The bustling city of Oklahoma City has surprisingly a lot to offer for couples looking to spend some quality time together. OKC, as it is popularly referred to, is organised into several districts, with each having a separate vibe and each offering a range of interesting attractions, a buzzing nightlife, and wide choice in dining options. Options range from art galleries, parks, museums, adventure activities to dance clubs and bars. This variety means you don’t have to stick to boring ideas for your date night. Depending on the kind of date you’d like to have, you can spend a night at the ballet or have fun grooving at a dance club! Read on to find out the top romantic things to do in in Oklahoma City.
1. Go for a tranquil walk through Myriad Botanical Gardens
A visit to this verdant 17 acre (6.8 hectares) botanical garden situated near the city’s downtown centre, is a charming way to spend a day with your beloved. The beautifully landscaped gardens with picturesque flowerbeds and horticultural displays make it a perfect venue for an intimate date. Myriad Botanical Gardens’ most interesting attraction is the Crystal Bridge. Shaped like a tube, it is a living plant museum featuring a wonderful collection of plants and flowers, exotic animals and even a waterfall. The sunken lake beyond the bridge is the heart of the garden. If you visit the gardens between November and December, you’ll see the bridge lit up in the evening with thousands of lights, making it an ethereal experience. Make sure to check out the seasonal features which include an ice-rink, a carousel and water plazas.
Myriad Botanical Gardens
Address: 301 West Reno, Oklahoma City
Website: Myriad Botanical Gardens
Opening hours: Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory: 9am-5pm(Mon-Sat); 11am-5pm(Sun)
Price: 8 USD
2. Have a romantic rendezvous at vibrant Bricktown
An evening out at Bricktown is a surefire way to have an entertaining date. This district is a nightlife hotspot featuring a whole lot of options to have fun and amazing food. Simply walk around to explore the sights, else choose more exciting alternatives like a segway or a horse-drawn carriage! Enjoy concerts, live music, dancing and more at the many entertainment venues in the area. A not-to-miss experience is the Bricktown water taxi which involves a round trip around the canal with a guide’s engaging commentary on various points of interest. Another highly popular attraction in the area is Michael Murphy’s Dueling Pianos which is a club where three to four piano players perform an energetic and boisterous request-driven show. All-in-all, Bricktown has everything to ensure a sensational date, so a safe choice indeed.
Bricktown Water Taxi
Address: 111 S. Mickey Mantle Drive, Oklahoma City
Website: Bricktown Water Taxi
Opening hours: 10am-10pm(peak season); 11am-7pm(off season)
Price: 11 USD
3. Spend an enchanting evening at Max's Magic Theatre
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If you looking to do something different on your date, then book tickets to this super cool magic performance. A private show with limited guests featuring a lot of audience participation, it promises to be “a roller coaster ride” filled with laughter and disbelief. Ranked as one of the top things to do in OKC, this show’s riveting mentalism features surprising twists that will blow your mind and leaving you questioning logic and reason. With the magic being close-up, the experience is conversational and interactive. Outcomes depend on choices made by the audience members so you’ll find the show really fun and different. Max’s Magic Theater is a fantastic date night option if you are looking to unwind with your sweetheart doing something light-hearted and enjoyable. Shows are in the evening so you can finish the night with dinner at any of the restaurants close by.
Max's Magic Theatre
Address: 8312 NW 118th St. Oklahoma City
Website: Max’s Magic Theatre
Opening hours: 9:30 pm onwards
Price: 30-70 USD
4. Go on a cruise and watch a sunset
Experience Oklahoma City in an entirely new way with a river tour. Oklahoma River Cruises operates evening cruises that not only give you a chance to see the city’s interesting sites from a new perspective, but also the gorgeous spectacle of the sun setting over the water. Go on the 6 pm tour which typically has the captain narrating fascinating facts about the city throughout the trip. Alternatively, opt for the specialty Cocktail Cruise where you can sit back with a drink and enjoy a tour of the city’s attractions like the Boathouse District and the Wheeler Ferris Wheel. With the lake being usually calm, even those of us who can’t boast of sea legs are likely to have a good time. The cruise ships offer comfortable seating including air-conditioned interiors so you can relax with your beloved and have a sublime evening away from the humdrum.
Oklahoma River Cruises
Address: 701 S Lincoln Blvd, 73129 Oklahoma City
Website: Oklahoma River Cruises
Opening hours:: May to September 6pm-8pm(Sat-Sun)
Price: 15-20 USD
5. Have a dreamy dinner date at Castle Falls
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Listed as the ‘Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurant in the United States’, Castle Falls offers a dining experience par excellence. The restaurant is located within a historic castle set amidst 5 acres (2 hectares) of land and has an exclusive old-world ambience that is sure to make your evening unforgettable. A 'Diners’ Choice Award’ winner, Castle Falls features Euro-American cuisine, with a choice of two venues depending on your mood. If you are looking for casual dining then make reservations at The Cellar at Castle Falls. Though having an informal setting, the restaurant has just nine tables so you are guaranteed a truly quiet and intimate evening. If you want something a little more elaborate, then The Primrose at Castle Falls offers a five-course dining experience. You additionally have the option of making reservations for private dining. Castle Falls is undoubtedly a superb choice for an extra special date night.
Address: 820 N MacArthur Blvd Oklahoma City
Website: Castle Falls
Opening hours: 5pm-8.30pm(Thu-Sat)
Price: 31-50 USD
Located in downtown Oklahoma City, this museum is a must visit if you are a lover of art. Spread over three floors, the museum features an extensive permanent collection as well as exciting rotating visitor exhibits from local, national, and international artists. Particularly of note is its collection of exquisite glass creations by well-known artist Dale Chihuly, which is the largest in the world. Walk around for an absorbing few hours admiring works of art presented by the museum in exceptionally-designed exhibits. The museum’s ‘Dinner and a Movie’ package is a great pick for a casual date night. You get to choose one movie out of those playing at its Noble Theater and enjoy a fixed menu two-course meal at the Cafe located inside the premises.
Duration: 3 hours
Let the romance bloom with epic dates
With all the exciting options that Oklahoma City offers, your dates need not be limited to monotonous nights of a movie and dinner. Whether it’s your first date or your umpteenth one as a couple, you are sure to find something to do in the city that will make for a memorable evening for you and your beloved! So get started on planning the most exceptional of dates.
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