Quietly nestled amongst the waving wheat fields of Oklahoma lies Enid, a city with a small town feel. Enid, a Main Street award winner, was listed as one of the top 30 places to raise a family, one of the top 25 small cities to do business in the United States, and Good Morning America chose Enid as one of the hottest five real estate markets in the country. We have the third largest grain storage capacity in the world and the giant grain elevators are quite a sight to see. We are also home to Vance Air Force Base, one of only a handful of pilot training bases in the country.
First Friday of every month finds many downtown businesses participating in dinner specials, later shopping hours, and live music. May 2010 saw the opening of a beautiful new dog park. David Allen Memorial Ballpark is one of the most state of the art, not to mention aesthetically pleasing, baseball parks around, drawing teams from all over to enjoy its amenities. Every Saturday morning from May through October, you can purchase local produce and enjoy crafts by Oklahoma artisans at Enid’s Farmer’s Market, located at the historic train depot on the corner of Grand and Garriott.
Being surrounded by smaller rural communities, Enid is the hub of northwest Oklahoma as far as shopping and medical care. Oakwood Mall is home to several chain retailers and we have a large Wal-Mart Super Center as well as a Big K K-Mart, and for people looking for more unique items, we have a plethora of individually owned stores as well. As with most cities of its size, Enid hosts several chain restaurants and fast food eateries such as Applebee’s, Chili’s, Golden Corral, Western Sizzlin’, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Taco Mayo, etc., but what’s more, we have those places that are original to Enid – institutions such as The Flamingo Lounge – one of the best onion burgers in town. Looking for a good chicken fried steak? Try the Tia Juana. Costello’s Continental Cuisine, Katy’s Pantry, One the Sidewalk, Pane Vino, and Rendezvous are all wonderful eateries. Try one of Enid’s original restaurants for some local flavor.
You may go in search of the coldest beer in town after your hearty meal, which you will find at The Frisco Bar, the oldest bar in town. In business since 1948, The Frisco’s walls are lined with an awesome beer can and bottle collection and has a good ghost story or two to boot. You might even enjoy a good game of shuffleboard while you’re there. You can see live music nearly every night of the week somewhere in Enid, often free and many family friendly, too!
Leonardo’s Discovery Warehouse and Adventure Quest, one of the largest playgrounds in the world, sits on the edge of the quaint downtown, not far from the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center where you can learn all about the Oklahoma Land Run – Enid was one of the stops on the Chisholm Trail! A few blocks over is the Simpson’s Western Museum displaying Enid’s rich old west history with a replica of an old west town built to shoot their numerous family friendly western movies. You can even relax with a cold sarsparilla if it strikes your fancy.
Enid has several family fun events throughout the year. The Tri-State Music Festival is a three day festival where school age children from several other cities and states converge upon Enid to compete in music contests of all sorts. It ends with the Tri-State parade on the first Saturday in May. The Red Dirt BBQ Cook-off and Jazz Stroll, where local musicians play live at various downtown locations through the evening, also takes place in the Spring. 2010 was the first year for Enid’s bacon festival – Baconalia! Who doesn’t love bacon? Baconalia won a Mayor’s Excellence Award and saw travelers from all over the state come to Enid to participate in the bacony goodness. Cherokee Strip Days comes in September, complete with a herd of genuine longhorns in the parade. Fling at the Springs, an all day free music festival set against the beautiful backdrop of Enid’s Government Springs Park waterfall was revived in the fall of 2010. Then we have Octoberfest and Scare on the Square in October, followed by Enid Lights Up the Plains – the breathtaking display of Christmas lights on every downtown building – with music and Santa’s Stagecoach on the square to get you in the Christmas spirit.
Whether you’re looking for something fun to do for the weekend, a summer vacation, or a great place to live, Enid has what you’re looking for.
Enid is one of Oklahoma and America’s best kept secrets and it’s time for the world to experience this wonderful city we like to call Home.