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  • Fun things to do outdoors in Shawnee, OK

    231 sunny days on average in Oklahoma. That’s almost an entire month more than average! With those extra days, explore nature with all the fun things to do outdoors in and around Shawnee. Whether you're looking to hunt your next Christmas tree or splash around in the summer sun, Shawnee's diverse outdoor adventures have it all. Outdoor Destinations off I-40 in Shawnee Shawnee Twin Lakes is a serene public lake destination ideal for fishing, kayaking, camping, and swimming just south of I-40 on Hwy 102! The two lakes are connected by a beautiful red-cliffed channel and features several parks, a campground with newly renovated amenities, swimming beaches, boat ramps, a fishing dock, and a kayak launch. If you don't have your own kayak, don't worry -- you can rent one at Kayak Cove on the weekends. Shawnee has 40 diverse parks, from a flower lover's favorite Rose Garden Park on Broadway to Dean Weigant Park's towering play space by the Airport. $9 million in park renovations to be completed in 2023, including the nearly 7-acre playground at the renovated Kid Space Park which opened in late June 2023! Runners will enjoy the Airport Track and other urban trails. Into another sport? Find pickleball, volleyball, tennis courts, and disc golf courses. If traditional golf is your sport, tee up Firelake Golf Course on the 6,335 yards of greens and fairways. Chase the butterflies! A wonderful butterfly garden is at our Pottawatomie County OSU Extension Office grounds. In the summer months, many species of butterflies and moths, bumble bees, and honeybees flutter through the garden feeding. This garden is registered with the Monarch Watch organization with the official designation of Monarch Waystation #20948. Explore the other side of nature at Oklahoma's only nationally accredited arboretum on the campus of Oklahoma Baptist University. There are 134 different species of tree and 150 more shrub varieties, including a direct descendant sapling of the Survivor Tree from the Oklahoma City bombing. Ready to cool off? Head to the Shawnee Splash Water Park! Open late May - early August annually, this incredible downtown waterpark opens each summer featuring a lazy river, kid's play zone, diving area, and slides. Interested in honing your aim? Clay Bird Sports is a public sporting clays club with full 10 station walking course, and monthly tournament events. Open year-round just off Twin Lakes Reservoir. Also located along Twin Lakes is the Locomotive Operators of Central Oklahoma's 1/8 model train track and locomotive! Open for private parties year-round and the first Sunday of each month for public runs include special events each December to ride with the Clauses. In the fall and winter, one of the favorite destinations for locals and visitors alike is Sunshine Shelly's -- a pumpkin patch experience and haunted maze each fall followed by a tree farm wonderland each December. Upcoming Outdoor Events in Shawnee

  • Everything you need to know about Fireflight Balloon Fest!

