It’s a new year so it’s time for some new things. One of my resolutions this year is to travel more (cause I never do that, right?). This is my personal list of 14 places and things in Oklahoma that I would like to check out in 2014. Some of the things on the list are not new, but for one reason or another, I’ve never done them. If you haven’t done any of these things either, go do it! In no particular order, my list of 14 things I would like to do this year.

1. Manipulating Glass at the Tulsa Glassblowing School

Tulsa Glassblowing School in Tulsa - photo by Dennis Spielman
While I’ve visited the Tulsa Glassblowing School, I want to take one of their “Glass Experience” programs. This intro class costs $25 to 60 (depending on what you want to make) and generally lasts 30-40 minutes. It provides an individual the opportunity experience molten glass and the use of tools to manipulate the glass. A flower($25), Paper weight($35), Ornament($45), or a Pumpkin($60) is created during this experience with assistance from the instructor/technician for gathering, reheating, etc.

2. Comedy Parlor

As you may know, I’m a huge supporter of OKC Improv in Oklahoma City, so naturally, I would love to check out Tulsa’s Comedy Parlor. Several of the OKC troupes have performed there and liked it.

3. Driving Through Arbuckle Wilderness Park

Drive-through zoo? Sounds like fun. Arbuckle Wilderness Park in Davis has more than 200 acres of hundreds of exotic animals roaming free in the beautiful Arbuckle Mountains. The zoo has both drive-through and walking exhibits, gift shop, paddle boats, go-karts, and more rides.

4. Air Donkey Zipline Adventures

I’ve never zip-lined before and Air Donkey Zipline Adventures in Davis looks like a blast. Their 2 to 2-1/2 hour-long, zip line mile long canopy tour leads adventurers through the tree tops by means of six zip lines and one sky bridge.

5. Climbing the walls at Rocktown

Rocktown in Oklahoma City - photo by Dennis Spielman
Rocktown in Oklahoma City has a first time climber package for $29, which includes the necessary rental equipment (shoes and harness), an Orientation Course, and a day pass. The short Orientation Course will cover facility orientation, top-rope qualifications, bouldering orientation and auto-belay qualifications. Rocktown says to allow approximately 2 hours for your first time climbing.

6. A Painting Class

There are several places for drink and paint style classes, including Paint N Cheers in Oklahoma City. There’s also Pinot’s Palette franchise in Bricktown. Painting would be a fun date night.

7. Kayaking at Lake Overhoster

I almost got to go kayaking at Lake Overhoster last year, but didn’t because of the wind. I’ve been kayaking along Oklahoma River with the River Sports. There are many parts of Lake Overhoster that can only be accessed via boat. Boats can be rented at the Route 66 Boathouse.

8. Staying at one of Oklahoma’s B&Bs

While doing research on Bed and Breakfasts for the 2014 Date Idea Book, both my girlfriend and I want to take a relaxing retreat as neither of us has stayed in a B&B before. It’s just a matter of deciding which one first.

9. Attend a Thunder game

Thunder Up! Before every home game, the Kia Thunder Rewards Zone has an opportunity to get into the game for free. Registration at the Kia Thunder Rewards Zone begins three hours prior to tipoff for each Thunder home game, located on the north side of Chesapeake Energy Arena. Registration closes one hour before tipoff when they announce the 50 winners for the complimentary pair of tickets to the game.

10. Dune Buggy at Little Sahara

Little Sahara State Park is a state park located in Oklahoma, named for its resemblance to the Sahara Desert. Little Sahara State Park is located in northwest Oklahoma, south of Waynoka. The main attraction at the park is dune buggy and ATV riding across the sand dunes, which I don’t have to tell you how awesome that sounds.

11. Take a chocolate making class at Coco-Flow

I like chocolate. Period. Coco-Flow in Oklahoma City has chocolate class making class. I get to keep (and eat) whatever is made in the class. Sign me up!

12. Dance Lessons at Shall We Dance?

Shall We Dance? in Norman - photo by Dennis Spielman
Shall We Dance? is Norman’s only studio dedicated to offering all the partner dance styles. They offer a offer an Introductory Special to get your feet warmed up that includes two 1/2 hour private lessons, one group class, and one practice party. Every Friday at Shall We Dance? is party night. They start with a group class at 7 p.m., and dance from 8 pm to 10 pm. During the party they play all the different types of music for all the partner dances, ensuring that everyone has a chance to dance no matter what types of dance they are learning or already know. No reservations or prior classes are required to join the party.

13. Attend the Storytelling Festival

The Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival is a festival that celebrates the art of storytelling. The Arts Council of Oklahoma City has produced the Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival, which has delighted audiences with nationally-acclaimed storytellers, workshops and special performances. Named one of the best places to hear or tell a tale, Storytelling Festival offers performances by some of the nation’s best tellers.

14. Watch at movie at the deadCENTER Film Festival

deadCENTER Film Festival is Oklahoma’s largest film festival and one of the “Top 20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” and “Top 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” according to MovieMaker Magazine. It’s a great chance to see amazing new short films, great comedies, powerful documentaries, sweet romantic movies, frightful monster movies, and the best independent films from both Oklahoma and around the world. Then maybe next year, I’ll have one of my movies there.

There’s so much to do in Oklahoma and this list doesn’t include all of the restaurants I want to try. Ask yourself, what is on your to do list?

Go Adventure!

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Dennis Spielman

I'm Dennis Spielman, the Producer of Uncovering Oklahoma, which I started in 2009 as a way to show that Oklahoma isn't boring. As for about myself, I’m a creative person that writes imaginative stories. I also run The Show Starts Now Studios, which is my umbrella organization for all of my shows I create. Come join me on Patreon as I create content that adds adventure and wonder to peoples' lives. More about my stories and projects are at