Broken Arrow is recognized as one of the most affordable, safest and best towns for families by national media outlets. A thriving manufacturing and tech industry has ushered in a variety of businesses that enhance the area's quality of life. Community leaders are focused on providing great amenities for residents.
Broken Arrow, OK offers a bevy of can’t-miss things to do, from attending special events, to getting involved in the arts and learning about local history; to dining at independent restaurants and staying active at area parks.
Broken Arrow's booming downtown is the perfect outgrowth of its small-town charm. It oozes with character, from its blossoming food district to its surprising collection of cultural offerings. And there's never a shortage of excuses to visit. Here are a few of our favorites: Downtown Historical Attractions It's fitting that downtown offers two places where visitors can learn about the area's history. The Museum Broken Arrow
preserves artifacts and shares local history through interactive, informative exhibits. The Military History Center
, which relocated from Tulsa in mid-2013, features an outdoor flag display at Flag Plaza. Downtown Arts Attractions If you're in a show tune kind of mood, check out the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center
, a 1,500-seat venue that hosts Broadway tours and pop music concerts. Or visit the Broken Arrow Community Playhouse
("only 1,487 miles off Broadway"), which strives "to provide quality theatrical entertainment to the community" and serves as the resident theater on south Main Street. Broken Arrow's Spring and Summer Festivals Feeling outdoorsy? Broken Arrow is famous for its festivals. The annual Rooster Days Festival
features 5K, 10K and 15K runs, a parade and a carnival. With offerings for the whole family, the festival brings Okies from far and wide.And let's not forget Blue Bell Ice Cream's annual Taste of Summer, an outdoor ice cream festival. Naturally, the attractions include all-you-can-eat ice cream and lots of family-friendly activities.With such a wide variety of offerings for the young and the young at heart, it's easy to see why Broken Arrow continues to be one of the area's most exciting locales for art and entertainment. Regardless of where their sense of adventures lies, residents of Broken Arrow can find a variety of outdoor activities.
Trails Walkers, runners and cyclists can choose from more than 70 miles of trails that interconnect throughout Broken Arrow. Most wind through peaceful landscapes, and some trails' parking areas have free bicycles for riding. Notable trails are the KATY Trail
and the River Parks West Bank Trail
. Golf Courses From skill levels to price options, the availability of golf courses in Broken Arrow runs the gamut. Top-quality public courses include Forest Ridge Golf Course
and Battle Creek Golf Course
. Forest Ridge opened in 1989 as the area's first upscale public golf facility. Battle Creek, a par 72 course owned by the city, includes large bentgrass greens and oversize tee boxes. Broken Arrow Golf and Athletic Club
lets guests choose from a variety of family membership packages to fit their lifestyle and budget. Broken Arrow is home to two private country clubs that feature top-notch golf and other amenities: The Club at Indian Springs
and the Golf Club of Oklahoma
. Aquatics The Family Aquatic Center
is the primary destination for Broken Arrow residents who want to get wet, but it’s not the area’s only “swimming hole.” The aquatic center features two large slides, a wading pool and splash pad. The Nienhuis Aquatic Facility is the newest aquatic facility in the Broken Arrow park system, and Country Aire Park Pool is the only municipal pool that allows food and drink in the facility. Outdoors In addition to swimming, Neinhuis Park is also a fine place to do a little fishing. The pond there is stocked with bluegill and catfish. Residents can also enjoy the outdoors at the 40-acre Ray Harral Nature Park, which features numerous trails, a flowering garden and the Ray Harral Nature Center
. Skate Park Since opening in 2007, Nienhuis Skate Park
has been the place to go for skateboarding, cycling and roller skating. The facility is self-regulated and has a surveillance camera.More walkable and eye-pleasing than ever before, Downtown Broken Arrow retains a strong connection to its past.
"We wanted to give people more reasons to come downtown and enjoy an entire day here," says Lisa Frein, director of downtown development for Broken Arrow, explaining the rationale for rezoning "and thereby reinvigorating" the city's arts and entertainment district.
In a return to the city's roots, the Downtown area was dubbed the Rose District
in 2012, referring to Broken Arrow's former identity as the city of roses and sparkling spring water.
"The idea was to capitalize on the unique attributes of Broken Arrow and highlight them to create a gathering space downtown," Frein says.
The Rose District
It's fitting that the Rose District offers two attractions where visitors can learn about the area's history. The Broken Arrow Historical Society Museum
preserves artifacts and shares local history through interactive, informative exhibits. The Military History Museum, which relocated from Tulsa in mid-2013, features an outdoor flag display at recently installed Flag Plaza.
Another popular place to go is the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center
, a 1,500-seat venue that hosts Broadway tours and pop music concerts. Also recommended, albeit outside the Rose District, is the Broken Arrow Community Playhouse
("only 1,487 miles off Broadway"), which strives "to provide quality theatrical entertainment to the community" and serves as the resident theater at The Main Place, a 285-seat auditorium on South Main Street.