• Stacy Cramer-Moore

Fun Ways to Stay Cool in Shawnee

Updated: Jul 23

Summers in Oklahoma admittedly can be hot! When visiting Shawnee during the summer, you'll inevitably want to find a cool spot or two. There are plenty of ways to beat the heat if you know what to do; which is why we’ve made a list of the best ways to cool off around the Red Bud City!

1. Shawnee Splash Water Park

Dive in to the outdoor complex featuring a shallow play area, regulation pool area, spray ground area, diving area, climbing wall, slides, diving boards, and much more. The park also hosts several events throughout the season including movie nights, military appreciation, and swim days for pets if you want to plan your trip around those events.

2. Twin Lakes or Wes Watkins Reservoir

Swim, boat and/or ski in one of the three lakes around Shawnee. There are dedicated swim areas and boating permits are required so know the requirements and restrictions before heading out.

3. Museums

Fully air-conditioned, the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, Citizen Potawatomi Culture Center, and Pottawatomi County Museum are great places to cool off and see (and – gasp! – learn) cool things!

4. Go Bowling

The bowling alleys are air-conditioned and provide respite from the outdoors. There’s other indoor activities like skating, inflatables, and Nerfed, but you may work up a sweat doing those.

5. Shop the Mall

By the time you walk the Shawnee Mall and browse the 50+ stores, you’ll cool down. Some Rolling Cow Ice Cream Treats will surely help too!

6. Take in a Movie

The Shawnee Mall has six theatres; the Cinema Centre has 8. Enjoy Hollywood blockbusters and cool off.

Visiting Oklahoma requires one to be weather aware. With ample planning of indoor or water fun during the heat of the day, you’ll enjoy your visit to Shawnee. To further help plan your visit, order a visitors guide!