Things to Do in Tulsa… let’s have some fun!
Fair Meadows Racing Live racing and simulcast off-track wagering
Gathering Place Gathering Place is Tulsa’s world class riverfront park designed to welcome all Tulsans and visitors to a vibrant and inclusive space that engages, educates and excites! In 2019, the park was named the best new attraction in America by USA TODAY.
Gilcrease Museum houses the world’s largest, most comprehensive collection of art of the American West. In addition, Gilcrease offers an unparalleled collection of Native American art and artifacts, a hands-on, interactive exhibition highlighting the art, culture and history of Mexico, and a distinguished collection of historical manuscripts, documents, and maps.
Historic tours of Downtown Tulsa Popular walking tours highlighting some of Downtown Tulsa’s architectural treasures conducted by volunteers and docents of the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture.
Keystone Ancient Forest Preserve Owned and operated by the City of Sand Springs, the Keystone Ancient Forest Preserve totals over 1,200 acres and protects a prime example of cross timber woodlands, including some of the oldest known living eastern red cedars, aged at over 500 years old.
Mother Road Market Combine the energy and bustle of a daily market with an indoor | outdoor bar, covered patio, children’s play space and a uniquely inspired commissary kitchen and you’ve got the ingredients for Tulsa’s Mother Road Market. This adaptive re-use of a 1930’s brick warehouse, will bring new life along Route 66 as a hub for incubator restaurants and merchants of all kinds.
Oklahoma Aquarium The Oklahoma Aquarium provides educational, recreational, cultural and tourism opportunities for Oklahomans and out-of-state visitors.
The Outsiders House Museum The Outsiders House Museum unveils a behind the scenes layer of the trivia, untold yarns and the story behind the story of this classic motion picture filmed in Tulsa.
Oxley Nature Center & Redbud Valley Nature Preserve The Mary K. Oxley Nature Center offers over 800 secluded acres, nine miles of trails, and an interpretive center tucked into a corner of Mohawk Park.
Philbrook Museum Nestled in one of Tulsa’s first neighborhoods is an Italianate villa set in 23-acres of lush gardens and tranquil grounds. Inside, the grandeur of Oklahoma’s oil-rich 1920s is preserved and showcased along with fine art collections from around the globe.
Route 66 | the Historic Mother Road Visit this site for a list of Tulsa’s many historic Route 66 icons and classics: motels, gas stations, hotels, neon signs, diners and more! We list them below:
Spotlight Theatre | The Drunkard On Saturday nights the Tulsa Spotlight Theatre stages The Drunkard, a hilarious melodrama. The family-friendly evening includes a variety show called the Olio and an audience sing-along of old-time tunes.
Tallgrass Prairie Reserve The Joseph H. Williams Tallgrass Prairie Preserve is the largest (39,650 acres) protected remnant of tallgrass prairie left on earth. Originally spanning portions of 14 states from Texas to Minnesota.
Tulsa Air & Space Museum Experience Tulsa’s rich history in the aerospace industry by exploring 19,000 square feet of exhibit space and educational displays in the museum , then sit back in the planetarium and enjoy a trip to the outer limits of the universe in our new ESky Theater.
Tulsa Botanic Garden Working with landscape architects from Dallas, Atlanta, and Tulsa, Tulsa Botanic Garden unveiled its exciting master plan in December 2012, which lays out a vision for developing 60 acres of gardens over the next 25 years.
Tulsa Garden Center Located in historic Woodward Park Tulsa Garden Center is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide a variety of horticultural and environmental education opportunities.
Tulsa Parks The City manages 140 parks, including nature centers, golf courses, 21 swimming pools, 156 sports fields, 115 playgrounds, 123 tennis courts, 25 water playgrounds, The River Skate Park, 60 picnic shelters, 14 community centers, fitness facilities, gymnasiums, meeting rooms and facilities, trails and more.
Tulsa Zoo Voted America’s favorite zoo
Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area One of northeastern Oklahoma’s unique recreational treasures, the Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness encompasses over 300 acres of rugged park land located only a few miles from Tulsa’s vibrant downtown.
Southern Hills Country Club Shown above, the famed Southern Hill Country Club website is for Members Only but the legendary golf course has hosted many major championships including both the PGA and the U.S. Open. In 2007, Tiger Woods was crowned PGA Champion at Southern Hills.
