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Bricktown Entertainment District is a haven for diners and shoppers.

First-time visitors can get a glimpse of Oklahoma City’s teeming nightlife, dining and entertainment options with a quick trip to Bricktown. This downtown district contains crucial pieces of Oklahoma City history, told through the visual art hidden along its winding pathways. Through several stages of renovations, Bricktown continues to progress from its origins as a warehouse and distribution district. With the help of the Metropolitan Area Projects Initiative, Bricktown now contains major sports teams, fine dining options, water taxi tours and concert arenas. So, park your car and take a walk along the canal to see some of the largest draws in the ever-expanding Bricktown Entertainment District

Water Taxi of Oklahoma

Introduce yourself to downtown Oklahoma City with a relaxing Water Taxi of Oklahoma ride along the Bricktown Canal. As you pass by well-known dining spots on either side of the canal, your tour guide will share tidbits of historical facts about their origins. Be sure to look out for integral pieces of art strewn along the walkways, as well. By the end of your 40-minute scenic tour of Bricktown, you’ll be better acquainted with downtown history, from its early days as a warehouse district to today’s entertainment haven. This one-mile canal ride is the perfect way to dip your toes into the waters of Oklahoma’s capitol city.

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World

Venture through the woods without leaving the metro with a trip to Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Bricktown. Push past the turnstile entrance separating you from all the outdoor recreation and camping equipment housed within this 110,000 sq ft store. Take a seat on one of the indoor showroom boats, or choose the perfect hunting attire in the apparel section. You can also try your hand at shooting down game at the laser arcade or taking aim at the archery range before making your final selection of fishing rods, tents, hiking boots and more. Guests can also stock up on tasty sweets and flavored popcorn for on-the-go refreshments.

Centennial Land Run Monument

Created in commemoration of the Land Run of 1889, the Centennial Land Run Monument displays the chaotic scene when Oklahoma Territory’s Unassigned Land opened for settling. Bronze statues are periodically added to the fleet of horses, riders, families, pets and belongings dotting the Bricktown Canal walkway. When the sculpture-in-progress is completed, this monument will feature 45 bronze figures.  Snap a photo from your water taxi tour, or take a picture in front of the wagon wheels and larger-than-life horse hoofs while taking in a bit of Oklahoma history.

Climb UP & This Land Mural

Rock climbers of all skill levels have the chance to hit the wall routes at Climb UP in the Bricktown silos. Enroll in new climber orientation and belay training class, or bring your own chalk bag, harness and shoes for a day spent reaching new heights. Beginners may prefer sticking to the auto-belay courses, while intermediate climbers may aim to reach the top of the 140-ft indoor routes. Advanced and daring climbers are encouraged to make their way over the massive This Land Mural decorating the outside of the 90-ft tall silos. Winter climbers can even brave the ice corridor after cold weather strikes.

See elements inspired by the “Oklahoma!” musical mixed in with samplings of early Oklahoma’s historical features.

Harkins Theatre

Catch the latest big-screen spectacles from the comfort of the plush recliners in Bricktown’s Harkins Theatre. The 16 movie screens, paired with 3D projection, Dolby Atmos digital sound and IMAX capabilities, make for a thrilling viewing experience. While you’re transported to other worlds, munch on buttery popcorn or share a box of candy with your friends. Whether you choose to see a deadCENTER Film Festival flick or a Summer Movie Fun cartoon, Harkins Theatre will transport you to a new place via the enormous screens in its sixteen theaters.

Oklahoma! Bricktown Mural

Brush up on your Oklahoma history with a walk along E.K. Gaylord Boulevard in Bricktown. The Oklahoma! Bricktown Mural was created in celebration of the Sooner State’s centennial in 2007. See elements inspired by the “Oklahoma!” musical mixed in with samplings of early Oklahoma’s historical features. Take note of small towns and country life popping out of the mural, and pay attention to the farm animals, barns, water towers, thriving crops and friendly pioneers brought to life. 

Chesapeake Energy Arena & Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Basketball

Chesapeake Energy Arena hosts countless popular musicians, major sports games and family entertainment events. Check out its calendar and plan to catch an Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Basketball team game in this 586,000 sq ft arena. On game days, the Chesapeake Energy Arena contains thousands of booming voices supporting The Thunder as they take on another win, making strides toward raking in a division or conference championship title.

Music fans can also choose from four seating levels when purchasing concert tickets to see their favorite performers, from The All-American Rejects to Carrie Underwood. Family-friendly attractions also make stops at this Oklahoma City venue, including Cirque du Soleil, The Harlem Globetrotters, Monster Jam and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. No matter your age, you’re sure to enjoy some world-class entertainment inside this expansive arena space.

Jazmo’z Bourbon Street Café

When Cajun food cravings strike, stop in at Jazmo’z Bourbon Street Café for a satisfying array of entrees and appetizers. Dine in or enjoy patio seating overlooking the Bricktown Canal as you socialize with your table or listen to musicians perform live during annual festivals like the Bricktown Blues Festival or Bricktown Reggae Fest. Try something new, with an order of fried alligator bites or charbroiled oysters, or stick to familiar favorites like jambalaya pasta or crawfish etouffee. Other popular hits include Satchmo’s Salmon topped with crab, Chicken Bon Ton covered in a seafood cream sauce and Tabasco glazed pork served with rice and spinach. Whether you savor a shrimp po’boy or a bowl of gumbo, be sure to save room for Dixie pecan pie, beignets or 7-layer chocolate cake. 

