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35 Exciting Things to do in Tulsa, OK, This Summer

“Trust me, it’s paradise. This is where the hungry come to feed.” – Alex Garland

Heya! Sam here.

Long time, no book. Okay, I finally finished reading ‘On the Road’. I took some time off to recover from the book hangover but started another one before I fully recovered. Is this the same as a rebound? Maybe a book rebound? You are free to ignore me, by the way, and jump straight to the section about things to do in Tulsa.

My current read is ‘The Beach’, by Alex Garland. I’m only a few pages in, but my understanding so far is that it’s a book about the beauty of seeking the unknown. We’ll see if I’ll have the same thoughts when I’m done.

I’ve been exploring Tulsa for the past two and a half weeks. The city has endless opportunities for adventurers. So many that I’ve been finding very little to no time to read my book. I’ve been to art spaces, museums, parks, and even a book club. I attended one, and even though I had not read the book that was being reviewed, I still enjoyed being in a space with fellow bibliophiles.

I’ve created a list of some of my favorite places to explore in Tulsa. Have a look.

About Tulsa

Listed as one of the most livable cities in the nation, Tulsa is a fascinating and rewarding place to travel to.

It is an ideal getaway for solo travelers, couples, and families with children. There is something to do for everyone.

This city was once known as the “Oil capital of the world” back in the 20th century. Although it eventually lost the title, the impact of oil is still evident to date.

Most of the city’s growth is owing to the oil business, including the beautiful architectural structures spread out in the city.

Tulsa boasts of being an art lovers’ paradise. It is home to one of the largest art deco architecture in the nation.

This is one of the things that has made it a popular destination for travelers. It receives travelers all year through, who come to experience the beauty of its attraction sites, art deco architecture, culture, and the people.

From museums and aquariums to vibrant shopping malls and breathtaking botanical gardens, you will truly enjoy your visit to this beautiful city in the State of Oklahoma.

To help you plan your trip and create a perfect itinerary, we have compiled 35 of the best things to do in Tulsa.

35 things to do in Tulsa

1. Philbrook Museum of Art

Philbrook Museum of Art is a stunning example of an Italian Renaissance villa. The museum and its 25 acres of gardens receive over 160,000 visitors per year.| Shutterstock

Entry fee: $17 per ticket

Google Rate : 4.8/5

Address: 2727 S Rockford Rd, Tulsa, OK 74114, United States

  • Opened in 1939
  • Former residence of oil tycoon Waite Philips
  • Open from Wednesday to Sunday

The Italian Villa was built in the 1920s but renovated before opening its doors to the public.

Why you should go: Philbrook Museum of Art has successfully managed to bring culture, art, history, and nature to one place.

It was once known as “Villa Philbrook”. It showcases diverse artwork that consists of Baroque and Renaissance art.

It also has a sampling of African, Native American, and Asian art.

Philbrook Museum sits on a lush green garden that spreads over 23 acres of land, with manicured lawns, small water ponds, and flowers covering most of it.

Things to do: Travel to Tusla and indulge in some of the best artworks in history from renowned artists like Pablo Picasso, Giovanni Bellini, Arturo Herrera, Rachel Whiteread, among others.

The architectural design of the museum is also worth seeing and taking pictures of.

Another thing you can do here is to take a walk in the scenic garden to connect with nature and your environs.

There is a gift shop where you can buy yourself or a loved one a souvenir.

2. Philbrook Downtown (Permanently Closed)

Entry fee: $12 per ticket

Google Rate : 4.6/5

Address: 116 Reconciliation Way, Tulsa, OK 74103, United States

  • Home of modern art
  • 30,000 sq. ft. of gallery space
  • Located in the Arts District

Philbrook Downtown was opened in 2013 when the Mathews Warehouse was transformed from a warehouse into a gallery space to showcase culture and art.

Why you should visit: If you are looking for modern art, Philbrook Downtown is the ideal place for you to visit in Tulsa.

