Tourist on the Town: Oklahoma City, OK

6 Sep

Photo courtesy Memories by Sandra D

When wagons first rolled in to Oklahoma City, there’s no way anyone could’ve imagined how this city that sprang up in a day would become a sprawling oasis in fly-over territory. It’s a laid-back life with oh-so-many things to see, do…and eat! So get your glam on and discover the hidden gem that is OKC.

Bites

Vast

Dine in world-class style 726.2 feet above the ground. Vast is a feast for both the palate and the eyes, nestled in the clouds at the top of the new Devon Tower downtown. Make your reservations in time to catch the glorious Oklahoma sunset while you enjoy modern cocktails and exceptional American cuisine.

Oklahoma City skyline at night (photo courtesy Memories by Sandra D)

Oklahoma City skyline at night (photo courtesy Memories by Sandra D)

Flint

Also housed on Devon property – but much more “down to earth” – is Flint, a restaurant and lounge offering contemporary American cuisine, a trendy patio with live music and a fabulous view of the Myriad Gardens. Flint is located on the ground floor of the historic Colcord Hotel.

Fine dining and views at Flint (photo courtesy Memories by Sandra D)

Fine dining and views at Flint (photo courtesy Memories by Sandra D)

KD’s

Live like a “baller” in Bricktown! Enjoy down-home, southern cooking in this upscale restaurant owned by and named for much-loved OKC Thunder star Kevin Durant (basketball fans will love the sports memorabilia.) There’s always a wait – so make a reservation or come prepared!

Livin' like a baller at KD's (photo courtesy Memories by Sandra D)

Livin’ like a baller at KD’s (photo courtesy Memories by Sandra D)

Park House

This edgy new restaurant is named for the fabulous landmark it sits on ­– the Myriad Gardens. Park House features gorgeous nature and city views, patio seating, and contemporary American cuisine.

Please feed the wildlife...especially the cheetah - Park House (photo courtesy Memories by Sandra D)

Please feed the wildlife…especially the cheetah – Park House (photo courtesy Memories by Sandra D)

Plan your stay long enough in Oklahoma City to enjoy other favorite palate pleasers: Packard’s New American Kitchen, Cheever’s, Paseo Grill, Pepperoni Grill, Whiskey Cake, Ted’s Café Escondido, Kitchen 324, Big Truck Tacos, Nic’s, McNellie’s Pub, Hideaway Pizza, Ingrid’s, Lido, Red Prime Steak. For Sunday brunch, try Rococo’s, the Museum Café at the OKC Museum of Art, or have breakfast in bed at OKC’s only B&B The Grandison Inn.

Nightlife

Art After 5

Sip a cocktail and enjoy an unparalleled view of the sunset over the Oklahoma City skyline. Art After 5 only happens Thursday nights on the rooftop terrace of the OKC Museum of Art, but it includes access to the art galleries and features live entertainment.

The Dale Chihuly "Eleanor Blake Kirkpatrick Memorial Tower" rises 55 ft in the OKC MOA atrium (photo courtesy Memories by Sandra D)

The Dale Chihuly “Eleanor Blake Kirkpatrick Memorial Tower” rises 55 ft in the OKC MOA atrium (photo courtesy Memories by Sandra D)

Urban Roots

If you’re passionate about both art and food, you must check out Urban Roots. This fabulously hip gem located in the historical Deep Deuce district of Oklahoma City was featured on the Food Network’s “Restaurant: Impossible.”

eat.drink.live. at Urban Roots (photo courtesy Memories by Sandra D)

eat.drink.live. at Urban Roots (photo courtesy Memories by Sandra D)

The W XYZ Bar & Rooftop Lounge

Crank up the swank at the W XYZ Bar & Rooftop Lounge at the Aloft Hotel in Deep Deuce, just north of Bricktown. Grab a signature drink, savor the killer view and dance the night away in style.

The Walnut Street bridge leads to the Aloft Hotel in OKC (photo courtesy Memories by Sandra D)

The Walnut Street bridge leads to the Aloft Hotel in OKC (photo courtesy Memories by Sandra D)

Other nightlife hotspots to check out on your visit: Kamp’s 1310 Lounge, the Red Piano Bar at the historic Hilton Skirvin, Nonna’s Purple Bar and RedPin Bowling Lounge.

Must Do

Sports!

Get tickets to see the NBA’s Thunder, MLB’s RedHawks, MLS’ Energy, NHL’s Barons or Victory Dolls roller derby. If you prefer to be in the action yourself, dive into riversports in the Boathouse District on the Oklahoma River, visit the indoor climbing space at Rocktown, rent a bike from Spokies to see OKC on wheels or plan a stop at Lake Hefner for bike riding on the trails or sailing.

