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Welcome to Edmond, Oklahoma! This is a city unmatched in America’s heartland…where world-class sculptures are scattered like jewels, dozens of them, lining the streets and tucked into corners just waiting to surprise you with unexpected beauty. Edmond offers visitors, as well as meeting and event planners an artfully unique experience.

Edmond is a city un-matched in the heartland. It is proudly located smack-dab in the Oklahoma heart of historic Route 66, America’s Mother Road. And at the crossroads of I-35 & I-44, close to I-40. While being situated minutes from the bustling heart of the greater Oklahoma City metropolitan area, Edmond offers the comfort and safety of a small town with all the attractions and entertainment of a big city.

Things to Do

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Edmond’s lineage involves a number of historical “Oklahoma Firsts”. The city proudly boasts being the home of Oklahoma’s…First schoolhouse…First church…and First classroom building for a school of higher education (today this UCO icon is fondly known as “Old North”). Those same “Firsts” survive today to intrigue and entertain visitors with stories of Edmond’s past.

Prominently located on Rt. 66, the glory days of the Mother Road brought fame to many Edmond restaurants. The Wide-A-Wake Café, the 66 Highway Café, The Lone Elm, and Royce’s (a restaurant that was named by Duncan Hines himself!) are just a few. While those are gone now, more than 200 wonderful restaurants now call Edmond home and serve the today’s travelers. Several Edmond restaurants and chefs have been recognized in publications such as Southern Living, Bon Appetite and Gourmet magazines making Edmond a culinary destination.

The “Blue Hippo” on Broadway is a Route 66 icon. Pranksters have relocated the hippo a time or two in the past. It keeps holding on as a tongue in cheek reminder of the hay days of the Mother Road. This playful piece of history has been appearing in family vacation photos for years. Oh the stories he could tell…

A more elevated new Mother Road icon is the “Touch the Clouds” statue of a Native American at the corner of Garland Godfrey and 2nd Street. This colorful work of art was recently installed and hails from an earlier life near Houston’s Astro Dome. Spreading its arms wide, “Touch the Clouds” welcomes today’s travelers on Historic Rt. 66.

Looking for a pampered experience? Be sure to check in at one of Edmond’s exclusively elegant Bed & Breakfast Inns. Edmond’s day spas are also great places to immerse yourself in the fine art of relaxation where you can enjoy being pampered with the most current and soothing of spa treatments. OR…If shopping is your preferred choice of recreation Edmond is just the ticket. Downtown Edmond is a vibrant and eclectic shopping district with more than 30 shops located right where Rt. 66 takes a jog south. Don’t miss the numerous other shopping zones. Check out the shopping section of this publication to find the one convenient to you. Be sure to peruse all sections of this publication for information on what’s going on and where you’re sure to find something of interest to you. All areas listed are color keyed to the centerfold map. You’re sure to find something you’ll at any and all shopping areas.

Cultural Activities





Enjoy a live performance while you’re here. There’s something for everyone ranging from laid back New Orleans style jazz to touring Broadway productions…and little bit of everything in between. Come to Edmond and be Artfully Entertained today!

Armstrong Auditorium -14400 Bryant Avenue, 405/285-1010. A concertgoers dream, this auditorium is both acoustically exquisite and visual masterpiece for the senses. This cultural jewel is a must see when you visit Edmond.
www.armstrongconcerts.org

Boulevard Steakhouse & Martini Lounge -505 South Boulevard, 405/715-2333. The Boulevard Steakhouse is the perfect place for fine dining and then step next door for live music and a full service upscale bar at the Martini Lounge.
www.boulevardsteakhouse.com

Kickingbird Cinema 8 -1225 East Danforth Rd in Kickingbird Square, 405/341-7227. Featuring all the latest movies, this cinematic adventure has 8 screens, providing lots of variety for everyone.
www.kbirdcinema.com

Mitchell Hall Theatre - 100 N. University Dr., 405/974-3375. This unique theatre located on the University of Central Oklahoma campus offers a variety of productions, touring Broadway shows & concerts.
www.uco.edu/cfad

Oklahoma Christian University-Judd Theatre - 2501 E Memorial Road, 405/425-5530. Students put their drama and musical skills to work participating in university productions of the university.
www.oc.edu/academics/arts_sciences/theatre

Summer Concerts in the Park - Hafer Park at 9th St & Bryant, 405/359-4630. The concerts are FREE and are performed on Thursdays nights from June through August. Bring your lawn chair or lay a blanket on ground to enjoy the summer nights by listening to your favorite band. We promise you won’t be disappointed.
www.edmondparks.com

