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Things To Do

 

Family Fun

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Bradt's Menagerie

39755 U.S. Highway 64, Alva, OK

A fun outing with the family – The Menagerie-Bradt’s Mammals is a petting farm with animals you might expect… sheep, goats, rabbits, and miniature donkeys. And some animals you might not expect… llamas, an emu, a Scottish Highland bull, a camel, a water buffalo, and a zebra. It’s not just for kids! Adults enjoy the animals just as much as the kiddos.

In the fall, you have the opportunity to experience finding your way through the largest round bale hay maze in Oklahoma! The flashlight maze makes a perfect date night!

The Menagerie also features live action gaming in the form of laser tag!  This activity is an add-on feature with the petting zoo or hay maze any time they are open.

Throughout November, the petting farm and hay maze is open on Saturday from 10am to 5pm.  The flashlight maze is open from 7 to 10pm on  Friday and Saturday nights.

Watch their facebook page for current posts about daily activities and updated schedules.

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Cherokee Strip Museum

901 14th Street Alva, OK

Take a step back in northwest Oklahoma history by visiting the Cherokee Strip Museum. The Museum has 40 rooms full of displays, including a historical display of the Cherokee Strip, President Abraham Lincoln pictures, a collection of flags, soldier’s uniforms, antiques, dolls, toys, furniture, a period general store and kitchen, miniature trains, and an authentic covered wagon. Visit the military wing with the P.O.W. Camp rooms where you will find artifacts made by the Nazi German prisoners, held in Alva during World War II.
An adjacent annex houses small farm machinery. Also on Museum grounds, the Union Center school District 67. The one-room schoolhouse sits just south of the main museum. It stands as a representative of the many rural schools that once dotted the prairie.

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Museum of Natural History

709 Oklahoma Boulevard Alva, OK

The second oldest museum in the state of Oklahoma, the Museum of Natural History features a variety of collections, including paleontological, anthropological, archaeological, geological, historical and natural history materials. The Museum on the campus of Northwest Oklahoma State University also houses one of the top taxidermy bird collections in the country, fossils and Indian art.
The Museum on the campus of Northwest Oklahoma State University is open by appointment. Interested persons should call the museum at 580-327-8513 or the museum directors, Dr. Thompson (580-327-8566) or Dr. Place (580-327-8673) to determine the current schedule or to make an appointment.

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Murals

Alva, OK

In the Mural Capital of Oklahoma, enjoy the history of Alva and Woods County in an outdoor setting by visiting 27 murals by artists from all over the United States. The murals were commissioned by the Alva Mural Society. Maps to assist on your self-guided tour are available at numerous locations around Alva, primarily the Visitors Center at 502 Oklahoma Boulevard

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Alabaster Caverns State Park

217036 State Hwy 50A, Freedom, OK

Explore the largest natural gypsum cave in the world open to the public! Bats, hiking and much more to enjoy. Let's Go Batty!

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Little Sahara State Park

101 Main St, Waynoka, OK

1,400 acre sand state park popular for dune buggy and ATV riding.

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Great Salt Plains State Park

23280 S Spillway Dr, Jet OK

At the Great Salt Plains Park, you will find one of the most unique parks. The park name is derived from the salt left over from an ocean that covered Oklahoma in prehistoric times, and the saltwater lake in the park is about half as salty as the ocean. You can boat, camp, picnic, swim, hike, and mountain bike at the Great Salt Plains State Park. Explore the 41 miles of shoreline of the 8,700 surface area lake. It is a shallow, salty lake with fishing opportunities for catfish, saugeye, sandbass and hybrid striper.
The park has RV and tent sites, comfort stations with showers, cabins, picnic sites, group shelters, swimming beaches, playgrounds, boat ramps, a fishing dock, and equestrian trails. (Horse rental not available.)
The Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge sits adjacent to the park and offers great bird watching. There are more than 300 species of protected birds that call the refuge home. The refuge is the only spot in the world where crystal enthusiasts can dig for hourglass selenite crystals, a rare and fragile form of selenite, which is a form of gypsum. Digging times are available from April 1 through October 15.

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Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge

71189 Harper Road, Jet OK

The Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge offers some of the best bird watching in Oklahoma. There are more than 300 species of protected birds that live in and can be seen in the refuge. As well, the refuge has been designated a Globally Important Bird Area, a Member of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network, and critical habitat for the endangered whooping crane. Winter months are prime for eagle viewing, while spring and fall draw thousands of migrating waterfowl to the area.
At the Refuge, you can also dig for treasures. The Refuge is the only spot in the world where crystal enthusiasts can dig for hourglass selenite crystals, a rare and fragile form of selenite, which is a form of gypsum. Digging times are available from April 1 through October 15.
Adjacent to the Refuge is the Great Salt Plains Park. You can boat, camp, picnic, swim, hike, and mountain bike at the Great Salt Plains State Park. Explore the 41 miles of shoreline of the 8,700 surface area lake. It is a shallow, salty lake with fishing opportunities for catfish, saugeye, sandbass and hybrid striper.
The park has RV and tent sites, comfort stations with showers, cabins, picnic sites, group shelters, swimming beaches, playgrounds, boat ramps, a fishing dock, and equestrian trails. (Horse rental not available.)

