As the largest city and capital of Oklahoma, there’s plenty to see and do in Oklahoma City. Are you planning a trip to the city and wondering how to stay within your travel budget? Keep these helpful tips in mind to make sure you enjoy your trip without going over budget.
Find a Hotel Outside of the City Center
If you’re looking for the best deals on Oklahoma City hotels, you’ll find better rates in the suburbs right outside of the city. Hotel rooms in the heart of city are usually more expensive than those away from the city center. Plus, the area is very accessible and easy to navigate, so it’s not difficult to get wherever you need to go by car. If you don’t have a car, use the extensive public transportation system that runs throughout the entire area.
Take Advantage of Free or Discounted Admission
Many museums and attractions around the city offer free or discounted admission. The Oklahoma City Museum of Art has an Art After 5 pm program, where admission is just $5 on Thursdays between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Or, you can head down to the 17-acre Myriad Botanical Gardens, where admission to the outdoor garden grounds is completely free. Here, you can enjoy walking paths, an off-leash dog park, a children’s garden, and much more.
Once you’re done there, you can score some last-minute tickets to see the Oklahoma City Thunder play. The Thunder, who play right across the street from the gardens at Chesapeake Energy Arena, have some of the biggest names in basketball on the team and routinely play exhilarating games.
Use the Downtown Discovery Bus
If you know you’re going to explore downtown Oklahoma City during your stay, you can use the free Downtown Discovery bus to get to multiple locations throughout the city. These air-conditioned buses have padded seats, bicycle racks, and wheelchair ramps. The buses take passengers to popular spots such as Bricktown, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Red Earth Museum, Chesapeake Energy Arena, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, Bass Pro Shop, and many more. Additionally, during the months of April through December, the Downtown Discovery bus runs down to the Boathouse District, so visitors can explore the waterfront on the Oklahoma River.
Stroll Through Bricktown
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Bricktown is the entertainment hotspot in downtown Oklahoma City. While dining or shopping in any of the upscale restaurants, shops, and nightclubs could easily blow your travel budget, the complex itself is free to enter. You can walk along the canal as water taxis ferry passengers from one end to the other. The fountains make a perfect spot for pictures, and the entire area is always alive and buzzing with people. Additionally, Bricktown is home to many festivals and free concerts throughout the year so you never know what form of entertainment you’ll find when you get there.
How do you stay within your travel budget when you travel to Oklahoma City? Please share your tips in the comments.
Author Bio: Kristen McCalla is a writer and avid blogger who lives in St. Petersburg, Florida with her husband, cat, and dog. When she’s not writing on her blog, 31 Million Seconds, she enjoys traveling and exploring all over this beautiful country.