Discover Broken Arrow, OK

Charming neighborhoods and vibrant communities offer an assortment of fun things to do in the Broken Arrow area.

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Livability
On Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 11:41
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A welcoming region bursting with opportunities and activities, Broken Arrow is a must-live destination for everyone. 

Excitement in Store

Broken Arrow offers numerous places for you to get your shop on, and even more options are on the horizon. The city features over 15 major retail clusters, including the downtown Rose District, home to a number of unique establishments like Hippie Heart Designs, where you can design your own silk scarf; The Succulent Shop, a one-of-a-kind boutique plant shop; and NobiliTea, which offers handcrafted and loose-leaf tea. Plus, hungry shoppers don't have to leave this area to grab a bite to eat. The Rose District also boasts a cuisine scene. It is home to places like Laurannae Baking Co., a boutique bakery, espresso and pastry bar, and The Rooftop, the area's only rooftop bar and pizza joint.

New shopping developments are popping up across the city. The freshly branded New Orleans Square is at the intersection of New Orleans Avenue and Elm Place, which is targeted for revitalization by the city. Water's Edge Winery is one new business that has moved into the neighborhood.  

Another new development, Tiger Hill Plaza, is scheduled to open in the spring of 2021 at the corner of 71st Street and Lynn Lane. It will be home to several retail shops and restaurants.

A Rose is a Rose

The Rose District in downtown Broken Arrow is a popular shopping destination, with its collection of unique stores, but the district is evolving and offers much more than just retail. City officials are leading the charge on a transformation of the district into an arts and entertainment hot spot.

A $4 million makeover is underway to install wider sidewalks, streetscape lighting and extensive landscaping and fewer traffic lanes.

A popular gathering place already open to the public is the Rose District Plaza Outdoor Pavilion that houses Rose District Farmers Market. For parking throughout the district, there are five city lots and street parking.

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City of Broken Arrow

Party Hearty 

Broken Arrow knows how to throw a party – several of them. 

The year begins with the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce's Annual Gala at Stoney Creek Conference Center, a black-tie event where business and community leadership are recognized and celebrated.

July brings Taste of Summer, a festival with live music, a kids zone and all-you-can-eat Blue Bell ice cream. 

Rooster Days, which began in 1930 and takes place each May (it will be held in September 2021), is the oldest festival in Oklahoma and includes three days of live entertainment, a parade, food vendors, a wine garden and carnival rides. 

A celebration that sells out every October is the Main Street Burn Cigar Dinner, which includes a steak dinner, full bar and cigars at Rose District Plaza.

Also, in Broken Arrow, each December is a walking tour through the Rose District called Wine Walk. It includes eight to 10 sampling stations as well as restaurants that have small bites to try.

A New Leaf

Those who are developmentally disabled can receive life skills and marketable job training through the A New Leaf program in Broken Arrow.

Established in 1979, A New Leaf serves about 325 individuals with developmental disabilities and autism, providing them employment opportunities at six greenhouses, three retail centers and various community job sites.

The program's vocational headquarters are on South First Place. A New Leaf also assists many students in the classroom as well as individuals in residences.

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Shane Bevel

Benefits of Broken Arrow 

If a move to Broken Arrow is on the agenda, get excited, because the area boasts a number of positive qualities. Let's dive into a few!

  • An easy commute
  • Clean air
  • A low crime rate
  • New, renovated schools
  • A diverse cuisine scene (from barbecue to international dishes)
  • An award-winning arts and entertainment district
  • Must visit farmers markets
  • Trendy local coffee shops
  • A performing arts culture
  • Three renowned hospitals
  • Opportunities to launch a business
  • Gorgeous sunsets
  • A welcoming community
  • More than 15 major retail clusters
  • A network of sidewalks and trails
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Broken Arrow Police Department

Bloom in Broken Arrow

Affordability, safety make Broken Arrow a draw for young professionals, families.

Thinking Green

Sustainability is top of mind in Broken Arrow.

A curbside recycling program encourages residents to focus on recycling as many items as possible, including laundry soap jugs, beverage containers, cereal boxes, glass products, aluminum cans, cardboard, paper and magazines. Residents load their items into carts provided by the city.

Carts are up to 96 gallons, and green waste (lawn clippings, leaves, etc.) can also be deposited if packed and secured in a trash bag.

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James Pratt

The 4-1-1 on Broken Arrow

  • Super Suburb: The largest suburb of Tulsa, Broken Arrow, is home to more than 110,000 residents. 
  • Diverse Economy: Originally just an agriculture community, Broken Arrow today boasts quite a diverse economy, including a thriving energy sector.
  • Green Surroundings: This city is located in Oklahoma's Green Country, known for its lakes, hills and lush vegetation.
  • Get Outside: Ready to spend time outdoors? Good news! Broken Arrow residents can explore the regions more than 40 public parks.
  • Affordable Place to Live: Affordability is high in Broken Arrow, as housing expenses in the region are about 20% lower than the national average. The median home price is $277,227. 
  • 5-Star Healthcare: Ascension St. John Broken Arrow recently received a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, recognizing the hospital in areas such as safety of care, the effectiveness of care and patient experience.

If you'd like to learn more about the Broken Arrow, OK area, check out the latest edition of Livability Broken Arrow, OK.

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