    The FireLake Fireflight Balloon Festival offers two days of balloon glows, balloon launches and rides, and family-friendly entertainment in Shawnee, Oklahoma every year, the second weekend in August. It was named Oklahoma's Best Event by the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association in 2022! The Outdoor Nation Expo, which runs alongside Balloon Fest, offers family-friendly hunting and fishing demos, products, and more! Shawnee's Annual Balloon Festival Fireflight Balloon Fest is going into its fifth year of family-friendly entertainment. Watch hot-air balloons fill the sky, catch quality live entertainment, and experience some of Oklahoma’s best vendors and food trucks all gathered together the second weekend in August at Raymond Peltier Park, 1702 S. Gordon Cooper Drive. NEW in 2024: take your FireLake Fireflight Balloon Festival experience to new heights with our official mobile application! Gain access to exclusive content, get first dibs on balloon flights, and customize your schedule and notifications to stay up to date on the latest. IOS: apps.apple.com/us/app/fireflight-balloon-fest/id6469745185 Android: http://play.google.com/store/apps/details... Tethered rides are on a first-come first-serve basis during the festival, and untethered rides must be reserved & paid in advance, which you can do online! Fireflight Balloon Festival Schedule Family-friendly activities at Fireflight include inflatables, clowns, carnival rides, a petting zoo, face painting, and plenty more. Kids zone activities will be free, but you’ll need to buy either tickets or wristbands for the carnival. There will also be a fireworks show at the end of the Friday's balloon glow, so you won’t want to miss that! Friday, August 9th Balloon Fest Schedule Saturday, August 10th Balloon Fest Schedule Fireflight 5K For all of you athletes, there will also be a Fireflight 5K Run/Walk the morning of Saturday, August 13th. The race features professional chip timing, and participants will receive a custom race medal and t-shirt. Whether you’re the speediest around or you want to go along with your kids, the race will let you go at your own pace! Outdoor Nation Expo Outdoor Nation Expo is back and enthusiasts of all things outdoors will want to check it out! From hunting to fishing, camping to mountaineering, with vendors for adults and fun activities for kids, there’s plenty to do at ONE. The expo takes place during the Balloon Festival at the FireLake Arena, 18145 Old Rangeline Road. This outdoor lover's dream expo is located inside of Firelake Arena, an air-conditioned venue across the parking lot from the Balloon Festival Grounds. Friday, Aug 9th from 12 - 9 pm Saturday, Aug 11th from 9 am - 9 pm Activities available throughout the expo: Hunting & Fishing Vendor Expo Choctaw Archery Shoot (free, 4+) Bow-fishing Target Shooting Army Bass Anglers NWTF BB Gun Range Corn Hole Locke Supply Kids Catfishing Pitt Stop Extreme Animals Petting Zoo Fishing Pole Casting Contest Frequently Asked Questions Are attendance and parking free? Attendance AND parking are free! It is recommended to bring cash for the vendor market, tethered balloon rides, food trucks, and other activities. There is only one ATM onsite at the festival. Should I bring a chair? We recommend bringing lawn chairs and/or blankets for seating while you enjoy the live music and balloon glows. Can I bring food or water? Outside food and drink are not permitted, but there will be plenty for sale. Where can I stay close to the festival grounds? Shawnee has nine hotels, two motels, and four RV parks all located within 10 miles of the festival grounds! Find your preferred lodging at VisitShawnee.com/stay and book soon - hotels are filling up. If you have more questions, check out the Festival website's FAQ here. What else should I do while I'm in town? Shop, dine, and play in historic downtown Shawnee - this pre-statehood Main Street area is a pedestrian & cyclist friendly district with unique, locally-owned and operated restaurants and shops just two miles north of the Balloon Festival grounds. See Oklahoma's only Egyptian mummy at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art plus more art & artifacts from 8,000 years of human history; admission is FREE throughout August and their current featured gallery is "Ancient Ruins to Skyscrapers: Architecture in Art". Find the Painted Horses - Nearly 3 dozen beautiful horses stand proud throughout Shawnee, hand-painted by local artists. Each horse shares a unique story and approach to craftsmanship. Cool off at Shawnee's Twin Lakes Reservoir - located just south of I-40 just minutes from the Balloon Festival, the reservoir is a quiet public lake ideal for serene fishing, kayaking, and swimming! Balloon Festival Map Doesn’t all that sound exciting? Be sure to FOLLOW the Balloon Fest on Facebook for the most up to date information!

