Oklahoma City offers all of the culture, cuisine, attractions and amenities you’d expect in a modern metropolis. And with its rugged Western past, working stockyards and title as “Horse Show Capital of the World,” it’s rich in cowboy culture as well. From family fun to romantic retreats to outdoor adventures you won’t find anywhere else, Oklahoma City has plenty of hustle without all the hassle.
This district is full of adventure for the whole family. If you’re looking to fill the day (or weekend) you can explore the West at the can’t-miss National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, get wild at the Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Gardens and satisfy your curiosity with some hands-on family fun at Science Museum Oklahoma. And don’t forget Remington Park Racing & Casino, OKC’s only casino.
An influx of Vietnamese immigrants in the 1970s brought a new, vibrant Asian fusion cuisine to Oklahoma City. The Asian District is where you’ll find some of the best Asian restaurants in Oklahoma City. You can also visit Café Kacao for a Guatemalan-style brunch or grab a vegetarian meal from The Red Cup.
Originally home to the city’s car dealerships, this revitalized and revamped district along Broadway Avenue is home to some of Oklahoma City’s best shopping, dining and nightlife. The district’s past is immortalized in the neon signs that still hang from its original buildings, giving it an effortlessly cool vibe. And if you’re in the district on the third Thursday of the month, don’t miss out on the Auto Alley Shop Hop.
Located along the Oklahoma River, the Boathouse District is the official U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site for rowing and canoe/kayak. But for non-Olympians, the Boathouse District serves as a hotspot for outdoor recreation such as kayaking, paddle boarding and white water rafting. During the summer months, you can enjoy outdoor events by the water.
Once a busy warehouse area, Bricktown has emerged as Oklahoma City’s hottest entertainment and dining district. Just a short walk from downtown hotels, event venues and attractions, Bricktown is filled with restaurants, nightlife and entertainment options, making it a favorite destination for visitors and locals alike. If you’re in town during an Oklahoma City Thunder game, Bricktown is the place to be.
Small, but mighty (and packed full of history). The Deep Deuce District, located just north of Bricktown, was the heart of Oklahoma City’s African-American neighborhood in the 1920’s and 30’s, and during that time the district was known for its incredible jazz music. Today, Deep Deuce is a popular urban housing location and is home to several popular local hangouts including a whiskey club and a gourmet corn dog eatery located in a shipping container.
Welcome to the center of OKC! Downtown is home to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, the Devon Tower and the Civic Center. Spend an afternoon in downtown at the beautiful Myriad Botanical Gardens, take a moment of remembrance at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum or cheer on the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
OKC’s Midtown district connects the hustle and bustle of downtown with the stately historic neighborhoods to its north. Experience the best of OKC’s recent urban renaissance with Midtown’s local restaurants, neighborhood pubs and unique shops. You can also take a break from walking and explore the district in style with a Spokie bike rental.
Distinctive Spanish Revival architecture and a hip, bohemian vibe makes Oklahoma City’s Paseo Art District the perfect place to explore on foot. Paseo is home to more than 17 galleries, great restaurants, a coffee house, boutiques, gift shops and more. Don’t miss the First Friday Gallery Walk each month.
If you’re a lover of all things hip and quirky, you’ll feel right at home in Oklahoma City’s Plaza District. Named for the historic Plaza Theatre (built in 1935), the area has become a hub for creativity and a magnet for locally-owned shops, neighborhood bars, unique galleries and fun-and-funky restaurants.
A slice of the authentic American West is still alive and well in Stockyards City. Home to a number of shops specializing in all things western and the Oklahoma National Stock Yards, you can outfit an entire ranch, find a new pair of boots and enjoy a great steak. And don’t miss the chance to witness a live cattle auction every Monday.
Uptown is gaining quite the local reputation as a fun, easy place to dine, shop and drink. Attractions in this revitalized district are casual, very accessible and are largely owned by local proprietors. Located along historic Route 66, Uptown 23rd is also home to many iconic landmarks such as the Tower Theater, the Gold Dome and the historic Milk Bottle.
From upscale to accessible, contemporary to antique, the Western Avenue district has a little bit of everything. From the local dives on Western Avenue to the chic shops along Classen Curve, this district has you covered from shopping to eating.
Beth Hecquet, Director of Meetings and Events for the National Association of Sports Commissions, shares her personal experiences in OKC. Our city’s layout and strong preexisting partnerships among the facilities make OKC an extremely favorable destination for hosting events.
West coast native Darla Huckaby, Conference Direct Account Executive, shares how her preconceptions of Oklahoma City changed the moment she experienced our city for the first time. Oklahoma City was never on her radar because she never thought it had any “wow” factor. Now, she truly believes Oklahoma City is truly a destination with something to offer everyone.
Legal Shield Vice President of Marketing Operations is looking forward to bringing his 13,000 associates back to Oklahoma City in 2016. As a native Oklahoman, John has a soft spot for OKC, but his employees have come to love the city as well. John shares why Oklahoma City’s amenities and friendliness keeps Legal Shield coming back year after year.
Keith Burden, Executive Secretary for the National Association of Free Will Baptists, says Oklahoma City has the space, the entertainment and, most importantly, the friendliness and positivity that he and his attendees require. “Oklahoma City just gets the job done,” Burden says. This is why Oklahoma City is the most desired location for the Free Will Baptists’ international convention.
If you haven’t been to Oklahoma City, you may be surprised by what you’ll find we have to offer. And if it’s been a while since your last visit, we know you’ll be amazed by our progress. Lauren Warkentine, Director of Operations for Computers RX, hosts Idea Exchange Oklahoma and says it’s Oklahoma City’s growing districts and attractions that keep attendees coming back every year.
Rick Adams, the chief of Paralympic Sport and NGB Organizational Development for the United States Olympic Committee. He counts Oklahoma City and its Boathouse District as one of the most unique offerings in the American and International sports world and credits the friendly atmosphere and can-do spirit of Oklahoma City for why he brings virtually every large event that the US Olympic Committee has to our city.
Creator of S.P.O.R.T.S. The Relationship Conference brought the sports trade show to Oklahoma City in the fall of 2012. He returns to talk about the true partnership he found in Oklahoma City. Let O’Connor stand as testimonial to what we have to offer you in Oklahoma City.