Edmond is technically a suburb of Oklahoma City, but it has a charming character all its own, and 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. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
© Armstrong Auditorium
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
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
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
© Unpluggits Playstudio
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
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
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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 until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
3001 Market St, Edmond, OK 73034, Phone: 405-562-6516
7.AR Workshop Edmond
© AR Workshop Edmond
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
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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
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
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© Hideaway Pizza
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
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. Lunch specials are offered on weekdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and a cozy jazz brunch is held on weekends during the same hours.
3005 S Broadway, Edmond, OK 73013, Phone: 405-285-0911
11 Best Things to Do in Edmond, OK
- Armstrong Auditorium, Photo: Armstrong Auditorium
- Arcadia Lake, Photo: DSGNSR/stock.adobe.com
- Edmond Historical Society & Museum, Photo: Edmond Historical Society & Museum
- Unpluggits Playstudio, Photo: Unpluggits Playstudio
- Urban Agrarian, Photo: pressmaster/stock.adobe.com
- Showbiz Cinema, Photo: Mr. Music/stock.adobe.com
- AR Workshop Edmond, Photo: AR Workshop Edmond
- Moni's Pasta and Pizza, Photo: Jacek Chabraszewski/stock.adobe.com
- Fish City Grill - Edmond, Photo: lsvsvl/stock.adobe.com
- Hideaway Pizza, Photo: Hideaway Pizza
- Brent's Cajun Seafood and Oyster Bar, Photo: Brent's Cajun Seafood and Oyster Bar
- Cover Photo: City of Edmond, Government