Many people write off Oklahoma as just another southwestern state. Flat. Boring. Not a lot going on. But like most places with a dull reputation, you just need to dig a bit deeper to find the fun! Next time, don’t just drive through this state. Stop and smell the rodeos!
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
People might associate Texas with the cowboy life, but it’s actually alive and well in Oklahoma too! Head to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum to learn about how these people made a living when they first arrived in the nineteenth century. It’s not enough just to ride a horse, there are plenty of other skills that cowboys have to master.
…Then Go to a Rodeo
Now that you’ve learned about cowboys, at least theoretically, it’s time to see them in action! You can ask around to see if there are local rodeos happening or go online to buy tickets for larger events. You’ll get to see barrel racing, calf roping and people riding bulls. Oh, and while you might think 8 seconds is nothing when it comes to bull riding, you’ll find that time expands when there’s a 2,000 pound animal trying to throw you aside.
Broken Bow Lake
You might think that a day on the water is out of the question in a landlocked state, but Oklahoma has a surprise for you. Head to Broken Bow Lake to enjoy beautiful landscapes and clear, glass-like water. There are even small mountains surrounding the lake, disproving the common belief that all of Oklahoma is flat.
Eat Fried Okra
Visiting a new place means trying the local food. While there are plenty of other things to try, you have to put fried okra at the top of the list. For one, this isn’t something that’s found on menus around the US. You can get barbeque and cornbread anywhere, but fried okra? You definitely don’t want a bad first experience. Oklahoma people know how to fry okra right, so put this on your to-eat list.
Visit Craft Breweries
Tulsa has a number of craft breweries, so make sure you try some of the local beers after a day of sightseeing. If you have time or want to drive a bit, you can also visit Oklahoma City where they have a healthy collection of local breweries as well. If you want to just try the beers, head to a local bar, but nix the Budweiser. Instead, try one of Dead Armadillo Brewery’s seasonal brews!