THINGS TO SEE AND PLACES TO GO
WILL ROGERS DOWNS CASINO
21 miles West of Salina on Hwy 20
20900 S. 4200 Road Claremore, OK 74019
Just 20 minutes from Salina, you can experience the thrill of Oklahoma's #1 Racino - Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs offers all the exciting casino gaming action you could want and a whole lot more. Experience the thrill of live horse racing with trackside excitement including quarterhorse racing September through November, thoroughbred racing from March to May and hot simulcast racing action from around the country every day. The new casino and entertainment complex, open seven days a week, features exciting Las Vegas style electronic games and video poker. If you love great food, fabulous entertainment and dancing, then northeast Oklahoma's newest nightspot, Dog Iron Saloon is the place to be.
One-mile racetrack,1/2 mile training track, 2,700 grandstand seats, 250 electronic gaming machines, 100 simulcast TVs, Turf Club seating for up to 400 people, over 42,000 sq ft of meeting/banquet space, Dog Iron Saloon, Mercedes Room, 400 RV hook-ups, guest clubhouse, 600 horse stalls, paved parking.
Must be 18 years of age and have valid photo ID to wager on horses and play electronic gaming machines. Must be 21 years of age and have valid photo ID to enter bar area or drink alcoholic beverages at the Dog Iron Saloon.
J.M. DAVIS ARMS AND HISTORICAL MUSEUM
26 miles West of Salina on Hwy 20
330 N. J.M. Davis Blvd. Claremore OK. 74017
This museum is home to the largest private gun collection in the world. and
a whole lot more. With over 50,000 items to see and experience...saddles, spurs, local ranching brands, German beer steins, World War I posters, military weapons, John Rogers statuary, Native American artifacts…something for everyone. In fact, this place is loaded! It is a definite must see.
WILL ROGERS MEMORIAL MUSEUM
27 miles West of Salina on Hwy 20
1720 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK. 74017
Open 365 Days a Year: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Will Rogers Memorial is a 19,052-square-foot museum in Claremore, Oklahoma that memorializes entertainer Will Rogers. The museum houses artifacts, memorabilia, photographs, and manuscripts pertaining to Rogers' life, and documentaries, speeches, and movies starring Rogers are shown in a theater. Rogers' tomb is located on its 20-acre grounds overlooking Claremore and Rogers State University.
The land for the museum was originally purchased by Rogers, a Claremore native, in 1911 for the site of his retirement home, but was given to members of the Rogers family after his death, and later donated to the State of Oklahoma. The museum opened in 1938, three years after his death.
31.7 Miles S. of Salina on Hwy 82 and Scenic Hwy 10
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Oklahoma is home to many scenic rivers throughout the state. It’s not just coincidence that Oklahoma’s float-trip capital, the Illinois River, is also the perfect stream for fly fishing or an overnight camping trip. With so many outfitters and campsites nearby, you have everything you need right here. All you have to do is arrive, you are sure to have lots of family fun.
One of the things that makes the upper Illinois River so popular among paddlers is its Class II rating - it’s a gentle river with a moderate current and few hazards. Novice paddlers will feel right at home here. Scenery is another huge draw for the Illinois River. Situated in northeast Oklahoma among the Ozark foothills, the surrounding bluffs and hills are covered in shortleaf pine, red and white oak, hickory, sycamore, dogwoods and redbuds. The upper part of the Illinois River flows from just north of Watts at the Oklahoma-Arkansas border to Lake Tenkiller. The upper Illinois River is also a great fishing stream for bass, catfish, perch, and crappie.
The lower section of the Illinois River flows from the Lake Tenkiller dam to the Arkansas River. This part of the river has cool water and some serious fishing. Rainbow trout and brown trout are found in the lower Illinois River, as well as trophy striped bass (striper). In the summertime the striper run up in this cool water and feed on the trout and shad.
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NATURAL FALLS STATE PARK
35 miles from Salina on Hwy 82 S and Hwy 412 E
Listed as #5 on the Ten Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Oklahoma
$4.00 fee per car to enter park. Overnight tent or RV camping available.
Located near the Oklahoma/Arkansas border in the scenic Ozark Highlands region of Northeast Oklahoma, Natural Falls State Park features a 77-foot waterfall cascading through rock formations and creating a hidden, serene atmosphere at the bottom of a narrow V-shaped valley. A railed observation platform allows hikers to overlook the falls and another observation deck with seating is located at the foot of the falls, offering two vantage points to enjoy one of the most scenic wonders in the state.
The beautiful scenery looks familiar to many visitors because scenes from the 1974 movie, "Where the Red Fern Grows" were filmed in the park. Picnic tables and grills can be found throughout Natural Falls State Park. Campsites including 44 RV sites and 27 tent sites are available along with restrooms with showers. The Red Fern Reunion Center is available for group functions. Other amenities include four and 1/2 miles of hiking and nature trails, picnic shelter, volleyball, horseshoes, basketball court, catch and release fishing, playgrounds and a formal garden area. Pets are allowed on a leash only.
Natural Falls State Park affords an opportunity to observe a variety of plant and animal life. The dense forest includes maples, chinquapin and white oaks, while plants such as flowering dogwood, sassafras, coral berry, spicebush, redbud, and pawpaw blanket the cool forest floor. The waterfall creates a moist environment where ferns, mosses, and liverworts thrive.
GENTRY WILDLIFE SAFARI DRIVE THRU ZOO
55 miles from Salina on Hwy 82 S and Hwy 412 E
20923 Safari Rd. - Gentry, AR 72734
Open daily 9:00am including holidays
Wild Wilderness Drive-through Safari is a family travel destination in Gentry, Arkansas. The 400-acre safari is home to a variety of exotic animals. For these animals, they provide a natural environment with a beautiful Arkansas landscape and several large ponds.
The safari consists of a 4-mile drive-through, petting parks, and walk-through areas for interaction with our animals. Children and adults alike find enjoyment in learning about the animals. Families often come for a full day's visit, using the picnic tables in the walk-through area to enjoy their lunch. They also have a snack bar with soft drinks, snacks, and candy.