2024 Official OKC Visitors Guide

Planning a trip to Oklahoma City? Whether you're a first-time visitor or a local looking for inspiration, this guide showcases the must-dos, hidden gems, restaurants, attractions and events that make OKC a can't-miss destination.



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Welcome to okc! Oklahoma City is known as the Modern Frontier, where we have a history of doing things our own way. This visionary spirit can be seen today in our people and passion. We are innovators, ancestors and allies, influenced by both the past and the desire to make the future better for all. In OKC, you’ll be greeted with overflowing kindness as you discover the heritage, culture and resiliency embodied in our destination. Creativity and vibrancy abound here. From curated cuisine to street art, you can ignite your senses in a variety of immersive experiences. We hope you enjoy your time here and invite you to linger awhile. Discover fresh perspectives and soul-stirring stories that await you, and let us be among the first to welcome you to the Modern Frontier.

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on the cover Check out the recently updated Factory Obscura. Read more about this only-in-OKC immersive art experience located in Automobile Alley on page 50.



Whether you’re planning a day trip, weekend getaway or full-on vacation, we’ve got you covered with these kid-approved adventures and experiences that are unique to OKC. Many of these attractions host special events and activities throughout the year, so before you go, be sure to check out VisitOKC.com for event details, hours of operation, coupons and more. OKLAHOMA CITY NATIONAL MEMORIAL & MUSEUM Built as a tribute to “those who were killed, those who survived, and those who were changed forever,” the National Memorial has become a profound statement of the resolve, hope and community spirit that grew after the Murrah Bombing. Designed to be seen by day and by night – they truly are different experiences – the grounds also house the Memorial Museum, where interactive exhibits educate the public about the tragedy, its impact and the resiliency of Oklahoma City.


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Dedicated to the soldiers of the U.S. Army’s 45th Infantry Division, the museum has a massive collection of military vehicles, aircraft and armored calvary pieces and historic weapons. The 45th was a unit of the Oklahoma National Guard that served in WWII and the Korean War. Much of the collection focuses on the unit’s role in securing Hitler’s bunker at the end of WWII.

AMERICAN BANJO MUSEUM As much an art exhibit as a tribute to the classic bluegrass, folk and Americana instrument, this museum showcases the evolution and artistry of the banjo. Famous musicians are profiled, and rotating exhibitions feature well-known musicians, singer-songwriters and even the art of banjo decoration.

BLESSED STANLEY ROTHER SHRINE Built to honor and serve as a final resting place for the first U.S.-born priest and martyr ever beatified, the Shrine Church is designed in the Spanish colonial-style, inspired by the church Blessed Stanley served in Guatemala. The museum on site highlights the story of Stanley Rother’s life and mission, featuring artifacts from his life and information about his martyrdom and beatification.

BRICKOPOLIS The variety of options at Brickopolis Entertainment – a downtown event center and play park – virtually guarantees that every member of the family will have something to do. A sprawling campus right on the Bricktown Canal includes miniature golf, a kid’s climbing wall, laser tag, gemstone mining and an arcade. A pizza buffet is also onsite.

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BRICKTOWN WATER TAXI AND CENTENNIAL LAND RUN MONUMENT As a popular Bricktown attraction for more than 20 years, the water taxi takes visitors down the Bricktown Canal at a leisurely pace, while the guide narrates the history of the canal and surrounding businesses. Along the ride, visitors pass the Land Run Monument and learn some Oklahoma history. Created by Native artist and multiple award winner Paul Moore, the monument is 45 figures depicting participants in the 1889 opening of The Unassigned Lands. Rather than create static poses, Moore imbued his sculptures with energy and emotion.

FACTORY OBSCURA Part art gallery, part immersive experience, Factory Obscura is a local arts collective focused on awakening wonder. Experience Mix-Tape, a multisensory homage to and modern application of old school mixtapes, those old cassettes that were thematic collections of favorite songs. Enjoy a mixture of visuals, sounds, textures and interactivity.

FIRST AMERICANS MUSEUM Along the Oklahoma River, the First Americans Museum shares the cultural diversity, history, art and contributions of Oklahoma’s 39 distinct First American Nations. Visitors enjoy immersive family-friendly activities, a full-service restaurant, a museum store highlighting authentic handmade items by premiere First American artists and an outdoor cultural park where the plains, prairies and wetlands converge.

FRONTIER CITY AND HURRICANE HARBOR Located in West OKC, Hurricane Harbor water park is a great way to beat the summer heat, with pools, a lazy river, water slides, spray cannons and inner tubes – even a family-sized tube. Located in North OKC, Frontier City includes rollercoasters, bumper cars, a kids’ train, mine car ride and a ton of other options for thrill-seekers of all ages.

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MUSEUM OF OSTEOLOGY A museum dedicated to bones. Why not? Explore more than 450 skeletons, as well as a large collection of skulls. A mix of fascinating and hands-on exhibits focus on education and appreciation of the natural world.

MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS A local favorite, you’ll find the downtown crowd dancing in the gardens, walking dogs, sharing a picnic, listening to free concerts and enjoying the beauty of this 17-acre urban botanical garden. At the center of the Gardens is the Crystal Bridge Conservatory, which houses plant collections, sculptural points of interest, overlook terraces and a waterfall feature.