Cedar Ridge Country Club In 1968 famed golf course designer Joe Finger created a new golf course in Tulsa that is now heralded as one of the finest in the nation
Golf Club of Oklahoma Ranked as one of the top-four courses in Oklahoma by Golf Digest in May 2005, the 7,183-yard par 72 course features rolling terrain, towering oaks and natural bodies of water.
Indian Springs Country Club Indian Springs Country Club offers a quaint countryside setting located on 450 acres of natural rolling terrain. Two courses meander along dense forest, traverse up, down and around bluffs.
Meadowbrook Country Club MeadowBrook Country Club Members enjoy access to a private Web Site dedicated to Golf, Special Club Events and Club News.
Oaks Country Club Oaks Country Club is the second oldest course in Tulsa founded in 1920 from an idea ffrom William Weichel and Walter Ahrens.
Tulsa Country Club Tulsa Country Club has hosted numerous tournaments & exhibitions involving top PGA professionals, and holds claim to being one of the top five courses in Oklahoma according to Golf Week Magazine.
Public Golf Links
Bailey Ranch Golf Club | Battle Creek | Golf Club | Broken Arrow Golf & Athletic Club | Cherokee Hills Golf Club | Clary Fields Golf Club | Forest Ridge Golf Club | LaFortune Park | Mohawk Park | Page Belcher South Lakes | Owasso Golf & Athletic Club
At the intersection of 18th and South Boston Ave., the Boston District is a tightly packed collection of high quality clubs and restaurants. Mercury Lounge, The Venue, Rehab Lounge, Boston’s, Sax Bar and Vintage 1740 Wine Bar offer a mix of atmosphere and entertainment.
Tulsa Arts District formerly the Brady Arts District. New development in recent years has produced a flourish of attractions, including the bustling nightclubs, restaurants and theaters of the Brady Arts and Blue Dome Districts.
Blue Dome District Folk’s are starting to take the reemergence of downtown seriously, and the Blue Dome District is becoming the hub of Tulsa’s nightlife. Think Deep Ellum in Dallas, envision Austin’s 6th Street and you’re beginning to get very very thirsty.
Brookside District Brookside is perhaps Tulsa’s most popular destination for shopping and nightlife. There are literally dozens of trendy restaurants, clubs and shopping options. Spend one evening in this pedestrian friendly neighborhood and you will find yourself coming back again and again.
Caz’s Not just an ordinary bar… located in the heart of the Brady Arts District in the heart of downtown Tulsa.
Cherry Street District The Cherry Street District is a shopping and entertainment area located on what is now called 15th Street from Peoria Avenue to Utica Avenue. This popular historical neighborhood is populated with great clubs, restaurants, quaint shops and most recently trendy loft living in some of Tulsa’s most innovative new construction catering to the young affluent professionals. Cherry Street is a pedestrian friendly destination for those seeking a village type atmosphere.
Circle Cinema Restoration continues on the historic Circle Cinema now host to independent films, documentaries and great classic films.
Empire Bar The website could use a little polish but The Empire is a great neighborhood tavern.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hard Rock Hotel & Casino offers first-class amenities to make you look like a rock start. Whether you are planning an intimate gathering, a catered celebration, or a large convention, the Hard Rock Hotel will uniquely and seamlessly execute your event.
James E. McNellie’s Public House Located in downtown Tulsa offering good food, hundreds of beers, comfortable atmosphere.
Osage Casino In February 2019 the Osage Casino Hotel in Tulsa completed a major $160M expansion project transforming the casino into Tulsa’s newest casino destination location, near Downtown Tulsa.
River Spirit Casino – Tulsa River Spirit Casino – a one-of-a-kind gaming, dining and entertainment experience. This $195 million casino features the latest in high-tech machines, casual and fine dining, FREE live entertainment and many other state-of-the-art amenities you won’t find anywhere else.
Vintage Wine Bar Vintage is a cozy, independently-owned wine bar that focuses on supporting boutique wineries from all over the world.
