Current Hotel Development
Currently, city-wide rooms are 18,758 with nearly 4,200 in Downtown OKC.
Renovations to the Crystal Bridge Conservatory at Myriad Botanical Gardens
Since its opening in 1988, the Crystal Bridge Conservatory has remained the centerpiece of the Gardens, home to thousands of tropical and desert plants within 13,000 square feet and divided into two distinct climates: wet and dry. The Inasmuch Foundation has committed $2.5 million to the second phase of a capital campaign to renovate the Crystal Bridge Conservatory at Myriad Botanical Gardens. This phase features a complete renovation of the interior conservatory spaces to enhance visitor engagement with a more diverse plant collection, interactive educational exhibits, improved ADA accessibility and a museum-quality gift shop. The Crystal Bridge Conservatory is currently closed for renovation and a grand re-opening will take place in 2022.
Omni Headquarter Hotel
Opened on January 26, 2021, the all-new headquarter hotel by Omni Hotels & Resorts features 17 floors, 605 rooms and approximately 78,000-square-feet of additional meeting, event and pre-function space located on the second floor. Multiple food establishments will be included, in addition to a fitness center, full-service spa and expansive pool deck. Groundbreaking for the Omni took place on October 1, 2018.
Oklahoma City Convention Center
Planners will be most excited about the new $288 million convention center in OKC. 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 Chesapeake Energy Arena. Groundbreaking for the new convention center took place on June 15, 2018, 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 Oklahoma City Convention Center, click here.
Scissortail Park - 70-acre Downtown Park
Scissortail Park is a $132 million, 70-acre urban oasis extending from the core of downtown Oklahoma City to the shore of the Oklahoma River. The Park opened September 27 and is a part of a capital improvement program, MAPS3, which uses a one-cent, limited-term sales tax to pay for debt-free projects to improve the quality of life in Oklahoma City. This park provides citizens and visitors with a variety of recreation activities, including concerts, walking/biking/running trails, picnic sites, youth sports fields, play areas, a 3.7-acre lake, public art, interactive water features, and outdoor education opportunities, in addition to promoting a more healthy lifestyle. While the first 36 acres opened in 2019, the remaining 40 acres will open in 2022 just south of the Skydance Bridge.
The Half in OKC
The Half is a 52-acre mixed-use entertainment and business development that’s centrally located between Oklahoma City and Edmond. Pickleball courts, a brewhouse, a cinema, and unique restaurants are among new properties since the project began. Flix Brewhouse, a cinema with a dine-in brewery, opened but is temporarily closed due to COVID. The facility includes nine auditoriums and seating for approximately 950 people. Chicken N Pickle is now open in The Half---offering a casual restaurant, sports bar, multiple pickleball courts and a variety of yard games.
USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex
The Softball Capital of the World® saw major renovations during the 2019 off-season. The USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex - OGE Energy Field got 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 are met by a beautiful rock and brick facade, a new ticket window and new entrances. For media operations, a three-story press box features new interview rooms with tunnels leading from the team locker rooms, a broadcast booth, media workspace and upgrades to existing technology infrastructure. A bond package, approved by the citizens of Oklahoma City in September 2017, in addition to private fundraisers, allowed for the two final phases of renovations to be completed in 2020.
Liichokoshkomo'! at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Liichokoshkomo’, the Chickasaw phrase for “Let’s play”, is a world-class, outdoor, hands-on learning environment where the diverse stories of the West come alive. Located on the grounds of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, this cultural meeting place encourages children and families to explore Western heritage by examining differing viewpoints and historical perspectives through a thematic, hands-on environment.
Blue Zoo, an interactive aquarium, is now open in Oklahoma City! Boasting such aquatic life as sharks, eels, jellyfish, seahorses and an octopus, Blue Zoo has over 200 species of marine life. Looking for fun things to do in Oklahoma City? Blue Zoo guests will be able to touch and feed stingrays, birds, and reptiles, offering family fun with a Water Cycle Play Table, STEM Water Play Table and a Pirate Play Ship! Wanting even more fun? Check out the Pirate, Mermaid and Dive Shows and Shark Feedings!
With an emphasis on education, Blue Zoo will combine fun, interactive experiences, with an opportunity to learn about animals from all over the world. Field trips are a great way for kids to get up close and personal with aquatic life and birthday parties provide fun, family entertainment at affordable prices. Located at Quail Springs Mall, the aquarium is taking over 8 spaces and 2 floors for fun, all year long! Learn more at www.bluezoo.us or stream aquatic life videos on their YouTube channel.
The Bradford House
The Bradford House is Oklahoma City's anchor hospitality destination for travelers and locals alike. This 36-room hidden gem offers modern amenities, quirky design details from around the globe, and re-imagines the true meaning of hospitality. With a full-service coffee, cocktail and food program, The Bradford House is eager to be the backdrop for your everyday visit or special event. Whether you find yourself wanting to linger in their historic building (built in 1907), modern addition, expansive porch, or well-appointed and landscaped courtyard, they have something for everyone.
Located along historic Route 66, the Classen Inn Superette was built in 1963 and is inspired by the geometry and space-infused design of the early-to-mid 20th century. The recent renovations on this 1962 motor motel have breathed life back into the picturesque space. Its nostalgic design is bold and captures the original retro vibe of the quirky property. Classen Inn welcomes sojourners from all walks of life. Whether you’re a local, or from across the way, there’s room for you. In any direction, you’re just a short walk away from thriving art scenes, live music and a variety of culinary experiences.
