Seminole is a city in Seminole County, Oklahoma, United States. Billing itself as, “the world's best hometown”, Seminole was established in 1906 and is named after the Seminole tribe which inhabited this region. The discovery of a high-producing oil well in the city in 1926 transformed Seminole from a town of 854 to a boomtown of 25,000 to 30,000 residents.
Those boom days are now gone, but are not forgotten. Indeed, strolling around Seminole, you can get a taste of what life was like back then. There are multiple structures in the Seminole area listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Homestake Oil and Gas Company Building, Mekasukey Academy, the Seminole Municipal Building, the Sinclair Loading Rack, Strother Memorial Chapel, and the W.E. Grisso Mansion.
Take a wander through downtown Seminole with your pooch and you’ll see a wonderful mixture of old world and new: historic brick streets, boutiques in buildings that housed the city’s first banks, and restaurants inside buildings that were once bus and train stations. The area is also rich in Native American history.
All in all, there's lots for you and your doggie to do and see in the beautiful city of Seminole!
Sportsman Lake in Seminole is a beautiful 354-acre lake with 15 miles of shoreline. The lake stretches nearly 2 miles from one end to the other and is over a quarter-mile wide. There are plenty of trails to keep you and your pooch busy, and lots of other activities besides. Fancy a spot of fishing? There are lots of spots for fishing along the lakeside. Bringing the kids? There’s lots of space for running and playing, a swimming area, and a children’s playground. If you’re planning on extending your stay, the lake's facilities include 69 campsites, camper parking, electrical hook-ups, picnic areas, grills, restrooms, and showers.
The Maxine Williamson Dog Park in Shawnee, Oklahoma is a great spot to take your pooch for a ramble. There are two large runs: one for small dogs and another for large dogs. The dog park also has drinking water, a fire hydrant for the dogs, benches for the humans, and lots of trees for shade on the hot summer days. And while you’re there, why not have a ramble around the beautiful town of Shawnee, a place with a rich history? There are lots of parks to explore, and don’t forget to check out the many painted horses throughout the town -- full-size sculptures handpainted by a local artist.
Sutton Wilderness Trail is a trail located near Norman, Oklahoma. The trail is relatively easy and good for all skill levels. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on-leash. Keep an eye out for rabbits, skunks, possum, and squirrels, as well as birds and waterfowl near the pond. If Fido would prefer to run around unencumbered, the park also has a designated area where dogs can play off-leash, which includes a separate small dog area, benches, and trees. Sutton Wilderness Trail is a very historic area. The property belonged to the Griffin Memorial Hospital, and the patients would fish in the pond.
The Happy Tails Dog Park in Moore, OK is a 2-acre off-leash park. There’s an abundance of wide open spaces here for your pet to run and play, and if they like a bit of a challenge, there’s plenty of agility equipment to keep them busy. It has separate areas for large and small dogs over and under 30 lbs. The park also has lots of shade for the hot summer days, and if you or the pooch get thirsty, there are water fountains for dogs and dog owners, as well as a restroom and a large parking lot adjacent to the park. The park opens daily from 6 AM to 9 PM.
If you’re looking for a tasty place for dinner where you can bring the pooch along, check out Urban Johnnie in Oklahoma City. Named after a renowned local cook, Johnnie Haynes, this bar and grill serves tacos, specialty burgers, pot roast, and grilled salmon. And, for those with a sweet tooth, check out the Johnnie Crack Corn – house-made caramel toffee popcorn with peanuts – or the Battered Apple Rings with cinnamon sugar, Roxy's vanilla ice cream, and caramel sauce. There’s plenty of dog-friendly outdoor seating where you can enjoy your meal, and if you feel the need to walk off all that food afterward, Oklahoma City has no less than three dog parks, so you have no excuse!