5 Reasons to Make Anadarko, OK, Your Next Getaway

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A decorated buffalo (or American bison) sculpture on the grounds of the National Hall of Fame for Famous American Indians in Anadarko, a small city in southwest Oklahoma that includes the headquarters of the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma.
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, photograph by Carol M. Highsmith

The Caddo Nation of Oklahoma lived in east Texas, west Louisiana, southwestern Arkansas, and southeastern Oklahoma before the 19th century. Then they were removed and forced to live on a reservation in Texas. Their final removal forced them into an Indian Territory in what is now Oklahoma.

Their history is similar to other Native American tribes that once flourished in their native lands. The formation of Anadarko, OK, is no different.

A new town was established with a post office in 1873. It was named after the “Nadaco,” a Caddo band. The county also got its name from this Native American tribe. Anadarko, OK, might not be on your list of places to visit in Oklahoma, but it should be. 

The rich history beckons travelers to take a pit stop and learn more about the people who once lived and still live here. Let’s learn more about Anadarko, OK!

Where Is Anadarko, OK?

About 50 miles southwest of Oklahoma City in Caddo County is the small town of Anadarko, OK. If you’re traveling along historic Route 66, Anadarko is about 45 minutes south. It only covers about 7 square miles of land, but it’s home to numerous art galleries, parks, museums, and local restaurants.

If you’re visiting Fort Sill in Lawton about 40 minutes south or attending a Sooner football game about an hour east, make a detour or take a day trip to explore Anadarko, OK.

About Anadarko, OK

Agriculture has driven the economy of Anadarko since its beginnings in 1873. The Washita Valley provides fertile soil and healthy land for raising livestock. Another major pillar of the local economy is Native American affairs, which isn’t surprising with Anadarko’s rich Native American history.

According to the 2020 US Census, about 5,700 people call Anadarko, OK, home. The largest group, with 40% of the population, is Native American.

Although it saw an increase in population during the last three censuses, Anadarko saw a 15% decrease from 2010 to 2020.

Traveler’s Tip: If you enjoy learning about history as you travel, visit the Top of Oklahoma Historical Museum in Blackwell, OK.

5 Reasons to Make Anadarko, OK, Your Next Getaway

History buffs will love the educational experiences in Anadarko, OK. Outdoor enthusiasts will embrace the recreational experiences at Fort Cobb State Park, just a few miles away. And everyone will savor a sandwich, soup, or salad at the Soda Fountain Eatery.

Even though Anadarko is small, it boasts its own winery. Let’s look more closely at why you need to visit Anadarko, OK.

Street view of downtown Anadarko, OK, and a sunny blue sky day. Cars are parked out front a lineup of old brick buildings with retailers in them.
Downtown Anadarko, Oklahoma
Mdnicholson42, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

1. Learn About the History of Western Oklahoma Tribes

Address: 801 East Central Blvd, Anadarko, OK 73005

About: The tribal peoples of western Oklahoma include the Kiowa, Comanche, Kiowa-Apache, Southern Cheyenne, Southern Arapaho, Wichita, Caddo, Delaware, and Ft. Still Apache. At the Southern Plains Indian Museum, you can view artifacts, clothing, tools, toys, and more from these various Native American tribes.

There are also exhibits featuring local artists, so stop by the museum to learn more about these groups of people who call Oklahoma home.

2. Visit the National Hall of Fame for Famous American Indians

Address: 901 E. Central Blvd, Anadarko, OK 73005

About: On this walking tour, you’ll enjoy the outdoor statuary garden where the busts of 41 famous American Indians are positioned. You could easily spend an hour or more reading about the accomplishments and contributions of these Americans.

The Visitors Center is open Sundays to Fridays, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Saturdays from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. But you’re welcome to walk the garden outside of those hours. Admission is free.