UCO Jazz Lab -100 East 5th St, 405/359-7989. The Jazz Lab is a world class entertainment venue featuring an artfully relaxed atmosphere styled after jazz clubs in New Orleans! On select evenings (usually Thurs., Fri., Sat.) the Jazz Lab features live entertainment. Food and adult beverages available from Hideaway Pizza.
www.ucojazzlab.com

Attractions






ARCADIA LAKE
Arcadia Lake offers a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities including boating, camping, picnicking, biking, swimming, hiking, Disc golf, and bird watching. RV’s enjoy the full hook-ups and fishermen love the fishing pier as well as the heated, covered fishing dock that provides year-round angling opportunities.
East of I-35 between 2nd St. and 15th St., 405/216-7470 / www.arcadialakeok.com

ARCADIAN INN
This elegant boutique Bed & Breakfast is the historic home one of Edmond’s original first families. Every room is sumptuously decorated in delightfully different themes.
328 East 1st St., 405/348-6347 / www.arcadianinn.com

ARCTIC EDGE ICE ARENA
This outstanding ice skating arena features ice skating lessons, figure skating, hockey leagues, as well as open skate time. It is available for birthday parties, holiday parties and corporate events.
14613 N. Kelly, 405/ 748-5454 / www.arctic-edge.com

ARMSTRONG AUDITORIUM
Beginning with the soaring bronze sculpture fountain, “Swans in Flight” in the forecourt, Armstrong Auditorium is a concertgoer’s dream. The elegant foyer is richly adorned with three huge Swarovski chandeliers, two Baccarat crystal candelabra, book matched American cherry wood veneer walls, marble from Italy, China and Spain and large transparent onyx panels from Iran. This acoustically exquisite performance hall is a cultural jewel for Edmond.
14400 Bryant Avenue, 405/285-1010 / www.armstrongauditorium.org

BARNETT FIELD SPLASH PAD
Edmond’s newest amenity for family fun is located on Kelly Avenue north of Edmond Road at Barnett Field. Kids of all ages can enjoy cooling off May through September when this 3,000 sq. ft. water park is free and open daily from dawn to dusk.
405/359-4630 www.edmondparks.com

BICKHAM-RUDKIN PARK AND COMMUNITY DOG PARK
This park features a fishing pond, playground, covered pavilion with picnic tables and a dog park.
Located on 33rd Street just east of Boulevard, 405/359-4630 / www.edmondparks.com

BOULEVARD BOWL
This competitive bowling facility is equipped with 40 lanes, computerized scoring, a large game room and club.
3501 S. Boulevard, 405/348-3210 / www.amf.com/boulevardlanesok

CLUE QUEST
Think of “video-game meets real life”, with a side order of “who-dun-it” and just enough stress to make you tingle. Locked inside a room, you have only an hour to solve the mysteries and get the coveted door code– your key to escape and victory! Wonderful team building exercise and fun for any type of group.
151 E. 33rd Street between Broadway and Boulevard, 405/625-3706 / www.cluequestok.com

DOWNTOWN EDMOND
This historically picturesque and eclectic shopping district features a tempting collection of 30+ shops and several restaurants. Take a stroll and enjoy the unique gifts, jewelry, clothing, and southwest items, and seasonal specialties available.
Broadway north of 2nd St., 405/249-9391 / www.downtownedmondok.com

EDMOND EVENING SUN
Established on July 18, 1889 The Edmond Sun lays claim to being the oldest continuously running newspaper dating from Oklahoma Territorial days.
123 S. Broadway, 405/341-2121 / www.edmondsun.com

EDMOND HISTORICAL SOCIETY & MUSEUM
Housed in the WPA armory building in Stephenson Park, the Edmond Historical Society & Museum brings the history of Edmond to life. Look forward to a brighter future for the museum in spring 2016 following renovation during the winter of 2015. Learn about life in Edmond from 1889 to the present as well as explore traveling exhibits all at the Edmond historical society museum. The interactive Children’s Learning Center is perfect for your little ones.
Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.
431 S. Boulevard, 405/340-0078 / www.edmondhistory.org

FESTIVAL MARKET PLACE & PLAZA
Farmers markets are on Saturday mornings from May through October. Enjoy herbs and locally sourced produce picked fresh from the garden. This is vibrant outdoor festival area Plaza showcases the Kentucky Daisey statue and engraved brick walkway centennial project.
First Street just west of Broadway, 405/359-4630 / www.edmondparks.com

FINE ARTS INSTITUTE OF EDMOND
Nurturing the arts, this organization hosts shows, teaches, and sponsors art education in Edmond. Programs at the institute include music, drama, clay, painting, visual arts and arts education. Stop in and enjoy the monthly exhibits.
27 E. Edwards, 405/340-4481 / www.edmondfinearts.com