It infuses traditional and contemporary art, but with a focus on contemporary art.

It features both temporary and permanent exhibitions that include paintings and photographs from modern artists.

The Native American exhibit on the second floor is popular amongst travelers.

Things to do: It consists of 2 floors exhibiting contemporary and Native American art.

A tour will expose you to beautiful art pieces from as early as 1940 to as recent as 2021.

You will find contemporary artwork by famous photographers like Larry Clark, the author of Tulsa, a photography book showcasing the lives of young people in the 1960s, and Jason Lee.

3. Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art

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Entry fee: $6.50 for adults, $3.50 for those 21 and younger and $5.50 for those 55 and older.

Google Rate : 4.8/5

Address: 2021 E 71st St, Tulsa, OK 74136, United States

  • Established in 1965
  • Exhibits Jewish art
  • More than 10,000 archaeological
  • Formerly known as the Gershon and Rebecca Fenster Museum of Jewish Art
  • Renamed to its current name in 2000

The Sherwin Miller Museum lists as the 3rd best Jewish museum in both the United States and Canada. It features the largest collection of Jewish art in the American Southwest.

Why you should visit: For anyone looking to learn and understand Jewish culture, history, religion, and art, or just general history and art, you should travel to Tulsa.

The facility features collections that depict Jewish history from over 5000 years ago, from the pre-Canaanite period to when Jews settled in the American Southwest.

Things to do: Learn about the Jewish heritage, culture, art, and religion by touring the museum to look at exhibitions.

There are two exhibition sections, the permanent collection found in the museum’s upper part, and the Herman and Kate Kaiser Holocaust exhibition in the lower part.

This visit is fascinating, educative, and eye-opening.

4. LaFortune Park

Entry fee: Free

Rate : 4.5/5

Address: 5202 S Hudson Ave, Tulsa, OK 74135, United States

  • Founded in 1960 by J.A. LaFortune
  • Located in Midtown Tulsa
  • Over 270 acres of land

Why you should visit: As the only county park located within Tulsa City, LaFortune Park is the perfect place to travel to if you want to relax and enjoy the serenity of nature or enjoy a myriad of activities in the same vicinity.

Moreover, it is an ideal place for both solo travelers, families with kids, and couples.

You will all find something exciting to do and leave fully satisfied.

Things to do: Participate in one or all of the exciting outdoor activities available in the park.

You can golf on the 18-hole golf course, swim in the outdoor pool, play tennis and baseball, take a nature walk as you admire the beautifully manicured lawns, trees, flowers, and dam, or fish in the dam.

There are picnic tables and shelters where you can take a break and relax. Of all fun things to do in Tulsa, this most definitely has to make it to your itinerary.

5. OneOk Field

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Google Rate : 4.7/5

Address: 201 N Elgin Ave, Tulsa, OK 74120, United States

  • Opened in 2010
  • Located at the meeting point of Greenwood and Tulsa Arts Districts

Why you should visit: If you love soccer and/or baseball, then a visit to OneOk Field stadium will be a fun thing to do in Tulsa.

This stadium is the home ground of the Tulsa Drillers baseball team and FC Tulsa soccer team.

 It has a ton of events and matches lined up throughout the year.

Things to do: Soccer and baseball are entertaining to watch.

You can catch a match of soccer or baseball featuring the home teams versus visiting teams.

The stadium has, in the recent past, also opened its doors to live music concerts. Attend one of the live events for a good time.

You can enjoy a picnic under the stars if a match or event is happening at night.

6. Woody Guthrie Center

People gather by mural on that says This Machine Kills Fascists at Woody Guthrie Center at Women March in Tulsa Oklahoma USA 1-2018, Taken by Vineyard Perspective | Shutterstock

Entry fee: $8 per adult $7 for seniors or college students, $6 for children ages 5 to 17, $6 for military personnel and is free for children ages 5 and younger.

