Oklahoma City is an excellent place for a weekend getaway. I took my husband here for a surprise birthday outing and then we came back a few months later for the Toby Mac Hits Deep Tour. Toby Mac knows how to throw a concert y’all. For reals.
There are sooooooo many great things to do here. It’s near impossible to fit them all into one weekend. Thankfully we only live a few hours away so we can take our time and just do a few things each time we come to visit. If you are taking a leisurely tour of the city, I recommend strolling around downtown. There are some beautiful older buildings, murals along the walls, aaaaaaand there is a canal! Definitely take a ride on the Bricktown water taxi y’all.
Chris and I spent a very long time at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. The painstaking work that has obviously been put into this Memorial is truly moving. The outdoor memorial is my favorite. Everything has meaning in this mixture of nature and manmade.
Myriad Botanical Gardens and Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory is another great place to visit and don’t forget the Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Garden. This zoo has been listed as one of the top 10 zoos in the US! We didn’t make it to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum or the Museum of Osteology, but I’ve heard they are both really great (they are definitely on my to do list next time we go). There is also a Museum of Art, Science Museum, 45th Infantry Division Museum, and American Banjo Museum in case you didn’t get enough learning in yet.
Hubby is super into governmental architecture and history, so we did get a private tour of the capitol. It was really neat, lots of artwork and history with every turn.
As far as food goes; you will not be disappointed. There are a ton of great places to eat. So many we haven’t even scratched the surface! Whenever I’m going somewhere and not sure what to eat, I like to take a look at Yelp. I even have their app downloaded on my phone.
One place that is kind of out of the way but I think is worth the drive is Pops. The original Pops is actually in Arcadia off Route 66. They have 700 kinds of soda, sparkling waters and other refreshments and the world’s largest soda bottle.
If you’re a Route 66 lover then take a short day trip along this historic Mother Road. After visiting Pops keep driving and check out the Round Barn of Arcadia. A little farther down the road you will hit Chandler and the Route 66 Interpretive Center. Route 66 spans from Chicago to Los Angeles. If you’re really interested in all there is to see and do along America’s Highway there are a ton of books and maps that will show you stop by stop. You could really make a great road trip here.
If you have some lovely hidden gems on thing to do in Oklahoma City please let me know! And of course don’t forget to subscribe to The Girl and the Coconut for more food, travel, and fun!!!