Oklahoma City's Asia District
Oklahoma City has the largest asian population in the state and is home to a growing cultural district simply called, the Asia District, as it encompasses Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai, Korean, filipino, and Japanese cultures and cuisines.
Located near multicultural Oklahoma City University, centred primarily along Classen Blvd from 22nd Street to NW 30th, the district has a multitude of restaurants, asian oriented retail, asian supermarkets, and attractions. Just recently, the so-called Gold Dome (a Geodescic domed roof building) on 23rd Street was purchased by a local investor who intends to develop it as an Asian International Cultural Centre.
The city and chamber are finally recognizing the potential of this once blighted neighbourhood and are teaming with local leaders to develop a showcase entrance (like a Chinese gate), Chinese-style streetlamps, and asian themed zoning.
Unique Suggestions: Drop into the many restaurants to sample the Asian cuisine. Go to the Supermarket on Military Ave. - A MUST!!!!
Fun Alternatives: No alternative exists in the state. There are other Asian enclaves, NW Expressway area and S. Western, but these are strip areas and very new.
- Food and Dining
- Arts and Culture
The Capitol Hill Main Street district is due south of downtown and is the centre of the city's Latin oriented commerce. While development has been much slower than other Bricktown or the Asian District, Capitol Hill does host many restaurants and retail outlets that would leave you to believe you were actually in Mexico.
It is tough to say exactly what direction the district will take but hopefully with the N. Canadian river (Oklahoma river) re-development and the apparent desire to return to the inner city interest in Capital Hill will recover more strongly.
Unique Suggestions: Walk the street and experience the local shops, restaurants, and flavour of the district. Oh, and by the way, knowledge of Espanol may be helpful.
- Arts and Culture
Located at the Agnew Exit South of I-40 to Exchange Ave, Stockyards City is home to the home of the largest stocker/feeder cattle market in the world. The historic district recaptures the architectural flavor of the earlier part of this century, with gaslights and "Western Themed" retail storefronts.
Many of the businesses in Stockyards City date back to the early 1900s when the area was home to the major meat packing companies. The district still has weekly cattle auctions and tours are available.
A number of special events have sprung up as well, including Longhorn Cattle Drive each December, sidewalk sales between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and the Stockyards Stampede the first weekend in June.
Unique Suggestions: Visit Cattlemen's Restaurant @ 1309 S. Agnew .. 405.236.0416
For a purely Oklahoma experience, this is a must. At this "Man's Joint" - steak and potatoes ARE the menu. If you can't handle a lot of beef (like myself), then 'steer away from here.' Otherwise, this may be THE place in OKC for you.
Cattlemen's Restaurant symbolizes the western heritage of the district and is one of the top tourist attractions. It is noted that President Bush comes here when in town (be that it may) and he only orders the "Two Steaks In One" Presidential Choice Cattlemen's Cut.
Fun Alternatives: There are others, of course, but I think Cattlemen's symbolizes the western heritage of Oklahoma City and has great traditional "Cowboy Style" cuisine.
- Historical Travel
- Family Travel
Paseo Arts District
The Paseo Arts District was built in 1929 as the first commercial shopping district north of downtown Oklahoma City. This little Spanish village with it's stucco building and clay tile roofs is the home of Oklahoma City's artists' community, the only such district in the state.
Located along the Paseo Drive at roughly N. Walker Ave and NW 28th Street, the district is home to a number of chic' bars and restaurants and hosts an arts festival in the spring.
Unique Suggestions: Visit Galileo's @ 3009 Paseo (405) 415-STAR
They provide fine dining with an artesian atmosphere and feature a mediterranean menu. Patio dining is available weather permitting. You can enjoy the finest Live Music & Poetry in a relaxed environment until 2am nightly.
For starters, try the Galileo Shrimp $7.95 and finish it up with the Ginger lime tuna $15.95. Au Magnifique!
- Arts and Culture
Frontier City and White Water
I don't know if I would say these are tourist traps but Frontier City and White Water are two places children love to go!
Frontier City is an amusement park and White Water is a swimming theme park type...your call.
FRONTIER CITY THEME PARK
One price lets you enjoy all the rides and see the exciting shows at this 'western-style' theme park. Rides include the Renegade Rapids river raft ride, the Wildcat roller coaster, and the Time Warp.
11601 NW Expressway (I-35 N, Exit 122 St)
Open weekends April - October
Open daily June - August
WHITE WATER BAY
Over 30 water rides, slides, pools, and activities. Brave the waves in the Wave Pool or challenge the 7-story Bermuda Triangle's three water slides.
The Cannonball Falls fires you into the water after a 6-foot drop. Try the 4-person Big Kahuna raft ride or the 65-foot freefall Acapulco Cliff Dive. Float down the lazy Castaway Creek.
3908 W Reno
(Just West of Portland Ave.)
Admission: Daily and Season
Open Weekends May 17 - Memorial Day
Daily May 27 - August 17
Weekends until September 17
Opens 10:30 am
Unique Suggestions: Go to the website, tickets are cheaper online. .
Fun Alternatives: click here
A new artificial canal was constructed a few years ago in Bricktown. It's beginning to look like San Antonio, but it has a few years to go.