As one of the South’s best-kept secrets, downtown Oklahoma City has been growing into a vibrant hub of contemporary art, homegrown cuisine and multigenerational programming. Within walking distance of the Fordson Hotel, you can explore art museums, music venues and Film Row in the West Village District. Or venture out to the city’s northwest side to hike, bike and bask in the natural beauty surrounding Lake Hefner. When you return, you’ll find an appetizing array of restaurants and cafés with regionally inspired menus. With many attractions offering programs and events for all ages, you’ll be able to share stories about your OKC adventures for years to come.
With a stylish storefront from 1938, Cheever’s Café is an iconic establishment in Oklahoma City. Learn more about its storied history while sampling a menu of shared plates, brunch favorites and trendy cocktails.
Just a 10-minute drive from the Fordson Hotel, the First American Museum is an unprecedented exploration of Indigenous Native American culture. Bringing together the 39 tribal nations from or displaced to Oklahoma, this museum’s exhibitions focus on both the past and present contributions of the First Americans.
This memorial museum is a 20-minute walk from the Fordson Hotel and was built to commemorate the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. Open daily, the museum offers interactive programming, local archives and free educational resources.
Just a five-minute walk from the hotel, Film Row on West Sheridan Avenue has restored Oklahoma City’s historic movie theaters and studio offices into contemporary shops, architectural sites, breweries and more.
The Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center joins together art galleries, classrooms, a dance studio and a theater to create multidisciplinary spaces with inclusive programming and free exhibitions for all visitors.
Nestled on the city’s northwest side and a 20-minute drive from the hotel, Lake Hefner is a peaceful retreat known for its mild kayaking waters, golf course and lakeside trails for walkers, runners and bicyclists.
By bike or on foot, explore the serene bird sanctuary surrounded by sycamore trees and swamp marshes at the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge, which stretches across 1,000 acres on Oklahoma City’s northwest side.