Tonight I wanted to take you on a walk through a very special place in my hometown. I am born and raised in Oklahoma City, OK, and I am so in love with my city. Before you start picturing tee pees and horse drawn carriages, think again. I am actually writing this post to help share some of the hidden treasures Oklahoma has to offer. One of those no so well known gems is downtown or “Bricktown” OKC.
A little back story on Bricktown… It originated in the late 1800s with several railroad companies, and housed many different businesses and ventures including the first local chapter of the NAACP. By 1990s it had declined hugely and the mayor at that time decided it was time for a change. He began what would be a 25+ year journey that has completely changed the landscape of OKC.
Bricktown is now lively, lovely, and full of so many neat experiences. In my recent trip to downtown (pictured above), I had one of the most fun nights I have had in awhile. It started at one of the many gorgeous and luxury hotels available downtown where my friends were staying. We then took a gorgeous walk through bustling downtown past the Chesapeake Arena (home of the OKC Thunder, what what!!). If you are in the area and can go to a game, GO. There is so much spirit and they make it such a high energy event.
We then took a walk around the breathtaking Bricktown canal, watching boat rides go by and families of ducks swim under the greenery. There are all sorts of murals, sculptures and even mosaics (above) sprinkled throughout. We then stopped off at one of my favorite local eateries, In The Raw for delicious sushi and cocktails, and The Melting Pot for mouth watering desserts.
There are so many other things that are available in this area from wineries, art classes, live music, museums, and outdoor events. Currently there’s a brand new mini golf course, and in the winter there is outdoor ice skating and tubing.
I love my city, I love how it’s grown, and I love what it will grow up to be. If you’re ever in OKC, come and find me downtown!