A little boy crawling all over the canal boat could hardly contain his excitement. "Does it go underwater?” he gasped. "Nope,” the boat captain said. The boy slumped in his seat momentarily but then forgot his disappointment when the boat chugged away from the landing. He twisted and jerked inside his winter coat; he couldn’t decide which way to face. There were too many lights, too many sounds and too many ducks floating on the Bricktown Canal. When the captain started singing Jingle Bells, I was pretty sure this boy would explode with excitement. I took a ride on a Bricktown Water Taxi this weekend as part of the annual Downtown in December series of events. Canal rides are free Thursdays through Sundays this month. This was my first time to ride in a canal boat. I dismissed it as something for tourists. There were a few out-of-state visitors from Texas and Tennessee in our boat, but almost everyone was from Oklahoma. It was fun. Our boat captain told us the history of the Bricktown Canal and provided all kinds of factoids about the district. While it was fun for me, it was ridiculously fun for the children on board. Giggly kids in hoodies and gloves squirmed in their seats. They sang, stared in awe at the lights and couldn’t stop moving. If I had kids, I’d bring them for the free ride every week. But I might not want to risk them exploding with excitement.
If you go
Bricktown Water Taxi rides on the Bricktown Canal are free from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays in December. The boats depart on the canal across from the AT&T Bricktown Ballpark.