My kids favorite stop is Pops on Route 66 in Oklahoma. We have made it a tradition as we go to Oklahoma every year to visit family.
Are you planning a road trip on Route 66? Oklahoma has a lot of fun iconic stops from Tulsa down to Amarillo, Texas. But let’s talk about my favorite: Pops in OKC.
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Where is Pops OKC Located?
This is not a trick question – it actually is not in Oklahoma City. Pops is located in Acadia, Oklahoma, along Route 66. Don’t worry, while it’s a drive, it’s not too long of a drive. It should take you about 24 minutes to make the 17.4 miles drive from downtown Oklahoma City to Acadia. You will see the iconic signs for Route 66 and know you are on the right track!
What is Pops OKC?
Yes, Pops is a place to eat and drink, but the environment in which you do it and the selection make this place a fave for me.
First off, you can’t miss Pops. As you drive along Route 66, there is a 66 foot tall “Giant Soda Bottle” along the highway; it lights up at night. I am not sure if the 66 feet along Route 66 is intentional, but it’s big regardless.
The giant soda bottle is located outside a gas station/diner. Yes, you read that right. It is a gas station and a diner all in one! But somehow they made this place so cool you will want to come back over and over again.
Hours at Pops OKC
The Store and Gas Station Operating Hours
6:00 am -10:00 pm
Diner Operating Hours
10:30 am – 9:00 pm
Breakfast is served Saturday/Sunday 7:00 am – 10:30 am
How Long Should I Spend At Pops OKC?
This is a question you probably have if you are on an epic Route 66 road trip! You could spend as little as 15 minutes taking a few photos and grabbing a soda pop and getting back on the road or you could take your time and sit down at the diner for a delicious meal. This may take up to an hour, not including wait time for a seat during busy days.
Please note that the diner is sit down, which adds some time.
What is So Cool About Pops OKC?
We love the store! There are soda pops from all around the world! We love checking out all the varieties of every kind of pop. Actually, there are over 600 different choices.
All of the pops are in glass bottles. And these bottles are not just in the fridge. Scores decorate the walls of the store, many of which can be seen through the glass from outside.
Pick Your Favorite
When I bring my kids they show such excitement picking out the different varieties, that’s a plus for me. I love seeing my kiddos pick flavors I never would. We have sampled some pretty interesting flavors over the years!
I am a fan of root beer! There are 80 different varieties to choose from at Pops OKC. It is so crazy! On our last trip I got a diet root beer. It was delicious!
One of our favorite parts is trying new flavors from around the world. We have tried chocolate pop, blue raspberry lemonade, and lime pop.
Saving the bottles and caps is something we love doing. We actually have quite a collection.
The varieties don’t stop with soda. Pops also has lots of cool Route 66 Oklahoma merchandise to purchase, as well as some awesome shirts that have the Pops OKC symbol on it.
Pops OKC Diner
If this is your designated rest stop on your iconic Route 66 road trip you are in luck because the food here is fabulous. We aren’t talking about grabbing a hot dog off of a rolling grill, or grabbing a pre-wrapped sandwich with a bag of chips. This is a grill with fresh food.
There are lots of options on the menu. Mostly good ole fashion American choices such as burgers, fries, chicken strips, and corn dogs. But that is not all! Some southern dishes are available as well including chicken fried steak, okra, and bar-b-que sandwiches.
This last time I got a Norman Burger, which was a hamburger with pulled pork on top and potato chips actually on the sandwich. It was delicious! My kids could not get enough of the french fries.
If you have time to eat, I highly recommend it. We love the food and thought it was reasonably priced.
Dining Room Options
If you have a large group, you will be seated in a 1950s style booth. For smaller groups, you have the choice of being seated around the store or taking your meal to an outside seating area.
We loved sitting in the booth’s. It really helps you feel that blast from the past experience.
Now, that your bellies are no longer on empty and you have tried so many amazing flavors of pop, you can fill that gas tank up and continue your epic Route 66 Oklahoma journey.
The architecture on the outside of the building even makes filling up your gas tank a fun experience!
Pops is big. Yes, the store is a good size, but it’s located on a big piece of land. Out back, there is room to sit and eat, but as my oldest boy reminded me, for him it’s all about running around. That makes Pops a great place to stretch your legs and have some fun in an open space that is not close to the street.
Are you Ready to Stop at Pops on Route 66 in Oklahoma?
Hopefully you will love Pops OKC as much as we do! It really is one of our most favorite places to visit in OKC. My kids have such great memories of Pops, and love to go back, re-live those memories, and grab their next bottle for their collection.
I hope you have an epic road trip! If you would like a copy of my Road Trips of the USA Guidebook click the link and I will email it to you. This book includes some great ideas for road trips, how far it is from point A to point B, as well as places to stop along the way!
If you have any questions about Pops OKC or Oklahoma City I would love to help you out. I grew up in Oklahoma so I am pretty familiar with the area. Plus, we visit family every year in OKC. You can comment below or better yet join my Travel Facebook Community!