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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Recruiting retail

ICSC Trade Show

In OKC, we mean business – literally. The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, the city of Oklahoma City and a number of the other community partners are always looking for new ways to attract new businesses to our community. Attracting destination retail to our city is a big part of that effort.

Enter the International Council of Shopping Centers RECon conference. An annual retail and real estate convention in Las Vegas that attracts just under 40,000 attendees each year, including the biggest retailers in the world.

Why are we talking about a conference in Las Vegas? Because RECon is a vital tool in getting the next big thing to OKC. That national retailer you really, really want to open a location here … there is a great chance a team from Oklahoma City has met with them in Vegas. When a big retailer announces they are coming to OKC, well the odds are good that it all started with a little meeting in the very large Las Vegas Convention Center, except in this case what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas.

retail
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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OKCRetail.com

Shopping  for produce

Thinking about opening your own shop or restaurant in Oklahoma City? We don’t blame you—for the second year in a row, Oklahoma City was named the No. 1 large city to start a business in by WalletHub. To give your new store the best chance for success you need information. Luckily, OKC Retail is here to help with everything from vacant property listings, demographic information and more. It is also a great place to keep up with the latest retail news in our city. You should also follow OKC retail on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates and news stories regarding retail in Oklahoma City.

business, retail
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Retail is important, very important

Shopping in OKC

We’ve spent this week talking a lot about retail. You might be wondering why it matters? I mean it is just shopping and eating right? In reality, retail is one of the key drivers of our city.

In short, retail is what makes our city go. Sales taxes in Oklahoma City fund the city’s core services and day-to-day operations. That’s important stuff like police, fire, street maintenance, the Zoo, parks, etc. While property taxes can be used to fund voter-approved bond issues for specific capital projects, Oklahoma law actually prohibits cities from levying property taxes for services. The more you shop in OKC, the more you help your community! So put down the mouse, get out of the house, and get to shopping for a new blouse, pet grouse, Westinghouse, a choice porterhouse, downspouts, bean sprouts or a new spouse (just kidding on that last one, obvi). But seriously, shopping in your community is not only fun and easy but important to maintaining a healthy city.

retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: May 15 - May 21, 2018

Friends enjoying beer

Tuesday, May 15
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Wheeler Crit; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
Beatles vs. Stones; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, May 16
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Akira; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket are $10

Thursday, May 17
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
WWE NXT; 6 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
Spoon; 7 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.
Memphis Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Apocalyptica Plays Metallica; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, May 18
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Memphis Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary
Coop Showcase; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket are $8. 

Saturday, May 19
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
2018 OKC Whitewater Festival; All day; RIVERSPORTS Adventures; 552-4040; This event is free.
Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival; 1 & 6 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Midtown Walkabout; 2 p.m.; Midtown; 235-3500; This event is free.
Traditional Music of the Open Prairie; 3 p.m.; American Banjo Museum; 604-2793; Ticket prices vary.
Colorado Springs Switchbacks vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; Ticket prices vary.
Toadies; 7 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; (800) 514-3849; Ticket prices vary.
Memphis Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary
2018 Big 12 Conference Softball Championship; All day; National Cowboy Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 425-3422; Ticket prices vary.
Okie Made Market; All day; Film Row; 810-6977; This event is free.
Vdubs on Auto Alley Street Festival; All day; Automobile Alley; This event is free.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Stonesour; 6:30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Urban Camping at RIVERSPORT Rapids; 7 p.m.; 552-4040; $10 per tent.
Insamuch Foundation Classics Series-Joel Levine; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, May 20
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
2018 OKC Whitewater Festival; All day; RIVERSPORTS Adventures; 552-4040; This event is free.
Wild Kratts Live!; 2 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Memphis Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 2:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary

Monday, May 21
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Resources for visitors

