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Day Trips & Places to visit near Enid

Interesting Places – State Parks – Fishing Lakes – Seasonal Events
 – Oklahoma City (87 miles) -
note: for more info visit the Okla Dept of Tourism web site or call 800-652-6552 or
 stop by the RSVP, 602 S. Van Buren- 580-233-5914
or check out the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center.  Another site that is excellent is Travel OK.  We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.

Seasonal Trips

Daze in a Maze – Puzzled? (Fall and Halloween) 
Experience the most unique fun in Oklahoma! 300,000 sq ft living field maze, Castle Hay Bale MaZe (just right size for your little ones), Pumpkin Pickin’ in season, Petting Zoo, DaZe in a MaZe is a playground for children and adults alike. There are four mazes — the colorful and popular seven-acre maze, a six-acre maze with no map called The Jungle, a hay bale maze in the shape of a space shuttle and the tiny tot maze inside the barn. In addition, there is a sandbox, dinosaur dig of “cowasaurus” bones, petting zoo and old farming equipment to climb on. Labor Day Weekend thru Thanksgiving Weekend. Groups by appt, Mon-Fri. OPEN WEEKENDS THRU NOV 26TH,(closing for season). Sat 10 am-10 pm: Sun 2 pm-dusk; Mon-Fri by appointment. Located 2 miles North of JCT 51 & 74 or 11 miles S of Covington, OK on Hwy 74. Call (580) 234-6293 or (405) 550-5964 weekends. for more information. Admission $6- free for children age 3 and younger. Group rates are available.

Kingfisher in Lights (Christmas)
 In Kingfisher park east of town on Hwy 33, 2 million lights thru Dec 30. 
Train rides in the park, Sun-Thurs 6-10pm, Fri & Sat 6 – 11pm, Carriage rides Fri & Sat.  For Info call 580-375-4445,
Fort Reno Ghost Tours at historic Fort Reno, 
7107 W Cheyenne, El Reno Ok. Tour includes ghost stories and demonstrations by paranormal studies groups.  Local cemetery tours also may be available.  Call (405) 262-3987 for tour dates.
Historic Ft Supply, Ft Supply, OK -
Historic Fort Supply was established on November 18, 1868, as “Camp of Supply” for the winter campaign against the Southern Plains Indians in what is now western Oklahoma. From this post Lieutenant Colonel George A. Custer and the Seventh U.S. Cavalry marched south to the Washita River and destroyed the Cheyenne village of Chief Black Kettle.
Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge, Jet, OK -
580-626-4794. Crystal digging is permitted April 1 through October 15, sunrise to sunset. No special permit is required. Collectors are permitted to remove up to 10 pounds of crystals plus one large cluster for their personal use in any one day. Take Hwy 64 west of Jet to Salt Plains sign, turn N on dirt road. on how to dig for crystals.
Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, 17 miles Northeast of Pawhuska
, OK
(918) 287-4803
 wildlife includes white-tailed deer, coyotes and more than 2,000 bison.  Self guided drive through tour is open daily from dawn to dusk.
Marland Mansion & Estate, Ponca City, OK -
1-800-422-8340 The Marland story is fascinating and his home is an architectural wonder. It was designed and constructed as a showplace for pieces of fine art and in the process, it became a masterpiece in its own right. As you tour through this site, we’ll show you the mansion and tell you the Marland story. You’ll learn about the Marland family, the industry that made it all possible, and the “oil boom-town” that rose from it all, Ponca City, Oklahoma.
Sod House, Aline, OK -
580-596-3053 – 
Preserve and exhibit original sod house built in 1894 by Marshal McCully.
SUN ‘N’ FUN Waterpark (Ponca City)
 is open for the summer Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Open 7 days a week, 12:00 to 8:00 P.M. all summer long.  We have water slides, wave pool, kiddie pool, go-carts, bumper boats, miniature golf, volleyball, picnic area and arcade. Season passes available. A great place for parties too, call (580) 762-5999 for further information. Visit .  A SPLASH OF FUN FOR EVERYONE!
Ames Astrobleme Museum, Ames, Ok 
Opening on 18 Aug. 2007, The Ames Astrobleme Museum, a museum dedicated to the meteor crater the town sits atop, will feature numerous image panels and a video showing the formation of the Ames crater and its discovery as a significant geological and economic resource. The crater was caused by a meteor striking the area 450 million years ago. There is sediment two miles deep covering the crater, and the town of Ames approximately is located in the middle of the crater. The museum was developed by Enid oilman Harold Hamm and one of his companies, Continental Resources. The Ames crater is one of the largest meteor craters in the United States, Hamm said, and one of only a few that is producing oil and gas.
Chisholm Trail Museum, Kingfisher, Ok
 The Chisholm Trail Museum, named for Jesse Chisholm, is situated directly on the Chisholm Trail and presents artifacts from the historic Chisholm cattle trail. See, first hand, items and their history and Kingfisher’s place within. About an hour South of Enid on Hwy 81.
Aquatic Center, Kingfisher, Ok 
Visitors from miles around come to Kingfisher to enjoy the Vernie Snow Aquatic Center, a beautiful indoor swimming complex including diving pool, splash pool, fountain, slide, and lap lanes. Handicapped accessible via steps and in-pool ramp, the pool is open year around. Offerings include: water aerobics classes, locker rooms/showers, swim lessons for young and old, and private parties at a reasonable price. For more information, call (405) 375-3318.
Cherokee Strip Museum, Perry, Ok 
Located on five acres of land, the Cherokee Strip Museum provides an opportunity to explore the remarkable events and people who made up the history of the Cherokee Outlet. Location. About 45 min East of Enid.
 2617 West Fir Avenue, 
Perry, Oklahoma 73077 
 Tuesday – Friday, 9 am to 5 pm
 Saturday 10 am to 4 pm
 Closed Sunday, Monday,
and State Holidays

