Trying to acclimate your family to a new base can be a daunting task to do on your own. That's why we've compiled this list of the local Corvias staff's favorite things to do in the Fort Sill, Oklahoma, area. We're here to help you find your new home and quickly get acquainted with the community without wasting any time.
There are plenty of things to see and do around Fort Sill. Before long, you'll have your own list of must-do activities to share with us!
Relocation to Fort Sill
Nestled in America's Heartland, Fort Sill is located just north of Lawton, Oklahoma, and about 90 miles south of the state capital, Oklahoma City. The base is situated right next to the beautiful Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge and much of the community is a sprawling display of bright green fields and trees. The weather here stays generally warm year round, with summertime highs usually topping out in the mid-90s and temperatures in the winter averaging around 50 degrees during the day.
On-base housing accommodations are provided by Corvias Military Living. We have a variety of properties and home styles that can be perfectly matched to whatever your family needs. Corvias also hosts a number of amenities and helpful services to assist you while you adjust to life in Oklahoma.
"There is a significant amount of history surrounding Fort Sill."
There are a number of terrific schools in the area. Kids who live on base attend Freedom Elementary before moving on to either Central or Tomlinson Middle School, followed by Lawton High School. Families can also choose to transfer their children to Elgin public schools, so long as they are able to provide the transportation. Local colleges include Webster University, Cameron University and Columbia College.
Fort Sill is a great location for everyone. It provides a small, cozy community setting while still being near several major cities for when you want to go out and hit the town. The base is in the southern part of the state, which makes it easy to travel into Texas if you need a change of pace from time to time.
Fun Facts About the Fort Sill Area
- Fort Sill was built during the Indian Wars in 1869 and has been in use ever since.
- Apache Indian, Geronimo, is buried at Fort Sill.
- The area is home to more than 30 historic landmarks on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Lawton was founded in 1901. Residents set up in tents in the area because no homes, roads or other infrastructure had been started yet.
There is a significant amount of history surrounding Fort Sill, with notable landmarks and impressive museums. Going on engaging tours and seeing various exhibits that explain how Fort Sill came to be will help new residents gain a true appreciation for the area.
One such site is the Museum of the Great Plains, which is a great location for anyone interested in nature and natural history. You can see fossils and even try your hand at unearthing a wooly mammoth! Other exhibits explore the plant and animal life of Oklahoma, educate you on tornadoes and feature works of art created by talented Plains painters and photographers.
To learn more about the native tribes who inhabited the area before America expanded west, there's the Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center. Thousands of exhibits are on display to help preserve the history of the Comanche people, along with traditional art galleries and multimedia presentations.
The Leslie Powell Gallery makes our list of must-see attractions because of the stunning artwork it includes. The gallery features local artists and it hosts lecture series and concerts, ensuring that you'll experience art and media here that you can't get anywhere else.
There's a great deal of military history in this area, which you can learn all about at the Fort Sill National Historic Landmark and the U.S. Army Field Artillery and Air Defense Museum. Walk the grounds of a 19th-century army post, see the equipment our military used in the early 1900s and find out how it evolved to the power house force we know it as today.
"Be sure to visit the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge."
You can also learn all about the way in which the town of Lawton was founded by visiting the Historic Mattie Beal Home. When the government first opened up the region to settlers, land was assigned based on a lottery. Mattie Beal was the second person to be awarded land in Lawton, where she and her husband built the beautiful mansion that still stands today. She also donated pieces of her property to the town to build schools, churches and parks to be enjoyed by all of her neighbors.
For an opportunity to get out into nature for awhile, be sure to visit the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge where you have a chance to see wild bison, elk and deer, as well as hundreds of other animal species native to the region.
Inside the refuge you can also catch the Holy City of the Wichitas, an Easter pageant event that performs all year long.
Looking to take the kiddos to something a little more active? They'll have a blast at the Kids Zone Playground climbing on all the toys and equipment set out for energetic kids to play on.
To do some shopping or take in a show, you'll want to check out Medicine Park. Music festivals, lakes for swimming and fishing, hiking trails and gondola rides all await you at this center. You'll need to come back again and again to fit in all of the activities you want to do at Medicine Park!
All of your sight-seeing and outdoor activities are sure to help you work up an appetite, which means you can dine at the historic Meers Store and Restaurant. The building has been there since the 1920s, set up where frontiersman had flocked to decades earlier to try and find gold in the Wichita Mountains. It slowly evolved from a simple grocery store to one of the most famous restaurants in the state. They brew their own beer and serve their renowned Meersburgers, a classic cowboy-style burger that the owners take great pride in. The recipe has been unchanged since the '70s.
The eatery serves other traditional frontier fare like campfire steaks, fried green tomatoes and chili. And, because it's Oklahoma, you can be sure there's also plenty of barbecue to choose from.
- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is about an hour and a half away
- Tulsa, Oklahoma, is about three hours away
- Wichita Falls, Texas, is about an hour away
- Dallas-Forth Worth, Texas, is about three hours away
- Wichita, Kansas, is about three and a half hours away
- Kansas City, Kansas, is about six hours away
- Branson, Missouri, is about six hours away
- Little Rock, Arkansas, is about six hours away
- Shreveport, Louisiana, is about five and a half hours away
- Albuquerque, New Mexico, is about seven hours away