Bricktown was originally a warehouse and distribution area for Oklahoma City but times and industries changed and the area decayed rapidly. The 1993 tax initiative – you’ll hear it referred to as MAPS (Metropolitan Area Projects Initiative) – gave new birth to Bricktown.
Many people snickered at the idea of Oklahoma City building a canal in the middle of the area but today visitors love riding on the Bricktown Water Taxis and hearing the history of the area. Also included in the projects were a baseball stadium, now home to the Dodgers, AAA farm team for the big boys, and the neighboring arena for concerts and the home-town favorites, the NBA Thunder.
Today Bricktown is booming with a variety of restaurants – steakhouses, Mexican and Italian eateries, Cajun cooking, Okie comfort food and the ubiquitous Sonic, founded in Oklahoma with its home office right on the Bricktown Canal.
You’ll find all sorts of entertainment here, too. Listen to up-and-coming musicians at [email protected] Performance Lab or one of the Bricktown clubs. Kids enjoy the arcade, laser games and mini-golf at Brickopolis and there’s always a good choice of movies at the Harkins Cinema 16.
While not a major shopping area, there are some interesting shops in the area. The Chickasaw Nation Visitor Center carries Native arts and crafts, books and Bedré Fine Chocolates. Bass Pro has everything for the sportsperson – and more.
It would be a mistake to miss the American Banjo Museum. It’s surprising how much there is to see and learn in this unexpected gem.