Crisscrossing the Panhandle State – My Oklahoma Bucket List

Ryan Eller

I am a big dreamer. My wife usually makes fun of me for it, but I just can’t help it…I dream big. When I put my Bucket List together I added things from all over the world. Go to Rome. Ride the Eye of London. Walk the Great Wall of China. There is so much of the world that I want to see.

And then I start thinking about the US. There are so many places I still want to see and things I want to do within our borders: Visit the Washington Memorial, surf the waves of Hawaii, or ride a cable car in San Francisco.

But, there is so much in Oklahoma that I still want to discover. I created an Oklahoma Bucket List packed full of fun activities for any avid bucket lister. You can check out the complete list with pictures and links on my Pinterest page. Below is my list with an “X” next to the buckets I have already checked.

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Oklahoma Bucket List

  1. Show My Respect at the OKC Bombing Memorial – X
  2. See a Performance at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center
  3. See the Planes at the Tulsa Air & Space Museum -X
  4. Visit the Gilcrease Museum
  5. Watch the Prison Rodeo in McAlester
  6. Ride the Ferris Wheel at the Tulsa State Fair – X
  7. Visit Downtown Guthrie
  8. Walk Amongst the Gardens at the Philbrook Museum
  9. Eat a Corn Dog at the Oklahoma State Fair
  10. Take a Picture on a Painted Buffalo in OKC – X
  11. Rock Out at Concert at Cain’s Ballroom – X
  12. See the Paintings at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art
  13. Watch the Butterflies at the Myriad Botanical Gardens
  14. Watch a Game at the Softball World Series
  15. Bet on the Horses at Remington Park
  16. Watch a Concert at the Zoo Amphitheater in OKC
  17. Float the Illinois River – X
  18. Swim at White Water Bay – X
  19. Hike Sparrow Hawk Bluff in Tahlequah – X
  20. Visit all 50 Oklahoma State Parks
  21. Take a Picture with Oral Roberts’ Hands – X
  22. Tour Oklahoma State University – X
  23. Tour the University of Oklahoma – X
  24. Tour Blue Bell Creameries in Broken Arrow – X
  25. Slide at Big Splash – X
  26. Attend a Tulsa Oilers Game
  27. Go to an OKC Barons game
  28. Ride the Roller Coasters at Frontier City – X
  29. Hear an Echo in the Center of the Universe in Downtown Tulsa – X
  30. Eat at Eischen’s Bar in Okarche
  31. Hike and Swim at Turner Falls
  32. See a Play at the Cherokee Heritage Center
  33. Fish at Marval Resorts
  34. Walk Underneath the Sharks the Oklahoma Aquarium – X
  35. Play at the Omniplex – X
  36. Visit the OKC Zoo
  37. Hang Out at the Tulsa Zoo – X
  38. Visit the Five Civilized Tribes Museum
  39. Look around at the Oklahoma Wrestling Hall of Fame
  40. Visit the Will Rogers Museum
  41. Check out the Cowboy Hall of Fame
  42. Tour the Selman Bat Cave
  43. See the Buffalos at Woolaroc – X
  44. Go to an OKC Redhawks Game
  45. Go to the Heavener Runestone
  46. Attend a Bedlam Football Game
  47. See the Spiro Mounds
  48. Tour the Braum’s Family Farm
  49. Float the River at Beaver’s Bend
  50. Go to an OKC Thunder game. – X
  51. Attend the Festival of the Arts in OKC
  52. Go to a Tulsa Driller’s game – X
  53. Attend a Bedlam Basketball Game
  54. Go to the Blue Whale in Catoosa
  55. Take a Picture at the Totem Pole Park in Foyil
  56. See the Animals at Arbuckle Wilderness
  57. Drive Route 66 Across OK
  58. Camp at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area
  59. Camp and Hike at Robber’s Cave – X
  60. Eat at the Price Tower Skyscraper in Bartlesville
  61. Stand Atop the World’s Highest Hill in Poteau  – X
  62. Ride Around at Little Sahara
  63. Spend the Night at the Clear Creek Monastery
  64. Visit the Miami Spook Light
  65. Hike to the top of Black Mesa
  66. Swim at Blue Hole in Salina

I have currently checked off 23 of the 66 items on my Oklahoma Bucket List. How many have you completed? Did I leave any items off of the list? What makes your OK Bucket List?

2 comments on “Crisscrossing the Panhandle State – My Oklahoma Bucket List

  1. So here are a few to add to your list:

    (You need a few more Western Oklahoma items )
    Visit the National Route 66 Museum in Elk City
    Eat a taco from Taco Factory in Elk City (I stop every time I go back)
    Take a pic with the Elk statue in Elk City- that Anita’s brother sculpted
    Ride the carousel in the City Park in Elk City- That Anita’s dad raised the money for
    Visit the Thomas Stafford space museum in Weatherford
    Take Sweet Baby Jane to the Jasmine Moran Childrens Museum in Seminole
    Attend the Rattlesnake Round up in Mangum
    Stay at the Skirvin in downtown OKC

    most of these you can do on your trip down Route 66!

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