Edmond is technically a suburb of Oklahoma City, but it has a charming character all its own. Visitors will find no shortage of delicious restaurants, boutique shops, and plenty of things to do. The beautiful Arcadia Lake is the biggest natural attraction, particularly in the warmer months, but if you'd rather stay inside, you can go bowling or catch a movie at the Showbiz Cinema. The city also has a wonderful art scene, and several places offer the opportunity to create your own masterpiece, including the family-friendly Unpluggits Playstudio and the DIY-oriented AR Workshop.

1. Armstrong Auditorium

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Located on the Herbert W. Armstrong College campus, the Armstrong Auditorium is a performing arts center that regularly hosts world-class dance, music, and theater productions. The lobby is decorated with elegant Austrian crystal chandeliers and French candelabras, and the auditorium boasts some of the best acoustics in the United States, which are particularly impressive during orchestra concerts and other live music performances. Season passes are available for balcony and orchestra seats if you want to make going to the theater a regular occurrence, and discounts are available for packages of tickets to three or more shows.

14400 S Bryant Rd B, Edmond, OK 73034, Phone: 405-285-1010

2. Arcadia Lake, Edmond, Oklahoma

Arcadia Lake, Edmond, Oklahoma
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One of Edmond's most popular spots for outdoor recreation, Arcadia Lake is a man-made reservoir on the Deep Fork River, and it's a wonderfully peaceful oasis despite being located entirely within city limits. The sandy swimming beaches are equipped with restrooms and shower facilities, and several boat launches are available for anyone who wants to boat, fish, or jet ski on the lake. The covered dock is open to fishermen year-round, and there are plenty of other amenities on dry land as well, including mountain biking and hiking trails, a disc golf course, and picnic tables.

9000 East 2nd, Edmond, OK, Phone: 405-216-7470

3. Edmond Historical Society & Museum

Edmond Historical Society & Museum
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Established to preserve Edmond's fascinating history and heritage, the Edmond Historical Society & Museum is housed inside a historic sandstone building that was built in 1936 to serve as an armory. The permanent exhibits were designed with all ages in mind, and they're arranged in chronological order beginning with 1886 when the town was nothing but a simple train stop. Adults are also welcome to browse the research library, and if you have kids, they can spend some time playing in the Children's Learning Center. Admission is free, but groups of ten or more people are asked to schedule their visit in advance.

431 S Blvd, Edmond, OK 73034, Phone: 405-340-0078

4. Unpluggits Playstudio, Edmond, Oklahoma

Unpluggits Playstudio, Edmond, Oklahoma
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Designed with both parents and their children in mind, Unpluggits Playstudio is a unique ceramics studio that offers fun crafts for all ages as well as a large playground for kids to enjoy when they've used up all their creative energy. The paint-your-own-ceramics program is the most popular, but there are plenty of other crafts and activities to enjoy as well, including kid-friendly painting easels, a puppet stage, and a playdough table. There are also private party rooms that can be booked for birthdays and other special events, and customers can also purchase take-home craft kits with complete instructions.

575 Enterprise Dr # 110, Edmond, OK 73013, Phone: 405-340-7584

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5. Urban Agrarian, Edmond, Oklahoma

Urban Agrarian, Edmond, Oklahoma
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The second branch of a popular shop in the Oklahoma City Farmers Market District, Urban Agrarian is a small grocery store that works directly with local farmers and producers to offer an incredible selection of fresh, locally sourced foods. The variety of fruits and veggies naturally varies according to the season, and you'll also be able to find products like grass-fed meat, farm-fresh eggs, and artisan bread made from local grains. If you need a quick bite to eat on the go, there's also usually a selection of ready-to-eat meals like salads, sandwiches, and savory hand pies.

1 E Main St, Edmond, OK 73034, Phone: 405-635-5655

6. Showbiz Cinema, Edmond, Oklahoma

Showbiz Cinema, Edmond, Oklahoma
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Much more than a simple movie theater, Showbiz Cinema is a state-of-the-art entertainment center with a bowling alley and a large arcade where you can play more than 40 games. A full food and beverage menu is available in the bowling alley, and visitors are also welcome to enjoy a drink at the full bar. Of course, you can also watch a movie in one of the ten theaters, all of which feature 70-foot screens and luxurious recliner seating. Private event rooms are available for special events, and the bowling alley is open on certain nights.

3001 Market St, Edmond, OK 73034, Phone: 405-562-6516

7. AR Workshop Edmond, Edmond, OK

AR Workshop Edmond, Edmond, OK
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If you love DIY projects, you'll fall head over heels for the things you can create at the AR Workshop Edmond. Their regular scheduled workshops teach participants how to make everything from canvas pillows to wooden wall hangings, and although you'll be provided with all the materials and instructions you need, every project can be customized to suit your own unique style. Workshops typically last between two and three hours, and private parties can be arranged for groups of 12 or more people. Water and coffee are available at the workshop, and customers are welcome to bring in their own alcoholic beverages.

