The breadth activities at OKC Riversport is nearly as diverse as the natural terrain and wildlife that surround their locations. Adventure-seekers can test their mettle on the Air Express zipline and SandRidge Sky Trail, or explore the 13 miles of trails on a bike.
Like a cat equipped with scuba gear, OKC Riversport's visitors aren't relegated entirely to the land. Across Lake Overholser and the Oklahoma River, fleets of kayaks and standup paddleboards cut across the water. The sounds of drums fill the air as instructors teach students how to man the dragon boats—inspired by festive Chinese fishing vessels—or battle maritime knights. Pupils can discover a water sport for the first time or hone existing watercraft skills.
The graceful drape of a chiffon dress. The scent of lilies surrounding the altar. The smooth sweetness of buttercream frosting. These are the entrancing details that make a wedding special, and Bridalifestyle Wedding Magazine's eponymous showcase explores them all in-depth, helping soon-to-be newlyweds decide on the details of their own wedding by displaying innovative ideas for every aspect of the big day. A variety of exhibitors and special guests join the festivities, which range from catering spreads for guests to taste, to discussions of tablescaping and how to select flowers that won't attract bees to a family-only service. Attendees also salivate at samples for cake designs from the area’s best sugar artists and peruse tuxedos, gowns, and bridesmaids dresses before seeing the garments in motion during a bridal fashion show.
Miles and Jayne Hall opened H&H Shooting Sports to blend community, education, and retail with a commitment to safely developing the sport of shooting, helping them earn a five-star rating from the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Instructors lead private and group classes for students of all levels, teaching basic firearm safety or advanced pistol techniques. The 19-lane archery range mimics real-life conditions with its interactive digital hunting simulator, and the facility also hosts an on-staff gunsmith for repairs and a retail shop that stocks new firearms and accessories every week.
With Western-themed labels and names such as Dustbowl chardonnay and Roadrunner syrah, the wines at Put a Cork in it announce their regional flavors on the bottle and on tasters' tongues. The selection of locally produced wines varies throughout the year, much like the selection of snowflakes on a movie set, although it typically includes about 15 blends and single-varietal bottlings for visitors to sample or purchase. Featuring dry, unctuous reds as well as fruity whites, the winery doesn't overlook any taste buds or sweet teeth.
The staff strives to maintain a relaxed environment by leading informal, yet informative, tastings for small or large groups, as well as hosting occasional live musical performances.
A live-action escape challenge, The Escape OKC puts groups of friends to the test by locking them in rooms filled with puzzles, riddles, and clues that lead the way out. The facility currently features two themed rooms: "The Forgotten Outpost," which has a Cold War vibe, and "Four Brothers," which is a twisted philosopher's study. After the door locks behind them, groups have exactly 60 minutes to sift through their room's stuff?its furniture, drawers, maps, and pictures?in search of an escape plan. Recommended for ages 12 and up, the experience requires a great deal of teamwork, as all participants must stay calm, share responsibility, and not scare everyone by wondering aloud who should be eaten first.
In 2005, Jason Williams and Ken Faught assembled a team of experienced racers and designers to create the driving experience at Pole Position Raceway. Williams, a motocross racer since 1984, and Faught, a three-time land-speed record holder at the Bonneville Salt Flats, recruited professional drivers Kurt Busch and Jeremy McGrath to help their engineers. They reimagined every detail of the track from the ground up, creating indoor courses that balance the grip of asphalt with the swervy fun of polished, concrete slick tracks. Pole Position?s Formula EK20 Pro Karts rumble over the track powered by 18-horsepower motors (nearly triple that of average gas karts), which reach speeds up to 45 miles per hour without filling the temperature-controlled arenas with fumes.
After the first Pole Position Raceway opened in Corona, California, it soon spawned 14 locations stretching to the Atlantic. Technicians maintain the fleet via handheld computers, and top drivers are regularly sent out to evaluate karts? handling and reading comprehension. During races, up to 12 guests compete in contests that last about 10 minutes.