RoadTripOK: Ep. 5 – Oklahoma City | Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department | OTRD

RoadTripOK: Ep. 5 – Oklahoma City | Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department | OTRD

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(upbeat contemporary music) – [Narrator] Our state is
one of the most beautiful and unique states in the USA, with diverse geographies,
the historic Route 66, unforgettable restaurants, and
some of the greatest people on the planet. We wanna show you why traveling
within the great state of Oklahoma is a great idea. So come join us for thousands
of miles over the next year from Broken Bow to Black Mesa. This is the Oklahoma Road Trip. (upbeat contemporary music) From Heard on Hurd in Edmond,
we head south down I-235. Today’s first stop, a
world-class water sports venue located right in the
heart of Oklahoma City. – It was about 15 years ago
that I thought, you know, this could be something really unique and special for Oklahoma. Let’s try to invent a really unique world-class water sports venue. Something that hadn’t been
done like this anywhere. It’s been really a remarkable development over the last 15 years and
really believe this has become a differentiator for Oklahoma. – You hop in the boat with your guide. You take a conveyor belt up to the top and ride down the channels. It’s bumpy, it’s fun, it’s wet. And then you do down this last big drop and do it all over again. So we have this
six-story-tall obstacle course and these are flying
across the river and back. – It’s the tallest obstacle
course of its kind in the world. – That is impressive. – It is impressive. – I think this is a pretty
gnarly harness, very safe. That’s what Clancy tells me. It’s Clancy, right? – Yes. – That’s what Clancy tells me. I love you, Oklahoma. Here we go. Woo. (pounding music) – You know, it wasn’t just about
putting water in the river. To me, it was a little bit
about changing our culture, building more of an outdoor
culture for Oklahoma City, and that led to us becoming
an Olympic training site. We’re the only river in the country to be an Olympic training site. We have athletes from all over
that come here to train here along with anyone who
just wants to have fun. That’s what’s really cool
about this whole venue. It’s completely authentic. Anybody can come out and enjoy it. There’s something for everyone. – [Narrator] From the
rapids at Riversport, we journey north on I-35
until we reach another one of the area’s main attractions,
the Oklahoma City Zoo. – The Oklahoma City Zoo
is an amazing treasure for the people of Oklahoma. We are a low-cost attraction. We’re very family-oriented. Really, it’s about education. We also have wild encounters. We sign up for a wild
encounter ahead of time, and at 10 o’clock in
the morning you can go and you can actually get
in behind the scenes. Learn more about the bears individually. And you get to sit there and
you can feed the bears by hand. The animals bring people in,
but it really is our staff and the messaging that we put out there that really impacts our guests. – Our goal is to prevent
disease of course. So we do routine health
exams on a regular basis on all of the animals here at the zoo. And so when we’re doing
those, we bring them in and we announce that to the
public and they can plan ahead of time and come on in to see those as they’re happening. – And we have things for everybody to do. It doesn’t matter whether you’re
into the educational side, whether you wanted to see the animals, whether you wanna play. We try and incorporate that
into everything we build out here and every attraction
that we have for our guests. – [Narrator] After saying goodbye
to our friends at the zoo, we head south back into the
heart of downtown Oklahoma City. Our final stop, dinner
at The Jones Assembly. – So we are at the Jones
Assembly in Oklahoma City. We just really wanted to create
a space that just felt right multiple times of day for
multiple different settings, winter, summer, spring, fall,
and for all types of people. So, the idea was just to
create a very inviting space, a great atmosphere for
whatever you want to do whether it be dinner, or lunch. If you come to a concert, you
get a great concert experience but you also get some
really great food still. It creates a different
experience from that standpoint. You know, really, we make
everything from scratch here. So we spend a lot of time,
a lot of love goes into it. And the same goes for our food. So, our food kind of leans towards more of a regional cuisine, a
little bit of a rustic feel. And then you know, we
have a lot of other things like our dips and spreads and our pizzas. And we kind of bring in a
lot of different cuisines but put our spin on it, a little bit of Oklahoma flair on it. – This is for the rest of the trip, – [Group] Cheers. – Interesting. – I know they say it’s deviled eggs, but I’m in heaven right now. – This is the best okra I’ve ever eaten. – We’re able to really
create a unique set of dishes that kind of speak to a
lot of different people. You’re able to enjoy them,
large groups, small groups whatever you want. – [Narrator] On Today’s Road
Trip, we experienced first hand some of the fun and
excitement that Oklahoma City has to offer. We started our day flying
high at Riversport OKC. This state-of-the-art
facility is quickly becoming a premier destination for
tourists and Olympic athletes’ training for competition. After drying off, we
spent some quality time with our four-legged friends at the zoo. The Oklahoma City Zoo is also home to a one-of-a-kind museum, a zoozeum, where visitors can explore
the history of the zoo over the last 100 years. Finally, we ended our day
with a relaxing dinner at The Jones Assembly, a restaurant and venue
overflowing with history. And fun fact, the building
was previously home to the Fred Jones Model-T Assembly Plant. And that’s where they get
their name, The Jones Assembly. Join us next time as we head back east. We’re stopping in Catoosa,
so you know we’ll snap some photos of the famous Blue Whale that sits right off Route 66. Then we’ll commune with
nature at Redbud Valley. And finally, we’ll settle
in with an unforgettable dining experience at Molly’s Landing. We’ll see you then. (pounding music)

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  1. I’ve worked at Riversport for three years now and I absolutely love it. Definitely recommend any thrill seekers to come visit us!

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