Specialty sailings are reserved exclusively for adults age 21 and older.
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By Hope S. Philbrick
Operating three 65-foot yachts, Oklahoma River Cruises sails on its namesake waterway through downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
“Our operational season is April through December,” says Che’ Loessberg, CTA, sales, events & project development representative for the company. “But we do charter private events throughout the year—the only thing that hinders us is weather.”
So hope for sunny skies, because this is something you won’t want to miss while in the Sooner State’s capital.
With four landings, Oklahoma River Cruises’ ferry service makes it easy to get around downtown: access the historic Stockyards, the Meridian Corridor, the Regatta Park/Boathouse District, and the Bricktown entertainment district. All landings have parking and access to additional public transit services via EMBARK, the business line of the Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority, which provides bus, ferry transit, Spokies (bike-share), and parking areas in the greater Oklahoma City area. What’s more, all landings are ADA accessible and provide access to miles of bike trails. (“Bike & Ride” services allow you to bring your bike on the boat, April through December.)
“The river is not geographically flat,” says Loessberg. “So the boat transports through two lock systems fashioned after the Panama Canal. I’ve been here five seasons and it’s still fun for me to go through those.”
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There are also specialty cruises, two of which are exclusive to adults age 21 and older:
- Sunset Cruises, which run June through September, are offered the third and fourth Friday each month.
- Haunt The River, offered the last three weekends in October, is a floating costume party.
“The adult cruises are about an hour and a half long,” says Loessberg, “and include appetizers and a cash bar. The ‘Haunt The River’ tour is a fun costume party on the water.”
Another options for an adults-only cruise is to arrange for a private charter. “Private charters are popular for weddings, family reunions, girls’ night out, corporate functions, birthdays, you name it,” says Loessberg. “We’ve even had people rent a boat for a proposal.”
Each boat offers a climate-controlled cabin with room for up to 35 people. Drink without worry, there are restrooms available on board.
“Our evening ferry service is almost always adults,” says Loessberg. “Children aren’t excluded, so there’s a one in a million chance” that you might encounter some kids, but it’s unlikely. Great news for grownups!
Odds of Encountering Children: Zero on an adults-only cruise—and low overall: Just 11 percent of the company’s annual 12,000 customers are children. 21 Plus Salute!
Adult fare for ferry service is $6 per stop ($15 max). Specialty cruises range from $25 to $50 per passenger.
– Photos courtesy Oklahoma River Cruises