Coined “The Heart of Oklahoma” and “The Quarter Horse Capital of the World”, Purcell is a historical community infused with smokin' flavors, quirky entertainment and old-country charm.
This town is conveniently located just 35 minutes from Oklahoma City, making it a great day trip for those looking to get away from the city.
What to Do
This town has the Amtrak Heartland Flyer, routing from Fort Worth to Oklahoma City, and stopping in Ardmore, Davis, Pauls Valley, Purcell and Norman along the way.
The McClain County Historical Society & Museum offers visitors a historic mecca of information, artifacts and antiques to peruse dating back to the time when the Chickasaw tribe first inhabited the land.
For shopping head to the historic downtown, and discover an oasis of antique stores and malls. Be sure to stop in the famous Hotel Love, better known today as Butler's Antiques. This famed 1900’s hotel has been restored to its original state and stands today as a beautiful antique store. Continue antiquing by swinging into Auntie Mae’s Antiques or Grapevine Antiques, and browse through an assortment of fascinating items and collectibles.
For the nature-based traveler, Purcell offers a wide range of outdoor activities to explore. Take a camping trip at Chandler Park and enjoy the close proximity of outdoor entertainment – all within walking distance. Head uphill to the Brent Bruehl Memorial Golf Course and hit the greens with your buddies. Load up the boat and go fishing or stop by Benny’s Paddle Sports for some adventurous fun at Purcell Lake. Play a round of disc golf with a view of the lake and park. Take a refreshing dip in the Purcell Public Pool after playing a couple rounds of tennis at the neighboring courts.
For the EVENTurist, Purcell’s annual jamborees never fail to disappoint. The Christmas season brings cheerful folks from all around to enjoy the drive-thru park lighting display, Lights from the Heart, and the Heart of Oklahoma Parade of Lights. In mid-September, biking bros and classic car fanatics gather to enjoy the Heartland Classic Car and Bike Show. Towards the end of August, the Loose Caboose Festival brings in a vibrant tide of shoppers who coast up and down Main Street hoping to catch a wave of special sales from the local vendors’ sidewalk displays.
Where to Eat
Indulge in a delightful dinner at Bravo’s Mexican Grill, or try some mind-blowing barbeque, steaks and ribs at Sonny’s Café. You can't go wrong with Jo's Famous Pizza either. Their special pies are full of imaginative ingredients. Those are just a few of the delicious restaurants you can visit while in Purcell.
Designated as the seat of McClain County, Purcell originated as a thriving railroad town over 125 years ago and was named after E.B. Purcell, of Manhattan, former director of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. The roots of the railroad still hold strong in Purcell today as the Heartland Flyer, routing from Ft. Worth to Oklahoma City, makes this town one of its target pit-stops. With a population of around 6,500, this small yet lively town offers a variety of tourist attractions that will suit any traveler’s taste.