With just about 15,000 residents, Ada, Oklahoma, is short on people but big on things to do. Activities in Ada pay tribute to its Native American heritage, celebrate the arts or allow families to take part in annual events. Play with the kids in the park, or if it's an outing just for adults, play a game of chance.
The Native American Chickasaw Nation (chickasaw.net) has its tribal government headquarters in Ada; visit to learn the Nation's history. The building houses a library, which has books, photographs, videos and other materials documenting Chickasaw traditions and culture. A resident genealogist will help those with Chickasaw blood trace their ancestors. The Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center (ecok.edu/hbffac) has a permanent collection of art on display that includes the work of Salvador Dali and Francisco Goya. The art gallery in the center also stages regular exhibitions of the works of local and national artists.
Ada Gaming Center
The Ada Gaming Center (500nations.com), operated by the Chickasaw Nation, provides gambling action for visitors to the city. The casino has blackjack tables, a poker room, 232 gaming machines, and off-track betting. The casino is open 24 hours a day, every day.
The McSwain Theatre (mcswaintheatre.com) has provided entertainment in Ada since the 1920s. The Chickasaw Nation now owns the theater; restoration work carried out in the late 2000s has converted the building to its original appearance. Visitors enjoy a variety of performances, including children's shows, comedy acts, singers and bands. The theater also has a big screen and shows a classic movie once a week.
Eccentric Duffer Golf Course
The Eccentric Duffer Golf Course (eccentricduffer.com) lives up to its name, with this Par 31, 9-hole course originally having 10 greens. It also features night golf tournaments, where players have to navigate their way around the course in the dark. Other facilities at the course include a driving range and RV camping sites.
Take in the Pontotoc County Free Fair (pontotoccountyfair.com). This fall event takes place at the Pontotoc County Agri-Plex over a four-day period in early September. Visitors can witness livestock competitions and judging, or enjoy concerts and a carnival. Ada Main Street Autumn Days Festival (adamainstreet.com) takes place in October. This two-day celebration involves a variety of events, including a parade, kids' entertainment area, music performances and plenty of food and craft vendors to enjoy.
Ada Parks Department (adaok.com) operates six parks in the city, each with its own signature amenity. The largest of these, Wintersmith Park, covers about 150 acres. It has a lake, public swimming pool, splash park and walking trail, as well as plenty of open space to enjoy. Other amenities include a skate park and playground in Glenwood Park, and four softball courts in Matthews Park.
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