Start an Arbuckle Adventure
Get ready to be surrounded by nature and engulfed with fun! Whether you’re looking to enjoy the great outdoors, travel back in time at a local museum or let out some steam at an arcade, the Arbuckles are filled with unique adventures and attractions that will entertain family members of all ages. Use the guide below to help you plan your family’s next Arbuckle adventure. Also, view pages 20-23 of our online magazine.
3rd Ave Flea Market
Pickers, thrifters, antiquers, junknistas…whatever title you proudly wear, you will find your happy place at this flea market. Retro, vintage, re-purposed, antique & pure-de- junk can be found here. Fun family atmosphere, vendors ready to deal, huge variety of treasures. Indoor & outdoor booths. No admission charge. Every Saturday except holidays, 8am – 4pm, 100 3rd Ave NE, Downtown Ardmore. (East end of Main St, then 3 blocks north on Caddo St.).
A new way to zip in the Arbuckles. With Soaring Eagle-style ziplines, thrill-seekers are strapped into seats, leaving their arms and legs free. Riders of all ages and capabilities may share in the excitement. Brave youngsters meeting the height requirement of 42 inches are welcome. An exhilarating ride without harnesses, hiking or hurdles! Have a bird’s eye view of Honey Creek, Turner
Falls and Colling’s Castle while belted in the 2-man formed seat. You will be pulled 717 feet to the tower rising 130 feet above the mountain top, then released to zip back to the launch site. The first zipline of this kind in Oklahoma. Ticket price: $13. single rider, $25. two riders (tax incl.) Ticket office and launch site at Curio Shop at Turner Falls Overlook, 6 miles south of Davis
on Hwy 77 between I-35 exits 47 & 51.
Arbuckle Trail Rides
Guided trail rides on horseback over large area ranches. Beautiful scenery and wildlife spottings. Experienced guides and well-trained horses for beginners or advanced riders. Riding lessons available. Reservations required. Sulphur.
580-622-6326; cell 580-993-0097
Jean Carr Gallery displays local artists’ work; many mediums. Annual show dates: Student Art - April, Student Photography - April, Adult Photography – May, Adult Art Show – Sept. Contact Gallery about scheduled classes. Gift certificates and lay-away available. Fri-Sat 1p – 5p, will accommodate groups by appt. 330 W. Muskogee, Historic Downtown Sulphur.
Artists of the Arbuckles
Beautiful, clear spring-fed river, rolling waterfalls, unusual rock formations that the area is known for, scenic beauty surrounding river. Great locations for fishing, hiking, camping, hunting managed by Oklahoma Dept. of Wildlife Conservation.. Trout fishing - Nov 1 - March 31. Class II-III river for kayak float trips. Hunting & fishing license required, all visitors required to have a Wildlife Conservation passport. South entrance - from Tishomingo: 4 miles east on state Hwy 78, 6 1/2 miles north on Bullard Chapel Rd (N3590). North entrance - from Tishomingo: 9 miles north on U.S. Hwy 377, 1 mile east on State Hwy 7.
Brown Ranch Hay Maze
The fun side of Agritourism. Seasonal park for kids...even BIG ones. Run off energy with a hay maze, Merry-Go-Bounce, Chicken Chunking, Cowboy Dash and MUCH more. Games for all skill levels. Wienie roast and S'more making. Check website for dates (usually Oct.), directions, admission, and to preview games. South of Ardmore.
First Chickasaw Council House built in Indian Territory preserved inside the museum. Exhibits feature prominent Chickasaw citizens as well as a large collection of Chickasaw art, artifacts and archive materials. Books, music, Chickasaw language materials as well as pottery, jewelry, beadwork and other artwork by Chickasaw artists are available. Cultural "make and take" classes, including basket weaving, beading and more are offered. Open Tues-Fri 8a-5p & Sat 10a-4p. 209 N. Fisher (next to Chickasaw Capitol Building), Tishomingo.
Chickasaw National Capitol
Stately three-story building served as the Chickasaw Nation's Capitol until Oklahoma statehood in 1907. Built of locally-sourced red granite in 1898, now serves as museum of the Chickasaw people, included in the National Registry of Historic Buildings. The largest exhibit in the 8,000 square-foot building focuses on Chickasaw government history from 1856-1907 with replicas of Chickasaw Governor Douglas Johnston's office and National Secretary's vault. Guided tours are available, free of charge. Open Tues-Sat 8a-4:30p. 411 W. 9th St, Tishomingo.
Oklahoma’s first national park, mineral & fresh water springs, nature center museum, swimming, picnicking, hiking, fishing, camping, boating, hunting, ranger-guided programs, equestrian & mountain bike trail, hundreds of acres of ecologically diverse land. Encompasses Lake of the Arbuckles, southwest of Sulphur & Platt District on south edge of Sulphur. Free admission (boating & camping fees apply).
