The orders are in: looks like you’re heading for the great state of Oklahoma. Getting to know a new state and home can be difficult, but military personnel and their families know moving can be a rewarding experience.
While you settle the logistics of your move (check out this guide to reducing those relocation irritations), remember that a little research before moving can help make the most out of the transition.
RESEARCH BEFORE YOUR MOVE
The Sooner State is home to several military bases. Enid and Oklahoma City each host Air Force bases within their communities, while the Army is represented in Lawton and McAlester, Oklahoma.
Check your new base’s website and reach out to friends and neighbors who have been stationed there previously or who may know of someone who currently is there. Listen to their feedback about living in Oklahoma, but do some investigations of your own.
If you know you’ll living off-base or will be spending a lot of time away from it, it’s a good idea to read up on the neighboring city and the local school districts if you have school-aged children. Take some time to research the real estate and renting options if you’re planning to live off-base (here’s a cheat sheet of the best apartment and home finders in the state).
BASE GROUPS, RESOURCES AND ACTIVITIES
Each base has a variety of resources for the military families stationed there. Oklahoma City’s Tinker AFB’s Tinker Living provides a great round-up of base events, activities and resources. Fort Sill in Lawton offers children’s day camps, youth sports and craft fairs, among other events. Your new base’s website can be a great resource to find activity listings.
If you’re the spouse of the military service member in your family, research the spouse’s club on your base to see what volunteer and social activities you can participate in. If you’re a workout junkie, join on-base gym group classes. With constant social events and meetings available, there will be plenty of chances for you to connect with others in your new base community.
GETTING TO KNOW OKLAHOMA
Each area has its own unique feeling within the community. Oklahoma City is a bustling city on the rise, full of various districts including historic Bricktown and the growing Plaza District. Enid, home to Vance AFB, is full of Chisolm Trail history and close-knit community vibes. Both Altus and Fort Sill are an easy distance from several wildlife and hiking parks and major concert venue Winstar Casino. Adventure Road and the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department are rich resources for all things fun across Oklahoma.
Sports fans will have more than just the OKC Thunder to make room for in their hearts, with local teams including the FC Energy and the minor-league Oklahoma Dodgers. Outdoor enthusiasts have hiking day trips in the Turner Falls Park or at the Wichita Mountains, as well as river watersports in the Boathouse District. The Oklahoma City Museum of Art and The Sam Noble Museum of Natural History are just two of the many Blue Star Museums offering military days across the state.
This is just a sample of activities and attractions to keep you and your family busy in Oklahoma. With so much to do and see, you’ll be immersed in Oklahoma’s state culture in no time.
Photo courtesy of the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau
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