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Tips for Exploring Bricktown This Summer

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Headed down to Oklahoma City’s Bricktown this summer?   There are many different events going on, from sporting games to live music to boat rides on the canal.  However, if you’re headed to Bricktown, there are a few tips to keep in mind to make your visit more enjoyable.  Trust me, nothing spoils a visit to OKC like a bad evening in Bricktown.

First, it’s a good idea to check a calendar of events if you’re just thinking about having dinner or seeing a movie in Bricktown.  If a sporting event or concert is going on, you’ll find many parking lots are full up.  This is especially true on the weekend.  It can be difficult to find good parking on a Friday or Saturday evening even if nothing major is going on.  Remember, too, that you may have to pay for parking.  Many lots charge as much as $5 for parking in the evenings or on weekends.

Second, if you are headed to Bricktown for dinner, call ahead and see if the restaurant you plan on visiting takes reservations.  If so, make one!  If they don’t, be prepared to wait as much as an hour or more.  This can be true even on weekdays.  I once went to Toby Keith’s I Love this Bar and Grill on a Wednesday evening around 6:00 p.m. and had a 45 minute wait. 

Third, go early.  While you may still have difficulty finding a parking space or have a wait for your table, it pays to get to Bricktown as early as possible.  You can always stroll along the canal or sit outside and enjoy the great Oklahoma spring weather if you’re too early for your event or for dinner.  It’s definitely worth killing an hour or so if it means getting a good parking space.

Fourth, remember that many streets in and leading to Bricktown are one way streets.  Traffic can be a little crazy in this area of OKC, especially with all the construction near the Myriad Gardens.  They’re busy building the new Devon Tower, which has put traffic down to one lane.  Even without this construction, it always pays to leave a little early when going to Bricktown because you never know what traffic will be like.  There are also often many pedestrians crossing the streets, so watch out for them.

Finally, be sure to plan an evening!  Going to Bricktown just for a baseball game or to eat at Earl’s Barbeque is great, but why not plan a bit more than that?  Go early to take a ride on the canal or stop by Marble Slab or The Melting Pot later for dessert.  If you’re headed down to Bricktown, there’s a lot to do, so don’t miss out on any of it.

Here are a few other blogs that mention Bricktown:

A good place to learn about Bricktown events is on the Bricktown Association’s blog.

Shippy’s blog on TravBuddy lists some of his favorite places to eat in Bricktown.

Tom Holland’s Picture Blog has a great image of the Bricktown Canal.

Finally, a blog post from the KRMG Morning News Blog that’s just a little bizarre!  Movie star Jessica Alba plastered posters of a shark in different places in Bricktown.

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