Known as the Magnolia Capital of Oklahoma and home to the World’s Largest Peanut, Durant offers everything from downtown shopping to outdoor adventures. Originally settled by a family of French-Choctaw origin, Durant boasts a unique combination of small-town charm and a highly celebrated Native American heritage in southern Oklahoma.
No matter what your taste or style, Durant has something that will fit you and your family’s interest.
An 89,000-acre jewel set into the landscape of Oklahoma and Texas, Lake Texoma is a sparkling wonder of deep blue water and beautiful green shores. With more than 6 million annual visitors, the lake is one of the most popular Federal recreation facilities in the country offering everything from waterskiing to scenic nature hikes. Two-thirds of Lake Texoma lies in Oklahoma.
The lake area includes two wildlife refuges, two state parks, US Army Corps of Engineers managed parks, many campgrounds, more than twenty resorts and a variety of excellent golf courses. Power boating, power sailing, personal watercraft, water skiers and wind surfers all consider the land an excellent place to have fun.
Lake Texoma has become a huge sailing center based on the lake’s size, depth and miles of sailing shoreline. Boasting record striper fishing, Texoma’s salt content for a fresh water lake makes it perfect for the striped bass spawning and living habitat. Fishing guides flourish as well as the fish in this environment. Texoma is host to many fish varieties, too many to name them all.
Boating and water sports are another major attraction. Boats of all types and sizes as well as personal watercraft can be rented at many locations around the lake. Many of the marinas also provide gas docks for refueling the watercrafts. Moorings are available for sailboats as well as boat slips for motor boats and yachts.
Other amenities that surround the water are picnic pavilions, hiking trails, golf courses, rental cabins, motels, hotels, sport and workout facilities, restaurants, casinos, bait and tackle, flea markets, spas and retail shops providing everything one might want in a vacation destination.
For additional information about Lake Texoma contact the Lake Texoma Association at 855-452-5346, 580-564-2334 or www.LakeTexomaOnline.com.
Marina’s, Resorts, campgrounds:
WORLD’S LARGEST PEANUT
This monument sits on the corner of 3rd and Evergreen and it pays tribute to the Bryan County peanut growers and processors. It was dedicated on November 15, 1974 and is still a popular place for visitors to stop and snap a photo. There is also a time capsule buried a few feet in front of the peanut, that will be opened in June of 2023. Take your selfie by the peanut and be sure to share with us using #discoverdurantok!
Durant’s art scene includes artists offering their creations in such a wide range of media, there truly is something to appeal to every taste. Visual arts can be found in art galleries, working studios and even on the sides of buildings. Also, be sure to check out the Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival each summer on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
Fort Washita was built in 1842 as the southwestern-most military post of the United States. The mission of Fort Washita was to protect the Chickasaw and Choctaw tribes from the Plains Indians.
Fort Washita operated through 1865 and still stands today as a historic site and museum where visitors can learn what life was like before and during the Civil War. After the war, the fort was granted to the Chickasaw Nation and later the Dawes Commission allotted the fort and surrounding land to the Charles and Abbie Davis Colbert family.
After being abandoned in 1862 by Federal forces, and then occupied by Confederate troops during the Civil War, the Oklahoma Historical Society acquired Fort Washita in 1962 and restored it to the historic site and museum that stands today. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designed as a National Historic Landmark.
Fort Washita gives visitors the opportunity to explore the restored structures, see Civil War reenactments, and experience a yearly Fur Trade Era Rendezvous, which takes visitors on a journey of the past through educational stations, storytellers and more.
Fort Washita is located at 3348 Highway 199.
Phone number is (580) 924-6502.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday through Saturday and 1-4:30 p.m. Sunday.
Durant has a wide variety of outdoor recreation. With 10 public parks, the Multi-Sports Complex, the public swimming pool and four completed walking trails with more to come, the City of Magnolias is constantly improving and maintaining its public recreational facilities.