Google Rate : 4.8/5

Address: 102 E Reconciliation Way, Tulsa, OK 74103, United States

  • Opened in 2013
  • Dedicated to the works of the late musician Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie was an American artist whose theme was anti-fascism and American socialism.

One of his most famous songs is “This land is your land”.

Why you should visit: Born in the State of Oklahoma, this musician revolutionized the music industry and paved the way for many artists.

He is a respected singer and songwriter in the music scene.

Explore his best works, including handwritten lyrics, songs, art, and musical instruments, by visiting this museum located in downtown Tusla.

The Center is also home to his fellow activist’s work, Phil Ochs.

Things to do: Browse through the Woody Guthrie and Phil Ochs archives, to learn more about these activists’ works, lives, and have a glimpse of their minds.

There are also entertaining and informative videos to watch. You will leave the museum inspired and educated.

The Center runs a listening station and a lyric-writing station.

Depending on the time of year, you can catch other artists displaying their work.

7. Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

The historic Tulsa Union Depot, an art deco landmark and former railway station, was completed in 1931. It now houses the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. | Shutterstock

Google Rate : 4.3/5

Address: 111 E 1st St, Tulsa, OK 74103, United States

  • Established in 1988
  • Located in downtown Tulsa

The jazz music genre has its origins in the African-American communities in the United States and thus holds a special place in the hearts of most Americans.

Why you should visit: For anyone who appreciates jazz, a visit to the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame is one of the best things to do in Tulsa.

This Hall was established to honor and show appreciation for jazz, gospel, and blues musicians in Oklahoma.

The Hall acts as a museum by exhibiting biographies, memorabilia, artifacts, photographs, and works by jazz musicians.

You will find works of people like Jimmy Rushing, Barney Kessel, and Chet Baker, among others.

Jazz performances are also hosted regularly.

Things to do: You should visit the Hall of Fame to learn the history of jazz and its influence on culture over the years.

Learn the role Oklahoma has played in the evolution of this music genre, especially how it influenced the origin of “Kansas City Jazz“.

You can also attend one of the jazz performances for entertainment.

8. Oklahoma Aquarium

TFW you put on a turtleneck for the 1st time this winter.

Entry fee: $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and military personnel and $12 for children

Google Rate : 4.6/5

Address: 300 Aquarium Dr, Jenks, OK 74037, United States

  • Opened in 2003
  • 72,000 sq. ft. in size
  • Perfect for adults and children

Why you should visit: Featuring 8 exhibits, over 500 marine species, 10,000 animals, and the largest bull sharks’ exhibit in the world, Oklahoma Aquarium is the best and largest aquarium to visit in Tulsa City and the four-state area.

Things to do: Take a break from the land, and get lost for a few hours in the world of marine species and animals.

Learn how these marine species live, and how you can participate in wildlife conservation. You can pet and feed them.

There is a playground outside for children to play as well as other fun kids’ activities. Picnic tables are also available.

9. Blue dome entertainment district

Google Rate : 4.7/5

Address: 320 E 2nd St, Tulsa, OK 74120, United States

  • Made up of 9 square blocks

In the 1920s, the Blue Dome building was a Gulf oil station.

This is back when Tulsa was the “Oil capital of the world”. Many prestigious buildings came to life during this era.

They form what is today the Blue Dome Entertainment District.

Why you should visit: If you are looking for entertainment in Tulsa, as the name suggests, the Blue Dome Entertainment District will fulfill your needs.

It brings together wining and dining, live entertainment, exciting nightlife, and street festivals.

Things to do: One of the most adventurous things you can do in Tulsa is travel to the Blue Dome District.

Here you can have fresh pizza at Andolini’s, enjoy a bowling game at Dust Bowl, go to IDL Ballroom for live entertainment, and have a drink at Roof 66 Bar as you enjoy the view of Tulsa City.

10. Tulsa Arts District

Google Rate : 4.6/5

Address: street name was changed years ago, E Reconciliation Way, Tulsa, OK 74103, United States

  • One of the oldest areas in Tulsa

Why you should visit: If you want to experience Tulsa in its wholesomeness, I would advise you to travel to the Tulsa Arts District.

