Gerry and Jack Brisco were a professional wrestling tag team. Molly Culver is an actor, having starred in the likes of “V.I.P.” and “Pacific Blue.” And Charles David Carter and Tom Cole represent Oklahoma as members of the U.S. Congress. John Harrington was the first Native American to ever go into outer space. What do they all have in common? Well, the accomplishments and resumes of such notables all trace back to their roots to the Chickasaw Nation, a region in Oklahoma that’s home to the Chickasaw People, the country’s 13th largest federally recognized tribe. There’s much to see and do in Chickasaw Nation for the whole family, both in terms of education and entertainment. It’s why a trip to Oklahoma should not be complete without a visit.
So just what is there to do and see? Let’s take a look at some highlights:
Bedre Chocolate House
There’s nothing like satisfying your sweet tooth with some chocolate. You can take the family to the Bedre Chocolate Factory while in Chickasaw Nation, a 20,000 square-foot facility that actually makes the delicious treat. You can organize a tour to see how the process itself is done and then sample it yourself at the end.
Looking to catch some live entertainment during your visit to Chickasaw Nation? You’re in luck – McSwain Theater hosts live bands and other entertainers in a family-fun atmosphere. For instance, the theater is often played by the Quebe Sisters Band, a Chickasaw trio of fiddlers that have played the likes of the Grand Ole’ Opry.
Had enough sightseeing for the day and want to take part in some guaranteed fun? Chickasaw Nation has several venues for you, such as the Laser Arcade and Andy Alligator’s Family Fun Park, where mini golf, arcade games, a rock climbing wall, bumper boats and batting cages all await. It can be a great way to wind down a busy day while on your visit.
While Oklahoma is one of the Great Plains states, Chickasaw Nation is actually home to the Arbuckle Mountains, a 35-mile span of terrain that runs in an east to west direction across the area. And where there are mountains, there are outdoor activities. For instance, visitors can take guided horseback riding tours on paths carved out through the mountains or just take a hike amongst themselves. There are also a plethora of lakes in Chickasaw Nation, which offer families the chance to rent boats or take scenic boat rides.
Chickasaw House Museum
The Chickasaw tribe is known as the “unconquered and the unconquerable.” And visitors to Chickasaw Nation can see why with a visit to the Chickasaw Council House Museum. Here, you can find a vast collection of Chickasaw art, instruments, jewelry and crafts dating back to the formation of statehood and the Trail of Tears. A visit can give visitors a glimpse into the history, culture and traditions of the Chickasaw. Admission is free and guided tours are also available.
Chickasaw Nation offers a variety of fun family-friendly activities, not to mention some activities specifically for adults as well (i.e., Riverwind Casino and “Wine Down Wednesdays” at the Rusty Nail Winery, which offers guests free wine samples and cheese). And this fun also comes with some much-needed perspective into Chickasaw history and culture. A visit to Chickasaw Nation is sure to create lasting memories and great fun.