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Jun 13th, 2007, 06:55 PM
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Give anyone give me any info on Bricktown? Thanks
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Jun 13th, 2007, 07:07 PM
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It is located in the heart of downtown. It features a canal and riverwalk on a MUCH smaller scale than San Antonio. It is a tourist attraction with many restaurants and a AAA stadium if I am not mistaken.

I had a conference there and stayed at the Marriott Courtyard which was very new and very nice - walking distance of Bricktown. I felt very safe - I was alone.
There are many hotels right around it.

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Jun 13th, 2007, 08:37 PM
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Thanks! I appreciate that.
here's what's up. My husband will be going to okc for 3 weeks on business. We live in MS. My mom has agreed to keep our 3 kids for a weekend so that I can fly out and spend the weekend with him. what would you suggest we do? He's actually staying in Norman.

I was thinking ride a boat down the canal in bricktown, eat there, maybe catch a movie?? Is there a theatre there?

Any other suggestions?
Thanks so much!
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Jun 14th, 2007, 05:33 AM
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There's a movie theatre in Bricktown.

Canal rides are ok, nothing special. There is one boat that sells alcohol on the boat.
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Jun 14th, 2007, 07:04 AM
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There is also a minor league ballpark right there, so that might be fun. I was in the area a couple of weeks ago and ate at Nonna's, which was terrific albeit expensive. If you have a car, I recommend the National Cowboy Heritage and Western Museum. Also, the bombing memorial and museum are INCREDIBLY moving.
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Jun 14th, 2007, 07:09 AM
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Ruff is right about the Cowboy Museum and the Memorial.

Depending on where you live in MS and where else you have lived, you may find Bricktown underwhelming, but they are trying.

There is a very interesting art museum in Norman itself, and the OKC Museum of Art is beautiful.
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Jun 14th, 2007, 07:40 AM
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we live in the sticks! LOL
I just mainly would like us to have some adult time (since kids will be with grandma) and have something fun to do.
any other suggestions besides bricktown?
and thanks!
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Jun 14th, 2007, 07:51 AM
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Another vote for the cowboy museum and federal building memorial. Both are great in their own way; seeing both could fill a day.

We saw the federal bldg shortly after the bombing and again when the memorial and museum were completed; both times were extremely moving. Definitely 'worth' a visit.
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Jun 14th, 2007, 09:11 AM
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Most attractions have been mentioned above but I'll add my 2 cents since I live here:

Check out the website for Bricktown:
www.bricktownokc.com

Check the calendar for events in Bricktown -- baseball game, concerts, etc. Harkins Theater is in Bricktown for your movie fix.

Restaurants in Bricktown are listed as well. Tex-Mex at Abuelo's and Chelino's (patio on canal); Barbeque, steaks and such at The Mantle is nice, Nonna's is ok but I think overpriced and service is spotty but she spent a ton of $$ on it so its very nice. Her Purple Bar upstairs is nice for a cocktail and appetizers. Has a nice patio as well.

Cocktails at XO Lounge in The Colcord Hotel is hip and modern. If you want a classic bar, the newly renovated Skirvin Hilton Red Piano Bar is a great spot to people watch and enjoy a cocktail. Soaring ceilings, wood paneling and large windows to keep it light but classic. Lots of people go there after work and they have either a piano player or small combo playing.

There are several bars in Bricktown such as Sky Bar and Lit but I don't know your age group and what you like. It can get pretty crazy on weekends with the 20something crowd.

Myriad Gardens and Crystal Bridge -- just open again after a big face lift. Just a lush oasis of the tropics in the middle of the city. Their current exhibition is "Kilauea's Coast". I'll be there on Friday afternoon for my first visit since they closed in January. A nice little oasis.
www.myriadgardens.com

OKC Museum of Art just a few blocks west of Bricktown. Highly recommend the cafe!!
www.okcmoa.com

Oklahoma City Memorial

National Cowbow & Western Heritage Museum - just north of Bricktown about 10 minutes by car. Highly recommend it.
www.nationalcowboymuseum.org

In Norman, at OU's Fred Jones, Jr. Museum of Art. A very impressive collection and house artists such as Degas, Gauguin, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh, Vuillard and others.
"Its the most important collection of French Impressionism ever given to an American public university and is one of the finest university art museums in the United States."

