• Erica Bass

Spend Your Spring Break in Shawnee, OK

Updated: Jan 7

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)'s CHC (Cultural Heritage Center), will tell you their story. 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 Gift shop!

3. Coffee Break

Shawnee has several local coffee shops, two of which have opened just this last year! Visit The Gathering Place Coffee Co. in downtown Shawnee for a fine selection of handcrafted espresso beverages and a plethora of pastries. If you're on the other side of town, try Elevated Grounds; in addition to coffee, they serve Asian hot teas and Boba teas. Heavenly Grind's double drive-thru location will keep you going without forcing you to leave your car; their "tornado" will deliver a deliciously bold dose 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.

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 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 #VisitShawneeOK to be featured on our social media sites or your photo might even end up in one of our brochures!


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 or Instagram! Our visitor guide and maps are available at the Welcome Center located at 2820 N Kickapoo Avenue! We’re open 9 am to 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday. See you soon in Shawnee!