Seasonal Attractions, Events & Festivals
Boat, Sport & Travel Show Late January / early February of each year, with more than 460,000 square feet of canoes, fishing boats, pontoons, runabouts, sail boats, house boats, cruisers, boat docks, vans, tent campers, trailers, camping and fishing tackle equipment, water and snow skiing equipment, personal watercraft, camping resorts and lodges.
First Friday Art Crawl in The Arts District Voted one of the Best Public Entertainment Events in Tulsa! The First Friday Art Crawl was established in 2007
Hop Jam Beer & Music Festival Every May, now in its 6th Year, where brews and music helped The Hop Jam to become Oklahoma’s largest craft beer and music festival
OK Mozart Festival Early to mid-June each year. The OK MOZART International Festival began with a three-day concert series. Now in its 19th year, OK MOZART continues to bring the best and brightest musicians to our neighbor Bartlesville for over a week of world-class performances.
Mayfest Attracting over 250,000 people annually, Mayfest features an array of multi-disciplined arts from dance, music and visual arts. Always one of the major highlights of spring you will not want to miss Mayfest, moving to the Tulsa Arts District in 2020.
Oktoberfest Tulsa’s Oktoberfest is one of the premier German folk heritage festivals in the United States.
Oklahoma FreeWheel Every June, Oklahoma’s premier bicycle touring event. Plan now to join over a thousand cyclists, support staff, and family members as they gather near the Texas-Oklahoma state line for the trek north to Kansas.
Route 66 Marathon November of each year. A 26.2 mile long-party for a good cause in a stunning destination steeped in lively history – that’s the Route 66 Marathon in a nutshell.
Tulsa Home & Garden Show Every March the Greater Tulsa Home & Garden Show is where you check off your home improvement list! Oklahoma’s LARGEST home and garden products trade show has more than 500 exhibitors,
Tulsa Indian Art Festival Dates to be announced. Join Artists, Collectors of Fine Art and Gallery Owners for an Invitational Art Exhibit in Celebration of American art.
Tulsa Run Every October. From its humble beginnings in 1978 with a little over 1,000 runners the Tulsa Run has been a marquee event in the Tulsa Community. With over 150,000 finishers of the 15k race we want you to add your name to the list! With a 15k (9.3 miles), 5k (3.1 miles), and 2k (little over 1 mile) distance there is a race for every athlete and fitness goal. Join us for a Tulsa running tradition!
Tulsa State Fair Late September / early October. One of the great state fairs in America with average annual attendance of 1,000,000 people. Visit the midway, take in the entertainment, view the livestock exhibits, something for everyone.
Tulsa Tough | Saint Francis Early June, every year. Saint Francis Tulsa Tough attracts professional and amateur racers from across the country racing criterium style races on three different venues in the streets of Downtown Tulsa and along the Arkansas River. Prize money rivals the largest purses in the nation. The quality of the venues and the top level race operation already has professional teams making Tulsa an important stop on their annual racing schedules.
Lakes & Rivers
Ft Gibson Lake
Approximately 5 minutes east of Tulsa the lake covers close to 22,000 acres of water with approximately 225 miles of shoreline. Facilities include boat ramps, picnic areas, campsites, public access shelters, restrooms, showers, marinas, fishing docks and concession stands. Paradise Cove Marina | Taylor Ferry Marina
About an hour northeast of Tulsa the lake has 46,000 acres of water, ,300 miles of shoreline and is one of only two major lakes in Oklahoma where you can build directly on the waterfront. It’s immensely popular with both power-boaters and sail-boaters and consistently ranks as one of the top bass fishing lakes in the U.S. Visit the following websites: Grand Lake Chamber | Arrowhead Yacht Club | GRDA | Cherokee Yacht Club
Just 70 minutes east of Tulsa the scenic Illinois River offers fun, adventure and break taking beauty as it’s cool, clear waters meander through the Oklahoma Ozark hills providing visitors with dense forests of oak, elm, hickory and cedar. There are many outfitters along the river that provide canoes, kayaks, or rafts, along with shuttle service.