Bust of Sacajawea, the Shoshone girl who guided explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on their voyage of discovery. The art stands on the grounds of the National Hall of Fame for Famous American Indians in Anadarko, a small city in southwest Oklahoma that includes the headquarters of the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma.
The bust of Sacajawea on the grounds of the National Hall of Fame for Famous American Indians in Anadarko, OK.
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, photograph by Carol M. Highsmith

3. Build Your Own Sandwich at the Soda Fountain Eatery

Address: 108 W Broadway St, Anadarko, OK 73005

About: When visiting Anadarko, OK, you have to stop by a local favorite for lunch: the Soda Fountain Eatery. They have daily specials, sandwiches, soups, and salads. But they’re only open Tuesdays to Fridays, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Try a cup of baked potato soup with a muffuletta sandwich. You can also build your own sandwich with all the toppings, vegetables, and meats you want. Don’t miss out on this local hotspot!

4. Sip a Glass of Wine at Entwined Vines Winery

Address: 17134 County Rd 1340, Anadarko, OK 73005

About: After a day of learning about the area’s history at the Southern Plains Indian Museum and the National Hall of Fame for Famous American Indians, relax and enjoy a glass of wine at Entwined Vines Winery.

Try the popular Strawberry White Zinfandel or Oklahoma Riesling. For more fruity tastes, go home with a bottle of Peach Chardonnay or Blackberry Merlot.

They also have homemade jams and salsas. So plan to relax at least one evening at Entwined Vines Winery when you visit Anadarko, OK.

5. Play a Round of Golf at Fort Cobb State Park

Address: 27046 Marina Bay Ln, Fort Cobb, OK 73038

About: This 18-hole, par 70 course offers beautiful views of Fort Cobb Lake. It also has a putting green, driving range, and pro shop on-site. Open daily from dawn until dusk, book your tee time for about $34 before 4:00 p.m. and for about $25 after 4:00 p.m.

Whether you’re looking for a challenging course, a fun place to hang out with friends, or a beautiful scenic location to enjoy the outdoors, you’ll find it at the Fort Cobb State Park golf course.

Where to Stay Near Anadarko, OK

There aren’t many options for overnight accommodations in the Anadarko, OK area. Fort Cobb, which is only a 30-minute drive west of Anadarko, offers two great options.

Plus, you can enjoy the outdoor recreation at Fort Cobb State Park while also venturing into Anadarko during your stay.

Backwoods Bison RV Park

Address: 25021 County St 2540, Fort Cobb, OK 73038

About: Located on the Fort Cobb Reservoir, Backwoods Bison RV Park is a great option for RVers. There are 13 RV sites, a wading pool, and public restrooms. Rates are $45 per night for 30 amp and 50 amp full hookups.

A boat launch is only about a mile from the park, and Fort Cobb State Park is only about 3 miles away. You’ll love the natural beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities at Backwoods Bison RV Park.

The lake at Fort Cobb State Park is the big draw to visitors.

Fort Cobb Cabins

Address: 157-1 E1230 Rd, Fort Cobb, OK 73038

About: There are five cabins available to rent. The three larger cabins sleep up to six people, and the two smaller cabins sleep four people. If you want to bring along your pet, you’re welcome to do so and pay a nightly fee.

The cabins are equipped with at least one bed, a refrigerator, stove, and other amenities to make your stay enjoyable and comfortable. 

Fort Cobb State Park offers discounts for seniors, military, and disabled persons. Easily enjoy the outdoors at the park while staying onsite.

Make Anadarko, OK Your Next Getaway

Anadarko, OK, is full of Native American history. It’s also a place to enjoy the natural beauty and outdoor recreation.

Go boating, play a round of golf, take a hike, or relax in a hammock by the lake. Learn all about the native tribal peoples and the individuals who significantly impacted their cultures.

So whether you’re a history buff, an outdoor enthusiast, or just enjoy traveling to new places, put Anadarko, OK, on your list of places to visit. You won’t regret it!

So, when will you visit?

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