Tour of OKC Arts District

OKC Arts District
My yearlong tour of Oklahoma City Districts continues this month with a stop in the OKC Arts District. As you can see by the pink outline on the Google Map below the OKC Arts District is pretty big. It encompasses many primary points of interest for residents and tourists alike including; The Myriad Botanical Gardens, Civic Center, Chesapeake Arena, Cox Convention Center, Municipal Buildings and the Devon Tower. With so many places to see in the Arts District, I’m going to just touch on a few of my favorites.
OKC Arts District
OKC Arts District is outlined in pink

The Civic Center was founded at 201 N. Walker in 1937 as a municipal auditorium. Since then is has undergone several renovations to become the world class venue it is today. Visitors of the Civic Center enjoy theatre productions, symphonies and ballet performances from eight different professional arts organizations that call the Civic Center home; Black Liberal Arts Center, Canterbury Choral Society, Celebrity Attractions, Lyric Theatre, OKC Ballet, OKC Philharmonic, OKC Repertory Theatre and the OKC Theatre Company.

The seventeen acre Myriad Botanical Gardens at 301 W. Reno was developed as a concept in the mid 1960’s as part of the Pei Plan, an urban redevelopment initiative for Oklahoma City (think of it like the MAPS of the 60’s). The Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory was added in the 1980’s. Both have undergone extensive renovation in recent years. The gardens offers many activities for the entire family throughout the year making it a central point of the OKC Arts District. Pro tip, bookmark their calendar here.
OKC Arts District
A visit to the Arts District wouldn’t be complete without a stop at The Oklahoma City Museum of Art at 415 Couch Drive. OKMOA has the largest collection of glass by artist Dave Chihuly including a towering sculpture in their main lobby atrium that will take your breath away. I won’t lie, sometimes I pop in just to stand in awe of it!

With so much to see and do, you’re sure to work up an appetite. Thanks to the many businesses nearby, there are plenty of places to grab a quick lunch (most close mid-afternoon). But if you have a bit more time at lunch, my very favorite is Kitchen 324. For dinner, my top picks are Park House (call ahead, I’ve found they sometimes close for private parties) and the Museum Cafe. If it’s a really special event, you can’t go wrong dining atop the Devon tower at Vast!

In case you missed a stop along the way, here are links to my other Oklahoma City District posts;

Next stop, Uptown!

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