State Parks

Alabaster Caverns – 580-621-3381 
The State Park is home to the largest gypsum cave in the world with guided tours. Massive boulders of alabaster are seen here in many varied colors–pink, white, and even a rare black. Nature created the underground site 200 million years ago when the area was covered by an inland sea. A perennial stream flowing through the cave is fed by various lateral tunnels and seepage from the roof. What is now a tiny brook, was once a roaring river and you can still see the evidence in the sculptured gypsum formations.
Beaver State Park– 580-625-3373 
Approximately 520 acres in size, Beaver Dunes State Park is located in Oklahoma’s panhandle region, near the city of Beaver. This park is in an area of many environmental contrasts between quiet, sheltered low pockets amidst high sand dunes exposed to the harsh panhandle elements.
Black Mesa
 Located just outside the town of Kenton, OK. Only Oklahoma city on Mountain Time! (Editor’s note: To locate Kenton on an Oklahoma map, look in the upper left hand corner of the panhandle, almost to New Mexico) Wonderful Bed and Breakfast (Black Mesa B&B). Only one general store in Kenton. Very isolated area. Driving time to Kenton is approximately 7.5 hours from Tulsa. Black Mesa is 4,973 feet above sea level (Editor’s note: This is the tallest point in Oklahoma) Black Mesa – 580-426-2222
Boiling Springs– 
580-256-7664 At one time these springs had the appearance of “boiling” as the sandy-bottomed spring was churned with the strong inflow of sub-surface water. Today, the springs still produce about 30 gallons of water a minute. Park visitors can enjoy this Northwest Forest of Hackberry, Walnut, Chinaberry, Oak, and Elm tree groves. Boiling Springs State Park offers a true Oasis for Whitetail Deer, wild Turkey, Raccoon, Coyote, Bobcat, Beaver, Badger, Rabbit, Skunk, Opossum, and Humans. The timeless waters of natural springs brought early Plains Indians to the area, then wind-whipped cowboys and weary settlers. Today, Park visitors can enjoy the spirit of the area and it’s past at one of Oklahoma’s first State Parks.
Oklahoma’s Glass Mountains
 Gypsum formations offer oasis for picnicking, hiking and stargazing. Article 
FAIRVIEW — “In Major County, halfway between Enid and Woodward, is a stunning natural formation of mesas and buttes known as the Glass Mountains — or sometimes called the Gloss Mountains — due to their shiny appearance. 
  The natural glossiness is reportedly due to gypsum in the formations and was noted by early Spanish explorers passing through the area. One explorer called them the Shining Mountains in his journal, according to Shop Oklahoma the mountains were known as the Glass Mountains but pronounced “gloss” locally. 
  The three largest peaks are Lone Peak, followed by Cathedral Mountain and a third, unnamed mesa. 
  Notes the site: “Research reveals a surveyor’s camp was set up on the east side of what is now Gloss Mountain State Park. One morning when they awoke, one of the men of British or Bostonian decent saw the sun glistening on the side of the mountain where many sparkling pieces of selenite lay. He exclaimed, ‘It sure looks like glaws.’” Supposedly, a cartographer identified them as the Gloss Mountains. Another theory was they simply looped the “a” making it appear to be an “o.” Later maps were corrected to read “Glass Mountains.” 
