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April – month of showers

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When April comes around in Oklahoma, it means the cold is finally over.  Now, we get the rain.  Usually, the tornadoes hold off another month, but April often involves thunderstorms and down pours.  These April showers will bring May flowers, but they also bring flooded roads.  Fortunately, the really rainy Aprils are far and few between, and most years the rain is enough to make the entire city flourish as trees, flowers, and grass turns a bright green. 

One of the biggest events in April is the annual arts festival held downtown at the Myriad Gardens.  Here, you can browse artwork, sculptures, and food from across the state and beyond.  However, there’s a tradition surrounding the arts festival that all Oklahomans know and prepare for: it will rain during this week-long event.  In fact, there are years where it rains every single day of the arts festival!  Don’t be discouraged by the traditional down pour, though.  The festival is an event that shouldn’t be missed – just take an umbrella or rain coat and be ready to wait out the showers.

Everyone is outside during April.  Gardeners are preparing their gardens and flowerbeds, kids are out riding their bicycles or playing basketball, and joggers begin exercising in the parks or along sidewalks instead of on treadmills.  Students start feeling that end of school year excitement, and many seniors (both high school and college) either feel the pressure of finals or catch senioritis and begin putting things off to spend time outdoors. 

The local amusement parks (White Water Bay, Frontier City, and Celebration Station) open their doors to students and adults alike.  White Water’s huge water slides provide relief on the warmer April days, while Frontier City’s roller coasters offer up thrills.  For the more sedate crowd, a round of miniature golf at Celebration Station is a very nice way to spend an evening.  The Oklahoma City zoo is also a nice place to visit during April, since the rest of the summer months may be too hot for all the walking a zoo trip involves.

If you enjoy dining out, now’s a good time to seek out restaurants with outdoor seating.  Oklahoma favorites include Sushi Neko, Joe’s Crab Shack, and the Belle Isle Brewery.  Many Bricktown restaurants also include outdoor seating, some of which provide diners with a view of the canal or centennial fountain while they eat.  If you have time, take a stroll through the Myriad Gardens downtown.  The flowers, trees, and fountains are gorgeous, and the temperature isn’t too hot yet.  The gardens often have live outdoor music, and if you’re looking for a place to hold your spring wedding, both the pool stage and the crystal bridge (a huge greenhouse) make for spectacular locations.

April often seems like a very busy month as students wind up their school years, graduating seniors start making plans for either college or what lies beyond, and everyone gets a touch of spring fever. 

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