Shop Tennis Club gets its name from the building it calls home. The structure was built as a steel plant for the American Car and Foundry company, and formerly housed production of the company's railroad cars and tanks. Today, however, only adult and junior tennis players roll off the assembly line thanks to the club's clinics, tournaments, and teams. Five hard courts run end-to-end within the complex, each surrounded by floor-to-ceiling nets that block wayward tennis balls from interfering with other matches or being used as unwanted advances toward a potential doubles partner. The club also facilitates solo practice on its three hitting alleys with ball machines, and the pro shop keeps players stocked up on equipment by manufacturers such as Babolat, Prince, and Head.
Named after a Cheyenne chief, Roman Nose State Park is one Oklahoma’s oldest state parks. In the heart of the preserve sits a 22-room lodge, an elegant—yet rustic—hotel that dates back to 1956. Though the lodge retains its streamlined, mid-century aesthetic, a recent renovation provided the guest rooms with modern touches, including flat-screen TVs and iHome docking stations. Artistic photographs of Roman Nose’s own picturesque waterfalls and canyons decorate the walls. Retreat to the on-site restaurant’s outdoor patio to heckle slow-moving squirrels while you eat.
There is no shortage of outdoor recreation within the state park. Guests can play a round on the 18-hole golf course, hike miles of multi-purpose trails, or cast a line into nearby Watonga Lake to fish for trout. When the weather’s warm, take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool, built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The lodge also offers bicycle, canoe, kayak, and horse rentals.
While Trail of Fear is now Oklahoma's largest haunted attraction, Hauntworld.com reveals that the original format was a small, roadside hay maze operated by a father and son in 1998. Today, a three-story pyramid looms above the theme park's frightful environs and prowling actors. Creators Bob Wright Sr. and Bob Wright Jr. supervise a staff of more than 100?a vast increase from their first crew of approximately 15 people and a few rusty table fans?as they guide visitors through four nightmarish worlds. Though the majority of these helpers return to the job each season with fiendish devotion, their strategies for harvesting screams evolve every year to surprise even the most loyal fans.
Between the two locations there are five haunted attractions, including a maniacal ringmaster overseeing the disorienting maze and murderous clowns of Cirque de Morte, malformed test subjects rising from The Experiment's excavation and lab sites, and performers injecting dark humor into their classic sideshow acts at the Thunderbird Trail of Fear.
On the Halloween Midway, Boo House BBQ supplies fuel for brave souls in the form of burgers and brisket. Fairground games embrace macabre twists; past activities include a severed-head toss and live-zombie target practice. For younger children, Pumpkin Junction entertains with scary stories and magic tricks on select nights. A portion of Trail of Fear's proceeds go to benefit a specific charity every year, contributing thousands of dollars to community causes.
Anytime Fitness lives up to its name by giving clients 24/7 access to exercise machines, weights, and tanning facilities. The fitness center even feature private bathrooms and around-the-clock security monitoring. A personal-training session for every new member helps clients put their best foot forward as they start exercise regimens.
Each year, runners gather in downtown Lawton for the Spirit of Survival, an annual, multi-race event benefiting the Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma and cancer research worldwide. The gathering offers events for runners and walkers of all ages and abilities, including the Hulkin' Half-Marathon, the 5K Superhero Race, the Spirit Walk, the Quick Silver Quarter Marathon, and the Superhero Kid's Marathon. In conjunction with the organization's aim at fighting cancer and overcoming obstacles, Spirit of Survival encourages runners to don superhero costumes.
Ashley Heddy, the experienced yoga guru behind Keep Calm Yoga, guides students through therapeutic yoga classes to strengthen muscles, improve endurance, and hone concentration. Students arrive at the studio in the morning armed with their own mats and props, ready to embrace their inner yoga warrior. Ashley shepherds yogis and yoginis through their asanas as they greet the sun with stretched sinews, taut muscles, and peaceful poses. Sessions cover the basics of stretching and breathing for newbies, and the experienced instructor’s keen yoga eye—her left—allows her to provide adjustments to challenge seasoned pupils. Stress melts away during the tranquil lesson, and Ashley empowers students to chop through their mental cinder blocks to find peace and tranquility during trying times outside the studio, from frenzied workweeks to harrowing games of high-stakes Jenga.