  • Annual Events In Shawnee Oklahoma

    Shawnee offers a wide variety of events year-round. Celebrations of the arts and cultures, showing off classic cars, rodeo competitions, and family friendly holiday festivals fill our calendar of events. Plan your weekend in Shawnee around one or two of these annual events. Independence Day Celebrations Each year, Shawnee is home to nearly a week of fireworks displays highlighted by Grand Casino’s show which shines right over Shawnee’s Twin Lakes. Grab your sparklers, don your red, white, and blue, and join us! More here. International Finals Youth Rodeo 'It's bulls and blood, dust and mud, boots and chaps, cowboy hats, the ropes and the reins and the joy and the pain, and they call the thing rodeo.' Shawnee annually hosts the IFYR. Each July, come see the best of the future of rodeo! ifyr.com Fireflight Hot Air Balloon Festival & Outdoor Nation Expo One of Shawnee's iconic events, Fireflight offers hot air balloon rides and mesmerizing glows. Free open-air concerts entertain between flights and glows. There is also a giant interactive outdoor expo and kid’s zone. It is fun for the entire family. Hosted by the Potawatomi Nation the second weekend in August. firelakeballoonfest.com Pottawatomie County Free Fair Once an annual social ritual centered on agriculture and education, county fairs in Oklahoma have become iconic celebrations packed with mouthwatering foods and endless entertainment. In September, visit Shawnee and return to small-town simplicity with the rush of a thrilling carnival ride, the sweet aroma of hot kettle corn, and the sound of a crowd coming together to sing a classic country tunes. freefair.org Firelake Casino Car Show Another car show for auto enthusiasts. With nearly 30 car classifications, you are guaranteed to see something that gets your motor running! Held in October. firelakecasino.com Monsters on Main Downtown Halloween Festival Shawnee’s annual spooky season celebration includes Monsters on Main (formerly Boo on Bell) which is held Downtown on historic brick-lined Bell & Main Streets. You’ll find a carnival, vendors, live performances, and of course, trick or treating! Sunshine Shelly’s Pumpkin Patch and Nightmare Harvest Pick your pumpkin from the vine at this 15-acre pumpkin patch. Other kid-friendly - not scary - activities include hayrack rides, a kiddie corn maze, a corn pit, inflatables, and movies at sundown. Nightmare Harvest is for those that want to get spooked. It’s Sunshine Shelly’s haunted corn maze. Consider yourself warned! OK Classics Car & Memorabilia Auction One of the biggest car shows in Oklahoma. This annual events gives car lovers a chance to see classic cars and trucks of all makes and models. Even if you don’t bid on any, you’ll enjoy seeing them before they are put on the block. Held in November. More details here. Nighttime Christmas Parade Oklahoma’s largest nighttime Christmas parade on historic Main Street in Downtown Shawnee features live music, a classic parade complete with Santa on his sleigh, and a fireworks finale. More here. Citizen Potawatomi Nation Reunion The annual Family Reunion Festival of Citizen Potawatomi Nation is a celebration of Native culture for the Potawatomi. A powwow is held with group, social, and competition dances including men’s traditional, women’s traditional, jingle dance, and more. Held in June, this is a tribal-members only event. Find these and more fun events on our Calendar of Events. Stay in-the-know about what's happening in Shawnee, OK with our weekly newsletter. Sign up here.

