Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Near Bricktown
1750 East Reno Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
Phone: (405) 278-7250
Fax: (405) 278-7260
The James E. Stewart Golf Course is a challenging nine-hole course intended for all, but perfect for beginners. It is part of the other public courses within the city and is one of the best. It is no wonder that generations of golfers have called this place home for decades. Check website for tee-times and to sign-up for classes and other tournaments.
The OKC Riversport is part of the larger complex along the river known as the Boathouse District. The district includes different boathouses where people can rent kayaks, canoes and dragon boats at reasonable prices depending on the amount of time they're used. Riversport Adventures is the highlight of the district, here visitors will find zip-lines, extreme jumps, slides and climbing walls in addition to everything else that floats on the lazy Oklahoma River. It is no wonder why this place is so popular amongst those that enjoy adventure and thrills. After a long exhausting day outdoors, guests can catch a water taxi on the Bricktown Canal to the historic neighborhood of the same name for a drink or a bite to eat at one of the many bars and restaurants.
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.
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.
This south-side public golf course is a great place for beginners because it is not too challenging. There are only seven traps and four water hazards in 18 holes. You can practice on the putting green and chipping areas, and drive some balls at the driving range. Afterward, enjoy a beer in the snack bar.
The Myriad Botanical Garden is a green oasis that offers space and serenity within the concrete urban sprawl of Oklahoma City's downtown. The gardens are spread across 17 acres (6.9 hectares), and the horticulturists often offer educational classes and workshops as well as just a place to relax. Upon entering, the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory contains more than 2000 species of plants and in addition to permanent species, the gardens display rotating exhibits such as orchids and more exotic plants throughout the year. The Grand Event Lawn in the outer gardens and the Water Stage on the lake are frequently used for events like concerts, theater and movie screenings year-round. To enter the Crystal Bridge Conservatory, there is an admission fee.
This skatepark named after the phenomenal BMX freestyle rider Mat Hoffman is rated one of the best parks to skate in the country. It has three different areas, each with different skill levels for those on their skateboard, rollerblades and/or on their bikes. The course has an 11-ft. halfpipe, street obstacles and rails and it is entirely 'skate at your own risk' here, so bring a helmet.
Just south of Remington Park you will find this beautiful public championship golf course. There are 30 sand traps and five water hazards on each of the 18-hole courses, and the slope rating is 120 on the east course, 121 on the west course. There is a driving range and putting green on which to practice. Also enjoy the restaurant, which serves beer as the only alcoholic beverage, or snack shop after a long day of golfing.
Stockyards City is a historical part of town that showcases all things Western. When settlers arrived, they used the area as a cattleyard and over the decades it became dotted with packing plants throughout. Today, the cattle market still functions as one of the largest in the world. The packing warehouses are gone, most are replaced with western wear shops and great restaurants, try the popular Cattlemen's Steakhouse, the steaks are outstanding. One of the highlights for guests is the ability to saunter out over a walkway to see the bovines mooing below in the National Stockyards Exchange. If you would like to see a place that played an integral role in the city's history, come down and check out this interesting neighborhood, you might even find that perfect cowboy hat!
This zoo in OKC is consistently rated as one of the best zoos in the United States, home to nearly 3,000 animals, it definitely is one of the largest. Some featured exhibits include the Cat Forest and Lion Overlook, in which you can see lions, tigers, jaguars and leopards. The 'Great Escape' showcases gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees and other primate life. One of the zoo's most popular attractions is 'Aquaticus', an aquarium extravaganza that features a dolphin and sea lion spectacle. The zoo is also very active in the community, it provides nature classes, labs, tours and 'Zoomobiles' for all ages. At the end of the day, guests usually catch the show under the stars at the Zoo Amphitheater.
The Katy Trail follows the former train tracks of old freighters that would rumble across the OKC region during the last century. Today, most of the 7.3 mile trail is unpaved and this might be why it is one of the most sought-after spots in the entire city for its tranquility and remoteness (even though you are still in the city). If you happen to need some peace and quiet, but don't want to wander off too far, then try the Katy Trail.
Nothing is more exciting than a day at the races, especially when your horse is winning on the track. In addition to watching the ponies run, you can enjoy fine dining at the on-site Silks Restaurant or catch the show from your own personal box seat in the Club One lounge. Check out their 'Twilight Thursdays', where you can place bets, sample appetizers and drink for one great low price. This place is also popular for the after work crowd, where people come to the Bricktown Brewery and Henry Hudson's Pub, both perfect spots to have a drink and not necessarily gamble.