Oklahoma City is great, but the Downtown District is really where it’s at. Downtown is packed full of things to do and offers up some compelling reasons as to why it should be on your vacation list. Check out what makes Downtown OKC awesome.
National Memorial and Museum
The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum is a must if you’re headed to downtown OKC. Standing in memory of the lives lost during the Oklahoma City Bombing of 1995, the museum and memorial offer a space for insights and reflection. The museum tells the story of the tragedy and helps bring a new level of clarity and meaning to the memorial.
Just outside, you can find the national memorial, a quiet place where there are 168 chairs for the people who were lost that day. The task force that planned out the memorial consisted of community members, including those who survived and even people who lost loved ones. It’s a powerful place of remembrance that everyone should experience.
Myriad Botanical Gardens
A 15-acre garden in the middle of downtown isn’t something you’d expect, but the Myriad Botanical Gardens provide a beautiful contrast from the city. Free and open to the public, you can expect playgrounds, jogging paths, dog parks, and of course, plants. There’s also always something happening in the gardens like yoga in the park, nature-themed readings for kids, and even ice skating at Devon Rink during winter months.
Perhaps the biggest attraction in the botanical gardens is the Crystal Bridge Conservatory. Coming in at over 13,000 square feet, the conservatory is home to roughly 750 species of tropical and desert plants. Above it all is a see-through sky bridge, offering up some truly spectacular views of the conservatory.
Are you a king-sized bed and minibar kind of person? Maybe spas and restaurants are more your style. With plenty of Oklahoma City hotels to choose from, you can plan the perfect stay to enjoy the finer things in life.
When making arrangements on where to stay, consider things like proximity to attractions, whether or not you’ll have a car, and what accommodations you’re looking for in the hotel itself. If you’re without a car, you might plan on staying in a hotel near the Midtown or Downtown Districts as these are the closest to the widest variety of attractions.
While staying close to the attractions you want to visit is important, there are ways to get around in Oklahoma City without a car. EMBARK is the public transportation system for the downtown metro area, and it’s pretty impressive. Depending on where you’re going, you can most likely take the bus for as little as little as $1.75.
If you can’t get to your destination by bus, EMBARK also offers you access to streetcars, bike rentals, and even ferry rides down the Oklahoma River if you need them. You can see bus schedules, bike locations, and plan out your transit options with their “Journey Planner” to get where you need to go.
These are just a few of the things that you’ll experience if you’re headed to Downtown Oklahoma City. Set a date, plan out your trip, and get out there.