Commemorating America’s accomplished history in space travel and aviation, the Stafford Air & Space Museum houses more than 20 historic aircraft and several gravity-belittling exhibits, including an F-16 Fighting Falcon, a full-size replica of the Spirit of St. Louis, and a V-2 rocket engine](http://gr.pn/mET6EN). Visitors can glide through 40,000 square feet of exhibition space and examine replicas of early airplanes, two of which the Wright brothers famously designed after abandoning their initial design of an umbrella attached to three seagulls. Awe-inspiring NASA vehicles such as the Titan II rocket and the Gemini spacecraft serve as gargantuan reminders that humankind is no longer bound by the laws of gravity. The lunar curious can get an up-close look at a moon rock from the Apollo 17 space mission or inspect the full-scale replica of the Apollo program's command module.
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.
Bounce Town thrills adventurous youngsters with a safe, soft indoor wonderland. Colorful invitations alert up to 14 friends of the impending celebration, which can be upgraded to include additional friends ($5 per child). After a quick safety briefing, climbers are set loose in the inflatable playground where they can bound through the bounce maze, spelunk in colorful tunnels, launch down slides, and extol the tenets of worker uprising to the trampled-on ball pit. Tots convene afterward in the party room to feast on Bounce Town's bounty of creamy soft-serve ice cream.
The dance instructors at Academy of Dance Arts lead recreational and pre-professional classes in ballet, jazz, tap, and hip-hop for students ages two and older. They also teach fitness classes for teens and adults including Zumba, Pilates, and yoga.
Prolific course architect Rocky Roquemore preserved the natural beauty of the land by sculpting tree-hemmed fairways that incorporate 14 ponds. Deer and wild turkey occasionally dart across the zoysia fairways, casually stopping to lay down their beach towels in one of the course's 100-plus sand traps. After conquering the water-guarded green of the 11th hole and carrying the ball past the water-flanked fairway of the 18th, golfers can relax by slicing into steak and seafood at the clubhouse restaurant. The lounge on the recently renovated clubhouse porch offers views of the course and adventurous players strapping on snorkeling masks to retrieve balls in the course’s waterways.
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In 2003, licensed pilot Mitchell Williams founded Chickasha Wings, Inc. as a way to provide airplane rentals and flight instruction. Today, he heads a staff that includes full-time and part-time instructors, and together, they offer a multitude of training opportunities. They take to the air aboard a fleet that features more than five aircraft, and on the ground, they help students earn certificates and instrument-training credit using the facility's advanced simulator.