Earning the title of “The Magnolia Capital of the World”, the city of Durant has magnificent blooms all around. These flowers inspired the annual Magnolia Festival, a three-day summer event filled with family fun! At the Magnolia Festival you can shop the rows of vendors, experience the thrill of amusement rides galore and find tons of activities just for the kids! Don’t limit your time in Durant to just these three days. There is still plenty to see year round.
Take a leisurely stroll down Historic Main Street, shop at the local boutiques, and learn the history of Southeast Oklahoma at the Three Valley Museum.Visit Southeastern Oklahoma State University, known as the campus of a 1,000 Magnolia’s, where legendary country artist, Reba McIntire attended and graduated college.You can also step back in time just west of town when you visit the Fort Washita Historic Site and Museum. The Fort built in 1842 to protect the Chickasaw and Choctaw Tribes from the Plains tribes, lets you explore the grounds and, if you’re lucky, hear a few ghost stories as well.
And what’s a trip without a photo op and snacks? Well, Durant has you covered for both. In Downtown Durant, stop by a smile for the camera with the World’s Largest Peanut. Then, head south to the Peanut Shoppe and treat yourself to homemade fudge, peanut brittle and some of the best beef jerky around!Also just minutes away from downtown, you can embrace the thrill and luxury of the Choctaw Casino Resort. Enjoy the shopping, eating and gaming available while the kids head over to The District with bowling alleys, a movie theater and a variety of arcade games.