1020 NW 192nd St suite d, Edmond, OK 73012, Phone: 405-261-3218

8. Moni's Pasta and Pizza, Edmond, Oklahoma

Moni's Pasta and Pizza, Edmond, Oklahoma
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Specializing in New Jersey style thin crust pizza and Southern Italian style pasta dishes, Moni's Pasta and Pizza is a welcoming, family-owned restaurant that has become one of the most popular places to eat in Edmond. The menu includes plenty of meat and seafood dishes in addition to the pizza and pasta, and there are also a number of dishes that can be made vegetarian or vegan. Gluten-free pasta and pizza are available upon request, and most dishes are served with salad and freshly made garlic rolls. During the summer, guests have the option of sitting outside on the patio.

17200 N May Ave #700, Edmond, OK 73012, Phone: 405-285-5991

9. Fish City Grill - Edmond, Edmond, Oklahoma

Fish City Grill - Edmond, Edmond, Oklahoma
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Seafood might not be the first thing to come to mind when you think of Oklahoma, but the Fish City Grill - Edmond is dedicated to serving delicious seafood at accessible prices, and it's the perfect place to satisfy your seafood craving. They're best known for their unique oyster nachos, but other highlights of the menu include the homemade soups, the fish tacos, and the seafood platters that come with coleslaw and waffle fries. New made-from-scratch specials are offered every day, and on the first Tuesday of every month, a portion of all sales are donated to a local charity.

5028, 1389 E 15th St Suite #104, Edmond, OK 73013, Phone: 405-348-2300

10. Hideaway Pizza, Edmond, Oklahoma

Hideaway Pizza, Edmond, Oklahoma
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One of approximately 20 locations scattered across Oklahoma and Arkansas, Hideaway Pizza is a friendly restaurant that offers dine-in, take-out, and delivery. An incredible selection of specialty pizzas is available to choose from, but if you don't see exactly what you want on the menu, you can design your own masterpiece by choosing from their many toppings and sauces. Several crust options are available as well, including three different sizes of hand-tossed crust and 10-inch gluten-free and cauliflower crusts. In addition to pizza, the menu features delicious Italian style sandwiches, fresh salads, and baked pasta dishes served with garlic bread.

116 E 5th St #3832, Edmond, OK 73034, Phone: 405-348-4777

11. Brent's Cajun Seafood and Oyster Bar

Brent's Cajun Seafood and Oyster Bar
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Owned and operated by a proud descendant of the original southern Louisiana Cajuns, Brent's Cajun Seafood and Oyster Bar offers true Cajun hospitality and a delicious taste of New Orleans. As you can probably guess from the name, the menu has a strong focus on seafood, with highlights including oysters on the half shell, po'boy sandwiches, and a seasonally inspired Cajun seafood boil. However, steaks and pasta dishes are available as well.

3005 S Broadway, Edmond, OK 73013, Phone: 405-285-0911

12. Stephenson Park

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Named after Edmon’s 1934 City Manager, Fred M. Stephenson, Stephenson Park is a lovely place to visit for individuals, pairs, and families to enjoy outdoor recreation and relaxation in the city. With its tree-lined grounds beckoning visitors in, Stephenson Park is 3.57 acres large with several highlights and amenities to enjoy. Guests to the park can enjoy a game of tennis or croquet on its public courts, visit a beautiful and elaborate rock garden, or explore the small creek run-off. Stephenson Park is also home to three WAP projects such as the Edmond Armory, the American legion Hut, and the Stone Walls and Bridges.

431 S Boulevard, Edmond, Oklahoma 73034, Phone: 405-359-8830

13. Clauren Ridge Vineyard and Winery

Clauren Ridge Vineyard and Winery
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Indulge in an unparalleled wine tasting experience when you visit the Clauren Ridge Vineyard and Winery. Worthy of the drive, Clauren Ridge is undeniably the place to visit for guests who want to explore the best that Oklahoma wine has to offer, but what makes this winery stand out is the care and passion it put into each and every tasting experience. Guests will make their way to a beautifully decorated veranda and patio which overlooks the gorgeous hill country of Oklahoma to sample their choice of wines. In total, Clauren Ridge offers 11 types of wine, all of which are produced and bottled by the winery, of which guests may select four to sample. Delectable finger food is also available to be paired with the winery’s bottles such as a fine selection of cheeses, beef and cheese sliders, spinach artichoke dips, and more.

