Things to do in Oklahoma City
For Thanksgiving this year, we found ourselves with plenty of things to do in Oklahoma City. It was very difficult to narrow the list down to 5 things. All of these take place in the downtown/bricktown area. So if you can’t get a cheap car rental, you could walk or Uber the whole time. Some of the items on the list have subcategories, oh well, here goes:
1. Take in a game: Oklahoma City is home to the NBA Thunder. We scored free tickets from friends, but there were lots of open seats during Thanksgiving week. It made me think it wouldn’t have been difficult to buy tickets. My boys were so excited to see Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook in action. They did not disappoint. If basketball season is over, there’s always baseball. Oklahoma City is home to the minor league Dodgers. With a great stadium in the heart of bricktown, it would make for a great summer evening activity.
2. Get Active: Since it was a little cold, we decided to rockclimb at Rocktown Gym. It’s considered one of the top ten climbing gyms in the nation. Located in old grain silos just south of bricktown, with over 65 routes, it didn’t disappoint. In the summer, OKC Riversport is a great choice for ziplining, stand up paddle boards, kayaking, a sky trail and more. When the whitewater center opens next year, you won’t be able to drag kids away from that area. And if you get tired of walking, Oklahoma City even has a bike sharing program called Spokies. You can cruise downtown in style and turn your bikes in at a conveniently located station.
3. Take in Bricktown: Oklahoma City’s Bricktown reminds me a lot of San Antonio’s river walk. But most of the buildings are converted old brick warehouse buildings, that give it a hipster vibe. Bricktown has a canal complete with boat rides too. The main draw here are the restaurants. Cajun, authentic mexican, steak houses, and local breweries are just a few of the choices. There isn’t much retail in the area (except a large movie theatre), but the boys were in heaven at Pinkitzel. Just the cutest little cupcake and candy store you ever did see.
4. Visit the Memorial: The Oklahoma City Nat’l Memorial and Museum is a must see. There are 2 parts, the museum and the outside memorial. The privately funded memorial is extremely well done. My boys got more our of our visit there, than they did to the 9/11 memorial museum. The museum is presented like a time line in chronological order, which made everything easier to understand. Even if you think the museum might be too much for your child, the outside memorial is a thoughtful tribute as well. The empty chairs representing the victims is sobering, but the survivor tree helps you leave with a sense of hope. Even if you only have time to stop by at night, the chairs are lit up from underneath and are truly beautiful.
5. Stroll through the Myriad Botanical Gardens: With lots of beautiful space for little ones to get their wiggles out, this place is a must do. There is even an extensive playground that my tween boys even enjoyed. The centerpiece is a tropical conservatory dubbed “the crystal bridge”. It provides a warm place to go even in the winter. Be sure to check online for seasonal activities. By Thanksgiving they already had an ice skating rink set up at the edge of the garden property. What fun!!
Whew. That’s a lot of stuff to do in just the downtown/bricktown area of Oklahoma City alone. After all of that activity, you’ll definitely need to fuel up. Join me next week when I introduce you to some of the great eats in OKC!!
Note: None of this trip was sponsored. We paid for everything ourselves and as always, all opinions are my own. Our free tickets to the NBA game were the courtesy of friends. You know who you are:)