The Wild West’s Gateway to a Good Time – Oklahoma City

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There’s so much more to Oklahoma and its capital, Oklahoma City, than EF5 tornadoes.  Natives such as yours truly learn to respect these terrifying wonders of nature from a very young age.  You can pick us out in a crowd because, when we hear tornado sirens, we don’t cower against the wall.  We grab a soda and run out of the house to look for the darn thing!

There’s no use letting fear of twisters, or anything else, ruin your life.  Similarly, don’t panic because you’re headed to The Sooner State instead of Florida, California, or pretty much anywhere that at first glance would see more enticing.  There’s a lot of cool stuff to see and do here!


OutdoorsSeasonalSummer heat calls for whitewater rafting in the heart of “Cowtown” at Riversport OKC!   While there, enjoy high speed slides, flatwater kayaking and more.   The highlight of your day may well be The Sky Trail, the tallest adventure course of its kind in the world!

Whitewater rafting
Whitewater rafting in the heart of the city

The 80-foot structure features six levels of challenges that get tougher the higher you climb. Like a playground in the sky, the challenges include rope bridges, balance beams, zig-zag elements and more.  Study website carefully for waiver requirements, inclement weather policies and more.



Good eatin'


When the president’s in town, this is where he eats.  Cattlemen’s Steak House, in Oklahoma City’s famous Stockyard City, has been serving up scrumptious carnivore fare since 1910.  Vegans, sorry, you’ll need to wait in the car.  The skimpy vegetarian options (except the okra, which is breaded) all come with cheese!



Brickopolis , in the heart of Oklahoma City (near downtown if you happen to be out that way)

water taxi
water taxi

offers mini golf, laser tag, a bungee trampoline, and “Lazer Frenzy,” an arcade-style labyrithine challenge.  Get to it on Bricktown’s Water Taxi, the area’s most unique mode of transpo, and stop in on an OKC Thunder game while you’re here!




CultureIndoorsOklahoma City’s National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum authentically and vibrantly celebrates the mythos of the American West.  Artists such as Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell helped to vividly depict cowboy and Indian life on this stark frontier for the benefit of would-be frontiersmen back East.  Amongst so many other activities, you can learn what life was like traveling via chuckwagon and experience residing in the fictional town of Prosperity Junction.


MiscellaneousIndoorsWhen you first imagine setting foot at a place the National Memorial and Museum,

OKC National Memorial
OKC National Memorial

the site of such sudden and such unspeakable horror, you probably can’t imagine how gratifying your visit can be.  The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was bombed on April 19, 1995, killing 168 innocent victims, some of whom were very young children.  Exhibits track the survivors’ journey of loss, resilience, justice and hope.  The museum, located directly on the site of the bombing, touches the soul of the visitor, and ultimately reassures that the world holds far more good than bad.


Good eatin'Best burgers in OKC – this is Cowtown, USA, remember? – Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler.  Johnnie’s was a very special treat worth accumulating tardy points back when my classmates and I escaped the high school grounds for a delectable mid-day lunch.  Piled high with shredded cheese and smothered in chili, the #3 burger will not disappoint.  Ask for a side of Johnnie’s sauce for your crunchy onion rings.  Taking a stab at cheerful-sounding options to appease all you health fanatics are the Mandarin Cranberry or Strawberry Spinach Salads.


IndoorsCulture Fans of antiques, retro living and marvelous oversized dwellings need to check out the time capsule that is 1903’s grand Victorian-style Overholser Mansion. Tour guides help you envision a gilded lily of a life in this beautiful home left unredecorated and unretouched for several decades.  After this wonderful stop for history buffs and period home lovers alike, be sure to roam the neighborhood and gawk at the other magnificent historic houses in the area.


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  1. I love the water taxi! I have only been one time and it was when OKC played the Mavs in the playoffs. We are Mavs fans, so we just drove in for the game. Sounds like so much fun!

  2. Great post. I stopped in Oklahoma City once and the people there were great! I would like to spend some more time there.

  3. We LOVE finding things in those not-so-obvious places to visit – we’ve had more fun there than in some of this big tourist areas like Chicago and NYC. This info will be great to have on hand for our next road trip in that direction!

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