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12 GOLF & REC GUIDE Surprising Recreation Havens By Marcia Bradford Must Do: 1.) Take an exhilarating balloon ride during the 3-Day Plano Balloon Festival, the largest balloon fest in Texas. 2.) Walk, jog, hike or cycle through Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, an oasis within a metro area. CVB's Insider Tip: Schedule a meeting in conjunction with the new Plano Music Festival coming in May 2014 to Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve. , Must Do: 1.) Take in the bayous of south Louisiana at the Barataria Preserve at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, which features the Bayou Coquille and Marsh Overlook Trails—each abundant with plants and wildlife. 2.) Tour historic Westwego, home of shrimpers and oystermen and the Westwego Cypress Swamp Fest. 3.) Hold a meeting at Bayou Segnette State Park, where meeting attendees can splash in the wave pool, travel across the waterways by boat or just enjoy the natural setting. Must Do: 1.) Hold a meeting at the Auburn University Forest Eco Preserve, which is great for presentations as well as outdoor activities. 2.) Find aquatics, tennis, pickle ball and fantastic golf at the Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel & Conference Center at Grand National. CVB's Insider Tip: Have the Auburn University Eagle welcome your group. It makes for great photos! Must Do: 1.) Zip line on Zoom Air's aerial adventure course. 2.) Cool off in a cabana along the river at Wekiva Island or enjoy activities like kayaking and paddle boarding. CVB's Insider Tip: Develop team oriented games and events that best fit your groups' interests related to outdoor recreational activities. Must Do: 1.) Strap on your boots for a Texas-styled rodeo where your guests can compete in crazy-fun activities like putting underwear on a goat! Trust us, it's been done! 2.) Along with walking the many city trails, take a spooky walk to tour the "haunts of Wichita Falls' past." Must Do: Along with world-famous golf, enjoy recreational activities such as pickle ball, croquet, skeet/trap shooting and disc golf. CVB's Insider Tip: Survey attendees prior to meeting, determine their interest to see if they prefer fun & easy or endurance & high adventure. Must Do: 1.) Explore Northwest River Park, which offers paddle boating, canoe rentals, hiking trails and geocaching as well as group activities like the Owl Prowls, star-gazing walks and butterfly counts. 2.) Paddle Chesapeake's breathtaking waterways with an outfitter like Adventure Kayak Tours. 22 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜NOVEMBER 2013 Must Do: 1.) Challenge attendees at Bay's Mountain Park & Planetarium, where groups can take barge rides on Bays Mountain Reservoir, see and hear a live wolf pack howling, or try the high ropes, low ropes or ziplines on the adventure course. 2.) Enjoy a relaxing lunch or dinner with music and storytelling at the Farmhouse Gallery and Gardens, one of East Tennessee's hidden treasures and the home of Wildlife Artist Johnny Lynch and his family. Take a walk with nature in this mountainous area where birds, butterflies and peacocks abound!