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.
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 City Museum of Art has more than 3000 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. Additionally, this art museum attracts wonderful traveling exhibits that are a must for connoisseurs. Guided tours are available for groups with ten or more people as long as the reservation is made two weeks prior to visit.
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.
Located just off I-44 at Martin Luther King Boulevard, this movie theater is the city's newest and largest. Of course, this Cinemark theater still has the standard touches: a video arcade and snack bar. The decor is characterized by lots of colorful neon lighting, and wall space all the way up to the high ceiling is covered with posters advertising the latest attractions. This theater is fast becoming popular for its huge, slightly curved screens and plush stadium seating. With features like these, moviegoers are sure to have the ultimate viewing experience.
Embassy Suites Norman features spacious suites with flat-screen cable TVs with HBO. Located 4 miles from the University of Oklahoma, it offers free local shuttles, a restaurant and indoor pool. The one-bedroom suites provide seating rooms with sofa beds. They have iPod docking stations, desks and safety deposit boxes. The suites also include microwaves and refrigerators. For guests’ convenience, Embassy Suites Norman - Hotel and Conference Center offers a gym and business center. The hotel serves breakfast and has a coffee shop. North Park Grille is open for lunch and dinner. Andy Alligator’s Fun Park and Riverwind Casino are within 5 miles of Norman Embassy Suites. The hotel is 17 miles from Will Rogers World Airport and Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.