Here you will experience a taste of everything the city has to offer in terms of culture, arts, history, architecture, entertainment, food, and shopping.

Things to do: While exploring Tulsa City, do not forget to visit the Tulsa Arts District and indulge in the myriad of activities available.

Take a walk and admire the vintage architectural buildings, taste the cuisines of Oklahoma in the restaurants and cafes, watch live entertainment in the streets and bars, go shopping, visit the museums to learn about Tulsa’s art, history, and culture, and take a rest in one of the city’s hotels and resorts.

This will be a wholesome and fun experience for you.

11. Gathering Place

The Gathering Place – Award winning public park in Oklahoma – Modern Boat House with boats rowing in pond and people watching from above | Shutterstock

Entry fee: Free

Google Rate : 4.8/5

Address: 2650 S John Williams Way East, Tulsa, OK 74114, United States

  • Lies on 66 acres of land
  • Opened in 2018
  • Operates all year-round

The Gathering Place was designed by the famous American landscape architect, Michael Van Valkenburgh.

It is the brainchild of multibillionaire George Kaiser.

Why you should visit: World-class programming and astounding attraction sites meet in the Gathering Place.

This breathtaking public park, which has been named the “best city park” in the nation in 2021, is free to enter.

You can visit alone, but you will enjoy yourself more with loved ones, as a family or as a group.

Things to do: Gathering Place made it to our list of coolest things to do in Tulsa because there is something for everyone to see and do.

Explore the Riverfront Park and take part in activities like swimming, hiking, skating, and boating.

The Park also boasts a sports court where you can play games like street hockey, basketball, street soccer, and volleyball.

Enjoy a meal in one of the lovely restaurants and cafés like the Redbug café.

The Gathering Place in Tulsa also has indoor and outdoor venues where visitors can hold events such as weddings, corporate events, and birthday parties.

12. Gilcrease Museum


Entry fee: Free

Google Rate : 4.7/5

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

  • Alternatively known as the Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History
  • Founded in 1943 by Thomas Gilcrease
  • It lies on 460 acres of land

Why you should visit: You cannot claim to love history, art, and culture and not travel to Tulsa to see the Gilcrease Museum.

As home to the world’s largest collection of American West art, the museum houses over 100,000 manuscripts, documents, maps, and books that tell the history of America and art.

They contain information collected since 1494.

Things to do: Learn everything about American culture, history, and art by taking either a guided tour or a self-guided tour.

There is a gift shop and a restaurant on your way out.

13. Tulsa Zoo

African Lion, Tulsa Zoo | Shutterstock

Entry fee: $10 for adults, $6 for children ages 3 to 11, $8 for those older than 65 and is free for kids 2 and younger.

Google Rate : 4.6/5

Address: 6421 E 36th St N, Tulsa, OK 74115, United States

  • Non-profit zoo on 80-acre land
  • Opened in 1927
  • Home to about 1,500 animals

Tulsa Zoo is located in one of the biggest municipal parks in the nation, Mohawk Park.

Why you should visit: If you appreciate, and are passionate about wildlife conservation, you have to travel to Tulsa and visit this zoo.

Tulsa Zoo offers visitors a chance to see a variety of wild animals, learn about their habitats, and what they can do to contribute to the conservation of wildlife.

Things to do: On a visit to the zoo, you will see animals and tour the various exhibits.

In the Lost Kingdom Exhibit, you can explore the Asian-inspired lush gardens to see some rare species from Asia such as Komodo dragons and Chinese alligators.

Learn about animals’ adaptation to life in different environs at the LaFortune Wild Life Trek, explore the indoor Rainforest exhibit, African Plains, and the Chimpanzee Connection. 

There is a children’s zoo where your kids can see interesting animals, pet them and feed them.

14. Boston Avenue United Methodist Church

Exterior view of Boston Avenue United Methodist Church in Tulsa, OK.