OKC Skyline

So you just moved to Oklahoma City and now friends and family want to come visit you in your new hometown, what next? Well, if you want to show your guests the best of OKC, get to know www.visitokc.com. Run by our friends at the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau, the site is a spectacular resource for all things Oklahoma City: It has everything you would want to know about upcoming events, attractions, restaurants, trip ideas and more. For visitors and residents alike, this is an extremely useful website you shouldn’t ignore!

attractions, Visit OKC
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Must-visit destinations

Pops on Route 66

“I had no idea!” If we had a nickel for every time we heard that phrase from a first-time visitor to the 4-0-5, we would be able to pay Russ’ contract. Visitors are always surprised about the metro’s combination of art, history, entertainment, food and nightlife and more. Here are some must-visit places in America’s best-kept secret in tourism (in our biased opinions):

Route 66
Oklahoma contains more of the historic Route 66 than any other state. While you journey across this iconic route, you’re welcome to make a quick stop for the Route 66 Museum, Totem Pole Park, the Blue Whale of Catoosa, and no trek through Route 66 is complete without a stop (and a soda) at POPS!

The Oklahoma City National Memorial
April 19, 1995 changed our city and country forever. Today, a one-of-a-kind memorial and  museum about that tragic morning stand atop the bombing site. The reflecting pond and empty chairs that represent the lives lost on that fateful morning are deeply ingrained into the hearts and minds of all who see it.

The OKCMOA
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is the largest art museum in Oklahoma. It features a wide array of art, including (but not limited to) sizable galleries full of European art, American art, contemporary art, and an iconic collection of Dale Chihuly’s glasswork. There’s also an exhibition gallery space that features new and wildly popular exhibitions every few months. The Museum also has its own movie theater, where it hosts special screenings and events almost every day.

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden
The Oklahoma City Zoo is considered a staple for both locals’ “let’s make a regular visit” lists and Oklahoma City’s visitor economy. With nearly 2,000 animals, aquatic life, reptiles, insects and plants the public can admire, it’s a very popular attraction for all ages.

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
There is perhaps nothing more inherently Oklahoman than images of the Wild West. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of American Indians and cowboys that lived in Oklahoma throughout history with art, firearms, outfits and more.

Oklahoma History Center
Oklahoma’s rich history is preserved for all generations to see at the Oklahoma History Center. Featuring a vast collection of items tied to Oklahoma’s early history, the Oklahoma History Center isn’t a stop you want to overlook.

Stockyards City
For the quintessential Oklahoma cowboy experience, Stockyards City is a must see. Stockyards City is the largest feeder and cattle market in the world, which features architecture and shops designed to give you an authentic ranch experience. It’s also home of Oklahoma’s most famous restaurant, Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, which has been featured on Food Network’s Man vs Food and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

Science Museum Oklahoma
With more than 350,000 square feet chock-full of hands-on science and experimentation, the Science Museum of Oklahoma is another one of the most popular and beloved tourist attractions Oklahoma City has to offer.

zoo, Adventure District, arts and culture, day-trip, family-friendly, history, museums, OKC National Memorial, Route 66, Stockyards, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Make the move easier

Moving Resources

While we could not be more excited to have you relocate to our great city, we get it - moving is tough. If you are coming from further away and/or don’t know anyone in your new city, it is even tougher. It is hard to even know where to start! Where do I get cable? When does my trash get picked up? When does the newest edition of The Better Life hit my inbox? Okay, so maybe that last one is not the most important thing you are worried about, but we can dream. To make your move easier visit the moving resources section of our webpage.

moving
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: May 8 - May 14, 2018

Big 12 Softball Championships

Tuesday, May 8
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Wheeler Crit; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
Celtic Woman: Homecoming Tour; 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Primus/Mastodon; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, May 9
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 11:05 a.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Phoenix Rising FC vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; Ticket prices vary.
A Scanner Darkly; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket are $10.