FIRST PUBLIC SCHOOLHOUSE - 1889 TERRITORIAL SCHOOL
This is believed to be the first school built in Oklahoma Territory after the Land Run of 1889. It has been restored and is open to visitors the first two Saturdays of every month from 1pm-4pm and is available to be pre-booked as an learning experience for special group tours.
124 E. 2nd, 405/715-1889 / www.edmondhistoricpreservationtrust.com

FRONTIER CITY
Take a step back into the old Wild West at this 40 acre Premier Attractions theme park. With wild rides for all ages and live concerts throughout the season, Frontier City has plenty of fun & action for your gang.
I-35 south of Edmond, 405/478-2140 / www.frontiercity.com

GRACELAWN CEMETERY
Visually unique with its WPA brick and stone fence, Gracelawn Cemetery was established by the citizens of Edmond in April 1895. It is the burial place of “Kickingbird Reynolds,” one of Edmond’s founding fathers and one of the original legislators from Oklahoma’s early territorial days.
Danforth between Broadway and Boulevard, 405/348-8830 / www.edmondok.com

HARDEMAN AUDITORIUM
Located in the Garvey Center at Oklahoma Christian University, this 1184 seat auditorium hosts the music department performances as well as other performances throughout the year.
2501 E. Memorial, 405/425-5530 / www.oc.edu

KICKINGBIRD CINEMA 8
Located in the Kickingbird Shopping Center, this theater has 8 cinemas with 5.1 digital audio and 4 have 3D screens offering first run movies.
Danforth and Bryant, 405/341-7227 / www.kbirdcinema.com

LAZY E ARENA
Visit the largest indoor arena in the country! Providing a full calendar of rodeo excitement and other equestrian events. Come to the Lazy E where modern day legends of the west are made.
I-35 and Waterloo Rd., 405/282-7433 / www.lazye.com

MAC
The Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC) in Mitch Park houses an expanded Senior Citizen’s Center, Parks Administration offices, community meeting rooms, an outdoor amphitheater & recreation programs.
1501 W. Covell, 405/359-4630 / www.edmondparks.com

MATHIS SKATE PARK
Located within Mitch Park, this unique skate park offers 17,500 square feet of ramps, pipes, half-pipes, and bowls to challenge skaters, rollerbladers, and bikers of all ages.
1501 W. Covell, 405/359-4630 / www.edmondparks.com

MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY
Located on the south side of Edmond, this historic cemetery is the burial site of Wiley Post, famous aviator & friend of Oklahoma statesman Will Rogers. Founded in 1928, the cemetery features visually unique construction. The cemetery employees built the fence and chapel with brick and slag (over-fired brick) from the nearby Acme Brick Company.
Kelley and Memorial, 405/755-1111 / www.dignitymemorial.com/memorial-park-cemetery-oklahoma-city/en-us/index.page

MITCH PARK
This 133 acre park features several playgrounds including handicap accessible playground facilities, multiple use trails, basketball courts, sand pit volleyball courts, pavilions, picnic tables, grills, amphitheater, Multiple Activity Center/Senior Center and sports fields with concession stand and restrooms.
1501 W. Covell, 405/359-4630 / www.edmondparks.com

Mitch Park YMCA Edmond Recreation and Aquatic Center (Located adjacent to the MAC)
Mitch Park YMCA Edmond Recreation and Aquatic Center offers a competitive 50-meter swimming pool and state of the art recreation center. This facility is a partnership between the City of Edmond, Edmond Public Schools and the YMCA. The natatorium hosts state, regional and national swim meets. There is also a family leisure pool with lap lanes and play zone. For the adventuresome there’s a twisting water slide that is 130 feet long running inside and outside the building! The center has a traditional fitness center, gym, elevated walking/jogging track, children's play area, fitness classes and traditional YMCA programs for all ages. While working as a traditional YMCA, day passes are available for out-of-town visitors.
Located in Mitch Park north of the MAC. 405/290-5080 / www.ymcaokc.org/Locations/MITCHPARK.aspx

NATIONAL COWBOY AND WESTERN HERITAGE MUSEUM
Visit this internationally acclaimed museum featuring the finest collection of western art and artifacts in the world. It is located just minutes south of Edmond on 63rd Street in OKC.
1700 NE 63rd, 405/ 478-2250 / www.nationalcowboymuseum.org

NATIONAL SOFTBALL HALL OF FAME
Considered to be the finest softball venue in the nation, the National Softball Hall of Fame annually hosts many premier events in softball, such as the NCAA Women’s College World Series.
Take the 50th St. exit from I-35 south.
50th and Martin Luther King Blvd., 405/424-5266 / www.teamusa.org/usa-softball/asa-hall-of-fame-complex