Google Rate : 4.6/5

Address: 1301 S Boston Ave, Tulsa, OK 74119, United States

  • Found in downtown Tulsa
  • Opened in 1929

Why you should visit: Tulsa, Oklahoma is renowned for its art deco architecture, and you probably want to travel here to be wowed by this.

A visit to Boston Avenue United Methodist Church is one of the things you must do on your visit to Tulsa.

The Church was titled a National Historic Landmark back in 1999 for its mind-blowing art deco architectural design. It was designed by Adah Robinson and built by architect Burce Goff.

Things to do: Take a trip to downtown Tulsa and experience the art deco architectural beauty of this phenomenal church.

You can explore both the exterior and its interior, and learn its historical significance.

Architecture lovers and Christians alike will appreciate traveling to this Historic Landmark.

15. Tulsa Performing Arts Centre


Google Rate : 4.7/5

Address: 110 E 2nd St, Tulsa, OK 74103, United States

  • Over 500 events are held here each year
  • Opened in 1977
  • Located in downtown Tulsa

Why you should visit: Make your way to this Arts Centre if you’re looking for a place to experience the performing arts in Tulsa.

Get a chance to see its four theaters, an art gallery, and studio space.

For a more enjoyable experience, you can tailor your visit to happen when there is an event. Theater events are regularly held here, with some of the notable clients being the Broadway series. If you’re lucky, you might catch one of your favorite celebrities performing here.

Things to do: Get ready to be blown away by exciting performances, which may include ballet, the symphony, opera, or a play.

You can also explore the art gallery to see the various visual artwork on offer.

16. Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium

The Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium, Tulsa, OK, Oklahoma

Google Rate : 4.3/5

Address: 3624 N 74th E Ave, Tulsa, OK 74115, United States

  • Founded in 1998
  • 19,000 sq. ft.

Why you should visit: Head over to this one-of-a-kind museum in Tulsa if you’re fascinated by astronauts and aviators.

The Museum features historical aviation exhibits and vintage aircraft. There are also various hands-on activities for you to experience.

Things to do: Tour the different exhibits to learn the history of aviation in Tulsa in chronological order, learn more about the work of aviation innovator Duncan A.

McIntyre, and be enlightened about Tulsa’s contribution to World War II in the World War II Exhibit.

One of the exhibits shows a replica model of Tulsa’s original airport, which was an art deco architectural structure, while another displays vintage aircraft.

The planetarium operates on full dome technology and features both traditional star shows and visual shows.

17. Safari Joe’s H20 Water Park

Entry fee: $16 Admission fees.

Google Rate : 4.3/5

Address: 4707 E 21st St, Tulsa, OK 74114, United States

  • Perfect for adults and children
  • The largest wave pool in the Southwest
  • The only water park in Tulsa

Why you should visit: If you are searching for a place to experience adrenaline-filled adventure, then I highly recommend a trip to Safari Joe’s H20 Water Park.

The park offers animal attractions and diverse outdoor entertainment.

Things to do: Have an amazing time exploring the park in which you’ll see a variety of exotic animals like lemur monkeys, parrots, and tortoises.

Be ready to experience an adrenaline rush as you engage in fun water activities like body surfing, water slides, water roller-coasting, among others.

There are calmer and shallower water areas where children can engage in thrilling activities.
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18. Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

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Google Rate : 4.2/5

Address: 777 W Cherokee St, Catoosa, OK 74015, United States

  • A fantastic spot for gamers

Why you should visit: The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino offers more than just a place to sleep. It’s a place where you will enjoy dining, casino games, and live music concerts.

Things to do: Enjoy a ton of gambling thrills in the hotel’s modern casino, swim in the magnificent swimming pool, and experience fine dining.

As the name suggests, you can catch a live rock concert as well as concerts in other music genres like hip-hop and country. Hard rock artifacts are also on display at the casino.