Bricktown development is still young in its redevelopment of the area. Its very appealing to some and for others a little underwhelming as mentioned above. I agree but seeing what we have now vs. what was here 6-7 years ago, we're so happy having the downtown area come back to life.

Hope that helps somewhat and feel free to email me if you have any questions.

Sheila
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Jun 14th, 2007, 10:11 AM
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One more thing, if its a nice day I would head out to the Oklahoma City Zoo. We just opened a new area called Oklahoma Trails which is fabulous! A walking tour of the native animals of our state. Its just beautiful. And we were just rated the #3 family zoo in the nation!
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Jun 14th, 2007, 01:03 PM
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In regards to the OKC National Memorial, there is a daily shuttle (which looks like a nostalgic trolley ala San Francisco), that departs at about every 30 minutes from the Bass Pro shops and takes you to and from the OKC National Memorial.

You can drive your car to the National Memorial, but finding a good parking spot can be tricky at times.

Since you are staying in Norman do this:

Take I-35 Northbound, head north about 20 miles, when you come into Oklahoma City, take the Sheridan Exit. The Sheridan exit will loop around, and as you drive west off of the ramp, you will go under the I-235 overpass, and will soon see Byers Ave (which runs north and south), take Byers Ave south just about a block and you will come to Reno Ave. At this intersection, take Reno Ave west, as your are making this intersection turn, you will notice a huge building..to your south,.this is Bass Pro Shops..you can park for free there during your Bricktown visit. (most other places in Bricktown will charge you for parking).

Make sure you go inside of Bass Pro Shops, its quite unique inside, and is the perfect place for outdoor adventurists. But even if your not the outdoor type, its still worth checking out.

From Bass Pro shops, the ballpark, canal, and Theatre are all within close walking distance. Depending on how much you like to walk, the whole Bricktown area is within walking distance.

I have even walked from Bricktown to the OKC memorial, which takes about 30 minutes on foot, and can wear you out fast on a hot summer day,.so I dont recommend it, unless you enjoy that sort of thing.

The OKC Memorial is to the north of Bricktown, on Fifth and Harvey. sections of Fifth street and actually closed off, per se, as they have become a reflecting pool (youll understand what I mean, once you see it..take photos, you will want to) A tree that survived the bomb blast stands to the Northeast of the Reflecting Pool, as is deemed a centerpiece of the Memorial.

The trolley that runs daily from Bass Pro shops to the OKC memorial is only like 50 cents, if I recall correctly..maybe its raised, due to gas prices..but it still cheap, even if thats the case.

There are many cheap places to eat in Bricktown by the Harkins Theatre (which is walking distance west of Bass Pro Shops), they include Sonic, Earls BBQ, and some Mexican Grill, and Marble Slap ice cream)

The canal is everywhere, once you get to the theatre you will notice the canal, as you walk over an ornate bridge that spans over the canal.

If youre looking for a great place to eat, withing proximity of the theatre, I recommend Toby Keith's "I Love this bar & Grill), it is just east of the Theatre, and can be crowded at times, but is worth it. Their BBQ chicken burger is awesome. Toby even has a huge plasma outdoor TV that shows his music videos on the north side of his restaurant, right above the patio deck.

Have fun on your trip. Let me know if you need anything else.
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Jun 14th, 2007, 01:41 PM
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We lived in OKC for over 10 years. Yes, you must go to the zoo if you like zoos. The landscaping is unbelievable and the exhibits are outstanding. We've lived all over the country and it is the best zoo we've been to besides San Diego and the National Zoo, and we've been to many!
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Jun 14th, 2007, 02:15 PM
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Another vote for the excellent Oklahoma City zoo. The big cat exhibits are not to be missed - the tigers were amazing.
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Jun 15th, 2007, 11:24 AM
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The 45th Infantry Museum is excellent with exhibits on all wars in US history. Excellent collection of Bill Mauldin cartoons from WWII
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