Thursday, May 10
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, May 11
2018 Big 12 Conference Softball Championship; All day; National Cowboy Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 425-3422; Ticket prices vary.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
LIVE on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; This event is free.
Urban Camping at RIVERSPORT Rapids; 7 p.m.; 552-4040; $10 per tent.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, May 12
2018 Big 12 Conference Softball Championship; All day; National Cowboy Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; 425-3422; Ticket prices vary.
Okie Made Market; All day; Film Row; 810-6977; This event is free.
Vdubs on Auto Alley Street Festival; All day; Automobile Alley; This event is free.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Stonesour; 6:30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Urban Camping at RIVERSPORT Rapids; 7 p.m.; 552-4040; $10 per tent.
Insamuch Foundation Classics Series-Joel Levine; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, May 13
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.

Monday, May 14
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Choose your own adventure at the Boathouse District

Flat water kayaking

The Oklahoma River has the ultimate comeback story—all you need to do is look at the Boathouse District for tangible proof. What is now the glittering jewel of Oklahoma City’s outdoor recreation offering used to be a dry riverbed that required periodic mowing. Today, the Boathouse District is home to an Olympic training venue for rowing and canoe/kayak and the only permanently lit paddle sport racing course in the world, but even beginners and casual athletes can enjoy the facility through corporate rowing leagues and rowing classes.

If you want to get on the water, the Boathouse District offers flatwater kayaking and stand up paddle board rentals and a Learn to Row program that will teach you how to scull and sweep in only one month. But if you prefer to climb to new heights instead, the Boathouse District can also oblige with the Rumble Drop or SandRidge Sky Trail, the tallest adventure course of its kind in the world! Both the 700-foot zip line across the Oklahoma River and the 72-foot sky slide from atop the sky trail will make you feel like a kid again. There is even a youth zone for the kiddos. And certainly anyone who appreciates the great outdoors will love the 13 miles of scenic trails that meander along the Oklahoma River.

The easiest way to take in everything the district has to offer is through the RIVERSPORT Pass, which includes RIVERSPORT Rapids, Love’s tubing and river boarding, plus all land and flatwater adventures in the Boathouse District, at Lake Overholser and at Lake Hefner. No matter your activity level, the Oklahoma River and the Boathouse District are sure to have something for you to enjoy.

family-friendly, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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The Rise of the Oklahoma River

Riversport Rapids Ribbon Cutting

Long before Olympic athletes were training along its banks, the Oklahoma River had many ups and downs before the MAPS program sparked the river’s renaissance. If you are dying to know more (and we can’t blame you), you can walk through the history of the Oklahoma River with a featured story on GreaterOklahomaCity.com.

“A River’s Rise” walks the reader through the history of the Oklahoma River from the Land Run of 1889 to today. Each of the six chapters cover an important aspect of the river’s renovation, from its roots as an important water source for early settlers and a venue for entertainment offerings like Delmar Gardens at the turn of the 20th Century, to the more recent addition of the RIVERSPORT Rapids Whitewater Center and hosting the 2016 Olympic trials for whitewater kayaking.

Each chapter of the story offers the chance to engage with more contextual content, with links to news archives about Oklahoma City’s hosting of the Olympic Festival of 1989 and videos capturing the original vision for the boathouses that now dot the banks of the Oklahoma River, all to tell Oklahoma City’s story more fully.

Check out “A River’s Rise” and be sure to share the story of the Oklahoma River with your friends and family.

Oklahoma City history, Oklahoma River
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Class V fun at RIVERSPORT Rapids

whitewater rafting

As only one of six manmade whitewater courses in the country, RIVERSPORT Rapids distinguishes Oklahoma City as the premiere location for whitewater sports, not just in the United States but around the globe. The whitewater center, which was funded debt-free by the MAPS 3 program, offers recreational rafting, kayaking and tubing experiences. And it’s not just for novices—people will also see elite athletes from around-the-world training and competing on the slalom channel.  

RIVERSPORT Rapids also offers a few more relaxing options if “rapid” is not really your speed. On Thursday evenings this summer, participants have the option of tubing with the rapids slowed down followed by a “floating film” after the sun sets.

