Sample Itineraries

From a mansion on the prairie to fancy dancing…. From medieval castles for campers to a museum dedicated to women…. Ponca City will greet you with the unexpected. We thrive on the diversity of our attractions, the elegance of our architecture and the unique nature of the pioneers who made Ponca City their home. We’re expecting you!

Ponca City, Oklahoma: 1 Day - Sample Bus Tour Itinerary

Tour Highlights:

* Marland's Grand Home
* E.W. Marland Estate
* Conoco Museum
* Standing Bear Museum & Statue

Marland’s Grand Home: Before building his Palace on the Prairie, E.W. Marland built the Grand Home, which was started in 1914 and completed in 1916. It came with a central vacuuming system, automatic dishwasher, attached three car garage and the first indoor swimming pool built in Oklahoma. The home consists of 4-stories, including a basement. Memorabilia from the 101 Ranch and Wild West show is housed on the Home’s lower floor. The second floor is dedicated to an exhibit of Native American artwork, clothing, tools and cultural artifacts from different tribes. (Allow 1 hour)

Lunch and Private Tour of the Marland Mansion: This breathtaking mansion is modeled after the Davanzati Palace in Florence, Italy. Known as the “Palace on the Prairie,” the Mansion pays incredible attention to detail with carved wood, sculptured stone, wrought iron arched doorways, Waterford crystal chandeliers and hand painted and gold-leaf ceilings. One of America’s castles, this showplace contains approximately 48,000-square feet spread over four floors – complete with leather-lined elevator, twelve bathrooms, three kitchens, seven fireplaces, and an elegant ballroom which has a 24-karat gold leaf-covered ceiling worth over $1.4 million. The Mansion is a National historical landmark. Enjoy an incredible catered lunch at the Marland Mansion with special guest, E.W. himself, Lydie and others who are sure to be entertaining.  (Allow 3 hours)

Conoco Museum: You’ve seen Mr. Marland’s multi-million dollar mansion, now see the company he built! Immerse yourself in the 127-year history of Conoco. Experience the evolution of Conoco’s identity from its early days to its emergence as an energy provider on the world stage. With 19 flat screen TV’s, interactive games, kiosks and a 40-seat theatre, you have entered Ponca City’s newest state-of-the-art attraction. Explore a doodle bugger work site, step in to a 1950’s research and development laboratory, and visit an early service station with a working visible gravity-fed gasoline pump. (Allow 1 hour)

Standing Bear Museum & Statue: The Standing Bear Museum and Education Center has exhibits from the six area tribes including Kaw, Osage, Otoe-Missouria, Pawnee, Ponca and Tonkawa, as well as the story of Ponca Chief Standing Bear. At home in the park is a 22-foot bronze statue, the state’s tallest, of Ponca Chief Standing Bear, a monumental tribute to all Native Americans. A colorful 60-foot diameter circular viewing court is located at the foot of the statue and contains large limestone boulders around its perimeter affixed with bronze seals of each of the six area tribes. (Allow 1.5 hours)

Depart Ponca City with warm goodbyes and wishes for happy trails on your way home!


Ponca City, Oklahoma: 1 Night - Sample Bus Tour Itinerary

Tour Highlights:

* Pioneer Woman Museum
* Silvertop Farm & Vineyards and Stone Bluff Cellars Winery
* Standing Bear Museum & Statue
* Conoco Museum
* Poncan Theatre

Day- to- Day Itinerary: 

Day 1:

Prepare to meet Madame Opal at Pioneer Woman Museum, a Ponca City original, for a step-on guided bus tour of “Ponca City Dirt”. She’ll show and tell about Ponca City like you’ve never seen it before!  While awaiting Madame Opal’s arrival take a moment to tour the Pioneer Woman Museum which preserves the legacy of women from all races, creeds and nationalities who have contributed to the development of Oklahoma. The entrance of the museum, represents the pioneer woman’s bonnet, is inscribed with the words, "I See No Boundaries." (Allow 1 hour)

Silvertop Farm & Vineyards/Stone Bluff Cellars Winery: Visit the 2010 Outstanding Agritourism Redbud winner, Silvertop Farm & Vineyards and its affiliated property, Stone Bluff Cellars Winery. Visitors are personally greeted by co-owners Ruth and Mary Steichen as they arrive and are transported on people movers with guides between tour venue sites. Silvertop staff present topics at each venue covering farming basics, livestock care (sheep & cattle), specialty animals (donkeys, goats, emu, llamas), vineyard production, pecan management, local history and Native American Traditions, sheep herding, and wine production. Tour also includes wine and local food samples. Deluxe lunch buffet in "The Aqua Shed" is a highlight with local Native Americans providing entertainment before getting back on the road. 

