15 things about Oklahoma that surprise non-Okies
Those Okies born and/or raised here know Oklahoma is a unique place. And, to those who just migrated here or are visiting for a time, they might be surprised to learn a thing or two about the state.
Here are 15 things about Oklahoma that might surprise non-Oklahomans.
15. A rallying call
Football is a religion here in Oklahoma and everyone and their dog knows what happens when someone shouts "BOOMER!" in public: you'll undoubtedly hear at least a handful responses of "SOONER!" by fellow OU football fans.
14. The wx
Oklahoma's weather is topsy-turvy to say the least, and those visiting for the first time are usually surprised by this.
13. Construction galore
Road construction runs rampant throughout Oklahoma, especially along Interstate 35 and throughout the more populated cities. For out-of-towners who might have the wrong idea about Oklahoma, this can definitely come as a shock.
12. Mmm, Donuts
Whether it's Hurts in Oklahoma City, Wow in Edmond or the OK Country Donut Shoppe, Oklahoma has an impressive list of awesome donut shops.
11. Don't forget the pie!
Oklahoma shares something in common with New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles: great pizza. OKC-area locations like The Wedge, Sandro's, Empire and Hideaway, and Tulsa-based Andolini's and Upper Crust, are favorites among locals, and often are recommended to out-of-towners looking for a good slice.
10. Always something going on
No matter the time of year, there is always something going on in Oklahoma. Whether it's a festival of some kind, a parade or a rodeo, Oklahoma is home to a large number of things to do.
9. No sleep for you
Cicadas are loud, annoying and kinda scary looking. Warn the non-Okies who like to sleep with the windows open.
8. No-no juice
Oklahoma is a great place for wine lovers, as it's home to more than two dozen vineyards and/or wineries.
6. Is your car OK?
5. Fishing holes
Oklahoma has some of the most coastline in the United States. And that means there are lots of opportunities for fishing!
4. That pew pew life
Oklahoma's a red state and one of the things synonymous with that is gun ownership. According to USACarry.com, nearly 43 percent of Oklahomans own at least one firearm.
3. Getting hitched
Non-Okies might be surprised to learn there are a large number of wedding spots peppered throughout Oklahoma that take advantage of the state's natural beauty. Places like Southwind Hills Barn in Goldsby (pictured) or Rose Briar Place in Oklahoma are some of the most sought-after venues in the state.
2. Fun stuff
Oklahoma is home to numerous zipline locations, skydiving opportunities, sailing spots and even a bike bar (pictured, in downtown Oklahoma City). Lots of fun options for a place that out-of-towners might consider fun-less!
1. Gas prices
Oklahoma is often home to some of the lowest gas prices in the United States, and currently is No. 1 according to GasBuddy.com. Even when visitors come in from states we share a border with, they're often surprised at how much cheaper gas is here compared to there.