Broken Bow is a small town in Oklahoma encompassing Beavers Bend State Park. The park is a part of the Ouachita National Forest with a beautiful lake, walking trails and other attractions. In town they have several family friendly activities, restaurants, breweries and wineries.
Traveling with Kids
As we walked along a trail, an older couple passed us and said “Two kids and two dogs, y’all are troopers!” This was the understatement of our trip. We have a 4-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter and two older dogs, so we tried to find activities that we could all participate in. This is what we found…
- Paddleboats and Kayaking- There were several areas that had these water activities, along with canoes, fishing, swimming, etc. My son had a great time doing these for the first time with my husband. It was a great way to see some of the amazing views that can’t be seen from the roads.
- Hiking- This was my favorite part of the trip, and we found an amazing trail along a beautiful fast flowing river. I had my daughter strapped to my back, and my son discovered his love for throwing rocks into the river. The dogs loved exploring, and it was great exercise for us all. There is nothing better than exhausted dogs and kids for that evening.
- Go-Karts- My husband took my son to drive a go-kart for the first time at Big Food Speedway. My son said this was his favorite part of the trip.
- Train Ride- Within the state park there is Beavers Bend Depot & Trail Rides where they have a small train that takes you on a 15 minute ride through the park. My kids definitely enjoyed it, so that made it worth it. For adults it wasn’t very exciting, but sometimes that’s the way it goes with small children. They also had guided horseback riding through the state park, and that looked like fun for older children and adults.
We spent a lot of time during our trip at our cabin enjoying the fire pit, hot tub, and cooking on an open flame.
Healthy Habits on Vacation
As I continue to reach my weight loss goals, Spring Break was no exception. Going on vacation is something that typically will throw me off of my healthy eating and exercise. Fortunately with this trip I was able to still work toward those goals with the help of my husband. We went to the grocery store on our way to the cabin and stocked up on fresh food. My husband grilled steak, chicken and pork chops for each meal. We had vegetables with each meal, and fresh fruit for snacks. I didn’t do formal exercises, but all of the hiking was a great way to get some activity in.
Broken Bow is a beautiful place to take a trip, whether it’s for a family, couple or group of friends. There are a lot of different activities that I would still like to try when I come back. Also, there are a variety of beautiful cabins to rent that meet the needs of any group of people. I definitely recommend Broken Bow as a vacation spot!