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Moving to Fort Sill? What You Need to Know

Are you moving to Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma soon? This guide from a military spouse has everything you wanted to know, but didn’t know where to ask!

Are you moving to Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma, soon? This guide from a military spouse has everything you wanted to know, but didn't know where to ask!

If your family just got word that you’re heading to Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma, you’ve come to the right place.

But this isn’t your run-of-the-mill guide. You won’t discover what schools are the best, where you should live, or the best doctor; instead, you’ll find things you want to know about like favorite day trips, radio stations, and all the yummy places to eat.

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This Duty Station Spotlight is from Jen, a stay-at-home mom to three boys. They were at Fort Sill for three years, and she runs a clean-beauty business with Beautycounter. And fun fact: they’ve also been stationed in Alaska and Hawaii! Find her on Instagram.

First Things First: The Basics

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(photo taken in downtown Oklahoma City)

What were your first impressions after moving to Fort Sill?

Small town, country charm?

How did you feel at the the end of the tour? Did your impressions change?

I really liked by the end of our time there! We found little things to do for the kids and lots of outdoor activities!

What is ONE THING you wish you had known before moving to Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma?

If you buy the annual museum pass in Lawton, you can use it at the big Science museum in OKC (1.5 hrs away!)

Don’t be afraid to drive around to explore new cites/ towns! Like Wichita Falls, Texas 30 minutes away! Such a cute downtown with lots of local shops.

Good (Local) Eats

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If someone came to visit you, and you had to take them out to eat, what would your TOP THREE favorite places be?

The Silver Spoon, Ted’s Cafe Escondido (for Mexican food), and Meers Store and Restaurant (get the peach cobbler)!

Favorite place(s) for coffee and/or dessert?

Viridian Coffee
Young’s Donuts!

Is there a farmer’s market scene in there? Tell us about it!

There’s one in Wichita Falls that we loved!

How about a fun night out on the town for a date night?

My husband liked the cigar lounge.

Get Around (and out of) Town

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Top five favorite things to do in Lawton, Oklahoma:

Museum of Great Plains, Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, hike Mount Scott, check out the Holy City, and Medicine Park

Picture this: You have a whole weekend to go somewhere within driving distance: Where are you going and what are you doing?

Wichita Falls, OKC , or Dallas are ll within 3 hours!

We loved going to OKC for the zoo and Traders Joe’s. Dallas for shopping and really good eats!

What was your favorite park in town?

Kid Zone at Greer Park (aka the Wooden Park) or Elmer Thomas

Any museums worth checking out?

Museum of Great Plains! We went all the time; it’s great for littles

All the Extras

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Favorite radio station?

Klove on 89.9FM

Info on your favorite hair salon/hair dresser, please and thank you.

I would go to a girl in Wichita Falls for my hair cuts! Berkley Tressler at Re:vive

Like a Local

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Any festivals, fairs, or events worth checking out?

Christmas lights at Elmer Thomas.

Tell us about the weather.

Average wind speed over 10mph. Approximately 20/30x year you’ll see winds sustain at 30+mph. March 1st- July is hail season. Summer will have 20-30 days over 100.

Is there anything else you’d like to mention about Fort Sill/Lawton, OK, for someone who is moving there soon?

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My husband wants me to mention that there’s really great hunting & fishing!

Your Turn!

If you’ve been stationed at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma, please share your favorites in the comments!

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