  • Tips for Travel in Tornado Season

    “Ooooo-klahoma where the wind comes sweeping down the plain!” Rodgers and Hammerstein definitely knew what they were talking about when they wrote the opening words to the famous musical. Around 1,000 tornadoes touch down in the United States each year and a large number of those twisters seem to strike right here in Oklahoma. Born and raised Okies barely flinch when tornado sirens blare, but springtime can be understandably stressful for visitors who might not be familiar with tornado safety. Don't let the weather keep you from visiting Oklahoma - instances of severely damaging tornadoes are rare! Below are some tips to help keep you safe (information from the National Weather Service). Please note that this list is not comprehensive and in the event of severe weather you should tune in to a local weather station and do as they advise. You can also sign up to receive local weather alerts from The Weather Channel. SHAWNEE STORM SIGNAL TESTS If you're in town on a Saturday, you may hear tornado sirens right at noon -- don't worry! This is our regular weekly test of the sirens to ensure they stay in working order. Where is “Tornado Alley”? Tornado Alley is used to describe northern Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, and parts of Colorado, where tornadic activity is high. It is important to note, however, that tornadoes can occur anywhere and even though they are most likely to occur in the spring, can happen any month of the year. March through May is widely known as “tornado season” but November is known as “second tornado season.” It is just important to be weather aware no matter what time of the year you are traveling. Tornado Watch vs. Tornado Warning The difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning is very important. A tornado watch indicates that the potential for the development of severe weather exists. A tornado warning, on the other hand, signals that a severe thunderstorm has already developed and has either already produced a tornado or radar has indicated high potential for one. If you encounter a tornado while on the road: If at all possible, get off the road and find safety If that is not an option, then try to get lower than the level of the roadway – lie down in a ditch and cover your head. Be aware of potential flooding Stay away from trees, cars, and anything that can become flying debris Never try to out-drive a tornado. Never take refuge under a highway overpass NOTE: Remember, if possible, seek shelter indoors in a sturdy building. Remaining in your car or lying down in a ditch is a last resort! Tips for traveling during severe weather season: Ask about the hotel’s or venue tornado safety plan upon arrival If possible plug in your smart phone so it is fully charged in case the power goes out If you are especially concerned about power outages, consider traveling with a NOAA weather radio In the event of severe weather: If there is not a designated safe place or basement, take shelter in an interior hall on the bottom floor Stay away from windows and outside walls Cover yourself with blankets or a mattress if possible OKC Metro News Resources The local OKC news stations do a wonderful job of covering severe weather, and their weather prediction technology is very precise. Any of the major stations will be able to tell you exactly where the tornado problem areas are, and you will have enough time to get to a safe place The City of Shawnee has a weather alert system that will send e-mails or text messages to anyone that signs up If the power goes out, all of the local TV stations live stream their coverage, so you will be able to watch on your phone News 9 Facebook KFOR Facebook Local stations have also developed weather apps to help keep you safe during a storm. Download one of these apps so that you can watch live radar in the event of a power outage KFOR 4Warn Me App – this app offers a live stream of breaking weather events KOCO News First Alert Weather App – this app features a live interactive radar, livestream broadcast, and school and business closings These are just a few tips for being safe during severe weather. The most important thing to do is stay aware of the weather in the area where you are staying. For more information on tornado safety visit the National Weather Service .

  • Take a Staycation in Shawnee

    Vacations are typically about breaking free from the usual routine and going on adventures, so it’s understandable that your first impulse is to shell out for plane tickets or fill up the gas tank. But what if we told you that there’s a treasure trove of novel experiences here in Shawnee, Oklahoma? So, don’t stress about the logistics of travel or the damage to your budget this year—stay close to home and view it with a new perspective. How is that possible, you might ask? Here are four ways to get started. 1. Pick your home away from home Kick off your stay-cation by booking yourself a little home-away-from-home at one of our city’s lovely hotels. You will find the hotels on the north side of town accommodating to all visitors, many of which feature fitness centers, indoor and outdoor pools, and free breakfast, not to mention all the usual accoutrement. You can also stay at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort, where entertainment options are always available, including specialty restaurants including Soto Sushi, Flame Brazilian Steakhouse & more. 2. Choose from 3 unique museums, or see them all! You may not realize that Shawnee is home to three museums full of fascinating curiosities and engaging exhibits. Start at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, where you can see art and artifacts from the world over. Then work your way over to the Santa Fe Depot, where the Pott. County Museum puts the interesting history of the county on display. After that, you can finish up your day at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation (CPN) Cultural Heritage Center, where you will be moved by the story of their people through their adversities and triumphs. 3. Meet the Eagles Speaking of the CPN, did you know that they have an Eagle Aviary, one of only seven like it in the nation? Home to over a dozen bald eagles and several other bird species, the Eagle Aviary provides a permanent home for eagles (and other birds) that have sustained injuries serious enough that they cannot live in the wild—but you’ll note how lively and majestic they are despite this. They were also the first aviary of their kind to successfully release an eagle back into the wild, and you’ll be surprised to see everywhere the bird has flown. If you’re interested in visiting the aviary, make sure you call at least two weeks in advance—the eagles are in high demand. 4. Pick out an alley or arcade that fits your fancy If the weather turns out poorly, or you’re simply looking for a bit of indoor fun, Shawnee is home to several bowling alleys and arcades! Visit the lanes at Shawnee Bowl or FireLake Bowling Center—both locations will accommodate bowlers from beginner to expert levels of skill. Shawnee Bowl’s party packages, concessions, and $1.50 games after 9:00 pm Sunday through Thursday will make for a fun and casual evening, while FireLake features a bowler’s pro shop for those looking to step up their game, and glow-in-the-dark bowling every Friday and Saturday night. If bowling isn’t your thing, you’ll find a variety of fun games in At the Pier arcade at the Shawnee Mall, and there's a classy arcade inside Firelake Bowling Center as well! Excited to have your stay-cation yet?

