Whether you’re visiting OKC for the first time or it’s a regular stop on your travel itinerary, there are endless opportunities for tourists and locals alike. Oklahoma City is quickly becoming a top art, culture, and dining destination in the U.S. In fact, it recently earned a spot on Travel & Leisure’s Best Places to Travel list. Ready to explore this gem of a city? Here are some ideas to get started.
What to Do
If you’re looking for lodging with some extra excitement, don’t miss the Skirvin hotel, which is said to be haunted. Many visitors claim to see the ghost of a young maid who jumped to her death nearly 100 years ago. Ghosts or not, the Skirvin is full of history. The building earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Hotels and is conveniently located in the heart of downtown OKC. And don’t miss the hotel’s Red Piano bar for lively music and drinks.
Want to stretch your legs while you sightsee? Head to Bricktown. This former warehouse district is located in the heart of Downtown OKC and now boasts endless entertainment options, funky restaurants, and a mile long canal that connects the neighborhood to the Oklahoma River.
If the weather cooperates, plan an outing to Scissortail Park, which stretches from the downtown core to the banks of the Oklahoma River. This 40-acre park (with a 30-acre expansion slated for 2022), offers plenty of things to do. Catch a concert on the lawn, take a walk through the gardens, pack a picnic, or rent a kayak from the boathouse.
You’ll have your pick of museums in this cultural destination.
One of the hottest exhibits right now is Factory Obscura's Mix-Tape. This 6,000 square-foot interactive exhibit is an immersive art experience focused on mixtapes (remember those?).
To see one of the world’s biggest collections of Chihuly glass, head to the OKC Museum of Art. Or if you prefer the natural world, don’t miss the Oklahoma City Botanical Gardens. The space boasts a breathtaking indoor tropical conservatory as well as outdoor gardens for exploring and plenty of programs and events.
A visit to Oklahoma City isn’t complete without a stop at the National Memorial and Museum. This space memorializes the tragic 1995 bombing and pays tribute to those who lost their lives and those who survived. The museum and memorial are a good way to experience a few hours of quiet reflection.
What to Eat
Named one of Open Table’s 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America, Vast is located on the 49th and 50th floors of Devon Energy Center. This upscale American restaurant is perched more than 700 feet above the city and offers outstanding views as well as locally sourced foods and unique cocktails.
Looking to tuck into some comfort food? Cheever’s Cafe is one of the highest rated restaurants in OKC and offers everything from inventive vegetarian dishes to comfort food classics. The strudel and shrimp and grits are perennial favorites!
For some of the best pizza in town, head to the 90s inspired pizzeria, Empire Slice. Your only problem will be deciding what to get! With options like Figgy Stardust (featuring pesto, marinated mozzarella, roasted chicken, baked ham, & figs!), the Doug E. Fresh, and Hamburglar, you might have to order one of each.
When you need a pick-me-up, OKC has plenty of coffee shops to choose from. Coffee Slingers, located in historic Automobile Alley, is focused on fair trade and responsible coffee sourcing. Whether you prefer a single origin espresso or a caffeine-free golden milk latte, this roasting company has you covered.
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