In addition to adding fun and excitement to our community, RIVERSPORT Rapids also helps increase community safety. The center is available for swift water rescue training, offering a controlled setting where rescuers can learn the most advanced techniques for rescuing people from fast-running water.

If you want to sample all that you can experience at RIVERSPORT Rapids, attend the Oklahoma City Whitewater Festival, May 19-20. The celebration will feature the BoaterX extreme downriver kayaking competition and free whitewater kayaking clinics. Spectators can enjoy music, food and beer specials at the on-site Big Water Grill while experiencing all the action.

family-friendly, Oklahoma River, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: May 1 - May 7, 2018

OKC Energy FC

Tuesday, May 1
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Wheeler Crit; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
OKC Phil Presents Ben Folds; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, May 2
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.

Thursday, May 3
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Western Ave. on the Lawn; 6 to 9 p.m.; Western Ave.; This event is free.

Friday, May 4
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
First Fridays on the Paseo; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; 525-2688; This event is free.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
The Cleverlys; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
The Music of Abba; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, May 5
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
COCO; 1 & 4 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket are $10
Swope Park Rangers vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; Ticket prices vary.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
The Music of Abba; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, May 6
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
The Incredibles; 1 & 4 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket are $10
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 2:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, May 7
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 11:05 a.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Smokepurpp Monster Energy Outbreak Tour; 7:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon

OKC Memorial Marathon

Each year since 2001, thousands of runners have gathered in downtown Oklahoma City to take part in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. The “Run to Remember,” which begins and ends near the OKC National Memorial, has grown since its inception, now drawing more than 25,000 runners from across the U.S. as well as Japan, China, Germany and the UK. The event has even been labeled one of the "12 Must Run Marathons" by Runner's World magazine.

From the 168 seconds of silence before the race begins to the green banners carefully hung throughout the course, which pays tribute to the victims, the race is certainly not one to miss. It is a reminder of the hope, perseverance and pride in our community that grows stronger each day.

Get involved with the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon on April 29, whether you want to support a runner, volunteer or run races of several different lengths – a full or half marathon, a relay, a 5k and even a kids marathon completed with a 1.2-mile kids fun run -- as part of the day’s festivities. The full marathon is a Boston-qualifying, USA Track and Field (USATF)-sanctioned event.

Register to run or sign up to donate or form a team to raise money for the Memorial’s mission. A separate web page is for those who want to volunteer.

If you would like to cheer on the runners, some of our favorite places include:

  • Starting line
  • Bricktown
  • State Capitol Complex
  • Edgemere Park
  • Crown Heights
  • Nichols Hills
  • Classen Boulevard
  • 18th and Classen
  • Finish line

The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum is the sole beneficiary of Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon event proceeds. This is the Memorial’s largest fundraiser. To learn more about the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, click here.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Why we run

OKC National Memorial

More than two decades ago our community was forever changed and an unbreakable bond was forged among all Oklahomans. On that April day, 168 Oklahomans died when the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was bombed, in what was then the worst terrorist act on American soil. Hundreds more were wounded and more than 12,000 volunteers and rescue workers participated in rescue efforts, recovery and support.

Out of that act, the grief and the many acts of kindness from around the world that followed the bombing came the Oklahoma City National Memorial. The Outdoor Symbolic Memorial is a beautiful and serene park that rests between two gates etched with the minute before – 9:01 a.m. – and the minute after the attack – 9:03 a.m. In between the golden-hued gates are representations of what happened at 9:02, the minute the bomb went off – 168 chairs with each victim’s name, a reflecting pool and the Survivor Tree, an American elm that miraculously survived the blast and is still growing strong.

While you’re visiting, don’t miss the chance to tour the Memorial Museum. If you haven’t ever experienced the museum, or it’s been a while since you have, we can promise it’s something you won’t soon forget. Renovated with new interactive exhibits just last year, including ‘Investigation and Justice, survivor experiences and “Gallery of Honor” provide visitors a true sense of the magnitude of that fateful day and the search for justice that followed.