NATIONAL COWBOY & WESTERN HERITAGE MUSEUM More than an homage to the cowboy spirit, this wildly popular destination tells the diverse stories of the West with some of the world’s most beautiful Western art, a full-scale town and a room with over a thousand different barbed wires! An outdoor educational experience called Liichokoshkomo’ (Chickasaw for “Let’s Play!”) brings to life Native American and prairie dwellings, a train depot and more. Cowboys from the cinematic landscape share space with those who had their boots on the ground .

OKLAHOMA CITY MUSEUM OF ART The striking Dale Chihuly piece hanging in the foyer is an indication that there are awe-inspiring discoveries inside the MOA. The museum curates traveling or special exhibits while also housing an impressive permanent collection, including a piece from former President Barack Obama’s portraitist Kehinde Wiley.

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OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO OKC’s innovative approach to zoo design continues to improve the lives of zoo animals and the experience of guests. The newest installment is Expedition Africa, which features a new, state-of-the-art giraffe viewing area and vista spaces for common elands, flamingos, gazelles, honey badgers, meerkats, mongooses, naked mole rats, okapis, ostriches, wildebeests and zebras.

OKLAHOMA CONTEMPORARY The beautiful Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center certainly displays plenty of art, but the mission of Oklahoma Contemporary has always been multifaceted. Visitors can find free, groundbreaking exhibitions, plus large-scale, public sculptures and installations in Campbell Art Park. Programs include musical and theatrical performances, artist talks and demonstrations, workshops and more.


OKLAHOMA HALL OF FAME Located in the historic and classically styled Mid-Continent Life Insurance Building, the Gaylord-Pickens Museum tells the story of Oklahoma by highlighting the stories of great Oklahomans. The museum contains portraits of Hall of Fame inductees, as well as collections of documents that tell their stories. A “Makerspace” encourages hands-on activities, and the entire structure is designed to be an immersive, educational experience.

OKLAHOMA HISTORY CENTER This 18-acre complex is a well-designed, multisensory historical experience that chronicles the story of Oklahoma via five galleries. The 215,000-square-foot space uses audio, visual and computer-assisted activities to share the history of Oklahoma from a diverse group of perspectives. More than 2,000 artifacts are contained in the center, including Native American and military artifacts, photographs, textiles and machinery.

OKLAHOMA NATIONAL STOCKYARDS The world’s largest stocker and feeder cattle market is in the Stockyards City district of Oklahoma City. Operating since 1910, the stockyards have been a vital part of local culture and national trade. Cattle auctions take place every Monday and Tuesday and are open to the public.

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OKLAHOMA RAILWAY MUSEUM The ORM has an impressive collection of freight cars, passenger cars, a steam engine, a beautifully reconstructed train depot and four operating locomotives, which pull passengers on the first and third Saturday from April to August. The museum aims to educate the public about the role of trains in the development of Oklahoma and the U.S.

OKLAHOMA STATE CAPITOL A tour of Oklahoma’s Capitol building is a must for any art or history buff. Visitors can experience the state’s history through more than 100 permanent sculptures, murals and paintings. The building itself is stunning, with Greco-Roman architecture and a beautifully adorned rotunda. Don’t miss the info center and gift store, open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

RED EARTH Red Earth Art Center offers a cultural experience that is uniquely OKC. Red Earth strives to preserve and promote the traditions, arts and cultures of Native Americans through education. With more than 1,000 unique pieces of art in their own permanent collection and rotation of exhibits spotlighting local, regional and national artists, First American arts are thriving at Red Earth.

REMINGTON PARK RACING CASINO Experience live horse racing throughout the year with the nation’s top American Quarter Horse season (March – May) and Thoroughbred season (August – December). Remington Park is also open 24/7 for simulcast racing. Plus, as OKC’s only casino, you can enjoy top electronic gaming machines, as well as pub and dining options.

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RIVERSPORT Located in the Boathouse District along the Oklahoma River, Riversport offers a zipline across the river, surfing and snow skiing simulators, standup paddleboards, kayaking, a sky trail, play areas for kids and Riversport Rapids, which features Class II-IV whitewater rafting. Riversport hosts international events, plus regattas and programming year-round. Age restrictions apply.

SCIENCE MUSEUM OKLAHOMA Science Museum Oklahoma is a staple for kids of all ages. The museum makes science interactive and fun with a theater for demonstrating, an art gallery, and most importantly, hands-on activities that teach kids (and adults) about weather, electromagnetism, optics and just about any scientific topic you can imagine.

SCISSORTAIL PARK This 70-acre urban oasis extends from the core of downtown to the shore of the Oklahoma River. Lower Scissortail Park is all about recreation, including basketball, soccer, futsal and pickleball courts, as well as a new sports pavilion and 32 acres of open green space. Upper Park includes ornamental gardens and woodlands, a lake and boathouse, playground, outdoor roller rink, an enclosed dog park, interactive fountain, dining options and much more. Programming throughout the year includes free performances and group exercise classes.

ROUTE 66 Oklahoma boasts more than 400 drivable miles of Route 66 – more than any other state – and Oklahoma City serves as a center point along this stretch of famous highway. Don’t miss these points of interest along OKC’s stretch of the Mother Road:

Gold Dome Building Milk Bottle Building Tower Theatre

Lake Overholser Bridge Cheever’s Café Classen Grill

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Oklahoma City’s downtown urban oasis features 70-acres of green space, trails, a lake, café, playgrounds, sports courts, interactive seasonal fountains, and year-round programs and special events. Visit scissortailpark.org for event information.


