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For more than 100 years, Lawton-Fort Sill has played an active role in shaping the State of Oklahoma. Located near historic Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge, Lawton-Fort Sill has a pioneering spirit and its rich history can be felt by every visitor passing by.
“We invite you to ‘See What We See!’ and discover the pioneering spirit of Lawton-Fort Sill,” said Brandi Sims, VP of communications & membership at the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce. “From the diverse cultural experience of Native American culture and western history to the awe-inspiring Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, it’s no surprise that two million visitors annually are captivated by its charm and revel in its unique characteristics.”
Visit Lawton-Fort Sill
Boasting 59,020 acres of natural grasslands, the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is home to American bison, elk, deer and longhorn cattle. The lakes, streams, canyons, mountains and grasslands are ideal for hiking, fishing, camping and photography. Various sites within the refuge are popular attractions, including Mount Scott summit and the Prairie Dog Village.
The Museum of the Great Plains features special collections and exhibits that spotlight the cultural and natural history of the Great Plains. One of the newest exhibits is the Tornado Theater where visitors sit inside a replica storm shelter as five survivors narrate their “Terrible Tuesday” experience. Historical reenactments are regularly available and feature actors in period costumes teaching trading post activities.
Experience the taste of Lawton-Fort Sill and enjoy local favorites like The Silver Spoon Kitchen & Bakeshop. The interior is furnished with brick which is lined with antiques and wall hangings. The Silver Spoon features a few different dining environments, including private dining areas and the upstairs lounge.
Whether looking for a trendy local boutique or nationally recognized retailers, Lawton has it all. Visit Lawton’s shopping districts such as the Lawton Town Center, Lawton Marketplace, Central Mall, Sheridan Mall and Cache Road Square and experience why Lawton is the shopping destination of southwest Oklahoma.