While visiting Claremore, Oklahoma you will find yourself in a prime location to explore much of what this state has to offer whether you have an interest in history, outdoor activities or prefer more leisurely pursuits. Play golf on one of the areas wonderful courses including Claremore’s Heritage Hills and the Gordon Golf Course or Cherokee Hills Golf in the surrounding areas. Take a trip into historic downtown Oologah and visit the Historical Museum which features an interesting exhibition of everyday artifacts from days past, with many items on display from the turn of the last century through the decades and right up to the present day.
Not far from here you will find the town of Catoosa where you can enjoy a leisurely lunch in its beautiful harbor area followed by a visit to one of the areas most well know landmarks which is situated along the famous Route 66. This is of course the iconic Blue Whale of Catoosa which has been attracting visitors from all over the state since it was erected in 1972. It was created by zoologist High S Davis who wanted to make a special place for his grandchildren to play when they went swimming in a nearby pond so after two years of welding the metal framework and applying cement to the completed frame, he was left with a mammal that stood at a height of twenty feet and a length of around eighty feet! It is now a popular attraction among local residents who come to the area during the hot summer months to picnic, fish and swim as well as weary travelers who want to take a break from the road and throw themselves off its tail, explore its different angles from within its mouth, pop their heads out the blowhole area or simply slide down its fins into the cool water beneath. There is even a small ladder within the whale’s head that leads into a secret compartment so it is hardly surprising that this has been a popular stop for many local and visiting families for generations. Also just off Route 66, you will find another historic landmark in Foyil, which is home to the world’s largest totem pole (albeit a concrete one) measuring 90′ high on a base of 18′.
If you are travelling without children, then a trip to the Oak Hills Winery and Vineyards may be more appealing than some of the more family-orientated attractions. This gives you the opportunity to experience Oklahoma wine at its finest and aside from having a tour of the vineyards you will also be able to learn all about the wines on offers and the process involved in producing them in a relaxed atmosphere and beautiful setting. The winery is open Thursday to Sunday from 11am to 6pm although appointments for tours can be arranged out with these hours. Entrance includes complementary tasting and the opportunity to purchase wines, grape juice and other gifts to take back as a souvenir of your visit.