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Prefer to explore off the beaten path? We’ve gathered some unconventional spots around Oklahoma City that are just the right mix of quirky, fun and unexpected.

DEAD PEOPLE’S STUFF: ARCHITECTURAL ANTIQUES AND DESIGN With antiques and architectural pieces sourced from all around the globe, Dead People’s Stuff truly lives up to its name. What makes their store unique is their large inventory of vintage hardware, lighting fixtures, stained glass, doors and architectural pieces you can’t find anywhere else. OVERHOLSER MANSION Among the historic homes of Heritage Hills is the Henry and Anna Overholser Mansion. The impressive 11,000-square- foot Queen Anne manor, complete with an additional 4,000-square-foot. carriage house gives visitors a glimpse into life in the 1900s. Tours are available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. THE BOOM This LGBTQIA+ inclusive dinner theatre and nightclub is located in the heart of Oklahoma City’s gayborhood, the 39th St. District. They host a variety of musical and comedy productions, a weekly trivia night and a hilarious Sunday Gospel Brunch.

WORLD ORGANIZATION OF CHINA PAINTERS While an organizational headquarters in purpose, the facility also contains a stunning

permanent exhibits. Originally dedicated to the noble homing pigeon, the American Pigeon Museum teaches about the bird’s role in the war efforts. Other exhibits include the passenger pigeon timeline and a history of pigeon racing.

collection of painted porcelain from around the world in the Porcelain Art Museum, open Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. PLAZA WALLS Looking for an Instagram-worthy photo op? Stop by Plaza Walls, a rotating mural project in the Plaza District. Murals are curated by the Oklahoma Mural Syndicate and change annually during the Plaza Walls Mural Expo. This stunning outdoor gallery has been a key contributor to OKC’s crowning of “Best City for Street Art” by USA Today in 2021 and 2022. AMERICAN PIGEON MUSEUM In addition to a collection of live birds, the museum has amassed enough pigeon-related artifacts to curate several


The Oklahoma National Stockyards host live cattle auctions every week, open to the public. Since its inception in 1910, more than 102 million head of livestock have passed through the

iron gates. See real cowboys at work at the World’s Largest Market of Stocker and Feeder Cattle.

1. What fast food restaurant is headquartered in OKC?

See page 80 for answer.

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Oklahoma City has, on average, 235 days of sunshine annually, so you can enjoy a variety of outdoor recreation options year- round. Here are a few ways to get out and get active in OKC while never leaving the city.

Situated along the Oklahoma River is Riversport Adventures, which includes surfing, standup paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, snow skiing (yes, you read that right), ziplines and the Riversport Rapids.



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Featuring Class II-IV rafting, kayaking and canoeing, Riversport Rapids accommodates various skill levels, but children must be at least eight years of age to go white water rafting. Surfers of all abilities (42” and taller) can also catch a wave at Surf OKC . And visitors (ages eight and up) can try their skills on the ski simulator. Additionally, bike and running trails along the river are open and free to the public. The Boathouse District trails and river lead directly to the Lake Overholser Boathouse, with even more outdoor activities, like a climbing wall and easy access to Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge, as well as SUP and kayak rentals onsite. Sometimes just being close to nature is enough. Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge on the west side of the metro is adjacent to Lake Overholser and features a thousand acres of hiking, fishing, bird watching and exploring. Whitetail deer, beaver, egrets, cormorants and hundreds of species of migratory birds and waterfowl move through Stinchcomb regularly. Lake Hefner has its own boathouse as well, but the water is a little too choppy for SUPs. Kayaking is available, though, as are trails for biking, running, in-line skating or a casual walk

to take in a sunset. While you’re there, take a selfie at the Insta- worthy lighthouse on the east side of the lake (make sure to use #SeeOKC ). The lake features sailing and kitesurfing, as well as one of the state’s largest public golf courses. Speaking of golf, OKC boasts five public golf courses with varying degrees of difficulty. They are distributed throughout the city, so finding one near where you’re staying is easy. Lincoln Park has two courses that will challenge you, and Trosper Golf Club is notably the fastest playing course in OKC. If skateboarding or BMX is more your thing, the metro features three skate parks, including Mat Hoffman Action Sports Park , with an 11-foot half pipe, a 10-foot over-vert pocket, a street course and bowl course. Bring your own safety gear; it’s required. For the serious biker or runner, Oklahoma City has a network of 10 interconnected trails that lead to nearly every part of the city, a total of 80 miles of non-motorized trails. An interactive map is available at okc.gov to help you plan your outing.

