If you really want to teach your family about this country’s heritage, consider a trip to Chickasaw country this summer. Located just south of Oklahoma City off highway 35 in Oklahoma, you and the family can take in the sites and experience Chickasaw culture together in a fun-filled family adventure. There are plenty of places to explore, stay, and eat; making a trip to this enchanted area a family favorite year after year.
Where to Stay
There are a host of campgrounds, cabins, hotels, resorts, and B&Bs, in or around the Chickasaw country area. Here’s a look at a few to try out:
WinStar RV Park
This campground and RV park is just a short free shuttle ride away from the WinStar World Casino and Resort. It is packed with amenities for campers and RVers alike: full hookups, pull-thru sites, restrooms, showers, and on-site laundry. Also, guests staying at the WinStar RV Park can enjoy the swimming pool, horseshoe pit, game room, playground, and picnic area.
Adair Family Lake House
Treat your family to a cabin experience like you’ve never experienced. At one of the two available cabins nestled inside the Arbuckle Mountains, there is plenty to explore. In the climate-controlled garage, guests can enjoy a game of foosball or ping-pong. Each lake house is comfortably furnished, offering a fine place to relax after a day of exploring.
Chickasaw Retreat and Conference Center
This hotel/resort is perfect for a family getaway. There are 39 standard rooms and four suites to choose from on the property. Furthermore, the retreat offers a pool for the whole family to enjoy together, and an onsite spa where mom and dad can enjoy a massage together. Each room is luxuriously equipped with flat-screen HDTVs and comfortable furnishings designed for relaxing.
Where to Play
Chickasaw country is chock full of exciting attractions that everyone will love. From the local art and culture to exploring the outdoors, the area is perfect for the entire family.
ARTesian Gallery & Studios
Take in 7,400 square feet of local art and beauty at the ARTesian Gallery. This building works in conjunction with the Artesian Hotel, Casino, and Spa which is located across the street. The gallery regularly hosts studio events, including “meet the artist” affairs. Fall in love with a one-of-a-kind piece and make it your own, or take away some art supplies from the retail shop to create a masterpiece that is unique to you.
Chickasaw Cultural Center
Hailed as the best museum in 2014 by The Best of Chickasaw Country and the 2014 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor, this is a must-see for the family. Plenty of interactive and educational exhibits abound at the museum, meaning that there’s something to pique everyone’s interest. Take a stroll in the Aba’ Aanow’ (a place for walking above”) Sky Pavilion or take in a film about the Chickasaw tribe at the Anoli’ Theater.
Chickasaw National Recreation Center
Plenty of outdoor adventures await at the Chickasaw National Recreation Center. Over 30 miles of hiking trails await your family here. Also, take in some motor boating, water skiing, sailing, fishing, swimming, hiking, and camping while you’re visiting.
Where to Dine
If you’re wondering where to grab a bite to eat, look no further! Here are some great places to dine with the family in Chickasaw country.
Who doesn’t love chocolate? This all-in-one coffee bar, candy store, sandwich shop, and confectionary has something for everyone. All items are made to order and you can even pick up a sweet treat for the road. A gift from the Bedré Café also makes for a great souvenir.
Palladium Sports Lounge
Located inside the WinStar Casino, the Palladium Sports Lounge is a great place to watch your favorite sporting event while cooling down with an ice-cold brew. The menu offers a wide array of appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Catch a live band on the weekends.
Capisce Ristorante Italiano
If your family is craving a taste of Italy, take them to the Capisce Ristorante Italiano. The menu features favorites from all over Italy including veal picatta, seafood crepes, and mouthwatering lasagna, but be sure to save room for dessert!
Planning a trip to Chickasaw country this summer is the perfect cure for the typical family vacation. The area is full of exciting things to do together as a family. Taking in the beauty, culture, and art of Chickasaw country will not only bring your family closer together, it will also create memories lasting a lifetime. You’re certain to come back time and time again and discover something new each time.