Attractions & Things To Do at Grand Lake
The Fishing and Boating make the headlines, but there are a wide variety of attractions and fun things to do at Grand Lake.
More Than Just a Lake
The Grand Lake area is home to more than just lake activities with an amazing variety of attractions and museums that showcase history, hot-rods and so much more.
Of course, the Nationally recognized fishing and legendary boating at Grand Lake bring people to the area, but then it’s that discovery that there is so much more that brings people back.
It doesn’t matter if your planning a family vacation, a romantic getaway, or just a day trip, you can find something that you didn’t expect when you visit the Grand Lake area.
Certainly, the main attraction is beautiful Grand Lake O’ the Cherokee, with over 1,300 miles of shoreline impounded by the impressive Pensacola Dam.
Learn more about the Pensacola Dam and other Featured Grand Lake area attractions below. For more things to see and do, visit the Grand Lake Business Directory HERE.
The Anchor Activity Park at Shangri-LaThe Anchor Activity Park at Shangri-La
So much to do at The Anchor Activity Park at Shangri-La Resort!
From tennis and pickleball to the mini-Fenway Park replica whiffle ballpark, to the VR gaming, simulators, and so much more – there truly is something fun and active for everyone.
And you can make a full day of it by enjoying the sports bar and Galley Restaurant as well.
For full details, visit the Anchor website HERE.
This place has immediately become a go-to destination for Grand Lake area fun!
57221 E. Highway 125 Afton OK 74331
Har-Ber Village MuseumHar-Ber Village Museum
Har-Ber Village Museum, located along the shores of Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees in Grove, Oklahoma, is the site of a pioneer-era village and history museum of over 100 exhibits displayed inside authentic log cabins and reproduction buildings.
You can experience the history and ecology of the Grand Lake area through self-guided tours, which includes a walk through the grounds with several historic buildings include a relocated schoolhouse, jail, and 16 log cabins.
The museum has an active calendar of special events throughout the year for local residents and visitors alike.
Har-Ber Village also includes a nature trail, cafe, and an events center that regularly hosts community events.
Your best bet to make sure you have the current hours, locate the museum and find the latest on any events taking place is to visit the Har-Ber Village website HERE.
4404 West 20th Grove OK 74344
Pensacola DamPensacola Dam
Pensacola Dam, which holds back the waters of Oklahoma’s Grand Lake O’ the Cherokee, is truly one of the most impressive sites in Oklahoma.
State Hwy 28 runs across Pensacola Dam from Langley on the west end to Disney, which is actually an island community, at the east end of the Dam.
Further east, through Disney, are two more flood-control spillways, which create Disney Island.
Pensacola Dam is open daily for FREE Tours from Memorial Day through Labor Day (Update, due to Covid-19, there are no Dam Tours in 2020) from 9 am to 4 pm and you can also schedule tours throughout the year with groups of 10 or more by calling 918-782-4726.
The GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center is located at the west end of the dam in Langley and is open year-round for all of your Grand Lake area information.
State Highway 28 Langley OK 74350
Bernice Area at Grand Lake State Park Nature CenterBernice Area at Grand Lake State Park Nature Center
Bernice Area at Grand Lake State Park is located on the northwestern corner of Grand Lake in the small town of Bernice.
The 88-acre park area boasts 150 primitive tent sites and 33 RV sites with water and 50 amp electric hookups. There are also two comfort stations with hot showers located on either side of the park. Picnic areas are scattered throughout the park, and there is one covered shelter.
Bernice Area at Grand Lake State Park also offers several activities for kids of all ages. With two playgrounds, a swimming beach, a nature center, a wildlife feeding area, and two wildlife watchtowers, the whole family is certain to find something to enjoy. The park also features one mile paved walking and jogging path that is handicapped accessible.
Park is open daily.
Nature Center hours:
March-October: Wednesday-Sunday, 9 am-4 pm
November-February: Monday-Friday, 9 am-4 pm
54101 E Hwy 85 A Bernice OK 74331
GRDA Ecosystems and Education CenterGRDA Ecosystems and Education Center
The GRDA Ecosystems & Education Center, located at the West end of the Pensacola Dam in Langley, OK., is dedicated to greater ecosystems and lake management and education in Northeast Oklahoma.
And it is the home of the FREE Pensacola Dam tours every summer from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Update – No Dam Tours in 2020 due to Covid-19
The Ecosystems & Education Center is the home to the offices for GRDA permits, where people can find and submit applications for any kind of dock, event or construction permits that may be needed.
And the central location of the GRDA Ecosystems & Education Center provides a perfect location for the GRDA Police & Lake Patrol to headquarter throughout the busy lake season with easy access to both Grand Lake & Lake Hudson.
While the public benefits in many ways from this beautiful facility in Langley, ultimately it’s the Grand River Dam Authority who gets to use the Ecosystems & Education Center on a daily basis as a management tool for the entire Grand Lake region.
The facility is open year-round to the public with information on Grand Lake, Lake Hudson and the surrounding area of Northeastern Oklahoma.
420 Oklahoma Highway 28 Langley OK 74350
Lendonwood GardensLendonwood Gardens
Lendonwood Gardens is an eight-acre botanical garden near Grand Lake in northeastern Oklahoma.
Shady pathways meander through more than 1,200 different types of plants, including an amazing collection of rhododendrons, many varieties of daylilies, and several varieties of dogwoods.
Lendonwood is home to the Oklahoma Garden, featuring “Oklahoma Proven” plantings as identified by Oklahoma State University. These are plants that thrive in our unpredictable climate.
The garden is open year around during daylight hours with maps and information for self-guided tours are available inside the entrance at the gatehouse.
Lendonwood’s Welcome Center and Gift Shop is open seasonally Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon to 4 p.m.
1308 Har-Ber Road Grove OK 74344
Oasis Animal AdventuresOasis Animal Adventures
36656 S. 510 Rd Eucha OK 74342
Golfing at Grand Lake
Golfing in the Grand Lake area is as popular as ever with a great mix of public and private courses to challenge any level of golfer.
Whether you are already a local, or someone who regularly comes to Grand Lake or someone who is looking for an Oklahoma golf getaway…you will find what you are looking for at Grand Lake.
All of the golf courses in the area are challenging but fair and they all offer a beautiful outing with their settings in Northeast Oklahoma.
From the 9-hole Grand Cherokee course located just below Pensacola Dam to the lakefront settings of The Coves, Shangri-La, and Patricia Island to the rolling hills of Peoria Ridge…you can bet you’ll have a good time and be challenged.
And that’s what golf is all about…a little challenge and a little fun (maybe make a little cash in you good enough!).
I’ll look forward to seeing you on a Grand Lake golf course soon, and if you don’t see your favorite golf course listed here, be sure to check out the Grand Lake Business Directory.
Shangri-La Golf ClubShangri-La Golf Club
If you are looking for a premier golf experience, you owe it to yourself to check out Shangri-La Golf Club at Grand Lake, rated one of the top 5 courses in Oklahoma.
Your golf experience at Shangri-La will be a relaxed, traditional outing that reminds you of what golf is supposed to be.
With 10 minute tee times, there is no feeling of being rushed or crowded when you are golfing at Shangri-La on the 27 new and/or totally rebuilt golf holes.
Private memberships are available at the beautiful lakeside setting at Grand Lake.
And don’t forget about the beautiful clubhouse with proshop, locker rooms and great dining options including The Summit and The Buffalo Bar.
Whether you’ve joined us before or not, now is the time to plan your next golf outing at Shangri-La Resort and Golf Club at Grand Lake.
31000 South Hwy 125 Monkey Island OK 74331