Stake a claim for group tour fun in Enid, less than a two-hour drive from Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Wichita. Enid sits at the crossroads of two major events in the West’s development: the Chisholm Trail and the Cherokee Strip Land Run of 1893, the largest competitive event in the nation’s history.
“Enid has the variety in its attractions and events that appeal to groups,” said Marcy Jarrett, director of Visit Enid. “There’s heritage, historic homes, one of seven certified cultural districts in Oklahoma and a movie studio that is a great location for a catered lunch. And it doesn’t matter what time of year it is. Enid welcomes your group with open arms whenever you want to come.”
Simpson’s Old Time Museum
Star in a Western micro-movie inside Simpson’s Old Time Museum, where six Western movies starring Stormy Lane and Texas Clapsaddle have been filmed. Sets include a jail, saloon, church, bank and hotel lobby. The museum also houses a private doll collection numbering more than 1,800 and other collectibles.
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center
Feel the Cherokee Strip Land Run of 1893 unfold at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center. Groups see how 100,000 pioneers raced for 40,000 plots of free government land. Outside, step into the only remaining U.S. Land Office, where lucky pioneers staked their claim. Christmas in the Village is the area’s premier holiday attraction.
Railroad Museum of Oklahoma
Climb inside cabooses, engines and a dining car at the Railroad Museum of Oklahoma. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, groups discover the world’s largest collection of dining car china among more than 1 million pieces of railroad memorabilia. Visitors enjoy elaborate model train sets larger than their living rooms.
Downtown Driving/Walking Tour
On a Downtown Driving/Walking Tour, groups meet colorful re-enactment characters that made Enid what it is today in Enid’s historic Arts & Entertainment District. Be sure to check out the butterfly mural at Conrady Electric. Afterward, see a concert at the CNB Center or Enid Symphony Center, or a play at the Gaslight Theatre.