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Explore Ada

Ada has a wide variety of amenities and entertainment options for residents and visitors alike to enjoy. Whether it’s a hot summer day or a cold winter night, you can find all the big city amenities in a community that still embraces the charm and values of a small town. The Ada Arts District is located on the east end of Main Street (Blake Shelton Boulevard) and is home to the annual music and art extravaganza, AdaFest, each summer. Year round, the district welcomes art lovers from all walks of life to enjoy this section of downtown Main Street. Discover cultural and artistic activities as you stroll through historic buildings, galleries, shops, restaurants, studios and more. In downtown Ada, the famous McSwain Theatre has been Ada’s crown jewel for nearly 100 years. The Chickasaw Nation acquired the theater in in 2002 and has fully restored it to its original 1920’s glory. The McSwain regularly hosts musical performances, screens classic and independent movies, and other entertainment events. East Central University hosts a variety of sporting events and theatrical performances on their campus every year. The new Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center has brought numerous world class productions to the community since it opened in 2009. The Pontotoc County Agri-Plex & Convention Center includes two arenas, two animal barns and a convention center. The Agri-Plex hosts livestock shows, auctions, conventions, meetings and concerts. Numerous options for families and children are available in Ada. Lazer Zone is home to bowling, arcade games, mini golf, and laser tag. A food court provides dining options as well. The new Wintersmith and Glenwood Aquatic Centers officer everything from splash parks, slides and diving boards for fun to competition training in Olympic-size pools. Located just north of Ada is the city’s state-of-the-art lighted recreational sports complex featuring softball, baseball, soccer, and football fields, a walking/running track, ponds, and a playground. Adults can enjoy a variety of entertainment options including upscale bars, dining and casino gaming. Ada is also home to a private 18-hole golf course at Oak Hills Country Club, and two 9-hoel public courses. Along with AdaFest, annual community events are: East Central University’s Homecoming Parade each fall; the award-winning Pat Taylor Memorial Parade of Lights on Main Street and the Trail of Lights holiday displays at Wintersmith Park in December; Charmed by Chocolate in February; Cruisin’ Main in June; and oldest and most difficult 10K race in Oklahoma, the Fireball Classic July 4th followed by a fireworks display at dusk at historic Wintersmith Park. 

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