A June 2006 trip
to Oklahoma by onesundaymorning
Quote: Driving across Oklahoma.
The water taxi is overpriced for what you get. If you don't want to pay you can walk along the same path that the taxi goes down. The people in the taxis love to wave at the people who are walking by. There is a post office across the street from the OKC memorial. There is signs up that say you can park there only if you are going into the post office. I parked in that lot and went over. I was there for about a half hour and didn't get towed, but I wouldn't suggest to stay there any longer.
There is many things to see at the memorial so leave ample time to be there. Across the street is a statute called Jesus wept. It isn't part of the memorial, but it was built by the church there and is a touching park of the area.The Oklahoma City Museum of Art was another place on my list of places to see. If you love museums don't miss this place. There is a larger than life, three story Chihuly tower in the atrium that can be viewed from the street. This isn't the only piece that they have. The museum boasts the the most comprehensive Chihuly collection in the world.
There is a hotel attached to the casino. I stayed in the hotel that was in the parking lot next to the casino. It had just opened due to hold the overflow from the casino. It was a nice place. The lobby is very neat and clean and the hotel staff is very pleasant. Doughnuts and coffee are served in the morning.
The rooms are very clean, colorful, and a decent size. The beds are soft and there is cable and a small table in the rooms. The air-conditioner works well. I was on the side that faced the hotel, so it was pretty quiet, but there was a side that faces the highway. There is also a laundry room on the premises. It’s $1 to wash and another $1 to dry. There is also a pool that is pretty clean. Pets are allowed. In the room there are brochures that tell what’s happening on the reservations and upcoming acts at the casino.
In the area there is a McDonald's and a couple places to eat, all of which are in walking distance.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 23, 2006
777 West Cherokee Street
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74015
Rock Café is a place where everyone must stop if they are traveling Route 66. Not only is it a Route 66 Landmark, but is part of the road, literally. It was built from the rocks that were dug up to pave the mother road. Not only that but kids will love it because it tied to the movie cars. Sally was based on the real life Down Welch, who works at the Café.
The food is great and priced reasonably. You can get lunch for under $7, and the wait staff is very friendly. I stopped for a snack and got chip and salsa that turned out much better than I expected and spicier than expected as well, but it was a nice surprise. Other items on their menu include fried shrimp, crap cakes, a wide variety of burgers, and salads. There are also full dinners, which include chicken stir-fry, chicken and gravy, and ham steak diners. The menus are set up like newspapers, so you can read about the history of the café as well as Route 66 while you are waiting for your food.
Next door to the café is Mamie’s, a gift shop full of Route 66 treasures. The shop is named after Mamie Mayield who took over as management of the Café from 1959 until 1983, when the Café was shut down.Visit their website at www.rockcaferoute66.com.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 5, 2006
114 W. Main Street
When you enter the park, this is where you pay for the special exhibits. You are given a token, so be sure not to loose it. At this point they also give you a map of the zoo with a list and times of different shows and feeding times.The zoo boasts a wide variety of animals and many fun facts and exhibits to go with them. You have the opportunity to see elephants, birds, monkeys, giraffes, and so much more. However, I suggest that you get there early in the morning, because that is when the animals are out. Around 3pm, when it gets really hot, the animals are hard to find.I saw two of the shows that were offered that day. The first was the penguin show. It was somewhat interesting. The man who was running it was very informative and got the penguins to swim around the tank for us. The only complaint about the show was that there was very little room for everyone to stand in front of the tank window. If you go, I suggest you get there very early, and if you have kids, make sure that you get them up front and keep them there. Otherwise, they won't see anything and may get pushed out of the way by some of the adults.The other show I saw was the seal show. Unlike at the penguin one, there is much more room around the pool, although the best areas do fill up fast.My favorite part was the butterfly exhibit. This is the only a seasonal exhibit, but it was amazing. You get to walk around a small enclosed area filled with thousands of butterflies. You can get so close to them that it isn’t hard to walk away with several up-close pictures that would be almost impossible to take in the wild. There was even a booth with the cocoons hanging in them waiting to hatch.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 5, 2006
5701 East 36th St North
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74115
Attraction | "Oklahoma City Memorial"
Oklahoma City National Memorial
620 North Harvey Ave
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73101
Attraction | "Water Taxi"
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 5, 2006
Water Taxi of Oklahoma
115 East California Ave.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73104
Attraction | "World's Largest Totem Pole"
This totem pole, along with everything in the yard, is the vision and effort of one man, Ed Gallaway. He started construction on the park in 1937 and worked on it until his death in. The work is amazing and a great way to take a break from driving. The main attraction is a totem pole that 90 feet high and took 11 years to complete. The base is a 30 foot wide painted turtle with other figures on on the side of the totem. You can step inside to see a variety of painting including the face of an Indian, Native American symbols, and animals. The totem pole is made of concrete, scrap metal and sandstone.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 5, 2006
Totem Pole Park-World's Largest Totem Pole
Highway 28A, 3.5 miles East of Historic Route 66
Los Angeles, California