There’s even an app containing video and audio tours for the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial and Memorial Museum. Search OKCNM in the Apple App Store and in Google Play. Tickets for the museum are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors, military personnel and students ages 6-17; and free for children ages 5 and younger.

museums, Oklahoma City history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Live music in May

Concert at the Criterion in OKC

With the opening of several new venues in Oklahoma City, there has never been more live music options in the metro. Just about any night of the week you can find an exciting performance at a top-notch venue. Here is a quick preview of some the concerts going down in May. Of course this is far from a complete listing. What show did we miss that you are excited about? Let us know in the comments or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook.

  • Ben Folds- May 1 at the Civic Center Music Hall: A special treat as Ben Folds will play with the OKC Philharmonic.
  • Primus/Mastadon- May 8 at the Criterion: Get your metal fix as Primus and Mastadon rock the Criterion.
  • Spoon- May 17 at the Jones Assembly: Indie stalwarts Spoon will be taking over the Jones Assembly for a can’t-miss show.
  • Toadies- May 19 at the Diamond Ballroom: The 90s will never die as the Toadies come to town.
  • James Taylor with special guest Bonnie Raitt- May 25 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena: Just your run-of-the-mill concert featuring a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member with 15 Grammy wins.
  • American Aquarium- May 25 at the Tower Theatre: Favorites among the Oklahoma/Texas touring scene, American Aquarium shows rarely disappoint.
concerts, live music, nightlife
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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May in OKC

NBA playoffs (hopefully), 14 home games for the Dodgers, three home games for the Energy, the Big 12 Softball and Baseball Championships, Oklahoma City Whitewater Festival … well, it is safe to say May is a sports fan’s dream. Luckily our friends over at the Convention and Visitors Bureau have all the action covered in their monthly events video.

Dodgers, live sporting events, OKC Energy, Thunder
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: April 24 - April 30, 2018

2018 OKC Festival of the Arts

Tuesday, April 24
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Festival of the Arts 2018; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Bicentennial Park; Event is free.
Wheeler Crit; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
The Book of Mormon; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, April 25
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Festival of the Arts 2018; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Bicentennial Park; Event is free.
Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
The Book of Mormon; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
David Byrne; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, April 26
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Festival of the Arts 2018; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Bicentennial Park; Event is free.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
The Book of Mormon; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, April 27
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Festival of the Arts 2018; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Bicentennial Park; Event is free.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
The Book of Mormon; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Chicano Batman; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, April 28
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Festival of the Arts 2018; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Bicentennial Park; Event is free.
The Book of Mormon; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Blackberry Smoke; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
My So Called Band; 10 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, April 29
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
2018 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon; All day; Downtown OKC; This event is free.
Festival of the Arts 2018; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Bicentennial Park; Event is free.
The Book of Mormon; 1:30 & 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 2:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Vance Joy; 8:30 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, April 30
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Festival of the Arts

OKC Festival of the Arts

You don’t have to be an Oklahoma City native long to understand that the annual Festival of the Arts is the unofficial kickoff of spring in the metro. This year’s festival will be held April 24-28 at Bicentennial Park.

First started in 1967, the Festival of the Arts is put on by Arts Council Oklahoma City to celebrate art and community. More than 140 visual artists from around the county will have booths set up to showcase any medium of art you can think of.

The great thing about the festival is that it’s a blast for the whole family as they also emphasize performing and culinary arts. You can listen to great live music on three stages while enjoying some amazing food.

As you can imagine, the festival is a major undertaking and to make it happen the Arts Council relies on volunteers. If you are interested in helping out check out the link to learn more. Trust us, there are much worse ways to spend an April afternoon.

