Top 10 Things to do in Ardmore, United States

December 16, 2017 Janean Rudisill

Ardmore is a business, cultural, and tourism city in and the county seat of Carter County, Oklahoma, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 24,283, with an estimated population of 24,950 in 2013. The Ardmore micropolitan statistical area had an estimated population of 48,491 in 2013. Ardmore is 90 miles (140 km) from both Oklahoma City and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, at the junction of Interstate 35 and U.S. Highway 70, and is generally considered the hub of the ten-county region of South Central Oklahoma, also known by state tourism pamphlets as "Arbuckle Country" and "Lake and Trail Country." Ardmore is situated about 9 miles (14 km) south of the Arbuckle Mountains and is located at the eastern margin of the Healdton Basin, one of the most oil-rich regions of the United States.
Restaurants in Ardmore

1. Tucker Tower Nature Center

18407 Scenic State Highway 77, Ardmore, OK 73401-7083 +1 580-223-2109
Excellent
74%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
3%
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4.5 based on 88 reviews

Tucker Tower Nature Center

Reviewed By AlphaRam - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

When visiting lake Murray State park, it would be unthinkable to not visit the nature center and Tucker Tower. I will admit that the kids grew bored in Tucker Tower as there was much information about depression-era government programs to put Americans to work, such as the Civilian Conservation Corp. In Tucker Tower, be prepared to climb some stairs.

The nature center is pretty good - better than what i expected for our cash-strapped state.

2. Greater Southwest Historical Museum

35 Sunset Dr SW, Ardmore, OK 73401-2852 +1 580-226-3857
Excellent
72%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 41 reviews

Greater Southwest Historical Museum

Reviewed By jaiyne - Scotland

Worth spending 2 hours here - several different sections including transportation and room displays for the many different occupations- lawyer, doctor, schoolroom etc

3. Lake Murray Water Sports, Inc.

3322 Lodge Rd, In Front of Lake Murray Lodge, Lake Murray State Park, Ardmore, OK 73401-8424
Excellent
79%
Good
6%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
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6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 30 reviews

Lake Murray Water Sports, Inc.

Lake Murray Water Sports & Mini Golf is a family-owned and operated seasonal business located between Oklahoma City, OK and Dallas, TX in Lake Murray State Park. Owners, Larry & Danielle Brown, are passionate in offering a family-oriented atmosphere with a variety of rentals for all ages to enjoy. Rentals include Kayaks, Canoes, Stand-Up Paddle Boards, Wave Runners, Island Cruisers and much more!

Reviewed By clpayne - Houston, TX

Rented 2 SUP's. $7/hr per board. Typical pricing based on where we have rented before. They have different boards. Some in better condition than others. The newer ones have a more flat surface than the older ones. Makes it more comfortable. Also, if you plan to do any SUP yoga the newer ones with the 99% flat surface are a must! We asked to look at the boards first and requested specific boards. They didn't have a problem with this, but the older not as good of condition (not bad condition, just the newer ones were much better!) boards are what they were going to give us.

No instruction provided. Only high school kids working and they merely handed us the paddles and said here you go. We've SUP'd numerous times so no instruction needed, but they didn't know that and nor did they ask.

They do allow you to take the boards out a good distance. Was happy with that. Suggest going on a wk day if possible. Less water traffic of all sorts and smoother waters. Especially if a newbie you will appreciate the smooth water!

They do not allow pets on any of their rentals which was a huge disappointment. Try Lake Murray Marina around the corner for pet friendly rentals and lower prices. Pontoon boats for example were $21 cheaper for 1/2 day rentals and they did not charge extra for bringing our dogs. LM Marina did not offer SUP rentals and thus why we rented thru Water Sports for this activity.

Convenient location to the Lodge and walking distance from the cabins in the #200's. Will also be walking distance from the pool once completed.

Inflatable water park for kids looked like it was fun for the families. Looked to be newer well kept equipment. All rentals appeared to be appropriate condition as far as I could tell.

Mini golf was $5/person. Seemed high to me, but it's been yrs since we've played. Believe it was only a 9 hole course? Extremely well kept, but not much for obstacles.

