Updated: Dec 29, 2022
A visit to Shawnee is more than our art, historic sites, and Native American culture. It’s daytrips to see more of Oklahoma. Plan to spend an extra day or two. Southeast of the Redbud City, are music-buff’s destinations, cultural and art centers, and play adventures all within an hour of Shawnee.
The Okfuskee County Historical Society and Museum in Okemah is housed in a 1926 Masonic temple. The museum features exhibits and displays about Okfuskee County's past.
Plan your trip to Shawnee and Okfuskee around the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. The annual festival celebrates the life and musical legacy of one of America's greatest folk music songwriters and troubadours, Woody Guthrie. Okemah was Guthrie's hometown. This festival held mid-July offers music, plays, children's activities, poetry readings, craft vendors and more.
The Holdenville Society of Painters and Sculptors Art Gallery features the works of local Oklahoma artists. The center features a permanent collection, as well as works for sale.
Ron Allen Studios in Wewoka features fine art, sculpture, paintings, collage and assemblage art for your collection.
Also in Wewoka is the Seminole Nation Museum. This museum documents and interprets the history and culture of the Seminole Nation. Artifacts, historic photographs, and interpretive exhibits chronicle the captivating events and stories that shaped the Seminole people.
The Maud Historical Museum has a large display of Rock-a-Billy singer Wanda Jackson, who was born in the Oklahoma town.
St. Louis Oklahoma. No big arch. No Cardinals baseball games. No brewery tours. But at least you can stop through St. Louis Oklahoma and brag you’ve been to one of the eight St. Louises in the United States! (FYI: California, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Virginia; 17 total in the world.)
The Ravine Outdoor Adventure Park in Macomb gets you outdoors exploring their 80 acres of Oklahoma beauty! Whether on foot, bike, or off-road vehicle - the land is very diverse, ranging from open prairie to woods, to some of the coolest ravines and small canyons outside of a state park. There are extremely challenging places to explore, as well as plenty of family friendly places to explore and play with little ones.
The Tecumseh Historical Museum is in a 100-year-old building that was formerly a bank, hat shop, and insurance office. Seeing this historic building is worth the stop alone.
While in Tecumseh, no trip is complete without a stop at the Farmer’s Daughter Market. This combination dining and shopping destination offers two eateries, a bakery, and two shops containing everything from home decor and gifts to furniture and antiques.
The kids ready to play? The Jasmine Moran Children's Museum in Seminole offers the unique experience for children of all ages to pretend to be everything from a surgeon to a pilot! There are hands-on activities like duck races, a bubble factory, dinosaurs, the Jasmine Ark and Playground Towers, and a 16-foot climbing labyrinth. With more than 35,000 square feet of indoor adventure (and even more outdoor,) there's a day's worth of kid-friendly fun at the Jasmine Moran.
Animal lovers will flock to Nomad's Animal Encounter. It’s a fully hands on petting zoo with an experience you can’t get just anywhere. Unlike other zoos, Nomads take you into each of the animals’ enclosures to interact with and feed all the animals.