Current Hotel Development
Currently, city-wide rooms are 18,656 with 3,259 in Downtown OKC.
Oklahoma City Streetcar
Approximately six miles of downtown streetcar now links major attractions in the downtown area. It is the most extensive of its type in the United States, and the system connects workers to their jobs, residents to events and visitors to our attractions. The streetcar broke ground in Bricktown January 2017 and will open December 15, 2018.
Sanctuary Asia at the Oklahoma City Zoo
A new 6.6 acre, $22 million expansion called Sanctuary Asia opened at the Oklahoma City Zoo August 2018 creating an expansive environment where endangered animals from the Asian continent can thrive. Sanctuary Asia is a refuge where Asian elephants are safe and free to live, socialize, eat, play and explore. Visitors to Sanctuary Asia will be inspired by these magnificent animals, informed about their urgent plight in the wild and be moved to take immediate action to protect them. Other animals included at Sanctuary Asia include red pandas, Asian rhino, langurs, Komodo dragons, raccoon dogs, cranes and cassowary birds. And the venue isn't for just animals either. The space is also a two-story building with vast windows featuring a restaurant and event space. Guests can see views of elephants, rhino and Komodo dragon habitats as they enjoy a special event at the Zoo. There will also be a splash area for kids to play in the summer months.
Overnight Lodging at the Orr Family Farm
The Orr Family Farm has added 13 historic Conestoga wagons for overnight stays accommodating up to a total of 88 guests. A favorite Oklahoma City family attraction, the Orr Family Farm, has added overnight lodging to their list of activities. The Conestoga wagons are patterned after the great pioneer wagons used in the 19th century to settle the west. They offer eight wagons that each sleep eight people and allow for a camping experience, and five wagons that sleep either four or six people that give guests a “glamping” experience including private restrooms with showers and a Signature Swim Spa. All guests can enjoy temperature-controlled wagons, personal charcoal grills, picnic tables and more, including the traditional Farm activities the Orr Family Farm is famous for. Lodging is offered year-round.
Factory Obscura Mix Tape
Factory Obscura, the artist collective responsible for SHIFT, BEYOND, and other interactive art experiences in Oklahoma City, announces the opening of “Mix-Tape,” their first permanent installation. Mix-Tape pays homage to the 1980s custom of creating homemade musical compilations on cassette tape to give others as a way to express emotion, garner friendship, and to tell a story about the person creating it. Through the Mix-Tape experience, the artists of Factory Obscura will produce a 20th-century version of the classic audio autobiography, creating immersive artistic representations of songs that speak to the artists’ journeys as individuals and as a collective .Mix-Tape is the next step for Factory Obscura on a journey toward an even larger scale, permanent home for immersive art in Oklahoma City. Mix-Tape is Factory Obscura’s first permanent experience, building on the experimental legacy of The Flaming Lips at The Womb, and providing a platform for growth as the collective continues to work toward the long term goal of a 50,000 square foot home in Oklahoma City.
All-New Kirkpatrick Planetarium Experience Open at Science Museum Oklahoma
Science Museum Oklahoma upgraded its Kirkpatrick Planetarium with a new state-of-the-art star projector in September 2018. Following the renovation, the museum’s planetarium educators continue to offer their incredible live shows alongside new technology that will allow the planetarium’s tens of thousands of annual guests to be transported through not only the galaxy, but time itself — and to get an experience not available anywhere else in the state or the region. For more information, visit www.sciencemuseumok.org/kirkpatrick-planetarium.
TimberTown at Frontier City Theme Park
In 2019, Frontier City is introducing a new kids' area with four new rides dedicated to our youngest thrill-seekers. The all-new Timber Town zone will feature innovative attractions, new characters, and fresh updates throughout the area. Families will enjoy the brand new Frankie's Mine Train, a wild coaster with miniature drops and twists for rookie riders. Other new attractions include Billy's Frog Hopper, offering a first-of-its-kind, interactive jumping ride experience; Rocky's Ranger Planes, a classic spinning ride taking kids to new heights; and Sheldon's Sea Adventure, a unique rocking and whirling ride.
70-acre Downtown Park - Scissortail Park
This park will provide citizens and visitors with a variety of recreation activities, including concerts, walking/biking/running trails, picnic sites, youth sports fields, play areas, public art, interactive water features, and outdoor education opportunities, in addition to promoting a more healthy lifestyle. The park will connect downtown Oklahoma City to the shores of the Oklahoma River and is scheduled to be completed in 2021.
New Convention Center
Planners will be most excited about the new $288 million convention center coming to OKC in 2020. With 200,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 30,000-square-foot ballroom and 45,000 square feet of additional space paired with a prime location near the Myriad Botanical Gardens, the downtown park and the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Groundbreaking for the new convention center took place on June 15 and coincided with the launch of MeetinOKC.com, the CVB's meetings site. The new convention center is part of the MAPS 3 approved by voters in 2009. For more information on the new Downtown Convention Center, click here.
Omni Headquarter Hotel
On June 18, 2018, the Oklahoma City Council voted to approve a redevelopment agreement with Omni Hotels for a headquarters hotel to support the new Convention Center. Click here to read more.
The Omni will feature 17 floors, 605 room and approximately 78,000-square-feet of additional meeting, event and prefunction space located on the second floor. Multiple food establishments will be included, a fitness center, full-service spa and pool deck. Groundbreaking for the Omni took place on October 1, 2018 with the estimated completion in 2021.
USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex
The Softball Capital of the World® is undergoing major renovations during the 2019 off-season. The USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex - OGE Energy Field will get a modernized look with upgraded features to enhance both the fan and media experience. The venue is home to the NCAA Women's College World Series through 2035. When fans enter the Complex, they will be met by beautiful rock and brick facade, a new ticket window and new entrances. For media operations, a three-story press box will feature new interview rooms with tunnels leading from the team locker rooms, a broadcast booth, media work space and upgrades to existing technology infrastructure. A bond package, approved by the citizens of Oklahoma City in September 2017, in addition to private fundraisers, allows for the two final phases of renovations to be completed in time for the 2020 NCAA WCWS.
Liichokoshkomo'! at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Liichokoshkomo’, the Chickasaw phrase for “Let’s play”, will be a world-class, outdoor, hands-on learning environment where the diverse stories of the West will come alive. Located on the grounds of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, this cultural meeting place will encourage children and families to explore Western heritage by examining differing viewpoints and historical perspectives through a thematic, hands-on environments. Expected opening is Spring 2020.
American Indian Cultural Center & Museum
Once The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum is completed in 2021, it will be an epic indoor/outdoor adventure for the entire family! Experience one-of-a-kind exhibits, participate in hands-on educational programs, hear first-hand accounts in the theaters and watch cultural demonstrations celebrating the collective histories and contemporary cultural expressions of Oklahoma’s original peoples. Explore the outdoor cultural park where the plains, prairies and wetlands converge. Enjoy an intimate connection with the natural environment such as earth, wind, water and fire used to interpret American Indian perspectives.
COOP Ale Works New Home at the Historic 23rd Street Armory
The historic 23rd Street Armory, which previously housed the Oklahoma Army National Guard, will be restored into the new home of Oklahoma’s own COOP Ale Works. More than $20 million will be spent to update the 87,000-plus-square-foot building during the next two years. The armory will be transformed into a state-of-the-art brewhouse, 34-room boutique hotel with event space and a full-service restaurant and taproom. Construction will begin Spring 2019 with a planned opening in Fall 2020. Get the latest progress updates by following COOP on Facebook.
Oklahoma City Zoo Receiving $71 Million in Upgrades
A Zoo on the move! The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden recently announced plans for $71 million of new infrastructure through 2028. Near-term projects include a new orangutan climbing structure at the Great EscApe, a dedicated habitat for Galapagos tortoises in the Children’s Zoo, plus an exciting Amphibian Plaza with a walk-through water garden featuring various amphibians and carnivorous plants. The Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma is constructing the organization’s first-ever STEM-orientated camp at Zoo Lake that will provide additional educational partnership opportunities. Mid-term projects include Sea Lion Cove, a three-acre expansion for the Zoo’s California sea lions and a major transformation at the heart of the OKC Zoo that brings together the Zoo’s endangered species from the African continent in a state-of-the-art new habitat located just inside the Entry Plaza. Long-term projects include a 12-acre conservation preserve and a space for botanical education and events tentatively known as The Farm. The Zoo receives a dedicated 1/8 of a cent sales tax in Oklahoma City that serves as the primary source of funding for these and other capital investments.
Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center
In fall 2019, Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center will open a spectacular new arts education and cultural resource on a 4.6-acre site at NW 11th and Broadway. In addition to providing a world-class facility for exhibitions, performance and education and a breathtaking addition to the OKC skyline, the new campus will become a “creative commons,” a place for community to gather, create and experience art. A Studio School will tell the stories behind the art of now and teach the skills to create what’s next. Incorporating programming from community partners, Oklahoma Contemporary will be a hub for artistic experiences of all kinds and offer the city an event space like no other.
Will Rogers World Airport Terminal Expansion
The Will Rogers World Airport Terminal Expansion Project is underway. Among other improvements, the $89 million project will add four new airline gates, a consolidated security checkpoint and much-needed greeting lounge space. One highly anticipated feature is an observation area that will give non-ticketed visitors a place to view airplanes. A significant architectural public art project will be incorporated in the terrazzo flooring and glass panels in the observation area. Construction is expected to be complete in the second quarter of 2021. The expansion project positions WRWA to meet the demand of its continued growth.
Parlor OKC in Automobile Alley
Tribune Capital unveiled it's first tenant in its Central Exchange development in Automobille Alley November 2018. Parlor OKC will open summer 2019. The 13,000 square-foot food hall with two bars will feature local craft beer and house-created artisanal cocktails, along with multiple kitchens perated by local and regional chefs. The restaurant and bar concept will offer 350 seats, including multiple lounge areas and a rooftop patio. Kitchen concepts will start in early 2019 and plans to open its doors in early summer 2019. Parlor OKC is modeled after Parlor KC. For a list of restaurants coming, read The Oklahoman's article here.
New Adventures coming to RIVERSPORT
RIVERSPORT will be offering even more exciting adventures in 2020 including a new surfing feature, a zip line across the whitewater rapids and new outdoor climbing and water features for families.
Surfing is coming to Oklahoma with the new Flowrider to be built inside RIVERSPORT’s whitewater center. Surf lessons will get novices on the water, while surfing competitions will bring pros to the state. The new double zip line will take riders soaring over the rapids and, since it doesn’t require climbing stairs, will be accessible to a wider range of people.
They're also finishing the second floor of the whitewater center, adding new capacitors to help with energy costs and adding a new feature to our filtration system. All adventure projects are scheduled to be completed in time for the 2020 summer season.