Football Season Opportunity for Weekend Getaways - Central Oklahoma Frontier Country

Football Season Opportunity for Weekend Getaways

Posted by Lauren Lorenzen, public relations manager on 09/14/2009

Football Season Opportunity for Weekend Getaways

Turn a trip to the big game into a weekend in Central Oklahoma’s Frontier Country

 

CENTRAL OKLAHOMA – Central Oklahoma’s Frontier Country is home to two Big XII schools, the University of Oklahoma in Norman and Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. Both expect competitive football teams this season and large crowds filling the stands. Teams continue regular season play through Nov. 28.

            Both in-state and out-of-state tourists can make a weekend trip to a game into a weekend getaway and see many exciting things from any direction along I-40, I-35 and I-44.

            For fans in Norman, be sure to visit the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History for a look at rare dinosaurs and specimens of nature and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art which boasts a massive 8,000-piece collection of French Impressionism, American painting and sculpture, Native American art, Icons, Asian art and photography or catch a high quality theatre production or concert at the Sooner Theatre. Also, see a new-release movie in the luxurious Warren Theatre in Moore, just outside of Norman.

            For those catching an OSU Cowboys’ game in Stillwater you must try out Eskimo Joes for their famous cheese fries, endorsed by former President Bush, and other specialty items. Make sure you pick up a T-shirt while you are there.

            While in Stillwater check out one of the fun places to listen to some original Red Dirt music and live bands, see the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum or Sheerar Museum & Cultural Center and take a campus walking tour or visit the OSU Herbarium and Vertebrate Collection.

            On your way or coming home from the big game along I-35, be sure to browse the unique specialty shops, antiques and fine art galleries in downtown Guthrie or Edmond.

            If you are traveling I-40 make sure to stopover in Okemah at Grape Ranch Winery, just south of the highway and a short distance off the beaten path, for a taste of Oklahoma wine and their signature “Frozen Rose.” In Shawnee, visit the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art for a look at Native American, Roman, Greek and Egyptian art, including Oklahoma’s only mummy. Visit the Express Clydesdales Ranch in Yukon and take a ride on Oklahoma’s only trolley on rails in El Reno, then stick around for an onion-fried hamburger at one of the local favorites such as Jobe’s, Robert’s, Sid’s or Johnnie’s.  

            I-44 is home to Chandler, Davenport and Stroud where you can explore historic downtowns, mom-and-pop eateries and antique shopping. Stroud is known as Oklahoma’s Grape and Wine Capital with several wine tasting rooms and Chandler is home to the new Route 66 Interpretive Center. Nearby, you can book a cozy cabin at Tatanka Ranch for the remainder of your long weekend getaway.

             Another great place to stop and play is at the crossroads of I-35, I-40 and I-44 in Oklahoma City. Take a cruise along Bricktown’s scenic canal with Water Taxi, a fun way to travel through Oklahoma City’s entertainment district and enjoy the sights and sounds while you pick from one of the many restaurants such as Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse.

            Just 10 miles from downtown, explore six top attractions in Oklahoma City’s Adventure District, home to the Oklahoma City Zoo, Remington Park, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and more.

            “With three unique museums, a world-class horse-racing facility, one of the nation’s top zoos and a 20-screen theater complex all located within two miles of one another at I-35 and I-44, visitors will truly experience a one-of-a-kind getaway and something for all ages,” said Katie Puckett, Oklahoma City’s Adventure District coordinator. “Planning a weekend getaway in the Adventure District is also easy and affordable with different package options our partner hotel, the Sheraton, has come up with.”

            Frontier Country Marketing Association, a 501 c-6 organization, promotes the economic growth of the tourism industry in the 12 central counties of Oklahoma. For more information about Frontier Country, visit www.oktourism.com or call 800-FUN-OKLA.

 

 

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For Immediate Release: September 14, 2009                                                                   

Contact: Lauren Lorenzen, Public Relations Manager

Telephone: 405-232-6552

E-mail: [email protected]