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==Get in==
===By Carcar===
Practically the only method of getting in or out of Shawnee is on the highway. Taxi cabs can be hired by calling a taxi service to have them pick you up, although doing so from another city could prove expensive.
Most traffic enters and exits Shawnee via '''Interstate Highway I-40''', although '''State Highway 3''' and '''US Highway 177''' pass through Shawnee as well.
===By Busbus===
'''Greyhound''' buses make daily stops in front of the American Colony motel on the far north side of Shawnee.
From there you will have to either call a taxi or arrange another form of pickup.
===By Traintrain===
Originally established as a railroad hub, Shawnee still has many infrequently used rail tracks. While logistically difficult as well as illegal, it could be feasible to stow aboard a freight car inbound to Shawnee. Not recommended.
===By Planeplane===
Chartered flights can be acquired to fly you in to Shawnee airport, most likely originating from [[Oklahoma City]] or [[Tulsa]]. There are no commercial flight charter services based in Shawnee, so arrangements for your eventual pickup would have to be made as well.
*'''Burial Plot of Brewster Higley''', 1500 North Center Avenue, (405) 878-1529. The now deceased author of the western epic "Home on the Range" has his final resting place in Fairview Cemetery located next to McDonalds on Harrison Street.
*'''Downtown Shawnee''' Many old buildings from Shawnee's early years still remain, although most have changed facade and/or fallen into disrepair. Shawnee Downtown Renewal [http://www.downtownshawnee.com Shawnee Downtown Renewal Website]
====Notable Downtown Shawnee Buildings:====
*'''Aldrige Hotel''', 20 East 9th Street, (405) 275-9500 (Apartments), (405) 273-3030 (Barber Shop). Once renowned hotel tower that has been internally restored by federal funding as housing for the indigent elderly.
*'''Round House [http://www.round-house.com Round House] Building'''- Three story manufacturing site of Round House bib overalls for over 80 years. (Business moved outside city limits in 1995 when city code enforcement precluded expansion.) Round House slogan still visible on side of building.
*'''Santa Fe Depot''', East Main St., (405) 275-8412. Old railroad station turned museum. Has working railroad tracks.
==Do==
*'''Cinema Center 8''' movie theater, 3031 North Harrison, (405) 275-7511, Jones Theaters [http://www.jonestheatres.com Jones Theaters Website]
*'''Hornbeck and Penthouse''' movie theater (Still commonly, and now incorrectly, referred to as the "Dollar Movie", despite a recent price increase to $1.50), 125 North Bell Avenue, (405) 275-0963, (405) 275-0964 (Office)
* <see name="Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art" alt="" address="1900 W MacArthur Drive" directions="" phone="(405) 878-5300" url="http://www.mgmoa.org/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax=""></see>
*'''Movies 6''' ( Recently bought and renovated by Jones Theatres and reopened in the spring of 2010. It is now equal to the Cinema Center 8 in quality and price.) (''located at Shawnee Mall''), 4901 North Kickapoo, (405) 275-6666
*'''Noah's Ark Petting Zoo'''
*'''Oklahoma Baptist University Sporting Events'''
*'''Shawnee Airport Jogging Trail''' 4-mile track built in mid 1990's courtesy federal grant, 2202 Airport Drive, (405) 878-1625 (Airport Manager)
*'''Shawnee Bowl Family Fun Center''' (formerly Tri-County-Bowl; colloquially "Ghetto Bowl" although recent facility upgrades may have rendered this pejorative a misnomer), 701 North Harrison Street, (405) 275-4064
*'''Shawnee Little Theater''', 1829 Airport Drive, (405) 275-2805, Theater [http://www.shawneelittletheater.com Theater Website]
*'''Shawnee Public Library''', 101 North Philadelphia Avenue, (405) 275-6353, (405) 273-3334 (Administrative Services)
*'''St. Gregory's University Sporting Events''', 1900 West Macarthur, (405) 878-5100
*'''Star Skate''' Roller skating rink, 37303 45th Street, (405) 273-2030
*'''Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Headquarters''' Weekend concerts and annual Super Bowl parties, 811 East Macarthur Street, (405) 273-7098
*'''Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA)''' Gyms, fitness facilities, youth sports, Saratoga & Hornet Street, (405) 273-4386, Shawnee YMCA [http://www.shawneeymca.org Shawnee YMCA Website]   === Cruising the Poo === '''a.k.a. "Croozin' the Poo"'''  One of the most common entertainment venues for tourists, and a local tradition that has been going on for more than 50 years, is known to residents as "Cruising the Poo". (Note: "Poo" is short for Shawnee's Kickapoo Street.) Those wishing to "Cruise the Poo" generally enter Shawnee in groups leaving their home town via car, or more often, pickup truck. Once in Shawnee, these "Poo Cruiser" park in front of local businesses that are closed for the evening- generally in the mid to north side of Kickapoo Street. Once there, a Poo Cruiser will meet and interact with visitors from other towns who have parked close by, although it is common for groups from the same town to merely interact amongst themselves and/or passing cars of other Poo Cruisers or Shawnee locals. Unfortunately, underage drinking is known to occur, sometimes accompanied by drunken arguments and fisticuffs. Whether instigated by members of another group of Poo Cruisers, or by Shawnee locals passing by (who have been known to make derogatory and/or offensive comments toward Poo Cruisers), these activities are swiftly and handily halted by local police on neighborhood patrol. Pooh Cruising activities mainly start around sundown on Friday and Saturday nights. Note: While participants of "Poo Cruising" are generally youth from nearby communitiies, Cruising the Poo is always open to the general public, and many Shawnee locals get involved (while not any of the sane ones). One would admit that any persons who voluntarily participate in the "cruising of the poo" should be shot. Furthermore, those that live in Shawnee, but insist on cruising, should also remain nameless as it would cause them to become social outcasts and they would therefore have to leave the semi-city and relocate to the remote parts of the state so that they feel more amongst their own kind. This is not a tourist attraction, nor should visitors be encouraged to participate. It's a mediocre, weekend activity that young teens participate in as there truly isn't much else to do.
===Golfing===
===Shawnee's Twin Lakes===
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Shawnee's Twin Lakes offer enjoyable avocation and adventure to anyone who likes to experience the outdoors and water related leisure.
Shawnee is home to what has been labeled as "Sonic number 3000". This label is up for debate however, as some state that it was not the 3000th Sonic drive-in to be erected.
Other fast food chains set up around town include '''Quizno's,''' '''Wendy's,''' '''KFC,''' and '''Taco Bueno.''' Higher-end chains include '''Cracker Barrel,''' '''Red Lobster,''' and '''Chili's.'''
If you're wanting something more special, authentic Italian cooking with menus that go way beyond pizza and spaghetti can be found at Frateli's, just south of OBU on Kickapoo. Also on south US 177 you'll find Jay's Classic Steakhouse. Perhaps the best Mexican menu in town is at Abuelita's, found at the corner of Harrison and Independence.
Don't forget to try "Vans" a local BBQ favorite, located on Highland Street
 
Hamburger King, located downtown, is a fun diner. Orders are placed using phones located at each booth.
Also on the menu is Robb's Smokehouse, the 2nd most popular BBQ place in town, located at 2321 N. Kickapoo, across from OBU.
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