10 family fun activities at Grand Lake this fall

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

Explore Pioneer Days at Har-Ber Village

The Har-Ber Village Museum in Grove has been a top 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 artifacts and exhibits from the pioneer days. Young and old alike will enjoy the living history demonstrations and great events like the Pioneer Days weekend September 23-25. Visit har-bervillage.com for more information.

Enjoy the fall colors at Lendonwood Gardens

Are you looking for a peaceful way to enjoy the fall season and its many beautiful colors? Stroll through the 20 acres of Lendonwood Gardens in Grove. Shaded pathways meander through more than 1,200 species of plants, including rhododendrons, dogwoods and daylilies. The Japanese pavilion overlooking the koi pond is popular with children of all ages. To plan your visit to Lendonwood Gardens, visit lendonwood.com.

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Go horseback riding at the Royal Horse Ranch

The whole family will enjoy saddling and horseback riding at the Royal Horse Ranch on Monkey Island. The ranch’s horseback rides follow trails that meander through sunny pastures, shady forests and the shores of Grand Lake. To schedule a ride or for more information visit royalhorseranch.net.

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Putt around at the Honey Creek Hive miniature golf course

The cool, clear fall days in the Ozarks are perfect for a family mini-golf excursion. Located in Grove, just south of the Honey Creek Bridge on US Highway 59, the Honey Creek Hive Miniature Golf Course is built around a Grand Lake theme, and each hole relates to different parts of the 45,000-acre lake. Visit honeycreekadventures.com for more information.

‘Have some fun’ at Oasis Animal Adventures

Oasis Animal Adventures at Disney offers an encounter where everyone can experience the joy of meeting and learning fun facts about some incredible animals. The animals at Oasis Animal Adventures love people and are experts at putting a “happy face” on them. Pre-registration is required; Visit oasisanimals.com for more information.

Gamble to your heart’s content at The Anchor at Shangri-La Resort. Recently recognized as Oklahoma’s top new attraction, The Anchor at Shangri-La Resort is a unique new entertainment center on Monkey Island featuring arcade games, simulators, virtual reality games and much more. The whole family will enjoy playing whiffle ball at the mini Fenway Park replica field. The children will also enjoy the fish pond. Visit shangrilaok.com/events/the-anchor-open for more information about this new attraction.

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Check out the motorcycle collection at Second Kick Cycle Works

Young and old alike will enjoy seeing this collection of vintage and antique motorcycles from the 1930s to the 1980s. The collection includes American and European racing bikes, street bikes and much more including pictures, posters and all manner 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 beautiful scenery and views, but who would have thought that some of the most beautiful views are underground? It’s true – and some of the finest underground sights are just east of Grove at Bluff Dwellers Cave in Noel, Missouri. The 1 hour guided tour is truly breathtaking and if you are lucky you will see several cave salamanders on the tour. Above ground at the cave is a museum and a sluice for mining gems. Visit bluffdwellerscave.com for more information on tour times and prices.

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Watch a movie at Center Cinema 7

Make the most of your family time by the lake and enjoy the latest movies first-hand at Grove’s Center Cinema 7. Alongside the movies, you’ll find comfortable seating and a concession stand with popcorn, soda, and sweet treats. To see what’s playing and showtimes, go to centercinemas.com.

Leave your worries behind at the Grand Bounce Jumpstation

One of Grove’s most popular and year-round attractions is the Grand Bounce Jumpstation, an indoor wonderland for kids with multiple bouncy castles and bouncy castles for play rain or shine. Visit groveinflatables.com for hours and prices.

For more information about Grove and Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, call the Grove Convention & Tourism Bureau at 918-786-9079 or visit the Facebook page at @grandlakegrove.

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