McAlester Area Sights
|McAlester Visitor’s Bureau
119 E. Choctaw Ave., McAlester
Want to know what is happening in McAlester? Stop by the Visitor’s Bureau! If you’re looking to discover our rich history and heritage or find out what attractions you can find nearby, we can send you in the right direction!
**For event information & tours: (918)424-1923**
|J.J. McAlester Mansion
14 E. Smith Ave., McAlester
James Jackson McAlester, city founding father, was credited with discovering rich veins of coal that brought wealth to the area. Built in the mid 1870's, his lavishly furnished ten room mansion quickly became the meeting place of the socially elite. (Drive-by Icon)
|Old Town Antiques District
2700 N. Main St., McAlester
Old Town is the original town site of McAlester, founded in 1869, where J.J. McAlester established his first general store. Come visit the district’s fun antique stores, specialty shops and restaurants.
450 W. Stonewall Ave., McAlester
Tannehill Historic Gun and Prison Museum is proud to showcase the rich history of Southeast Oklahoma. From days before statehood to the prison riots of 1973, the museum houses artifacts that each tell a story. Located in North McAlester, the museum is open to the public with no admission charge.
**All tours are by appointment: (918)470-5755**
|Krebs Heritage Museum
85 Main Street, Krebs
The Krebs Heritage Museum was established to preserve the rich heritage and history of the Krebs, Indian Territory and Oklahoma area and is dedicated to preserving the physical legacy and the experiences of the immigrants, Native Americans and others that developed the area.
**For hours and information: (918)426-0377**
|Pittsburg County Genealogical
and Historical Society
113 E. Carl Albert Pkwy., McAlester
Organized in 1979 as an all-volunteer group to (1) to collect, categorize, and make available genealogical and historical data of Pittsburg County, Oklahoma, as well as this part of the Choctaw Nation; (2) to assist each interested person in developing genealogical skills.
**For assistance or information: (918)426-0388**
|OKLA Theater & Gift Shop
18 E. Choctaw Ave., McAlester
One of Oklahoma’s historic theaters, the OKLA, is open by appointment for tours as the theater undergoes restoration. While the lobby has been fully renovated and the gift shop is open to the public, the rest of the theater is still under construction. Built by architect W Scott Dunn as a “semi-atmospheric style” theater, the OKLA re-opened on July 10, 1931, on the site of the original Palace Theater, which was engulfed by fire on Sunday morning, December 28, 1930.
**For tours or other information: (918)424-1923**
Lovera’s Italian Market
|Pittsburg County Farmers Market
3 South Main St., McAlester
The Pittsburg County Farmers Market aims to provide a place where farmers, ranchers and gardeners can sell fresh Oklahoma grown produce and agricultural products. Home to delicious watermelons, vegetables, and other seasonal foods. Open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday morning from 7am - 1pm. SNAP benefits accepted.
**For questions or more information: (918)715-4345**
120 SW 8th Street, Krebs (inside Pete's Place Restaurant)
Welcome to the home of Choc® Beer! The Choc Room features twelve handcrafted beers on draft, premium wines, and a full bar. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a drink before, during, or after dinner. With two state-of-the-art televisions there’s no better way to enjoy your favorite sporting event.
**For hours, reservations or more information: (918)423-2042**
|Spaceship Earth Coffee
345 E. Choctaw Ave. McAlester
Downtown McAlester's premiere espresso, beer, and wine bar. Featuring small-batch roasted coffee and artisan beverages in a classy, family-friendly atmosphere. Come check out their weekly Thursday Night Trivia or catch one of the many great bands, usually playing on Friday and/or Saturday night.
**For hours or more information: (918)715-4345**
925 E. Washington Ave. McAlester
If you enjoy classic European-style beers brewed locally, then head to BierKraft in McAlester and experience a small taste of Europe right in Pittsburg County. This neighborhood brewery has something for everyone, from ales and stouts to wine by the glass. Sip on the French Farmhouse Saison, the Irish Stout, or a New England IPA when you order a flight to sample the brews on tap. Enjoy their weekly Wednesday Night event, Bingo & Beers or take a tour to see how BierKraft's small-batch craft beer is made on site. BierKraft is a family-friendly establishment.
