If you’re a dog lover, then you’ll wholeheartedly agree that every adventure is better with a furry friend by your side. Head out the window, ears and tongue flapping in the breeze, there’s nothing like the sheer joy in a dog’s eyes brought on by the open road.
The more I see of men, the more I like dogs.– Madame de Stael
Oklahoma City is about as dog-friendly a town as they come. From Uptown to Downtown, dogs on patios, in parks and on busy sidewalks are as common as birds in the sky. And if a shop door’s left open, you can nearly guarantee you’ll find a shop dog inside, ready to greet you and become your best friend.
The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.– Samuel Butler
Make your dog’s day with a road trip and a romp in OKC.
If it's entertainment you're looking for, then there's no better place than Bricktown. This former warehouse district now features the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, a mile-long canal with water taxis and dozens of restaurants, clubs and venues.
The Myriad Botanical Gardens act as a lush, landscaped oasis in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City. The recently remodeled gardens’ 17 acres draw everyone from concert goers to families to those just looking to enjoy the natural environment.
Completed in 1910, the Colcord Building, at 12 stories high, was the first skyscraper in Oklahoma City. Now, more than 100 years later, the Colcord serves as a reminder of the area's historical charm, providing elegant accommodations.
Kitchen No. 324 draws you in with its shiny white interior and street level views, but it keeps you with its fresh food, homemade baked goods and gourmet roasted coffee. Situated in the historic Braniff building in downtown Oklahoma City, Kitchen No. 324 has become a favorite hot-spot for many local foodies.
Hearth and home is front and center at Plenty Mercantile. Located in Oklahoma City’s historic Automobile Alley district, Plenty prides itself on providing life and style products that convey a strong sense of origin, process and authenticity. From a build-your-own succulent bar to upcycled home furnishings, a foray into Plenty will undoubtedly leave you inspired.
Elemental Coffee Roasters is the essential neighborhood gathering place, a cozy Midtown space to enjoy a bite to eat with friends, grab an afternoon pick-me-up or simply sit on the patio with a book and a dog. Elemental is known for sourcing, sampling, importing, roasting and delivering some of the finest coffees available in the world.
Located in the heart of Midtown – a booming district just north of downtown Oklahoma City with unique bars, restaurants, boutiques and art galleries – the Ambassador Hotel boasts 54 art deco-inspired rooms and a charming rooftop bar with stellar views of the city. With a prime location just steps away from area attractions such as the Bricktown entertainment district, the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum and Chesapeake Arena, it’s no wonder the Ambassador is the city’s newest hot spot.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Neighborhoods, Automobile Alley, once known for its abundance of car dealerships, is now an upscale, urban district featuring one-of-a-kind restaurants, unique shops and more.
Located in Oklahoma City's Classen Curve, RePUBlic Gastropub is a modern American Public House that combines an easy-going, beer bar atmosphere with deliciously upscale fare.
Imagine spending a day among the shining buildings of downtown Oklahoma City, enjoying an adventure wrapped in the bustle of urban life. Then, when things wind down, you drive just 15 minutes south, still in the city, to experience a brand-new landscape at Lake Hefner.
Lake Overholser is a prime location for stand-up paddle boarding, as well as kayaking, sailing and fishing. The Route 66 Boathouse, located on the lake's east shore, offers OKC RIVERSPORT bike, stand-up paddle board and kayak rentals, and even lessons and coached programs. The Route 66 Boathouse is a great starting point for the lake’s various trails, which provide a gorgeous setting for running and cycling.
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