Tulsa is the second largest city in the state of Oklahoma. Known for its art deco architecture, oil history and vintage attractions on route 66, Tulsa is one of the best places you must visit in Oklahoma. There are so many things to do in Tulsa, from stunning places with popular attractions to entertainment hubs, cozy restaurants, and shopping districts to cater to those who travel in style and want to add to their travel wardrobe.
Places to See in Tulsa
1| Praying Hands Statue
The statue of Praying Hands at Oral Roberts University is a popular attraction in Tulsa. Not only is the statue big, 18m tall and beautifully sculpted, it also commands emotions and peace as you approach it. Somehow it does manage to remind you to pray more. If you feel like praying when you get there, just go to Victory Church, located just opposite the Praying Hands Statue. They say Tulsa is the ‘Buckle of the Bible Belt’. Inside Oral Roberts University’s Learning Resource Center you will find Willard Elsing Museum that houses natural crystal formations and Asian and Native American art, among other things. There is also a 200-foot Praying Tower located at the University.
Address: Praying Hands, Tulsa, OK 74136
2| Philbrook Museum of Art
Philbrook Museum is known for its Native American art, modern contemporary art as well as its beautiful and colorful gardens. It also has a satellite museum in the Brady District of Art. From September 1, 2017, the opening hours are from 9 am to 5 pm (Wednesday – Sunday) and 9 am to 9 pm (on Fridays). Admission is $9.
Address: 2727 South Rockford Road, Tulsa, OK 74114
3| Golden Driller
The Golden Driller is a popular Oklahoma State Monument that stands in front of the Expo Building, at the fairgrounds. The monument was built as a symbol for Tulsa being the ‘Oil Capital of the World’. The structure is 23 meters high and made of concrete. A real oil derrick was used to rest its hand. Expo Square has many events such as exhibitions.
Address: Tulsa Expo Center, 4145 E 21st St, Tulsa, OK 74114
4| Gilcrease Museum
Gilcrease Museum is one of the popular museums in Tulsa that was started by Thomas Gilcrease in 1949. It exhibits large collections of American West artifacts, Native American art, and historic documents. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Adults pay $8 to enter the museum.
Address: 1400 North Gilcrease Museum Road, Tulsa OK.
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5| Woody Guthrie Center
Woody Guthrie Center houses the work and life story of the Oklahoman songwriter and folksinger, Woody Guthrie. It is located in the Brady District.
Address: 102 East Brady St. Tulsa OK.
6| Tulsa Zoo
Tulsa Zoo is another place to visit in Tulsa that will make you and your family smile. It is a great place to take the kids for a day out. They have a wide range of animals including lions, giraffes, elephants. The zoo is open every day from 9 am to 5 pm. Admission is $10.
Address: 6421 E 36th St N, Tulsa, OK 74115
7| Brady Arts District
The Brady Arts District is one of the favorite places to hang out and enjoy beautiful art in museums, as well as other interesting and fun things in Brady Street such as seeing shows at Brady Theater. There are plenty of nice restaurants, cafes, bars, and clubs in this area.
8| The Cave House
The Cave House is owned by mother and daughter, Linda and Kate Collier. Admission is $10 but you will need to book an appointment for a tour; their number is 918-378-1952 and their email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: 1623 W. Charles Page Blvd. Tulsa, OK 74127
9| Boston Avenue Methodist Church
The historic Boston Avenue Methodist Church attracts thousands of people because of its magnificent architecture. It’s located in the heart of Tulsa and amidst other beautiful architecture in downtown Tulsa.
Address: 1301 S Boston Ave, Tulsa, OK 74119
10| ONEOK Field
Go and see games at ONEOK Field, located in the historic Greenwood District of downtown Tulsa. The building is one of the art deco buildings treasured in Tulsa.
Address: 201 N Elgin Ave, Tulsa, OK 74120
11| Tulsa Performing Arts Center & Art Deco Buildings
Opened in 1977, Tulsa Performing Arts Center is the place where entertainment in different forms is showcased. Musicals, plays and other events happen here. For more information on events and tickets click here. Downtown Tulsa is where you will also find the Art Deco Buildings.
Address: 110 E 2nd St, Tulsa, OK 74103
12| Circle Cinema
Previously known as Circle Theater, this is the only cinema left from the golden age, on route 66. It is one of the attractions listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The cinema was built in 1928 and now shows a variety of films including documentaries, film festivals, and locals movies. For more information click here.
