Within walking distance of the convention hotel is the Bricktown Entertainment District, a vibrant home to many restaurants, nightclubs, sporting facilities, shops, attractions, condos, and a spectacular canal. Located in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City, Bricktown, as it now stands, was once a warehouse neighborhood that has been magnificently restored. It has enjoyed a physical revival and gained immense popularity since the early 1980s, becoming a hot spot, known for its diverse entertainment options.
201 N Walker Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102 (405.297.2584)
Performers scheduled at the Civic Center Music Hall during the annual meeting include blues guitarist Joe Bonamasssa (March 26) and the Canterbury Choral Society (March 27).
301 West Reno, Oklahoma City, OK 73102 (405-297-3995)
Seventeen acres of colorfully landscaped gardens surround the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory.
415 Couch Drive, OKC, OK 73102 (405-236-3100)
This modern art museum has more than 3,000 works from 19th- and 20th-century American artists. The highlight is a gallery that focuses on modern American art from the 1950s and 1960s, which includes work by Ellsworth Kelly, Richard Diebenkorn and Robert Indiana. This art museum attracts wonderful traveling exhibits, so call if you are in town to see what is new at the museum. Guided tours are available for groups over 10 with two weeks notice. Admission: $7 adults, $5 seniors and students, children 5 and under free.
620 N. Harvey Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73102 (405-235-3313)
The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum was created to honor those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever by the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The Memorial and Museum are dedicated to educating visitors about the impact of violence, informing about events surrounding the bombing, and inspiring hope and healing through lessons learned by those affected.
The Thunder is Oklahoma City’s professional basketball team. During the meeting, they will be playing Houston (March 24) and the LA Lakers (March 26). The Thunder plays at the Ford Center, a short walk from the Cox Convention Center and Renaissance Hotel.
1700 Northeast 63rd Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73111 (405-478-2250)
The American West is captured in this 220,000 square foot museum. There are hundreds of sculptures and thousands of paintings, photographs and artifacts from the Old West. The newest addition is the Joe Grandee Museum, which features more than 5,000 artifacts from this artist's personal collection. There is a life-size reproduction of a frontier town, a rodeo gallery, a cowboy gallery and a frontier soldier gallery. You will also see the largest collection of contemporary western artists, as well as the well-known paintings of Frederick Remington. Admission: $8.50 adults, $7 seniors, $4 children (6-12), free for children under 6.
Plaza Theatre, 1727 NW 16th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73106 (405-843-9898)
The Oklahoma City Ballet will be performing “Future Voices” on March 26 and 27. This choreographic showcase will feature several different pieces choreographed by local dance professionals, including some of Oklahoma City Ballet's own staff and dancers. The Plaza Theater creates an intimate setting for an up-close look at the dancers and the dance, including a question and answer session with the choreographers after each performance. Future Voices will be full of variety in movement and music.
2101 NE 50th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73111 (405-424-3344)
One of the ten best zoos in the U.S., the Oklahoma City Zoo is home to more than 2,800 animals. Featured exhibits include Cat Forest/Lion Overlook (lions, tigers, jaguars, leopards) and Great EscApe (gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees). One of the zoo's most popular attractions is Aquaticus, which features aquariums and shows by a dolphin and sea lions. The zoo offers nature classes, labs, tours and Zoomobiles for all ages. You can end the day with a show under the stars at the amphitheater.
2100 Northeast 52nd Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73111 (405-602-6664)
The Science Museum Oklahoma has more than 350 hands-on science exhibits to see. If you have little ones (under 6), there is an area with hands-on exhibits just for them. The Air and Space museum has one of the most complete collections of this type of memorabilia in the southwest. You can also visit the Planetarium or the Dome Theater, a dome-screen theater that surrounds the audience.
2401 N. Laird Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73105 (405-522-5248)
Located on 18 acres across from the Capital building, the History Center is a beautifully designed, self-guided exploration of Oklahoma – past to present. Within the 215,000 square-foot learning center are five extraordinary, state-of-the-art galleries housing more than 200 hands-on audio, video and computer activities. Outside the museum, the Red River Journey offers visitors a walking tour of the Red River Valley featuring land forms, vegetation and important historical locations. The grounds also include an outdoor oilfield exhibit with drilling derricks, a portable derrick and machinery associated with Oklahoma oil explorations.
2401 Chautauqua Ave., Norman, OK 73072 (405-325-4712)
Explore 50,000 square feet of exhibits that immerse visitors in the state's rich history, including two new galleries: Paleozoic Life and the Noble Corporation and Noble Energy Orientation Gallery. The museum sponsors public programs for adults and children.