Enid

The arts and history blend together in Enid, Red Carpet Country’s largest city and home to one of only seven Certified Cultural Districts in Oklahoma. 

Enid’s walkable Arts and Entertainment District includes the historic downtown square, two square blocks full of boutique and antique shopping, some of Enid’s finest and most varied cuisine and a First Friday celebration April through November filled with live music, creative artists and themed activities. The Enid Symphony Orchestra, Oklahoma’s longest-running symphony since 1905, lives here, as does the Gaslight Theatre, one of the state’s most active community theatres and Oklahoma’s only free Shakespeare in the Park.

You’ll find the Central National Bank Center here, which opened in 2013 and is already established as the region’s top entertainment venue having hosted concerts by music superstars including Reba, Willie Nelson, Alabama, Kansas, Casting Crowns and Mannheim Steamroller. Right across the street is David Allen Memorial Ballpark, home to the junior college World Series and over 270 events per year. The district also holds art galleries and several public sculptures, many designed by native son and Oklahoma Hall of Famer H Holden.

Do you like movies? You could say Enid is located where “Lone-some Dove” meets “Far and Away,” as those productions represent two of the most significant historic events in the Old West. What we know today as Government Springs Park was known up and down the Chisholm Trail as a popular stop to water cattle. 

Join us in 2017 as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail. Enid was also the site of one of four land offices for the Great Land Run on Sept. 16, 1893, when 100,000 land-hungry settlers charged into the Cherokee Outlet to claim their land and start their new lives. A visit to the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center reveals a Smithsonian-quality facility that tells the settlers’ story in a way that puts you right in the saddle astride your galloping horse toward the Land Run office. You’ll also step inside the only remaining original Land Run office from any of Oklahoma’s seven land runs. 

Not only will you find a waterfall at Government Springs Park, you’ll also find Dillingham Garden, beautiful any time of the year and a prime landing spot for monarch butterflies in late September during their annual migration south to Mexico. For family fun, Leonardo’s Children’s Museum is newly renovated and includes a two-story indoor Power Tower as well as the three-story outdoor playground, Adventure Quest, and propel a pump car up and down the tracks at the Railroad Museum of Oklahoma, home to one of the largest collections of railroad material in the country. Enid is also home to Oklahoma’s official Vietnam War Memorial. An 80-percent replica of the Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C. is on permanent display at Woodring Regional Airport. 

Enid offers over 1,200 lodging rooms, over 100 restaurants including more than 50 uniquely-Enid eateries, and a vast assortment of shopping from national retail stores to quaint, locally owned shops. Enid has something any visitor will enjoy, and VisitEnid.org has current information to help you plan your visit.

Upcoming Local Events

Family Farm Day - Cherokee Strip Heritage Center - Enid, Oklahoma
Oct 14
Cherokee Strip Heritage Center Event Celebrates Farming in the Humphrey Heritage Village.
Ryan and Ryan Piano Pops Duo
Oct 21
"Breath-taking to see and hear in a sold out house" Chuck Cissel, Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. Diversify your listening pleasure with with an electric array of pops tunes and light classics featuring the fabulous father - son piano duo of Donald and Barron Ryan.
Ryan and Ryan Piano Pops Duo
Oct 22
"Breath-taking to see and hear in a sold out house" Chuck Cissel, Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame Diversify your listening pleasure with with an electric array of pops tunes and light classics featuring the fabulous father - son piano duo of Donald and Barron Ryan.

