Are you looking for a brand new state that’s gonna treat you great? Where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain … and the wavin’ wheat can sure smell sweet?
The Big Friendly might still treat you great, but don’t expect a wide-open, wind-swept plain covered in wheat — the play Oklahoma! (the first musical written by famous team composers Rodgers and Hammerstein) was set in the Oklahoma territory in 1906, when the wide-open spaces and big sky inspired pioneers to make a home on the prairie.
Today, the city is more glass and concrete that sweet-smelling wheat, but there’s still plenty of wide-open spaces to enjoy. Rent an apartment in Oklahoma and you’ll wake up to many beautiful mornings, where everything’s comin’ your way.
Things to Do in Oklahoma City:
It’s the Big Friendly. The OKC. And it is still cowboy country! Oklahoma City is the Horse Show Capital of the World, hosting more national and international equine events than any other city in the world. OKC is home to one of the world’s largest livestock markets, several rodeos, Frontier City Theme Park, and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Add the museum to your must-do list after you’ve chosen an apartment for rent in Oklahoma City. As a new resident, you’ll appreciate this unique glimpse into the past, when the Western Frontier was a wild and mysterious land. The museum includes permanent collections as well as special exhibitions and a research center.
After learning about the adventurers who settled the “Wild West,” you may be inspired to go on an adventure of your own. With its location on the Oklahoma River, you’ll have amazing opportunities for everything from fishing and boating to whitewater rafting. Visit the Boathouse District, which is home to the SandRidge Sky Trail, the 72-foot Sky Slide, climbing walls, a bicycle pump track, children’s activities, kayaking and dragon boating, and a variety of other exciting activities.
When you’re in the mood for shopping, great restaurants, and plenty of fun, head to Bricktown! This former warehouse district now contains a wide selection of shops, restaurants, Harkins Theatre, the Chesapeake Energy Arena (home of the NBA Oklahoma City Thunder), the American Banjo Museum, and the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Bricktown is just one of many OKC districts, and each is unique and filled with terrific things to see and do.
The Adventure District is home to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, the Remington Park Racing and Casino, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Gardens, and the Science Museum Oklahoma. The area also includes gift shops and restaurants.
For an even more authentic Western atmosphere, head to Stockyards City! This district is home to the city’s oldest restaurant, Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, which has been operating for more than 100 years. Go to the Rodeo Theatre to enjoy live country music, or head to the Oklahoma National Stockyards for live cattle auctions, held every Monday and Tuesday.
Art galleries, beautiful architecture, boutiques – the Paseo Arts District is a unique and beautiful part of OKC, and a terrific place to spend the afternoon and enjoy outdoor art, terrific cafes, a coffee house, gift shops, and a monthly gallery walk. This artistic area is also musical, with several live music venues.
Nightlife is what Automobile Alley is all about. When you’re ready for a night on the town, this district features a monthly street festival, the Auto Alley Shop Hop, and a huge selection of specialty shops, restaurants, and bars.
What to Consider When Moving to Oklahoma City:
Oklahoma City is the largest city in the state. It was settled in one day – during the historic Land Run that took place on April 22, 1889. On that day, the city grew to a population of over 10,000. The Land Run was an event that opened the Oklahoma Territory for settlement, allowing legal settlers to claim lots up to 100 acres. As long as the settler lived on the land and worked to improve it, they would get the title to the land. Many settlers decided not to wait for the official opening of the land. Instead, they decided to sneak in and claim the land they wanted, staying there secretly until the legal time of entry. Those who chose to sneak in illegally were called “Sooners.” Those who waited and entered legally were known as “Boomers.”
The University of Oklahoma’s fight song, “Boomer Sooner,” celebrates these two groups of settlers. The top-ranking University of Oklahoma is located just outside of OKC, in neighboring Stillwater. Other area universities include Oklahoma City University and the University of Oklahoma.
When searching for apartments in Oklahoma City, be aware that the city is divided up into special zones, with each zone containing neighborhoods. Downtown Oklahoma, for example, is home to the neighborhoods of Bricktown, Deep Deuce, the Arts District, and Film row. Midtown contains Heritage Hills and Mesta Park, the Cottage District, Automobile Alley, and the Plaza District. If you choose an apartment in Uptown OKC, you’ll choose from the Asian District, the Paseo, the Western Avenue Corridor, the 39th Street Enclave, and Crown Heights. The Boathouse District, Capitol Hill, and Stockyards City are neighborhoods in the Inner City South, while the Adventure District is in Northeast Oklahoma City.
Why Oklahoma City Apartments Are Hot:
Oklahoma City is Oklahoma’s largest city and the State Capital. Oklahoma City has a strong, diverse economy that includes technology, energy, manufacturing, agriculture, and health services. In 2013, OKC was named one of the Best Places for Business and Careers by Forbes Magazine. OKC provides terrific outdoor activities, sports events, museums, art galleries, and theaters to enjoy. It also offers beautiful parks, two amusement parks (Frontier City and White Water Bay water park), and Remington Park – a combination race track and casino.
Why Oklahoma City?
Shopping, dining, and entertainment in the charming, canal-front Bricktown.
Nearly 7,000 acres of parks, botanical gardens, disc golf, and golf courses.
Parks featuring playgrounds, hiking trails, swimming pools, and tennis.
Museums, theaters, clubs, and the Remington Park Race Track and Casino.
Farmer’s markets, the Asian District, Midtown, and the Paseo Arts District.
Rich Western heritage, horseback riding, rodeos, Frontier City Theme Park.