As summer fades to fall in Oklahoma City, our minds shift away from splash pads and picnics to hay rides and hot chocolate. Horseback riding is an offbeat fall activity your whole family can enjoy together. Here are a few places in the area to get acquainted with a new four-legged friend and try out a new skill.
3401 N.E. 10th St.
Why We Love It: You won't believe you're just a few minutes away from Bricktown as you mount a gentle horse for a scenic trail ride. The 160-acre property also boasts fishing ponds so you and your family can make an entire day out of your visit. Trail rides start at $15 an hour.
14150 S. Pine St., Edmond
Why We Love It: If you want a more in-depth lesson in proper riding technique, lessons at Cadence Equestrian Center are the way to go. This Edmond riding center offers riding opportunities for kids as young as 5. Book a lesson if your whole family wants to learn to ride together or enroll your child in one of Cadence's camps to give them a crash course in all things horsemanship. Half-hour lessons start at $40.
2200 Danforth Rd., Edmond
Why We Love It: In addition to traditional horseback rides and lessons for entire families that want to learn to ride together, Cross Creek Stables stands out with their monthly Parent's Night Out. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. one Saturday night a month, the stables welcome kids to ride horses, play games, do crafts and eat dinner. The cost is $55 and upcoming Parent's Night Out events are Sept. 24, Oct. 22, Nov. 19 and Dec. 10.
The Riding Stables
7900 S.E. 104th St., 405-794-8850
Why We Love It: On a crisp fall day, nothing could be better than a scenic horseback ride around Oklahoma City's Lake Stanley Draper. The Riding Stables offers 6,000 acres of riding area around the lake and will provide riders with a horse to match any skill level. Rides start at $25 and are offered 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and reservations are required.
24413 N. May Ave., Edmond
Why We Love It: Whether you're interested in formal lessons or just a relaxed trail ride through this scenic 700-acre Edmond property, Silver Wind Stables can accommodate you. Lessons are offered in both English and Western disciplines and start at $40 per lesson. One-hour trail rides are available for groups as large as eight people for $50 per rider. Reservations are required.
Find our complete list of places in the Oklahoma City area to ride horses here.