Jul 5, 2016

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Over the 4th of July weekend I went to Oklahoma with my friends and my boyfriend to celebrate two of our friends getting married! Since it was a holiday weekend we decided to make it an even longer weekend and stayed from Wednesday to Sunday. We had a blast exploring different parts of Oklahoma and the only bad part of the trip was the ridiculously warm weather! This Minnesota girl is not cut out for July in Oklahoma!

BRICKTOWN
We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bricktown, Oklahoma. The rooms were great, the staff was extremely friendly, and the location was ideal for us since we didn't always have access to a car. Bricktown has a lot of different restaurants and bars to check out along with a really cool canal. The canal was lined with buildings that had restaurants, bars, and cafes on two different levels with a lot of outdoor seating. At night the lights across the canal were lit up and the trees were filled with string lights as well. It was definitely my favorite place to walk around and explore.
One of the attractions along the canal was a mini golf course that was so well maintained! It was a lot of fun even if it was 96 degrees and humid (and a bonus - they light you buy a bucket of beer on ice to enjoy when you're playing!)
One restaurant that I really enjoyed was Bricktown Brewery! They had a great menu selection, house crafted beer, and a great atmosphere. I would also check out TapWerks Ale House. They have over 200 beers on tap and great food! 

DOWNTOWN
One place you need to visit when you're visiting Oklahoma City is the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum which is in honor of the victims of the bombing in 1995. You can visit the outdoor memorial for free and there is a museum that gives you an in-depth walk through of what happened on that horrible day.
About a mile down the road from our hotel you can reach downtown OKC and see they Myriad Botanical Gardens. It's a gorgeous nature area right in the heart of downtown that has a walking paths, a water feature, a conservatory (you have to pay to go into the conservatory), an amphitheater and a really cool playground/kids area.

The Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory that was built over the canal within the garden.




Being a playground designer, I was really excited to check out this play space. It had a lot of topography in the design and a lot of non traditional play pieces. My favorite part was the metal poles you could slide down on the giant hill.

OKC ZOO
One of the things I was most excited to do in Oklahoma was visit the Oklahoma City Zoo! Myself, Kirk, and two of our friends visited the zoo and we purchased the "Zoo It All" wristband that gave you access to all the attractions in the zoo. This was definitely worth it because we were able to feed the giraffes, ride the shuttle service that went through the park, go to the stingray bay, and more. I would definitely check out this zoo if you're in the area - it's one of the best ones I've been too!


This was a great trip with a great group of friends and now I can't wait until my next adventure!

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