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Cookie's Bowl

206 E. Oklahoma Blvd., Alva, OK

Cookie’s Bowl & Café is all about giving you and your family a memorable time. No matter your age, you can enjoy a fun game of bowling. If you don’t like bowling, you can play at the pool tables.

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Alva Golf & Country Club

44483 Jefferson Rd Alva, OK

The 9-hole “Alva” course at the Alva Golf & Country Club facility features 3,282 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36. The course rating is 35.5 and it has a slope rating of 109 on Bermuda grass. Designed by Floyd Farley, ASGCA, the Alva golf course opened in 1950.

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Rialto Theatre

516 Flynn St, Alva, OK

Originally opened in 1949, this historic theatre is now a 3 screen movie theatre. The main auditorium is still huge and features a working gold curtain. The picture and sound quality are excellent.
Open 365 days of the year. Get Happy Hour drinks and popcorn all day, all night all hours.

 

The Arts

Murals

Alva, OK

In the Mural Capital of Oklahoma, enjoy the history of Alva and Woods County in an outdoor setting by visiting 27 murals by artists from all over the United States. The murals were commissioned by the Alva Mural Society. Maps to assist on your self-guided tour are available at numerous locations around Alva, primarily the Visitors Center at 502 Oklahoma Boulevard.

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Graceful Art Gallery & Studio

523 Barnes Street, Alva, OK

Located in the Downtown Arts and Shopping District, the gallery hosts professional arts and humanities exhibits that rotate monthly. From poetry, paintings, and sculpture, stop in any time to experience the premier Arts and Humanity facility of Northwest Oklahoma.

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ACT I (Alva Community Theatre)

424 Flynn St, Alva, OK

The Alva Community Theatre (ACT) 1 Theatre showcases talent of the Alva community, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, and Alva public schools.

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Rialto Theatre

516 Flynn Alva, OK

Originally opened in 1949, this historic theatre is now a 3 screen movie theatre. The main auditorium is still huge and features a working gold curtain. The picture and sound quality are excellent.
Open 365 days of the year. Get Happy Hour drinks and popcorn all day, all night all hours.

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History

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Cherokee Strip Museum

901 14th Street Alva, OK

Take a step back in northwest Oklahoma history by visiting the Cherokee Strip Museum. The Museum has 40 rooms full of displays, including a historical display of the Cherokee Strip, President Abraham Lincoln pictures, a collection of flags, soldier’s uniforms, antiques, dolls, toys, furniture, a period general store and kitchen, miniature trains, and an authentic covered wagon. Visit the military wing with the P.O.W. Camp rooms where you will find artifacts made by the Nazi German prisoners, held in Alva during World War II.
An adjacent annex houses small farm machinery. Also on Museum grounds, the Union Center school District 67. The one-room schoolhouse sits just south of the main museum. It stands as a representative of the many rural schools that once dotted the prairie.

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Museum of Natural History

709 Oklahoma Boulevard Alva, OK

The second oldest museum in the state of Oklahoma, the Museum of Natural History features a variety of collections, including paleontological, anthropological, archaeological, geological, historical and natural history materials. The Museum on the campus of Northwest Oklahoma State University also houses one of the top taxidermy bird collections in the country, fossils and Indian art.
The Museum on the campus of Northwest Oklahoma State University is open by appointment. Interested persons should call the museum at 580-327-8513 or the museum directors, Dr. Thompson (580-327-8566) or Dr. Place (580-327-8673) to determine the current schedule or to make an appointment.

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Murals

Alva, OK

In the Mural Capital of Oklahoma, enjoy the history of Alva and Woods County in an outdoor setting by visiting 27 murals by artists from all over the United States. The murals were commissioned by the Alva Mural Society. Maps to assist on your self-guided tour are available at numerous locations around Alva, primarily the Visitors Center at 502 Oklahoma Boulevard.

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Alva Regional Airport Museum

684 Harrier Road Alva, OK

The Alva Regional Airport Museum provides an interesting look into the Alva’s aviation past. Including a historical marker sharing the history of the World War 2 Prisoner of War Camp located south of the city that held German Nazis.

If you like planes, sit back and watch the planes come and go.

 
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