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Southern Oklahoma Tour

Explore the Sites in Southern Oklahoma

Rich in history and lore, southern Oklahoma boasts a wide range of exciting attractions, warm cities, and premier golf courses. Hit the open road soon and discover adventures from McAlester to Lawton.


Begin this southern Oklahoma drive tour in McAlester. Not far south from Eufaula, McAlester is a pleasant and attractive destination. With a host of things to see and do, it makes the ideal location from which to embark on your next southern Oklahoma tour.

Must See
As you explore the area, be sure to venture over to Choctaw Casino McAlester. One of the top draws in the McAlester area, Choctaw Casino McAlester features a wealth of your favorite games of chance – poker, slots, and blackjack.

You can also check out Trophy’s Bar & Grill for a bite and a drink when you’re between tables or slots – it’s a full day of fun at the Choctaw Casino McAlester.

Local Guide
For a bit of local lore, you’ll want to explore the J.J. McAlester Mansion, not far from downtown McAlester. Completed in 1885, the J.J. McAlester Mansion is on the National Register of Historic Places, and offers tours on Fridays. The J.J. McAlester Mansion was once the residence of James Jackson McAlester, founder of the city.

For a day of fun on the water, Lake McAlester is the ideal location, found a short distance to the north. With 20 miles of shoreline, a fishing dock, and picnic areas, you and the entire family will certainly enjoy any spring or summer day at McAlester Lake.


Make your way southwest from McAlester into Durant, the next stop on your southern Oklahoma tour. Durant, only minutes from Lake Texoma, is a sterling destination, with a variety of attractions fit for all ages. Whether you hit the links at Silverado Golf Course, or plays the slots at the original Choctaw Casino, Durant is sure to create long-lasting memories.

Must See
As you set out to explore Durant, be sure you don’t skip over Fort Washita Historic Site & Museum. As one of the premier destinations in Durant, the Fort Washita Historic Site & Museum will yield a wealth of knowledge about the area. Built in 1842, the Fort operated through 1865 – admission is always free, and there are tours.

Local Guide
If you’re not into casinos, no problem – be sure to visit the Theatre at Southeastern. Staging a wide range of productions – from children’s shows, to dinner theater, and even musicals – the Theatre at Southeastern is associated with Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Bring your clubs along for the ride and head for the Silverado Golf Course. A par-71 playing to a max distance of 6,413 yards, Silverado Golf Course features a course rating of 70.8 and a slope rating of 121.

he Silverado Golf Course opened in 2001, and was designed by Terry Reynolds. It can be found just a few miles northeast of downtown Durant on Sand Stone Road.


Named after George Alexander Madill, the city of Madill is a quaint and charming destination – the next on your tour of southern Oklahoma. Drive in from Durant and check out the sites, the flair, and experience all the small town fun you’ll find in Madill. Yielding quick access to Lake Texoma, Madill also proves to be ideal for outdoor recreation.

Must See
An ideal destination for any spring or summer visit to Madill, Memorial Park is just south of downtown. At the Madill Memorial Park, you’ll find basketball courts, tennis courts, open fields where the kids can run around, and picnic areas.

Local Guide
Enjoy a tour of the Museum of Southern Oklahoma when you are exploring Madill. The Museum of Southern Oklahoma began collecting and showcasing artifacts in 1975, and has since blossomed into an eclectic and premier attraction in Madill. Learn all about Marshall County and surrounding towns when you tour the Museum of Southern Oklahoma.

A short drive south from Madill and you’ll find Buncombe Creek Golf Course. Traveling with your clubs is always a solid plan, and the links at Buncombe Creek will yield a full day of pars, birdies, chips, and – hopefully not many – sand traps. Buncombe Creek Golf Course is a nine hole, executive style course, playing to a par of 36. Play through twice at Buncombe Creek for a full 18-hole experience.


As you round out southern Oklahoma tour, head west to Lawton – along the way, make a quick stop in Thackerville and check out the WinStar World Casino. Once you’ve made it to Lawton, discover the charms of the city – whether you visit the Museum of the Great Plains or play 18 holes at the Lawton Municipal Golf Course.

Must See
Explore the Museum of the Great Plains on your stay in Lawton. You’ll be able to tour over 16,000 square feet of museum space and the outdoor area, where the larger exhibits are stationed.

The Museum of the Great Plains opened in 1961 after the formation of the Comanche County Historical Society.

Local Guide
Enjoy a tour of the Leslie Powell Gallery, home to a wide range of art from local artist Leslie Powell. Powell, born in 1906, toured the country, finding ways to display his art, and ultimately give back in some way. He established the Leslie Powell Foundation, which ultimately lead to the creation of the gallery. The Powell Gallery also hosts a number of different events throughout the year showcasing work from local talent.

Don’t forget to travel through southern Oklahoma with your clubs – visit the Lawton Municipal Golf Course and put them to good use. Playing to a par of 72 across 7,142 yards, the Lawton Municipal Golf Course is an ideal destination for any golfer traveling into Lawton.

Keep in mind, the Lawton Municipal Golf Course was designed by Ben Hogan, so it could prove to be a challenge.