Cox Convention Center

Pay a visit to the Cox Convention Center for any number of large events and small corporate meetings. Trade shows and expos convene in the 100,000 sq ft exhibit hall, while musical acts frequently take over the stage inside the 15,000 seat arena. Twenty-one meeting rooms are available on site, and the 25,000 sq ft ballroom is the perfect place to gather for an interest-based conference. This massive multi-purpose event space has the capacity to host weekends packed with entertainment of all varieties, from conventions and concerts to business meetings and trade shows.

Michael Murphy’s Dueling Piano Bar

Showcase your dance moves with a night spent inside Michael Murphy’s Dueling Piano Bar. Musicians face off with an arsenal of instruments, battling for better tips and louder cheers.  Belt out the words to your favorite country and rock tunes blaring from the two pianos on stage, or follow your dancing feet and share your moves with the crowd. Request a song of your choosing with a $20 bill, or simply sit back with a cold beer and listen to audience members’ picks. Enjoy the comedic banter, fruity drinks and upbeat tunes at this unique live entertainment bar in Bricktown.

Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse

Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse boasts modern cuisine and fine dining within its contemporary steakhouse walls. Here, you can join the ranks of celebrities who may stop by for seafood and steak. Taste the flavorful grilled tequila shrimp, or warm up your palate with an order of Maryland-style crab cakes. Even the macaroni and cheese gets an upscale upgrade at Mickey Mantle’s, with bits of jalapeno bacon or lobster thrown in the mix. For the main entrée, be sure to pair your pan roasted sea bass with a side of lobster risotto or add a plate of grilled rosemary zucchini to your Australian rack of lamb.

Brickopolis

Round up the whole family for a few hours’ worth of competitive entertainment at Brickopolis. Challenge your spouse to a round of 18-hole mini golf with perfect views of the Bricktown Canal. Then, buy a round of tokens for the arcade while you wait on the next installment of laser tag to begin. Once the arena doors open, attend a briefing, select your vest and gun and head inside to strategize for optimum hits and base takeovers. Once the skirmish comes to an end, treat losers and winners to a buffet ticket granting full access to all the pizza they can eat.

Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark & Oklahoma City Dodgers

Sports enthusiasts will love the action-packed thrills housed within the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Visitors and residents alike can cheer on the Oklahoma City Dodgers as they compete on their home turf, one of the top Triple-A ballparks in the nation. Between innings, enjoy the entertaining competitions hosted down on the dugouts or diamond. While you watch the home team round the bases, you can chow down on hot dogs, peanuts and cracker jacks and prepare your gloved hand for a spontaneous foul ball heading your way.

Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill

Southern grill favorites merge with country memorabilia at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill. While you wait for your table, relax on the provided “redneck loveseats,” pick-up tailgates transformed into seating. After your server drops you at your table, peruse the menu of home-cooked fare, from T-bone steaks and Big T’s smoked prime rib to meatloaf and fried catfish before making your selection. Calf fries and fried bologna sandwiches are also popular items at this Southern-style restaurant. Before you leave with a satisfied stomach, be sure to learn more about the grill’s namesake and country music star, Toby Keith, through the guitars, platinum records and other memorabilia decorating the walls.

ACM@UCO Performance Lab

Preview upcoming talent from big names like Dr. Dog and Ty Segall in an intimate setting at the ACM@UCO Performance Lab. Aside from more familiar acts, local bands and singer/songwriters also play inside this sleek and modern concert venue. The performance lab also highlights music students enrolled at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma. These up and coming musicians take the stage during annual events like the ACM@UCO Metro Music Fest, as well as several times throughout each college semester. Witness larger musical acts or show your support for Oklahoma artists at this intimate Bricktown performance space.  

Bricktown Brewery

After trekking across Bricktown, let Bricktown Brewery refresh your palate and cool you down with a full bar and house-brewed beers on tap. Try the Wiley One-Eyed Wheat, Remington Red or Bricktown Brown, or try a pint overflowing with craft beer from other local breweries. Oklahoma brews like  COOP Ale Works, Marshall Brewing Company, Prairie Artisan Ales and Mustang Brewing Company are all well represented. Along with tasty beverages, this downtown brewery also serves up hearty burgers, sizzling apple crisps and loaded Bricktown chips. Take a seat, grab a glass and enjoy your time at this Bricktown institution.

American Banjo Museum

For a unique look into music history, tour the American Banjo Museum and see the largest international collection of banjos. As you walk through the museum, you can read interpretive displays to learn about the banjo’s African beginnings to its transition into a staple of today’s bluegrass, folk, jazz and world music genres. Rotating exhibits like The Banjo World of Steve Martin keep the experience fresh, whether it’s your first or fifth time inside.  For a full immersion into the banjo world, take your time examining videos, sheet music, memorabilia, ornate instruments and more on display in this Bricktown music museum. 

Where to Stay

After traveling around Bricktown all day, rest up in a stylish, comfortable suite at one of many nearby hotel options like the Oklahoma City Renaissance Convention Center Hotel or Aloft Oklahoma City Downtown.  If your plans include catching a baseball game, book a room at Hampton Inn & Suites Bricktown for overhead views of the ballpark.  Holiday Inn Express & Suites Bricktown is perfect for a post-pub crawl or Bricktown St. Patrick’s Day Block Party recovery. Homewood Suites by Hilton Oklahoma City Bricktown is mere minutes from popular attractions like the Myriad Botanical Gardens & Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory and Harkins Theatre. Families will love the outdoor pool, Bricktown Canal views and proximity to the annual winter Bricktown Tree Lighting event with a night’s stay at Residence Inn Oklahoma City Downtown/Bricktown. Choose the hotel that suits your needs and get a full night’s sleep before heading back into Bricktown for further explorations.

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