Hi y’all! Kalli here.
Spring break is just around the corner. That means one entire WEEK of no school. The kids are excited, but how are you going to entertain them? How about an action-packed trip to a place where the wild west lives on? South-central Oklahoma is the perfect place to experience cowboy culture. Since the Chisholm Trail carved its way through Oklahoma over 100 years ago, cowboys have been making an impact on our state.
Bring your little buckaroo to south-central Oklahoma during spring break for a day (or a few days) of old-fashioned cowboy fun! Read below for activities, restaurants and shopping to explore.
The ChisholmTrail Heritage Center, in Duncan, is a great place to bring out your inner cowboy. This museum offers self-guided tours as well as customized tours. While you are there, check out the beautiful art and talking displays. The Chisholm Trail statue outside of the building is the perfect place for a photo opp. When you take your picture remember to tag us on Instagram with #VisitChickasaw! Kids under 5 get in free and there are senior discounts available.
Do you want the complete “cowboy” experience? Visit Sipokni West, an old west town located only a few miles outside of Reagan. This town has it all – a telegraph office, a sheriff’s office, a general store, a barber shop, a stable and more. You’ll feel like you stepped onto an old Western movie set … and you have! Many Western movies have been filmed here. You can’t leave without eating cornbread and chicken fried steak from the Sipokni West Cowboy Café and Cattle Drive Saloon. They don’t have a set schedule so be sure to check the hours by calling 580-384-8344.
Learn what life was like as a pioneer at the Love County Pioneer Museum in downtown Marietta. Here you can explore everything from antique farm equipment to pioneer homes. At this museum, you will really see what life was like in Love County in the early 1900s. Admission to the museum is FREE and guided tours are available by appointment.
After you learn about the cowboy way of life, put that knowledge to the test by going for a horseback ride at the Arbuckle Trail Rides in Sulphur or the Lake Murray Riding Stables in Ardmore. Both of the stables offer rides for experienced riders and first-timers!
A cowboy’s gotta fuel up before heading out on the trails. Ole Red, in downtown Tishomingo, is just the place for a delicious steak, burger or chicken fry. On Thursday nights, the restaurant turns into a venue with local country music singers singing their favorite songs. You’ll feel like you’re on singing around the campfire with your fellow cowpokes.
A cowboy LOVES his barbeque! Good thing Chickasaw Country is home to some of the best in Oklahoma. Bob’s Pig Shop in Pauls Valley is a historic stop in Oklahoma. This barbeque joint has been open since 1933 and is still serving the one-of-a-kind meats and sides as ever.
If you want to step up your cowboy game, visit this western store in Pauls Valley. This store has it all – brand clothing, boots, belts, hats, and even tack for your horses. They carry all of the popular brands including Cinch, Ariat, Justin and Wrangler and everything more.
You don’t want to miss the largest Western clothing store in south-central Oklahoma. This store in downtown Ardmore has everything from work clothes to cute boutique fashions for cowgirls.
We hope you have a great trip learning about the cowboy way of life in south-central Oklahoma. Remember to take pictures on your journey and use #VistChickasaw so we can follow along!