26 Jun 72 Hours in Oklahoma // Oklahoma City
This post is sponsored by Visit OKC!
For Memorial Day weekend, F and I decided to get away. We wanted to go somewhere we hadn’t been before that was quick and easy to get to for a long weekend. A few weeks beforehand, I got to meet some lovely ladies from Oklahoma and I was telling them about our getaway search and they convinced me to give Oklahoma a visit! They helped us curate a trip to visit 3 cities in OK (Norman, Stillwater and Oklahoma City) and off we went!
Now, let me preface this by admitting my ignorance and judgmental tendencies… at first I was like “Wait… they have stuff to so in Oklahoma?” I also wondered how much fun it would be. I have to tell you that Oklahoma proved that all of my assumptions were wrong. We. Had. THE. Best. Time. Let me tell you all about it…
We started our journey in Norman, OK, where we spent a day and a half exploring Sooner country! You can read about our Norman, OK experience here. After ending our Norman trip with a tour of the National Weather Center, we hopped in the car and drove the 30 minute drive to Oklahoma City, where we spent the next two days!
Oklahoma City, OK
After the easy drive from Norman, F and I checked into the BEAUTIFUL Ambassador Hotel. The Ambassador Hotel in Oklahoma City is absolutely gorgeous and is actually a part of their Autographic Collection! The amenities were fabulous and the room was clean, spacious and beautiful. After a quick shower and change of clothes, we grabbed a drink at O Bar at the top of the Ambassador Hotel, where we had 360 views of the city, then headed out to dinner.
For dinner we ate at Barrio’s Fine Mexican Dining, the most awesome Mexican restaurant with a fabulous, modern ambiance. I had a margarita that knocked my socks off! It had a beautiful presentation, too, with black salt lining the rim! F and I split fajitas and ate WAY TOO MUCH food for our own good!
After dinner, we walked off the food with a stroll around Midtown and found ourselves sitting outside in the most awesome outdoor patio at a place called Bleu Garten. We had a moment to grab a drink and enjoy the beautiful evening. I was expecting the weather to be much warmer than it was, so I was pleasantly surprised by the breeze, temperature and sunset we were able to enjoy outside… in Oklahoma… at the end of May.
As the sun started setting, we decided to walk over to the Oklahoma City Memorial and Museum. The most unfortunate thing, to me, is that [before this trip] when I thought of Oklahoma City, my mind went straight to the terrible event that rocked the nation – The Oklahoma City Bombing. I remember being a little girl and watching footage of the aftermath and rescue of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building in downtown Oklahoma City. I also remembered my class participating in the art project of placing a handprint on a tile to send to OKC. I had the pleasure of paying respects to those who were killed on that terrible day at the beautiful memorial site. I’m not going to lie, I cried. The memorial is moving and beautiful and I think EVERYONE should go and see it… especially at night. The most haunting part of the entire memorial is the times written on each side of the memorial – 9:01 – “The Last Moment of Peace” and 9:03 – “The First Moment of Rescue and Recovery”. To think how profoundly lives were changed in just one minute [9:02] is breathtaking, haunting and humbling. This realization is what brought me to tears. Life can change in an instant so make the most of each moment and person you get to love.
After the memorial, we headed home for the evening for a good night’s rest.
The next morning, we were up bright and early for a breakfast experience like no other at Waffle Champion. Y’all… this is a MUST DO if you’re ever in OKC! I got the gluten free waffles with blueberries and lemon and granola goodness! It was UNBELIEVABLE!! F got a gluten free waffle breakfast sandwich… yes, a sandwich [more like a wrap] consisting of breakfast goodness wrapped up in a waffle! Once again, we ate more than we should, but our next activity was active enough to burn most of it off!
We spent the morning at the Oklahoma City Boat District doing all kinds of activities that you would NEVER think you’d get to do inside a city limit! We zip lined, rock climbed and white water rafted. YES, I SAID THAT! White water rafting inside of a city!!! Who knew that Oklahoma City is home to the US Olympic and Paralympic training site for anything involving river rapids! They have a state of the art training facility that they open to the public to experience! We had more fun at Riversport Rapids and Riversport Adventures! We laughed and laughed and had os much fun rafting through the rapids! The coolest part about the experience was that you could see the city skyline as you were attacking the rapids… SO COOL. We had so much fun [involving so much water] that I didn’t get any photos of us rafting, but I did get some fun footage of us doing the ropes course, climbing wall, zip line and slides!
After a shower and wardrobe change [we were a little wet!] we decided to explore some more and we found ourselves at a restaurant called The Mule! This was probably our favorite restaurant in Oklahoma City. They specialize in grilled sandwiches and, you guessed it, Moscow Mules! I had the most amazing gluten free and dairy free, vegan grilled cheese filled with vegetables and a fabulous Moscow Mule! We loved this restaurant so much that we considered stopping by it again on our way to the airport, but they were closed on Memorial Day! We shopped and explored and had the best time! Pretty soon, it was time for dinner, so we headed out to Lake Hefner for a yummy meal overlooking the lake at RedRock Canyon Grill! There was live music and the sunset on the lake was beautiful! I didn’t know that Oklahoma City had such a beautiful lake so close by!
After dinner, we drove back into the city to finish our trip out at the Wheeler District Ferris Wheel! Someone bought the Ferris Wheel from the Santa Monica Pier on Ebay and put it up in Oklahoma City and I think it’s the perfect setting for it! They’ve built the most awesome, family-friendly park around it and, from the top of the Ferris Wheel, you have the most gorgeous views of the city and beautiful, Oklahoma scenery. Some severe weather was in the vicinity so it made for the most incredible sky for us to see!
The next morning, we woke up to the most amazing breakfast at Hatch before driving to Stillwater. They serve breakfast made from scratch daily and it was seriously SO GOOD. Like SO SO SO GOOD! We ate until we couldn’t eat anymore and then hopped in the car to head to Stillwater. Fun Fact: We stopped at Hatch on the way back to the airport at the end of our trip. We just couldn’t get enough!
Watch my instastories from our time in Oklahoma City:
The OKC fun begins at 3:00
my thoughts on Oklahoma City overall:
From Dallas, it is SUPER easy to get to. If I were to recommend a fun, weekend getaway for my friends, I would not hesitate one bit to recommend a trip to OKC. In fact, it was our favorite city to visit on our Oklahoma tour and we will definitely be visiting again! The Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial is beautiful and touching. I’d like to go through the museum next time. I’ve had several people recommend the OKC zoo, too! I thought the Riversport Rapids and Riversport Adventures offered a unique activity to do that you can’t do anywhere else! Definitely a must if you have a family! We loved our stay at The Ambassador Hotel. It was clean, beautiful and SUPER NICE. We will definitely make that our home on our next trip! The Wheeler District Ferris Wheel was really fun and I would like to spend more time outside there enjoying the cool park! I’m honesty craving The Mule right now and I know that F and I will make that our first stop when we head back to OKC! Oh… and if you go, don’t forget to go to Waffle Champion. Get there early and come hungry!
I thought that Oklahoma City was beautiful, clean and is obviously growing at a fast rate! It has something for everyone, from hipsters to cowboys to yogis and I was so surprised by all it had to offer us! We were so very impressed by this city and we are so thankful for the opportunity to visit and make memories there!
I have to give a special shoutout to Tabbi at Visit OKC! She made the trip so special and unique for us and planned the whole thing. Thank you, Tabbi, for showing me your amazing city and all the things to do there! F and I loved it!