Chickasaw National Recreation Area
Chickasaw White House
Queene-Anne Victorian-style house was the home of Chickasaw Governor Douglas Hancock Johnston and family 1898-1971. Johnston was an important political figure during transition from Indian Territory to statehood, served 36-year tenure as Chickasaw Governor, with much of the work taking place in his office at the White House. Johnston and his wife, Bettie, hosted political gatherings and social events here, members of the Dawes Commission met at the White House. Home has been restored to its full grandeur with 14-foot ceilings, cherry mahogany fireplace mantels, original furnishings, crystal chandeliers and a dance floor; listed on National Registry of Historic Sites. Tours are free of charge. Open Wed-Sat, 10a-4p. 6379 E Mansion Rd, north edge of Emet, OK (from Tishomingo, take St Hwy 78 east 10 miles, turn right on Mansion Road).
Housed in early day Santa Fe Depot. History of Davis and area, pictures, artifacts; features local school, church, medical, military items. Railroad memorabilia, Native American culture, geological formations. Fort Arbuckle model, talking Buffalo Soldier, old print shop exhibit, typical frontier home. Family history books. 12 E. Main, downtown Davis.
Davis Historical Museum
Echo Canyon Spa Resort
Island-inspired Day Spa Resort is here for your indulgence. Offers over 100 treatments, elegant lounge and bar area, beautiful treatment rooms, all designed for relaxation. The perfect place for romantic couples, ladies retreats or an escape by yourself. Treatments offered include massages, facials, body wraps, and manicures & pedicures. Beautiful country setting, stroll the orchards or relax on the covered veranda. Relaxation is the prescription, Rejuvenation is the result! Call for appt. times. 350 Lawton Ave, Sulphur.
Unique collection of cycles & automobiles – some rare, “a little bit of motorcycle heaven on 77” is their claim. A few items on display: vintage motorcycles, cars, trucks, gas pumps, signs. Complete HD Hummer collection, 50 cycles - foreign and domestic - most restored, some original. Gift & antique shop. Handicap accessible, family-friendly, group/school tours upon request. Open March-Nov, Wed-Sat 10a-5p, (winter hours - call or check FB). No admission, but donations help keep history alive. South of Davis, 1775 S. Hwy 77.
580-369- 2764 or 369-8406 or 369-8704
Forgotten Wheels Museum
Built in 1842 as a United States military post, the mission of Fort Washita was to protect the Chickasaw and Choctaw tribes from the Plains Indians, operated thru 1865, now a historic site & museum, visitors learn about life before and during the Civil War. Explore restored structures, see Civil War reenactments, and experience a yearly Fur Trade Era Rendezvous with educational stations, storytellers and more. Listed on National Register of Historic Places and a National Historic Landmark. Wed-Sat 9a-4p, Sun 1-4:30p, 3348 OK - 199, (12 miles nw of Durant, OK on State Hwy 199)
South Central Oklahoma’s History from mid-1800’s to present. Housed in former National Guard Armory built in 1936. Spans time from early Native American culture to the farmers, ranchers & townspeople. Exhibits include horse-drawn carriage, one room schoolhouse, log cabin general store and much more. New exhibit - Tools of Our Land highlighting area's agricultural past. History comes alive. Two more museums here: The Military Memorial Museum and Carter County Genealogical Society Library. Open Tu-Sat 10a-5p, free admission (donations accepted). 35 Sunset Drive, Ardmore (2 blocks off Broadway) or I-35 exit 31A, then 1 mile east. (watch for signs)
Greater Southwest Historical Museum
Clear water lake, water sports, camping, picnicking, scuba diving, airstrip. 18 hole golf, Lake Murray Nature Center & Tucker Tower. South of Ardmore on Scenic Highway 77.
Lake Murray State Park
Lake Murray Water Sports
Everything for fun on the water. Motorized & non-motorized rentals. Canoes, paddle boats, kayaks, paddle boards, sailboats. Fishing boats, Island cruisers, wave runners. Play area has water slide & trampoline. Mini-golf & concession overlooking lake. Guided lake cruises during day or evening. Party packages w/ combination of equipment & activities. Variety of rentals for all ages; family-oriented atmosphere. Open seasonally. 3 miles east of I-35 at exit 24, 3322 Lodge Road, Ardmore.
60,000 square foot facility features a state-of-the-art bowling alley w/ 24 lanes (black light bowling Fri & Sat nites); 2-story lazer tag arena, mini golf has 9 holes of black light fun, arcade w/ over 100 games, kids play area, fast/medium/slow batting cages. Party/meeting rooms and grill. Available for birthday parties, youth gatherings, business meetings. Southwest side of Ada, intersection of Hwy 1 & Main St.
Military Memorial Museum
Located at Greater Southwest Historical Museum in Oklahoma National Guard Armory. "All eras, all branches" honored here. Spans from War with Mexico to Persian Gulf. Rare display of all 7 Uniformed Services of U.S., pup tent camp site, POW/MIA "Table for One", Hall of Honor, Fallen Soldier memorial and more. 35 Sunset Drive (2 blocks off Broadway), Ardmore. 1 mile east of I-35 exit 31A.
