San Antonio in Peril, Presenting Bricktown, Oklahoma

Bricktown

This is one of the cutest additions to a major city we have ever seen. There is literally something for everyone, families on mini trips,  lovers who need a weekend getaway,  bachelor and bachelorette parties,  business travelers that need a brief escape to recharge. Its all here!  What we found that makes Bricktown’s  river walk so unique is the changes that occur and atmosphere variations as you walk, scooter or river boat the trails. For a moment you are surrounded by restaurants and bars, the retail and boutique section turns one into a kid in a candy store. The Oklahoma river section gives off a true feel of the south, then onto the forested trail for a shady cool breeze experience. 

5  Stars to the design team!

What was once a warehouse neighborhood, and the original site of the city, has been restored becoming the destination for Oklahomans looking for fun and entertainment. 

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-Before and After Restoration-

Notice the streets were dug out and flooded from the Oklahoma River to create what we now have as beautiful canals.

-Before and After Restoration-

Bricktown is the historic crossroads of commerce in Oklahoma City.  Four railroad companies, the Santa Fe, Rock Island, the Frisco and the Katy, chugged into Oklahoma City spurring economic development in the area.  The railroad shipped cotton, wheat, fruit, corn, cattle, horses and mules across the nation, helping to boost the farming industry in the state.  

Later cars were included to the shipping list along with farm equipment and machinery.  Ford motor car company added a manufacturing plant shortly there after.

TODAY

Bricktown is located on the southwest edge of Oklahoma City.The city is located in the center or the state just a short drive from all neighboring states. 

Colorado and New Mexico to the east, Kansas to the north, Texas to the south with Missouri and Arkansas covering the east. Just a little over three hour drive from Shreveport Louisiana.

The first building boom began in 1898 and lasted until 1903.  With embellished doorways and arched windows these buildings were more ornate than a normal warehouse.  The second wave of warehouse construction in Bricktown lasted from 1903 until 1911, followed by a third generation of buildings which looked more like the warehouses we see today, big, tall buildings with long rows of windows and graphic signs.  While the styles of the buildings changed from 1898 to 1930 they all had one thing in common, the red brick.

Images from the canal walkways

Now, Bricktown is the place to be in Oklahoma City.  With turn of the century charm Oklahomans can stroll along the pedestrian canal, enjoy live music, cheer on their favorite sports team, sit down for some fine dining or dance the night away. 

 

Along the banks of the canals you will also find activities for the kids and kids at heart. Beaches, Arcades, Playgrounds, Mii Golf and so much more.

Go north a quarter mile into Oklahoma City and be amazed at the parks and recreation areas. Above in the photos you can see the new convention center under construction and the massive water features that are almost completed. The kids are driving scooters through them.

We parked our car at the hotel we we arrived and never got back in until we headed back home. This city is very similar to Austin being very pedestrian encouraged. We own our scooters but you can grab one for use on every street corner.

Parks

Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark[7] opened in 1998 in downtown Oklahoma City‘s Bricktown Entertainment District, replacing All Sports Stadium. It is the home of the Oklahoma City Dodgers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles DodgersMajor League Baseball team. The park has seating for up to 13,066 fans and currently utilizes a seating capacity of 9,000 for Dodgers games.

The ballpark also hosts numerous other events both during and outside the baseball season. Those events include the Oklahoma High School Baseball Series in March, the snow tubing WinterFest November-January, a variety of community walks and runs, concerts, parties, corporate outings, meetings, seminars and more[11].

 

Accommodations / Hotels

Ok, after a few hours of research back home, for a hotel, we choose the Residence Inn by Marriott. This became our final choice due to it’s location. It sits on the North banks of the canal in the garden district.   Walk out the front door and your on your way to an afternoon of discovery. Unlike the San Antonio riverwalk where most hotels are directly on the water Bricktown is a bit different due to the fact the canals were built after the buildings were constructed. Its not an issue, you can get to the canals in just a few steps from anywhere, we just liked the idea of being on the waters edge.  We paid $122 per night and couldn’t be happier. Clean, Upbeat decor, Pool and Hot tub on the banks of the canal and very plesant staff throughout the establishment.

