Ten More Reasons to Visit Enid

Posted by Rob Houston, Visit Enid Communications Coordinator on 06/20/2014

Previously we had released the Top 10 Reasons to Visit Enid. But as anyone who has been to Enid knows, you can't just stop at 10 reasons. So here are 10 more reasons to Visit Enid.

Dillingham Garden1. Dillingham Gardens.  Located inside Government Springs Park, this beautiful garden area is maintained by the Garfield County Master Gardeners. It is a prime landing spot for monarch butterflies in late September during their annual migration south to Mexico, and it is home to “Holding the Claim,” one of H. Holden’s sculptures depicting the Cherokee Strip Land Run of 1893.

2. Main Street Enid’s First Friday. The downtown square buzzes with excitement the first Friday night of each month. Retail locations stay open late and attendees are entertained by several of the regions’ top musicians. Many First Friday’s have a specific theme as well. Visit the First Friday Enid page on Facebook for a complete listing of events.

Smokin' Red Dirt BBQ3. Smokin’ Red Dirt BBQ. Held each April, this is the second largest Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned event in Oklahoma, bringing in competitors from all over the region. Past competitors have been featured on the TV show “BBQ Pitmasters.” Don’t miss the People’s Choice dinner, where contestants cook pork ribs and sides for the public, who then vote for their favorite.

4. Enid Trail System. Still a work in progress, the Enid Trail System provides safe and convenient facilities for walkers, joggers, bicyclists, in-line skaters and wheelchair users. Currently the trail runs east and west between Van Buren and Oakwood south of Owen K Garriott Rd.

5. International Cuisine. Enid spelled backwards is Dine, and we’ve got you covered with over 100 restaurants, including more than 50 locally-owned eateries – everything from Mexican to Italian, but also Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Puerto Rican and Irish.

6. Historic Downtown Walking Tour. The colorful and sometimes controversial history of downtown Enid comes to life through the eyes of "Cactus Jack" and other re-enactment characters. You’ll learn about the legend of John Wilkes Booth, stand on the spot where settlers Staked Their Claim for free land in the Cherokee Strip Land Run, and learn about the nastiest outlaw of that era, Dick Yeager. Tours are the third Saturday of each month April through October.

7. Fling at the Springs. Held each September, the Fling is a day-long music festival held at the Gazebo at Government Springs Park.

8. Kenwood & Waverley Historic Districts. These were the first two housing additions in Enid, and many of these historic structures still stand and are lived in today. Tours of some of these homes are available to visiting groups.

Kiwanis Train9. Meadowlake Park’s Kiwanis Train & Carousel. Take a ride around Meadowlake Park via this fun little train, operated by Enid’s Kiwanis Club. Next door, the carousel is expected to be open this season after being closed last summer so a brand new house could be constructed around it.

10. East Maine Bridge. How many bridges have their own Facebook page? With its low clearance of 11 feet 4 inches, inattentive truck drivers see their trucks gobbled up as they attempt to enter downtown Enid on Maine St.

Contact Visit Enid for more information about any of the above listings and Stake Your Claim for a fun getaway to Enid.