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.
-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.
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.
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
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.
Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark 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.
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.
2409 N Hudson Ave
Bricktown so affordable and a perfect vacation or getaway for anyone!
Make sure you take some time and check it out.