  Located in the range is Gloss Mountain State Park, where visitors can picnic, hike, or even stargaze at night. Rex Sproul, director of the Fairview Chamber of Commerce, said that although many people living in and around the mountains take them for granted, they still are a big draw. 
  “Every season the area takes on a different look,” Sproul said. “The history out there is pretty unique in that a couple of outlaws frequented the area.” 
 In the 1890s, the most famous outlaws in the area were horse thieves and all-around bandits Ike Black and Dick “Zip Wyatt” Yeager. Historical accounts report that Black and Yeager were in the “Gyp Hills” (Gloss Mountains) during the hot summer of 1895 when they were caught up in a shootout in what is now northern Blaine County. Black was killed in the gun battle, and Yeager escaped with a bullet wound, only to be shot again by a posse. He was later caught and taken to Hennessey, then to Enid, where he later died. 
In addition to picnicking, hiking and stargazing, Sproul said visitors may view a variety of wildlife in the area, while students and hobbyists may study geological formations including gypsum, salt, copper sand, gravel and spar. 
Brenda Marsalis is the office manager at Little Sahara State Park, located approximately 20 miles to the northwest of Glass Mountains. She said tourists often visit the mountains after a day of racing on the natural sand dunes at Little Sahara. 
 Mark Stubsten, with the Gloss Mountain Conservancy in Fairview, said the 640-acre park has been improved in recent years and is much more visitor friendly. With the discovery of oil and gas in the Glass Mountains proper, it has also become a popular area for drilling. Go straight West from Enid to Fairview on US HW 60. 
For more information on Gloss Mountain State Park, go to or call (580) 227-2512.
Great Salt Plains – 
580-626-4731 The Great Salt Plains Lake area of NW Oklahoma is rich with natural wonders to discover. We offer you Nature Tourism at its finest! The crystal digging area is open from April 1 to October 15 each year. There is no charge to dig crystals. Take Hwy 64 west of Jet to Salt Plains sign, turn N on dirt road. on how to dig for crystals.
Little Sahara State Park– 
580-824-1471 Little Sahara State Park is located in NW Oklahoma, south of Waynoka. Little Sahara offers over 1600 acres of rideable sand dunes ranging in height from 25 to 75 feet. Amenities include showers, picnic areas, RV hookups with electric/water and tent sites. Seasonal concessions provide refreshment, and fuel and grocery are located nearby. Rates are $16 for RV sites, $8 for tent sites, and $7 per driver for dune trails. Alabaster Caverns State Park, Boiling Springs State Park, Great Salt Plains State Park, and the scenic Gloss Mountains are within driving distance. Must bring your own Dune Buggy to ride dunes. state park.htm.
Roman Nose State Park – 
580-623-7281 Roman Nose Resort Park is located on SH-8 and SH-8A seven miles north of Watonga, 81 miles northwest of Oklahoma City, near Lakes Watonga and Boecher. Once a favorite area of the Cheyenne tribe, this area is a scenic retreat set on a canyon bluff that overlooks ancient mesas. Towering cedars, buffalo grass, and wild blue sage add to the beauty of the legendary setting, and to the enjoyment of numerous recreational activities.
Fishing lakes, boating, swimming

