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Woodward, OK Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 8
Total Sleeping Rooms 428
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 81
Committable Meeting Rooms* 3
Convention Center Space 29,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $83
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $46
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $451
*Maximum for a single hotel

Woodward, OK Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent's Meeting and Event Planning Guide to Woodward, a city guide with meeting professionals in mind. Set in the middle of northwest Oklahoma, Woodward features wide open spaces, natural beauty and small-town hospitality in its conference and meeting offerings. The largest city in an area of nine counties, Woodward is a commercial hub that leads the way in green technology and outdoor recreation activities. Conveniently located on the eastern edge of the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles, Woodward is 87 miles from Enid, Oklahoma, 140 miles from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and 177 miles from Amarillo, Texas.

Meeting delegates can fly into Woodward via the city's general aviation airport, West Woodward Airport, which is located six miles outside of the central business district. Delegates can also fly into Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, which is the nearest major airport to Woodward. Will Rogers World Airport serves more than three million passengers each year, offering nonstop service to such major markets are Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC. Once in Woodward, delegates can ride Red River Transportation buses, which run throughout local several counties along regular and on-demand routes.

Opened in 2012, the state-of-the-art Woodward Conference Center serves as the city's major meeting venue. Spanning more than 29,000 square feet, the center features a main hall and three training rooms, accommodating up to 1,100 delegates (or 110 vendor booths). A hub for multi-purpose conferences, Woodward Conference Center features audio-visual services and a catering kitchen and sits across the street from the scenic Experiment Lake and park.

For smaller group functions and events, look no further than Woodward's recreation and cultural venues. One of the state's premier performing arts centers, Woodward Arts Theatre and Josie Adams Cultural Centre host community plays, art camps and special performances, as well as conventions and corporate meetings in such spaces as a 500-seat, restored 1920s vintage theater. For a group function on the links, the public 18-hole Boiling Springs Golf Course houses an outdoor pavilion, as well as a clubhouse and pro shop.

A modern and beloved city landmark, Crystal Beach Park is a former watering hole for cattle drives turned community gathering place, following a $25-million renovation. Home of the Woodward County Fairgrounds, Crystal Beach Park features the nine-hole Woodward Municipal Golf Course and a spring-fed, fish-stocked lake, as well as picnic areas and pavilions available for group events. Crystal Beach Park also houses the multi-million-dollar baseball complex Fuller Park, complete with club seats; and Crystal Beach Arena, which hosts motocross exhibitions and concerts, as well as attracting 20,000 to 30,000 fans each July to the annual Elks Rodeo. A family favorite at Crystal Beach Park, Crystal Beach Aquatics Center features watersides, zero-entry pools, water features and a lap pool.

About Woodward, OK / Additional Info

A fantastic Oklahoma locale for family fun and recreation, Woodward is known for its action-packed lifestyle and friendly hospitality. Woodward has grown in leaps and bounds since its beginnings as a frontier town. Originally home to Kiowa, Cheyenne, Comanche and Arapahoe tribes, Woodward was established in 1887 when the railroad came to town. Woodward became a provisioning point for nearby Fort Supply, and has been a trade center since. After becoming a stop on the Great Western Cattle Trail, Woodward evolved into a rough-and-tumble frontier town. Woodward's boom came in 1956 in the form of oil and gas production, and today enjoys a strong economy based on energy and agriculture. In fact, Woodward leads the way in green technology, as more than 450 wind-powered turbines line its hills, generating power and employing hundreds of people.

Many of Woodward's attractions celebrate its heritage and showcase its natural beauty. The Plains Indians & Pioneers Museum traces Woodward's history and showcases exhibits on such topics as pre-history hunters and farmers, railroad history and local agriculture, as well as functions as the city's designated tourism information center. The 200-acre Alabaster Caverns State Park houses the largest natural gypsum cave in the world open to the public, a three-quarter mile cavern formed of alabaster, a rare form of gypsum. Visitors can join daily guided cavern tours, as well as hike, picnic or wild cave. Set one mile outside of Woodward, Boiling Springs State Park is one of the seven original state parks built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Home to a natural spring showcased by a natural wooden shelter and interpretive center, the 820-acre park features more than 150 picnic tables and grills, three pavilions, a pool, hiking trails and seven-acre, spring-fed fishing lake.

Enjoying Woodward's variety of outdoor activities is sure to work up an appetite. Local favorite restaurants include Big Dan's Steakhouse, which specializes in choice hand-cut steaks and group dining in private banquet rooms. K-Bob's Steakhouse serves a variety of fresh cuts, as well as such entrees as chicken fried steak and hand-battered crawfish. The Woodward Mazzio's location serves such Italian fare as award-winning pizzas and traditional pasta classics in a fast-casual setting.

 
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