Have fun!

4. Lake Murray State Park

3323 Lodge Rd, Ardmore, OK 73401-8424 +1 580-223-4044
Excellent
54%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
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Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 23 reviews

Lake Murray State Park

Reviewed By Sarracenia - Norman, Oklahoma

The nature center was the highlight of our visit. Very informative with many interesting exhibits and a volunteer to answer questions. Good views of the lake from the building. The tower near the center is worth checking out. Some steps but very nice views at the top. Did not take any of the trails due to lack of time but the area looked interesting even in winter. Forests of native trees were all around us. Did not see the cabins, campground or lodge. Will return.

5. Red Dirt Brewhouse

24 Mill St SE, Ardmore, OK 73401-7029 +1 580-226-2727
Excellent
21%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
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Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 32 reviews

Red Dirt Brewhouse

Reviewed By Bozinski - Tishomingo, Oklahoma

Nice restaurant with plenty of area for entertainment. They have live music and you can eat either out on the patio or inside. Plenty of selection of wines, beers, and food items for any taste out there.

6. Ardmore Emporium Antiques

105 E Main St, Ardmore, OK 73401-7010 +1 580-490-9223
Excellent
37%
Good
63%
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Ardmore Emporium Antiques

Reviewed By Road_Warriors_Pilots

Tons of items to see, new and old! Everyone is very nice and knows a lot of history about the items and the town!

7. Peace Yoga

16 Broadlawn Shopping Ctr, Ardmore, OK 73401-1723 +1 580-504-2196
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Peace Yoga

Reviewed By JustinTravels13

I was told about this place by a waitress at a local restaurant and was pleasantly surprised. The studio is located in an old run-down strip center but inside it's great. If you like yoga and you find yourself in Armore, this is a must try. Namaste!

8. Gold Mountain Casino

1410 Sam Noble Pkwy, Ardmore, OK 73401-7136 +1 580-223-3301
Excellent
33%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
7%
Terrible
23%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 13 reviews

Gold Mountain Casino

Visit Gold Mountain Casino for one of the best gaming experiences in Carter County. Located less than 5 miles east of I-35, the 8,620 square foot casino features more than 275 electronic gaming machines. If winning is one of your favorite pastimes, this Chickasaw Country Destination should be your next stop!

Reviewed By Patricia l - Clovis

I liked this casino,,maybe because I won some money here,,they have a nice variety of different kind of slot machines...you can play for a little or a lot. not too crowded,,,very clean place, people friendly..Food was good,,,had a Chicken Fried Steak plate with mashed potatoes and gravey , also green beans,,for $3.00!!!!!! and it was good!!

9. Gusher Lounge

2705 W Broadway St, Ardmore, OK 73401-2532 +1 580-223-7130
Excellent
67%
Good
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Satisfactory
33%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Gusher Lounge

Reviewed By Safetydoc - Niceville, Florida

okay to visit, for a drink with friends, food available while watching various TV screens. Draws some locals and guests that stay at the quality motel. Bar offers a DJ, live enertainment on weekends, with small dance floor. Music played loud, unable to have any...MoreI hope you have time to come see our NEW VENTILATION SYSTEM. Gusher's still has Karaoke on Wednesday, Open Mic on Thursday and live entertainment on weekends, now with better air quality.

10. Eliza Cruce Hall Doll Museum

320 E St NW, Inside the Ardmore Public Library, Ardmore, OK 73401-4304 +1 580-223-8290
Excellent
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2.5 based on 2 reviews

Eliza Cruce Hall Doll Museum

Reviewed By Howard C - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

The number and variety and size of dolls is fascinating, but there are no labels or descriptive sheets of any kind. Some seem to be quite old and some are exceedingly tiny. But we had no idea of the story behind any of them or what might make them significant. An online description of the collection did say they were donated by the niece of the second governor of Oklahoma. Online sources say there are porcelain, bisque, leather, wood and wax dolls on display, but we do not know which ones they are. Then, a highlight of the collection is supposedly somere carved wood French dolls that were once owned by Marie Antoinette.. However, we do not know which ones they were.

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