Standing Bear Museum & Statue: The Standing Bear Museum and Education Center has exhibits from the six area tribes including Kaw, Osage, Otoe-Missouria, Pawnee, Ponca and Tonkawa, as well as the story of Ponca Chief Standing Bear. At home in the park is a 22-foot bronze statue, the state’s tallest, of Ponca Chief Standing Bear, a monumental tribute to all Native Americans. A colorful 60-foot diameter circular viewing court is located at the foot of the statue and contains large limestone boulders around its perimeter affixed with bronze seals of each of the six area tribes. (Allow 1.5 hours)

Conoco Museum: You’ve seen Mr. Marland’s multi-million dollar mansion, now see the company he built! Immerse yourself in the 127-year history of Conoco. Experience the evolution of Conoco’s identity from its early days to its emergence as an energy provider on the world stage. With 19 flat screen TV’s, interactive games, kiosks and a 40-seat theatre, you have entered Ponca City’s newest state-of-the-art attraction. Explore a doodle bugger work site, step in to a 1950’s research and development laboratory, and visit an early service station with a working visible gravity-fed gasoline pump. (Allow 1 hour)

Private Tour of the Poncan Theatre:  It’s 1924, and YOU are with the vaudeville troupe that will perform in tonight’s performance at the Poncan Theatre! Explore the dressing a room, haunted balcony and other parts of the Poncan on your own… nothing is off limits! 

Return to selected hotel …. Sweet dreams! 

Day 2: 

Breakfast at hotel, Enjoy breakfast at your selected hotel. Menu items could include French toast, waffles, breakfast burritos, biscuits and gravy and pastries! Free breakfast compliments of selected hotel. (Allow 1 hour)

Silvertop Farm and Vineyard: Guide Mary Steichen, one of the owners of The Silvertop Farm and Vineyards, will shuttle you on one of her “people mover” for a complete tour of her farms operations. She has her hand in a little, or a lot of everything! The farm’s operations include diversified grains, livestock (sheep and cattle), hay, pecans, vineyards and even Agritourism! She’ll give you a personal tour of the farm, a recount of its history, and how she’s been personally involved in the farms evolution. Enjoy a great lunch, where you’ll eat in the historic “silver-top barn”, the farm’s namesake. (Allow 3 hours)

Depart Ponca City with warm goodbyes and wishes for happy trails on your way home!


Ponca City, Oklahoma: 3 Night - Sample Bus Tour Itinerary

 

Tour Highlights:

* Poncan Theatre
* L.A. Cann Gardens
* Head Country Bar-B-Q Foods & Restaurant
* Marland's Grand Home
* Pioneer Woman Museum & Statue
* E.W. Marland Estate
* Conoco Museum
* Ponca City Art Center
* Historic Downtown Ponca City
* Standing Bear Museum & Statue
* Silvertop Farm & Vineyard
* Wentz Pool & Camp

Day- to- Day Itinerary: 

Day 1: 

Welcome to Ponca City! Arrive at host hotel to unload, check in and freshen up before boarding bus for evening meal. (Allow 1 hour) 

Dinner and Private Tour of the Poncan Theatre:  It’s 1924 and YOU are with the vaudeville troupe that will perform in tonight’s performance at the Poncan Theatre! Your group will be welcomed by Vaudeville Dave, the proprietor. He will take you on a tour of the beautiful theatre, beginning with the priceless lobby art collection and continuing throughout. Then explore the dressing room, haunted balcony and other parts of the Poncan on your own… nothing is off limits! Take time to eat from the scrumptious fajita buffet. Fajita bar consists of beef/chicken fajitas, tortillas, beans, rice, guacamole, sour cream, queso, salsa and chips.  (Allow 2.5 hours) 

Depart for host hotel… Sweet Dreams!

Day 2: 

Good Morning! Enjoy breakfast at your selected hotel. (Allow 1 hour) 

L.A. Cann Gardens: Welcome to our Gardens! You’ll be greeted by and hear about the New York fashion designer Elsie Cann, who bequeathed these gardens to Ponca City! These beautiful formal gardens encompass over 10 acres and contain several hundred varieties of annuals and perennials planted in unique color displays. There are over 70 species of trees that have been planted since 1980. The gardens are also home to a two-story farm house built in 1908 which has been refurbished with a beautiful shaded patio area and over 2,500 feet of brick walkways. (Allow 1 hour) 

Meet Madame Opal in L.A. Cann Gardens: Prepare to meet Madame Opal, a Ponca City original, for a step-on guided bus tour of Ponca City Dirt like you’ve never seen before! She’ll show and tell with stories that are OVER THE TOP! Deposit Madame Opal in front of hotel so she can return to “work” and continue to explore Ponca City. (Allow 1 hour) 

Head Country Bar-B-Q Foods & Restaurant: Get an insider’s peak into the “Head Country Bar-B-Q” facility which manufactures and bottles the world famous BBQ sauce, salsa and steak run. Learn how the business was started with a lot of vision and a little Oklahoma “know how”. Then take the knowledge you learned from the manufacturing plant to the famous restaurant. Choose from ribs, brisket, sandwiches and salads, all made with the delicious world famous Head Country sauces! (Allow 2 hours) 

