Muskogee is full of hidden gems. Here are a few of the experiences you won’t want to miss.
1. Relish a Muskogee original Chet’s Hot Dog, a one-of-a-kind taste delight that has been a favorite Muskogee hangout for more than 50 years.
2. Snap a shot of Ol’ Glory still waving down at the courthouse at the corner of Court and State Streets.
3. Go on a photo safari for Bald Eagles and capture the power and grace of our nation’s symbol. Winter nesting is found at Greenleaf State Park, the Fort Gibson Dam, and Three Forks Harbor.
4. Walk in the footsteps of the Native Americans as they were removed from their homeland at the Five Civilized Tribes Museum, where their Trail of Tears trek is remembered.
5. Clang, Clang, Clang, went the trolley. Take a ride back in time on Muskogee’s old fashioned trolleys. The trolley buses recall a simpler time as they wind their way through Muskogee’s historic downtown.
6. Tap your toes to a concert at the authentically restored historic Roxy Theater.
7. Stand on the very spot that the famous “Okie from Muskogee” song was first recorded – the Star Room in the Muskogee Civic Center or stand on the stage and see Muskogee from Merle Haggard’s point of view.
8. Savor the flavor of Hamlin’s White Sauce, a true Muskogee complement to great Mexican food. Their unique white sauce keeps locals and visitors coming back just for this unusual appetizer.
9. Go on a scavenger hunt for 30 painted eight-foot guitars scattered like jewels around Muskogee. First hint: get a guitar map at the Tourist Information Center.
10. R. H. Heinlein said, “Butterflies are self propelled flowers”. Get a real butterfly kiss at the Butterfly Garden in Honor Heights Park.
11. Go back in time and test your skills with weaponry, dance, and Renaissance food and drink. Romp with King Henry’s court, pirates, and Scotsmen at the Castle during the annual Renaissance Festival.
12. North, South, East, West – Muskogee’s BBQ is the best! Muskogee has more BBQ restaurants per capita than any other city in the state.
13. Tread the hallowed ground on the Fort Gibson National Cemetery and view the grave of Sam Houston’s wife. Veterans of every American conflict since the war of 1812 take their final rest here.
14. Follow Babe Ruth’s footsteps from the Sever’s Hotel to the Muskogee Civic Center, once the location of Muskogee’s athletic park. Mickey Mantle also played at this field, the first in Oklahoma to have lights for night games.
15. Dazzle your taste buds with some of the best chili in the land at Muskogee’s Annual Chili Cook-off, the second Saturday of each April.
16. March across the Honey Springs Battlefield, where the most significant Civil War battle took place in 1863. Walk the interpretive trails that explain each battalion’s position and role in this pivotal fight for control of Indian Territory.
17. Find a long-lost relative at the Muskogee Public Library Genealogical Research Center. It is one of the most visited centers in the country.
18. Scout out the oldest fort in Oklahoma – the restored Ft. Gibson Stockade, visited before you by Sam Houston, Washington Irving, Jefferson Davis, Zachary Taylor, and Robert E. Lee.
19. Dive! Dive! Dive! Step down into an authentic WWII submarine, the highly decorated USS Batfish at the Port of Muskogee.
20. Be dazzled by the azaleas, splash through the spray grounds, fish in the lake, enjoy a summer picnic or drive through a Christmas wonderland at Muskogee’s renowned Honor Heights park.
No one knows the hidden gems like the locals. Here are some of their favorites.
Cupcakes at Sweet & Sassy
126 S. Main Street, Muskogee, OK 74401
Best Restaurant/Dining Experience
821 W. Broadway St., Muskogee, OK 74401
Best Gourmet Foods
Maxwell’s Restaurant at The Muskogee Country Club
2400 N. Country Club Road, Muskogee, OK 74403
Amphitheater at Honor Heights Park
Honor Heights Dr., Muskogee, OK 74401
Three Forks Harbor over the River
5201 Three Forks Road, Fort Gibson, OK 74434
Best Family Fare
2601 Chandler Road, Muskogee, OK 74403
Best Ethnic Restaurant
Chavas Mexican Restaurant
710 S. 32nd Street, Muskogee, OK 74401
Best Lunch Spot
208 S. 7th St., Muskogee, OK 74401
Best Cup of Coffee
The Erly Rush Coffee House
200A S. Main Street, Muskogee, OK
Best Family Entertainment
River Country Family Water Park
Hwy 69 and Arline, Muskogee, OK
101 S. 32nd Street, Muskogee, OK 74401
Best Art Gallery
Five Civilized Tribes Museum
1101 Honor Heights Dr., Muskogee, OK 74401
Where To Buy The Perfect Gift
Fence Me In (Western Cowboy stuff)
2312 E. Shawnee Rd., Muskogee, OK 74403
501 N. Main St., Muskogee, OK 74401
Most Unique Store In Town
118 S. Main St., Muskogee, OK 74401
Memorable Photo Op
The Welcome to Muskogee Sign at the Tourist Information Center
2113 N. 32nd St.
Highway 69 and W. Shawnee
Muskogee, OK 74401
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