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LonghornJones

Broken Bow, OK

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Has anyone been here before and have any recommendations on any must-do's/don'ts? We have about 10 adults plus 5 kids (7 mos - 3 years old) going in May and all staying in the same house. We were going to rent a boat but decided not to due to the age of the kids. Hopefully we can visit the casino if time allows. More than anything we want to do relaxing activities, but I can's sit still for too long and would like options. We are there Friday - Sunday.

Is there a safe swimming hole?

Amazing hiking trails that are kid friendly?

Other things I haven't thought of?

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We went kayaking on the Mountain Fork River which was fun. DO NOT rent a canoe though, get kayaks, trust me. May want to leave the kids behind too.

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Yeah...don’t go if they open the spillway. Went on a trip once and everyone spent more time upside down or pinned against something. Was miserable. 

Casino? Only one I’d been to was a glorified slot house. Haven’t been up in a few years though. 

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Rented a houseboat there once. I highly recommended it. Beautiful lake and keeps you away from the locals. At least until the weekend. That's when the jet boat locals start to party.

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On 4/18/2018 at 9:18 AM, LonghornJones said:

Has anyone been here before and have any recommendations on any must-do's/don'ts? We have about 10 adults plus 5 kids (7 mos - 3 years old) going in May and all staying in the same house. We were going to rent a boat but decided not to due to the age of the kids. Hopefully we can visit the casino if time allows. More than anything we want to do relaxing activities, but I can's sit still for too long and would like options. We are there Friday - Sunday.

Is there a safe swimming hole?

Amazing hiking trails that are kid friendly?

Other things I haven't thought of?

We've got a trip here in 2 weeks with our 3 year old and my good buddy's, his wife, and 2 year old.  Any kid-friendly (non-COVID) activities you'd recommend?

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16 minutes ago, Spur08 said:

We've got a trip here in 2 weeks with our 3 year old and my good buddy's, his wife, and 2 year old.  Any kid-friendly (non-COVID) activities you'd recommend?

For how long? The train down by the river is probably ok Covid-wise. The kids will love it. We saw all sorts of wild life. That entire area near the train is nice even if you do not feel comfortable riding the train. It is a campground with RV's and campers, etc. with just a good feel during a sunny day. Is your friends wife hot? If so, yall may want to go swimming. Our house had a lot of activities so we really only left that one time. Great area.

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9 minutes ago, LonghornJones said:

For how long? The train down by the river is probably ok Covid-wise. The kids will love it. We saw all sorts of wild life. That entire area near the train is nice even if you do not feel comfortable riding the train. It is a campground with RV's and campers, etc. with just a good feel during a sunny day. Is your friends wife hot? If so, yall may want to go swimming. Our house had a lot of activities so we really only left that one time. Great area.

Friday to Sunday.  Well, she's pregnant -- which there's nothing wrong with but I usually avoid those categories on The 'Hub

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Friday to Sunday.  Well, she's pregnant -- which there's nothing wrong with but I usually avoid those categories on The 'Hub
So she puts out.
Kids stuff - Fishing for trout at the spillway or other places along the river. There is a swimming hole, but be warned that it is freezing ass cold water no matter what time of year. Lots of hiking trails that are easy to difficult. Each cabin also has an outside firepit to roast marshmallows and some will have a hot tub.There is a go cart and putt-putt golf place at the base of the mountain.
Plenty of kid stuff to do.
Also, tent a pontoon boat and piddle around the lake for 1/2 day. Find a cove, tie off boat and go swimming.

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Maybe your wife knows someone that lives in a double wide trailer that’s shaking dominos.

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The answer is if you go to Oklahoma for any other reason other than to shit on OU's campus than you are part of the problem. Never go to Oklahoma. What the fuck is wrong with you. 

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The answer is if you go to Oklahoma for any other reason other than to shit on OU's campus than you are part of the problem. Never go to Oklahoma. What the fuck is wrong with you. 
It's hard times my man

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On 5/18/2020 at 8:13 PM, TexanTraveling said:

The answer is if you go to Oklahoma for any other reason other than to shit on OU's campus than you are part of the problem. Never go to Oklahoma. What the fuck is wrong with you. 


 

Typically, yes. Exceptions to that? Absolutely. Oddly, it’s the same exception I have for Chicago. 

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Beaver’s Bend is beautiful. Broken Bow Lake is gorgeous. They’ve built a bunch of really really nice cabins. Hochatown has exploded with restaurants, bars, and stuff to do. The golf course at the state park is good. Idabel Country Club  (like 30 minutes away) is really fun. Doesn’t feel like you’re in Oklahoma. Lots of trails for hiking. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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13 hours ago, ocugolf said:

Beaver’s Bend is beautiful. Broken Bow Lake is gorgeous. They’ve built a bunch of really really nice cabins. Hochatown has exploded with restaurants, bars, and stuff to do. The golf course at the state park is good. Idabel Country Club  (like 30 minutes away) is really fun. Doesn’t feel like you’re in Oklahoma. Lots of trails for hiking. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

All true.  I had a boat slip at the marina up until about 3 years ago.  Watch out for Sometimes Island near the marina if you are boating.  It is right by the campground.  

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14 hours ago, ocugolf said:

Beaver’s Bend is beautiful. 

Your Mom's Beaver's Bend isn't.

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Been there as my BIL used to live in OK City so our family and his met for ~4 days in a cabin by the lake. The kids had a great time tromping around the woods and going fishing. There are a couple of ok restaurants in town (this was pre-CV19 so who knows) but as far as a place to stay, it was pretty and the kids enjoyed it.

Greatful Head Pizza & Tap Room was decent if I recall

Shady Oaks for coffee (kind of only game in town) and sandwiches

 

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3 hours ago, BrazilHorn said:

Been there as my BIL used to live in OK City so our family and his met for ~4 days in a cabin by the lake. The kids had a great time tromping around the woods and going fishing. There are a couple of ok restaurants in town (this was pre-CV19 so who knows) but as far as a place to stay, it was pretty and the kids enjoyed it.

Greatful Head Pizza & Tap Room was decent if I recall

Shady Oaks for coffee (kind of only game in town) and sandwiches

 

This place sounds fucking miserable.

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Just now, jimmyjazz said:

This place sounds fucking miserable.

It is good if you want to do jack shit but sit in back yard, let kids run around and get lyme disease while you drink a lot of bourbon because you cannot believe you are wasting 4 days in OK.

(although to be fair pizza place wasn't too bad)

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People watching at Greatful Head on weekend I was there a couple years ago was more entertaining than the zoo.  

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