If you’re thinking about spending your Spring Break here in Shawnee, Oklahoma, then we’ve got some ideas for you! To help you get started, we’ve compiled five options for you to do around town, maybe including some things you haven’t considered!
1. Shawnee Twin Lakes
About eight miles west of town will take you to the Shawnee Twin Lakes, a lovely destination for both Shawnee residents and visitors looking to unwind at the waterfront. Go for a swim or grab your reel and go fishing. The lakes are stocked with bass, crappie, sand bass and channel catfish. There's even a fully enclosed fishing dock, so you can test your angling skills regardless of weather! Fishing is allowed in both lakes, but you'll need to purchase a permit. Make sure you check with the headquarters office! You can double check information about the lakes, as well as pay any fees for boating, camping, or fishing.
2. Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center
If you're interested in learning more about Native American history, the CPN (Citizen Potawatomi Nation) has recently renovated its CHC (Cultural Heritage Center), and it was just opened to the public this year! Not only does the CHC have a research archive full of tribal information and records, they also display a museum full of exhibits curated to teach both tribal members and the public about the history of the CPN. After you've been awed by the story of an ancient people, take home a handmade souvenir from the Potawatomi Gifts shop!
3. Coffee Break
Shawnee has several local coffee shops, two of which have opened just this last year! The Gathering Place is downtown Shawnee's only coffee shop, and they serve up espresso and a plethora of pastries. If you're on the other side of town, try Elevated Grounds; pie is their specialty, but they serve delicious, homemade cinnamon rolls on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays. Euphoria and Heavenly Grind both have permanent drive-thru locations; Euphoria's sweet Honey Latte is a popular favorite, and if you need a real kick in the pants, Heavenly Grind's "tornado" will get you going with an overdose of espresso.
4. Specialty Shopping
Looking for something to do while you're resting up from all your exciting Spring Break outings? Bibliotech Books and Comics sells books and comics (hence the name!), but they also carry graphic novels, board games, and collectible trading cards. If you're interested in some trading card game competition, ask Randy about Friday Night Magic! Once you're done there, how about a snack? Stop by Sadie J's Popcorn to grab yourself a bag or a two-gallon tin of some specialty flavored popcorn! They have everything from classic flavors to quirky twists on one of America's favorite munchies.
5. Selfie Stops
Explore Shawnee in a creative way by looking for the best places to take a picture! There are many scenic vistas around town, and whether you’re a selfie star or a photography enthusiast, there’s no shortage of great places to pose. Try the Santa Fe Depot with it's castle-like tower or one of our university campuses which feature buildings over a century old. Better yet, find your favorite painted horse sculpture around town and use it to make a statement!
Tag your selfies with #SelfieShawnee to be featured on our social media sites or your photo might even end up in one of our brochures!
Visiting Shawnee for Spring Break lets you experience all the above and more! Explore other options for what do do while you're here by looking at the various sections of our website or by following us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Our visitor guide and visitor maps are available at the Shawnee Visitor Information Center located downtown at 231 N. Bell. We’re open 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Mondays through Fridays.