When you hear the words “Oklahoma City”, what comes to mind? So many things have happened in OKC over the years. And, it is so full of life for tastes of all kinds. Do you love art? Sports? History? Great cuisine? Music? Animals? Gardening? WOW! The list can go on and on. You can experience all of these things in Oklahoma City (sometimes contrary to popular belief for those who haven’t been here in awhile).
In today’s article, I am going to discuss 5 of the best things to do in Oklahoma City as a young couple. Now, feel free to check out more information about Oklahoma City and the surrounding suburbs on the informational website www.travelok.com. But, these are my five fave categories:
Ok, I have to start here. If you have never experienced an Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Game… IT. IS. A. MUST. I was never a huge basketball fan, and I definitely don’t like to watch it on TV, but going to a game is so much different. It is more like a production than a game. There are vendors set up on the outskirts of the court. There are restaurants, good music and never a dull moment inside the game. It’s a place for kids, adults, couples and singles. And, you are likely to make a new friend before you leave. If you catch one the ‘big’ games, there are tons of events happening outside the arena and roads are even blocked off. Try it. Even if it is just once.
OKC also has a minor league baseball team called the OKC Dodgers. This is a D league team for the LA Dodgers and what a beautiful field they play on. The Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark is a gorgeous facility with close to the field seating and talk about fun! It’s a great date night, kids day, or just family outing. Even if baseball isn’t your thing, do it. You could be hooked!
I am positive you could have date night every night for two years in a row and still find a new bar or restaurant to go to without hitting the same place twice. Districts are building and growing such as Film Row and the Plaza District. One of my new favorite places to frequent is The Jones Assembly (http://thejonesassembly.com). If you have never been here, its is date night overload! If you don’t want to wait on seating, grab your lovely and sit at the bar. Or, you can even sit in the open courtyard next to a fireplace and outdoor heater, bundle up in the cold with blankets they provide AND they have the best cocktail…. Jones 75. It has just the right amount of strawberry touched with jalapeño. The inside is laid out so they can have concerts inside and they even have a prohibition celebration. Grab a starter of the chile-lime, cilantro octopus and watch the old movies playing on the giant screen with your partner and enjoy the chill atmosphere. It really is a good time.
Oklahoma is home to many music superstars including Garth Brooks, Vince Gill and Carrie Underwood. So, you can imagine there are many different types of music events happening in the city all the time. For the perfect date night, head over to Michael Murphy’s Dueling Piano Bar. Inside you will find an open area to watch various piano players who take stage in rotations playing almost any song you can request. There is a roast of other guest’s friends that is simply hilarious, and it will definitely get you grooving to the music. This is performance at its best and date night done right!
4. Museums & Art
Oklahoma City is filled with so much talent. Just like in Music, there are some amazing local artists. I totally have to break down this one into a couple bullets of its own!
The Porcelain Art Museum on Portland displays the finest collections of hand painted porcelain in the United States! Pieces on display include those representing traditional, modern, Asian, and Dresden styles. This is one of those must see places.
The Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center provides exhibits, performances, events and even classes for those wanting to expand their horizons.
I can’t have a list of museums without mentioning the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. Oklahoma City was changed forever in 1995 when the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah building happened. But, as a National Memorial, this museum sees tens of thousands of visitors every year. And, it tells the stories of survivors as well as provides a place for reflection at the Field of Empty Chairs to remember those who died. The grounds are beautiful, and to stand under the Survivor Tree is almost a breath-taking experience. The tree survived when nothing else even close to it was turned to rubble. A very humbling, yet eye-opening experience.
Oklahoma has a rich Native American History. The Red Earth Art Center is an innovative museum to experience because of its more than 1,400 pieces of art from various tribes. It includes paintings, carvings, pottery and everchanging exhibits. It is even host to the Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival (the city’s and maybe the country’s largest display of American Indian visual and performing arts). This is a festival you don’t want to miss.
The hustle and bustle of Oklahoma City can get a little hectic at times. But, there are places like the Martin Park Nature Center, John E Kirkpatrick Horticulture Center, Lake Hefner, and The Riding Stables at Draper Lake to help you unwind. Each of these provide the opportunity to ‘get out of town’ and enjoy nature and the outdoors while remaining close to home.
Oklahoma City is the perfect place for the young couple to experience art and culture, sports, museums and a booming nightlife together. Broaden your horizons. Experience something new. Buy your next home in Oklahoma City. Until next time!