**For hours or more information: (918)715-3452**
115 E. Choctaw Avenue, Suite 101
McAlester’s modern winery, Urban Wineworks, encourages its guests to “drink outside the box," with its ever-changing list of unusual and enticing varietals, as well as fun and unique pairings to suit any soiree. Whether you’re searching for a not-so-stuffy wine flight, a tasty treat or souvenirs you won’t find anywhere else, Urban Wineworks is sure to have something for everyone!
**For hours or more information: (405)525-9463**
Vineyards & Winery
34 E. Choctaw Ave., McAlester
Whispering Meadows Winery, with five generations of wine making heritage, delivers a terrific atmosphere for a fun, relaxed wine tasting adventure. The winery features an extensive selection of wine related gift items, home accents and gourmet foods.
**For hours and tasting/tour scheduling: (918)423-9463**
|Country Aire Estates Winery
22 Country Aire Estates, McAlester
Full-production local winery with lots of outdoor space and shady spots for sipping wine under the oaks & around the fire pits. Local cheeses, artisan foods & unique gifts are also available. Wines are available for purchase exclusively on site.
**For hours or more information: (918)318-9463**
1116 George Nigh Expy., McAlester
Enjoy your movie-going experience at Apex Cinema! The theatre features stadium seating, RealD 3D and full concession.
**Main Line (918)423-4353 or Movie Line (918)423-6969**
1617 S George Nigh Expy., McAlester
This facility includes a 25,000 sq. ft. 18 Hole Pro Miniature Golf Course and 6 Automatic Batting Cages for baseball or softball, ideal for batting practice or an afternoon of fun. Speedline Entertainment is also a great place for a party or celebration.
**For hours or more information: (918)426-5645**
|Great Balls of Fire
3003 Elk Road, McAlester
Great Balls of Fire is a family fun center that includes 16 lanes of bowling, a rock-climbing wall, arcade games and party/conference rooms, all under one roof! Great Balls of Fire offers both independent and league play. Enjoy a snack from the inside diner or grab a drink from the Board Room lounge (21+). Open Thursday through Monday.
**For hours or more information: (918)426-7744**
1638 S George Nigh Expy., McAlester
Experience the energy and excitement of the Choctaw Casino! Featuring a full selection of all your favorite table games, slots, live entertainment, dining, and an all-around great time. Be sure to stop at Trophy’s Bar & Grill where you’ll find first-class food, premium beverages, and award-winning live entertainment.
**For more information: (918)423-8161**
The Roller Dome
McAlester Archery Center
|McAlester Expo Center
4500 W. US HWY 270 Hwy, McAlester
Plan your next event here! The McAlester Expo Center is an 80,000 square foot facility that offers multiple sized banquet and meeting rooms, as well as a 50,000 square foot exhibit hall. From rodeos, wrestling and monster trucks to craft fairs, concerts, and graduations. The McAlester Expo Center is the perfect place to book your next public or private event.
**For prices and booking information: (918)423-1338**
|Lightning C Arena
210 Lightning C Arena Rd., McAlester
The Lightning C Arena is a family owned and operated indoor arena with 67,000 square feet located 8 miles east of McAlester on Hwy 270. The Lightning C Arena is home to many events including the Oklahoma Youth Rodeo Association (OYRA) rodeos and finals as well as weekly barrel races, calf roping and other events.
**For schedules, booking or more information: (918)297-0101**
|Southeast Oklahoma Softball Complex
2500 W. Highway 270, McAlester
The Southeast Oklahoma Softball Complex is a four-field wagon wheel design with full concession, restrooms, score boxes and offices. Located west of the City on Highway 270, they offer men's, women's and coed softball leagues beginning in April and running through the fall. Large and small tournaments as well as church, summer and school games are hosted throughout the year.