BILLY MILLER PARK
A 1.9-acre park located at the end of South 2nd to South 5th Avenues, north of Mineral Bayou. Amenities include four lighted ball fields (two softball, two baseball), concession, restrooms, covered spectator seating, batting cages, playground equipment, open free play area and paved parking.
CARL ALBERT PARK
A 27.9-acre park located at N Washington Avenue and Carl Albert Drive. Amenities include a skateboard park, three lighted tennis courts, pavilions, gazebo, restrooms, picnic tables, grills, benches, playground equipment, open free-plat area and paved jogging/walking trails with large shade trees. Carl Albert Park has a “Dream Court” basketball court that was installed as part of a partnership with Nancy Lieberman Charities.
DIXON DURANT PARK
1020 N 10th Ave. named in honor of the founder of Durant, is a 6-acre park located on North 10th Avenue between Walnut and Willow Streets. Amenities include paved parking, benches, grills, ADA accessible restrooms, six lighted tennis courts, basketball court, ¼ mile walking/jogging track, picnic and pavilion area and playground equipment including swings, jungle gyms, slides and climbers.
DURANT MULTI-SPORTS COMPLEX
The Durant Multi-Sports Complex is a multi-purpose athletics facility located two miles southeast of Durant on Highway 78. The complex consists of baseball and softball fields, soccer fields and a football stadium/track field.
A 2.5-acre park located North of the former George Washington School in the 300 block of NE 3rd Avenue. Amenities include playground equipment, pavilion, paved jogging/walking track, basketball court, ADA-accessible restrooms at the ball field, lighted Little League baseball diamond and a “splash pad.”
Lake Durant is located six miles north of Durant on Highway 78 and is open daily from sunrise to sunset. The lake features 315 surface acres of water, 4,200 acre-feet of water, 500 acres of natural landscape, a large pavilion with grill, picnic tables, a fishing pier, boat ramp and paved parking, and 10 concrete RV pads with electricity, water and sewer hookups, and a 2 mile nature trail. Camping fee is $15 per night. The fishing season is Feb. 1-Nov. 30 and weekends only in December and January.
LEONARD MORGAN PARK
A 9-acre park on SE 3rd Avenue, north of Mineral Bayou. Amenities include soccer fields, T-ball and one lighted machine-pitch baseball field, concession, playground equipment, paved parking and restrooms.
LLOYD PLYLER PARK
A 5-acre park located on S 5th Avenue, between Louisiana and Mississippi streets. Amenities include newly upgraded lighted baseball diamond, batting cages, dressing facilities, concession, restrooms, playground equipment, picnic area, and pavilion and street parking.
A 2.5-acre park located at N 4th Ave and Poplar Street. Amenities include a 20-foot-by-30-foot pavilion, ADA-accessible public restrooms, playground equipment for children of all ages, swings and grills.
A 16-acre park located on Northeast Fifth Avenue, between Pine and Elm streets. Amenities include a lighted softball field, paved parking, concession, public restrooms, lighted Little League football fields, open free-play area, playground equipment and several large shade trees.
THREE VALLEY LOOP WALKING TRAIL
This .5-mile loop starts at the Three Valley Museum at 401 W. Main St in Historic Downtown Durant, taking you in the heat of downtown to enjoy all the architecture, shopping, and dining available in this quaint, little community.
This 1.7-mile trail located on Southeastern Oklahoma State University (SOSU) leads you on an adventure around campus.
CROOKED SMILE WALKING TRAIL AND CROSS-COUNTRY COURSE
This trail/cross country course, featuring a river, is located at 2408 N 1st Ave, east of SOSU softball fields. It offers a 0.23-mile, 0.36-mile, and 1.29-mile trail option.
THREE VALLEY MUSEUM
401 W Main St., Durant, OK
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Located in Durant’s historical Carpenter’s Machine Shop, Three Valley Museum takes pride in displaying artifacts in three first-floor galleries. The second-floor gallery is designed to encourage museum visitors to stroll through the streets of a small southeast Oklahoma town from the early 20th century.
