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29 Places You Need to Know About in Oklahoma

Seriously, if you have not yet been to Oklahoma then a visit to this state is a must. Tulsa, Oklahoma City and the gorgeous rolling fields with roaming bison will give you a whole new appreciation for this proud plains state. If you already live in the state, use this guide as a weekend "to-do" list. Either way, consider your weekend plans, found. Must-do: Oktoberfest, if you can make it there in time. Tulsa’s is ranked among the top 10 in the world. Also, grab a slice from Umberto's on South Harvard Ave -- do it!

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Spain Ranch learn more

If there is something that gets our hearts pumping and thumping, it's a family-owned business. Spain Ranch is just that. This family-owned ranch offers 44 acres of jaw-dropping land along the Arkansas River with barns and cabins sprinkled throughout. Be sure to stay on the lookout for roaming bison. Its all-white interior and exterior are lined with large windows and french doors to provide a bright and fresh look for weddings and events, complete with a covered patio and intimate courtyard in front of a wooded backdrop.
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21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City learn more

21c Museum Hotels are an American art AND history buff's dream come true. Nearly 100 years ago, this Oklahoma location was an assembly plant for the OG of cars, the Ford Model T. The four story brick building has been renovated into a 135 room hotel and contemporary art museum. Read: a hotel that also displays art from some of the country's most prolific contemporary artists. Grab your guys and gals and have one heckuva slumber party. 
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Barrios Mexican

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
What’s cookin’, good lookin’? Pull up a seat at the dreamy patterned patio at Barrios Mexican and prepare to have your frozen avocado drink dream come true. This fresh, "made with love" Mexican food joint serves up one heck of an array of flavored slushies but the spiked-with-alcohol-adult-kind. Order a few rounds with a plate of their Victory Club Nachos. 
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Pritchard

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Sip your way through the day at Pritchard, a wine and cocktail bar. Delight in one of the mimosa brunches or come to a Cards Against Humanity game night. Pritchard also has a drink section on the menu that will have you chuckling. It's titled the "Long, Hard Day Combo Packs." Relatable? Insider pick: "The Princess" - a glass of sparkling wine with a shot of Rothman & Winter apricot. 
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The Pump Bar

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Are you ready to get pumped? This ain't your ordinary gas station - it's actually a bar & grill with a sprawling patio, fire pit and Tiki cocktails. Walk by the roll-up service bay doors to a question-mark shaped bar while classic cult movies play on flatscreens overhead. You can also choose from a ton of whiskeys and beers on tap. Beervana awaits. 
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Plenty Mercantile

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
You scream, I scream, we all scream for... Rooftops! The Plenty Mercantile has a 2,300 sq. ft event space that holds up to 150 people on it's outdoor rooftop. Don't miss out on the curated lifestyle shop too for some quality retail therapy.
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The Tavern

Tulsa, Oklahoma
If there's something that gets people excited it's a well-designed pub. Aren't we all suckers for cozy classics? Located in downtown Tulsa's Brady Arts District, The Tavern is a modern interpretation of said classic neighborhood pub. Whether you are looking to have a dinner for two or a larger gathering, this place is crazy-cool. 
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Cain's Ballroom

Tulsa, Oklahoma
Popular for its soul-soothing, foot-stomping feels is Cain’s Ballroom. Once a country swing dance hall and the adoptive home of the legendary Bob Wills, it has since evolved into Oklahoma’s most beloved concert venue. Seeing a show here is an Oklahoma must. 
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The Jones Assembly

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
If you are in search of a heaping helping of music and cocktails, then you need to know about the hot new music venue opening, The Jones Assembly. Think live music, delicious food and cocktails. There is also an upstairs bar, the T Room, where you can drink Old Fashioneds while listening to records playing in the background. Catch a show from Third Eye Blind, Willie Nelson and more. Tickets are on sale here.
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Rosemary Ridge Event Venue learn more

Romantic, southern barns are always a good idea. The warm wood tones, bounties of twinkling lights, soft curtains and one-of-a-kind tree chandeliers at Rosemary Ridge make it a spectacular setting for a dream wedding or private party. Sometimes you just need to keep it real with a little down-home celebration. 
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Pizzeria Gusto

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
"Located next door to The Pump Bar is another newly opened establishment Pizzeria Gusto. Touted as Oklahoma City’s first Neapolitan style pizza restaurant, it serves up some delicious wood oven fired pizza pies." - Ally Noriega. Must try: The ricotta donuts for dessert!
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The First Ward

Tulsa, Oklahoma
Get ready for your close-up. The magician’s behind this chic boutique salon will cut, color and comb your hair to glossy perfection. The First Ward should be your first stop before hitting the nightlife of Tulsa. 
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¡Revolución!