Scissortail Park is OKC’s newest urban park. The 36- acre Upper Park offers a variety of engaging experiences, including ornamental gardens and woodlands, a 3.7-acre lake with pedal boats, canoes and kayaks, a children’s playground and interactive sprayground, seasonal roller rink, dog park, picnic grove, restaurant, performance stage and great lawn. The Lower Park extends the core of downtown to the shore of the Oklahoma River making the entire park a 70-acre urban oasis. Lower Park’s focus is on athletic events and pickup sports, with a soccer field, sports pavilion, pickleball courts, futsal court and basketball courts. The Myriad Gardens , our 17-acre public park in downtown, is home to beautiful plants from all over the world, plus seasonal water features, Mo’s Carousel, mixed media art and outdoor fun for all ages. Year-round programming includes a

wide variety of local and regional musical acts, yoga, Zumba and a wide variety of workshops and tours. Inside the Crystal Bridge Conservatory , which is at the center of the garden, is a reflecting pool, plant collections, terraces and a waterfall feature. Wheeler Park , on the southern bank of the Oklahoma River, is known for its iconic Ferris wheel, but is also a great place to hang out, have a picnic, kick back in a hammock or grab some food from one of the frequent food trucks that show up. Will Rogers Park & Gardens is a year-round favorite for gardeners and horticulturalists alike. Located in one of the city’s oldest parks, the 30-acre garden houses a formal rose garden, conservatory, color garden with seasonal blossoms, arboretum and exhibition center.

2. What year did the NBA’s Thunder make OKC their home?

See page 80 for answer.

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Tail Waggin’ Fun You aren’t the only one who can enjoy a day or night out. Bring your fur baby along for some pup-approved fun. myriad gardens


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Looking to take man’s best friend on a tail-wagging adventure? Bar K has you covered. This bar and dog park combo has plenty of space to play, as well as a wide selection of curated food and drink items for both you and your dog to enjoy. SOLO’S PARK & PUB Solo’s Park and Pub leads the pack as Oklahoma’s first full-service bar, restaurant and dog park. Enjoy a drink while Fido interacts with his furry friends in the chaperoned dog areas. If your pup can’t get enough of Solo’s, consider utilizing their doggy daycare services. PICASSO CAFÉ Located in the heart of Oklahoma City’s Paseo Arts District, Picasso Café is a fan favorite. This artsy restaurant deserves a round of a-paws for their “Doggie Dining” menu, complete with ground beef stew, chicken risotto and vanilla ice cream. THE GROVE BAR All the cool pups hang out at The Grove Bar. This dog-friendly patio is the hub for weekly social events, including Taco Tuesday. The energetic atmosphere is complete with live music and late- night karaoke sessions where you and Fido can howl the night away. SPARK What’s better than a burger and fries after a long day of playing fetch at Scissortail Park? Check out their specialty pup cup – a portion of vanilla custard topped with whipped cream, and of course, a milk bone. CLICK HERE FOR DOG-FRIENDLY HOTELS, BREWERIES AND MORE AT VISITOKC.COM

This 70-acre urban oasis in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City has extensive walking trails and even a full dog park that is sure to help your pet get some energy out. MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS If you’re looking for another scenic area to take your pup on a walk, you won’t have to go too far. Myriad Gardens, a gorgeous botanical garden in Downtown OKC, has a calm outdoor walking trail that circles around a sunken lake in the middle of the property. Myriad Gardens also features its own dog park, meaning your pet can enjoy double the fun! MIDTOWN MUTTS DOG PARK If you find yourself in the Midtown District, head over to Midtown Mutts Dog Park for a quick game of fetch. This dog park has a strong community of dog owners who regularly visit, meaning your pup is sure to find some well- mannered friends to play with. DEEP DEUCE DOG PARK Another great off-leash option is Deep Deuce Dog Park which is an easy walk if you’re staying in City Center, Deep Deuce or the Bricktown

Entertainment District. PLAZA DISTRICT

With wide sidewalks and a variety of pet-friendly patios, the Plaza District is the perfect spot for a day date with Fido. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Plaza Walls and grab an unforgettable family photo with your four-legged friend.

3. In what district are cattle auctions held every Monday?

See page 80 for answer.

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FAN ZONE If you’re a sports fan, Oklahoma City is the place for you. Between basketball, paddlesports, diamond sports and a handful of other fun teams to follow, there are so many impressive athletes carving out a career in the Modern Frontier. THE OKC BASEBALL CLUB Triple-A affiliate of the L.A. Dodgers and former home of multiple MLB all-stars celebrate opening day in April. With approximately 70 home games each season, there are plenty of opportunities to catch the team in action at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The OKC Baseball Club hosts a season full of specialty nights, plus group or single ticket packages. The Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark also houses the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, which honors outstanding Oklahoma athletes.




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OKC THUNDER BASKETBALL Oklahoma City’s passionate commitment to the Thunder is well publicized. Since their inaugural 2008-09 season, the team has made the playoffs regularly, produced multiple MVP award winners and brought NBA Championship games to the Modern Frontier. The Thunder play at the Paycom Center, located in the heart of downtown, where Thunder gear is readily available in the team shop pre-game, as well as Monday through Saturday. Known as “Loud City,” the Paycom Center was, at one point, sold out for 350 consecutive Thunder games. In addition to its lively environment, Paycom Center is ranked as the second-best stadium for food in the entire NBA. After making the postseason in 2023, the Thunder are poised to take another step forward this year. Get your tickets now, because you won’t want to miss a game.

USA SOFTBALL OKC is proud to be the home of USA Softball, the nation’s governing body of softball, and the USA Softball Hall of Fame. The NCAA Women’s College World Series is played in Oklahoma City every June. The annual event, hosted at Hall of Fame Stadium, brings thousands of visitors, fans and athletes to the city for nine days of fast-paced championship softball. This is a top-notch, family-friendly sporting event that draws national media and fans from across the country to its festival atmosphere and incredible athletic competition.