6000 W Waterloo Rd, Edmond, OK 73025, Phone: 405-412-8630

14. Pelican Bay Aquatic Center

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Giant water parks may be fun, but they aren’t always necessary to have a great time in the water and under the sun. Pelican Bay Aquatic Center is proof of this, as it is a beloved and popular recreational center for Edmond’s locals on a hot summer day. The center is home to a state-of-the-art leisure pool that has two amazing 150-foot water slides, a couple of diving boards, a slide splash pool, and even a current channel and a climbing wall. The kid’s water playground at this municipal aquatic center also comes with exciting, automated sprays and a vortex to ensure maximum fun. It’s not unusual for visitors to spend the whole day at the center as it has well-kept amenities like its bathhouses and great concessions available to munch on thanks to the Pelican Bay Café Snack Bar.

1034 S. Bryant, Edmond, Oklahoma 73034, Phone: 405-216-7649

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15. Unpluggits Paint and Play

Unpluggits Paint and Play
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While traveling with the family’s kiddos is always fun, there are not often a lot of activities that kids can simply relax at and allow their creativity to run wild. At Unpluggits Paint and Play, children from as young as 18 months old up to the age of 10 can come and unleash their creativity through ceramic and craft painting offerings. With a studio that is designed with children in mind, Unpluggits will help your child’s imagination soar as they squish playdough, paint various ceramics, create chalk drawings, or sketch and paint on kid-friendly easels. Parents accompanying their children can relax and unwind in a separate room (don’t worry, you can still watch your child through a wall of windows) where beverages and snacks are served.

575 Enterprise Drive, Suite 110, Edmond, Oklahoma 73013, Phone: 405-340-7584

16. University of Central Oklahoma Jazz Lab

University of Central Oklahoma Jazz Lab
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For lovers of jazz music, a visit to the University of Central Oklahoma Jazz Lab, or the UCO Jazz Lab for short, is an absolute must! Known for its world-class entertainment and equally top-of-the-line venue, the UCO Jazz Lab transports its visitors to the beloved jazz clubs of New Orleans. At the core of it all, the Jazz Lab has three goals: to educate the students of UCO’s School of Music, to provide entertainment in a relaxed atmosphere alongside great food and beverages, and to create a state-of-the-art recording studio of the highest level. Listen to talented jazz ensembles while dining on great meals care of Hideaway Pizza when you drop by for a visit.

100 North University Drive, Edmond, Oklahoma 73034, Phone: 405-974-2000

17. Frenzy Brewing

Frenzy Brewing
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Visit Edmond’s very first brewery when you drop by Frenzy Brewing. The brewery is co-owned and operated by Matt Conner and Jeremy Estle, both of whom are long-time Edmond residents who have a fierce love and pride for their local community. After many years of planning and armed with an undeniable passion for beer, the pair established Frenzy Brewing in the city’s historic E.A. Bender Building. The brewery is beloved by locals for its world-class beer that delivers consistent quality through conscious brewing practices and guaranteed quality ingredients. Guests who want to try a sip of their flagship offerings on tap can head over to their downtown taproom, which is one of the largest in Oklahoma. Great food and even greater beer await!

15 S Broadway, Edmond, Oklahoma 73034, Phone: 405-562-5350

18. Float OKC

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Work, traveling, and life and general can be stressful and affect our health. For those living in or visiting Edmond, Float OKC offers next-level relaxation experiences that will help bring your mind and body to a state of total rest and peace. Floating goes by many names such as Floatation Therapy, Sensory Deprivation, or R.E.S.T. – Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy. Guests will enter a pod filled with salt water and float. The high concentration of salt ensures the guest’s floating and will remove strain and pressure from the body’s myoskeletal system. Many visitors have experienced reduced stress and anxiety, great pain management, boosted brain function, and even improved sleep after visits to Float OKC, making it a popular place to visit for those who just need a break from the wear and tear that life often comes with.

180 West 15th Street, Edmond, Oklahoma 73013, Phone: 405-340-0851

19. Urban Tomahawk - Axe Throwing

Urban Tomahawk - Axe Throwing
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Who would have thought that throwing a bunch of axes around would become one of the greatest American past times of the 21st Century? Clearly, Urban Tomahawk did as they’re the largest axe-throwing venue in all of Oklahoma and the only serving north OKC and the city of Edmon. At Urban Tomahawk, families, friends, and even a pair looking for an exhilarating date, can come and try their hand at this enjoyable sport. Trained and skilled axe-throwing professionals are always at the ready to teach first-timers tips and tricks to land their first shot, and there are many different kinds of axe-throwing games to keep the night interesting. Book a lane for a special event or a regular night out with your friends for a memorable experience.