Surf OKC at RIVERSPORT
RIVERSPORT will be offering even more exciting adventures in 2020 including a new surfing feature. A new simulated surf experience is now open in the Boathouse District. With endless waves and a trampoline-like surface, this experience is perfect for all skill levels. You can start by Bodyboarding, then go for the full Flowboarding experience. If you’re a wakeboarder, skateboarder, or snowboarder, you’ll be surfing in no time.
Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center
The Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center opened 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 breathtaking addition to the OKC skyline, the new campus is a “creative commons,” a place for the community to gather, create and experience art. Incorporating programming from community partners, Oklahoma Contemporary is a hub for artistic experiences of all kinds and offers the city an event space like no other. The onsite cafe allows for guests to finish the gallery experience by dining outside or inside while enjoying hand-crafted cocktails and modern cuisine, inspired by Oklahoma.
First Americans Museum
Once First Americans Museum is completed in 2021, it will be an epic indoor/outdoor adventure for the entire family! The highly-anticipated museum will showcase state-of-the-art exhibitions in history, culture and art; feature live public and educational programs; a Discovery Center with immersive family-friendly activities; and visitor amenities such as a café and coffee shop, full-service restaurant presenting unique Native inspired cuisine; and a museum store featuring handmade items created by Oklahoma’s premiere Native American artists. The outdoor cultural park will provide 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. 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 has constructed the organization’s first-ever STEM-orientated camp at Zoo Lake that provides 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.
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 into the terrazzo flooring and glass panels in the observation area. Construction is expected to be complete in the third quarter of 2021. The expansion project positions WRWA to meet the demand of its continued growth. Visit this page for more information on new retail establishments and restaurants coming to Will Rogers World Airport.
Oklahoma City will be the second location for a growing Kansas City-based bar and restaurant concept with a furry fan base. Opening in 2021, Bar K will be the first commercial development in the Boathouse District on the Oklahoma River— featuring a bar, fast-casual dining for both owners and pets, and two dog parks; one inside and one outside. The two-acre site also showcases an area called Petfinder Park where pet adoption agencies can bring dogs in need of a home.
District Hotel, formally Hotel Habana, is an all-inclusive hotel property located in the heart of OKC’s LGBTQ+ district—39th Street. District Hotel is a multi-venue experience with two pools, a nightclub, restaurants, a lounge bar, billiards and darts, in addition to several LGBTQ+ friendly bars and nightclubs just steps away. The district is also home to the annual Pride on 39th. The hotel is currently receiving renovations that are expected to be completed in 2021.
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Construction on the 10-story, 182-room Renaissance Hotel is also moving full steam ahead in Bricktown. Located at the southeast corner of Sheridan and Oklahoma Avenue, the property will be the entertainment district’s first full-service hotel that will include a hotel, bar, valet parking and other amenities. The project is expected to be completed in Fall 2021.
Ski OKC at RIVERSPORT
Even more adventures are headed to RIVERSPORT! Opening May 29, 2021, a brand-new indoor slope will allow the facility to bring alpine skiing and snowboarding to the Boathouse District. With an infinite, articulating ski slope, the indoor ski simulator's quick inclination system allows for the slope to go from a Blue ski run to the equivalent of a Black ski run in seconds. With this new addition, RIVERSPORT becomes the first facility in the world to offer snow skiing, surfing and whitewater rafting all in one location.
The Painters of Pompeii at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art
The Painters of Pompeii: Roman Frescoes from the National Archaeological Museum, Naples will see a number of collection highlights travel to North America for the first time. Opening June 26, 2021, and running through Sept. 26, 2021, this historic presentation of the art of painting in ancient Rome will be presented exclusively at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art before returning to Europe.
Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, burying much of the countryside around the Bay of Naples, including the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The eruption preserved the cities until excavations began in the 1700s. Excavations unearthed extensive and richly colored frescoes painted on the walls of homes and public buildings throughout the cities. The exhibition highlights this snapshot in time through over 80 artifacts and artworks. This exhibition is organized by the National Archaeological Museum, Naples and MondoMostre.
First National Center
As one of OKC's most cherished skyline buildings, the First National Center towers over downtown OKC at 32 stories and 1.1 million square feet. Originally built in 1931, for decades the iconic art-deco style building was a focal point of downtown activity, with its hallowed Great Banking Hall serving as the heartbeat of Oklahoma City commerce, deal-making and business large and small. Since 2017, the building has seen major renovations that will transform the space into a mixed-use facility, featuring a full-service upscale hotel with 149 rooms, 210 urban apartments, new restaurants and modern retail spaces. The $275 million project is expected to be complete early in 2022 and will include six dining outlets, two ballrooms, a barbershop, a speakeasy, and private dining options in the building.
Route 66 Roadfest
In honor of the 100th anniversary of America’s Mother Road in 2026, Oklahoma City is throwing a celebration like no other. With the highway spanning over 400 miles within its borders, Oklahoma City is proven to be the perfect place to host this milestone celebration. If you are a Route 66 enthusiast, are interested in mapping out the perfect road trip, marveling at vintage cars, discovering new local and regional music, and exploring America’s rich history in an environment fun for the whole family, then you won't want to miss the AAA Route 66 Road Fest in summer of 2022 at the OKC Fairgrounds. Included throughout the Road Fest are opportunities to experience all the exceptional towns, attractions, and activities that The Mother Road has to offer.
Coming soon to Classen Curve in Northwest Oklahoma City, The Ellison Hotel will be a stunning new 120-room lifestyle hotel. As the first hotel in this area, The Ellison will celebrate creativity and the inclusively charming aspects of life in Oklahoma. Guests are invited to relax, unwind and explore the culinary experiences, recreational activities, and a myriad of shops in Classen Curve located just outside the hotel doors. The hotel is expected to open in the first half of 2021.