Ada has multiple attractions to make its claim to fame: East Central University, Country Music Star Blake Shelton and is the headquarters of the Chickasaw Nation. It is also home to the historic McSwain Theatre and is known for its vibrant Main Street and Arts District, and a variety of boutiques, eateries and attractions. Be sure to stop by the Rustic Ridge, featured in our Styles of Chickasaw Country video series.
Ada has a most interesting history behind all its fluffs and frills. Incorporated as an old railroad town in 1901, Ada was originally known as Daggs Prairie, after the first settling family. It was later named Ada, after the daughter of one of the Dagg’s family relatives appointed to carry mail to and from the surrounding area. The city is notorious for the 1909 vigilante hanging of four men accused of murdering a local rancher, an event documented in the Emmy Award winning film “Death of the Old West”. Ada is home to East Central University and is the headquarters of the Chickasaw Nation. It is also the hometown of notable politicians like former Oklahoma Governor and U.S. Senator Robert S. Kerr as well as Country Music Star Blake Shelton. And, did you know that a Martian crater is named after this city?
Throughout the city, you will find a captivating array of global cuisine. Here are some of our favorite holiday dining venues in Ada with culturally inspired menus, vibrant atmospheres and large dining areas—perfect for family get-togethers or holiday dinner parties!
BEST ITALIAN FOOD – Papa Gjorgo Restaurant
Spend an Italian Christmas with Papa Gjorgo! Indulge in the rich splendor of Italy at its finest with Papa G’s authentic Italian recipes, traditional dishes, specialty hand-tossed pizzas, gourmet wines and desserts.
BEST MEXICAN FOOD – Polo’s Mexican Restaurant
Experience a flavorful affair of ingenuity and elegance at Polo’s. With a colorfully ornate atmosphere and exquisite Mexican fare with a traditional twist, this place is ideal for seasonal south-of-the-border dining.
Save yourself from fighting crowds at the malls and big name stores this season! Instead, line the bottom of your Christmas tree with extraordinary gifts from charming boutiques in the shopping and arts district of downtown Ada. Here are our top choices for holiday shopping in Ada—sure to out-gift the best of givers, even the grand ole’ Santa man, himself!
BEST GIFT SHOP – Sovereign Fine Gifts
This elegant gift shop houses an exclusive collection of upscale brands at affordable prices including Oakley, Kameleon, Brighton, Juicy Couture and Vera Bradley. Sovereign also carries an assortment of Bedré Fine Chocolate chocolates and gourmet gift baskets. Nothing beats a stocking stuffer like diamonds and luxury chocolate!
Other hot shops with embellishing apparel and edgy gifts are Main Street boutiques like The Mix.
Ada brings a whole new meaning to festivities and fun. Plan a special trip to one of these A-List attractions on your stay in Ada.
BEST IN KID-FRIENDLY FUN – Lazer Zone
Lazer Zone Family Fun Center is the perfect place to spend an outing with the kids. Featuring bowling, lazer tag, miniature golf, arcade games, play areas and more, Lazer Zone offers tidings full of entertainment for the whole family!
BEST IN ENTERTAINMENT – McSwain Theatre
This beautifully restored, historic theatre in downtown Ada has been providing theatrical entertainment to guests for over 90 years.
As you can see, Ada is a must visit destination!