Shawnee Splash 2019: Tips to Get Ready for a Season Full of Summer Fun

05/20/2019
Shawnee Splash 2019: Tips to Get Ready for a Season Full of Summer Fun
One of Shawnee’s favorite family-friendly destinations, the Shawnee Splash Water Park, is opening soon—with a lineup of seasonal events that’s sure to excite everyone from kids to adults.Read More

Three of Shawnee’s Best Historical and Cultural Attractions

05/08/2019
Three of Shawnee’s Best Historical and Cultural Attractions
Everybody who comes to Shawnee has a reason for visiting, whether for family, business, or leisure. Those visitors who take a moment to stop and look around, however, will find themselves in contact with the living history that breathes life into our city—and reminds us of the connections we all share. Here are just a few of the stops in town where you can make such a connection.Read More

A Conversation with the Mabee-Gerrer's New Manager of Education

05/07/2019
A Conversation with the Mabee-Gerrer's New Manager of Education
#TravelMatters is the topic of conversation this week for National Tourism Week. One thing we know is that travel does matter. The impact of travel is huge on our city, state, and country. Shawnee is home to many amazing attractions, all of which require amazing people to run them. We spoke to Amber DeBoise-Shepherd about her job as the Manager of Education and Outreach at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art. Read More

Five of the Best Stops for a Selfie in Shawnee, OK

05/06/2019
Five of the Best Stops for a Selfie in Shawnee, OK
Looking for a place to get the perfect selfie or photo? Then you’ve come to the right place! Shawnee, Oklahoma is home to an impressive number of scenic views and fun places to get lost. Let Visit Shawnee help you get lost in the right places—especially places where you can get that Insta-worthy pic for your timeline.Read More

Four Ways to Have a Stay-cation in Shawnee

05/06/2019
Four Ways to Have a Stay-cation in Shawnee
NOTE: This is a re-upload of an article that was published near Spring Break of 2019, but don't let that stop you from taking some great ideas for a stay-cation here in town!Read More

An Exclusive Look at Shawnee's Recent Hotel Renovations

04/29/2019
An Exclusive Look at Shawnee's Recent Hotel Renovations
For many visitors, our hotels make the first and last impression on behalf of the community at large. So, it’s exciting to us when our hotels put in the work to remain state-of-the-art, undergoing repairs and renovations to continue offering the highest level of hospitality to our guests. Here’s some of the work our hotels have been doing in the last couple of years!Read More

Painted Horses: 5 Things You Didn’t Know about Shawnee’s Stellar Stallions

04/02/2019
Painted Horses: 5 Things You Didn’t Know about Shawnee’s Stellar Stallions
If you’re from out of town, one of the first things you’ll probably notice about Shawnee driving around are the large, painted horse sculptures: Scattered throughout town on street corners overlooking sidewalks, either standing strong or bucking wildly, all with bold and unique designs. So, how did the painted horses get their start?Read More

Spotlight on 2019's Photo Contest Winners

03/04/2019
Spotlight on 2019's Photo Contest Winners
The 2019 Photo Contest has concluded, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the results. With nearly 300 eligible submissions showing off all the wonderful things Shawnee has to offer, our panel of voters had a hard time picking their favorites. At the end of the day, however, the photos below were judged to be the best of the best. Read on to see the winners, and learn a little information about them.Read More

Everything You Need to Know about the Visit Shawnee Photo Contest

01/30/2019
Everything You Need to Know about the Visit Shawnee Photo Contest
It’s official! Visit Shawnee’s Photo Contest for the year of 2019 is finally on, and submissions are already flying in. But that doesn’t mean it’s too late for you to enter. On the contrary, we encourage everyone in the Pottawatomie County area to go through their photos and pick their favorites—with any luck, you have a shot at winning one of several fabulous cash prizes, so what do you have to lose?Read More

Event Spotlight: The Two Sisters Flea Market

01/03/2019
Event Spotlight: The Two Sisters Flea Market
With the Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center in the middle of town, it’s no wonder we have so many great recurring events, from big to small, annual to monthly. One of its loveliest monthly guests is the Two Sisters Flea Market, which delivers both the charm and the curiosity familiar to the style of shop. We reached out to the owners of the flea market, Brian & Krystle Ross, who were more than happy to tell us about their recent endeavors...Read More