The Residence Inn by Marriott. –  Bricktown Oklahoma

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Here are two more  Hotels we can recommend personally!

Great for families

Reserve – The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City – Here

1 Park Ave, Oklahoma City, OK, 73102, United States, 866-925-7881

Superb 9.0.

OTHER HOTEL CHOICES IN BRICKTOWN – Reserve Here

Hungry?
Our favorites were – NASHBIRDS, THE EMPIRE SLICE HOUSE and TEXADELPHI.  The other choices listed are a safe bet as well
  • The Lokal Yukon

    The Lokal Yukon  (405) 494-9870. 10 W Main St

    “Walked in this place after my car broke down. Was either this or McDonald’s across the street. I made the right choice. Was only going to grab a snack and wait for the tow truck but…”read more
  • Cheever’s Cafe
    Cheever’s Cafe. (405) 525-7007

    2409 N Hudson Ave

    “This is a gem hidden away in an art deco flower shop turned restaurant. The menu has multiple carefully crafted, interesting American fare with a great selection of cocktails. Outdoor…”read more

     

    Kitchen No 324
    Kitchen No 324. (405) 763-5911  324 N Robinson Ave 

    CBD “ coffee or tea but I plan to next time. We also had their buttermilk pie and it was very good. The atmosphere is one of my favorite things about this…”read more

     

  • Bricktown Brewery

    Bricktown Brewery  (405) 232-2739. 1 N Oklahoma Ave 

    Bricktown“ was the first time I had ever had hand-crafted beer, and it was delicious. I would like to preface this by saying that my wife and I are not big fans of Chain Restaurants. So, naturally…”read more

     

  • Bricktown Brewery

    Bricktown Brewery  (405) 594-8700. 5516 West Memorial Rd

    “We have eaten here three times now and haven’t had a bad experience yet. The wait staff is friendly and gets you seated promptly, even when the restaurant is…”read more

     

    Texadelphia

    Texadelphia. (405) 208-4000. 200 S Oklahoma Ave

    “1st time to try Texadelphia and was easy to find in Bricktown! Parking was free and got there at 11:30 before the lunch crowd. Ordered the beefsteak nachos and…”read more

     

  • Ludivine

    Ludivine.  (405) 778-6800. 320 NW 10th St

    “This is a cute and casual place for tasty local beer!! We found this place while wondering around the Bricktown area. From the front it looks like a normal…”read more

     

  • Charleston’s

    Charleston’s. (405) 778-8868. 224 Johnny Bench Dr

    They have great fried okra and the perfect margarita was d-dang-licious. They had great service, food was great and great location in Bricktown.”read more

     

  • Hudsons Public House

    Hudsons Public House. (405) 605-4995  27 E Sheridan

     Kasee has been great help to me and has excellent recommendations for beer. If you’re in Bricktown, or OKC for that matter, stop at Hudson’s and enjoy.read more

     

  • Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse

    Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse.  (405) 272-0777.  7 S Mickey Mantle Dr

    “I really expected more from this restaurant with such a great reputation, but it’s also in Bricktown, so… We were sat at the closest table to the door, which I don’t mind terribly, but…”read more

     

  • Jazmo’z Bourbon St Cafe

     Jazmo’z Bourbon St Cafe. (405) 232-6666  100 E California Ave

    Quite a surprise, new flavors everywhere

  • The Loaded Bowl
    Fresh and Unique

    Nashbird

    (405) 600-9718. 1 NW 9th St. Automobile Alley

    “This is probably the best fried chicken in town! And my son loved the chicken sandwich, as we were leaving he asked “when can we go back”? The restaurant is…”read more

 

  • Empire Slice House
    Empire Slice House. (405) 557-1760. 1804 NW 16th St
    Could possibly be the best pizza in the entire state!

  • Whiskey Cake

    Whiskey Cake. (405) 582-2253  1845 Northwest Expy

    “ is big enough to seat several people. Let’s talk about the whiskey cake… enough for two to share (Atleast the piece we got was!), very rich but very tasty and sweet. Let’s just say, the…”read more

     

Bricktown  so affordable and a perfect vacation or getaway for anyone!

 Make sure you take some time and check it out.

Enjoy, Chris

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