The Creek Nation Casinos are a series of nine casinos east of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Most, next to River Spirit Casino, are smaller venues that you probably won’t spend much time playing in.
Therefore, a trip to these tiny casinos often means you’re here for more than just a fun time at the slots. So, today’s list will give you a few top attractions within a 10-mile radius of eight of the nine Creek Nation Casinos—minus River Spirit, given its size.
Since you’ll find most of these casinos in smaller towns, brace yourself for outdoorsy attractions, or those rich in history and local flair. You’re getting some uniqueness with the ideas listed below, and they make for solid vacation options if you’re taking one in the area.
Ready to see what the region surrounding the Creek Casinos offer? Let’s discover.
1 – Okmulgee and Dripping Springs Lake Recreation Area
Catch breathtaking sunsets over the lake and forested trees, an open landscape filled with recreational activities at every turn. You’re also in for some amazing panoramic views from the many overlooks, natural geological formations, waterfalls, and so much more.
The Okmulgee Spillway is perhaps the coolest of the many attractions within the attractions. And you can also wade in the lake or the nearby pool.
Also, since you won’t find much in the way of dining at any of the Creek Nation Casinos, this attraction also features dynamic picnicking areas. Bring a lunch or dinner with you and grab a bite right in the middle of Oklahoma’s natural beauty.
2 – Creek Council House Museum
This is a place many residents and even tourists make return trips, and it’s about 10 miles from the Beggs (Duck Creek) location. You’ll find it in the middle of downtown Okmulgee, and per reviewers on TripAdvisor, they’re always coming up with improved exhibits.
Also, if you have gone to the museum in the past but haven’t been there in a few years, you must return, given the revitalization project it had undergone. Reviewers stress that the museum isn’t the only place in the area to get excited over.
You will find plenty of restaurants, antique, and retail shops in the surrounding area. So, if you’re not in a hurry to return to the Duck Creek location or the large River Spirit location, make sure you carve out enough time to spend a few hours in the area.
3 – Gatsby Antique Mall
You’ll find this outlet closest to the Holdenville location in nearby Wewoka. Of course, the name “Gatsby” got my attention.
And what’s the first thing you’ll see on the antique mall’s TripAdvisor page? The eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg. So, there’s always that connection.
But don’t worry, they do not dedicate this antique mall to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. In fact, reviewers on TripAdvisor have stated that it’s one of those venues where you can find just about anything for shoppers of all ages and interest levels. And the photos prove it.
From flags, to signs, knickknacks, and other decorations that have probably left the assembly line decades ago, step back in time and find something special to commemorate your journey east of the OKC.
4 – Seminole Nation Museum
You’ll find it about eight miles from Holdenville, and near the Gatsby Antique Mall. The Seminole Nation Museum is a great place to pair with your journey to the antique mall, given its small size.
Suggested duration states that you won’t need more than an hour here, but it’s well worth coming in to get a taste of Seminole culture. You’ll find clothing, works of art, informative displays, tools, books, and so much more with significance to the Seminole Nation.
5 – The Castle of Muskogee
Near Creek Nation Casino Muscogee, prepare to step back into a time we all once knew, far beyond the 19th-century flair that the Heartland often associates itself with. Yep, we’re heading into a world of fantasy dictated by the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, even if we’re an ocean away.
So spend the day at Creek Nation Casino Muscogee, then head off to the Castle of Muskogee to see what’s happening if you’re in the mood for nightly entertainment.
6 – USS Batfish
Another attraction right in Muskogee, the USS Batfish, is the top attraction within the Muskogee War Memorial Park. Come in and explore this World War II era submarine and make sure you visit the rest of the park while you’re here.
Suggested duration lasts between two and three hours. And with so much history and nature entwined with one another, your biggest challenge will entail getting back to the casino floor at a decent time.
7 – Legacy on Main Street
Creek Nation Eufaula is a small casino that won’t go far with entertainment. However, Legacy on Main Street will, and it’s perhaps the town’s top entertainment venue. If you’re craving an array of concerts, dinner concerts, plays, and unique performances, this place is a must-visit.
Sure, River Spirit Casino, one of Creek Nation Eufaula’s sisters, always puts on unforgettable entertainment. However, even they don’t have the variety that the Legacy on Main Street can boast.
Oh, and if you’re here during the right times, you can also take an art class, take part in a Cork on Canvas event, and so much more. Whatever you’re craving, there is a lot to do here at the Legacy on Main Street.
8 – Our Favorite Place
Also near Creek Nation Eufaula, Our Favorite Place features just one class of items: Made in Oklahoma—or at least it’s what their TripAdvisor description claims. Anyway, they have a phenomenal variety of items here, including pottery, sculptures, wood art, jewelry, glass, fiber, and iron art.
Like the Gatsby Antique Mall, chances are, you’ll find something for all ages and interest levels here. And they also carry several grab and go food items. If you need to spice up your bite, try their jellies, candies, pickles, jams, fried bread, and hot sauces.
9 – Bristow Historical Depot and Town Square
You’ll find this one near Creek Nation Casino Bristow. If you love trains, make sure you stop here regardless of which Creek Nation Casino you visit.
Here, you’ll also discover a community museum operated by a group of history enthusiasts. You’re getting quite an authentic take on the town here. You’ll find the venue on Main Street, about a half-mile west of the historic Route 66.
10 – Honey Springs Battlefield
Discover the battlefield in nearby Checotah, Oklahoma, home of Creek Nation Casino Checotah. And if you’re looking to step back in time, this is the place to be. Here, you’ll find several impeccable exhibits led by a staff who you would think came straight from the 1860s.
Oh, and if you stick around long enough, you’ll see a Civil War reenactment. You’re getting a bit of everything at this museum, and if you take a long enough walk, you’ll also stumble upon some unique displays here, recognizing Native American regiments who fought on both sides of the field.
11 – Lake Eufaula State Park
Check out the fantastical scenic view that this state park offers. You’ll get scenic views of the sunset across the lake and surrounding forests, fishing and boating opportunities out on the lake, and even a few cool displays indoors at the Visitors Center.
Also, if you’re a road warrior and you’re looking for a place to park the RV as opposed to finding a hotel in the area, consider doing so at Lake Eufaula—especially if you’re interested in immersing yourself in those views from across the lake.
And along with most outdoor facilities, you’ll find plenty of hiking and biking trails, and spots to go nature and bird watching.
Oh, and if you don’t have an RV, they offer lodging options featuring modern amenities at the park, which includes televisions, a fridge, stove, and furniture.
Our Final Thoughts on Locations Around Creek Nation Casinos
The Creek Nations are a group of small casinos east of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with River Spirit Casino Resort being the sole outlier. If you’re heading to any of the eight smaller venues, odds are you’re looking to engage in more than just casino gaming unless you’re interested in taking a grand casino tour.
But as you can see, the surrounding areas in which these casinos sit boast many fun things to do, regardless of which town you find yourself in. Use today’s list to create a vacation itinerary, and remember, today’s post just lays out a few suggestions. There are many things to do here.
Have you been to any of the Creek Nation Casinos? If so, did you visit any of the above areas or did you go somewhere else? Let us know in the comments and we can’t wait to read all about it.