WILL ROGERS MEMORIAL MUSEUM – Claremore is the birthplace of Oklahoma’s favorite sone, Will Rogers, and home to the museum that celebrates his incredible life and legacy. The museum features more than 12 galleries with exhibits, artifacts and films about this legendary actor, comedian, aviator and writer.
CLAREMORE MUSEUM OF HISTORY – Claremore’s newest museum showcases some of our city’s notable residents, including Helen Walton Robson, astronaut Stuart Roosa, singing legend Patti Page, Bunion Derby winner Andy Payne, and world-famous playwright Lynn Riggs, Visitors can even view the original “surrey with the fringe on top” from the musical Oklahoma.
J.M. DAVIS ARMS & HISTORICAL MUSEUM – See the world’s largest, privately owned gun collection at the J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum, which also features a wonderful exhibit from the Cherokee Nation and a one-of-a kind collection of World War I posters.
THE LILAC DISTRICT IN HISTORIC DOWNTOWN CLAREMORE – Downtown is the heart of this great American city. Stroll through our many unique shops, eateries, watering holes and historic sites. You can eat, stay and play without having to leave downtown Claremore.
SWAN BROTHERS DAIRY – Established in 1923 with just one dairy cow, Swan Bros. Dairy is a diversified farm offering milk, premium cheeses, beef and pork. Swan’s dairy and meat are featured in restaurants through out the region and available in the retail store. Visitors can view milking of dairy cows from 3 pm to 5 pm daily. Days/hours: Monday – Saturday, 8 am – 6pm.
WILL ROGERS PARK & SPLASH PAD – This is located to the north west of the Expo Center on Camden Street and Hwy 20. The Splash Pad is open from 10 am to 8 pm daily.
CLAREMORE RECREATION CENTER – The recreation center offers residents more that 80,000 square feet of recreational space filled with amenities. Members have access to various courts, weight room, exercise equipment, a Junior Olympic size swimming pool, skate park, outdoor walking trail, and a n indoor walking/jogging track. Day passes are $6 for adults, $5 for youth; day passes for the pool are only $3 for ages 0-17, and $4 for 18 years and up. This is located across the street from the Expo Center.
Historic Route 66 – Oklahoma is home to the longest stretch of original Route 66 – approximately 400 miles. Your Mother Road experience simply isn’t complete without a visit to Claremore and the surrounding area. We’ve picked out some of the most popular destinations to explore.
WHERE TO FILL UP ON ROUTE 66 – Fuel your body, mind and soul in and around Claremore, where you’ll find vintage American café’s, one-of-a-kind bakeries, gourmet restaurants, old-fashioned delis, locally owned coffee shops – you name it. We serve it.
ED GALLOWAY’S TOTEM POLE PARK– In nearby Foyil (four miles east of Route 66 on OK-28A). You can’t miss the world’s largest totem pole. You literally can’t miss it, as it stands 90 feet tall and is made of red sandstone, steel, wood and concrete. In 1999, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
BLUE WHALE– Just 15 minutes south of Claremore, near Catoosa, is one of the more unique and recognizable Route 66 attractions. Visitors are invited to enjoy a picnic and walk inside the smiling 80-foot-long concrete structure. See the Blue Whale at 2600 U.S. Route 66 in Catoosa.
PRYOR CREEK BRIDGE – This 123-foot steel truss bridge in Chelsea was part of the original Route 66 alignment, carrying Mother Road traffic from 1926 to 1932. Now for pedestrians only, it is the only unaltered bridge with its particular structure – know as the Pratt through-truss design – left in Oklahoma. Visit the bridge in Chelsea on East First Street (S2460Rd).
THE NUT HOUSE ON ROUTE 66 – First opened over 40 years ago selling only native pecans. Since that time the business has grown into a full-time endeavor serving individual customers and businesses with nuts, fudge, confectionery treats and gifts. Located at 26677 U.S. Route 66 and is open from 9 am to 6pm Monday thru Saturday and 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday.