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10 fun family activities in Grand Lake this fall

From staff reports

Grove and Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees are great fall family destinations with plenty of activities for the whole family.

Explore Pioneer Days at Har-Ber Village

The Har-Ber Village Museum of Grove has been a premier family attraction in Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees for over 50 years. This reconstructed Ozark Mountain village on the shores of Grand Lake is a treasure trove of pioneer-era artifacts and exhibits. Young and old alike will enjoy the living history demonstrations and big events such as the Pioneer Days weekend from September 23-25. For more information, visit har-bervillage.com.

Enjoy the fall colors at Lendonwood Gardens

Looking for a peaceful way to enjoy the fall season and its many beautiful colors? Come stroll through the eight-acre Lendonwood Gardens at Grove. Shaded paths wind through more than 1,200 types of plants, including rhododendrons, dogwoods and daylilies. The Japanese pavilion overlooking the koi pond is a favorite with children of all ages. To plan your visit to Lendonwood Gardens, go to lendonwood.com.

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Hike the Royal Horse Ranch

The whole family will enjoy getting in the saddle and hiking at the Royal Horse Ranch on Monkey Island. Ranch treks follow trails that wind through sunny pastures, shady woods, and the shoreline of the Great Lake. To plan a ride or get more information, visit royalhorseranch.net.

Play Honey Creek Hive Mini Golf

Cool, crisp fall days in the Ozarks are perfect for a family miniature golf outing. In Grove, just south of the Honey Creek bridge on US Highway 59, the Honey Creek Hive mini-golf course is built around the Grand Lake theme, and each hole relates to different parts of the 45,000-acre lake. For more information, visit honeycreekadventures.com.

“Go Wild” at Oasis Animal Adventures

Oasis Animal Adventures at Disney offers an encounter where everyone can experience the joy of knowing and learning fun facts about amazing animals. The animals at Oasis Animal Adventures love people and are experts at putting a “happy face” on them. Advance reservation is mandatory; for more information, visit oasisanimals.com.

Play Your Way at The Anchor at Shangri-La ResortRecently recognized as Oklahoma’s Best New Attraction, The Anchor at Shangri-La Resort is a one-of-a-kind new entertainment center on Monkey Island that includes arcade games , simulators, virtual reality games and much more. The whole family will enjoy playing whiffle ball on the Mini-Fenway Park replica court. Children will also enjoy the fishing pond. Visit shangrilaok.com/events/the-anchor-open for more information on this new attraction.

View the Motorcycle Collection at Second Kick Cycle Works

Young and old alike will enjoy viewing this collection of old and vintage motorcycles from the 1930s to the 1980s. The collection includes American and European race bikes, street bikes and much more to include photos, posters and all types of vintage motorcycle memorabilia. This museum is located in downtown Grove at 18 East Third St., just east of the Grand Lake Sports Center.

Explore the subterranean beauty of the Ozarks at Bluff Dwellers Cave

The Ozarks are known for their beautiful scenery and views, but who knew some of the best views were found underground? It’s true – and some of the finest underground sites can be found just east of Grove at Bluff Dwellers Cave in Noel, Missouri. The one hour guided tour is truly breathtaking and if you are lucky you will see several cave salamanders on the tour. Above the floor of the cave is a museum and a lock for the search for precious stones. For more information on tour times and prices, visit bluffdwellerscave.com.

Catch a movie at Center Cinema 7

Enjoy family time by the lake and enjoy the latest first-run movies at Grove’s Center Cinema 7. In addition to movies, you’ll find comfy seating and a kiosk offering popcorn, sodas, and candy. To see what’s playing and showtimes, head to centercinemas.com.

Leave your worries behind at Grand Bounce Jumpstation

One of Grove’s most popular attractions and open year-round is Grand Bounce Jumpstation, an indoor wonderland for kids with multiple bouncy houses and inflatables to play in, rain or shine. For times and prices, visit groveinflatables.com.

For more information on Grove and Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, contact the Grove Convention & Tourism Bureau at 918-786-9079 or check out the Facebook page at @grandlakegrove.

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