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Things To Do In Lawton Oklahoma
Lawton, Oklahoma has a surprisingly lot to offer. About an hour southeast of Oklahoma City, Lawton makes a great weekend road trip. I'll cover the top attractions, but the fun doesn't stop there. This adorable city and the surrounding towns are gems waiting to be discovered. I'm already planning our next trip back.
Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge
The highlight of the trip for me is a visit to the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge.
Refuge Trails: The refuge has several trails that are open seven days a week, from sunrise to sunset. Here you can enjoy wildlife watching, hiking, and photography. Where else can you get to watch a mother buffalo nurse her young, a herd of buffalo searching for food, or an elk roaming the plains.
Visitors Center: While at the refuge, you should also stop by the visitors center. Though small, there are several exhibits that will educate and inspire both kids and adults. The staff is also very welcoming with lots of tips and advice, like where to see the most prairie dogs.
Prairie Dog Town: While I was drawn to the Buffalo, my children really enjoyed Prairie Dog Town, a fenced off spot along the trails that lots of prairie dogs call home. We spent an hour watching them scurry from hole to hole and kick around the dirt. I have to admit, it was pretty fun.
Environmental Education: The refuge also has an education center and offers several environmental education programs, ranging from structured classes and tours to interpretive exhibits.
Fishing: With thirteen lakes and small ponds, there are lots of opportunities for visitors to catch catfish, crappie, sunfish and largemouth bass. Be sure to bring your fishing permit.
Picnicing: An afternoon at the refuge wouldn't be complete without a picnic. The trails offer several spots for picnicing with amazing views.
Camping: If camping is your thing, you are in luck; the refuge has two campgrounds open to the general public and another campground reserved for youth groups.
While the refuge was my favorite spot, the kids were in love with Mt. Scott, which is just northwest of Lawton. The second highest peak in the Wichita Mountains, Mount Scott offers amazing views of the area. But, better than the view, was the rock climbing. Even at 2 and 4, my little ones were up for climbing the giant rocks.
Since there are no hiking trails to the summit, the easiest way up the three-mile paved road if by car. However, the more adventurous can also ride a bicycle to the summit.
The Holy City
Started as an Easter Passion Play in the Wichita mountains in 1926 and designed to look like Israel during Biblical times, this 66-acre attraction allows visitors a chance to reflect. In fact, it is the site of the nations longest running Easter Passion Play. I'm hoping to see the play next Easter. The quaint chapel has even become a popular place for weddings. Admission to The Holy City is free, but donations are encouraged.
Meers Restaurant and Store
A trip to the area would not be complete without a stop at Meers Restaurant and Store for a longhorn burger. The burgers come from the restaurants own herd of free-range Longhorn cattle, which is leaner than commercial beef and has no added hormones or antibiotics. This makes it a great option for eating healthy when you travel.
Dessert is also delicious, so leave room for banana pudding, homemade ice cream or fresh pie.
After you fill up your tummy, stop in the store, pick up a t-shirt and some more creative gifts for folks back home. Think wall-mounted flower vases made from the horns of the cattle! Not something you see everyday.
The next visit to Lawton
There are many other great destinations in and near Lawton, Ok. We are already planning our next trip back and looking forward to staying the in quaint town of Medicine Park
Please tell me about your trip to Lawton, Oklahoma and what we should visit on our next trip.