Thunder UP! (photo courtesy @jennifrwhite)

Thunder UP! (photo courtesy @jennifrwhite)

Remington Park Horse Racing Track & Casino

Find Remington Park in the Adventure District near the Oklahoma City Zoo for racing, dining, live events and gambling. Thoroughbred horse racing has two seasons per year, and admission is free and open to all ages. Catch the race and dine in style from one of five levels with a track view at Silks.

Friday Nights in the Districts

New shopping and playing districts are springing up all over town, and four of them offer unbeatable Friday night fun:

1st Friday night of the month – Paseo District Art Walk

2nd Friday night of the month – Plaza District Live on the Plaza

3rd Friday night of the month – Premiere on Film Row

4th Friday night of the month – Hn8th Night Market (Midtown & Automobile Alley)

Other fun things to do in the OKC area include: local wineries/agritourism, tornado chasing (with a professional tour company ONLY), Rodeo Opry, real working stockyard in Stockyards City, antiquing in Guthrie, the Braum’s family dairy in Tuttle, and Route 66 sightseeing.

Waiting for their ship to come in - Boathouse District (photo courtesy Memories by Sandra D)

Waiting for their ship to come in – Boathouse District (photo courtesy Memories by Sandra D)

Must See

OKC National Memorial & Museum

April 19, 1995 was a dark day in American history. The beautifully kept grounds feature a reflection pool, the Survivor Tree and a children’s memorial, and there’s also an extensive indoor museum. Visit this site to remember the past and draw strength for the future. The Memorial is flanked on each side by churches, and when you’re ready for a break, take a short walk north on Robinson Avenue to visit historic Church Row.

Western view of the OKC National Memorial & Museum (photo courtesy @jennifrwhite)

Western view of the OKC National Memorial & Museum (photo courtesy @jennifrwhite)

The Bricktown canal, Sonic world headquarters & the Devon Tower (photo courtesy @jennifrwhite)

The Bricktown canal, Sonic world headquarters & the Devon Tower (photo courtesy @jennifrwhite)

Myriad Botanical Gardens

Go green! Acres of gardens, water features, artwork, children’s spaces, plus a dog park – it’s a breath of fresh air in the midst of the urban jungle! Shakespeare in the Park makes its home at the Water Stage, and concerts and movies are held on the lawn at the Performance Stage throughout the summer. An ice skating rink is erected each winter. Admission to the park is free, but if you would like to visit the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, there is a small admission fee. Don’t forget to eat at Park House while you’re there!

Savor a tranquil moment at the Myriad Botanical Gardens (photo courtesy Memories by Sandra D)

Savor a tranquil moment at the Myriad Botanical Gardens (photo courtesy Memories by Sandra D)

Oklahoma State Capitol

The Oklahoma State Capitol rests close to the heart of Oklahoma City, just a few blocks northeast of downtown. The Capitol houses some of the state’s greatest historical treasures and tributes, including the beautiful dome that was only added to the building in 2002. If you’re a history buff, once you’ve visited the Capitol, you’ll also want to check out the Oklahoma History Center, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, and the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum.

Interior of the Oklahoma State Capitol dome (photo courtesy @jennifrwhite)

Interior of the Oklahoma State Capitol dome (photo courtesy @jennifrwhite)

OKC Museum of Art

Fabulous exhibits from all over the world find their way here, and you should, too. Photography, American art, European art, contemporary art and some of the world’s best examples of Dale Chihuly Glass. As if that isn’t enough, you’ll also find mission driven art house cinema at the film screenings in the Noble Theater, amazing cuisine at the Museum Café, Art After 5 on the rooftop terrace on Thursday nights and one of the best gift shops in town.

In OKC, even the wildlife loves bling - OKC MOA Noble Theater (photo courtesy Memories by Sandra D)

In OKC, even the wildlife loves bling – OKC MOA Noble Theater (photo courtesy Memories by Sandra D)

Caché at Penn Square Mall

But the very most important thing to see in OKC is, of course, a personal stylist at Caché! Come by on the first day of your visit so we can outfit you with the latest styles for sightseeing – a chance to get your local stylists’ inside scoop on their city – or whenever you need a retail therapy break on your trip.

Hope to see you soon in Oklahoma City!

Find a fountain to play in--and your inner child (photo courtesy Memories by Sandra D)

Find a fountain to play in–and your inner child (photo courtesy Memories by Sandra D)

Cross-posted from the West 38th Street Blog

(UPDATE: Due to Caché’s company closing, the links to West 38th Street no longer work. However, I’m leaving them in since they were original to the post, and because I can’t help but hope the liquidator will turn them back on again! Apologies for any inconvenience this causes.)
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