This trip started out with some bad Amigos and a murder podcast. What’s your favorite way to pass time? Make sure to let me know below, I looove trying new things!
"Why Oklahoma?" everybody keeps asking. Well dudes I wrote a list of the 20 states I have left to visit and stuck it above my bed. Oklahoma was included in this list and Oklahoma City was a manageable drive for a weekend trip. Yes crazy interesting selection process I know.
Our stay was accompanied by cold and windy weather, so I put together this winter checklist for y’all.
1. Myriad Botanical Gardens
Price: Free / $8
I was super excited to visit this garden, especially because it was INSIDE and WARM. Although, after walking through the entire thing in under fifteen minutes, I felt kinda ripped off. I wouldn't recommend spending the $8 unless you are a crazy plant lover.
I included this in my checklist because the outdoor grounds looked super cool and you don't have to pay to walk the grounds outside. So, garden vibes at no price. Shhh, do not tell me you cannot walk outside during winter. If there’s no wind, you will live, put on your coat.
2. Oklahoma City National Memorial
This place was incredible. I have never been to a memorial that has been so carefully put together. The outdoor architecture is crazy impressive.
Originally, I hadn't planned on venturing inside the museum and paying fifteen dollars. After the visit, I can confidently say if you only have one hour in Oklahoma City, spend it in this museum. This self-guided tour takes you through the chronological order of events on the day of the bombing in 1995. It will challenge you emotionally and help you understand the gravity of hurt in our world. Very well done.
3. Oklahoma City Museum of Art
I've been to a fair share of art museums. My mom is an artist, so I have a vivid memory of jumping from museum to museum with her when I was younger.
I am a budget traveler, but when the weather surprises you, one must improvise. I must say, this museum is worth the $12. It's unique and carries a variety of exhibits. Below is one of my favorite glass exhibits.
This museum also offers a dinner and a movie combo for $29!
4. Bourbon Street Cafe
Price: $10 - $40 // check out their menu!
Explore Bricktown and grab a bite to eat on the riverwalk at Bourbon Street Cafe. The riverwalk was darling, especially because it was decorated for Christmas! At the cafe, ask to sit in the heated indoor patio to have a dining experience next to the water.
I ordered the gulfside tacos with shrimp ($11) and Josh ordered the bacon cheeseburger ($10)! These shrimp were cooked perfectly, I wanted to ask for an extra side of them lol! I also ordered one of their cheapest cocktails, a champagne mimosa. ($6)
5. Lake Hefner
Drive around the lake and find the perfect spot to watch the sunset. By this point, the wind had died down and we were excited to enjoy the outside and not be miserable.
Grab coffee or dinner to go before this and have a picnic on the wall or in one of their shoreline parks. We entered through Stars and Stripes Park.
I seriously felt like I was in a coastal town half of the time we were exploring. OKC you’re so rad. Thanks for the fun this past weekend.
I’m only one person. I know I didn’t cover every winter activity this place has to offer. Let me know in the comments what I should add!
*I didn’t do much shopping or coffee shop hunting. I hope to return sometime! Any fun suggestions?
God does crazy things.
Crazy things to our heart.
Crazy things to our head.
Crazy things to our feet.
My feet keep taking me back to North Carolina and I have no complaints.
In October, I was fortunate enough to sit in the hot sand again and explore further the 200 miles of island that make up the Outer Banks.
Here is a list of five good eats that I've tried and you should try too!
1. Fish Heads Bar & Grill
If I ever moved to the banks and applied for a waitress gig, this would be the place. This restaurant sits right on a fishing pier in Nags Head. During our last trip, we went twice and couldn't get enough of their 15 cent happy hour shrimp. The menu is simple and the service was awesome, even when the place was packed!
2. Sunset Grille & Raw Bar
They don't call it Sunset Grille for nothing. This place gives you a spectacular view of the sunset over the Currituck Sound. The food is pretty average, but the view and location in Duck makes this place worth visiting! If you want to spend some time exploring Duck before or after you eat, try walking along its famous boardwalk!
3. The Spot
I'm lowkey sad because this place use to be called Logan's Ice Cream lol. On another note, what's a better beachy snack than an acai bowl? I've been dying to try one of these forever and I'm so pumped I got to do it on the banks. I ordered the small Hippie Bowl and it was delicious!
4. First Light
We had no intention of finding this little breakfast and burger place in Corolla. A few hungry tummies and one open restaurant in a shopping outlet, made our choice pretty easy. Yet, holy crap, it did impress! Hands down best food AND mimosa I had on that whole trip. Get the sliders. Seriously just do it.
5. Beachside Bistro
You may have already heard me rave about this place on my last post. This cute lil' bistro is on the ground floor of the Sea Ranch Resort. (Aka the coolest hotel on the banks) Anyway, this place is great because of the yummy appetizers (tuna and bommmb mild wings), fruity cocktails, and fun live music. This place will make your heart happy.
I'm sure I will be back soon.
*Did I miss one of your favorite places to eat on the banks? Let me know below!
Travel bucket list:
Countries visited: 5
states left: 11