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May 10, 2013

"Trips on a Tank Full" offer summer fun at a discount

Jessica Lane, Staff Writer, jlane@chickashanews.com
The Express-Star

CHICKASHA — There is a popular myth that there is nothing to do in Oklahoma.

So what do Oklahomans do? Get a sticky snocone and watch reruns on Netflix. Go out to a lake or two and get fried by the sun and eaten by mosquitos.

While this is a glorious way to spend at least a few of the upcoming hot, lazy days, there are exhibits, fun parks, museums and a slew of other activities in Central Oklahoma to be sought out and enjoyed, some not too far from home. Central Oklahoma is frontier country and frontiers were meant to be explored.

The Central OKlahoma Frontier Country "Trips on a Tank Full" coupon brochure is designed to help central Oklahomans travel the heart of the state on a budget. Frontier Country consists of 12 Oklahoma counties, including Grady. Chickasha's own Festival of Light is included in Frontier City's seven events under North America's Top 100 Events.

Travelers can get the coupon brochure online at www.oktourism.com or by calling 1-800-FUN-OKLA (386-6552). Some of the coupons include: free child admission with paid adult to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, $2 off admission to the Oklahoma City National Memorial, a free gift during the Oklahoma Wine, Beer and Food Festival and more.

"Frontier Country's free 'Trips on a Tank Full' brochure not only gives some great ideas on what to do in central Oklahoma, but it will help families save money," Sherry Rogers, executive director of Frontier Country Marketing Association, said.

Here are a few of the notable events coming up this summer at the "Trips on a Tank Full" locations:  

Invisible Eve

This photography exhibit will focus in on the incarcerated women in Oklahoma. These women have been convicted of nonviolent crimes. The black and white photos are accompanied by the inmates' personal messages.

There will be a book signing with the artist, Yousef Khanfar.

The opening reception is from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 30 at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum in Oklahoma City. RSVP at 405.523.3231 or mb@oklahomaheritage.com. The event is free to Oklahoma Heritage Association and Gaylord-Pickens members. There is a coupon in the brochure for $2 admission for up to four people. Military discounts are also offered at the museum.

Two new rides at White Water Bay, Frontier City celebrates 55 years

Both wet and tubular, "RipQurl" and "Pipeline Wave" described as "high thrill tube rides" are new at Frontier City. The coupon in the brochure allows up to six adults to pay kids' price rather than adult admission. Frontier City will celebrate 55 years in 2013. There is also a military discount of $22.99 with valid military ID. The new rides open on May 18.

Andy Alligator's Water Park

Oklahoma's first water park since the 1980s, Andy Alligator's in Norman features many different attractions that are sure to be a splash for the whole family, including: Bubbler's Beach for the little ones, Riptide Racer for the bigger ones, and a full bar next to the lazy river, Paradise River, for the grownups.

The coupon in the coupon brochure is for a $2 off unlimited wristband or water park admission.

Andy Aligator's UV filtration system also provides exceptional water quality.

"We are extremely proud to offer fun, safe and affordable family fun for the surrounding communities," Kyle Allison, of Andy Aligator's said.

The water park also offers various group and birthday party packages and land lovin' attractions such as Go Karts and Mini Golf.

Museum of Osteology

No bones about it, dinosaur skeletons are cool. Patrons can go see over 300 skeletons--non-extinct animals included--at the Museum of Osteology in Oklahoma City. The coupon in the brochure if for $1 off admission. The museum claims to be the only skeleton museum in Oklahoma.

Creepy Crawlies

An exhibit at the Sam Noble Museum in Norman takes bugs beyond life-size. Greatly enlarged insect sculptures, in feet not inchs, allow the viewer to see insects and other bugs in a new way.

For more information: 405-325-4712, www.samnoblemuseum.org.

Watch for upcoming issues of the Express-Star highlighting more events coming up this summer.