Also, if this marks your first time going to the festival check out our insider tips from a couple years back. Be sure to note the location of the festival has changed since the post but the tips still apply!

arts and culture, festivals, food, live music, volunteer
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Arts history

Historic OKC Festival of the Arts

The Festival of the Arts in Oklahoma City is one of the largest, most successful and best organized festivals in the country. However, it didn’t always used to be that way and, like every Van Gogh, the story of how the Festival of the Arts came to be is a true masterpiece.

It all began in the mid-1960s with the establishment of the National Endowment for the Arts, an endowment designed to provide funding for the arts across the country. Soon after, a group of representatives from art organizations in Oklahoma City jumped on the opportunity and established The Arts Council in 1967, with Marion DeVore serving as the first president.

The idea for the Festival of the Arts was ignited through a suggestion from Symphony General Manager Frank Ratka, who wanted to begin an arts festival to attract publicity and interest in the Arts Council. The date of the Festival was set in March, only three weeks away from the day of the meeting that approved it. Every board member participated in making the event a success, from asking local artists to participate to gathering fund lenders and even making sandwiches.

arts and culture, festivals, Oklahoma City history
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Check us out on YouTube

OKC Chamber YouTube

Sometimes selling someone who has never been to Oklahoma City about how great of a community we have can be tough. How do you describe the funkiness of the Plaza, the thrill of the Thunder or the serenity of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum? Sometimes the right words are just hard to find.

The good news is we have a ton of video that can help you show off your hometown to any curious friend or family member. Just visit the Chamber’s YouTube channel for more. Need something in-depth that shows off all the aspects of living in OKC? Check out our relocation video. Want to know what it is like to move to OKC? Check out our Oklahoma City testimonials. Want to show off the restaurant scene in the metro? Yeah, we’ve got a video for that. We could do this all day so just visit the site to see more.

moving, Oklahoma City, restaurants, social media
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Steamroller Print Fest

Art Festival

The Festival of the Arts isn’t the only fun arts celebration happening in the metro this month. The 2018 Steamroller Print Fest is happening April 28, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., in the Deep Deuce District.

The festival will include artist demonstrations, food trucks, activities for youth, pop-up shops and live music. The festival, put on by [ARTSPACE] at Untiled, was first held in 2013 to celebrate the art of steamroll printing and has grown to feature more than 60 artists across multiple venues in Deep Deuce.

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Things to Do & See: April 17 - April 23, 2018

Tower Theatre in Uptown 23rd

Tuesday, April 17
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Wheeler Crit; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.

Wednesday, April 18
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Coop Showcase; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, April 19
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Remembrance Ceremony; 8:55 to 10 a.m.; Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum; 235-3313; This event is free.
Charley Crockett; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, April 20
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Luke Pell & Logan Mize; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, April 21
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Midtown Walkabout; 2 to 6 p.m.; Midtown; 235-3500; This event is free.
Saint Louis FC vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; Ticket prices vary.
A Night at the Speakeasy; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
Shane Smith and the Saints; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, April 22
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Bowling for Soup; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, April 23
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Projector Club: Mad Max Fury Road; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.
Mickey Factz; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The thrill of live music

ACM@UCO live music

The live music scene in Oklahoma City has never been healthier due to the opening of several venues over the past two years. From arena shows, to outdoor amphitheaters, intimate listening rooms and mid-sized venues for indie darlings, Oklahoma City now has a home for any act crisscrossing the country. Here is a rundown of places to see live music in OKC. However don’t take this as an exhaustive list. If you know of a great place to catch music in OKC that we didn’t mention give us a shout in the comments or on Twitter or Facebook.

Chesapeake Energy Arena – While it is most famous as the home to the Thunder, the ‘Peake is also where the biggest names in music make their stops in Oklahoma City. Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Billy Joel and Elton John are just a handful of artists who have played there over the years. James Taylor, Thomas Rhett and Justin Timberlake are just a few of the artists with concerts announced in the coming months.

