ShawneeFrontier Country region of Oklahoma.
While normally not on the sight-seeing itinerary of those who do not know someone already living there, Shawnee could prove to be an interesting day trip.
Shawnee is known for its numerous Native American casinos.
By carPractically the only method of getting in or out of Shawnee is on the highway. Taxi cabs can be hired by calling a taxi service to have them pick you up, although doing so from another city could prove expensive.
There is an Enterprise Rent-a-Car in Shawnee and Shawnee Airport. Many visitors will rent at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City.
Most traffic enters and exits Shawnee via Interstate Highway I-40, although State Highway 3 and US Highway 177 also pass through Shawnee.
By busGreyhound buses make daily stops in front of the American Colony motel on the far north side of Shawnee.
From there you will have to either call a taxi or arrange another form of pickup.
By trainShawnee was established as a railroad hub, and still has many infrequently used rail tracks.
By planeChartered flights can fly you in to Shawnee airport, most likely originating from Oklahoma City or Tulsa. There are no commercial flight charter services based in Shawnee, so arrangements for your eventual pickup would have to be made as well.
On footWhile towns in Oklahoma are quite spread out, some have been known to hitchhike especially along I-40. Not preferred.
If you are a tourist, getting around in Shawnee means either calling a taxi cab service to pick you up or using a rental car.
Shawnee is very, very spread out and you will quickly abandon any thoughts of walking if you ever want to get where you're going.
phone: +1 405 275-7020address: 1700 W. Independence
Log Cabin19th-century log cabin built by early settlers. Has been moved from original location. Partially demolished.
Burial Plot of Brewster Higleyphone: +1 405 878-1529address: 1500 North Center AveThe now-deceased author of the western epic "Home on the Range" has his final resting place in Fairview Cemetery next to McDonald's on Harrison Street.
Downtown ShawneeMany old buildings from Shawnee's early years still remain, although most have changed facade or fallen into disrepair.
Shawnee has revitalized a three-block section of Bell Street, one of Shawnee's oldest roads and site of the Aldrige Hotel and former Round House Building.
Aldrige Hotelphone: +1 405 275-9500 (Apartments), +1 405 273-3030 (Barber Shop)address: 20 East 9th StOnce renowned hotel tower that has been internally restored by federal funding as housing for the indigent elderly.
Round HouseThree-story manufacturing site of Round House bib overalls for over 80 years. (The business moved outside city limits in 1995 when city code enforcement precluded expansion.) The Round House slogan still visible on side of building.
Santa Fe Depotphone: +1 405 275-8412address: East Main StOld railroad station turned museum. Has working railroad tracks.
phone: +1 405 275-7511address: 3031 North HarrisonMovie theater, Jones Theaters.
Hornbeck and Penthousephone: +1 405 275-0963, +1 405 275-0964 (Office)address: 125 North Bell AveMovie theater.
phone: +1 405 878-5300address: 1900 W MacArthur Dr
Movies 6phone: +1 405 275-6666address: 4901 North KickapooIt is equal to the Cinema Center 8 in quality and price.
Noah's Ark Petting Zoo
Oklahoma Baptist University Sporting Events
Oklahoma Baptist University Theaterphone: +1 405 878-2347
Shawnee Airport Jogging Trailphone: +1 405 878-1625 (Airport Manager)address: 2202 Airport Dr4-mile track built in mid 1990s courtesy federal grant,
Shawnee Bowl Family Fun Centerphone: +1 405 275-4064address: 701 North Harrison St
phone: +1 405 275-2805address: 1829 Airport DrTheater
Shawnee Public Libraryphone: +1 405 275-6353, +1 405 273-3334 (Administrative Services)address: 101 North Philadelphia Ave
St. Gregory's University Sporting Eventsphone: +1 405 878-5100address: 1900 West Macarthur
Star Skatephone: +1 405 273-2030address: 37303 45th StRoller skating rink.
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Headquartersphone: +1 405 273-7098address: 811 East Macarthur StWeekend concerts and annual Super Bowl parties.
phone: +1 405 273-4386Gyms, fitness facilities, youth sports.
Shawnee Golf and Country Clubphone: +1 405 273-4076, +1 405 273-2764 (Golf Shop), +1 405 273-0784 (Greens Keeper), +1 405 273-1763 (Office)address: 2501 AugustaCollared shirt and appropriate golf attire required. 18-hole course, pro store, and club house dining available.
Fire Lake Golf Coursephone: +1 405 275-4471address: 1901 South Gordon Cooper Dr18-hole course; usually considered to Shawnee's budget golfing: "Golfing for the price of a gordita", Miniature golf located nearby.