Address: 10 S Lewis Ave, Tulsa, OK 74104
13| The Tulsa Air and Space Museum
This museum displays, on a 17.8-acre land, what was left of the aerospace industry of the old Oklahoma. The museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. For more information click here.
Address: 3624 North 74th East Avenue, Tulsa
14| Arkansas River Bridge
This historic bridge on 11th Street is one of the popular attractions on route 66 that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is believed that the 1916 bridge was the reason why route 66 passed through the city of Tulsa. It is located at Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza.
Address: Southwest Blvd, Tulsa, OK 74127
15| Oklahoma Aquarium
This aquarium is located in Jenks, the south of Tulsa. It is open every day from 10 am to 6 pm; on Tuesdays, it is open from 10 am to 9 pm. An adult ticket is $15.95. More information here.
Address: 300 Aquarium Dr. Jenks, Oklahoma 74037
16| Vickery Phillips 66 Station
The Vickery Phillips 66 Station is one of the Route 66 attractions and listed in the National Register of Historic Places. This gasoline station was built in 1931. In 1943 the station was owned by V.W. Vickery, who named the station after himself.
Address: 602 S. Elgin Ave. , Tulsa, OK.
17| Tulsa Oktoberfest
USA Today named Tulsa Oktoberfest as a top 10 Oktoberfest in the United States. German food that is authentic is sold, as well as German beers. It is a day full of music and enjoyment. The goal is to celebrate authentic Bavarian culture. General admission is $10.
18| Admiral Twin Drive-In
If you want a good experience while watching a movie, go to the Admiral Twin Drive-In. If you want a good spot to park for you to see the movie properly, make sure you go early to avoid ticket queues. Check their website for movies that are showing.
Address: 7355 E Easton St, Tulsa, OK 74115
Other Places to See in Tulsa
20| Go to Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness area for hiking, riding, biking and picnicking.
21| Take your kids to Discovery Lab -Tulsa Children’s Museum, they will love it.
22| River Spirit Casino is another option for night entertainment.
23| Spend a day at Safari Joe’s H2O Water Park. This water park is perfect for a day with family.
24| Visit the beautifully designed University of Tulsa.
25| Visit some colorful bars and restaurants in the Blue Dome District. The address is 202 S Elgin Ave, Tulsa, OK 74120.
26| Appreciate the architecture at Holy Family Cathedral.
27| Visit the water park great for fishing at Mohawk Park.
28| See how luxurious some Tulsa residents are living at Philtower. The address is 427 S Boston Suite 915, Tulsa, OK 74103.
29| Enjoy the collection at Tulsa Historical Society & Museum
30| Get immersed in the Jewish art and culture at Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art
31| Visit the Shalomfest and Tulsa State Fair
32| If you are in Tulsa in December, don’t miss the Tulsa Christmas Parade in downtown Tulsa.
34| Enjoy performances at Tulsa Ballet.
35| Enjoy a picnic and an afternoon stroll at Tulsa Botanic Garden.
36| Watch sports or other events at the BOK Center. The experience in this huge arena is great.
37| Easter Island Music Festival occurs on April 13-15.
38| Go and watch the Great Raft Race in Arkansas River that takes place in September.
39| If you are in Tulsa in September, don’t miss Tulsa State Fair at the Expo Square.
Restaurants in Tulsa
D’vina is one of the best restaurants in Tulsa and my favorite. The menu has an international fusion and is very interesting. The food is gourmet and incredibly delicious. This is where you take your family and friends when you want to have a great time with an amazing experience. On Friday and Saturday evenings they have a live band playing. Every Sunday they have a brunch.
41| Carrabba’s Italian Grill
Carrabba’s Italian Grill is an Italian restaurant in Tulsa that has the best pasta it will remind you of Rome. The restaurant is nice and cozy and will not disappoint. To know more here is their website.
Shopping in Tulsa
7021 S Memorial Dr, Tulsa, OK 74133-2025
7336 S Olympia Ave, Tulsa, OK 74132, USA
44| Utica Square
1709 Utica Square, Tulsa, OK 74114, USA
45| Cherry Street
Even though 15th and Cherry Street is where you have a wide selection of restaurants, you will also find nice boutiques. There is also a popular farmers market every Saturday morning.