19. The Golden Driller

Sunny view of the Golden Driller Statue | Shutterstock

Entry fee:

EVENT: 5K  $30.00 Race Fee + $2.74 SignUp Fee

EVENT: 10K $35.00 Race Fee + $3.03 SignUp Fee

EVENT: HALF MARATHON $55.00 Race Fee + $4.19 SignUp Fee

EVENT: MARATHON $65.00 Race Fee + $4.77 SignUp Fee

Google Rate : 4.6/5

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

  • Created in 1953
  • The sixth tallest statue in the United States
  • 76 feet tall

Why you should visit: The Golden Driller Statue is a statue of an oil worker that is a dedication to Tulsa’s petroleum industry and the work of oil workers in Tulsa, Oklahoma for their contribution to the city’s growth and development.

It’s one of those things you must do when you travel to Tulsa as a way of paying respect to and recognizing oil workers.

Things to do: This landmark located on Route 66 is a stunning sight to behold. It’s one of those things that are better seen in person than told.

It’s a perfect place to take photos. Otherwise, how will anyone know you traveled to Tulsa?

20. Tulsa Garden Center

Tulsa Garden Center – old mainsion with huge trees and fountain | Shutterstock

Address: 2435 S Peoria Ave, Tulsa, OK 74114, United States

  • Located in Woodward Park
  • 11 themed gardens

Why you should visit: It is a non-profit organization whose main goal is to offer environmental and horticultural education.

If horticulture is something you might be interested in, this is a must-visit place in Tulsa. You will find it quite resourceful.

Even travelers who are not seeking to be educated on this subject will find the place interesting and beautiful to take a walk around.

Especially because of the beautiful mansion that houses the Garden.

Things to do: Enjoy an immersive educational experience by taking a free guided tour of its themed gardens.

Visit the horticulture library for a more educative session.

You can also explore the other features that are part of Tulsa Garden Center: pools, an arboretum, fountains, and a Victorian-style conservatory.

21. Center of the Universe

Sunny view of Center of the Universe | Shutterstock

Google Rate : 4.4/5

Address: 1 S Boston Ave, Tulsa, OK 74103, USA

  • Located in downtown Tulsa

Why you should visit: Yes, you read that right. If you travel to Tulsa, you will get a chance to visit the “Center of the Universe“. But it’s not in the sense you think.

This phenomenon that defies all the laws of physics comprises a concrete circle that is an acoustic anomaly.

When you stand in the middle of this circle, any voice you make is echoed but can only be heard within the diameter of the circle.

Outside the circle, there is no echo and the echo of those inside the circle is either not heard or distorted.

Things to do: Include a visit to the Center of the Universe is one of the amazing things to do in Tulsa to witness this cool phenomenon.

22. Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Areas

Nothing like going down a trail on a nice sunny day! | Facebook

Address: Tulsa, OK 74132, United States

  • Over 300 acres of undeveloped land

Why you should visit: This is an opportunity for you to see the famous Turkey Mountain, the Arkansas River, walk/hike over 25 miles of unmarked trails, and see a beautiful landscape of rolling hills and vegetation.

Things to do: Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Areas comprises four hiking trails, each offering a different challenge and different sightings.

The difference in leveling of the four trails makes the area ideal for hikers of any level. Biking is allowed and is one of the amazing ways you can explore the area.

23. Tulsa River Parks

Google Rate : 4.7/5

Address: Riverside Dr, Tulsa, OK 74105, USA

  • 26 miles of asphalt surfaced trails

Why you should visit: For an experience of fun and thrilling outdoor activities with beautiful views and the sound of a river, a day at Tulsa River Parks is the perfect fix.

Things to do: There are a variety of exciting activities that you can enjoy on both banks of the river. Bicycling, picnicking, kayaking, fishing, jogging, rollerblading, or taking a leisure walk along the river banks are just some of them.

You can dine at the Rivers Edge Bistro and Café.

This is also a beautiful photography spot.

