Oklahoma City is filled with attractions and activities that appeal to all ages and interests. The city’s recreation and entertainment destinations are so diverse and numerous, the local government has divided them into “districts” to make exploring easier and more enjoyable.
If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind experiences with the family, the Adventure District is for you. Created in 2000, the Adventure District is located at the junction of I-35 and I-44 and features some of the most popular attractions in OKC, including:
- National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
- Oklahoma Firefighters Museum
- USA National Softball Hall of Fame Complex
- Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden
- Science Museum Oklahoma
This up-and-coming destination is located just outside the Central Business District at the heart of Downtown OKC. It includes Film Row, an area that once hosted offices of the biggest Hollywood film studios and distributors. The Arts District is now home to art-related businesses and excellent local restaurants. The attractions here include:
The influx of Vietnamese immigrants in the 1970s has led to the rise of the Asian District. Located between Oklahoma City University and the Paseo Arts District, the Asian District is where you’ll find some of the best and most authentic Vietnamese food in America, as well as a host of other Asian cuisines. It is also home to the newly-dedicated Vietnam War monument.
Found along Broadway Avenue north of Downtown OKC, Automobile Alley was once home to the city’s car dealerships. It’s presently listed on the National Historic Register of neighborhoods, and the buildings that once was auto businesses now host some the city’s best dining, nightlife, and shopping destinations.
The Boathouse District is a waterfront recreation destination found along the Oklahoma River in Downtown OKC. It’s home to Riversport Adventure Parks where you can enjoy a host of activities on water and on land, including stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, running, and cycling. The SandRidge Sky Trail offers zip lining, free falling, and other extreme adventures from 80 feet up. The boathouses in the district also serve as venues for events and the base for the city’s rowing teams.
Located just east of Downtown OKC’s business district, Bricktown is the city’s main entertainment hub. Locals and visitors come here to enjoy fantastic shopping, dining, and nightlife housed in historic brick buildings that served as warehouses in the late 1800s and early 1900s. You’ll also find museums, galleries, parks, and family-friendly entertainment centers. The mile-long Bricktown Canal features water taxis that take visitors around the area.
Just a few blocks north of Bricktown is Deep Deuce, a historic neighborhood that served as the center for African-American culture and jazz music in the 1920s and 30s. It was home to music legends Jimmie Rushing and Charlie Christian, as well as Invisible Man author, Ralph Ellison. Today, Deep Deuce is a well-known urban housing location that boasts amazing nightspots, restaurants, and shops.
Found just north of the business district, Midtown connects the downtown area with the city’s historic neighborhoods. Recent revitalization has made Midtown a go-to place for fantastic shopping and dining, blending historic elements with a youthful vibe.
Paseo Arts District
This area located north of Downtown OKC was developed in 1929 as the city’s first shopping district but gradually transformed into a community of artists and musicians. The Spanish Revival buildings here now house art galleries, usually with attached artists’ studios, as well as restaurants, bars, and shops. Paseo Arts District’s bohemian vibe and central location have made it a favorite hangout of locals and tourists.
Located on 16th Street, Plaza District is OKC’s hip and happening neighborhood hub. It features an eclectic array of shops, restaurants, and bars, as well as art galleries, creative services, and entertainment venues. Also found here is the historic Plaza Theater, the home of Lyric Theatre, Oklahoma’s top professional theater company.
This historic neighborhood boasts the world’s biggest and oldest cattle market, where public live cattle auctions are held every Monday. Stockyards City has everything you need to relive the Western lifestyle, including cowboy boots, hats, and other gear. It’s also home to the famous Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, OKC’s oldest continuing restaurant. Every Saturday night, The Rodeo Opry stages country and gospel music performances by top local and national acts.
The Western Avenue District stretches from NW 30th to Wilshire Boulevard along its namesake thoroughfare. It’s home to an eclectic array of shops, restaurants, and bars, ranging from upscale establishments to casual and affordable spots – one reason this area is highly popular to locals and tourists.
Located along historic Route 66, Uptown 23rd District features many of the city’s historic landmarks, including Gold Dome, the Tower Theater, Milk Bottle Grocery, and Oklahoma City University. The district also features a number of popular shops, bars, and restaurants.
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