More than meets the eye.
Just 9 miles south of the Arbuckle Mountains, Ardmore is known to many road trippers as the perfect halfway point between Oklahoma City and Dallas. With its genesis dating back to 1887, the city is home to so much more history and adventure than you’d ever imagine while just passing by on the highway. Let us show you some of our Adventure Road faves that make Ardmore an excellent contender for your next getaway. Here’s how to enjoy the perfect day in Ardmore!
Lunch at Casa Romo Cocina Mexicana
Locals and travelers alike sing the praises of Casa Romo. Of course, its menu includes the classic Mexican dishes we all love, but it also boasts signature items like potato enchiladas, brisket tacos, pork fajitas marinated in citrus beer. Add a margarita flight or sangria swirl and you’ll be in heaven. You can enjoy the lunch menu Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a special brunch menu on Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. that comes with its own unique cocktails and yummy dishes like huevos rancheros and Eggs Benedict, served with fresh-cut fruit sprinkled with Tajin seasoning. You’ll want to try everything, but don’t get too full; we have a full day ahead of us!
Antiquing at Ardmore Emporium
Celebrating its 10th year in 2020, Ardmore Emporium is the place to find quality antiques, collectables, art, vintage décor, jewelry and more. The space offers an extensive and ever-changing inventory full of gems that make great gifts or unique home furnishings. The owners are known for their genuine hospitality and welcome new faces. If you’re in the mood for a treasure hunt, you’ll definitely want to add Ardmore Emporium to your itinerary.
Claim your seat for a performance at the Goddard Arts Center
There’s always something to enjoy at the Goddard Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, from art exhibits to live performances to studio classes. Visitors of all ages can enjoy a variety of cultural experiences and arts education opportunities. Upcoming events include a Met live opera performance of Tosca by Puccini on November 10 and the Sherman Symphony Orchestra on December 10. The current art exhibit on display is always free to view during operating hours, too!
Find the perfect spot at Lake Murray
Did you know Lake Murray is the state’s oldest and largest state park? A hub for fishing, boating, hiking, trail riding, lodging and more, there is fun to be had no matter what time of year you may be visiting. The beautiful sunset you see above is from the balcony of Lake Murray Lodge, just outside of its Blue Heron restaurant. Finding your perfect spot to camp or take in the view is the fun part! A visit to Ardmore wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Lake Murray. If you take pictures, make sure to tag us on social media so we can see.
Gaming at Gold Mountain Casino
If gaming strikes your fancy, you’ll want to head over to Gold Mountain Casino, just five miles east of I-35. With over 8,620 square feet of playing space and 300 electronic gaming machines, players are in for an evening full of thrilling fun. Be sure and check the promotions before you go! You can see the latest right here. If your appetite for winning is as big as your appetite for delicious food, we have just the place a few miles away.
Dinner at Café Alley
With fresh ingredients, specialty dishes and an ambient bar, Café Alley in downtown Ardmore is going to be one of your best dining experiences in the city. Premium cuts of meat like the steak above are grilled to your liking and can be topped with flavorful sauces like the scrumptious Worcestershire butter. House specialties include The Southern Favorite burger with pimento cheese, bacon and a fried green tomato. Start it off with a stuffed poblano appetizer and a premium cocktail and you’re set! If you’d rather come for lunch, Café Alley is open Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and nothing is over $15.
Settle in for a relaxing night at Lake Murray Floating Cabins
What better way to wind down a fun day in Ardmore than with a waterfront view to nod off to? Lake Murray Floating Cabins has many lodging options, all with a panoramic view of the lake, fully equipped kitchen, full-size bathrooms and more amenities to make your stay super cozy. These unique cabins fill up fast in the fall so be sure to book yours while you can.
Have you visited Ardmore before? If so, leave us a comment below telling us your must-visit spots.