NCAA’S Women’s College World Series

4. What famous phrase is associated with OKC resident and internet sensation Sweet Brown? See page 80 for answer.

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RIVERSPORT An official U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Site and home of the OKC National High Performance Center for rowing, canoeing and kayaking, Riversport allows fans to be a spectator at events throughout the year, such as the Stars and Stripes River Festival in June and the Oklahoma Regatta Festival in October. Riversport also hosts the Swiftwater Conference & Championship, a national competition and training event for first responders, plus the USRowing RowFest Summer Championships which is slated for July 2024.

SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT While these teams reflect the most popular spectator sports in OKC, Oklahoma City residents show up for one another in every arena. For those looking to find a new hobby or try something a little different, be sure to check out the OKC Spark (Women’s Pro Fastpitch Softball), Oklahoma Freedom (Pro Bull Riding), the OKC Lady Force (women’s professional football) and the Oklahoma Warriors (NAHL hockey). Also home to more national and international equine championship events than any other city in the world, OKC has earned the title “Horse Show Capital of the World.” These events, including the NRHA Futurity and AQHA World Championships, begin late summer and run through the end of the year.

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5. What Christmas song, sung by a 10-year-old OKC girl, helped the OKC Zoo get its first hippo? See page 80 for answer.

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Oklahoma City spans 621 square miles, making it the 8th largest city per square mile in the U.S. But you don’t have to worry about getting lost in the expanse. Our districts offer a glimpse of life like a local, with eclectic architecture, tons of diverse dining and entertainment influenced by each district’s personality and history.


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39TH STREET DISTRICT Located on 39th Street west of Pennsylvania and stretching to Youngs, this area is part of

historic Route 66 and in the 1970s became known as The Strip, of which it is still affectionately known. Today, it’s home to 45 locally owned businesses, thriving LGBTQIA+ nightlife and annual OKC Pride festivities. OKC’s premier LGBTQIA+ and ally resort since 1968 – Hotel Habana – has changed its name to the District Hotel and has undergone exciting renovations. From Sunday brunch to glitzy nightclubs, there’s something happening every day of the week.

ADVENTURE DISTRICT Located in northeast OKC at the crossroads of I-35 and I-44, the Adventure District is home to

many can’t-miss museums and attractions. You’ll find plenty of ways to entertain the whole family, plus indoor and outdoor experiences that pack year-round fun. You won’t believe how many different types of activities you’ll find all within a two-mile radius.

ASIAN DISTRICT Local foodies know that OKC’s Asian District is home to incredible food and

cultural experiences. An influx of Vietnamese immigrants in the 1970s created a hub now known for its Asian fusion cuisine. Here you’ll find some of the best Asian restaurants, including authentic Vietnamese food that rivals any found this side of the Pacific. This district also hosts popular food tours and festivals.

AUTOMOBILE ALLEY Located north of downtown along Broadway Avenue, Automobile Alley was originally home

to the city’s car dealerships, a fact that is immortalized in the vintage neon signs that still hang from its original buildings. The past and present combine to make this district effortlessly cool with great shopping, dining, modern art museums and nightlife options.

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BOATHOUSE DISTRICT Whether you want to train like an Olympian

or just have some fun, the Boathouse District along the Oklahoma River is specifically designed for outdoor recreation. It’s the official U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site for rowing and canoe/kayak, but it also has an ever-growing list of other activities for visitors and hosts numerous regattas and waterfront events throughout the year.

BRICKTOWN Just a short walk or streetcar ride from downtown hotels, event venues and attractions,

this former warehouse district is filled with restaurants, nightlife and family friendly entertainment options. From taking a water taxi ride along the Bricktown Canal to catching an Oklahoma City Dodgers baseball game, Bricktown is a well-established entertainment district with a variety of hotel options easily accessible to all kinds of fun.

CHISHOLM CREEK This mixed-use development has no shortage of dining, entertainment and shopping to

enjoy. Located on W. Memorial Road between Pennsylvania Ave. and Western Ave., Chisholm Creek features distinctive activities such as Top Golf and iFly, outdoor outfitting retailer Cabela’s, a high-end hotel, event space and a unique collection of restaurants and retailers — all connected pedestrian trails and expansive green spaces.

CITY CENTER Marked by the skyscrapers that form Oklahoma City’s skyline, City Center includes the hustle

and bustle of downtown mixed with several must-see urban destinations such as the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum and OKC Museum of Art. Discover everything from urban parks to public art, splurge-worthy dining and even unexpected places like the Underground, a network of tunnels that connects a large part of this district while housing restaurants, businesses and art installations.

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DEEP DEUCE Located just north of Bricktown, this district was the heart of OKC’s African-American

neighborhood in the 1920s and 30s, and during that time, the district was known for its incredible jazz music. Music legends Jimmy Rushing and Charlie Christian called Deep Deuce home, as did Ralph Ellison, the author of Invisible Man. Today you’ll find hip cocktail lounges, a great dog park and dining options ranging from upscale tasting menus to creative takes on comfort food. Deep Deuce is also home to ARTSPACE at Untitled, which is a hub for community engagement through the contemporary arts.

