Feeding the ducks is a treat for kids and adults alike. For the former, it's an educational experience as well a free, fun activity. And for the latter, it offers a relaxing way to enjoy the outdoors and spend time together with family, friends or even that special someone. Around Oklahoma City, there are several excellent spots for feeding the ducks. Here are the top duck ponds in the OKC metro area.
Yukon's Mulvey Duck Pond
Those not overly familiar with the community of Yukon may still recognize City Park, as it's the site of the annual Christmas in the Park holiday light event. Located just off I-40 near NW 10th and Holly Avenue is the park's Mulvey Pond, a popular spot for both duck feeding and bird watching. Make a day of it by enjoying park amenities such as nature trails, playground, basketball courts, tennis courts and more. Pavilions can be booked three days in advance by calling (405) 350-8937.
Up in Edmond, E.C. Hafter Park at 9th and Bryant is perfect for feeding ducks. The picturesque pond site, part of the 121-acre park, includes a fountain and a pavilion stretching out over the water. Visit edmondok.com for information on pavilion rental. While you're there, also enjoy fishing, playgrounds, rock climbing wall, walking trails and more.
University of Central Oklahoma's Broncho Pond
Edmond has another great option for duck-feeding as well. Located in the center of the University of Central Oklahoma campus, Broncho Pond is home to plenty of feathered friends. It can be a busy place when school is in session, but you can toss treats from the patio on the south side or from the winding walkway.
Whether it's running, sailing, fishing or bicycling, Oklahoma City's Lake Hefner is a top spot for outdoor recreation. In addition, the area includes the Oklahoma City Paw Park, a place where the pooches get to play on land and in the water. That water is a roped-off area of the neighboring duck pond. It's a bit tough to find, though. Go east of Lake Hefner Parkway and take NW Grand Boulevard to Lake Hefner Park. The dog park is on the northwest side, and the duck pond is just a short walk north of that.
The Brandt Park Duck Pond in Norman
Just east of the stadium on the University of Oklahoma campus is the duck pond in Norman. Take Lindsey Street east; it's on the left before you reach Classen. For students, it's a popular spot for peace and quiet, taking a break to relax or stroll along the banks. The ducks and geese are plentiful, and they eagerly await your gifts.