Canton Lake – NOTE: Canton was drained during a draught in 2013 to provide water for Oklahoma City. It will probably take several years for the lake to get back to what it was. (Canton Lake -580-886-2989 Canton Lake in northwest Oklahoma is located just north of Canton. Canton Lake had 45 miles of shoreline and 7,910 surface acres. Canton Lake was famous for great walleye fishing. You will also find it had sandy beaches and great water skiing)
Great Salt Plains Lake-
580-626-4731 The Salt Plains are a flat expanse of mud, completely devoid of vegetation, located in north central Oklahoma. The name, Salt Plains, is derived from the thin layer of salt that covers the flats. This salt was used by Native American tribes and early pioneers who first settled the area. The plains are 7 miles in length and approximately 3 miles wide and lie within the boundaries of the Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge. The plains border the Great Salt Plains Reservoir, constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1941. Great Salt Plains State Park, Jet opens for crystal digging 1 April. Take Hwy 64 west of Jet to Salt Plains sign, turn N on dirt road. on how to dig for crystals.
Kaw Lake-
580-762-5611 Kaw Lake’s beauty is like a beacon urging you to come romp and play in nature’s playground. Here you won’t find wall-to-wall houses, you’ll find well-designed public campgrounds tucked into the many coves and inlets. You won’t find traffic jams or hear screeching tires, but you will find roads that take you where you need to go and trails for hiking, horseback riding and mountain hiking. You won’t find polluted air or acres of parking lots, but you will find clean fresh air, sparkling water, the earth beneath your feet and a clear sky – give or take a cloud or two – above your head. It’s an ideal vantage point to view nesting eagles in winter.
Lake Carl Blackwell -
405-372-5157 It’s always fun to camp at Lake Carl Blackwell. Lake Carl Blackwell is a great place to enjoy the natural beauty of Oklahoma, with so many outdoors activities around Lake Carl Blackwell nobody could get bored. Myers Park is a great place and if you’re into the whole hydro structure thing you can check out Stillwater Creek Site 30 Dam. A visit to Sunset Park rejuvenates the soul and Arrowhead Park is a beautiful place any time of year. Morningside Park is a good place to check out and needless to say, everybody loves Tower Park. Lakes are great, Stillwater Creek Site 30 Reservoir is a lake that’s close to Lake Carl Blackwell and places like Ingham Park are great to visit. It is well known that this is a good campground. Lake Carl Blackwell is popular with the locals as well as with visitors from far away, if you like outdoors activities Lake Carl Blackwell is a good choice. If you are in Oklahoma during camping season you have to go camping.
Sooner Lake-
405-723-4415 Sooner Lake in north-central Oklahoma is located just west of Watchorn. Sooner Lake has 42 miles of shoreline and 5,400 surface acres. This power plant lake offers great fishing, and is known for excellent hybrid striped bass fishing.