MIDTOWN Midtown’s mix of local restaurants, neighborhood pubs, unique shops and historic

homes make it a great place to experience the best of OKC’s urban renaissance. This walkable district is buzzing at all times of day. Nightlife options range from retro-chic cocktail lounges to upbeat beer halls, including one with a bowling alley. Indie boutiques sell trendy clothing and designer home decor.

PASEO ARTS DISTRICT Known for its eclectic art galleries (many attached to working artists’ studios) and

shops, as well as distinctive Spanish Revival architecture, the Paseo Arts District has a bohemian vibe that will instantly charm you. Situated around a curvy, tree-lined street, visitors love exploring the more than 20 galleries, plus shops, bars and equally creative thriving food scene all by foot.

PLAZA DISTRICT If you’re the sort that likes to check out the hip and happening, you’ll find it in the Plaza

District; an enclave of locally owned shops, rotating murals, neighborhood bars, fun-and-funky restaurants, plus the quirkiest mix of patrons and proprietors that unabashedly display their love for individuality and for the city. This district is also anchored by the nationally renowned Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma.

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STOCKYARDS CITY Home to a number of shops specializing in all things Western, you can outfit an entire ranch

(cattle included) or just find a new pair of boots and enjoy a great steak in Stockyards City. It’s home to the Oklahoma National Stockyards, the world’s largest feeder and stocker cattle market, where live cattle auctions take place every Monday and Tuesday and are open to the public.

UPTOWN 23RD Home to one of the newest neighborhood revitalizations in OKC, the Uptown 23rd

District blends modern amenities with historic charm. Uptown is located along historic Route 66 with many iconic landmarks such as the Tower Theatre, Gold Dome and Oklahoma City University’s gothic towers. Locals love this district’s ever-growing list of restaurants, boutiques, diverse live music scene, street art and more.

WESTERN AVENUE From upscale to accessible, contemporary to antique, the Western Avenue District has

a little bit of everything. You’ll find local dives where making friends comes easily, chic shops along Classen Curve and one- of-a-kind food and wares that give you a taste of OKC’s local flavor in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

WEST VILLAGE Equal parts historic and revitalized, West Village District – including Film Row – is home to

many of OKC’s marquee venues for visual and performing arts, as well as a mix of artistic businesses, locally owned restaurants, street art and galleries, plus swoon-worthy art deco architecture details throughout the district.

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ON THE RISE OKC enjoys several other noteworthy neighborhoods that are undergoing revitalization and development. These locally loved areas may offer just the experience you’re looking to explore.


Fiestas de las Americas, HISTORIC CAPITOL HILL

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BRITTON DISTRICT The Britton District is one of OKC’s latest areas being revived by a group of business

owners and passionate neighbors working to preserve a stretch of Britton Road along historic Route 66. This area boasts vibrant murals, vintage boutiques and live music. Not to mention tasty eats ranging from locally brewed coffee, beer and even a distillery to Southwest cuisine and more.

EAST END DISTRICT The East End District is in northeast OKC along NE 23rd Street and is experiencing vibrant redevelopment using a community-based approach to ethically preserve African American art and culture. The East End District’s food scene continues to expand its offerings, anchored by the state’s first James Beard Awardee, Florence’s Restaurant, along with bars and restaurants including Polk House, Carican Flavors, Eastside Pizza, Kindred Spirits and Scrambl’d. Visitors can also enjoy street festivals like Juneteenth on the East and Homecoming Weekend, plus a variety of retail offerings. Spiked Coffee and Belle’s Books host community events and activities including poetry nights and book releases. The Hamlin Hotel, a new 77-room boutique hotel, is slated to open in Spring 2025.

HISTORIC CAPITOL HILL This business district, which was established prior to Oklahoma statehood, offers a glimpse

back in time with historic buildings and classic facades from the early 1900s. Located just south of downtown on SW 25th St. between Walker and Broadway, the area is also called Calle dos Cinco and is an enclave for the city’s Hispanic and Latino population. The district is home to dining, local shopping and the award-winning festival, Fiestas de las Americas. Several revitalization projects are underway, including construction of a new Festival Plaza for community and cultural celebrations.

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HORIZONS DISTRICT Horizons District is OKC’s newest district located southeast of Bricktown along the Oklahoma River just east of I-35 and south of I-40. This cultural and entertainment district is home to the First Americans Museum and the much-anticipated OKANA Resort & Indoor Waterpark, slated to open in Spring 2025. While this district is just starting to emerge, visitors can expect memorable experiences through moments of connection: to each other, to our diverse histories, to fresh perspectives and cultural insights and to our environment.

WHEELER DISTRICT This burgeoning area of OKC is located on the south bank of the Oklahoma River

just west of Western Ave. Its main attraction is the historic Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel (purchased on eBay in 2008), but Wheeler Riverfront Plaza also offers hammocks, games, concessions and green space. Food trucks, a brewery, restaurants, a seasonal farmers market, cycling events and a summer music series have quickly helped make this urban neighborhood a happening hotspot.

6. What is the oldest restaurant in OKC?

See page 80 for answer.


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All About that Brunch Brunch is the best meal. Why? It can be anything you want, from waffles to burgers, it’s never rushed and you can dress up and

go fancy…or roll into a lowkey booth with bed head. A glass of bubbly or a cinnamon roll the size of your head? Yes. Great big pile of bacon and a double espresso? Yes. Brunch is leisurely, lazy, decadent and easy. And in Oklahoma City, we pride ourselves on our terrific array of brunch spots!

