If you’re thinking about spending your Spring Break, we’ve compiled 6 great adventure starters for you around town, maybe including some things you haven’t considered.
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. If you happen to get lucky and are enjoying a warm-weather Spring Break, stop by Kayak Cove to rent a kayak and get out on the water without getting wet!
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.
Best of all, visiting this state of the art cultural center is completely free! After you've been awed by the story of this ancient people, take home a souvenir from the Potawatomi Gift shop!
3. Coffee Break
Shawnee has several local coffee shops, from sit-down and read vibes to paint and sip! Visit Comma Cafe 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. Coffee N' Crafts lets you paint while you sip, and 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. To browse a store full of kitchen gadgets and gizmos you didn't even know you needed and fine oils and vinegars, check out Savvy Bites!
5. Indoor Adventures
Not exactly feeling like spring outside just yet? We got you! Solve puzzles to solve a mystery or escape the room in less than an hour at House of Hints escape rooms, or practice your aim at Lumberjack Johnson's Axe Throwing & Smash Room just down the street.
6. 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 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 #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 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!