Visitors

Stillwater is Oklahoma’s Friendliest Town 

Voted “Oklahoma’s Friendliest Town” by readers of Oklahoma Living Magazine

Visitors have always known Stillwater is a special, friendly town. They just love Stillwater’s wide variety of entertainment options from star-studded concerts at the Tumbleweed Dance Halls and Concert Arena to shopping in the historic Downtown or Campus Corner areas.  With an abundance of attractions and numerous, unique “home-grown” restaurants, Stillwater is an instant favorite.

No visit to Stillwater is complete without a stop at Eskimo Joe’s for a plate of their world famous cheese fries and colorful t-shirts.   Picnicking or taking in a sunset at one of five lakes is a must, and golf enthusiasts find the Stillwater areas 5 top-rated golf courses challenging.  Karsten Creek was host of the 2003 NCAA Men’s National Golf Championships and is recognized as one of the top courses in America.

Oklahoma State University’s campus features beautiful Georgian architecture and is home to the largest Student Union in the world, which includes shopping, dining and lodging options right in the heart of campus.  Experiences on the beautiful campus also include the excitement of Big 12 athletics inside historic Gallagher-Iba arena, known as the “Rowdiest Sports Arena in the Nation!”  While on campus, sports fans will enjoy viewing the history of college athletics inside Heritage Hall.  But don’t forget…the National Wrestling Hall of Fame is just next-door.

Upon arrival, Stillwater’s friendly attitude will meet you at the door of your hotel.  From hotels on the National Historic Register to a hotel named #1 hotel in the nation for service and product by Hilton Hotels, you’ll find the perfect place to rest after an entertaining day.

Stillwater’s hospitable attitude was best captured by a story retold in the November 2004 issue of Oklahoma Living Magazine. Susie Kessler, a Main Street merchant, knows of one visitor who was duly impressed by the town’s friendly atmosphere.

“A friend came to visit me from Chicago so I took her downtown because we have a lot of really neat boutique shops here,” Kessler says.  “She was really enjoying the shops, and we were walking down the sidewalks, and a cowboy came walking towards us and as he passed, he tipped his hat to both of us and said ‘Howdy Ma’am,’ ‘Howdy Ma’am,’ and walked on by.  My friend turned to me and said ‘How did you do that?!  It’s like something out of a movie!’ And I said, ‘It’s not a movie, it’s Stillwater.”