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Editor’s Picks: Best places to take out-of-towners

by Hannah Schmitt; photo provided by Factory Obscura

This month is all about gearing up for guests. Thanksgiving often brings family and friends from out of town and you’ll need ways to entertain them in your neck of the woods. Use this list for inspiration!

Boathouse District

725 S. Lincoln Blvd.

405-552-4040

Why we love it: Breathtaking views and stellar attractions make this a wonderful place to take visitors. It’s home to RIVERSPORT Adventures, a grand obstacle course complete with climbling walls, zip lines and an impressive slide, and RIVERSPORT Rapids, the brand new white water rafting center. Buy an adventure pass and climb to the top of the course as a family, or simply visit the area to take advantage of the free playground and the beautiful views of the Oklahoma River and downtown skyline. If you time your visit right, you might just get to see Olympic hopefuls rowing down the river.

Factory Obscura

25 NW 9th St

Why we love it: While sophisticated art galleries might feel off-limits for families, Factory Obscura welcomes visitors of all ages to explore an immersive art experience. Touchable art sounds you encouraging exploration and imagination. If you really love your guests, be sure to take them next door to enjoy a sweet treat at Katiebug’s Sips & Sweets (7 NW 9th St)

Skeletons: Museum of Osteology

10301 S. Sunnylane Rd.

405-814-0006

Why we love it: The metro area is packed with award-winning museums, but your guests will be hard-pressed to find a museum like this one anywhere outside Oklahoma City. The Museum of Osteology is home to more than 300 skeletons and 400 skulls, making it an awe-inspiring destination for out-of-towners.

Arcadia Lake

9000 E. Second, Arcadia

405-216-7470

Why we love it: If the holiday weather cooperates, Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to get out and explore nature with your company. Arcadia Lake, situated on the scenic Deep Fork River, is a great choice. The trails at the lake traverse 13 miles of beautiful landscape. Close proximity to Oklahoma City and Edmond make it ideal for a quick hike or an afternoon of fishing. If you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a bald eagle as they start arriving each year in late November. Plus, it never hurts to work off some of the turkey and treats with a walk in the great outdoors.

The Collective OKC

NW 10th &  Harvey Ave

405-609-2333

Why we love it: Food halls are a growing trend and The Collective OKC was the first to open in the metro. Variety is the hallmark of a food hall and that is exactly what makes The Collective a great match for out-of-town guests. Choose food from a selection of eleven kitchens serving up unique dishes and enjoy your meal indoors or outdoors on their dog-friendly patio. The Collective also has a rooftop patio offering beautiful views of downtown.