In addition to improvements to the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, the grounds of the Myriad Botanical Gardens received extensive renovations in 2010-2011, part of the Project 180 plan. These have contributed to the Gardens area becoming one of the more popular gathering places in downtown. Visitors and downtown employees alike enjoy strolling along the water, utilizing the dog park or just lounging around amidst the beautiful landscaping.
Similarly, the Great Lawn area is a favorite, a wide open area perfect for tossing a frisbee or listening to a live concert.
In 2012, park officials also began offering a summer movie series of screenings under the stars, perfect for kids and adults alike. Sponsored by Oklahoma City-based drive-in Sonic, the Myriad Gardens Summer Movie Nights Series features weekly showings of family friendly films. Admission is absolutely free.
Movies are shown on Wednesday nights from late June to early August, and the screenings begin at 9:00 p.m., just about the time it's beginning to cool off from a hot summer day. Here's the full 2017 schedule:
- June 21: Sing
- June 28: Karate Kid
- July 5: Star Trek Beyond
- July 12: Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them
- July 19: Moonrise Kingdom
- July 26: 42 The Jackie Robinson Story
Location, Directions & Parking:
The Myriad Gardens and Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory are located between Hudson and Robinson, just north of Reno Avenue in downtown Oklahoma City. The Great Lawn is on the northern side of the grounds, south of Sheridan in the shadow of the Devon Energy Center. Here's a detailed map of the area with driving directions from various entry points.
Metered parking is available along the streets around the Gardens, and there are several nearby parking garages as well. Get details on downtown parking options.
Absolutely feel free to bring a blanket or chairs and claim your spot on the Myriad Gardens Great Lawn. You can also have a picnic while viewing the movie. However, park officials ask that you not bring any glass. And, of course, be courteous to other movie watchers around you.
Food & Drink:
If you're anything like me, you can't watch a movie with snacking on something. And you know the kids are going to want a treat and a drink to go with their movie. Even if you want to have a complete late dinner, you're in luck because the Summer Movie Nights Series also features a number of local food trucks and other vendors.