Golden Mountain Casino is a tiny casino in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Therefore, it’s just a sliver of all there is to do in Ardmore. So, if you’re in the area and you’ve gotten your fill in at this small casino, odds are you’re going to want to find a few more activities to take part in and destinations to frequent.
Below, you’ll find an amazing state park along with further attractions within the attraction. A history museum also resides in the area, an antique shop, and three additional casinos, just in case you’re in the mood to embark on a casino tour or if you’d just like to check out larger casino options.
Regardless of whether you’re in the mood for more gaming or just a few additional activities, you can transform a trip to Ardmore and the surrounding area into quite a remarkable casino vacation.
Keep reading to discover more.
1 – Lake Murray State Park
Let’s begin our journey at Lake Murray State Park. A recipient of the 2020 Traveler’s Choice Award, you’ll discover a stunning combo of recreation and activities at this site.
Whether you’re into bird watching, nature watching, or sun gazing, Lake Murray is the perfect place for all three activities. You can engage in picnicking, fishing, swimming, and camping. And some of these campgrounds offer spectacular views of the marina, lake, and the sunset.
If you’re looking for seclusion, reviewers on TripAdvisor advise you to frequent the area during the cooler months of the year. You may not see as many outdoorsy activities, but you’ll find privacy and a good way to get off the grid for a few days.
The cool thing with Lake Murray State Park is that it has a few attractions within the attraction—one of which is the Tucker Tower Nature Center, which we will cover in the following section.
2 – Tucker Tower Nature Center
This is an excellent attraction if you’ve come to Ardmore with the entire family. While not everyone can play at Gold Mountain Casino or the nearby gaming locations, everyone can engage in a good time at the Tucker Tower Nature Center.
Here, you’ll find interactive exhibits appropriate for all age levels. Plus, you’ll catch stunning views of the lake and surrounding forested areas at Tucker Tower. If you’re a nature lover, you can spend hours with the panoramic the tower offers. Especially if you’re in no hurry to return to Ardmore.
You’ll also find the Lake Murray Nature Center close to Tucker Tower. It’s yet another great pit stop at the park, and you’ll find displays telling the park’s history along with conservation tips.
TripAdvisor reviewers have warned that the climb to Tucker Tower isn’t the easiest. So, make sure the family or those in your travel group know they’re in for quite the cardio workout before they commit to visiting what some call “Ardmore’s Hidden Gem.”
3 – Choctaw Casino Resort
If you’re looking for one of Oklahoma’s largest casino resorts, you won’t find it at Gold Mountain Casino. However, you’re close to Choctaw Casino Resort, and it’s one of Oklahoma’s largest. Just how large?
You’re looking at 4,300 real money slot machines, a poker room, Facebook, and a plethora of table gaming. Odds are, they’ll have your favorite slot machine and denomination here. Hit the tables and play blackjack, craps, roulette, pai gow, baccarat, Let it Ride, Three-Card Poker, and Ultimate Texas Hold’em.
Along with several outstanding dining options, along with live entertainment and a hotel, it also makes for a decent place for an extended stay if you’re looking for one near Ardmore.
4 – Greater Southwest Historical Museum
If you’re a history buff, you’ll fall in love with what you’ll discover at the Greater Southwest Historical Museum. Featuring displays of antique items, old school machinery, books, typewriters, signs, and more, it seems like you’ll find the town’s entire backstory in one location.
They also have a separate exhibit featuring military artifacts, along with a list of personnel from the area who have served in each branch of the US Military.
Most reviewers on TripAdvisor have spent close to two hours at the museum, so it’s a great location to visit when you’re looking to burn an afternoon in Ardmore.
Come on in, gain insight on the town’s colorful history, and learn about those who made Ardmore what it is today.
5 – Ardmore Emporium Antiques
Sadly, you won’t find a gift shop at Gold Mountain Casino. And while you’ll find interesting souvenir shops surrounding Choctaw Durant, Ardmore Emporiums Antiques creates an opportunity to find a hidden treasure and invest in something unique.
Since they sell rare items, their inventory changes. You should definitely make several return trips if you come to Ardmore often.
6 – WinStar World Casino
You’ll find WinStar World Casino at 777 Casino Avenue in nearby Thackville, Oklahoma, and they tout themselves as the “World’s Biggest Casino.”
See, this is what makes Gold Mountain Casino so great. After spending a few days at the gargantuan Choctaw Resort and WinStar, you’ll need a breather in a smaller, more intimate location. But before you retreat to tiny Gold Mountain, let’s check out what makes WinStar so great.
This casino offers 8,500 electronic games, and you know with so many options your favorite theme and denomination are waiting for you. You’ll also find over 100 table games plus a 55-table poker room among the 400,000 square feet of gaming space.
They also have stellar dining facilities that offer fine dining, casual dining, grab ‘n go options, and a handful of bars and lounges. If you need a place to stay for your time in the area, book a room at the hotel.
And don’t forget to check out those amenities that include golfing, shopping, a trip to the pool, and spa. Chances are, you’re going to spend at least a day here playing your favorite casino games and probably engaging in a few non-gaming activities.
7 – Lake Murray Water Sports, Incorporated
Into water sports? Lake Murray Water Sports is where it’s at. This family-owned venue offers a friendly environment where you and the crew can rent stand up paddle boards, kayaks, canoes, wave runners, and even island cruisers for a fun day out on the water of Lake Murray.
Some reviewers have even claimed to have rented fishing boats. So, if that’s your thing, rent your boat, venture into the coves, and catch some fish.
You’ll find it as yet another attraction within the beautiful Lake Murray State Park. And once you’re finished having fun out on the lake, head onto land and engage in mini-golf.
8 – Eliza Cruce Hall Doll Museum
What will you make of the Hall Doll Museum?
You may walk into paradise if you grew up admiring (and perhaps still admire) old dolls. Or if you’re like the other half of the population, you’re about to walk into a horror movie. But don’t worry, last time I checked, Annabelle does not frequent this location. You have nothing to worry about!
The museum has an outstanding collection of dolls, regardless of how you view them.
TripAdvisor reviewers have praised their artwork, and their only gripes seem to be their lack of labeling. Best yet, it won’t take much time out of your day, with the suggested duration clocking in at around an hour.
9 – Choctaw Casino Grant
The Grant location is another solid option for the Choctaw Casinos, but it’s not as large as its sister in Durant, nor is it anywhere close to WinStar. However, it’s close to Gold Mountain Casino, and it’s a good option if you’re looking for a gaming destination with electronic and table gaming.
So if you grow bored at Gold Mountain, consider checking the Grant location if you want something bigger, but not so big that you have to deal with massive crowds at the other locations on today’s list.
Our Conclusions About the Ardmore, Oklahoma Area
You won’t stay long at Gold Mountain Casino. Fortunately, Ardmore and the surrounding area boast several golden locations that you must mark in red when you create a vacation itinerary for the area. Besides, you have three large casinos in proximity, granting you an even greater selection of gaming.
And if you need a place to stay during your time in and around Ardmore, the three casinos listed in the above sections each guarantee contemporary comfort in luxury. You can’t go wrong at any of them, unless you’re looking to set up base camp at Lake Murray State Park.
Have you been to Golden Mountain Casino, Ardmore, or the other three casinos listed above? If so, tell us about your experience in the comments. We’re looking forward to reading your stories.