Top Attractions: from historic buildings to ice cream, these activities are must do.
Broken Arrow continues to grow in population and things to do, where residents can enjoy the relaxed pace of a small town along with big-city amenities. While there are many interesting and fun attractions in Broken Arrow, we picked out some of the best things to do:
See a Show at the Performing Arts Center
Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center (above) stages Broadway shows, pop concerts, standup comedians and also runs a Spotlight Series from August-April with six main acts. The 2014-2015 Spotlight Series includes performances by Kristen Chenoweth, The Time Jumpers (starring Vince Gill), Lee Ann Womack, Debby Boone, and the musical Anything Goes.
Eat Great BBQ at Oklahoma Joe’s
World champion barbecue pit master Joe Davidson of Oklahoma has won hundreds of grilling competitions and operates an Oklahoma Joe’s restaurant in Broken Arrow. The family eatery is located near Bass Pro Shops and includes menu items like smoked turkey, slow smoked ribs, beef brisket and pulled pork.
Catch the Acts at Broken Arrow Community Playhouse
With an annual season running from October to June, Broken Arrow Community Playhouse stages five big productions each year at The Main Place downtown theater. The troupe’s 2014-2015 season showcases presentations such as Send Me No Flowers, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and Five Women Wearing the Same Dress.
Let Bass Pro Shops Amaze You
Complete with a stone fireplace at the entrance and a two-story waterfall in the store’s center, Bass Pro Shops is a haven for purchasing outdoor merchandise. Adding to the impressive décor are a large pond to catch and release fish, an 18,000-gallon freshwater aquarium, and an Uncle Buck’s Grill restaurant and bar.
Tour Blue Bell Creamery
Founded in Texas in 1907, Blue Bell Creameries added a production plant in Broken Arrow in 1992. The Broken Arrow facility produces ice cream in flavors like blueberry cheesecake, fudge divinity and peppermint candy, and several 45-minute tours occur Monday through Friday by appointment. Ice cream samples are always served as part of the tours.
Try a Main Street Tavern Craft Beer
Billed as Broken Arrow’s upscale gastro-pub, Main Street Tavern is in The Rose District downtown and operates seven days a week. MST debuted in 2011 and serves lunch, dinner and late-night food along with 28 name-brand beers on tap, a large selection of wines and several craft beers.
Enjoy the 1880s at Persimmon Hollow Village
An Old West replica town returns to life every weekend at Persimmon Hollow Village, with a Main Street, flea market, furniture consignment barn, and 18 specialty shops of antiques, collectibles, vintage jewelry, ceramics and carved glass. A large playground for the kids is also on site. Persimmon Village is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.