Oklahoma City Downtown Walk, Part 1, Oklahoma City (Self Guided)

Oklahoma City, the capital of Oklahoma state, is known for its cowboy culture and capitol complex, surrounded by working oil wells. Other places of interest include Myriad Botanical Gardens, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Bricktown, as well as the Oklahoma City National Memorial commemorating victims of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. To learn more about Oklahoma City Downtown attractions, follow this orientation walk.
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Oklahoma City Downtown Walk, Part 1 Map

Guide Name: Oklahoma City Downtown Walk, Part 1
Guide Location: USA » Oklahoma City (See other walking tours in Oklahoma City)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Author: JennyS
The Myriad Botanical Gardens

1) The Myriad Botanical Gardens (must see)

The Myriad Botanical Gardens is a 17-acre (69,000 m2) botanical garden located in downtown Oklahoma City, on the southwest corner of Reno and Robinson. The Gardens is home to multiple tiers of densely landscaped areas that surround a sunken lake. Its primary feature is the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory - a 224-foot (68 m) living plant museum featuring towering palm trees, tropical plants and flowers, waterfalls, and exotic animals.

The first talk of cultivating a garden in downtown Oklahoma City began in 1964 when City leaders commissioned renowned architect I.M. Pei to create a revitalization plan for downtown Oklahoma City. The effort was led by Oklahoma City oil pioneer Dean A McGee (1904-1989), Founder and CEO of Kerr-McGee Oil Corporation. McGee took up the project of pursuing the Gardens, and continued working on their completion up until his death in 1989. The Myriad Botanical Gardens is home to several pieces of art.

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Ford Center

2) Ford Center

Ford Center is a multipurpose indoor sports/concert arena located in downtown Oklahoma City. It is the home of the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder. Ford Center also plays host to major concerts, family and social events, conventions, ice shows, civic events, and sporting events from local universities and high schools. Ford Center is owned by the City of Oklahoma City and opened on June 8, 2002, three years after construction began. Architecturally, the Ford Center shares likeness with its brother stadium Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. The 586,000-square-foot (54,400 m2) facility seats up to 19,675 on four seating levels and features 3,380 club seats, seven party suites and 49 private suites.

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Bricktown District

3) Bricktown District (must see)

Bricktown is an entertainment district just east of downtown Oklahoma City. The major attractions of the district are the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, the navigable Bricktown Canal, and the 16-screen Harkins movie theatre. Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill is located in Bricktown, as is the corporate headquarters of Sonic Drive-In. The district's boundaries include the Oklahoma River on the south, I-235 on the east.

District is as follows: An area bordered generally by the BNSF Railway; Reno Avenue; Centennial Expressway; and the railroad right-of-way between Main and NE 1st. Four railroad companies had freight operations east of the Santa Fe tracks in what is now Bricktown in the late 19th and early 20th century. The district contains a number of public sculptures and murals, including a monument to the Oklahoma Land Run. An annual Bricktown Art Festival is held in mid-July.

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TapWerks Ale House & Café

4) TapWerks Ale House & Café

TapWerks sits in the heart of the city’s Entertainment District. The city’s oldest Tap House has more than two hundred taps and offers more than one hundred bottled beers from around the world, the greatest selection in the State of Oklahoma. This ale house provides a unique, smoke-free dining environment featuring high ceilings and a large bar on the main floor. Upstairs there is a smoking zone, pool tables, dart boards, video games and a jukebox. On weekends they have live music performances. It’s a fun spot to hang out.
Bricktown Brewery

5) Bricktown Brewery

Bricktown Brewery opened in 1992 and is housed in the historical turn-of-the-century building on Oklahoma Avenue. It is considered one of the best breweries in the Southwest. They offer a full menu of American items specializing in BBQ, award winning beers as well as a variety of entertaining activities. There's a full bar on its two levels. Upstairs there are a couple of pool tables, darts, classic arcade games and more. Multiple TVs are mounted on the walls to watch the game being broadcast. They brew 5 handcrafted beers depending on the season. There is live entertainment on weekends. Hours: Monday to Thursday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Fridays & Saturdays 11:00 am - 1:30 pm, Sundays 11:00 am - 10:00 pm.
Chase Tower

6) Chase Tower

The Chase Tower is the tallest building in the Oklahoma City since 1971 and was ranked the 5th in Oklahoma state. This skyscraper is located in the central business district of Oklahoma City, being 152.4 meters (500 feet) high. It has got 36 floors, 10 elevators and houses Chase Bank, the Petroleum Club, law firms.
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Oklahoma Tower

