Overview

Bricktown Canal, Oklahoma
Bricktown Canal, Oklahoma © Serge Melki

Oklahoma City has an incredibly rich history, with visitors likely encountering it throughout all the sites in the state. Today, the state capital stretches across more than 600 miles (965 square km) and is one of the country's major perpetrators of urban sprawl.

But in recent years, the city has been working to reinvent itself and focusing on downtown revitalization with great success. Most attractions of interest to tourists are located in the inner city districts, beginning with Bricktown.

Once a clump of old warehouses, Bricktown is now a vibrant collection of trendy condos, shops, restaurants, bars, and clubs situated along a picturesque canal. Visitors can satisfy their every craving for hardy American fare like steak and barbecue ribs.

Built in the 1920s, the Paseo Arts District boasts a few upmarket cafes, cocktail lounges, and the main draws of galleries and studios. Other attractions include Stockyard City, the largest cattle market in the world. Here, visitors can buy authentic Western attire, watch live auctions, and sample delicious food.

Oklahoma City also has plenty of fun attractions for children and families too. Its parks system is one of the most extensive in the country, and its three nearby lakes are lovely spots for camping, fishing, and water sports.

The city's equestrian events and museums make for enjoyable family outings. There are many memorable activities, including watching the weekend regattas at Lake Hefner in the summer and ice-skating in the winter beneath Christmas lights at Bricktown's outdoor rink.


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