Local Attractions

Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center

507 S 4th Street
Enid, OK 73701
You’ll meet an array of historical figures and be inspired by the character traits that made them great leaders when you visit the Smithsonian-quality Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center that tells the history and development of the Cherokee…Learn More
Museum

Chisholm Trail Coalition Historic Downtown Walking Tour

Downtown
Enid, OK 73701
Is it possible that John Wilkes Booth committed suicide in downtown Enid nearly 40 years AFTER he assassinated President Lincoln? What was it like to be part of the 1893 Oklahoma Land Run when Enid changed from a lonely spot on the Chisholm Trail to a…Learn More
Nature & Outdoors

Chisholm Trail Expo Center

111 W Purdue
Enid, OK 73701
The Chisholm Trail Expo Center includes an enclosed 100,000 sq. ft. pavilion with meeting and banquet facilities and a concession area that can service business, trade, livestock, farm and machinery shows. The Coliseum provides seating for up to 9,000…Learn More
Arts & Culture

CNB Enid Event Center & Convention Hall

301 S Independence
Enid, OK 73701
Enid Event Center opened in June, 2013 and is the region’s newest and finest event facility. It seats nearly 3,200 for sporting events and 3,800 for concerts and has a 31,500 square-foot show floor for trade shows. Enid Event Center is connected…Learn More
Arts & Culture

Crosslin Dog Park

N Van Buren & Purdue
Enid, OK 73701
Enid’s official dog park is divided into two areas for small dogs and large dogs.
Nature & Outdoors

David Allen Memorial Ballpark

301 S Grand
Enid, OK 73701
Recognized as one of the finest small-town ballparks in America. The ballpark is home to the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division II World Series and the NCAA Division II Great America Conference postseason baseball tournament…Learn More
Nature & Outdoors

Enid Farmers Market

Grand & Owen K Garriott
Enid, OK 73701
Home-grown Oklahoma products are featured in this open-air setting outside the historic Rock Island train depot. Open Saturday mornings May through September.
Shopping

Enid Symphony Orchestra

301 W Broadway
Enid, OK 73701
Concerts from Oklahoma’s longest-running professional symphony radiate inside this visually stunning symphony hall designed to put you in the middle of 18th-century Paris. It is one of four halls inside the former Masonic Temple decorated in their…Learn More
Arts & Culture

Garfield County Courthouse Murals

114 W Broadway
Enid, OK 73701
See this fascinating depiction of the region from before white men lived on the Plains through the Great Land Run of 1893! Ruth Munro Augur, nationally known muralist, officially began on Dec. 1, 1935, but a great deal of tedious research was necessary…Learn More
Arts & Culture

Gaslight Theatre

221 N Independence
Enid, OK 73701
Gaslight Theatre has been located at 221 N. Independence for 20 years and has been in existence for over 40 years! Each year, Gaslight has a very active season of nine plays of all genres, to include a summer musical, children’s theatre, a teen…Learn More
Arts & Culture

Government Springs Park

7th St. & Owen K Garriott Rd.
Enid, OK 73701
One of Enid’s first parks established in 1911 is where the Oklahoma Land Run and Chisholm Trail meet! Interpretive public art at Dillingham Gardens tell the tale of the Land Run at this historic Chisholm Trail watering hole. And who expects a waterfall…Learn More
Nature & Outdoors

Legend of John Wilkes Booth at Garfield Furniture

205 S Grand
Enid, OK 73701
History books say John Wilkes Booth died in a barn in Virginia one week after he shot President Lincoln. But did he? Learn the story of David E. George, who 37 years after Lincoln’s assassination claimed on his death bed at the Grand Hotel (now…Learn More
Arts & Culture

Leona Mitchell Southern Heights Heritage Center & Museum

616 Leona Mitchell Blvd
Enid, OK 73701
The Southern Heights Heritage Center and Museum provides life-long learning opportunities in appreciation of the ancestry, heritage and history of African Ancestral Americans. Exhibits include, “The Leona Mitchell Collection,” Booker T. Washington…Learn More
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Leonardo’s Children’s Museum

200 E Maple
Enid, OK 73701
Families of all ages can learn, play and discover together. Build your own castle in the carpentry shop, experiment with different scientific principles, make friends with snakes, lizards, chinchillas, ferrets and other live animals, make your own pottery…Learn More
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Midgley Museum

1001 Sequoyah
Enid, OK 73701
The locals call this “The Rock House.” Enter the trophy room inside this unique home and you’re off to Africa, Alaska or one of the Midgley’s many other wild game destinations. The eclectic assortment of objects and artifacts…Learn More
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