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PLANT BASED Red Cup. Since 1995, The Red Cup on North Classen has been serving up vegetarian goodness in the form of breakfast, lunch and brunch. You won’t find any cocktails here, but you will find an artsy scene with indoor and outdoor seating, a friendly rooster and crazy-good food. We love the Vagabond: potatoes, broccoli, onion, peppers, tomatoes, tofu scramble and cashew cheese sauce. Picasso Cafe. With a robust vegan and vegetarian menu, lots of meaty menu items, great coffee, top-notch cocktails, excellent mocktails and a ‘Doggie Dining’ menu for your fur babies, Picasso Café checks all the boxes. After brunch, stroll the Paseo and do a little window (or actual) shopping. Plant. Vegans rejoice! Everything at Plant is gluten-free, dairy- free, soy-free and peanut-free. Oh, and meat-free. And delicious. Oh, and you can show up in your yoga pants! The avocado and kimchi toast keeps us coming back. Like everyone else in OKC, we’re also partial to the perfect banana pancakes, topped with excellent maple syrup and a dollop of almond butter. Plus, the

the Cowgirl Benedict

THE CLASSICS Cheevers. Crème brulée French toast anyone? How about a Cowgirl Benedict – that’s chicken fried steak, fried egg, red chile hollandaise and avocado – alongside a uniquely crafted weekly ‘Brunch Punch’ cocktail and a lovely cup of coffee, followed by banana bread with maple-cinnamon butter…followed by a nap! Flip’s. Anchoring the corner of NW Grand and N. Western Ave since 1985, Flip’s is the kind of place you’ll want to bring a date and your Sunday paper, the novel you’re reading or a crossword so you can soak in the full experience. A well-honed ‘Red Sauce Joint’ by night, Sunday brunch at Flip’s is all about the gorgeous French toast, well-poured Mimosas and crisp-perfect bacon. La Baguette. N. May Avenue is home to the Buthion brothers’ 30+ year old bistro, inspired by their father’s boucherie in the South of France. Brunch at La Baguette is perhaps not as casual as some other spots but its Omelette Royale – Boursin cheese, smoked salmon, onions and asparagus – is well worth running a comb through your hair and pulling on some non-sweatpants. The Chalkboard Kitchen + Bar Oklahoma City . In the space that formally held Cafe Cuvee comes iconic eatery, The Chalkboard Kitchen + Bar. Although new to OKC, this concept is well vetted and well placed in Midtown at the Ambassador Hotel. Indulge in the legacy with favorites like Chalkboard Wellington, Lamb Lollipops and Bread Pudding. Experience the approachable menu daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.

cocktails and mocktails here are on point. GIVE ME ALL THE PASTRIES

Kitchen No. 324. Three words: Maple French Cruller. Three more: Mixed Berry Danish. For you savory peeps out there, the Smoked Cheddar Jack Sausage Roll is definitely worth getting out of bed for. It’s all house-made and there’s so much more. Pancakes the size of your head! Open-faced toast with gruyere, eggs and bechamel.

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First Americans Museum. For a hearty brunch, the Thirty Nine bison burger is a treat – garlic sage aioli, red Roma tomatoes, baby arugula and squash pickles on toasted brioche. McClintock Saloon and Chophouse. When you just need a huge, HUGE delicious meal, ‘The Cattle Baron’ platter at McClintock will treat you right. It’s top sirloin served with two eggs, bacon, biscuits and gravy and home fries. Did you smile just reading that? Head down to the Stockyards this weekend and see what we mean. Cattlemen’s Steakhouse. You won’t find an official brunch menu on the website, maybe because brunch wasn’t a thing when Cattlemen’s was founded in 1910, but rest assured there’s a robust breakfast menu and an equally well-appointed lunch menu, plus coffee and cocktails so…from where we stand that’s as Café Kacao Cocina Latina. You can’t talk about the OKC brunch scene without the multi-award-winning delights waiting for you at Café Kacao. If you’ve never had fried plantains as a brunch side, friends, you are in for a treat. Start with a horchata latte or kick it up a notch with a horchata rum latte! Next, go for the Cuban omelet, filled with jack cheese, whole black beans and topped with mojo shredded beef and onions, or go classic with a huge plate of chilaquiles. You literally cannot go wrong. Jimmy’s Egg. An Oklahoma original if ever there was one, there are locations dotting Oklahoma City, so you’re never far from a great brunch. Jimmy’s Egg has been making mornings bright for more than 35 years. Try a classic like corned beef hash and eggs or go a little crazy and enjoy a stack of cinnamon roll pancakes. Waffle Champion. The wait is worth it. Don’t despair if you roll up to Waffle Champion and see a line, it moves fast and the hot chicken waffle sandwich is such a perfect amalgam of sweet, savory and heat, it will make you forget your name. good as brunch! LEGENDARY

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The Harvey Bakery & Kitchen. A relative newcomer in the OKC brunch scene, Harvey Bakery & Kitchen has become an instant classic. Cheddar, gruyere and green onion scones, classic chocolate croissants, vanilla bean brownies and a daily bread schedule so you can take a loaf home with you. Plenty of gluten-free and vegan options; also plenty of meaty delights like the croque monsieur – ham, provolone, Dijon and bechamel on sourdough. QUINTESSENTIAL OKLAHOMA STYLE Thirty Nine. Named for the 39 tribal nations in the state, Thirty Nine is modern indigenous cuisine, beautifully crafted from ingredients sourced from First American-owned and local farms in Oklahoma. You’ll find Thirty Nine within the stunning