Things to see in Oklahoma City

Martin Park Nature Center,
5000 West Memorial Road, serves as an educational facility, a recreational area and a wildlife sanctuary.
The Oklahoma City Zoo,
2101 NE 50th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73111 (405) 424-3344
 Find the Fun at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden – More To See From A To Z! The Zoo features a diverse and fascinating animal and plant collection. The Zoo is a fully accredited member of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA) and the American Association of Museums (AAM) as both a living museum and a botanical garden.
The Oklahoma History Center 
is Open Come visit our new facility at 2401 N. Laird Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73105. To preserve and perpetuate the history of Oklahoma and its people by collecting, interpreting and disseminating knowledge of Oklahoma and the Southwes.
Oklahoma City National Memorial and Memorial Museum
 620 N Harvey Ave., Oklahoma City, (405) 235-3313, 1-888-542-HOPE, Built as a memorial to the tragic bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, you will stand in reverence in the grassy setting overshadowed by the towering bronze gates where the time of the explosion is permanently emblazoned. You can study the individual markers, created in memory of the victims as well as explore the segment of chain-link fence where you may leave a personal memento of your visit, as so many others have done. The Memorial Museum, inside a portion of the Journal-Record Building, provides a stunning reenactment of April 19, 1995, and honors all 168 Oklahomans who lost their lives.
Omniplex Science Museum (Hands on) 
Toll Free: (800) 532-7652, 2100 NE 52nd St. Oklahoma City, OK 73111
Enhance your intellect.
The Omniplex is an adventure in discovering new worlds and galaxies, exploring the sciences and arts, reliving the past and peering into the future. The complex houses several museums, a planetarium, galleries, gardens and greenhouses. Several museums are all located in the Omniplex, including the Kirkpatrick Science and Air Space Museum, Red Earth Indian Center, and the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, where you can experience fascinating exhibitions of some of the world’s most influential photographic artists. Don’t miss the state’s first 70 mm IWERKS movie theater, the OmniDome!
Bricktown OKC, 
The reconstruction of Oklahoma City’s first wholesale commercial district began in the early 80’s, and included the forming of a limited partnership for occupants who leased the buildings. From this point to the continuing development projects in that area bounded by Main Street, Reno, Walnut and the Santa Fe Railroad tracks, Bricktown has become a tourist attraction that provides residents and visitors to Oklahoma City with an outstanding place to dine, to enjoy exciting AAA baseball at the Southwestern Bell Bricktown Ballpark (MAPS Project), to stroll along the Bricktown canal (MAPS Project) where you can view the Bricktown Mosaic Murals, or to just enjoy people-watching!
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum,
1700 NE 63rd Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73111 (405) 478-2250 Museum Hours 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Daily Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day Admissions, Including Tax $8.50 Adults $7.00 Senior Citizens, (62+) $4.00 Children 6-12 Children under 6, Free Parking Free. Coat Check Information A complimentary coat check is available at the Admissions Desk. Coats, sweaters, and jackets must be worn, not carried. Large purses, backpacks, and camera bags are not permitted in the Museum. Photography is allowed in designated areas. (Indicated on Gallery Guide.)
City Arts Center 
3000 Pershing Blvd, State Fair Park, (405) 951-0000, City Arts Center provides interactive arts experiences through exhibits, performances, classes and events. The Eleanor Kirkpatrick Gallery located at City Arts Center features the work of emerging Oklahoma, nationally and internationally recognized artists. City Arts Center’s Community School of the arts offers year-round art classes for adults and children, after school programming and youth camps when school is out. The gallery offers free admission.
Frontier City Theme Park 
I-35 North, Exit 122nd Street, (405) 478-2412, One price lets you enjoy all the rides and see the exciting shows at this “western-style” theme park. Enjoy over 50 rides, shows and attractions, including gunfight shows and magic shows. Four thrilling coasters, a river raft ride, an upside down scream machine and many more attractions are sure to get your heart rate going. The young ones will love Paul Bunyan’s Tiny Timber Town.
Harn Homestead Museum 
313 NE 16th St., Oklahoma City, (405) 235-4058, The Great Land Run of 1889 was an exciting event! This claimed homestead features historic era-related items and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The pre-statehood farmhouse is furnished by the families of the 1889er Society. The stone and cedar barn contains exhibits typical of the period. Also located on the grounds are the 1890 Shephard House, 1897 one-room school and the 1900 working farm. Hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. Cost is $5 per person.
