Discover unique places to visit in your own backyard
By: Maria Mancera
White Barn Estates
Don’t let the name fool you, this location isn’t just a residential area. It’s a miniature golf course that features bumper boats and much more. The location looks a bit intimidating at first glance - picture a swanky private property or country club that requires a membership far outside your budget. But no worries, this fun location is open to the public Monday-Sunday. There is a miniature golf course and a rolling-hills par-3 golf course for those looking to work on their short game. Golf not your thing? There’s also a beach volleyball court and ponds stocked with catfish, just bring your own fishing pole. Currently the park offers a special that includes fishing, miniature golf, volleyball and a bounce house for $16 per person, Monday-Friday. This location is calm and uncrowded, great for events, family friendly and open to students. You can reserve the park for company outings, tournaments, fundraisers, group picnics, weddings, birthdays and family or class reunions. White Barn Estates is located on 2020 E Lakeview Rd, Stillwater, OK 74075.
Woodland Park Vineyards and Winery
This 66-acre farm with three separate vineyards is also home to a quaint greenhouse that holds succulents of all shapes and sizes for sale. Within the Woodland barn you'll find antiques, art and bottles of wine ready for purchase. In addition to the great products for sale, Woodland has walking trails for plant lovers and sprawling vineyard grounds that can be toured. There are also picnic areas around the farm surrounded by herb and rose gardens. This location is family owned and all the wine is made from the grapes grown on the farm. Woodland Park offers about a dozen types of wines made from eight different grapes. Free wine tastings are available with the purchase of a bottle of wine. A full list of Woodland Parks wines can be found on their website. A reservation is not needed for a small group tour. For large groups, contact Woodland Park. This location is also available for weddings and other receptions. It’s open limited hours, Thursday-Friday, 2-6 p.m. and Saturday, 1-6 p.m. and located at 3023 N Jardot Rd, Stillwater, OK 74075.
Stillwater Antique and Collectible Mall
This antique mall is in the historic Stillwater Opera House building. With 14,000 square feet of shopping space on two floors, there’s a lot to see. The sheer amount of space and objects in the store can at times make it feel like a maze. Amy Pitchford, store owner and manager, says she is thankful for her customers “During a time when the internet seems to be taking over the retail shopping industry we feel blessed to have so much support from our huge base of dedicated customers." Store items come from 65 antique dealers, ensuring there is something for everyone. The mall is unique to the city of Stillwater, and no two items are the same. Prices are fair and you are sure to find things in your price range. “We are proud to offer quality vintage items to our customers, items that were built to last and meant to be cherished for generations. We also take pride in the fact that rescuing and reusing treasures from the past is a great way to care for our environment,” Amy says. You can find this shop at 116 E. 9th Ave, Downtown Stillwater.