Westerns, Waffles, and a Whimsical Garden
Get a bite to eat and exploring the city’s history
Oklahoma City has plenty of attractions to keep your attention. Take a stroll through nature at the botanical gardens or take a bite of a waffle that’s built a cult following, any choice is a great one.
The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum has been named one of the top 25 museums in the country. The memorial is dedicated to the victims and survivors of the 1995 Alfred P. Murrah Federal bombing. The outdoor memorial consists of the Gates Of Time serving as the formal entryway that leads to the reflecting pool and the symbolic field of empty chairs, each handcrafted chair has the name of a victim etched into the bronze and glass materials. The survivor’s wall features over 600 names of survivors, along with photos and materials from the original Murrah Building.
Address: 620 N Harvey Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102
The National Cowboy & Western Museum is a great stop to make while in OKC. The family-friendly museum offers temporary and permanent exhibits and plenty of kid-friendly interactive installations to keep everyone entertained, you can go from watching scenes and enjoying storytelling, to arts and craft classes where you can make and take your masterpiece. If you’re into shopping and souvenirs, they go beyond the usual museum coffee mugs, and t-shirts.
Address: 1700 NE 63rd St, Oklahoma City, OK 73111
Waffle Champion went from a mobile kitchen with a cult following to finding the perfect location in midtown Oklahoma City. It goes without saying that the fan-favorite on their menu is buttermilk chicken and waffles, but there are plenty of flavor-packed options on both the savory and sweet sides of the spectrum. Since everything revolves around the waffle here, once you choose your waffle style the toppings are up to you. “Sammies” features options such as buffalo chicken, BBQ pulled pork, or Migas. Brunch Plates feature Crab Benedict's and breakfast tacos, while the sweet options allow you to choose from the classic waffle or the Belgian-style Liege Wafel and then pick your toppings and make the perfect dessert.
Address: 1212 N Walker Ste 100, Oklahoma City, OK 73103
Making a stop by the Sunnyside Diner, where it’s always Sunday morning will never be a bad decision, especially if you are a believer in love at first bite. Even the locals have voted it one of the best in the city and for good reason. All their dishes are made with eggs fresh from the farm, locally made bread and you will surely taste the freshness. The menu is broken down into sections, the Sunday Morning Classics, benedicts, pancakes, omelets, BrunchWhiches, and more. Finding out what you have a taste for may be tricky but there is no such thing as a wrong choice when everything tastes phenomenal.
Address: 916 NW 6th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Thinking about wine and tapas? The Pritchard is more than just a wine bar, although the wine is free-flowing and the bottle selections are endless, their food is equally amazing and worth every bite. Although small plates are their specialty, each dish is packed with flavor, and picking a favorite will be a task. There are shareable plates for the table such as truffle fries and gruyere fondue, while the big plate selections include basted scallops. There are also cocktails and beer options on the menu if you’re not much of a wine drinker.
Address: 1749 NW 16th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73106
A Whimsical Garden
Looking for a free adventure with plenty of beautiful views of nature in a vibrant garden? The 15-acre Myriad Botanical Garden is the perfect interactive urban park and is one of the best natural escapes in the city. The outside features include the Great Lake, water features, and splash fountains, as well as jogging paths in case you want to get some cardio in while you’re on your trip. While the outside is free, there is admission for Crystal Bridge Conservatory where there are over 750 varieties of plants and a sky bridge experience that will give the best views of the tropical forest.
Address: 301 W Reno Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102