Arrowhead Camp | Eagle Bluff Resort | Sparrow Hawk Camp
On the Arkansas River 15 miles west of downtown Tulsa, this 26,000 acre lake is truly an urban playground. There are 16 recreation areas, 11 boat ramps, miles of sandy beaches, 3 marinas, 2 off-road vehicle areas, 5 short distance trails, a waterfowl refuge, 3 seasonal green tree reservoirs, and thousands of acres of land open to public hunting. Pier 51 Marina
Located about 80 minutes S/SE of Tulsa, Lake Eufaula, with over 600 miles in shoreline and 100,000+ surface acres of water, is the largest lake in Oklahoma. The first glimpse of Lake Eufaula creates the same impression on native Oklahomans and out-of-state visitors… a feeling of awe from the grandeur of the seemingly endless shorelines of sandy beaches, towering scenic cliffs and majestic trees. Eufaula Cove Marina | Evergreen Marina | #9 Marina
Lake Hudson is situated in a natural river valley, resting at the foothills of the Ozark Mountains about 50 minutes east of Tulsa. Often referred to as Grand Lake’s little sister, it has about 12,000 surface acres of water and 200 miles of shoreline surrounded by majestic bluffs, rolling hills and quiet, secluded coves.
Located about 75 minutes southeast of Tulsa and nestled in the Cookson Hills with its towering rock formations, Tenkiller Lake is fed by the Illinois and the Baron Fork Rivers which have been designated as Oklahoma scenic rivers. The lake has the best water clarity in the state and its 12,900 acres and 130 mile shoreline are ringed by intermittent high bluffs rising up to 200 feet above the lake and river. Visitor Guide | Burnt Cabin Marina | Cookson Bend Marina | Snake Creek Marina
About 30 minutes northeast of Tulsa, Oologah Lake has about 209 miles of shoreline and 29,500 surface acres of water. There are marina servies, boat ramps, docks, 142 campsites with electricity and 11 Parks. Redbud Marina | Oologah Lake Leader
Located about 30 minutes northwest of Tulsa, Skiatook Lake has about 10,500 surface acres of water and 160 miles of shoreline accentuated by steep picturesque bluffs with about 1,800 acres of land surrounding the lake set aside for public use. CrossTimbers Marina | Skiatook Lake Association | Skiatook Chamber of Commerce
Tickets & Directories
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BOK Center A project of Vision 2025, the new 18,000 seat regional events center opened in the Fall of 2008. It provides a functional, comfortable, and unique venue for events serving Tulsans from every walk of life. At the ground breaking, former Mayor Bill LaFortune predicted this masterpiece of Cesar Pelli will serve for decades as Tulsa’s icon – a point of pride for all of us.
Brady Theatre The historic Brady Theater, completed in 1914 is a Tulsa tradition and a Midwestern entertainment landmark. A great venue.
Cain’s Ballroom From the legendary home of Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys Cain’s Ballroom has become one of Tulsa’s most recognizable icons whose reputation is exceeded only by its performances. Got to love it.
Convention & Visitors Bureau In Tulsa you will find cowboys and classical ballet. Art Deco and Arena football, rodeos, religion, and rolling hills. Take it all in.
Lorton Performance Center The Roxana Rózsa and Robert Eugene Lorton Performance Center, located on Gary Place on the east end of Harwell Field, is TU’s showcase facility for the musical and performance arts.
Performing Arts Center for Education PACE houses the Tulsa Community College’s performing arts programs, along with the Signature Symphony at TCC, a professional orchestra operating under the auspices of Tulsa Community College.
River Parks Authority Spread along miles of the Arkansas River, River Parks provides some of the metropolitan area’s finest outdoor recreation. During warm weather months, a variety of outdoor events are offered for the public’s enjoyment.
The Mabee Center One of Tulsa’s premier venues located on the Oral Roberts University campus.
Cox Business Center The Tulsa Convention Center has hosted every kind of event imaginable from the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, rock concerts to trade shows, political conventions to rodeos, religious rallies to high school graduations.
Tulsa Expo Square Tulsa Expo Square is home to the Tulsa State Fair, Tulsa Drillers Baseball, Fair Meadows Racetrack, Bells Amusement Park, Big Splash Water Park, The Pavilion Arena and hosts over 400 events annually.
Tulsa Performing Arts Center Tulsa PAC is the design of Minoru Yamasaki, architect of the World Trade Center. Housing five theatres and a large reception hall it hosts more than a quarter of a million people each year who attend performances from one of Tulsa’s acclaimed arts groups.
Tulsa Raceway Park How about some serious drag racing?