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Sometimes you just need a place to ease your hangover ails. Lucky for you, boozy brunches and tacos are clearly on trend in Oklahoma right now. Combine the two and meet ¡Revolución!, a high-energy breakfast to late-night eats & drinks spot that encourages large party reservations. Book a spot for you and your crew to indulge in the "Endless Red Beer Brunch" (only $15 on the weekends). To-die-for.
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Philbrook Museum of Art

Tulsa, Oklahoma
Art lovers, this one is for you. Whether you are looking for a fun day trip or a unique spot to host your wedding ceremony, the Philbrook Museum of Art and it's 25 acres of elaborate gardens should be on your list. Plus it's one of only five museums in the United States with a unique combo of historical home, art collections and gardens.
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Shop Good

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
"Shop Good is local store that sells affordable fashion, gifts and decor along with the popular Warby Parker eye wear. The best part is that no matter what you buy at Shop Good, a portion of your sale goes to support and strengthen the community and meet real needs both here in Oklahoma City and around the world." - Ally Noriega
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Elemental Coffee

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Elemental Coffee Roasters is the perfect place for your morning coffee or a quick pick-me-up or two in the afternoon. This small-batch roastery and cafe has sleek, modern and minimal vibes. The baristas are friendly and the iced coconut green tea is delicous. 
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Tallgrass Prairie Preserve

Pawhuska, Oklahoma
What's cuter than a viral kitten pic? Stumbling upon baby bison, duh. Very little of America’s prairies still exist (this is one of the few). The Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in Pawhuska is actually the largest preserved tract of native tallgrass prairie. 
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Admiral Twin Drive-In

Tulsa, Oklahoma
There’s nothing more nerve racking than when your friends put you in charge of the weekend plans. Summer nights at the Admiral Twin Drive-In will kill a few hours and bring back the vibes of yesteryear. Bring some blankets, roll down your windows, and munch on buttered popcorn while watching the summer's hottest flicks. 
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They Mayo Hotel

Tulsa, Oklahoma
After a $42 million renovation, The Mayo Hotel re-opened its doors in late 2009, jumpstarting the revitalization of Downtown Tulsa. Steeped in historic detail and modern luxury, the property now offers 102 guest rooms, 76 private residences and the most fabulous event space in Tulsa for hosting weddings, social events, parties, conventions or business meetings.
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The Yard

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City is becoming synonymous with a certain four-letter word (BEER, people). OKC's newest and coolest urban beer garden just opened for business. Relax outdoors under twinkling market lights and enjoy a beer as the sun sets over the city. Set in automobile alley, there is a cool outdoor bar, a large beer selection and picnic benches aplenty. 
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Arbuckle Trail Rides

Sulphur, Oklahoma
Sometimes you just need a little space. Lucky for you Sulphur, Oklahoma has thousands and thousands of acres of it. For those who love the outdoors, giddy up with Arbuckle Trail Rides who offers horseback riding year-round. Get acquainted with your new four legged friend and keep an eye out for roaming bison. 
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Film Row

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Getting it's start in 1907, this historic film exchange was a big player during the rise of Old Hollywood and is the only standing set of buildings of this type still in existence. Impeccably preserved, Film Row is now home to community events and continued preservation efforts. Grab your crew and head to the Row for music, movies and art shows as well as be in the know for local community happenings. 
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Copper Sky Ranch

Ouachita National Forest, Oklahoma
Looking for a unique getaway? Stay in a teepee at Copper Sky Ranch in Big Cedar! Surrounded on three sides by the gorgeous Ouachita National Forest in southeast Oklahoma, this ranch offers an authentic 27-foot hand-painted teepee complete with queen-sized cedar bed with memory foam mattress, love seat, luxury linens and circular fire pit. Fun fact: The teepee at Copper Sky Ranch in Big Cedar was made by the same company that made all the teepees in the movie “Dances with Wolves.”
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Foolish Things Coffee

Tulsa, Oklahoma
Brew, sit, sip, savor, and celebrate at this industrial coffee shop in Tulsa. Whether you are looking for a great cup of coffee, or a place to hold an event, Foolish Things Coffee is the ideal place to go.
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Myriad Botanical Gardens

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Calling all crazy plant people, Myriad Botanical Gardens will give you the ohh and ahh plant fix you are in search of. One of Oklahoma City’s most beautiful and vibrant garden and park spaces, visitors enter a 15-acre natural escape in the heart of downtown. The centerpiece of Myriad Gardens is the Crystal Bridge Conservatory, home to thousands of beautifully displayed tropical and desert plantings.
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The Bleu Garten

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
If just one food truck is not enough then The Bleu Garten is your new go-to spot on a Friday night. With BBQ, Fried Taco, Sicilian and Greek food trucks stationed around the lot, you'll have a hard time deciding what to order. Sit under a teepee, listen to music and try the "It's Wedding Season" cocktail at the bar (made with pearl wedding cake vodka, banana liqueur and cream soda). #TGIF
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Chickasaw National Recreation Area

Sulphur, Oklahoma
With six public campgrounds, refreshing mineral springs and miles of peaceful hiking trails, it's easy to see why this southern Oklahoma oasis made Travel + Leisure's list of the best camping destinations in the country. Chickasaw National Recreation Area has been described as a treasure of the Oklahoma prairie and is situated in the foothills of the Arbuckle Mountains in the south-central region near Sulphur. 
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Guthrie Green

Tulsa, Oklahoma
Take the road more traveled and head to a set in the heart of Tulsa's Brady Arts Distrcit, Guthrie Green is the go-to place to watch a free concert and movie, enjoy delicious food trucks, and much more. 
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Bunker Club

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
If you like dive bars, then head to the neon-filled and pop art vibes in Bunker Club. This atomic age bar is set in OKC's historic tower theater block. You and your friends will dig the unique Cold War theme and specialty cocktails concocted by the talented bar staff. Must Try: "The Brunch Rum Punch" or "Manhattan Project."
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