The Coolest Places in OKC to Beat the Heat

In July, it’s easy to get overheated in Oklahoma City’s hot sun, but we’ve got just the places to cool off and enjoy the summer.

From getting wild on the water at the Oklahoma City Boathouse District to pedaling the trails by bicycle, families and summer babies will find the best ways to stay cool and have fun at the same time.

GET WILD ON WATER

The Oklahoma City Boathouse District along the Oklahoma River has dozens of activities for all families, ranging from whitewater rafting at the Riversport Rapids and zipping across the river at the SandRidge Sky Trail to tubing at the rapids in the evening. July brings tubing from 5 to 6 p.m. nightly, and families can also rent a tube for Floating Films, which will show “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” July 14.

“July is so sticky hot, and the water feels so good,” says Holland Taylor, marketing coordinator. “There is literally something for everyone here.”

The Boathouse District will also host Fourth Fest on July 4, complete with yard games, food trucks and fireworks.

“Everyone will find something to do. Even if you aren’t into the extreme events, you can come watch and relax,” says Holland, who added the district now offers wine, strong beer and cocktails.

For more information, visit RiversportOKC.org.

Hop on the Trails

One way to enjoy summer in Oklahoma City is to hop on your bike and hit the more than 80 miles of multi-use trails in the city. The Oklahoma City trails system offers recreation and exercise fun with 10 inter-connected trails that can take cyclists to almost every point in the city.

Schlegel Bicycles is the perfect place to learn about cycling and gear up.

“If you want to start riding, having a properly fit bike is very important,” says owner Steve Schlegel. “There is also an opportunity to rent bicycles if you aren’t ready to make the commitment to buy one.”

The 13-mile Oklahoma River Trail, named one of the 50 best trails by Complex, offers a flat, paved riding surface free of traffic crossings. Lake Hefner is also a favorite route for cyclists, and the new Spring Creek mountain biking trail at Lake Arcadia was dedicated this spring.

“It’s the prettiest bike trail in Oklahoma, in my opinion,” Steve says.

For more information, visit SchlegelBicycles.com and OKC.gov.

HANGING AT THE GREENS

The Greens Country Club has been a cornerstone of the Oklahoma City for over 40 years, an golf, tennis, swimming and a robust social calendar has resulted in the most active and engaged club in the city.

“We launched our new restaurant, the Twisted Oak Tavern, which has resulted in a surge in memberships purely based on the quality of food,” said Alex Hammill, founder of Innovative Club Management

“In addition, we have renovated the greens, bunkers, range and fitness studio. Our adult pool bar is under construction which will provide ‘island’ style cocktails with weekly rotating entertainment.”

With the addition of the new adult pool bar, new chaise lounges and the ability to relax in a poolside cabana, the Greens offers a casual summer environment.

“We are the Club for everyone from families, empty nesters and young professionals who are looking for a private club experience without the exuberant costs,” Hammill said.