RoadTripOK: Ep 25 – Medicine Park OK | Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department | TravelOK

RoadTripOK: Ep 25 – Medicine Park OK | Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department | TravelOK


(Upbeat music)
– Hey, guys. On today’s road trip,
we’re so excited to go to Medicine Park. We’re going to start with the aquarium, then we’re going to go have lunch at The Old Plantation restaurant, then we’re going to go talk
to Pegi at the Stardust Inn, then we’re going to hang
around the town a little bit. And hey, if you’re putting
your own road trips together, guess what? The Oklahoma Travel Guides
are in, which is so exciting. They don’t only look
cool, but they have a ton of cool information in it. So, let’s get this road trip going. (Energetic music) – [Voiceover] This is
the Oklahoma Road Trip. From Lawton, the team heads
north to Medicine Park. Our first stop of the day is the Medicine Park Aquarium
and Natural Sciences Center. – [Jason] Alright, we
are here in Medicine Park at the Medicine Park Aquarium
and Natural Science Center. – Yes, sir. – And I am with Doug Kemper,
the Executive Director. Tell me, how did this place come about? – [Doug] Well, it took us about six years to raise the money,
design the institution. We opened two years ago, summer of 2017. It’s here to provide an
opportunity for wholesome family activities. – You walk through the
doors, and it’s kinda cool, I like how it’s dark, you know. – [Doug] Yeah, that’s right.
You’re like going underwater. – So you’re one with
the fishes, so to speak. So phase one is the aquarium. It’s a 10,000 square foot facility, with nearly 100 exhibits. – [Man] Lacey, how do
you feel about snakes? – I don’t like ’em. It’s pretty tight on my neck, it’s like a good little massage. Well I’m glad Doug has her head. – Yeah, we’ll keep her
head over, over near me. – Well I’m good when you are. (laughs) – [Jason] Alright, I am
here at The Quail Encounter, with a bunch of quail. And they are really pretty, and pretty fun. – It says to take a selfie with Moby, when he comes around and smiles. He’s gonna smile. – [Man] Oh he is smiling.
I know. (laughs) – [Doug] We want people to come to the Medicine Park Aquarium
and Natural Sciences Center, so come visit. – [Voiceover] After spending
the full morning exploring the aquarium, and saying “Hi”
to a few fellow road trippers, the team traveled further
into Medicine Park to grab a bite to eat at The Old Plantation restaurant. – What are you gonna order? I am gonna get outside of my shell today, outside of the Chicken Fried Steak shell, and go with the close cousin
of the Chicken Fried Steak, the Chicken Tenders. – I have decided, Country
Fried Chicken Sandwich. – And I’m getting the Salmon Salad. My favorite angle. – One thing that we’ve not yet featured on the Oklahoma road trip, I believe, is Fried Okra. It’s an Oklahoma classic treat. – [Woman] How many rolls
have you had, Jason? (laughs) – Cheers.
Cheers. – I feel like I just
took a culinary journey across the Southwest in a single bite. Wow. – He’s a food analyst,
writer, critic on the side. – Yeah I can’t do that. – I don’t even know what
a culinary journey is. – I don’t know how to do that. – [Voiceover] And speaking of journeys, today’s journey continued as the crew finished their delicious
meal at The Old Plantation, and continued into town. Medicine Park is a scenic mountain town, that boasts a variety of
activities for visitors to enjoy. Like numerous hiking trails, restaurants, and shops lined with
the iconic cobblestones native to the area. – Well we got kinda lucky, the weather is beautiful
today at Medicine Park. And there’s a lot of cool stuff to do. – I’m in the White Buffalo Trading Post, and we’ve got candy. Mugs. Ooh, we’ve got some good
postcards over here, all sorts of fun trinkets. – [Voiceover] And that brings us to our final stop of the day. The Stardust Inn Bed and Breakfast. – We’re here at Stardust Inn, and I’m with Pegi, the owner. Tell me a little about how it began. – Medicine Park had no
lodging 20 years ago. And I always wanted to
have a Bed and Breakfast. I wanted everyone to have privacy. And you can sit outside at
night, and watch the stars. It’s romantic, and have a glass of wine. My husband said, “I think we
should do one room Western, because we’re in this part of Oklahoma.” And I said “Okay, one room.” And then I started
looking, and I was like, “This is perfect.” Every room has a two person jacuzzi tub, and all of our friends are artists. They started coming
forward with great artwork. I love Medicine Park so much. It’s been so fun to watch it grow, and it’s very beautiful at night. It’s so starry out here at night, I mean you just can’t beat
the refuge and the dark. I just wanted it to
have a really good vibe, and I want everyone to feel at home. Sometimes when they’re out hiking, they come back and they’ll say, “When we come home, we’re gonna.” And I’m like, “They called it home.” – (laughs) That’s awesome. – I just love that so much. (energetic music) – [Voiceover] On today’s road trip, we explored the picturesque
town of Medicine Park. First we spent a fun morning at the Medicine Park Aquarium
and Natural Sciences Center. This educational center is
fun for the whole family, and gives visitors the opportunity to observe and learn about numerous native and non-native species, through a variety of fun exhibits. Next, we made our way to The
Old Plantation restaurant. Where the gang enjoyed some delicious Oklahoma-inspired dishes. We highly recommend their Fried Okra, and their Southwest Egg Rolls. Next, we made our way to Stardust Inn, where Pegi told us about the
beautiful Bed and Breakfast that many visitors have called home. Availability is limited, so make sure to book your
next visit as soon as you can. And while you’re visiting Medicine Park, or any other awesome Oklahoma destination, don’t forget to share your photos with us, using the hashtag #RoadTripOK, for a chance to be featured on the show. And be sure to add our new
Photo Frame on Facebook. Join us next time, where we’ll take you on an awesome outdoor adventure through the Wichita Mountains. We’ll see you then.

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