Recently the family and I took a quick day trip to Turner Falls. Turner Falls is home to Oklahoma’s largest waterfall. We had a great time, but we could have done things better. Based on what I learned, I thought I would share how you can get the most out of your time at Turner Falls.
8 Tips for Turner Falls Success:
Tip 1: Buy tickets in advance.
- Due to COVID, Turner Falls is limiting the number of individuals allowed on property daily. You can buy your tickets and parking pass on their website in advance. However, once you do this, PRINT YOUR TICKET AT HOME BEFORE GOING TO THE PARK. I did not do this because I choose the text ticket option. Upon arrival, I discovered my ticket wouldn’t open due to a lack of cell service. To make a long story short, they almost didn’t let us in. They do not play around… (https://www.turnerfallspark.com/)
Tip 2: Splurge for a parking pass.
- Okay, this is one aspect I failed on. I under-estimated the amount of walking I would have to do while lugging three children and all of our things. I should also confess that I am 100% cheap…I paid for level 2 parking when I should have splurged for level 1. Level 1 parking would allow you to easily access your vehicle so that you don’t need to carry around everything you own. Trust me when I tell you that if you are going for the day, Level 1 parking is worth the extra money.
Tip 3: If you are bringing children under the age of 13 with you to Turner Falls, they must wear a life jacket.
- Luckily, we knew this going into our day trip so we came prepared. But know that for a small fortune you can buy a lifejacket on site.
Tip 4: Make Sure Everyone Wears Water Shoes.
- Water shoes are a definite must, and they need to be comfortable enough to walk an excessive amount as well. Bonus points for you if they are non-slip, as a lot of the surfaces at Turner Falls are algae-covered and VERY slippery.
Tip 5: Check out the Rock Castle
- The stairs leading up to the rock castle at Turner Falls is daunting, but it was still fun to explore! It’s located near the main falls. You can’t miss it.
Tip 6: Bring food…or don’t!
- We packed food for our trip, snacks and drinks included. However, they do have several places and stores on sight to get food from should you need it.
Tip 7: Know that camping is an option.
- They have really neat campgrounds, cabin rentals, and RV hookups. If that is your cup of tea, go for it.
Tip 8: Bring Your Own Chairs
- Turner Falls website states that there are picnic areas, but I stupidly believed that we would easily be able to find a table to eat our lunch. That was not the case. Bring your own chairs if you hope to sit down on something besides the ground to eat.
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