Bricktown#4 in Best Things To Do in Oklahoma City
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Bricktown's red brick buildings first appeared at the turn of the 20th century as warehouses. Now, in the 21st century, this area is a bustling entertainment district with restaurants, bars, shops, hotels and even the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark and the Cox Convention Center. There's also a canal, which visitors can enjoy via water taxi.
Recent visitors said Bricktown provided a nice pre- or post-dinner stroll and were impressed with the amount of nightlife offered here. If you can, reviewers suggest leaving your car at your hotel and enjoying this area with your own two feet as parking around here can be difficult, especially on the weekends. For more information on Bricktown, visit the area's website.
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#1 Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum
April 19, 1995, was one of those days in America's history when time stopped. A bomb decimated the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building at 9:02 a.m., killing 168 people including 19 children in its blast. This museum and memorial were raised in honor of the people affected by the domestic terrorist attack. The museum offers visitors a chronological self-guided and interactive tour separated into 10 chapters, starting with the history of the site all the way through the bombing's lasting impact and what it means for our country's future. Along the way, you'll see archived news footage, hear survivors (and surviving family members) tell their stories, and see artifacts recovered from the event, including Timothy McVeigh’s getaway car.
Outside the museum, you'll find a memorial honoring the victims, survivors and rescuers sitting on the grounds where the building once stood. There are many features to the outdoor memorial, but the Field of Empty Chairs is perhaps the most moving, according to recent visitors. Located on the footprint of the Murrah Building are 168 chairs made to represent all the lives lost that day. Each chair details the name of a person, as well as the floor they were on. There are 19 small chairs to represent the children who perished in the bombing.
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