Four Hot New Restaurants Recent to Shawnee OK

12/18/2018
Four Hot New Restaurants Recent to Shawnee OK
We know it might be hard to think about food this close to the holidays, but what are you gonna do when you run out of leftovers? Chances are you’ll want to run out and grab a bite to eat somewhere in town—and lucky for you, there are many great restaurants in Shawnee. Have you seen all the places popping up? If you haven’t heard the news, read on.Read More

A Few Great Gift Ideas from the Visit Shawnee Shop

12/10/2018
A Few Great Gift Ideas from the Visit Shawnee Shop
A couple of weeks ago, we talked about some of the fantastic gifts you can find here in town that are locally made and curated especially for visitors and residents, but did you know that Visit Shawnee has our own little gift shop? Whether you’re looking for Oklahoma-themed apparel or a special keepsake to keep the memories alive, our selection offers a little something for everybody. Read More

Poultry Shows at the Expo: A Feel for the Fowl Fun in Shawnee

12/04/2018
Poultry Shows at the Expo: A Feel for the Fowl Fun in Shawnee
Interested in chicken? Think about it—when I asked you that question, did your mind go towards your favorite meals involving chicken, or did you consider the process of raising poultry as livestock? Poultry breeding plays an important part in your life, no matter where your mind went. But get this: The Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center has the chance to host not just one, but two important poultry shows!Read More

Three Great Locally Made Gifts for You and Yours

11/27/2018
Three Great Locally Made Gifts for You and Yours
Over the past several weeks, we’ve given you some guided ideas for holiday shopping. But surely you can’t be done yet—we’re just getting started stuffing stockings and wrapping boxes! We thought we’d give you some more ideas, inspired by local retailers and producers. Everybody loves receiving locally made gifts, and your business helps the community you live in. So what are your options?Read More

Four Great Gift Ideas for the Kids This Holiday Season

11/20/2018
Four Great Gift Ideas for the Kids This Holiday Season
Are your kids easy to shop for, or are they picky when it comes to the holidays? Whether they’re difficult to please or thrilled for the season alone, there’s of variety of stores around Shawnee to find great gifts for your kids, no matter their tastes. Read More

Three Great Gift Ideas for Mom This Holiday Season

11/13/2018
Three Great Gift Ideas for Mom This Holiday Season
We know it’s impossible to sufficiently let the ladies in your life know how much you appreciate them, but it’s always important to try your best. How about you celebrate them this holiday season with a thoughtful gift from one of Shawnee’s many boutique stores? With such a selection at your disposal, you’re bound to find something that will speak to their hearts.Read More

Three Great Gift Ideas for Dad This Holiday Season

11/06/2018
Three Great Gift Ideas for Dad This Holiday Season
Looking for some inspired gift ideas for dad this holiday season? We know it can sometimes be tough to find him the perfect gift, especially locally—but luckily for you, Shawnee is home several shops tailored and geared to delight the man in your life, whether he is your old man or your only man.Read More

Five Great Coffeehouses to Keep You Warm This Winter

10/12/2018
Five Great Coffeehouses to Keep You Warm This Winter
Cold weather—love it or hate it, the temperatures will be dropping before we know it. And while many iced coffee aficionados will stick to their guns throughout the cooler months, it’s time for the rest of us to cut the cold brew and say yes to toasty beverages!Read More

Two Big Events the Weekend of August 10th: Fireflight & O.N.E.

07/31/2018
Two Big Events the Weekend of August 10th: Fireflight & O.N.E.
Looking for a fun, family-friendly way to celebrate the end of summer? Two fantastic events have partnered up to take Shawnee by storm, starting August 10th. These events are the Fireflight Balloon Festival and the Outdoor Nation Expo (O.N.E.); between their family-oriented activities and free admission, you’ll have no excuse to be a couch potato during this exciting weekend!Read More

So: What's the International Finals Youth Rodeo?

07/06/2018
So: What's the International Finals Youth Rodeo?
Visitors to the Shawnee area during early July might be mystified to see signs for businesses everywhere proudly displaying the message “Welcome IFYR” on their signs and marquees. What’s the IFYR, you might ask? Why, it’s only the biggest annual event that our city has the pleasure of hosting! Read More