Marland’s Grand Home: Before building his Palace on the Prairie, E.W. Marland built the grand home, which was started in 1914 and completed in1916. It came with a central vacuuming system, automatic dishwasher, attached three car garage and the first indoor swimming pool built in Oklahoma. The home consists of 4-stories, including a basement. Memorabilia from the 101 Ranch and Wild West show is housed on the home’s lower floor. The second floor is dedicated to an exhibit of Native American artwork, clothing, tools and cultural articles from different tribes. (Allow 1 hour) 

Pioneer Woman Museum & Statue: The Pioneer Woman Museum showcases the history of women in Oklahoma and the nation. The Pioneer Woman features exhibits showcasing women who have pioneered in various fields throughout Oklahoma’s history, education activities for young and old; and information and artifacts about the daily life of Oklahoma’s Cherokee Strip homesteaders. The entrance of the museum, represents the Pioneer Woman’s bonnet, and is inscribed with the words, “I See No Boundaries.” (Allow 1 Hour) 

Return to host hotel for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation! 

Dinner and Private Tour of the Marland Mansion: This breathtaking mansion is modeled after the Davanzati Palace in Florence, Italy. Known as the “Palace on the Prairie”, the mansion pays incredible attention to detail with carved wood, sculptured stone, and wrought iron arched doorways, Waterford crystal chandeliers and hand painted and gold-leaf ceilings. One of America’s castles, this showplace contains approximately 48,000 square feet spread over four floors- complete with leather-lined elevator, twelve bathrooms, three kitchens, and an elegant ballroom with 24-karat gold leaf-covered ceiling worth over $1.4 million, and seven fireplaces. The mansion is a National historical landmark. Enjoy an incredible catered dinner at the Marland Mansion with special guest E.W., Lydie and others who are sure to be entertaining. (Allow 3 hours) 

Depart for host hotel… Sweet Dreams! 

Day 3: 

Good Morning! Enjoy breakfast at your selected hotel. (Allow 1 hour) 

Conoco Museum: You’ve seen Mr. Marland’s multi-million dollar mansion, now see the company he built that financed it! Immerse yourself in the 127-year history of Conoco. Experience the evolution of Conoco’s identity from its early days to its emergence as an energy provider on the world stage. With 19 flat screen TV’s, interactive games, kiosks and a 40-seat theatre; you have entered Ponca City’s newest state-of-the-art attraction. Explore a doodle bugger work site, step in to a 1950’s research and development laboratory, and visit an early service station with a working visible gravity-fed gasoline pump. (Allow 1 hour) 

Ponca City Art Center: The Art Center is housed in the Soldani Mansion built in 1925 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Art Center functions as an education center, providing art classes in many different mediums. It also coordinates and hosts many art exhibitions and events throughout the year, including the annual Ponca City Fine Arts Festival every September. (Allow 1 hour) 

Historic Downtown Ponca City: Known as the HEART of the community, downtown Ponca City is a true destination point; home to thriving retail, dining and entertainment venues. The downtown area includes bring streets and historic buildings of Spanish Colonial architecture. Take a walk down Grand Avenue and enjoy the beauty of our statues, restored buildings and many gift shops, jewelry, music and clothing stores. (Allow 1 hour) 

Standing Bear Museum & Statue: The Standing Bear Museum and Education Center has exhibits from the six area tribes including Kaw, Osage, Otoe-Missouria, Pawnee, Ponca and Tonkawa, as well as the story of Ponca Chief Standing Bear. At home in the park is a 22 foot bronze statue, the state’s tallest, of Ponca Chief Standing Bear, a monumental tribute to all Native Americans. A colorful 60-foot diameter circular viewing court is located at the foot of the statue and contains large limestone boulders around is perimeter affixed with bronze seals of each of the six area tribes. (Allow 1.5 hours)

Return to host hotel for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation! 

Silvertop Farm and Vineyard: Visit the 2010 Outstanding Agritourism Redbud winner, Silvertop Farm & Vineyards and its affiliated property, Stone Bluff Cellars Winery. Visitors are personally greeted by co-owners Ruth and Mary Steichen as they arrive and are transported on people movers with guides between tour venue sites. Silvertop staff present topics at each venue covering farming basics, livestock care (sheep & cattle), specialty animals (donkeys, goats, emu, llamas), vineyard production, pecan management, local history and Native American Traditions, sheep herding, and wine production. Tour also includes wine and local food samples. Deluxe lunch buffet in "The Aqua Shed" is a highlight with local Native Americans providing entertainment before getting back on the road. 

Depart for host hotel… Sweet Dreams 

Day 4: 

Good Morning! Enjoy breakfast at your selected hotel. (Allow 1 hour) 

Driving tour of Wentz Pool & Camp: Wentz Pool was donated to Ponca City by oil millionaire Lew Wentz, who built is as part of his camp in 1928. Situated on a hill overlooking Lake Ponca, Wentz Pool is one of the most spectacular swimming areas in Oklahoma.  

 Depart Ponca City with warm goodbyes and wishes for happy trails on your way home!


*Sample Bus Tour Itineraries For Your Stay In Ponca City, Oklahoma. The following itinerary's are samples only. Please contact Ponca City Tourism to begin building your itinerary today!