Current Hotel Development
Currently, city-wide rooms are 18,743 with 3,259 in Downtown OKC.
25th Anniversary - Oklahoma City Bombing
April 19, 2020 marks 25 years since the first acts of terrorism on U.S. soil at the Alfred P. Murrah Building. To honor those impacted by the violence, the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum will hold their annual Remembrance Ceremony virtually on April 19 online and through local television stations. Family members, survivors, first responders, law enforcement and the community will observe 168 seconds of silence and the names of all 168 persons killed in the bombing will be read. Other efforts during the anniversary year are Thunder Free Days, offering free admission every 25th of the month (excluding Christmas) provided by the Oklahoma City Thunder, a special performance by the Oklahoma City Ballet - (E)Motion(S), Spectrum of Harmonies presented by the Canterbury Voices, several first-person survivor tours and the 20th Anniversary of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.
70-acre Downtown Park - Scissortail 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.
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.
Sleep inside a Teepee at Orr Family Farm
Just when you thought lodging at the Orr Family Farm couldn’t get any better – it does, times five! The Orr Family Farm has added tepees to their glamping experience. Modeled after the traditional Indian nomadic tepees, there are five separate tepees, each with its own unique, hand-painted mural on the outer canvas. Don’t expect to be “roughing it” at the Orr Family Farm though, each tepee comes fully stocked with furniture, deluxe mattresses, heat and air conditioning, a minifridge and a microwave. Plus, you will have access to bathrooms with tile showers. Enjoy roasting s ’mores by the central fire pit or cooking a meal on your charcoal grill and playing at the Farm’s attractions. That’s what’s new at the Farm, y’all!
Factory Obscura Mix Tape
Factory Obscura, the artist collective responsible for SHIFT, BEYOND, and other interactive art experiences in Oklahoma City, opened “Mix-Tape,” their first permanent installation, on September 22, 2019. 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 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.
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 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 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, allowed for the two final phases of renovations to be completed in 2020.
New Water Slide and Name coming to OKC's Largest Waterpark
Wahoo Racer is now racing at Hurricane Harbor in Oklahoma City! A new two-tiered mat water racing slide will be splashing into the park as the lineup of thrills expands. Wahoo Racer features six side-by-side racing lanes, each with its own pattern of twists, hills, and maximum airtime. Lying head-first on a specially designed water toboggan, you'll push off on a splashy high-speed dash for the finish line, sliding around 300 feet of twists, turns, 360-degree loops, and open-air stretches at 40 feet per second.
Even bigger news - the entire park recieved a tropical makeover as it transformed from White Water Bay to Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Oklahoma City! It features an island-inspired experience and offers enhancements throughout the park, including upgraded dining and retail locations, expanded seating, fresh tropical paint and a bold new entrance. With the new addition of Wahoo Racer, Hurricane Harbor Oklahoma City is the coolest place to soak up the sun this summer.
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 and offers 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 of 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.
The Classen Inn Superette, built in 1963, 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.
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, 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 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 pre-function 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.
First Americans Museum
Once First Americans 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. 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.
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.
The Half Headed to 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, is now open. The facility includes nine auditoriums and seating for approximately 950 people. This fall, Chicken N Pickle will open in The Half---offering a casual restaurant, sports bar, multiple pickleball courts and a variety of yard games.
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 this year.
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 will close for renovation in spring 2021 and a grand re-opening will take place in 2022.
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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 2021.