Six photo ops for a pop of color.
With spring quickly approaching, we are finally getting a glimpse at sunnier days. For those who have been cooped up inside, the promise of warmer weather to come is both exciting and comforting. As we bid farewell to cabin fever and begin branching out in search of new experiences, a multitude of new photo opportunities arise.
Take a look at our top picks for springtime photo ops, from bright neon lights to colorful districts and lush gardens. New adventures are blossoming all over Oklahoma, so be sure to pack your camera!
POPS 66 Soda Ranch
POPS 66 Soda Ranch (Image by @throughthealley)
Come for the soda, stay for the photo op! As you drive down historic Route 66 through Arcadia, you’ll see a 66-foot-tall neon soda bottle, the signature landmark for POPS. It’s long been a favorite stop for road trippers, not only because of its massive size, but because of all the creative possibilities to capture unique photos as well. Don’t forget to stop inside to hand-select a fizzy beverage from the 700 types of soda that line the walls from floor to ceiling. The colorful bottles are also a great backdrop for interesting photos!
Myriad Botanical Gardens
The Crystal Bridge Conservatory on the grounds of Myriad Botanical Gardens is a 224-foot-long urban oasis waiting to be explored. Filled with thousands of colorful, tropical plants and a 35-foot waterfall, this is the place to capture your jungle fantasy on camera. Visitors come year-round to escape into the tropical forest, and many even have wedding ceremonies here! The possibilities for creative photography are endless.
Paseo Arts District
Paseo Arts District (Image by @joyebenspiff)
Home to 22 galleries, restaurants, boutiques and more, the Paseo Arts District is by far OKC’s most colorful neighborhood. Lined with Spanish revival buildings, the pastel colors and unique storefronts are perfect for adding a stylish flair to your social media feed. Paseo’s monthly First Friday event is a great time to visit as the district stays open later than usual to allow patrons to support local artists and enjoy the many wonderful dining options.
If you find yourself in the East Downtown Norman area, you have to stop into STASH to shop its curated collection of local products and vintage treasures from housewares to health and beauty. The colorful gathering area beside this must-visit boutique features picnic tables, kids’ play equipment and beautiful murals. One of those murals is the work of local artist Rick Sinnett (the same artist responsible for designing Summit’s exterior). Another was created during a monthly Norman Art Walk event in which members of the community were invited to come by and paint a small section until the wall became a work of art.
WinStar World Casino and Resort
You can’t visit the World’s Biggest Casino without snapping a photo with the iconic landmark in front of the Grand Entrance! Visible from I-35 when lit, the colorful WinStar globe stands at an impressive 50 feet tall. It was built to replicate the Unisphere, the centerpiece of the 1964-65 World’s Fair in Queens, NY. This is the perfect place to commemorate your time at WinStar enjoying the largest collection of electronic and table games, golf and fine dining!
Oklahoma River Cruises
A cruise along the Oklahoma River allows you to see the city in an entirely unique way. As you cruise past hotspots like Bricktown, the OKC Boathouse District, Wheeler District and historic Stockyards City, you’ll get to collect photos with a perspective few have a chance to see. This is a fun yet relaxing way to navigate through Oklahoma City. Be sure to ask your deck hand about the available snack and drink options.