Grand Casino Hotel & Resort is a large casino in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and it’s perhaps the hottest attraction in the region. But it’s not the only attraction, nor is it the only casino. As you’ll discover in today’s post, Grand Casino is in the heart of a rather vibrant, mid-sized town.
You’ll find a few smaller casinos surrounding the area that make for better intimate gaming experiences when you’re looking to avoid the crowd. You will also find on our list below a heritage center, the popular Santa Fe Depot, a theater, one park, and even a peace garden.
Plus, we will outline five more casinos in case you’re willing to embark on a casino tour. Though if you love the larger venues, you already found it at Grand Casino Hotel & Resort.
Are you ready to explore the area? Let’s dive on in.
A smaller casino venue in Pottawatomie County, FireLake Casino comprises 700 slot machines featuring reel, video reel, and video poker games. You’ll also find jackpots, progressives, a non-smoking area, and even a high-limit area, so they offer multiple denominations with their vast gaming selection.
FireLake offers two dining options in the Bistro Grill and Lucky 7’s Bar. The venue holds a vast number of events throughout the year, and they even hold casino promotions that you can maximize as a member of their Hot Rewards Program.
Overall, it’s far smaller than Grand Casino Hotel & Resort. But it’s one of a few good places to venture to if you’re looking for smaller crowds on the casino floor.
The Mabee-Gerrer Museum’s top attraction is the mummy you will find inside it. However, you’ll also find much more than that ancient relic. They feature an eclectic collection of murals, sculptures, and more that range from scenic to religious in nature.
A small venue, the Mabee-Gerrer Museum has served the area for over a century and despite its small size, features at least an hour or two’s worth of displays. If you’re looking for just a quick outing from the casino floor at Grand Casino Hotel & Resort, consider this small but bountiful museum.
Santa Fe Depot
If you’re looking for another quick jaunt from Grand Casino’s floor, consider paying the cheap entry fee and discover all of what the Santa Fe Depot offers. This interesting location boasts a sound history lesson of Pottawatomie County and the surrounding area.
Its more popular features include a replica of downtown Shawnee, replica trains, automobiles, musical instruments, and more. So, step back in time and learn the history of this mid-sized town and the significant contributions from those who have built the town into what it is toda.
Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center
If you’re looking to learn about the culture of the Potawatomi Nation, look no further than this educational venue. This modern museum contains a plethora of exhibits and displays, along with video panels and information sectors.
Its suggested duration ranges between one and two hours, but many reviewers on TripAdvisor insist you will stay far beyond it.
Oh, and a few reviewers on TripAdvisor stated you can even learn a few words in the Potawatomi language if you pay close attention.
A clean venue all around, reviewers have praised the museum’s many displays, and reasonable prices at the gift shop.
The Black Hawk Casino
The Black Hawk Casino’s website says nothing about table games. However, they thrive with electronic gaming. They offer a high-limit area for real money slots, an array of denominations, wide area and local progressives, classic, and modern titles.
Head over to the One River Restaurant for burgers, chicken, steak, catfish, signature sandwiches, appetizers, and more. Like FireLake Casino, Black Hawk is a smaller venue with fewer frills than Grand Casino Hotel & Resort.
However, it’s a good place to check out when touring the area’s casinos and its electronic gaming holds its own. They also have a sister casino called Sac and Fox Casino, which I will explain in Section 10 of today’s post.
Grand Casino offers a good deal of entertainment. But if you’re not hot with the entertainment lineup at the casino or if you’re looking for a nostalgic venue, consider the Ritz.
This recently renovated venue contains old-school features that have fused tradition with innovation, and it’s an epic location for concerts, state productions, and more.
So, come on in for an unforgettable stage production or a concert if you’re looking for more than what Grand Resort and the other nearby casinos are offering. It’s a great way to kick off an unforgettable evening in the historic downtown sector of Shawnee.
Whether you crave history, classic productions, or if you’re interested in the local talent scene, the Ritz is a must-visit venue.
Woodland Veterans Memorial Park
You will find four parks in and around Shawnee, Oklahoma, but Woodland Veterans Memorial Park is perhaps the grandest. You’ll find it two blocks north of Main Street, and it has remained a staple in the area for over 115 years.
The park initially featured William Jennings Bryan-led Chautauqua Meetings before it expanded into the landmark it is today. You’ll find a Veteran’s Memorial in the park, a splash pad, a playground area, a stage, two tennis courts, sculptures, and picnic tables.
If you’re looking to get away from the casino floor for a time, or if you’d like to take your lunch or dinner beyond the confines of Grand Casino Hotel & Resort, visit Woodland Veterans Memorial park.
These are actually two casinos, with one in Shawnee and the other in nearby Harrah. Tiny casinos, you won’t spend much time here if you’re interested in visiting them. However, if you want to say you played at all the area’s casinos, make a quick stop.
Shawnee’s location boasts a smaller gaming atmosphere, with just 300 electronic games. They still have a broad range of themes and denominations, and it’s a great venue if you don’t want to deal with crowds. With no dining options, this casino takes on a true no-frills approach.
Japanese International Peace Garden
Nikaho, Japan, serves as Shawnee’s Sister City, and for this reason, they have installed the Japanese International Peace Garden. You’ll find the “Bridge of Understanding,” as they call it, along with a gravel area on the southeast edge of the Shawnee Regional Airport.
Dedicated to Mayor Pierre Taron, who stood as a powerful advocate of Sister Cities, the Peace Garden features a gazebo along with a picnic table, benches, a shingled roof, and flavorful flora surrounding it.
The Peace Garden is one of a few ways that the citizens of Nikaho and Shawnee connect. They also make trips across the Pacific to learn about one another’s culture while exchanging gifts, and renewing ties.
Sac and Fox Casino
You’ll find Sac and Fox Casino on the border of Creek and Lincoln Counties (north of Pottawatomie) in Stroud, Oklahoma.
They also have a cafe-style restaurant called the Sac and Fox Grill, open all seven days a week. Along with a vast selection of food, you’ll also find a full-service bar, the latter of whom’s hours vary depending on the day.
Check Out the Attractions Near Grand Casino Hotel & Resort
Like many attractions near Oklahoma-based casinos, you will find a few more casinos, both large and small. Oklahoma is one of those states with casinos on either end or the other end of the spectrum, with Grand Casino being among the larger casino outlets.
However, casinos aren’t the only reason to get excited over a trip to the Pottawatomie area, as today’s post points out. You’re getting a resounding number of vacation destinations entrenched in nature, history, and so much more. So, plan your getaway.
Have you been to Grand Casino Hotel & Resort or the area’s surrounding casinos? If so, tell us about your experience in the comments. And let us know if you visited any of the nearby attractions above. We can’t wait to read your stories.