For more than 25 years, the Hale family has owned and operated Star Skates throughout Oklahoma, serving up exercise opportunities to children and adults under the clever guise of having fun. Grab a friend, family member, or willing pet and hit the rink, where a pair of rental skates awaits. Star Skate opens its doors to the public on Friday nights, Saturdays, and Sundays, rendering weekends an ideal time to prepare for a future spent performing couples dances to disco music.
Gather a group of up to 30 folks for a private joyride down to the ranch's secluded Cowboy Camp, where picnic benches and a large grill are provided for outdoor feasts. Play volleyball in the serene backwoods, watch the multi-hued sunset, or roast marshmallows underneath an all-encompassing blanket of stars. Sequoyah Riding Stables can tailor hayrides to fit any group, with musicians, cowboy storytellers, and poets available for extra entertainment. During your visit, you'll also make acquaintance with Bojangles, the stables' buffalo, and have the opportunity to feed this sociable bison by hand.
Both The Cheerful Tortoise menu and The Cheerful Bullpen menu brim with classic bar fare, which is served in sports-centric, wood-paneled eateries owned by the same athletics-loving mastermind. Prices vary between locations, but the menus both teem with sandwiches, pizza, appetizers, and more than 15 flavors of wings. Stomachs sick of waiting in line for the pool tables or karaoke can feast on spinach and artichoke dip ($6.49–$6.99), or dive right into the spicy ancho-chipotle burger ($7.49–$7.99). Amber beer-battered fish and chips inspire diners at both restaurants to affect a cockney accent ($9.49 small; $10.99 large). A plethora of pizzas, such as the spicy thai chicken pizza ($8.29–8.99), dot the bars' gastronomic landscapes, along with breakfast items that, like dance battles at high schools, are served all day long. Customers can also sit on the spacious patio and sip suds from a rotating roster of draft beers including brews from New Belgium, 21st Amendment, and Deschutes.
Aesthetes and anthropologists can devour an eyeful of wide-ranging cultural artifacts and extensive fine art collections at the Mabee-Gerrer. The permanent collection of Egyptian art claims Oklahoma's only mummy that's not living, and the antiquities section features sculpture and pottery from ancient Greece, China, and Mesopotamia. Visitors can also set their sights on a broad sweep of American works, including timeworn Aztec textiles housed in the Arts of Ancient America collection, present-day paintings by Oklahoma artists in the Contemporary Art section, and the unpainted canvases hanging in the museum's 23rd-century collection.
The word "extreme" is often overused by sodas, tortilla chips, and Vanilla Ices, but it definitely applies to the rough-and-tumble Grave Digger Race. In a merciless 5-mile course, competitors huff, puff, and soil their skivvies as they charge across intense, soggy terrain in their quest for victory. Along the muddy path, racers must hurdle a slew of 23 daunting obstacles, including walls made of tires, walls made of rope, and walls made of wall. Beer, food, showers, and contestant medals help alleviate postrace fatigue, and proceeds from the race benefit the Oklahoma chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse.
Sahoma Lanes beckons alley cats to challenge friends and relatives to a few hours of fun and fellowship with open bowling seven days a week. The facility's attentive, professional pinheads corral wayward quartets to see they’re shod in the proper footwear before sending them onto the hardwood to match wits on one of 24 lanes. Unlike other competitive sports, such as dogsled racing and rap battling, bowling has zero barriers to entry and a shallow learning curve. Families can fuel up before, after, or betwixt their twin sessions of rolling the rock with piping-hot pizza washed down with a round of sodas and sibling trash talk.