24. Utica Square

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Google Rate : 4.5/5

Address: 1709 Utica Square, Tulsa, OK 74114, United States

  • Tulsa’s first-ever suburban shopping area
  • Opened in 1952

Why you should visit: One of the rules of traveling is that you can’t visit a new place and leave without exploring its shopping scene. Okay, I just made that rule up, but it makes a lot of sense.

Utica Square is the place you should travel to during your stay in Tulsa to have a wholesome shopping experience. All your favorite designer stores and more that you don’t know about are located here.

Things to do: Whether you are looking for travel bags, dresses, shoes, or souvenirs, everything from outfits to deco pieces is found here.

When you are done shopping, you can take a break in one of the restaurants or cafés to enjoy Oklahoma cuisine.

Where to eat in Tulsa

25. Fat Guy’s Burger Bar

Rate : 4.4/5

Address: 140 N Greenwood Ave. Tulsa, OK 77412.

  • Renowned for its famous ‘Fat Burgers’

Why you should visit: While you may be planning to travel to Tulsa for its attractions, you also need recommendations for the best places to eat during your visit.

Fat Guy’s Burger Bar is one of the best eateries.

It is a perfect spot to explore Tulsa’s culinary offerings, especially if you love burgers.

Things to do: Visit this local burger bar for lunch or dinner and eat some of their famous ‘fat burgers’. They have a diverse menu of American classics like the ‘Jumbo burger’ and a variety of toppings.

They also serve other foods and beer. You can always ask them to recommend what to eat.

26. Juniper Restaurant

Enjoy our roast Welsh Wagyu beef, roast potatoes, mash, carrot & swede, creamed leeks, Yorkshire pudding & pan gravy | Juniper Restaurant Facebook Page

Google Rate : 4.7/5

Address: 324 E 3rd St, Tulsa, OK 74120, United States

  • A farm-to-table restaurant
  • Located in downtown Tulsa
  • Run by renowned Tulsa chef Justin Thompson

Why you should visit: If you want to taste food from an award-winning restaurant prepared by an award-winning chef, then you should make your way to Juniper Restaurant.

It serves seasonal food depending on what’s in season on the local farms. The restaurant will give you an intimate fine dining experience as you explore an array of cuisines.

 It has a rustic décor finish with commissioned art pieces from local artists.

Things to do: Try out local cuisines from the Chef’s special menu and enjoy a wide selection as recommended by the in-house sommelier.

27. NYC Pizza

Google Rate : 4.5/5

Address: 4775 S Harvard Ave, Tulsa, OK 74135, United States

  • Opened in 2006

Why you should visit: NYC Pizza Tulsa will give you a taste of New York through its delicious pizza selection served by very friendly staff, and offered at pocket-friendly prices.

Nothing can beat this experience.

Things to do: After a long day of exploring top tourist attractions in Tulsa, take a trip to NYC Pizza and reenergize with a pizza or two.

28. Club Majestic

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Google Rate : 4/5

Address: 124 N Boston Ave, Tulsa, OK 74103, United States

Why you should visit: A little entertainment never hurts anyone, and Club Majestic is the perfect place to meet all your entertainment needs.

Make beautiful and unforgettable memories in Tulsa by visiting this lovely nightclub.

Things to do: Enjoy a solo night out or a night with friends. Dance to the beautiful music selection and enjoy the fine meals, beer and wine selection offered.

There are different fun events taking place each day of the week that you will find entertaining.

29. Lefty’s on Greenwood

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Google Rate : 4.4/5

Address: 10 N Greenwood Ave Suite A, Tulsa, OK 74120, United States

  • Located in the Greenwood District

Why you should visit: After a long day of exploring Tulsa City in Oklahoma, you need a nice place to wind down and be entertained.

Lefty’s on Greenwood is an ideal place to enjoy a meal, drink the night away, and experience nightlife in Tulsa.

Things to do: Enjoy a wide selection of cuisines from their food menu.

Later, have a drink or two as you listen to a cool music selection. You can also catch a live event or performance depending on the day of the week.