The museum also exhibits Governor R.L. Williams’ library and collection of political memorabilia and photographs. Governor Williams served as Durant’s representative to the Oklahoma Constitutional Convention (1906-1907), Oklahoma’s first Supreme Court Justice (19071914), and Oklahoma’s third governor (1915-1919).
When exploring the museum, you will discover an early 20th century law and doctor’s office , and a general store. You will also see an early 20th century parlor, featuring antique furnishings, and a child’s room. The museum also features a piano from 1860 which was shipped up the Red River, a 1920s flapper dress, and a 1946 foot-pump organ.
The museum also displays pictures of early downtown Durant, and memorabilia from Durant High School and Southeastern State Normal School, which is now Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The museum took its name from Henry McCreary’s book, Queen of Three Valleys, which introduces the early history of Durant — a community in the heart of the Red, Blue, and Washita river valleys.
Three Valley Museum opened in 1976 and is a 12,000 square-foot museum and event venue. The museum is operated by the Durant Historical Society and curated by Nancy Ferris. Three Valley Museum is a non-profit organization committed to preserving and sharing our community’s past.
Photo by Michael Barera
DURANT MAIN STREET
Located in the historic heart of downtown, Durant Main Street is the place to shop, eat, and live. This nine-block district has something for everyone, including unique boutiques and retail shops, art galleries, salons and spas, delicious restaurants, entertaining bars, a fascinating museum, loft apartments, and bustling business offices.
Seasonal attractions in downtown include the Magnolia Farmer’s Market during spring, summer and fall months, Outdoor Movie Nights on the Square, the Downtown Beach, First Friday, Trick-or-Treat on Main Street, downtown in December holiday festivities, Shop Small Saturday, and many others.
To explore more about Durant Main Street, visit www.durantmainstreet.org, contact 580-924-1550, or stop by our office at 110 North Second Avenue in Downtown Durant.
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Durant is a great shopping destination with a variety of antiques, boutiques, specialty stores and national chains. Shop Local! From Durant Main Street to the Magnolia Crossing Center Durant offers something for everyone!
Western Heritage is alive and well in Durant, Oklahoma. The Durant Riding Club hosts their Family Fun Playday Series monthly from March to September and has the ProRodeo each May which is has been a staple UPRS sanctioned rodeo for over 75 years.
Don’t forget to come check out the Indian Rodeo, normally hosted in August. And, last but not least the SOSU Rodeo team host a yearly intercollegiate rodeo. With all this rodeo you are guaranteed to have a stampede of a time in Durant!
Contact Information for the Rodeo Teams/clubs
Magnolia Festival of Oklahoma
Honoring the heritage of Durant, also known as the “City of Magnolias,” the annual Magnolia Festival of Oklahoma features games and festivities perfect for a fun-filled family weekend. In 2015, the Magnolia Festival was honored with the Redbud Award for “Outstanding Event” from the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association.
The Magnolia Festival began in 1997 and takes place the weekend following Memorial Day. The Festival kicks off the weekend following Memorial Day at the Choctaw Event Center, which includes a carnival with a wide array of rides, games and yummy fair food along with a stunning fireworks display on opening night.
Inside the Event Center, check out the craft and vendor booths, food vendors, exhibitor displays, Texoma Arts Association Art Show and the Magnolia Theatre, featuring free, family-friendly entertainment throughout the festival. Of course there are plenty more free events outside with a children’s tent, pony rides, turtle races and much more.
The Magnolia Festival also hosts a variety of other activities happening throughout the community including a 5K & Fun Run in Downtown Durant, a Veteran’s reception and the Durant Rotary Magnolia Bike Tour. And don’t miss the live music at Choctaw Casino Resort on Friday and Saturday nights of the festival.
As headquarters of the Choctaw Nation, Durant’s Magnolia Festival also showcases the history and folklore of their heritage with Choctaw dancers and a Choctaw Princess Pageant each year. With a wide variety of events, entertainment, activities, food and exhibitions, the Magnolia Festival of Oklahoma is a guaranteed fun-filled weekend in Durant for visitors of all ages.
For more information on the Magnolia Festival and a full schedule of events, visit www.magnoliafestival.com.