**For more information or field rental: (918)421-4957 or (918)421-0065**
|Buffalo Run Disc Golf Course
801 N. 9th, McAlester
Enjoy this 50 acre, 19 hole Professional Standards Disc Golf Course that rivals any in the country! Free of charge and open to the public. The Buffalo Run Disc Golf Course plays host to numerous competitions throughout the year and has attracted some of the top disc golfers in the nation, to play its course.
**For more information: (918)421-4922**
6 miles Northwest of McAlester
The beautiful Lake McAlester has 20 miles of shoreline and 1,521 surface acres. It is equipped with two fishing docks, one handicap accessible, a boat ramp, playground, and picnic area with restrooms. Skiing is allowed but swimming is prohibited.
|Juniper Point Recreational Area
300 Juniper Point Rd, McAlester
Juniper Point Recreational Area is a beautiful lakeside park, 15 mins from McAlester, on Lake Eufaula. Experience the beautiful scenery of Lake Eufaula as you fish, camp, hike or participate in one of many activities and events held in the park. Choose from 35 RV/Camp sites, equipped with both electric and water hook ups, or enjoy primitive camping ANYWHERE in the park. All ATV's, golf karts, horses and other motorized vehicles are welcome on and off road.
**For more information, bookings or schedule of events: (918)421-0144**
|Lake Eufaula State Park
111563 OK-150, Checotah
Just north of Arrowhead State Park is Lake Eufaula State Park. Visitors can enjoy RV and tent camping, an 18-hole disc golf course, indoor and outdoor fishing docks, picnic areas, group facilities, swimming beaches, playgrounds, kid's fishing pond, hiking trails, nature trails, nature center, watersports, naturalist activities and naturalist programs.
**For more information: (918)689-5311**
|Robbers Cave State Park
4575 Northwest 1024th Ave, Wilburton
Robbers Cave State Park is located in the scenic, hilly woodlands of the San Bois Mountains of Southeast Oklahoma. A favorite of rappelers, equestrians, hikers and outdoor lovers. Robbers Cave offers cabin rentals, RV and tent site camping, as well as equestrian campsites. The park and adjoining wildlife management area covers more than 80,000 acres and includes 3 lakes. Robbers Cave enjoys notoriety as a former hideout for infamous outlaws such as Belle Star and Jesse James.
**For more information, events or bookings: (918)465-2562**
|Arrowhead State Park
3995 Main Park Road, Canadian
This beautiful 2200 acre state park is located on a peninsula of Lake Eufaula, which is one of the largest manmade lakes in the southwest. Arrowhead State Park features tent sites, RV sites, picnic shelters, a marina with a restaurant, playgrounds, trails, miniature golf course, group facilities, swimming area, mountain biking, equestrian campground, stables and 25 miles of equestrian trails. Arrowhead Golf Course is an 18-hole course with putting green, driving range, and pro shop.
**For more information: (918)339-2204**
Simply Country Ranch
|Red Barn Christmas Tree Farm
2509 S. Brewer Rd, McAlester
Start a new family tradition with The Red Barn Christmas Tree Farm. Choose and cut your own tree or purchase a pre-cut tree instead. Specializing in TALL trees, with a large assortment of both Virginia Pine and White Pine. Be sure to check out the gift shop where you’ll find specialized trimmings and decorations. Open annually from Thanksgiving Day until December 21st.
**For more information or hours: (918)548-3347**
3673 NW Highbridge Rd, Wilburton (30 mins from McAlester)
Family owned and operated, with activities and events for all ages, including a petting zoo, wagon rides, train rides, hay maze and a large playground. Ward Ranch is open to the public as well as field trips, birthday parties, weddings and other gatherings. Check out one of the many seasonal events such as pumpkin patches, Halloween events, car shows, craft fairs and the annual What About Bob's Chuckwagon Race which is held the second weekend in June.