Individual Artists of Oklahoma Gallery 
811 N. Broadway, Oklahoma City, (405) 232-6060 A non-profit artists association dedicated to supporting the contemporary arts and artists in all media in Oklahoma. IAO is for all media, two- and three-dimensional, as well as performance art. Exhibits change out every month.
International Gymnastics Hall of Fame 
120 N. Robinson, East Concourse, Oklahoma City, (405) 235-5600, If you’re an athlete at heart, then you’ll certainly appreciate the Olympic medals that display symbols of true discipline. Oklahoma is home to Olympic gymnasts Shannon Miller, Bart Connor and Nadia Comenici, and is now the home of this fascinating hall of fame. It is located in downtown Oklahoma City in the First National Center’s concourse level. These are temporary quarters but well worth a visit. There are hundreds of photographs, Olympic medals, memorabilia, videos, uniforms, etc., some dating back to the 1932 Games. Open weekdays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Myriad Botanical Gardens
 100 Myriad Gardens, Reno & Robinson, Oklahoma City, (405) 297-3995, You are invited to enjoy a 17-acre oasis in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City, with beautifully landscaped rolling hills surrounding a sunken lake. The centerpiece of the gardens is the seven-story Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, featuring a fascinating collection of palm trees, flowers and exotic plants from across the globe. If you like to explore, then take the Adventure Walk, taking you underneath the 35-foot cascading waterfall, or get a bird’s eye view of the tropics from the sky walk. Central displays change several times a year. Take home a souvenir of your visit from the Crystal Bridge Gift Shop, with an outstanding collection of botanical items. There is an admission fee for ages four and above.
National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum
 2801 NE 50th St., Oklahoma City, (405) 424-5266, The National Softball Hall of Fame displays the colorful history of softball and its greatest players. The museum is housed in the headquarters complex of the Amateur Softball Association/USA Softball and the International Softball Federation. The ASA Hall of Fame Stadium is regarded as the nation’s number one softball venue, and hosts national and world class competition throughout the season.
Paseo District 
NW 30th and Dewey is the gateway to the Historic Paseo District, (405) 525- 2688, Here, you’ll find galleries, restaurants and studios in a portion of town that time forgot – but the arts remembered. The Paseo was built in 1929 as the first commercial shopping district north of downtown Oklahoma City. This little Spanish village with its stucco building and clay tile roofs is the home of Oklahoma City’s artists’ community. On this little tree lined street you will find painters, potters, photographers, writers and actors. Within the two blocks of the Paseo you can visit stained glass works, a pottery studio, watch a painter at work, see a performance of a children’s theater group, have dinner and shop. This colorful village hosts an annual art festival every Memorial Day weekend.
Remington Park Race Track I-44 and Martin Luther King Blvd, Oklahoma City, (405) 424-1000 or 800-456-9000, And they’re off! This state-of-the-art race track features world-class racing among some of the finest breeds you’ll ever see. Thoroughbred racing season runs August through November and the Quarter horse racing season runs April through June. The track also features 650 new electronic gaming machines, restaurants, private Infield Park picnics complete with playground for children, casino, gift shops and after-hour catering banquet areas. If you’re feeling lucky, come try your chances at winning here.
White Water Bay 
3908 W. Reno; (405) 943-9687, Over 25-acres of water rides, slides, pools and activities exist for you, family and friends in a relaxing tropical setting. Brave the waves in the giant Wave Pool, or challenge the seven story Bermuda Triangle’s three water slides. Try Cannonball Falls, a slide that fires you into the water after a six-foot drop. Then there’s the four-person Big Kahuna raft ride, and the 65-foot freefall Acapulco Cliff Dive. Float down the lazy Castaway Creek. General admission is $22.99.

World of Wings Pigeon Center 
2300 NE 63rd, Oklahoma City, (405) 478-5155, (800) 882-1586, Your visit to Oklahoma City won’t be complete without a stop at the World of Wings Pigeon Center. This unique and beautiful place was built with the dream of honoring this bird for its contribution to religion and service in communication in peace and war. Take a tour of our museum and library, and see the birds while strolling the grounds. Donations accepted. div>

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