  • Exhibits and Events at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art

    Founded in 1919, the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art is the oldest art museum in Oklahoma! Its namesake, Father Gregory Gerrer, was a colorful Benedictine monk who collected objects throughout his travels to Europe, Africa and South America. It is home to Oklahoma's only Egyptian mummy, in addition to an exquisite collection of artifacts and art from over 8,000 years of human history. The museum hosts limited exhibits throughout the year in addition to workshops and other events to bring art and art history to people of all ages. Upcoming Events at the Mabee-Gerrer Check out the full list of events, exhibits, and workshops available at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art!

  • Curated Vintage, Antique, and Thrift Stores in Shawnee

    Just 30 minutes east of OKC on I-40, Shawnee is a vintage shopper's dream. With a vast array of curated vintage, thrift, and antique shops, your next treasure is waiting for you in Shawnee, OK! Read through the antique stores, consignment, and thrift stores or select a specific topic to jump to it: Curated Vintage and Thrift Stores Antique Stores Pop-Ups & Markets Download the Vintage Shopping brochure Curated Vintage and Thrift Stores The 25 Thrift Specializing in 70s - 90s fashion, 25 Thrift is a carefully curated boutique thrift store. 421 E Main St, Downtown Shawnee, OK | IN: The25Thrift Shawnee Outreach Thrift Find trendy and vintage items from household to baby, clothing to collectibles. Daily specials. 1601 N Harrison Street, Shawnee, OK | FB: SOSThrift Salvation Army Thrift | 330 E 9th St Goodwill | 1930 N Kickapoo Ave Artzy Fartzy Unique little boutique filled with fabulous home décor, refurbished furniture and Fashion 20 W. Main Street, Shawnee Ok | FB ArtzyFartzyok Cinderella's Closet Carrying new and used fashions, home décor and clothing 1021 N Kickapoo, Shawnee Ok | cndr_consign Lisa's Thrift Store Cute out of the way shop with great selection of vintage items. 1136 OK-3E (Highland) 405-517-5255 Antique Stores Papa Grape Find toys, Native American items, décor, household antiques and collectibles at this downtown store. 717 E Main St T-Box Antiques & More Located downtown; T-Box is one of the largest selections of vintage and antique goods. 23 W Main St | FB: TBoxAntiques Oliver Hardin Antiques This antique shop specializes in fine vintage glass, dishes, and furniture pieces. 311 W MacArthur | FB: OliverHardinAntiques Rogers Vintage Depot Rogers is known for their impressive collection of metal toys, vintage signs, and old farm accessories. The Depot was featured on Discover Oklahoma. You can watch the segment here. 610 N Harrison | FB: VintageDepotShawnee Pop-Ups & Markets Market on the Meadows One of Oklahoma’s premier vintage, repurposed, antique, hand-crafted and hunted treasure shows held on a beautiful meadow in Meeker annually in April & September; check Facebook or our Event Calendar for dates. East Hwy 62, Meeker | FB: OklahomaVintageMarket Sassy Dames Retail Therapy The Sassy Dames host craft shows at the Heart of Oklahoma Conference Center every other month; check Facebook or our Events Calendar for dates. Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center | FB: SassyDamesSale Monkey Business Children's Consignment This semi-annual sale features items for infants, children, teens, and expecting moms. The sale is designed to help you not only find great bargains but also help you sell your previously loved items at a great price! Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center | FB: MonkeyBusinessOK An Occasional Sale Open twice a month (dates vary), An Occasional Sale offers home goods from estate sales. New furniture and common household items are added regularly. 1010 N Harrison | FB: AnOccasionalSale Junk Utopia & Sleigh Bells Market Annually in March and November, vendors at the Sleigh Bells Market bring vintage Christmas, holiday goods, handmade goods, boutique items and gifts! The Junk Utopia in March has the same variety of offerings, just not holiday themed. Check Facebook or our Events Calendar for dates and information. Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center | FB: RevolveProductions

  • One of the Top Five Largest Playgrounds in the State to open in Shawnee: KidSpace Is Open!