OKLAHOMA CITY NATIONAL MEMORIAL
A celebrated example of a living monument honoring those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever on April 19, 1995 by the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. The Memorial & Museum stand as a symbol of strength in the wake of unspeakable violence. The Outdoor Symbolic Memorial is a quiet place of reflection; the Memorial Museum is a place of amazing transformation. Come share the dream of a world without violence or terrorism.
620 N. Harvey in downtown OKC (NW 6th Street & Harvey Ave.), 405/235-3313 / www.OklahomaCityNationalMemorial.org

OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO
Go wild at one of the country’s largest and best zoos. In fact it is ranked among the top 10 zoos in the nation. To experience this award winning zoo take the 50th St. exit from I-35.
50th and Martin Luther King Blvd., 405/424-3344 / www.OkCzoo.com

OKLAHOMA FIREFIGHTERS MUSEUM
This museum showcases an extensive display of firefighting equipment honoring these every day heroes. Take the 50th St. exit from I-35 south.
50th and Martin Luther King Blvd, 405/424-3440 / www.osfa.info

OTHELLO'S
Now a unique dining experience, this building was an open air theater, then when a rook was added it also the original home of Edmond’s first hospital… which was on the 2nd floor over the cinema! Pressed tin ceiling and other details make this a picturesque dinner destination.
1 S. Broadway, 405/330-9045 / www.othellosofedmond.com

PELICAN BAY AQUATIC CENTER
Cool off at this colorful public aquatic center. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day.
1034 S. Bryant, 405/359-4630 / www.pelicanbayaquatics.com

POPS
This 66-foot steel soda bottle sculpture – complete with a straw! – has brilliant LED lights that rotate up and down the bottle, is Rt. 66’s newest icon. Stop in & choose from over 500 flavors of fizzy fun just east of Edmond on historic Rt. 66. Enjoy lunch & dinner hot off the grill 10:30am-9pm daily. Breakfast starts at 7am on the weekends.
660 W. Highway 66, 405/928-7677 / www.pops66.com

PUBLIC ART
Thanks in large part to Edmond’s Visual Arts Commission, Edmond is home to large collection of public sculpture scattered throughout the city…tucked into corners and just waiting to surprise you with unexpected beauty. This extensive collection gave rise to Edmond being known as “The Art of Oklahoma”.
Go to www.edmondok.com or www.visitedmondok.com for more information.

REMINGTON PARK RACING & CASINO
One of the world’s finest horse racing tracks features exciting racing action running a thoroughbred schedule as well as a quarter horse calendar. Off track betting is also available. A state-of-the-art casino provides great year ‘round gaming action. Take the 50th St. exit from I-35 south.
50th and Martin Luther King Blvd, 405/424-1000 / www.remingtonpark.com

RODKEY FAMILY HOME – 1900 TERRITORIAL HOME
Built in 1910 and moved to Stephenson Park, this is the former home of Isaac and Catherine Rodkey, early-day Edmond owners of Rodkey’s Best Flour Mill. The home is currently undergoing restoration. Window viewing is allowed.
5th and Littler, 405/359-4630 / www.edmondhistoricpreservationtrust.com/edmond-history/1900-territorial-home

ROUND BARN OF ARCADIA
The famous red Rt. 66 landmark is located 6 miles east of Edmond in Arcadia since1898. The 2 story Barn is 60' in diameter and 45' tall. The structure was designed with the notion that being round would help it withstand Oklahoma's tornadic conditions.
East of Edmond on Rt. 66, 405/396-0824 / www.arcadiaroundbarn.com

EDMOND 66 PARK
The new Edmond 66 Park harkens to days of the Rt. 66 Mother road. This four-field softball complex is located on the northeast corner of Post Road and State Highway 66. The concession area has a Route 66 theme. This is the home of the Edmond Adult Softball Association which holds league play and tournament play.
Route 66 and Post Road, 405/359-1305 / www.edmondadultsoftball.com

SCIENCE MUSEUM OKLAHOMA
This unique museum lets you get up to your elbows in science with hands-on, interactive, space, aviation, gymnastics, train & traveling exhibits, as well as live science demos, and a planetarium. Located just minutes south of Edmond, take the 50th St. exit from I-35 south.
2100 NE 52nd, OKC, 405/602-6664 / www.sciencemuseumok.org

SHANNON MILLER PARK
Adjacent to the Edmond Public Library, this park includes one the community’s finest pieces of public art, a bronze statue honoring Edmond native and seven-time Olympic medalist gymnast, Shannon Miller.
Jackson and First, 405/359-4630 / www.edmondparks.com

