At 5 p.m. on a Friday afternoon, we were two of four people riding the Bricktown Water Taxi, which runs every 10 to 15 minutes. The round trip lasts 30 to 40 minutes and takes passengers on narrated tours of the mile-long, man-made canal, passing Bricktown restaurants and other attractions.
Our guide tried a little too hard to be funny. (“See that mother duck and her five ducklings? Oops, four now! Just kidding!”) But once we asked him about the history of the canal and Bricktown, he was open and informative about Oklahoma City’s efforts to revive this area and centralize its entertainment options. For $9 a person, the water taxi is a relatively expensive way to see Bricktown; you can easily walk the same route for free. Your wristband does, however, allow you to ride the boat as much as you want in one day and to get on and off at various stops. Passing through the huge Centennial Land Run Monument sculpture by artist Paul Moore is a highlight of the trip.
When the canal opened in 1999, there wasn’t much around it but empty warehouses and vacant land. In the years since, the area has seen significant redevelopment, though some of the land is still open. In addition to more than 40 restaurants and bars, Bricktown is now home to the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, a 16-screen movie theater, a Bass Pro Shop, the American Banjo Museum, carriage rides and a handful of shops.