    KidSpace Park, the $3.6+M state-of-the-art, fun-filled park opened on June 23rd in Shawnee, which is located just a half hour east of Oklahoma City. Park-goers of all ages are enjoying this 7.6-acre park surrounded by an ADA accessible 4/10- mile trail. About the Playgrounds at Oklahoma's newest Premier Park No need to worry about the equipment getting too hot to the touch, because it’s made from aggregate materials to keep the playground safe for play year-round. And be sure to take off your shoes to see how the turf not only looks but also feels like real grass. With two playgrounds, there’s a multitude of play equipment for all age groups, including areas specific to 2–5-year-old as well as 5-12-year-old children. There is a Ninja challenge course and a 40-yard dash with timers for older children and adults. Rounding out the park are areas for passive and active recreation including picnic areas, shaded seating, four pavilions, a basketball court, two Pickleball courts, Ping Pong, and other outdoor games. Also included is a new, completely ADA accessible restroom and additional parking on the south side. “Planning for park upgrades has been underway since 2017. Shawnee voters supported the plan and passed a 0.5% sales tax in June 2018 to fund public safety, roadway, and parks and public facilities improvements,” said Ed Bolt, Mayor of Shawnee. “KidSpace Park has far surpassed what we had envisioned. It will bring smiles to all ages for many, many years to come.” How did Shawnee build KidSpace Park? “The citizens requested and voted for improved parks and public facilities. The design firm and construction contractors, along with City of Shawnee Engineering and Public Works staff, delivered a first-class park that cities many times larger than Shawnee would be proud to have in their community,” said Andrea Weckmueller-Behringer, Shawnee City Manager. “It has been a privilege for PDG to be a part of the KidSpace Park Improvements Project. This project took the existing park that was in a state of needing major repairs and upgrades, to a park that will be one of the top five largest playgrounds in the State of Oklahoma,” said Geoffery Evans, PDG, Principal/Project Manager for the Kid Space Park design. Media Information for KidSpace If interested in a tour, please contact City of Shawnee, 405-273-1950 Looking for directions to KidSpace Park? Take I-40 exit 186. Head South on Highway 18/Harrison Street and go approximately 2.5 miles to Independence. Turn left on Independence and go to Center Street (4-way stop). Turn right on Center. KidSpace Park will be on the left, just past the Fairview Cemetery.

