Top Ten Reasons to Visit Enid

Posted by Rob Houston, Visit Enid Communications Coordinator on 11/02/2013

Top Ten Reasons to Visit Enid

  1. “Lonesome Dove” meets “Far and Away.” Enid is at the crossroads of two of the most significant events in the development of our great nation. Enid was a sought-after watering hole on the Chisholm Trail thanks to the natural spring at what we now call Government Springs Park. Enid was also the site of one of four U.S. Land Offices during the largest competitive event in United States history, the Great Land Run of 1893. Cultural heritage? Enid has it.
  2. Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center. This $10M Smithsonian-quality museum tells the story of the Great Land Run and how northwest Oklahoma has developed since that day. The museum opened in 2011 and was named Oklahoma’s best new attraction in 2012.
  3. Enid’s Arts & Entertainment District. Enid’s downtown is undergoing a renaissance like it’s never seen before. This district is a fusion of local eateries, fashionable shopping, a bustling music scene and an art walk featuring spectacular public sculptures.
  4. Legend of John Wilkes Booth. Did Lincoln’s assassin really die in a barn in Virginia? Learn the story of David E George, who 38 years after Lincoln’s murder claimed on his death bed at the Grand Hotel (now Garfield Furniture) in Enid that he was really John Wilkes Booth.
  5. David Allen Memorial Ballpark. Home to the NJCAA Div. II World Series and the NCAA Div. II Great American Conference postseason tournament, this jewel is widely recognized as one of America’s finest small-town ballparks. The video board beyond the center field fence entertains fans of all ages.
  6. Leonardo’s Children’s Museum. Learning is fun inside this hands-on arts and science museum. Over one million children have passed through the doors of this hands-on arts and science museum where learning is fun. Across the street is Adventure Quest, a three-story outdoor science playground.
  7. Tour de Trykes & Twilight Criterium. Held each August, Tour de Trykes is fun for all ages with ride distances anywhere from 2 to 62 miles. The Criterium is an exciting bicycle race where pro riders wind through downtown Enid at speeds that exceed 30 MPH.
  8. Enid Symphony Center.  Enid’s old Masonic Temple has been transformed to 18th-century Paris in what is now the home of Oklahoma’s longest-running symphony. The Enid Symphony has entertained audiences each year since 1905.
  9. Railroad Museum of Oklahoma. See the world’s largest collection of dining car china on display amongst over one million pieces of railroad memorabilia. Step outside into the rail yard and climb aboard engines, dining cars and cabooses.
  10. Oklahoma's official Vietnam War Memorial. The memorial opened on Veterans Day, 2013. It is an 80-percent replica of the original Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C. and is on display permanently at Enid’s Woodring Regional Airport.