When I first moved to Oklahoma, I had the same preconceived ideas about the state that many people around the country probably have. I thought it would lack excitement, personality and identity. I thought it would be nothing more than red dirt, cowboys and flat land. While Oklahoma does have a lot of all three of those, it also has so much more.
I’ve lived here for 3 1/2 years now, and I’m still exploring all the state has to offer. This weekend, the weather was wonderful, so we headed down to an area of Oklahoma City called Bricktown to have lunch and take an afternoon stroll.
Bricktown is a fun and vibrant entertainment district in Oklahoma City. There are a lot of great restaurants, bars and shops in this very walkable area of downtown Oklahoma City. There is even a miniature golf course, laser tag center and arcade for families with older kids.
In the heart of Bricktown is a lovely canal which is lined on each side with great cafes and restaurants that offer outdoor seating on nice days. It’s a great place to sit, chat, have a cold beverage, and watch the tour boats run up and down the canal.
We decided to have lunch at Bourbon Street Cafe, which is a great Cajun restaurant right on the canal. The food was wonderful and the service was great.
Our 15-month-old daughter enjoyed being outside, exploring a new environment, and watching the ducks on the canal. Dining outside actually kept our toddler occupied, and prevented her from trying to climb out of her high chair to run amuck, which meant I could actually eat my food while it was still warm!
The best part is, we didn’t have to take a long vacation, buy an expensive flight or travel for half a day to get there. Bricktown is in our own backyard. Sometimes, in our quest for adventure, we forget about the great places and activities our own community has to offer.
When was the last time you were a tourist in your own community? As a family, we travel quite a bit, but just because we aren’t traveling at the moment doesn’t mean the adventure has to be put on hold. There is so much to do and see all around us. For me, that means exploring a state that at one point I had no desire to even visit.
Having lived in Oklahoma for a few years now, I finally call this state home. And I can actually say that I love it. From Bricktown to the OKC National Memorial, it is a wonderful place to live or visit. If you ever find yourself in this part of the country, you might just find you love it, too.