  • Where the Locals Eat

    When you visit Shawnee, Oklahoma, eventually someone will say “I’m hungry!” and ask “What’s to eat?” Shawnee boasts a wide variety of dining options including recognizable national chains. But where do the locals eat? And where are must-eat local stops during your visit(s)? We list the top must-try restaurants in Shawnee. Van’s Pig Stand is Oklahoma’s oldest barbeque restaurant continuously owned and operated by the same family. They’ve been doing Bar-B-Q right since 1930. You’ll find quality smoked meats steeped in tradition and great, deep flavor. There’s two Shawnee locations. The one on Highland is the original. The Hamburger King has been "famous for hamburgers since 1927." The King serves up food in a dining area filled with 1950s-style decor. This restaurant features a unique way to order – after perusing the menu, you pick up a phone at your table and "call in" your order. Then a server brings your food right to your table. For more barbecue and steaks, look for Billy Boy's BBQ, Paul's Place Steakhouse. Theopolis Social Club is a “brasserie-style destination in the heart of the Depot District where wine, cocktails, food & culture collide in a modern, eclectic space.” The neighborhood restaurant makes all of their food from scratch using as many local ingredients as possible. You’ll enjoy the atmosphere almost as much as the food and drinks! The Lunch Box is a sandwich shop serving sandwiches and not your typical sandwiches! What they create for sandwiches is art. Also serving soups, salads, and desserts. (Hello! DESSERTS!!) It’s not deli... it's deli-cious. The Owl Shoppe is a small family-run restaurant established in 2012. Stepping in you may question eating there. But good luck getting a table ‘cause the locals LOVE the Owl. It’s the healthier menu in Shawnee with vegan and gluten-free options. Frateli's serves Shawnee's best Italian food made according to family recipes brought over from the old country more than two decades ago. Sure there’s familiar faves – pizza, calzones, and pasta dishes – but their specialty dishes are what you will want to order! Firelake Fry Bread Tacos is Oklahoma’s ONLY dedicated fry bread taco restaurant. These aren’t the carnival or county fair kind, but authentic offerings. Choose from grilled chicken, ground beef or ground bison. Pile on either black, chili or pinto beans, fresh vegetables and an assortment of cheeses, sour cream and salsa. Accompany it with a meat pies or finish with fry bread with fresh strawberries and whipped cream, powered sugar, cinnamon and honey. All recipes were created by a Potawatomi tribal member, so you can be sure your fry bread taco is an authentic piece of Native American cuisine.

  • Must-See in Shawnee, OK

    Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art “This is a gem of a museum with an encyclopedic collection of art and artifacts spanning history from ancient Egypt to modern times. The biggest draw is the mummy, but the Medieval, Renaissance, and 19th century collections are also fantastic. Great representations of Indigenous American and African art as well.” - Donna M. Pottawatomie County Museum Complex The complex includes a beautiful, historic train depot that looks like a castle. That in itself makes it a must-visit. Go inside adjacent Milburn Center for exhibits on Pottawatomie County and railroad memorabilia. On the grounds is the Beard Cabin. Built in 1892, it is considered to be the first home built in Shawnee! Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center Shawnee is home to four tribal governments, each with their own cultures, languages and traditions. The Potawatomi Nation has developed a Cultural Heritage Center which preserves and interprets artifacts relevant to indigenous Great Lakes cultures, with an emphasis on the Anishinabe Potawatomi. Gift Shop inside the museum offers unique Native American made jewelry, ceremonial items, traditional native attire, a vast array of Pendleton blankets, jackets, clothing, bags and more. Painted Horses In celebration of Oklahoma's centennial year (2007,) the community took on a project to place hand-painted fiberglass horses around Shawnee. There are nearly three dozen of the stallions to see, and each is unique. And to answer your question before you ask, the horse is a significant part of local culture, such as the International Finals Youth Rodeo and other Western-style events Shaw-"neigh" hosts annually. That’s why! Murals The public art goes beyond the painted horses. Throughout Shawnee, there are also murals designed and painted by local artists. They wanted to capture the beauty of downtown and inform people of the unique history of Shawnee. Most are Downtown. Grave Site of Dr. Brewster Higley While born in Indiana and a long time Kansas resident, the otolaryngologist wrote “Home on the Range,” which is the Kansas state song. Dr. Higley’s travels brought him to Shawnee where he passed away. He is buried in Fairview Cemetery. Historic signage marks where he is buried. “Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam. Where the deer and the antelope play.” - Dr. Brewster Higley St. Gregory’s Abbey and Monks' Marketplace Saint Gregory's Abbey is home to a monastic community where monks live together, work together, and pray together. The monks gather seven times a day in the church for the liturgy of the hours and Eucharist. The church is also used for liturgical functions for other occasional special events. Guests may visit the abbey by appointment or shop the Monks' Marketplace which specializes in handcrafted and locally grown products from the Abbey and volunteers. There’s so many sights to see, events to attend, and local shops to shop. And because Shawnee sits at the crossroads of America on Interstate 40, just minutes from Interstates 44 and 35, there is plenty to experience around Shawnee as well. We hope to see you soon in Shawnee, Oklahoma!

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