The 8 Best Things to Do in Durant, United States

July 23, 2017 Vivienne Hutton

Durant is a city in Bryan County, Oklahoma, United States and serves as the headquarters of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. The Choctaw Nation's capital city is in Talihina, Ok. The population was 15,856 at the 2010 census. Durant is the principal city of the Durant Micropolitan Statistical Area, which had a population of 42,416 in 2010. Durant ranks as the second largest city within the Choctaw Nation, following McAlester, and ahead of Poteau. Durant is also part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Combined Statistical Area, anchoring the northern edge.
Restaurants in Durant

1. Choctaw Casino Resort

3735 Choctaw Rd, Durant, OK 74701-1987 +1 888-652-4628
Excellent
41%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
5%
Terrible
13%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 715 reviews

Choctaw Casino Resort

Popular gaming facility features a variety of table games, high-stakes bingo and off-track betting.

Reviewed By 860SusanB860 - Rockwall, Texas

The second we stepped from the parking garage into the walkway to the casino, the smell of cigarette smoke rains down on you like a big dark cloud. It was disgusting!
It was hard to even concentrate on the lights, the machines, the decor or anything else for trying to breathe without gagging. I actually cannot even imagine eating here because everything would taste like cigarette smoke.
My husband and I had actually wanted to spend a little time at the slot machine and maybe have a meal here but we barely lasted twenty minutes. We walked around the casino, looked at a couple of the shops and restaurants and headed home. If you are a smoker - you will be in Heaven. For those of us who are not smokers - it was Hell!!
The people we saw gambling in most of the areas really didn't look like they had money to spare. Overall, it was a sad experience for us.

2. Three Rivers Pecan

901N. Hwy 75 Service Road, Calera, OK 74730 +1 580-434-3111
Excellent
50%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 10 reviews

Three Rivers Pecan

Reviewed By 365grandpa44 - Bonham, Texas

The Amish store in Durant has moved to this location. Our neighbors have steady customers of the store when it was in Durant. Not a large store, but the fudge is the best, better than the fudge we've bought in multiple locations in Branson, MO. Gift store is small, but has a decent range of items. The staff was very courteous and helpful on making sections. Oh, yeah, they also have pecans and other farmer market produce. Will come back, close to where we live.

3. Blue River Valley Winery

3565 Sawmill Rd, Caddo, OK 74729-4308 +1 580-775-4213
Excellent
100%
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5 based on 3 reviews

Blue River Valley Winery

Blue River Valley Winery is a small boutique winery located near Durant, Oklahoma near the beautiful Blue River.

Reviewed By txpackerfan10 - Arlington, Texas

Stopped out here before a concert close to the casino. It's a nice setting good wine got a few bottles the people are niceGlad you enjoyed your visit to Blend River Valley Winery.

4. Fort Washita Historic Site

3348 State Road 199, Star Route 213, Durant, OK 74701-8503 +1 580-924-6502
Excellent
59%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 45 reviews

Fort Washita Historic Site

Reviewed By Joanne S - Sunshine Coast, Australia

This was my second visit to Fort Washita. Both times the person at the museum was generous with their time, extremely knowledgeable and welcoming of my many questions. Definitely worth a visit especially if you are not from USA and your understanding of that time in history is limited like mine.

5. Choctaw Casino

4216 S. Hwy 69/75, Choktaw Casinos & Resorts, Durant, OK 74701-1955 +1 888-652-4628
Excellent
70%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 19 reviews

Choctaw Casino

Reviewed By Tupelo010835 - Denton, TX

On every count. Wife and went to Choctaw for the first time last night to see the Million Dollar Quartet show. Their showroom/theater is amazing! Puts the flat floor nightmare at Winstar to SHAME. Security is surprisingly intense entering the showroom. Made us wonder why.
Additionally, after spending the evening in the building we were totally surprised to come away not reeking of cigarette smoke. Didn't appear that there were any few smokers here than at Winstar. Likely just a much better air filtration system.
Highly Recommended

6. Three Valley Museum

401 W Main St, Durant, OK 74701-5026 +1 580-920-1907
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Three Valley Museum

Reviewed By The_Real_Birdcatcher - Moore, Oklahoma

Positives: Colorful exhibits, knowledgeable staff, well-maintained
Negative: Limited parking on the premises and street

Three Valley Museum is one of those places I'd long wanted to visit, but couldn't spare the time when the place was open. That all changed with an all-too-short stop in early May.

Sitting on the southwest corner of Fourth and Main (at the edge of downtown), the museum occupies a former service station and machine shop. It's easy to find, but parking is limited, both in their lot, and along Fourth Street. (Note: I had no trouble parking on a Tuesday afternoon.)

Although I wasn't able to stay as long as wanted, I did get a good feel for the range and quality of exhibits. Galleries begin in the former service station and extend into the machine shop where they fill two floors. Items on display portray life in different decades and walks of life. Native American artifacts, antique automobiles, medical equipment, and household tools are a few of the things you can see.

As informative as the displays were, conversation with staff members was my favorite part of the visit. They are well-versed in area history, are great communicators, and are eager to share their knowledge!

The Bottom Line...

In many ways Durant today looks like a small version of much bigger cities. Large retailers long ago moved away from downtown to the highway west of town. Governmental entities, financial institutions, and specialty shops are now core occupants of the former retail district.

Against this backdrop, staffers at Three Valley Museum have done a great job preserving a couple of significant structures. They've also done a creditable job of collecting and displaying memorabilia that would probably have been lost without their efforts.

This museum is worth a stop if you're in the area, and is a must-visit if you or family grew up in the area. Be sure to strike up a conversation with one of the volunteers. You'll be surprised how much you can learn in a short period!

7. The Country Framer

113 S 4th Ave, Durant, OK 74701-5012 +1 580-745-9200
Excellent
80%
Good
20%
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 5 reviews

The Country Framer

The Country Framer features local art and specializes in custom framing. The owners create fused glass pieces and their very own ceramic beads are in their custom jewelry. There is also local pottery and a variety of gift items available.

Reviewed By killer638 - Las Vegas, Nevada

Very helpful when buying items for a friend and shipping them home. Super friendly and a variety of things to look at.Thank you for taking the time to review our store. We love our customers and hope our products reflect our love for art.

8. Elements Art Center

125 W Main St, Durant, OK 74701-5007 +1 580-745-5310
Excellent
50%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Elements Art Center

We are a unique artistic epicenter tucked away in the southeast corner of Oklahoma. Elements offers an array of art classes from beginner to advanced classes utilizing a wide range of mediums, and is locally known for its entertainment art classes like "Brush N Bubbly" and "Family Art Day". Our primary goal is to is to inspire everyone with all artistic and non-artistic backgrounds to appreciate Art in the way that we see it: to create as an innate human instinct, enjoy the relaxing state of creating Art, and mostly- because it is Fun!

Reviewed By Vickie M - Denison, Texas

I've been to other studios like this but ELEMENT is by far the best! I love the relaxed atmosphere and the positive teachers. This was my 3rd time to visit here and I loved it! Leslie was our teacher and she's great. NO PRESSURE. The...MoreThank you so much! We appreciate your review! Next time you come, mention your review, and you get 10% off your drink order. :)

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