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visiting okc at the end of dec.

hi, im coming to okc with wife and two kids at dec, how cold is it?, is the zoo open or any other theme parks?, staying at downtown worth it? what to eat? what not to miss? thank you.

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1. Re: visiting okc at the end of dec.

I always find it difficult to answer generic questions without any background on the one asking, but here is a start:

End of Dec has avg highs in the mid to upper 40s. Avg lows in the upper 20s to low 30s. The avg temp will fall into the upper 30s, low 40s going into Jan.

But the weather in OKC can be very volatile. We've had Christmases where the temps were in the mid 70s, and then there was last year where we had 14 inches of snow on Christmas Eve and the city pretty much shut down for a few days.

Also, depending on the wind temps in the 40s can seem very cold even with a heavy coat, or very comfortable with a jacket.

The OKC Zoo website ( http://www.okczoo.com/hours-and-admission/ ) doesn't give specific dates but I'm pretty sure the zoo is open all year, as is the adjacent Science Museum (good if you have kids).

The only other theme parks are Frontier City and Whitewater and both of those are closed for sure.

You ask if it's worth staying downtown... without knowing what you think makes something worthwhile, it's difficult to answer that, especially since downtown may cost you 40% more or greater. But IMO, Downtown has (mostly) nicer hotel properties and is centrally located to the area - Norman, OKC, Edmond - so it could be more convenient. Downtown also has more restaurant choices close together and within walking distance of most of the downtown hotels. Additionally, there are several attractions downtown - Bricktown, the bombing memorial and the OKC Museum of Art - none of which should be missed. (Unfortunately, the Myriad Botanical Gardens is currently closed for about a year.)

As for other attractions, check here:

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&wrapid=tlif12861930449862&safe=on&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=oklahoma+city+attractions&fb=1&gl=us&hq=attractions&hnear=Oklahoma+City,+OK&view=text&ei=NL-pTJasEcSmnAeDlK2xDQ&sa=X&oi=local_group&ct=more-results&resnum=1&ved=0CDMQtQMwAA

The choices of things to do and see are pretty varied, so if you have any specific likes/dislikes, let us know.

There are a lot of different food choices at a huge range of prices available in OKC. Give us an idea of what you like and how much you expect to spend so we can narrow it down.

:)

If you have more specific questions, bring them on! We can answer them.

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2. Re: visiting okc at the end of dec.

thank you. about food , whats typical in okc doesnt matter the cost, steaks, bbq, or what, thank you again. daniel salgado.

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3. Re: visiting okc at the end of dec.

Typical in OKC (and this is becoming less so as we get more urbanized):

Steaks

BBQ

Tex-Mex

Steak restaurants: the great-granddaddy is Cattleman's - http://www.cattlemensrestaurant.com/ - located in Stockyard City

Some people swear by this place. I think it's good, but not great.

I personally like Junior's - http://www.juniorsokc.com/ - located in mid-NW OKC on NW Expressway by May Ave (about 4 miles north of downtown). Good steaks, not inexpensive, but not a la carte expensive. They have a Caesar salad that is very, very good.

Newer (high dollar) places include:

Red - http://www.redprimesteak.com/ - Downtown area

Boulevard - www.boulevardsteakhouse.com/ - Edmond area

Mickey Mantle's - http://www.mickeymantlesteakhouse.com/ - Bricktown

The Mantel - http://www.themantelokc.com/ - Bricktown

Mahogany Prime - http://www.mahoganyprime.com/ - Far North OKC

But you can get decent steaks at reasonable prices at a number of locations.

BBQ is VERY personal and it can vary even at the same place. IMO, the best local chain, darned good on some things, but not the best BBQ - is Earl's Rib Palace - http://www.earlsribpalace.com/ - multiple locations. There is one in Bricktown.

I also like Leo's located on Harrison downtown. But they can be uneven on their food, so it depends on the day whether you think it's great, good or not so good.

Then there's Oklahoma Station - http://www.oklahomastationbbq.com/ - I really like their Q. Located on NW 50th and Meridian (about 5 miles north and west of Downtown.)

And an OKC Standby, County Line BBQ - http://www.countyline.com/index.asp - Great for beef ribs. I don't think they are as good as they once were, but a lot of people still go there. This one is close to the Western Heritage/Cowboy Hall and Zoo on NW 53rd.

Tex-Mex: You will get as many recommendations for this as any other food type combined.

The top three?

Ted's Cafe Escondido - http://www.tedscafe.com/ - Most people love this place. I like it. Good, solid food. Several locations, but the original is the NW 68th street location.

Chelino's - http://www.chelinosmexicanrestaurant.com/ - I like them, but the different restaurants have varying quality. The one in Bricktown is good, but my favorite is on Council and NW Expressway.

1492 New World Cuisine is getting great reviews and is located about 1 mile north of downtown.

And I really like La Luna - http://www.lalunamexicancafe.com/ - located downtown.

There are plenty of others - both chain and small - around town and they all have they adherents. Other than 1492, the other three I listed are the ones I usually go to.

Edited: 04 October 2010, 17:46
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4. Re: visiting okc at the end of dec.

thank you so much

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5. Re: visiting okc at the end of dec.

You are welcome.

And a correction: for County Line, I said "NW 53rd"

It should have been "NW 63rd"

Sorry for the error.

(And the top three Tex-Mex places were IMO, of course. An opinion not necessarily shared by others.)

:)

Edited: 04 October 2010, 19:46
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6. Re: visiting okc at the end of dec.

I have seen temps that range from 25-45 during that time of year. I have to second the zoo and the science center. My kids loved it.

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7. Re: visiting okc at the end of dec.

thanks so much, what restaurants do you go with your kids?, doesnt matter the price.thanks again.

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8. Re: visiting okc at the end of dec.

If you are asking about kid-friendly restaurants, how old are your children? Most of the restaurants in OKC cater to children. The exceptions for the ones I listed would be Red, Boulevard, Mahogany, Junior's and The Mantel. Mickey Mantle's will really depend on the children's ages. All of the BBQ and Tex-Mex places are OK for kids.

If you want a kid place, there is Spaghetti Warehouse in Bricktown. And, once again, depending on the ages there are plenty of other kid-themed restaurants around.

Here is another link of Kid-Friendly places (not just restaurants, although there are a few listed):

…about.com/od/…okctopkidsplace.htm

For my wife and me, whenerver we went on vacation we took our daughter to all the restaurants we went to regardless how fancy and didn't worry about their being kid-friendly or not. (Of course it helped that she would eat whatever we ate.)

And we always made sure our daughter knew how to behave appropriately in any restaurant. If she did get a little fussy (when she was VERY young) one of us would take her outside until she settled down so as not to disturb other diners.

:)

Edited: 07 October 2010, 17:32
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thanks a lot.

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