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City Pulse: The Only Guide To Oklahoma City You Need

Destination & Tourism | Gabe Zaldivar | March 03, 2015

City Pulse: The Only Guide To Oklahoma City You Need

We Say:

Oklahoma City remains an underrated gem hidden beneath other cities that boast calm canals, delightful cuisine and whirlwind adventures.

The truth of the matter is Oklahoma City hits every last aspect of a cosmopolitan destination. From the bubbling vitality of Bricktown to the refined urban oasis of its Paseo Arts District, you will discover more than a holiday respite.

It’s a proud city of amazing people who are happy to engage the friendly traveler looking for a unique experience.

If you are willing to step just a bit from your hotel you will be transported into a rich culture of eclectic cuisine, exciting sport, engaging entertainment and delicious libations to wash it all down.

They Say:

Oklahoma City is in the midst of an exciting urban renaissance. You can see it in its ever-changing skyline. You can feel it in its buzzing Bricktown Entertainment District. You can hear it from 18,203 of the rowdiest fans in the NBA cheering on the Oklahoma City Thunder. It’s a city that offers all of the culture, cuisine, attractions and amenities you’d expect in a modern metropolis. And with its rugged Western past, working stockyards and title as “Horse Show Capital of the World,” it’s a city that’s rich in cowboy culture as well. - Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau




Current Traffic: Google Traffic

Airport: Will Rogers World Airport

Public Transit: METRO Transit

Bikeshare: Spokies

Walkability Score: 32 at Walk Score

Parking Options / Expense: ParkMe, Best Parking

Best Accommodations: ( Highest Guest Rated w/ at least 50 Reviews)

Boutique: Colcord Hotel

High End: The Skirvin Hilton

Mid Range: Aloft Oklahoma City - Bricktown

Bargain: Tower Hotel Oklahoma City

Foods to seek out:

T-Bone Steak: Cattlemen’s Steakhouse – Get your fresh cut of beef at an iconic restaurant that was also featured on Man vs. Food.

Barbecue: Earl’s Rib Palace – Who are we to argue with The Oklahoma Gazette, which deemed this the best barbecue in town in 2014?

Onion Burger: Tucker’s Onion Burgers – They take onions seriously in Oklahoma, and this is especially true at the well-regarded Tucker’s.

Known For:

Livestock: Stockyards City

Equine Festivities: List of myriad horse shows

Bricktown: Famed entertainment area

Sports Teams:

NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder

NBA D-league: Oklahoma City Blue

Triple-A: Oklahoma City Dodgers

Cool attractions:


1. Toe the line of extreme at RIVERSPORT Adventures in the Boathouse District.

2.  The No. 1 spot on TripAdvisor and a place for solemn reflection is the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, which is said to be an “incredibly breathtaking outdoor Memorial.”

3. Watch the always-exciting Oklahoma City Thunder take on some of the best in the NBA.


1. Have a moment amid lush beauty at the Myriad Botanical Gardens.

2. Take a leisurely boat ride on the Bricktown Canal.

3. The Paseo Arts District boasts 20 galleries perfect for you and your significant other.


1. Have a day of fun and thrills at the Frontier City Theme Park.

2. Dive into the area’s cultural history at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

3. Catching a Thunder game is always at the top of the list, but you will also want to experience a ballgame at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.


1. Beer: James E. McNellie’s Public House

2. Cocktails: WSKY Lounge

3. Piano Bar: Michael Murphy’s Dueling Pianos

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