Nestled on the banks of the Arkansas River in Oklahoma, Muskogee is a charming city that offers a wide range of historic sites, family-friendly fun, and outdoor activities to enjoy. Head to the Muskogee War Memorial Park to board the WWII submarine USS Batfish and fascinating museum; catch a show at the historic Roxy Theater or take a hike on one of the many hiking trails in Honor Heights Park. Discover some of Oklahoma’s local musicians at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in the city center and explore local Native American history at the Five Civilized Tribes Museum. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.The Castle of Muskogee
© The Castle of Muskogee
The Castle of Muskogee is a vast fairground that hosts the famous Oklahoma Renaissance Festival from late April to Memorial Day, as well as numerous other events throughout the year. Dedicated to promoting arts and culture in the Muskogee community, the multi-purpose 37,000square-foot fairground features a large banquet hall, stages, various buildings, and a variety of inflatable garden decorations. In addition to the annual Renaissance Festival, the venue hosts other major festivals like the Halloween Festival, Castle Christmas, Castle Zombie Run, and the Boares Head Feast.
3400 W Fern Mountain Rd, Muskogee, OK 74401, Phone: 918-687-3625
2.USS Batfish, Muskogee, Oklahoma
The USS Batfish is a submarine that is famous for sinking three Royal Japanese Navy submarines in 76 hours during the Second World War and is now on permanent display at the War Memorial Park. The submarine is set on land as a museum and a memorial to those who lost their lives during the war and is open for visitors to explore and learn more about the vessel and life on board for the crew who called her home. The Muskogee War Memorial Park museum also features a collection of over 4,000 artifacts, items and objects dedicated to the vessel and its important role in military history, and the history of Muskogee.
3500 Batfish Rd, Muskogee, OK 74403, Phone: 918-682-6294
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3.Honor Heights Park, Muskogee, Oklahoma
Honor Heights Park is a 132-acre arboretum and botanical garden on Honor Heights Drive and a jewel in Muskogee’s park system. The park features a variety of gardens, including the Conard Rose Garden, Elbert L. Little, Jr. Native Tree Collection, the C. Clay Harrell Arboretum, and the Art Johnson Memorial Dogwood Collection. Other features in the park include the Rainbow Division Memorial Amphitheater, five lakes, and ponds with fishing docks, three tennis courts, a children’s playground, a splash pad, two picnic shelters, a pavilion, gazebos and picnic areas, and a gift shop. The park is also home to several hiking trails, including the Audubon Trail, the Henry Bresser Nature Trail, and the half-mile Stem Beach Trail.
1400 Honor Heights Dr, Muskogee, OK 74401, Phone: 918-684-6302
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4.Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and Museum
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The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame celebrates the music industry and honors Oklahoma musicians for their lifetime achievements in music. Established in 1997, the Hall of Fame showcases over 65 individuals and groups who have shaped the music industry into what is it today, as well as produced more than 40 concerts. Inductees include acclaimed artists such as Carrie Underwood, Kristin Chenoweth, Vince Gill, and Woody Guthrie. Every year, the induction ceremony and concert are held at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in Muskogee.
401 S 3rd St, Muskogee, OK 74401, Phone: 918-687-0800
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5.Five Civilized Tribes Museum, Muskogee, Oklahoma
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Housed in the historic Union Indian Agency building in Honor Heights Park, the Five Civilized Tribes Museum is dedicated to the culture and heritage of several tribes from the region. Founded in 1966, the museum documents the arts, crafts, culture, and history of the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Muscogee, and Seminole tribes. The museum houses an extensive collection of arts and crafts, baskets, wood carvings, paintings, traditional costumes and headdresses, and documents relating to the Five Civilized Tribes. The Five Civilized Tribes Museum also houses the largest assemblage of original paintings by well-known artist, Jerome Tiger.
1101 Honor Heights Dr, Muskogee, OK 74401, Phone: 918-683-1701
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6.Three Rivers Museum of Muskogee, Muskogee, Oklahoma
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The Three Rivers Museum of Muskogee is dedicated to the history and heritage of the American frontier in the Three Rivers area where the Arkansas, Verdigris and Grand Rivers meet. Housed in the beautifully restored Midland Valley Railroad Depot, the museum features a collection of documents, stories, artifacts, and objects that highlight the multi-ethnic history of the region. The signature piece in the collection is a magnificently restored 1940s era diesel switch railroad engine, and the museum is open Wednesday through Saturday.
220 Elgin St, Muskogee, OK 74401, Phone: 918-686-6624
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7.Ataloa Lodge Museum, Muskogee, Oklahoma
Based on the campus of the historic Bacone College, the Ataloa Lodge Museum is dedicated to the culture and history of Native America. Built in 1932 as an art lodge, the museum is named in honor of Mary Stone McLendon ‘Ataloa’ who contributed towards the building of the lodge and houses a vast collection of more than 20,000 pieces of contemporary and traditional Native American art. Exhibits include a large collection of paintings, Kachina Dolls, Civil War memorabilia, and ceremonial items. The Ataloa Lodge Museum acts as a genealogical resource for local schools and offers a range of educational programs and workshops.
2299 Old Bacone Rd, Muskogee, OK 74403, Phone: 918-781-7283
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8.Church's Chicken, Muskogee, OK
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Church’s Chicken is a casual, fast-food chain that specializes in fried chicken and Southern-influenced sides. Established over 66 years ago, the chicken chain opened its first store in San Antonio, Texas in 1952 and served a menu of crispy Southern fried chicken with sides of jalapeño peppers and has since grown into a world-renowned franchise. Sides include fried okra, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, mashed potatoes, honey-butter biscuits, jalapeño peppers, and roasted corn, and beverages include a variety of sodas and iced tea.
419 E Okmulgee St, Muskogee, OK 74401, Phone: 918-683-3981
8 Best Things to Do in Muskogee, Oklahoma
- The Castle of Muskogee, Photo: The Castle of Muskogee
- USS Batfish, Muskogee, Oklahoma, Photo: Klodien/stock.adobe.com
- Honor Heights Park, Muskogee, Oklahoma, Photo: schankz/stock.adobe.com
- Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Photo: Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and Museum
- Five Civilized Tribes Museum, Muskogee, Oklahoma, Photo: Five Civilized Tribes Museum
- Three Rivers Museum of Muskogee, Muskogee, Oklahoma, Photo: Three Rivers Museum of Muskogee
- Ataloa Lodge Museum, Muskogee, Oklahoma, Photo: ivandanru/stock.adobe.com
- Church's Chicken, Muskogee, OK, Photo: Church's Chicken
- Cover Photo: Visit Muskogee
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