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Top 10 Things To Do In Tulsa Oklahoma

here are the top things to do in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Quirky attractions. Art Deco architecture. Late-night dining. Tulsa, Oklahoma, a community made up of locals living and loving city life, is one of the most underrated destinations in the USA.

With a population of 400000, it’s hard to deny that Tulsa is a big city. It’s boldly industrial. The buildings – mid-sized, gray, and brown – are tightly packed. But just a short drive away are woods-enclosed trails and deep lakes and slow-moving rivers. 

Here are some of the top things to do in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 48 hours. 

The Golden Driller

Things to do in Tulsa : photo of the Golden Driller statue

Tulsa once had another name, “the oil capital of the world.” So it’s unsurprising that The Golden Driller, a seventy-five-foot tall free-standing statue of an oil worker, lives here. 

But the statue wasn’t built as an ode to Tulsa’s moniker. His size 393 shoes were born further south and moved up north for the Tulsa Expo Center

The Golden Driller statue – hard-hat on, hand poised over a derrick – just fit. So it stayed. 

General Info

Address: Tulsa Expo Center, 4145 E 21st St, Tulsa, OK 74114

Cost: FREE

Philbrook Museum Of Art

Philbrook Museum Of Art angle of gardens and house

Nestled within a Real Housewives of Orange County-style neighborhood is the Philbrook Museum Of Art, a former oil baron’s less-than humble Tulsa abode.

A 72-room house with twenty-plus acres of manicured lawns and grounds (our electricity and water bills look so small in retrospect and for that, I am eternally grateful), Philbrook is extravagant. Inside the property, you’ll find walls dressed in paintings and frames.

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things to do in tulsa : see the gardens at Philbrook Museum

But despite the inward opulence of Philbrook, it’s the gardens that make the cost of admission worth it. The backyard greenscape is terraced and curved. It’s a careful (and wholly aesthetic) mix of asymmetrical and symmetrical.

photo of the gardens at the Philbrook Museum, lake and terraced gardens facing the house

General Info

Address: 2727 S Rockford Rd, Tulsa, OK 74114

Cost: $12 Per Person (Free Every 2nd Saturday)

Gilcrease Museum

Located in downtown Tulsa, Gilcrease is a history museum framed by art. The museum’s narrative touches the entirety of North America and hones in on the American West. It houses over a quarter-million artifacts, ranging from BCE to today.

Gilcrease carries a growing in-house collection. And the grounds, flower-rimmed mid-spring to late-summer, are extended by wedding-worthy gardens.

General Info

Address: 1400 N Gilcrease Museum Rd, Tulsa, OK 74127

Cost: $8 Per Person

Woodie Guthrie Center

street art on the side of the Woodie Guthrie Center, one of the top things to do in Tulsa

You’ll want to listen to Tear The Fascists Down on your way to the Woodie Guthrie Center, a breathing record of the iconic folk artist’s life.

Woodie’s lyrics were unabashedly social justice-infused. And the Guthrie Center leans into that, providing context for the times. As a result, the mural-sided building is in-part an interactive music museum and in-part a history museum. Fans of Guthrie will love it. And those passing through Tulsa for a weekend should visit for the virtual reality dust bowl exhibit alone.

General Info

Address: 102 E Reconciliation Way, Tulsa, OK 74103

Cost: $12 Per Person

Farmland. Cherry Street. Utica Square.

old photo of Cherry Street, brick-front with American flag

Tulsa’s outdoor shopping scene is underrated. It’s quaint and cute and charming. Here’s what to bookmark:

Cherry Street

Cherry Street, a small neighborhood in Tulsa, has a tiny brick-front stretch worth mentioning. There are a few shops here and a couple of restaurants (Cherry Street Kitchen, Main Street Tavern).

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As tiny as the complex is, it’s cute enough to leave an impact (and if you want to linger a little longer, opt for a slow-service meal and patio seating)

General Info

Address: 1441 S Quaker Ave, Tulsa, OK 74120

Farmland

antique shop in Cherry Street that has since moved to Farmland (this ivy covered building has since been repainted white)
this antique shop (one of my favorites in Tulsa) used to be housed in Cherry Street and has since moved to Farmland

Farmland is a cute bleached wood-front block that feels like a small village. Like Cherry Street, Farmland is home to (mostly) indie boutiques and restaurants.

Farmland is where you go for furniture and decor (and a sneaky fresh-baked bite from Great Harvest Bread Co).

General Info

Address: 5203 S Sheridan Rd, Tulsa, OK 74145

Utica Square

Utica Square is upscale. But the way it’s set up feels more modest. The outdoor shopping complex, pumped up by well-known brand-names, is sectioned off by lines of trees. So the atmosphere has an air of intimacy.

Our favorite area is the garden (between The Wild Fork and Starbucks).

General Info

Address: 2070 Utica Square, Tulsa, OK 74114

Mary K. Oxley Nature Center

It’s hard to believe Oxley Nature Center is in Tulsa. The 800-acre nature preserve seems raw and wild.

There are plenty of hiking trails that curve around a lake and pond and marsh and creek. And even though I chose not to visit Oxley (after hearing rumors of locals encountering mild-mannered snakes whilst walking), I still wanted to include it on this list because it’s unarguably one of the best things to do in Tulsa.

It’s a place for deer-spotting and bird-watching.

General Info

Address: 6700 Mohawk Blvd, Tulsa, OK 74115

Turkey Mountain

wildflowers that could be found in Turkey Mountain

A hidden gem in Oklahoma, Turkey Mountain is a hill and wilderness area. It’s a quiet place, with a range of paths (some shorter and easier and others longer and more moderate).

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Blue Trail is tougher than anticipated. It’s an uphill climb that stops at a high elevation. But it’s also rewarding. If you’re looking to slice the trek, make your way back after about half-a-mile. For something a bit easier, consider the Red Trail or the Paved Trail (behind the restrooms).

General Info

Address: Turkey Mountain Park, 6800 S Elwood Ave, Tulsa, OK 74132

Tulsa Arts District

Tulsa Arts District feature photo, record shop

The Tulsa Arts District is in an old part of the city. The buildings, now bars and housing complexes and restaurants, sit on a tall foundation of stories.

It’s become a nightlife destination over the past years. And the two main venues to know are Tulsa Theater and Cain’s Ballroom.

General Info

Address: 423 N Main St, Tulsa, OK 74103

Gathering Place

The Gathering Place in Tulsa, one of the best modern urban parks and recreational areas and one of the best things to do in Tulsa

Ask any local what the top things to do in Tulsa are and chances are you’ll hear the name Gathering Place at least once.

The Gathering Place is a modern urban park. It’s family-centric with a playground (that, in all honesty, could qualify as an amusement park) and skate area. The architecture and landscaping are more than impressive. The woodsy interior of Williams Lodge alone seems too good to be free (but it is absolutely free to visit, as is the rest of the park and gardens).

General Info

Address: 2650 S John Williams Way, Tulsa, OK 74114

Blue Dome

More than a quirky roadside attraction, the iconic sky-colored pastel top of this former Gulf Oil Service Station roots a popular nightlife neighborhood.

The district is also a hotspot of outdoor events – Blue Dome Arts Festival, Mardi Gras.

Here’s where you need to go: The Boxyard (a hip and chic shopping mall made from recycled shipping containers), Roof Sixty-Six Bar (known for its rooftop views), and Adolini’s (for the service and pizza – seriously though, I can’t resist pizza in any form).

sincerely anshula

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