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Things To Do & See

The recreational opportunities that surround Alva are remarkable! From the Great Salt Plains State Park and Wildlife Refuge with its kayaking, fishing, watchable wildlife excursions, camping, and selenite digging to the Alabaster Caverns State Park for those interested in exploring nature’s deep bat ecology, there is truly something for everyone. At Little Sahara State Park, off-road vehicles take center stage. Hundreds of acres of sand dunes await all those whose ideas of good times include racing dune buggies and climbing tall dunes with an ATV.  The athletic events at Northwestern Oklahoma State University and the Alva “Rec” Park are sure to excite athletes and “arm-chair” quarter-backs alike.  Rodeo and all things “cowboy and cowgirl” can be found in Alva and the surrounding region as well.  We invite everyone to join us for the Big Cruise and Car Show each September and check out Oklahoma’s Mural Capitol when you visit. Alva is home to over 35 murals that depict the history of the region. The cultural scene in Alva is full of the performing and visual arts. We hope to see you soon in Alva! 

Alabaster Caverns State Park

Alabaster Caverns State Park


217036 State HWY 50A, Freedom, OK 73842
(6 Miles South of Freedom on SH 50)
580.621.3321
https://www.travelok.com/state-parks/alabaster-caverns-state-park

Aviation

Alva Regional Airport & Aviation Museum

2875 US HWY 281, Alva, OK 73717
580.327.2898
http://www.airnav.com/airport/KAVK

Alva Golf & Country Club

Alva Golf & Country Club

44483 Jefferson Road, Alva, OK 73717
580.327.2296

Alva Recreational Complex

Alva Recreational Complex

1887 Goldbug Blvd, Alva, OK 73717
580.327.1611

Annual Big Cruise & Car Show

Annual Big Cruise & Car Show

3rd Week-End of September each year
580.327.3786
https://bigcruiseandcarshow.com/

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Boiling Springs State Park

207745 Boiling Springs Road, Woodward, OK 73801
https://www.travelok.com/state-parks/boiling-springs-state-park

Bradt’s Menagerie & Petting Zoo

Bradt’s Menagerie & Petting Zoo

39755 US HWY 64, Alva, OK 73717
580.430.1269
http://www.bradtsmenagerie.com/

wildlife

Byron Fish Hatchery & Watchable Wildlife

71082 Jefferson Road, Burlington, OK 73722
580.474.2663
https://www.travelok.com/state-parks/boiling-springs-state-park

Cherokee Strip Museum Complex

Cherokee Strip Museum Complex

901 14th & Oklahoma Blvd., Alva, OK 73717
580.327.2030
https://www.csmalva.org/

First Friday Art Walks-each month& Aviation Museum

First Friday Art Walk-each month

Graceful Arts Gallery and Studios-Downtown Square
https://www.gracefulartscenter.org/

Graceful Arts Gallery and Studios

Graceful Arts Gallery and Studios

523 Barnes, Alva, OK 73717
580.327.2787
https://www.gracefulartscenter.org/

Great Salt Plains State Park and NWR

Great Salt Plains State Park and National Wildlife Refuge

23280 S. Spillway Drive, Jet, OK 73749
(25 miles East of Alva on SH 11)
580.626.4731
https://www.travelok.com/state-parks/great-salt-plains-state-park

Gloss Mtns. State Park

Gloss Mtns. State Park

NW of Fairview 12 miles on US HWY 412
Fairview, OK 73737
580.227.2512
https://www.travelok.com/state-parks/gloss-mountain-state-park

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Hatfield Park & W.P.A. Pool

1402 Flynn, Alva, OK 73717

4th of July

July 4th Spectacular-All Day

Hatfield Park
Contact Alva Chamber of Commerce
chamber@alvaok.net

Little Sahara State Park

Little Sahara State Park

101 Main Street, Waynoka, OK 73860
(4 miles south of Waynoka on US HWY 281)
580.824.1471
https://www.travelok.com/state-parks/little-sahara-state-park

Mural Capitol of Oklahoma

Mural Capitol of Oklahoma


37 + Historical Murals Located across Town

Museum of Natural History

Museum of Natural History

709 Oklahoma Blvd., Jesse Dunn Hall, Alva, OK 73717
580.327.8513 or 327.8566
www.nwosu.edu/school-of-arts-and-sciences/natural-science/museum-of-natural-history

Nescatunga Arts Festival

Nescatunga Arts Festival

1st Saturday in June each year
Downtown Courthouse Square
Alva, OK 73717

Northwest Concert Series

Northwest Concert Series

Herod Hall Auditorium-NWOSU
580.327.8590

NWOSU Annual Homecoming Celebration

NWOSU Annual Homecoming Celebration

Every Fall
NWOSU Alumni & Foundation Office
jwallen@nwosu.edu or 580.327.8594

Alva NWOSU Football

NWOSU Athletics Programs

Year-Round on Campus
https://riderangersride.com/

NWOSU Collegiate Rodeo

NWOSU Collegiate Rodeo

Every Fall
Woods County Fairgrounds
https://riderangersride.com/

Click here to view the rodeo podcast

NWOSU Fine Arts Programs

NWOSU Fine Arts Programs

Theater, Chorale, Instrumental, Visual Arts
Year-Round on Campus
https://www.nwosu.edu/school-of-arts-and-sciences/fine-arts

cinema and snack bar

Rialto Cinema & Snack-Bar

516 Flynn, Alva, OK 73717
580.327.0535

Selenite Crystal Digging

Selenite Crystal Digging

Great Salt Plains NFWR
April 1-October 15
580.626.4794
https://www.fws.gov/refuge/salt_plains/visit/dig.html

The Sod House Museum

Sod House Museum

4628 SH 8 Aline, OK 73716
580.463.2441
https://www.okhistory.org/sites/sodhouse

air-rail museum

Waynoka Air-Rail Museum & Harvey House

1384 Cleveland, Waynoka, OK 73860
580.824.1886
https://www.travelok.com/listings/view.profile/id.8427

county free fair

Woods County Free Fair

Woods County Fairgrounds each September
Contact OSU Extension Office-Woods Co. Courthouse
580.327.2786