Pauls Valley Opry
Monthly music show - 1st Saturday of each month. Showcasing the best in local & regional talent. Host band - The Memory Makers w/ musical taste and history rooted in Classic Country, Country, Gospel, Bluegrass, 50/60 Rock, Southern Rock, Folk, and Blues. Doors open at 5:30p, show at 6:30p. Admission price: $10.00 (Kids 12 and under are free) Great family atmosphere. Pauls Valley High School Auditorium, 601 North Street.
405-830-8405 Facebook - Pauls Valley Opry
Pauls Valley Water Park
Outdoor water park. Toddler's catfish slide, water playground, sprays, huge tipping bucket. For teens & adults - body slides, bowl slide, lazy river, 3 lane lap pool w/ diving board. Relax pool side w/ umbrellas, lounge chairs, picnic area & snack bar. Hwy 77, north side of Pauls Valley in Wacker Park.
405-238-1308 www. dwrrcpv.com
Santa Fe Museum
1905 depot, managed by Pauls Valley Historical Society. Collection of old photos, school memorabilia and pioneer collectibles. Steam locomotive & coal tender that once traveled over these tracks has found a permanent home near the depot; vintage red caboose rests behind the engine. Days and hours are seasonal so call ahead. 204 E. Paul, Downtown Pauls Valley.
Shady Oaks Boat Rental
Don't have a boat? No problem. Pontoons, canoes, kayaks & stand-up paddle boards for rent on Arbuckle Lake. Driving instructions and life jackets provided. Tubes and toys available. Located at Point Boat Ramp on Cooper Memorial Rd, (from Hwy 7, west edge of Sulphur, go south on Cooper Mem. Rd. 5 1/2 miles, take a left at the "Y").
Sole'renity Spa & Little Soles Spa
Make your vacation complete with a break for relaxation and rejuvenation. A serene sanctuary. Treatments include whirlpools, steam rooms & saunas. Soothe the mind, body & spirit with a variety of massage services, mud wraps/soaks/scrubs, facials, mani/pedi & waxing. Little Soles Children's Spa introduces children to the benefits of health and wellness. Colorful setting, friendly atmosphere to serve little soles with alone time, time with mom or dad, or in a Sparty group; variety of services to treat their little hands and feet. Mon-Sun (closed Tues) 10a-7p 1001 W. 1st St (inside Artesian Hotel), Sulphur.
Sulphur Historical Museum
Managed by Arbuckle Historical Society of Murray County. Located in old Fire & Police Station building erected in 1917. Still has city jail (great photo opp), court room, fire pole. Displays of development of Sulphur and area, diorama of Sulphur Springs, Indian Territory (prior to 1903), old Belleview and Vendome swimming pools, Gov. Roy Turner's ranch, antique switchboard, toy room, reminders of past Sulphur businesses. Donations accepted. 402 W. Muskogee St., downtown Sulphur, Hours: Fri - 10a-1p, Sat - 1p-5p (winter by appt).
Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge
Protected park for wildlife and their habitat and to ensure future generations will always have wild places to explore. Enjoy fishing, boating, kayaking, canoeing, hunting, wildlife watching and more. Lies within the upper Washita arm of Lake Texoma, fed by Washita River and Pennington Creek creating the Cumberland Pool, which is especially important to fish, migratory birds and resident wildlife. Come for the activities or to enjoy a little peace and quiet. Park is open 7 days a week. Visitors center is open Mon-Fri 7:30a-4p, for maps, brochures, checklists and activities. 11766 S. Refuge Rd, Tishomingo. From downtown: Take Hwy 78 to the east edge of town, go south on Refuge Road (at the high school, watch for sign). Follow Refuge Rd 3 miles.
Toy & Action Figure Museum
With over 13,000 action and pop culture figures, the museum has one of the largest collections in the world, colorful & imaginative displays, children's hands-on playroom, gift shop, and drawings from Oklahoma's most famous cartoonist. Time Magazine names museum among "Top 50 Most Authentic American Experiences". Mon-Sat 10a-5p, Sun 1p-5p. 111 S. Chickasaw, Pauls Valley. Adults $7, children under 12 $5, under 2 free, Vets/Military $5, Seniors (55+) $5. Group pricing
Turner Falls Overlook
Stop off at the top of the Arbuckles and have a free preview of Turner Falls. The 77-foot waterfall seen from high above is an awesome sight and provides a bird’s eye view of much of what the park has to offer. Launch site of 777 Zipline. Tourist info and restrooms available . Between exits 47 and 51 of I-35, 1 mile south of Turner Falls gate.
Turner Falls Park
Scenic natural park, 77-foot waterfall, hiking, swimming, picnicking, fishing, camping, caves, geological formations, spring-fed creek and snack bars. Children 12 & under MUST wear Coast Guard certified floatation device.Summer rates: Adults $14. Children (6-12) $7. Ages 5 & under free. Seniors $7. Winter rates reduced, camping additional fee. Advance purchase tickets online.Highway 77 just 4 miles south of Davis. I-35 between exits 47 & 51 on Highway 77.