30. Oxley Nature Center

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Google Rate : 4.8/5

Address: 6700 Mohawk Blvd, Tulsa, OK 74115, United States

  • Located in Mohawk Park
  • Established in 1975

Why you should visit: To get one of the best hiking experiences, include a visit to Oxley Nature Center on your list of things to do in Tulsa. The Centre boasts over 800 acres of lush and green land and offers you hiking trails of over 10 miles.

It’s a fun place to hike for adults and children.

Things to do: Take a delightful nature walk in this serene park with exotic birds and butterflies flying around you. If you are lucky, you will spot flying squirrels, raccoons, and coyotes, among other small animals.

Oxley Nature Center is a lovely place to bond with nature and have fun.

31. Route 66

The famous Route 66 Gate in Tulsa Oklahoma | Facebook

  • Established in 1926

Route 66 is famous for being the nation’s “first-ever all-weather highway” connecting Chicago to Los Angeles.

Why you should visit: A section of Route 66 passes through Tulsa City.

You will have stunning views of some of the city’s most beautiful art deco buildings, along this route. Travelers have said how it gave them a “classic America” feeling.

Things to do: Take a walk or a drive along Route 66 to see beautiful architectural designs of historic buildings like the Warehouse Market building and the Tulsa Club Building.

You can also explore some restaurants along this route, like Ollie’s Station Restaurant.

32. Brookside District

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  • More than 35 restaurants and night joints

Why you should visit: The Brookside District is where shopping and entertainment meet. We included it in our list of 35 things to do in Tulsa because it’s an ideal place for you to visit when you want to have an easy day on vacation.

There is an array of diverse shops where you can get everything and anything.

The shops are situated close to each other. Restaurants, cafés, and night joints are spread out in the area.

Things to do: There is something for everyone in the Brookside District. It is better explored by taking a relaxed walk. It will take you a day to experience all that it has to offer.

 Explore boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, clubs, and souvenir shops during your stroll.

33. Deco District

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Address: Deco District, Tulsa, OK, USA

  • Located in the middle of downtown Tulsa

Why you should visit: This is the one place that will give you a wholesome and real experience of Tulsa’s art deco scene.

It will make you understand why this city in the state of Oklahoma is famous for its art deco architecture.

Things to do: Take a tour of the Deco District and get a taste of Tulsa’s history, cuisine, charm, local arts, and art deco.

Explore all the art deco buildings and learn their historical significance to the city. Some of these buildings were built in the early 20th century.

34. The Cave House

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Google Rate : 4.6/5

Address: 1623 Charles Page Blvd, Tulsa, OK 74127, United States

  • It was built in 1924
  • Originally built as the Cave Garden Restaurant

Why you should visit: This is a quirky and interesting place to travel to in Tulsa, renowned for its strange yet amusing stories.

Back in the days, this museum of sorts operated as a restaurant by day and a speakeasy by night.

Some travelers have reported seeing the ghost of the original owner in the house. It was once featured in the TV show “Home Strange Home”.

Things to do: The Cave House operates partly as a museum where you can learn Tulsa’s history. You will be given a guided tour of the house whose décor pays homage to its original owner.

The original owner is said to be a woman who still haunts the house to date.

35. Tulsa Children’s Museum Discovery Lab

Google Rate : 4.2/5

Address: 560 N Maybelle Ave, Tulsa, OK 74127, United States

  • Opened in 2007
  • Perfect for both adults and children

Why you should visit: Cater to the needs of your children by taking them on a visit to Tulsa Children’s Museum and Lab.

It features fun, engaging, and educative exhibits on math, engineering, technology, science, art, and history.

Things to do: Have a great time with your children as they explore the different exhibits and workshops in the museum, some of which they can take part in.

For example, in “The Tulsa Tapes and Tunnels” exhibit, children can create walkways inspired by the underground passageways in Tulsa.

Children can participate in education camps offered in the Discovery Lab. 


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