Tranquil setting at an urban park in downtown Tulsa
Viewing art deco-style architecture downtown
Walkway at the Tulsa Garden Center in historic Woodward Park
Pedestrian bridge crossing over historic Route 66
Downtown Tulsa aglow in the evening
Enjoying the tranquility of the gardens at the Philbrook Museum
Cowboy performing a rope trick at the Tulsa Oktoberfest
Abundant flowers outside the Gilcrease Museum
A metropolis with quintessential American appeal
Fun in Vibrant Neighborhoods
Visitors get the most bang for their buck in the city’s half-dozen entertainment districts, where most of the dining, shopping, festivals, and arts experiences are located. Anchored by the 1920s-era Blue Dome gas station, the Blue Dome district on historic Route 66 offers stylish restaurants and food truck festivals. The upscale Brookside District is home to a fantastic farmer’s market, and the Brady Arts District features the historic Brady Theater and Cain's Ballroom and art galleries. The Cherry Street District is the place to go for antique shopping and top local restaurants, while the downtown Deco District is home to cute pop-up shops and the Tulsa Children’s Museum.
Touring the Landmarks
Admire the facades of the early 20th-century Philcade Building downtown, then head to the 1920s Philbrook Museum of Art. It’s got not only a world-class permanent collection, but also beautiful Italianate gardens. For a dose of Western and Native American art, stop at the Gilcrease Museum. The quirky side of Tulsa is apparent at monuments like the Golden Driller and the Center of the Universe, an acoustical oddity. If you’ve got kids, consider the Tulsa Zoo, the Cave House, the Oklahoma Aquarium or the Tulsa Air and Space Museum. Culture vultures can take in a performance by the Tulsa Ballet or the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, while the massive new BOK Center offers everything from rock concerts to the Ice Capades.
A Breath of Fresh Air
Urban parks are abundant in Tulsa. Woodward Park is home to a picturesque botanical garden and arboretum, while at the 120-hectare Turkey Mountain Park you can find everything from horseback riding to challenging mountain bike trails. When the weather is nice, visitors love to head out to Tulsa River Parks, a 41-kilometer-long network of biking and walking trails along the Arkansas River which also features a fishing pier, a skate park and a splash park for kids.