Dust clouds form from the hooves of two warhorses thundering across the jousting field. Across the way, a falcon wheels in the sky, spotting prey for his master. Meanwhile, King Henry watches from a tall stone tower, pleased with the bustling marketplace below. It isn’t the year 1539, and it isn’t planet Camelot IV in the Avalonian system. It’s the modern-day Oklahoma Renaissance Festival, held at the Castle of Muskogee every summer for nearly 20 years.
Every merchant and performer has a story to tell, from Sir Robert Vinterhawk of Birds of Prey to the painter Lady Anne, who creates lush portraits of the castle’s guests. The Tribal Circus performs gravity-defying feats without the aid of strings or wizardry, and the mysterious masked man of Cast in Bronze enraptures his audience with the sanctified tones of carillon bells. For adrenaline-pumping thrills, the human chess game —where life-size pieces engage in full battle—is second only to the raucous jousting tourney. Guests can further immerse themselves in a lost era with a spin around the maypole or by dressing up for the daily costume contest.
At Star Skate, you might find skaters trailing balloon bouquets or waving glow sticks as they circulate smoothly around the rink. These—along with providing dishes of ice cream, hot dogs, and soda—are a few of the ways the staff helps party guests celebrate birthdays and other events. But whether it’s someone’s birthday or not, guests can always celebrate the joy of frictionless frolicking by outfitting their feet with roller, inline, or speed skates at any of Star Skate’s four locations.
Did you know that, on average, 88% of the seats in a movie theater remain empty during a showing? According to the New York Times, this phenomenon really surprised Sean Wycliffe a few years back when he went to see the Oscar-winning film The King's Speech and shared the theater with only two other audience members. With all the focus on online video services, Sean realized movie theaters were being overlooked, and came up with a concept that could help movie houses fill their empty seats.
His brainchild became Dealflicks, a website that offers customers discounted tickets (sometimes with popcorn or soda) for same-day showings. Customers shop a selection of deals, each of which is specific to a particular film, theater, and showtime, and upon purchase, receive an email voucher they present at the theater's ticket counter. Dealflicks is partnered with theaters around the country, particularly independent and neighborhood venues, such as the treehouse of the enterprising kid down the street.
Parking: Free Parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: Adults 21+
24 hours a day and seven days a week, The Black Hawk Casino thrills risk-takers and rabble-rousers with its nearly 700 slot machines and popular table games on its revamped floor, including blackjack, mini baccarat, and Ultimate Texas Hold ?em. Going all-in on the celebration factor, the casino stages daily promotions for visitors, ranging from Mega Mondays, TNT Hot Seats, and monthly prize giveaways that include an RV and a Camaro Z28.
The dual-purpose Center Stage & CheerAction facility combines an 1,800-square-foot harlequin-floor dance space with a 1,500-square-foot cheer suite to earn kids their tumbling and dance wings. Summer camps offer competition-grade gymnastics flooring for postschool entertainment such as the mini-tumblers camp, which harnesses youthful exuberance into a productive yield of handstands, cartwheels, backbends, and controlled levitation. Four-day camps feature prancing princesses, superhero hip-hop, musical theater, and a Harry Potter–themed string of activities and students of the stage can act, dance, and tumble their way through the three-day camp, which combines acrobatics with fewer wind-chapped activities such as water games, crafts, and snacks. The cheer camp gives chanters a venue for their newly acquired stunt and jump skills, offering performance time at a Tulsa Drillers Game and includes two complimentary tickets to the game.
Select Cinemas, the proprietors of RiverWalk Movies, believe that suburban moviegoers shouldn't have to go out of their way to catch Hollywood's latest offerings. They also believe that movie theaters can boost neighboring businesses, which is why everybody wins when they integrate themselves into communities. But movies matter most, and RiverWalk Movies has an edge on urban multiplexes. All eight of their screens are wall-to-wall. All auditoriums feature 100% digital projection and 100% digital surround sound, along with stadium, rocking-chair-style seating to prevent neck craning when sitting behind Bigfoot. RiverWalk also prides itself on its concessions, especially the popcorn, and offers free shows to satiate kids during summer vacations.