Sulphur is a town infused with off-the-charts fabulous food, hip shopping, natural beauty and cultural bliss. Spring and summer are peak seasons for travel in Sulphur as the weather is warm, nature is in full bloom, and the urge to get outdoors is met with great attractions and activities to explore.
Conveniently located off I-35 just 90 miles north of Dallas and 75 miles south of Oklahoma City, Sulphur is a lovely little road trip for regional travelers looking for that off-the-beaten-path retreat.
What to Do
Sulphur offers abundant beauty with ample outdoor, shopping, culinary and cultural opportunities, including the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Named Travel and Leisure Magazine's best campsite in Oklahoma, this park features hiking trails, boating, sailing, fishing, swimming and ranger-led programs to name a few. The award-winning Chickasaw Cultural Center uses modern technology, theatrical environments and interactive media stations, to provide a non-traditional way of connecting to the Chickasaw culture. Explore the exhibit center, amphitheater, research center, sky pavilion and garden village as you discover the fantastic Chickasaw way of life.
Downtown Main Street is lined with historic buildings with many local shopping and dining businesses. Check out Rusty Nail Winery and Tasting Room to taste the flavors of the region. Then walk down to Mahota Textiles, the first textile company owned by a First American tribe.
Where to Eat
Known for their burgers, beers and bikes, Fat Bully's By the Lake is a fantastic scenic destination to drive or ride to when looking for a fun environment with great food. For a nostalgic trip back to the 50s, try Bedre Cafe. This 50's theme eatery is an all-in-one coffee bar, candy store, sandwich shop and confectionary. The cafe offers gourmet coffees made with Bedré coffee and other specialty drinks such as Bedré Soda, fresh fruit smoothies, soft drinks and teas. The Aaimpa' ('a place to eat') Café located at the Chickasaw Cultural Center offers guests a variety of appetizers, entrées, children’s meals and desserts! Visitors can taste traditional First American food like fry bread, buffalo burgers, venison stew, Indian tacos, salmon, pulled pork stacks; pashofa, a traditional Chickasaw corn soup; or grape dumplings, a classic dessert.
Where to Stay
You may want to hit the hay after that at one of the many area cabins or at The Artesian Hotel, Casino and Spa. This luxury boutique hotel offers 18 unique hotel rooms. The Sole'renity Spa located at the hotel is a state-of-the-art spa with full-service options for men, women and children. The Chickasaw Retreat and Conference Center offers a luxurious retreat for guests seeking a secluded setting to host group getaways, a relaxing place for families or a couple's escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. There are so many places to stay in Sulphur! Click here for a list of options.
Located at the foot of the Arbuckle Mountains, on both the Sante Fe and Frisco railroad lines, this vibrant town of fewer than 5,000 people shimmers with hospitable spirits and a historical presence unique to any other. Home to the famous mineral water springs, Sulphur was first discovered by First Americans and became known as ‘The Land of Rippling Water,’ believed to have natural healing powers. Word spread of the medicinal springs, thus creating a rapid influx of settlers to the area which ultimately led to the development of the town.
From luxurious attractions to abundant nature and wildlife and a historic downtown, the city of Sulphur has plenty for visitors to enjoy!