Even though I reside in California, I've spent over half my life living in Oklahoma. Before 1995, some people had trouble pointing it out on a map. Then, the Oklahoma City bombing happened and that was pretty much what Oklahoma City was known for, unfortunately, for many years.
Thankfully, there are many places and things to do in this town that have helped Oklahoma City heal and be better than ever before.
To recognize and remember that awful day in April, 1995, the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial is a breathtaking site. Visiting the memorial during the day, the reflecting pool, in between the two statues representing the time before and after the bombing took place, is amazing. At night, the lights underneath all of the chairs, which represent each person who perished, make them look as if they're floating. Unbelieveable.
If history is your thing and cowboys are your flavor, then Oklahoma City's Cowboy Hall of Fame, now known as the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, is right up your alley.
For the kids, taking a trip to the Omniplex, the indoor interactive Science Museum is always a hit. The OKC Zoo also has plenty to offer for the family including a new baby asian elephant named Malee!
Now, I can't say anything more about OKC without mentioning their NBA team, the OKC Thunder. They came to Oklahoma from Seattle and have hit the floor running ever since. In only a few short years, the Thunder made it to the NBA Finals. What the Thunder has brought to this town is so much more than basketball. To watch a city unite around this special group of guys is quite fun to watch.
And let's not forget all the exciting new things going on near downtown OKC, in an area called Bricktown. With its man-made waterways, wide variety of restaurants and outdoor concerts, to name a few, you're in for a full day of fun before or after a Thunder game or even a Triple A baseball game with the OKC Redhawks.
(photo credits: pixtus.com, nationalcowboymuseum.org, okczoo.com, nba.com/thunder, bricktownokc.com)