Since Oklahoma City began service in December on the MAPS 3 streetcar system, thousands of passengers have enjoyed the $136 million project. The ambitious streetcar system connects some of the most popular districts in Oklahoma City’s urban core, providing a new way to experience family-friendly fun. Here are seven platform stops that would make excellent family adventures.
Located just across Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, this stop is handy for catching an Oklahoma City Dodgers game (home games kick off April 4). It also offers convenient access to the Bricktown Canal, which is lined with family-friendly destinations like Harkins Bricktown Theatre and Brickopolis, where you’ll find a mini golf course and arcade.
One of Oklahoma City’s most popular candy and cupcake destinations is located here at this stop. Pinkitzel boasts colorful candies in an array of flavors. Stop here to get your next sugar fix.
Conveniently located right in front of Paycom Center, this is your stop for basketball. The Oklahoma City Thunder continues to play regular season games at home through April so there’s no reason not to add a game to your to-do list this spring and pass on the parking troubles by using the Streetcar.
This platform is located at Myriad Botanical Gardens, one of the most kid-friendly hubs in the city. Stop for a ride on the carousel ($3 for non-members) or spend some time at the free Children’s Garden. Then, head over to Scissortail Park for even more family fun!
Adjacent to the downtown library, this is an excellent stop for an indoor play date. Their impressive children’s area is not only filled with literature but also home to fun activities like building blocks and craft supplies. Be sure to check their website for scheduled story times and educational events. This platform also gives visitors easy access to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, an interactive wonderland of visual art with children’s programs and rotating exhibits.
Situated on N. Broadway Ave. in historic Automobile Alley, this platform connects passengers to one of the most revered pizza joints in the city: Hideaway Pizza. Stop by for a slice and then duck into PLENTY Mercantile to look at quaint kids’ toys and maybe even pick up a new board book or some Silly Putty.
Nearby, Oklahoma Contemporary welcomes families with free admission year-round.
Stop here to access Kerr Park, a new green space tucked among downtown towers with family-friendly ping pong tables and plenty of space to run around. It’s a short jaunt to Kitchen No. 324, a popular brunch destination with a packed pastry case to satisfy kids and a full coffee bar perfect for parents.
Editor’s Note: Download EMBARK’s mobile fare app before you visit to buy streetcar fare easily.
Oklahoma City Dodgers – www.okcdodgers.com
Harkins Bricktown Theatre – www.harkins.com
Brickopolis – www.brickopolisu.com
Pinkitzel – www.pinkitzel.com
Oklahoma City Thunder – www.nba.com/thunder
Myriad Botanical Gardens – www.myriadgardens.org
Downtown Library – www.metrolibrary.org/downtown-library
Oklahoma City Museum of Art – www.okcmoa.com
Hideaway Pizza – www.hideawaypizza.com
PLENTY Mercantile – www.plentymercantile.com
Oklahoma Contemporary – www.oklahomacontemporary.org