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bison burger

7. What hotel along Route 66 in OKC was the first gay hotel and a pioneer on a national scale? See page 80 for answer.

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NATIONALLY ACCLAIMED DINING Chef Andrew Black received a James Beard Award (Best Chef Southwest) in 2023 for his tasting menu concept Grey Sweater. The prestigious award was the second for an Oklahoma City restaurateur; Florence Jones won an American Classics Award from the James Beard Foundation in 2022 for her Soul and Southern food institution on Oklahoma City’s northeast side, Florence’s Restaurant. While locals have long known how exceptional our city’s food scene is, over the past few years national media have also discovered the excellence and diversity of our culinary landscape. CLICK HERE FOR MORE OKC ODINING AT VISITOKC.COM!

Frida Southwest. Known locally for their overall excellence, this Paseo Arts District concept received a James Beard Award nomination for Best Bar Program, largely thanks to the impeccable palate of operating partner Kim Dansereau. Chefs Quinn Carroll and Rachel Porter deliver a remarkable one-two punch of appetizers, entrees, brunch and desserts. Porter is easily one of the best pastry chefs in the state, and Carroll is one of the brightest young stars in the OKC food scene. Dansereau has built the city’s most popular wine list, and her ability to hire stellar, creative bartenders means that every aspect of Frida – from first cocktail to dessert – is a lovely dining experience, especially if the weather is right for their gorgeous patio. Grey Sweater. Chef-owner Andrew Black likes to talk about his fine dining, tasting menu concept Grey Sweater as a place that has no particular loyalty to “how things should be done.” Instead, he and executive sous Chef Dylan Morgan source products from all over the world to create what can only be seen as a culinary adventure. The beautiful surroundings – including stunning lighting from the London underground – contribute to the feeling that you’re in a place designed for discovery and delight. From roast squab to beautifully prepared turnips to bison or scallops, caviar and wine, the menu is eclectic, delicious and presented in gorgeous tableaus. Ma Der Lao Kitchen. Chef-owner Jeff Chanchaleune was a semi- finalist for Best Chef Southwest in the same class as Chef Andrew Black. It was the Lao chef ’s second nomination for the honor, and the closest he’s come to winning. The nomination seemed certain after Chanchaleune’s traditional Lao concept was included on Bon Appétit’s 50 Best New Restaurants for 2022 and the New

Florence’s Restaurant. The daughter of sharecroppers from Boley, Oklahoma has operated her eponymously named restaurant since founding it in 1952, when she was 22 years-old. Known for their yammed fried chicken, turkey neck bones, chicken and dumplings and pear pie, the concept has been a destination for decades, both for residents of the northeast side and legislators from the nearby Capitol. Florence’s daughter Victoria Jones oversees operations these days, but you can still spy Florence in the kitchen occasionally.

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nonesuch. Back in 2018, the Midtown tasting menu concept nonesuch received an amazing accolade: Bon Appétit’s Best New Restaurant in America. Nonesuch focuses on locally sourced ingredients to create brilliant, balanced tastes that feature the best of Oklahoma, including foraged ingredients and proteins from local ranchers. If it doesn’t grow or live in Oklahoma, it doesn’t go on the menu, and that guarantees freshness, accountability and a worthy homage to our state’s agricultural workers.

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York Times’ annual The Restaurant List, a compilation of their 50 favorites from around the country. Chanchaleune has managed to translate rustic, traditional Lao cuisine for Oklahoma City diners, including crispy rice salad (nam khao), Lao sausage (sai oua), spicy, delicious pepper sauce (jaew bong), some of the city’s best fried chicken and what the locals call “beef jerky.” As an added bonus, Chanchaleune’s sister Jeslyn helms one of the city’s best bars, with brilliantly crafted, Asian-inspired cocktails to pair with the cuisine.

Sedalia’s Oyster & Seafood. For the second year in a row, Oklahoma City has a restaurant on Bon Appétit magazine’s The Best New Restaurants list, a prestigious selection of the best new restaurants in the country. This time it’s a California-fresh seafood meets traditional Bolivian cuisine joint on N. May near NW 10th. Owner-operators Chef Zack and Silvana Walters chose the unlikely location after returning to OKC during the COVID shutdown. He was a successful Los Angeles chef-owner, and she had built a reputation as an excellent front-of-house manager at a handful of Michelin Star restaurants in New York City and L.A. Chef Zack’s family has owned a playground equipment company for more than fifty years, and it was one of their buildings that the Walters retrofitted to be a small restaurant with brilliant seafood, like raw and roasted oysters, a variety of crudos and conservas, anticuchos and a life-changing loaf of focaccia. The menu changes every week, depending on availability; he refuses to serve anything but the freshest seafood, and the commitment pays off when you taste the octopus anticucho, hamachi crudo or raw scallops, to say nothing of the remarkable oyster selection each week. The wine and cocktail list are necessarily small given the size of the building, but the Walters both have stellar palates, meaning you’re getting a sampling of the best wine and spirits available in the state.


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