Over the summer, my family had the opportunity to spend a few days in Oklahoma.  We visited three cities over the course of a week, leaving us to question what took us so long to get there!

If you followed our trip, you might remember we left Stillwater and headed to Oklahoma City.  Along the way, we stopped at Pops Soda Ranch for lunch.


If you are ever in the area, put this location on your to-do list!  This iconic stop along Route 66 offers incredible hamburgers and more soda flavors than one can imagine.  (Ranch soda? Maple Syrup soda?)  Plan to wait for a table, as it’s a very popular stop, but well worth it!


Oklahoma City was a great place for our family.  From attractions to outdoor experiences to restaurants, there’s definitely something for everyone.

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Science Museum Oklahoma
Science Museum Oklahoma is a hands-on learning environment for families and general science enthusiasts!  We walked in and were “pulled” into an amazing Science LIVE show, which totally set the mood for my children.  They LOVED the show’s interaction and energy, and I learned a thing or two, also.  We spent about 3 hours at the museum, but in all honesty, we could have spent the entire day there!  *My children are 13, 10 and 7, for reference.  



We made our way to Bricktown, which can be considered a 10 block entertainment district.  We had pizza at Brickopolis, where we also played arcade games, putt-putt golf and mined for gold!  After leaving Brickopolis, we jumped on the water taxi, which took us on a nice ride in the canal.  (Make sure you listen to the story of the cowboys along the way, but also look for Sonic Headquarters and Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar Restaurant!)  


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The Myriad Botanical Gardens 
In Downtown Oklahoma City, you’ll find this 17 acres of botanical gardens, including a tropical conservatory and a splash park. Many events are hosted int he Myraid Botanical Gardens, such as zumba, yoga, garden tours and concerts!  

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Make sure you plan to have lunch in the gardens at Pitchfork In The Park.  (Get ice cream to enjoy as you walk around the gardens and fries – a mixture of sweet potato and regular french fries, and they are delicious!)

Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory
At the botanical gardens, you’ll want to make your way to the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory.  This is a 13,000 square foot greenhouse that is home to amazing flowers, beautiful waterfalls and exotic plants.  


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Riversports OKC in the Boathouse District
This is THE place to be if you want some outdoor fun!  Show how adventurous you are when you get on the ropes course, go whitewater rafting, paddleboard or zip line!

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You can also go down one of the tallest slides in the United States, go tubing or kayak!  Make sure you bring water, sunscreen and a towel.  And plan to spend the day there!


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We stayed at Embassy Suites Oklahoma City Downtown/Medical Center for the duration of our visit.  This hotel is located near the OU Medical Center and the state capitol, very convenient to area attractions and restaurants.  My family enjoyed the complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel and delicious made-to-order breakfast each morning.  We appreciated the hotel’s outdoor patio space and complimentary snacks at the evening reception.

While we were in Oklahoma, our family had lots of summer fun and made many memories along the way.  We continued our staycation to Norman, which is about 20 miles south of Oklahoma City.  Stay tuned for that story, coming up soon!


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  1. These are such simple, affordable and lovely things to do in OKC. Thanks for sharing this useful information. I personally like The Myriad Botanical Gardens, such nice place to spend a wonderful evening with family 🙂

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