SILVERLEAF SHOTGUN SPORTS
Silverleaf Shotgun Sports offers Sporting Clays, Skeet, Trap, 5-Stand and Wobble Trap. This family owned business is open to the public year-round. Three separate Sporting Clays Courses are set at different levels of difficulty.
Seward Rd. Exit from I-35, then 3 miles east, 405-282-2787 / www.silverleafshotgunsports.com

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA
Oklahoma’s first public school of higher education, UCO began as a teachers college and is now a premier institution of education in this region of the United States. Many campus buildings date to the 1890’s.
2nd St. and University Dr., 405/974-2000 / www.uco.edu

UCO – JAZZ LAB
The Jazz Lab is a world class entertainment venue featuring a relaxed atmosphere styled after New Orleans jazz clubs. The Jazz Lab offers live entertainment on select evenings, usually on Thur., Fri., & Sat.
100 East 5th St, 405/359-7989 / www.ucojazzlab.com.

UCO – MITCHELL HALL THEATER
This UCO performing arts venue opened in 1926. This theater offers a variety of Broadway style performances each season.
1st St. and University Dr., 405/974-3375 / www.uco.edu/cfad

UCO - MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES
The University of Central Oklahoma’s College of Fine Arts and Design boasts several venues where students can either display their work or experience the work of nationally and internationally renowned professional artists.
100 N. University Dr., 405/974-2000 / www.uco.edu

UCO – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE RECREATION
Located in Lake Arcadia’s Edmond Park, the Center for Outdoor Adventure Recreation (OAR) provides UCO students and visitors alike unprecedented access to outdoor recreational opportunities. The OAR gives guests access to canoe, kayak, rowing, hiking and biking experiences as well as providing a great location for academic classes. Professional staff will be available at the location to provide recreational opportunities and instruct proper usage of the equipment.
East on Rt. 66 in Edmond Park, 405/844-4560 / www.uco.edu/wellness/sr/outdoorrecreation/or%20schedule.asp

UCO - OLD NORTH
First opened for classes in 1893, Old North is noted as the first building of higher education in the state of Oklahoma. Listed on the National Register of Historic places, Old North is a community icon and the enduring symbol of the University of Central Oklahoma.
University Dr. and Campbell, 405/974-2000 / www.uco.edu

UCO – US OLYMPIC/PARALYMPIC TRAINING SITE
UCO's involvement with the U.S. Paralympics has continuously expanded since its inception as a Paralympic Training Site in 2005. As a training site, the university is home to the U.S. Men's and Women's Sitting Volleyball teams. It is a U.S. Olympic Committee Community Partner, and assists with other Paralympic athletes and sport programs. For more information contact Leigha Pemberton at 405/974-3160 or LPemberton@uco.edu
• Sports Offered – Archery, Powerlifting, Sitting Volleyball, Track & Field
• About U.S. Paralympics - U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, is dedicated to becoming the world leader in the Paralympic sports movement and to promoting excellence in the lives of persons with physical disabilities. Visit the U.S. Paralympics Web site at usparalympics.org
• Military Sports Programs – Adventure Therapy and the Regional Center of Excellence provide our injured active duty servicemen and women and military veterans with an opportunity to enhance their physical and emotional rehabilitation through the introduction of Paralympic sport and friendly competition. For more information contact Kimo Aweau at 405/974-3154 or kaweau@uco.edu

Transportation



Local bus and taxis are readily available.

Climate

Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall


 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 January  22.1  34.5  47.0  1.3 "
 February  26.7  40.2  53.7  1.9 "
 March  34.7  48.6  62.6  3.3 "
 April  44.9  58.5  72.2  3.1 "
 May  55.7  68.0  80.2  5.5 "
 June  64.4  76.3  88.2  4.5 "
 July  68.8  81.7  94.5  2.3 "
 August  66.7  80.5  94.3  2.4 "
 September  58.6  72.1  85.6  3.6 "
 October  46.8  60.8  74.7  3.3 "
 November  34.8  47.6  60.4  2.8 "
 December  25.6  37.8  50.0  2.1 "

Best Time To Go:

Summer and fall.

Spring has an abundance of flowering trees in Edmonds many public parks. Summer is perfect for boating and youth sports. Because of Edmond's location in the Cross Timbers, fall is rich in color from the leaves turning. Winters are usually mild with occasional short bursts of snow.

Accommodations


Two elegant Bed & Breakfasts, 12 hotels ranging from economy to upscale, & scenic campgrounds at Arcadia Lake.

Costs

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