The Criterion – Opening in 2016, The Criterion is located in east Bricktown. This 4,000-capacity venue is across the street from the Steelyard development in a suddenly hot quarter of OKC’s premiere entertainment district. My Morning Jacket, Explosions in the Sky, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, The xx and Lil Wayne have all played there. On April 25, music legend David Byrne will be making his lone Oklahoma stop at the venue.

The Tower Theater – a lot of excitement has surrounded the resurrection of one of the “grand old dames” of OKC’s early movie house scene. The main space has room for 700 standing on the main floor and an additional 264 (seated) in the balcony, and a smaller “studio” space handles 100 standing or 50 seated. One of the Tower’s strengths is the diverse acts the venue books. Acts from Bowling for Soup to Chief Keef and Shakey Graves have concerts there in the next month.

The Jones Assembly – opening last year with a concert by The Wallflowers and Better Than Ezra, The Jones Assembly is a renovated, 100-year-old, 20,000-square-foot space on Film Row (just south of the 21C Museum Hotel) featuring a 1,600-capacity performance venue as well as a true dining destination. Vince Staples, Willie Nelson, Old Crow Medicine Show and Lake Street Drive have all graced the stage at the Jones.

ACM@UCO Performance Lab – this performance space in Bricktown hosts plenty of touring acts in addition to ACM@UCO gigs (which is itself a pretty cool story, speaking of music), seating 200 and 500 standing. The Lab has hosted Dr. Dog, Sean Lennon, Okkervil River and Ben Taylor.

In addition to the new venues, stalwarts like the Zoo Ampitheater, the Diamond Ballroom and indie-focused venues Opolis and 89th Street Collective are still booking great shows and adding diversity to OKC’s live music scene.

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Catch a star

Wayne Coyne Flaming Lips Alley

Music is a big part of our region’s history, identity and culture. Stretching all the way back to Woody Guthrie singing about the depression, Oklahoma has a strong tradition of producing influential musicians across a variety of musical styles.

Specifically, here in OKC the talent is just as diverse. From Grammy-winning rockers to country superstars and early jazz pioneers, check out a list of some of the famous musicians who have or still call Oklahoma City home: Oklahoma City Blue Devils, Color Me Badd, Mason Williams, Hinder, Garth Brooks and Neal Schon. Also check out these bios for a little reminder of why Wanda Jackson Way, Charlie Christian Boulevard, Vince Gill Avenue and Flaming Lips Alley are named as such.

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Take me out to the ball game

OKC Dodgers

That sweet smell of spring means it is time for Dodgers baseball in Oklahoma City. The Dodgers first pitch of the home season is tonight against the fighting Express of Round Rock.

While this is the third season of OKC’s affiliation with the Dodgers, the metro’s history with minor league baseball stretches all the way back to at least 1903. Since changing AAA affiliation from the Astros to the Dodgers in 2015, the franchise has won two division titles and a conference championship.

AAA baseball is a great way to enjoy Oklahoma springs with the family or friends while seeing some of the future stars of baseball. Recent All-Stars like Nelson Cruz, Chris Davis, R.A. Dickey, Adrian Gonzalez, Ian Kinsler and Carl Crawford are just a few to have spent time in OKC. Even Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg spent a couple of seasons in the metro. Seeing the future stars of baseball at one of the best minor league ballparks in America, Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, is why Dodger baseball is can’t miss fun.

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Wheeler Criterium

cyclists

If the warming temps are making you want to break out your ten-speed then you should check out the Wheeler Criterium. The Wheeler Crit, as locals call it, is a weekly event that takes place every Tuesday, from March 20 until August 28, in the Wheeler District. Each week races are held on both flat and fast courses. The Wheeler Criterium provides an opportunity for families and friends to engage in what this city has to offer, especially during the summer months. Food trucks only add to the atmosphere for a nice evening out in OKC!