7) Oklahoma Tower

Oklahoma Tower is a notorious building, situated in the central bussiness district of oklhoma City. It was built in 1982 and is is 434ft (132m) tall Hving 31 floors this skyscraper is the fourth tallest building in Oklahoma City and was rnked the 8th in Oklahoma.
Oklahoma City Museum of Art

8) Oklahoma City Museum of Art (must see)

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OCMOA) is a museum located in the Donald W. Reynolds Visual Arts Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. The museum features visiting exhibits; original selections from its own collection; a theater showing a variety of foreign, independent, and classic films each week; and a restaurant. OKCMOA is also home to the most comprehensive collection of Chihuly glass in the world including the fifty-five foot Eleanor Blake Kirkpatrick Memorial Tower in the Museum's atrium.

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Oklahoma City National Memorial

9) Oklahoma City National Memorial (must see)

The Oklahoma City National Memorial is a memorial that honors the victims, survivors, rescuers, and all who were affected by the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995. The memorial is located in downtown Oklahoma City on the former site of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, which was destroyed in the 1995 bombing. This building was located on NW 5th Street between N. Robinson Avenue and N. Harvey Avenue. The National Memorial was authorized on October 9, 1997, by President Bill Clinton's signing of the Oklahoma City National Memorial Act of 1997.

The Gates of Time are monumental twin bronze gates that frame the moment of destruction - 9:02 - and mark the formal entrances to the Outdoor Memorial. 9:01, found on the eastern gate, represents the last moments of peace, while its opposite on the western gate, 9:03, represents the first moments of recovery. Both time stamps are inscribed on the interior of the monument, facing each other and the Reflecting Pool.

The Field of Empty Chairs consists of 168 empty chairs hand-crafted from glass, bronze, and stone represent those who lost their lives, with a name etched in the glass base of each. They sit on the site where the Murrah Building once stood. The chairs represent the empty chairs at the dinner tables of the victims' families. The Memorial has an average of 350,000 visitors per year.

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St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral

10) St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral (must see)

St. Paul's Cathedral was founded in 1903. The Stone Celtic Cross on the top of the cathedral, that has interesting origins, stood intact for 92 years, until the Murrah Building bombing in 1995, when one arm fell off. Soon it got the name of "Broken Cross", which had a profound meaning. The Cathedral was closed for a couple of years, and only after 7 more years and millions of dollars, it has been restored and rebuilt. Now, after such a long period of work, you may see stunning architectural elements, featuring traditional Gothic style.
The Oklahoma Heritage Association and Gaylord-Pickens Museum

11) The Oklahoma Heritage Association and Gaylord-Pickens Museum (must see)

The Gaylord-Pickens Museum, built in 1927, was named the 2008 Best New Attraction in Oklahoma by the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association. Its visitors have the opportunity to experience and live Oklahoma's story through its people. Here you will meet hundreds of accomplished Oklahomans who have taken the state's highest honor since the mid '20s. In this museum you have the chance to record you own story and store it there for other people to read in the future.

Walking Tours in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Create Your Own Walk in Oklahoma City

Create Your Own Walk in Oklahoma City

Creating your own self-guided walk in Oklahoma City is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Oklahoma City's Adventure District Tour

Oklahoma City's Adventure District Tour

Oklahoma City's Adventure District, created in 2000, is a region well known for its attractions. Don't hesitate to spend a couple of hours touring the great places this district has to offer, such as The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Remington Park, Oklahoma City Zoological Park, National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum and more.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.6 km
Oklahoma City Downtown Walk, Part 2

Oklahoma City Downtown Walk, Part 2

The capital and the largest city of Oklahoma State, Oklahoma City is known for its cowboy culture and capitol complex, surrounded by working oil wells. There's also a wealth of historic heritage to be found in the city preserved in museums and historic mansions. Oklahoma History Center, located north of downtown, showcases eventful past of this part of the United States. To learn more about...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km
Oklahoma City Historic Buildings

Oklahoma City Historic Buildings

The capital of Oklahoma State provides interesting sightseeing opportunities to enthusiastic tourists. It is home to an attractive variety of historic buildings located downtown. Eye-catching religious buildings, and magnificent structures of great architectural and historic significance are definitely worth sightseeing and should be a part of any vacation itinerary. Take advantage of this...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Oklahoma City for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Oklahoma City has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Oklahoma City, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.