We Left Our Hearts In Tulsa: Part Two
We kicked off our American Summer with a trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to visit the brand new attraction that is the Gathering Place, but this 100-acre riverfront park was not the only place that peaked our interest. That particular weekend, the city was getting ready for their annual bike race and we had a blast museum hopping, attending shows, and tasting the local cuisines.
We arrived early afternoon and drove into Tulsa in our rental car and were greeted by a cargo train. It was cool to sit at the crossroads and watch the trains criss-cross as we wondered where the passengers were heading in their journeys. We stayed at the Hyatt Regency downtown and instantly hit the pool because we all know kids must take a dip or it’s not a vacation! But no matter the excitement, we must always protect ourselves so we lathered on the SPF (Supergoop! is a fave) and enjoyed a couple of hours swimming.
For our first night in town, we enjoyed dinner at the Hyatt Daily Grill and tried as much of the menu as we possibly could. The food and drinks were all delicious! Towards the end our day, we took the kids to a local roller skating rink! Michael put on his skates and taught the kids the basics so they could join in on the fun! I enjoyed watching the crowd of mostly teens dance and race to the rhythm of the music—some were showing off their skills and others were just trying to keep off the floor!
We decided to go to the aquarium after visiting the Gathering Place which holds the largest collection of live sharks in the nation and many more aquatic animals from around the world. It brought me so much joy to look at all of the colors of the tropical fish and the reefs.
It was also fun to see the scheduled feedings for the otters and beavers that have been raised at the aquarium. My obsession with seahorses is undeniable and finding their tank was a delight. Two particular seahorses have started the birthing process and I will admit we stood watching for an hour to see if any of the males would give birth.
After the aquarium, we took a ride down the famous Route 66 spotted some vintage cards and Michael enjoyed some ice cream from an old fashion shop that sells their treats for 99 cents! The kids missed it all—they fell asleep but we enjoyed ourselves, and as true Lightning McQueen fans, we played the soundtrack as we cruised!
For our last night in, Michael and Alvieri rented scooters and went around town to check out the scene. After taking a walk and enjoying the street art, they spotted a local ramen restaurant so we had to get some. The place is very popular and the staff was very welcoming. We all ordered different ramen dishes. Can you guess which one was mine? (hint hint: it’s a spicy one!). I must say each was as good as the next.
Now that we’re back home, we’re thinking about our upcoming travel adventures this summer. There’s nothing like exploring new spaces and places with my family. Until next time, darlings!