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Six Must See Places in Chickasaw Country

June 2, 2017 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

Nestled in south-central Oklahoma sits 7,648 square miles spread across 13 counties known as Chickasaw Country. Chickasaw Country is filled with culture, nature, festivals and attractions. Here is a list of six places to explore when visiting Chickasaw Country.

A must-see in Chickasaw Country is the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, Oklahoma, one of the largest tribal cultural centers in the United States. At the Chickasaw Cultural Center visitors learn and experience American Indian history and culture through performances, re-enactments, demonstrations, collections and exhibits.

For those looking for an outdoor adventure, visitors should check out the Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur, Oklahoma. Here visitors can view the natural beauty of the area while visiting the Travertine Nature Center, Bison Pasture, Lake of the Arbuckles and the Vendome Well, which is a mineral spring that produces a mixture of fresh and saline water. The Chickasaw National Recreation Area is a part of the National Park Service, and includes a bridge that connects the area to the Chickasaw Cultural Center allowing visitors to walk or bike between the two locations.

For an unforgettable outdoor experience, visit the oldest park in Oklahoma, Turner Falls Park located in Davis, Oklahoma. Soak up the sun and take a plunge into a natural swimming area at the bottom of Oklahoma’s largest waterfall which stands 77 feet tall. Turner Falls Park also includes natural caves, novelty shops, picnic sites, cabins, campsites, recreational vehicle sites, hiking trails and sandy beaches to explore.

Attracting thousands of visitors each year on the last Saturday in May, the Artesian Arts Festival in Sulphur, Oklahoma is one of Oklahoma’s largest American Indian arts festivals and a must-see event. Across from the Chickasaw National Recreation Area and near the Chickasaw Cultural Center, the 4,000 population town of Sulphur is filled with food vendors, a variety of musical entertainment and more than 100 American Indian artists during the festival. The festival features diverse art mediums, including paintings, basketry, jewelry, sculptures, metalworking, bead work, photograph, textiles and pottery.

Chickasaw Country is also home to several museums that immerse visitors in the area’s history. Visitors to the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center located in Duncan, Oklahoma will find an interactive experience for all ages and interests. Visitors can explore the ‘lay of the land’ by one of the friendly professional tour guides. Activities include tossing a rope around a Longhorn steer; riding a bucking bronco; creating ranch brands or sitting near the campfire and listening to Jesse Chisholm as he offers advice to a young cowboy on his first cattle drive. The center also features a 4D multi-sensory Experience Theater where films are showcased that make visitors feel as if they are on the trail.

The Toy & Action Figure Museum in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma is also a must-see while visiting Chickasaw Country as it is the world’s first museum devoted to the art and sculpting of action figures. Opened in 2005 with the help of local artist and toy designer Kevin Stark, this unique museum has been recognized as one of Time Magazine’s ‘Top 50 Most Authentic American Experiences.’ Children can enjoy the fun and colorful displays, while adults get a nostalgic experience of their childhood memories.

Visit today to plan your next trip to Chickasaw Country.

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