Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Near Bricktown
1750 East Reno Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
Phone: (405) 278-7250
Fax: (405) 278-7260
In 1889, over two million acres in present-day Oklahoma was opened to settlement by President Benjamin Harrison. However, land couldn't be claimed until after noon on April 22 of that year. Over 50,000 settlers lined up on that day, and when a canon was fired at noon it was off to the races to claim some land. This monument, designed by local artist Paul Moore, is at 1.5 scale, giving the pieces a larger-than-life appearance.
Oklahoma City's Boathouse District offers something for everyone, from families and kids to athletes and loafers. Located on the Oklahoma River, there are over 12 miles of beautiful trails for running, walking or cycling. The boathouses that line the river here house a variety of rowing teams and training centers, as this portion of the river hosts a variety of races throughout the year. Boat and canoe rentals are also available.
This is OKC's primary destination for visitors seeking restaurants, bars, museums and places to entertain themselves. The historic district was formerly a place filled with warehouses and storage depots along the Bricktown Canal, however this industry has now departed and the buildings have been rehabbed and refurbished into stylish lofts and businesses. Highlights in the district include the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, the Tapwerks Ale House and it is just steps away from the Cox Convention Center and Chesapeake Arena. One of the coolest attributes of the neighborhood is the mode of transport; the water taxis zoom up-and-down the Bricktown Canal and drop visitors off at several stops along the way.
The Oklahoma River is an offshoot of the Mighty Mississippi hundreds of miles away to the east. Thankfully, it is still a viable river perfect for recreation and leisure on its banks. The asphalt trails on both sides of the river cover 13-miles, however there is no way to cross from one side to the other! To access the north trail, start at Regatta Park and to access the south, there is an entrance at SW 15th and Sheridan. One other note, the OKC Parks Department does not allow motorized vehicles, only pedestrian and cycling activity.
Regatta Park is a great recreation center for the locals in Oklahoma. Located in the heart of Downtown, the park is used by the locals for hosting a number of events, parties and sporting events. The annual Oklahoma RiverFest also takes place at the park and draws a lot of people from all over the city. The event includes a number of games and activities for the kids as well as the adults including bicycle races, boat races and live music.
Edwards Lake Fishing Lake is a small lake located within Northeastern Oklahoma City's Edwards Park. The lake has two uncovered docks for casual fishing. There are various fishing classes and workshops that frequently take part at the lake. Contact the city's Parks department to inquire about necessary permits.
The Harn Homestead and 1889ers Museum is where city benefactor William Fremont Harn developed this quintessential frontier homestead. The estate contains a one-room schoolhouse, a grandiose Victorian mansion and a petting-zoo/farm on the grounds. The land was claimed during the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889 and today the complex offers hands-on education about the work ethic during the late 19th Century as well as providing field trips and day camps. The 9.4 acre facility is also available for corporate events, weddings, birthday parties, etc.
This is a city location for Muslim worship and other services. Call for more details.
For more than a century, this downtown cathedral has served the Catholic community in Oklahoma City. St. Paul's suffered significant damage as a result of the Murrah bombing, but has since rebuilt, dedicating one of the new structures to those who died on April 19. Guests are invited to attend one of three Sunday services at the cathedral, or visitors can come to its quiet sanctuary to pray and pay their respects to bombing victims.
1n 1995, Timothy McVeigh bombed the Alfred Murrah federal building and in response to that tragic attack, the victims' families subsequently created this institute as a center for citizens to become informed about terrorist threats. Some of the sobering highlights include displays on everything from how victims deal with the outcomes of these attacks to the reasons and conflicts themselves. Another main feature at the institute is the Lawson Library. Here, visitors will find that this repository has the largest collection of homeland security information in the U.S. In order to bring attention to public safety, the institute works with over 800,000 police officers in social policy like continuing education and community relations. Through its online portal, U.S. residents themselves can become involved in law enforcement education to better protect their own communities.
Located on several hundred acres of wooded hills, this large man-made lake offers a variety of water activities including boating and fishing. Sandy beaches along the lake have shower facilities, boat ramps, camping sites, picnic areas, grills, and pavilions.
April 19, 1995 was one of the darkest days in Oklahoma City's history. On that day Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was attacked by Timothy McVeigh, subsequently killing 168 people. The site contains two parts, the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial and the museum itself. Inside the museum, you will see 168 empty chairs; one for each innocent victim, 19 of which included children. The most endearing tribute, however, is the part of the fence that has been left over from the makeshift memorial that stood here for five years after the attack. Today, visitors will see letters, photos, flowers and other precious sentiments left by survivors and visitors. Also prominently featured in the memorial is the Survivor Tree, it has become a symbol of hope to the people of Oklahoma City. Admission to the outside memorial is free, but the museum charges a fee.