Things to do on a visit to Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City is rich with activities for all ages and there are many things to do. The city offers various opportunities for cultural excursions, shopping, and nightlife.

Bricktown, located in downtown Oklahoma City has many shops, nightlife, and restaurants.

Brickpolis Entertainment features laser tag, mini golf, arcades, and a pizza buffet. The Pizza Bar offers  a variety of pizza, hot dishes, and desserts. There are three levels of fun activities to engage in such as the Canal Level, which has Brickopolis Lazy Frenzy Laser Maze, arcades, and attractions for children 10 and under.

The Street Level, for those older guests, features the mini golf and a full -service
Bar and Grill. The menu includes made-to-order pizza, chicken wings, and sandwiches.  Brickopolis phone number is (405) 516-BRIK.The hours of operation are Sun. through Thurs. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Fri. Sat. 11a.m. to 1 a.m. The address is 101 South Mickey Mantle Dr. The website is www.brickopolisu.com. 

Michael Murphy’s, voted the number one spot for live entertainment in Bricktown, is a dueling piano bar with great live music and drinks. The establishment is smoke free indoors with a smoking patio. The three artists play covers of popular songs while telling jokes and wisecracks. The drink menu includes “bucket madness” where people can choose from beer or mixed drinks. The piano bar is 21 and up to enter with valid ID.  The contact number is (405) 231-5397. The hours of operation are Thurs.-Sat.Doors open at 7:30 p.m. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. until 2 a.m. It is located at 119 E. California Ave. The website is www.murphyspianobar.com.

For amusement park lovers, there is Frontier City, a Six Flags theme park. There are rides and attractions for every age from Steel Lasso, a mini roller coaster. There is Brain Drain, a streel loop ride where guests ride upside down. There is also a section for children and a food court. The price of admission is $49.99, but with the TCC Student discount, it is 20.00. To gain access to the student discounted rate, go to www.sixflags.com/partnerLoginand enter TCC as the username and OKCTHRILLS as the password. The contact number is (405) 478-2140. The hours of operation vary by season, but are generally 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Frontier City is located at 11501 N1-35 Service Road, Oklahoma City, Okla. 73131.

The museum lover will find there are many free museums to visit. The Braum’s Processing Plant, located on the Braum’s Family Farm offers free tours daily by reservation. Visitors can witness the famous ice cream and other products being made from start to finish. To schedule a tour, call (405)-228-4604. The tours are available 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. The plant is located at 491 County Street 2280, Tuttle, Okla. 72089.

     Bargain hunters have a variety of shopping opportunities. The OKC Outlets features various shopping opportunities. The stores include Aeropostale, The North Face, and Levi’s Factory Outlet. The outlet mall offers student discounts with a valid form of student ID. The discounts apply to shops such as Tommy Hilfiger, J. Crew, Banana Republic, Sync Wireless, and Levi’s. The contact number is (405) 787-3700. The hours of operation are Mon.-Sat., 10a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sun., 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The outlet is located at 7624 W. Reno Ave. Its website is www.okcoutlets.com.

   Another great shopping destination is Penn Square Mall. The mall is a two-level shopping plaza with AMC Theatres, a large Starbucks, and various dining options. Some of these dining options include the Cheesecake Factory, Chick Fil-A, and Hynson’s Classic burgers. The shops include Hollister, Game Stop, Foot Locker, and Abercrombie & Fitch. Penn Square Mall is located at 1901 Northwest Expressway.  Penn square mall can be contacted at (405) 842-4424. The hours of operation are Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sun., 12p.m.-6 p.m. The website is https://www.simon.com/mall/penn-square-mall.

For nature lovers, there is the Myriad Botanical Gardens. It is an outdoor garden, located in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City. The botanical garden features Scissortail Park, a dog park, and Crystal Bridge. It is a 15-acre indoor conservatory which houses many tropical and desert plants. The conservatory features a tropical wet and dry zone, which houses specific plants native to the climate. The contact number is (405) 445-7080.  The hours of operation are Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The grounds of the conservatory are open daily 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. The cost of admission is $8 for adults, seniors aged 62 and older $7, active military $7, and students with valid college ID $7. Children four to 12 is $5 and children under three are free. The Myriad Botanical Garden is located at 301 W. Reno. The website is www.oklahomacitybotanicalgardens.com.

The Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum is an interactive exhibit that focuses on the Oklahoma City bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building of April 19, 1995 and beyond.

The exhibit includes footage of the events of April 19, 1995. There is also the famous outdoor symbolic memorial, which features a chair for each of the 168 lives lost. There is also the famous fence where people left toys and gifts to remember the victims of the bombing and the twin gates of time, which commeorate 9:02 a.m., the time of the bombing.

A view of the canal at Bricktown in downtown Oklahoma City, OK

    The contact information is (405) 235-3313. The hours of operation are Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Sun., 12-6 p.m. The Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum is located at 620 N. Harvey Ave. The tickets are $15 per adult, and $12 for active military, seniors, and students with valid ID. Children aged five and under are free. Its phone number is 405-235-3313. Visit online at www.oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org.   Oklahoma City is a great place to visit for nightlife, family activities, and dining out. This destination is a must do for anyone wanting an exciting nearby getaway.