14402 N. Lincoln Boulevard, Edmond, Oklahoma 73013, Phone: 405-215-7366

20. Paint Your Art Out

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Art and entertainment come together in perfect harmony at Paint Your Art Out, a popular place for the local community’s art lovers to come together in Edmond. At Paint Your Art Out, anyone can paint. Whether you’re a long-time recreational painter or someone who feels like they’re hopeless at art, Paint Your Art Out will help cultivate and guide your inner artist. Guests at the studio will participate in painting on a pre-sketched canvas and will learn how to use acrylic paint through the step-by-step guidance of Edmond’s local artists. All in all, a visit to Paint Your Art Out lasts anywhere between two to three enjoyable hours and will have you going home with your beautiful painting to proudly display at home.

10 S Broadway, Edmond, Oklahoma 73034, Phone: 405-513-5333

21. Sky Zone Trampoline Park

Sky Zone Trampoline Park
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Ready to get in some wall-to-wall aerial action in your day? Head over to Sky Zone Trampoline Park to break the rules of gravity with them. Known for being the originators of aerial play and strong believers in the power that playing brings, Sky Trampoline Park has several locations across the globe and one huge facility in Edmond. Guests to Sky Zone in Edmond can enjoy hopping around on huge trampolines and getting as much air as they can or participate in more niche activities at the center. For example, one of the park’s newest attractions is its air court, where visitors can play a souped-up game of basketball. The park is also home to an adrenaline-pumping dodgeball court, a challenging obstacle course known as the Drop Zone, and even a parkour block.

2525 S. Broadway, Edmond, Oklahoma 32013, Phone: 405-359-1631

22. Break Room 405

Break Room 405
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Have you ever felt so stressed out that you just wanted to break something? If there’s one place in Edmond, Oklahoma that absolutely understands that, it’s Break Room 405. Founded to help people release their stress, anxiety, and anger in one of the most satisfying ways, visitors at Break Room 405 can let loose and break a whole bunch of breakable items without having to clean up. Hurl bottles and small plates as a wall, throw a bunch of items off a shelf with one ferociously satisfying sweep of your arms to your choice of music, and with protective gear to make sure that you stay safe and sound while you’re at it. Sound like fun? Head on over, pick your crate of breakables, and get smashing.

2215 NW 178th Street, Edmond, Oklahoma 73012, Phone: 405-920-6400

23. Blocworks

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Community and fitness come together at Blocworks, a climbing gym that is beloved and frequented by locals in the city of Edmond. Block Works is specifically designed to challenge experienced climbers, but also to introduce first-timers to the exciting and addicting sport through multiple climbing and bouldering walls. In addition to the climbing gym, Blocworks has several campus boards, kilter boards, and hang boards to improve the skills of visitors, as well as a fitness center with rowers and bikes to improve cardio health. What makes Bloc Works the most fun to visit, however, is the community of regulars who are eager to meet newcomers and help them improve their skills.

104 S Broadway, Edmond, Oklahoma 73034, Phone: 405-225-6090

24. Zarate's Latin Mexican Grill

Zarate's Latin Mexican Grill
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Housed inside a bright blue building with eye-catching paintings, Zarate’s Latin Mexican Grill is a restaurant that you won’t want to miss because of its delicious food and one that is simply impossible to miss from the streets of Edmon. The restaurant is known for its mouthwatering Latin American offerings with dishes inspired by countries from all over the South Americas. Hungry diners can feast on authentically prepared dishes like the Peruvian Lomo Saltado or the Brazilian BBQ Chicken. There are also dishes like the Honduran Banana Leaf Tamales, the Chilean Tilapia, and many more to try out. Be sure to pair your choice of entrée with one of the many international beers stocked by Zarate’s and to cap off your meal with a choice of churros or flan.

706 S Broadway, Edmond, Oklahoma 73034, Phone: 405-330-6400

25. Signature Grill

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Savor a delightful upscale dining experience at Edmond’s Signature Grill. Characterized by its intimate and cozy atmosphere, the Signature Grill is committed to serving exceptionally crafted food alongside quality wine. Each dish is prepared with only the best products available in order to ensure that every patron gets a distinctly fine dining encounter. Tuck into decadent appetizers like the grill’s artisan cheese collection or the puff pastry wrapped and baked in a luxurious duck confit. Entrees such as the grilled beef tenderloin with smoked blue cheese and the pan-seared Chilean sea bass with roasted tomato butter sauce are also sure to please. As for desserts, first-time visitors to the Signature Grill are bound to enjoy a taste of the Crème Brulee with caramel sauce or the mascarpone cheesecake with blueberry port wine sauce.

1317 East Danforth Road, Edmond, Oklahoma 73034, Phone: 405-330-4548

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