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.
Whiling away their vacation in a Swiss Alps chalet, Joe and Beth Henretty noticed a peculiar sound: nothing. The entire town moved at a pace much slower than that of their home in the States; without a car in sight, residents simply strolled to their destinations. Inspired by this way of life, Joe and Beth imported the car-free philosophy to Tulsa in 2005, buying their own bicycle cab and christening their new business Golzern Pedicabs after the chalet in which they'd stayed. Today, the duo and their two fellow drivers shuttle riders to and from concerts or obedience-school reunions while working solely for tips—both as an accommodation to any budget and as a further homage to Switzerland's laid-back lifestyle.
For a flat fee, the business—also known as Tulsa Pedicabs—captains tours that bounce among Tulsa's local eateries, where passengers sample fare at each stop and, sometimes, carry out agendas of their own. Once, on one of Joe's tours, a man proposed, and the Henrettys honored the occasion by pedaling the couple to their hotel on their wedding day—much like the Swiss nuptial tradition of dragging cans behind a saddled yak.
Deep in the woods, the thick canopy blocks out what little moonlight permeates the night sky. Through the panoramic darkness, the ominous sounds of distant screams, rustling branches, and twigs snapped under mysterious footfalls convey one message: you are not alone. Ghouls and other fiendish creatures lurk around every corner at Scream Country Haunted Hayride & Forest, ready to ambush passersby with heart-stopping, spine-tingling shouts of “boo!” or requests for directions to the nearest gas station. Set on more than 40 acres of twisting forest, Scream Country invites intrepid guests to explore the fearsome darkness, acquainting themselves with the paranormal vibes that charge the air every October.
Most of the animals at The Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park were rescued from crueler places than the wild. Many of them came from deplorable living situations, where they were either locked in abusive or neglectful facilities?or flat-out abandoned by owners who were unable to care for them properly. The park gives its wildlife expansive enclosures, along with round-the-clock care and an on-site veterinary clinic. The park's ultimate goal is to prepare its bestiary for homes in worthy zoos nationwide.
This background adds a deeper resonance to tours as guests interact with vivacious animals that show few signs of their prior mistreatment. Fuzzy bear cubs amble across laps, 600-pound tigers graze their whiskers across hands, and camels give slobbery kisses to new best friends. And the park doesn't just provide homes to exotic rescue animals. Visitors will also encounter llamas methodically chewing their cud, chickens strutting across the dirt, and hybrid wolves trying to figure out how to fetch like their dog ancestors.
Named for the late Garold Wayne Schreibvogel, the park stands as a living memorial to his passion for animals and mission to provide them with a safe space where they can thrive. Each animal and habitat honors another life as well: benefactors of The Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park are recognized with plaques and signs throughout the exhibits.
Guthrie Haunts Haunted House crams every corridor with things that go bump in the night, frightening the brave souls who dare to wander its dark passages. Open on weekends for the entirety of October, the spooky spot elicits screams with depraved characters, props inspired by the supernatural, and Teddy Kreuger—the mangled sociopath whose crimes include everything but copyright infringement.
Guthrie Haunts will also be offering an alternative for children, Spookys Mishap Manor. This kids haunt is available for children 3 to 10 and costs an additional $5.
Ultimate Terrors is the sprawling, aptly named abode of the storied Skull family, as well as the area's prime destination for professionally administered Halloween thrills. Unlike generic VIP passes, which are only good for complimentary escargot-encrusted monocles, this VIP pass gains fast access to the park’s three central attractions. VIPs can enter each exhibit before others via the Speed Pass line, a sanctioned short cut that does not violate any federal cuts, butts, or coconuts ordinances. Start the happily horrific ordeal in one of Oklahoma’s largest haunted houses—the 18-room 4,000-square-foot Skull Manor––and meet its undead, perpetually behind-in-rent tenants. Next, visit Code Blue, a haunted hospital whose 16 rooms showcase ghoulish inpatients and predictably foul-smelling cafeteria fare. Finally, the realm of 3-D Chaos inspires last-minute self-reflection after victims get lost in its maze-like twists, turns, and inherently evil shrubbery. Those who make it through the dark triptych alive will receive a commemorative photo.