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Things to Do & See: April 10 - April 16, 2018

OKC Classic Cars

Tuesday, April 10
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Wheeler Crit; 5:30 p.m.; Wheeler District; This event is free.
Round Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, April 11
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
John Moreland and Deer Tick; 7 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; (800) 514-3849; Ticket prices vary.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Round Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Shawn James; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Thursday, April 12
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Round Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
OKG Music Show; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Friday, April 13
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Southwest Street Rod Nationals; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; State Fair park; Ticket prices vary.
LIVE on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; This event is free.
Round Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Baby Cakes; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
truTV Impractical Jokes; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Red City Radio; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Saturday, April 14
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Southwest Street Rod Nationals; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; State Fair park; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Songwriter’s Festival; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.
Round Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Baby Cakes; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, April 15
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Southwest Street Rod Nationals; 8 a.m. to noon; State Fair park; Ticket prices vary.
Round Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Baby Cakes; 2:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.
Nick Swardson; 7:30 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
Chief Keef; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Monday, April 16
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Round Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Baby Cakes; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Bricktown: fun for all ages

Bricktown Nightlife

Adjacent to downtown Oklahoma City is one of the most well-known entertainment districts in the Southwest – Bricktown. With its large concentration of high-energy night clubs, casual lounges and list of restaurants covering a multitude of culinary cultures, Bricktown has something for every taste. And, when you factor in its picturesque setting, which embraces a mile-long canal lined with eateries, clubs, a movie theater, a bowling lounge, the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark and beautifully landscaped gardens and public art, you'll discover something the whole family can enjoy! Vibrant melodies can be heard coming from the American Banjo Museum and the Academy of Contemporary Music. You can also see some of the hottest acts in music at the Criterion. Take a Bricktown Water Taxi cruise along the canal and discover the history of this energetic district. And while the weather is warm, be sure to hail a pedicab or one of several horse-drawn carriages that can be seen ferrying customers all over Bricktown. It's the perfect place for you to choose your own adventure.

Bricktown, family-friendly, live music, museums, nightlife, restaurants
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Time to schmooza and palooze

SchmoozaPalooza

Are the hairs on your arms starting to stand up in excitement? That can only mean one thing! Oklahoma City’s most fun networking event, SchmoozaPalooza, is back this Thursday! We know this is a lot of exclamation points, but that is just the kind of fun there is to be had at Schmooza.

Doors will open at 4 p.m. and the rocking good times will go onto until 7 p.m., at the Oklahoma Expo Hall at State Fair Park. A $10 admission, which includes a drink ticket, will give you a preview of the latest products and services (which means free stuff!) from Chamber member exhibitors while enjoying live music, networking activities, food tastings from more than 20 restaurants and caterers and door prizes (scroll down at the link to see our wonderful exhibitors).

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Land of a lot of lakes

Lake Hefner

Oklahoma City is one of the premier places for water sports in the country. There are more than 30 lakes within an hour’s drive of OKC. In fact, Oklahoma has more man-made lakes than any state in the Union and more shoreline than the east and Gulf coasts combined. With so many lakes in Oklahoma it would take weeks to cover all you can do, so let’s just focus on what to do within OKC’s city limits.

  • Lake Hefner: features 2,500 surface acres, heated fishing docks, boat ramps, 9.1 miles of biking and jogging trails and is famous for sailboats and windsurfers. Hefner is also home to the Oklahoma City Boat Club.
  • Lake Draper: features 2,900 surface acres, four covered fishing piers, boat ramps, tending docks, handicap facilities and fish attractors. Picnicking, fishing, jet skiing, boating and sailing are all permitted. Skiing is allowed in open waters.
  • Lake Overholser: features 1,500 surface acres, covered fishing pier, boat ramps, tending docks, handicap facilities and fish attractors. Picnicking, fishing, sailing, boating and jet skiing are permitted. Lake Overholser is also attached to the wondrous Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge.
  • Arcadia Lake: features 1,820 surface acres, picnicking, camping, swimming, water skiing, boating, hiking, disc golf and an equestrian trail. A heated, covered dock is provided for year-round fishing.
cycling, equine, family-friendly, fishing, outdoor recreation, running, water sports
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