The Elk's Golf Coursephone: +1 405 275-1060Driving range and batting cages also available.
Public parksSince Shawnee's many public parks are used infrequently by locals, a quiet and serene environment can usually be expected.
(Exceptions noted below)
KidSpaceChildren's outdoor play equipment (adult supervision strongly recommended).
Lions Club ParkIt has a baseball field.
Briscoe Rotary Boy Scout ParkLighted public tennis courts, great place for pick-up basketball games (not recommended after dark).
Weigant ParkAka "Slide Park" (not recommended after dark).
Woodland Park(mPublic swimming pool available in summer months, lighted public tennis courts.
Shawnee's Twin LakesShawnee's Twin Lakes offer enjoyable avocation and adventure to anyone who likes to experience the outdoors and water related leisure.
One lake is reserved for fishing and angling.
Its counterpart lake is for those who wish to swim or take part in non fishing related activities such as water skiing, jet skiing, or drinking. Consuming alcohol while fishing can be dangerous to yourself and those around you; it is strongly discouraged.
Due to pervasive droughts and low water levels, Shawnee Twin Lakes are often closed during the summer.
CasinosShawnee is surrounded by gaming establishments who advertise to be "just like Vegas". For smokers, these establishments offer the convenience of having their own smoke shops, which are not subject to local tobacco tax statutes.
Native American casinos offer card games along with their slot machine mainstays.
FireLake Casinophone: +1 405 878-4862address: 41207 Hardesty Rd
Sac & Fox Casinophone: +1 405 275-4700 or +1 405 878-4728address: 41600 Westech Rd
As a classic example of middle sized town Americana, Shawnee boasts a variety of shopping opportunities, both budget and luxury oriented.
Books and magazines
Bibliotech Books & Comicsphone: +1 405 275-9494address: 123 East Main StSpecializes in sci-fi and fantasy literature.
Book BarnUsed book exchange.
Waldenbooksphone: +1 405 273-1599
Most places to eat are either on the northern edge of town along interstate highway I-40, sprinkled along Harrison and Kickapoo Street, or downtown on the south side of Shawnee.
Shawnee also has many pizza kitchens, although many of these are carry-out/delivery only.
Frateli'sIf you're wanting something more special, authentic Italian cooking with menus that go way beyond pizza and spaghetti can be found at Frateli's, just south of OBU on Kickapoo.
Jay's Classic Steakhouse
Abuelita'sPerhaps the best Mexican menu in town is at Abuelita's.
Vansaddress: Highland StreetA local BBQ favorite.
Hamburger KingA fun diner. Orders are placed using phones located at each booth.
Robb's Smokehouseaddress: 2321 N. KickapooThe 2nd most popular BBQ place in town.
phone: +1 405 395-9070address: 512 Shawnee Mall Dr
Cinderella Motel: Dietrich's Clubphone: +1 405 273-7010address: 623 Kickapoo SpurFriday night karaoke.
POTT County Liar's Clubphone: +1 405 275-0222address: 523 South Chapman
Queen of Heartsphone: +1 405 273-0499address: 12512 Valley View Rd
Watering Hole Saloonphone: +1 405 878-9557address: 1530 North Harrison St
America's Best Quality Innphone: +1 405 275-4404
Cinderella Motel (Best Western)phone: +1 405 275-4404
Colonial Innphone: +1 405 878-0120address: 4700 North HarrisonFree HBO.
Fleetwood Motelphone: +1 405 273-7561address: 1301 North Harrison
phone: +1 405 275-1540address: 4851 North Kickapoo
phone: +1 405 275-8880address: 4909 N. Union
Kicapoo Motelphone: +1 405 273-1929address: 901 North KickapooRent available on weekly basis.
phone: +1 405 275-5310address: 4981 North Harrison St
phone: +1 405 275-0089
- Cowtown USA, bar and dance hall with country/western theme, a little outside of town on Hwy 177 South, +1 405 275-0108
- Jim Thorpe's burial site between Shawnee and nearby Prague.
- Fireworks stands Just outside city limits in almost every direction (usually open around the Fourth of July)
- Buddhist Temple about 20 miles outside Shawnee off I-40, an extreme rarity in the Oklahoma area.
- Curtis Watson's Restaurant can be found off of I-40 between Shawnee and Oklahoma City.
- Carl Hubbell Museum and burial site are north on Highway 18 in Meeker, Oklahoma, a treat for fans of old-time major league baseball.