**For more information, hours or schedule of events: (918)448-6873**
|Scipio Recreational Trails Area
19 Minor St., McAlester
Pick up your daily riding permits at the Scipio General Store. Once you arrive at this public, multi-use off-road recreational riding and hiking area, decide how you prefer to traverse it. Visitors are free to navigate the 300 ft of elevation changes over the entire property on foot or by mountain bike. Horses, four wheelers and motorcycles are also welcome on all 25 miles of established trails. Whichever method of transportation you choose, enjoy your day spent on 1,720 acres of varying terrain.
**For more information: (918)826-4545**
200 E. Carl Albert Pkwy., McAlester
Built in 1930, as the tallest building in downtown McAlester, the Aldridge has served as the community’s ceremonial heart for many civic events and activities. It has even played host to many famous individuals such as Duke Ellington, Carl Albert and Robert S. Kerr. Since 1997, the Aldridge has primarily been used as senior apartments but still hosts occasional events and ceremonies.
**For questions or event bookings: (918)423-4567**
|Reba McEntire Birthplace
628 E. Creek Ave, McAlester
(Formally Saint Mary’s Hospital) On March 28th, 1955, Reba Nell McEntire was born to Clark Vincent & Jacqueline Smith McEntire at this location. The reigning Queen of Country Music has pursued a musical career since the age of five. One of the most successful female recording artists in history, Reba has sold over 56 million albums worldwide and recognized as the biggest female hitmaker in Country music history.
|McAlester Scottish Rite Temple
305 N 2nd St, McAlester
The tallest building on the highest hill in McAlester, the McAlester Scottish Rite Masonic Center is one of the largest in the nation and features lavish architecture, a library, museum, costume room and a 1930 custom-built Kimball organ with over 3,100 pipes. Meeting and event space is available.
**To schedule a tour: (918)423-6360**
of the Rainbow for Girls
315 E. Carl Albert Pkwy., McAlester
This three-story Mid-Century marvel was completed and formally opened in 1951 and is the international headquarters for the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls.
**To schedule a tour: (918)423-1328*
J.G. Puterbaugh Center345 E. Adams, McAlester
Operated by the Ardeneum of Oklahoma, this exquisitely restored mansion is the former home of coal magnate and philanthropist J.G. Puterbaugh. The estate features expansive, open to the public landscaped grounds that are listed on multiple historical registries and a newly constructed large ballroom conservatory. Venue is available for weddings, parties, and tours.
**For access or more information: (918)423-1555 or (918)429-5633**
|Defending Our Freedom Monument
Highway 69, McAlester
This monument recognizes the untiring efforts of the men and women of McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, both past and present and honors all our active military personnel and veterans. This monument is a physical reminder of all those who help keep our nation free. (Drive-by Attraction)
|Pittsburg County War Memorial
500 S. 6th St., McAlester (Chadick Park)
The Pittsburg County War “Lest We Forget” Memorial pays tribute to the fallen soldiers of World War I, World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War.
|Pioneer Coal Miner Memorial
500 S. 3rd St. McAlester (Chadick Park)
The Pioneer Coal Miner Statue and “Wall of Memories” pays tribute to the thousands of miners who labored in the mines in the McAlester area. The memorial wall has the names of over 1,700 miners who were killed in pursuit of their trade over a 100-year period.
|OSP Prison Rodeo Statue
2657 N. Main St., McAlester (Old Town)
McAlester was home of the only "behind the walls" prison rodeo at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary. The annual event was held for over 70 years until state budget shortfalls caused its demise. This statue is a salute to this time-honored past.
|XL Cattle Drive Memorial
Highway 69, McAlester
XL Cattle Drive, established in 2009 is a 12-piece sculpture by artist Michael Booth of Pendleton, Oregon, located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 69 and U.S. Highway 270 on the campus of Eastern Oklahoma State College. Presented to Eastern Oklahoma State College by the Gary and Ruyana Fugitt Foundation in the honor of her father Freddie Browne, one of Pittsburgh County’s prominent cattlemen. (Drive-by Icon)