Get out there and explore! Tulsa and the surrounding area has plenty to offer people and families of all ages. The below are just a few of the reasons the McGuire Cooley Team loves to call Tulsa home!
GATHERING PLACE – Tulsa’s new crown jewel, Gathering Place is indescribable! A 66.5 acre park on Riverside that is privately funded but completely free to the public. After $465 million spent and 3 years of construction, the park is expected to draw more than a million visitors each year, and is meant for all walks of life to experience and enjoy.
GUTHRIE GREEN— A fantastic park in downtown Tulsa that regularly holds exercise classes, concerts, movies, and other family-friendly events.
SAFARI JOE’S H2O WATER PARK– Formerly known as Big Splash, this water park located at 21st and Yale has undergone some big improvements, and is a popular place to hang out in the summer.
PHILBROOK MUSEUM—One of only 5 museums in the country that offer the unique combination of showcasing a private residence, gardens and fine art, and considered one of the 50 best fine art museums in the country as well.
ONEOK FIELD—Home to the L.A. Dodger’s AA ball club, The Tulsa Drillers!
TULSA ZOO—an 85 acre zoo that houses more than 1500 animals. Located at Mohawk Park, which is one of the largest municipal parks in the U.S.
WOODY GUTHRIE MUSEUM—A newer addition to our cultural landscape, the Woody Guthrie museum downtown celebrates this folk icon, and has rotating exhibits devoted to other influential artists as well.
BOK CENTER— Pronounced B. O. K. (not bock!) the BOK center downtown is a 19,199 seat multi-purpose arena meant used primarily for indoor sports and concerts. Repeatedly nominated and presented with awards for national accolades including “Venue of the Year” since it’s opening in 2008!
AIR & SPACE MUSEUM—Located on the Tulsa International Airport property, this aerospace museum features historic exhibits, hands-on activities, and even a planetarium!
GILCREASE MUSEUM—Located just north of downtown, this museum houses the world’s largest, most comprehensive collection of American South West art, and is a partner of the University of Tulsa.
THE DRUNKARD AND THE OLIO—America’s longest running play is right on Riverside Drive at the Spotlight Theater. Nearly every Saturday night, for over 50 years the show has entertained the locals. You aren’t a true Tulsan til you’ve thrown a (stuffed) tomato at the villain!
CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE—A little known “acoustic phenomenon” located in the center of a bridge going over train tracks downtown. If you stand in exactly the right spot and speak, your voice is echoed back, and anyone outside the circle can’t hear you! 1 S. Boston Ave. (Look for the Jazz Depot, then follow the brick trail).
COUNCIL OAK TREE—A historical landmark that represents the founding of modern Tulsa. 1750 S Cheyenne
GOLDEN DRILLER—This 75 foot tall, 43,500 pound statue is the 4th tallest statue in the United States, and was built in the 50’s. The statue is standing proud outside of the Tulsa Expo Center (also called the RiverSpirit Expo) which is one of the world’s largest freespan buildings.
TULSA HISTORICAL SOCIETY—Focused on building, preserving and presenting a broad based general collection of Tulsa’s history, with 8 rotating exhibit galleries. Located at 24th & Peoria, next to the Tulsa Garden Center.
ADMIRAL TWIN—A holdover from a bygone era, grab the kids and the blankets, and head to the drive-in! Open seasonally.
SHERWIN MILLER MUSEUM OF JEWISH ART—Located about 71st and Lewis, this museum houses the largest collection of Judaica in the Southwestern and South-Central U.S.
TULSA BALLET—The Tulsa Ballet is regarded as one of the top ballet companies in North America, and performs multiple times throughout the year at various venues. Their annual performance of “The Nutcracker” is one of Tulsa’s favorite traditions, with more than 100 local children participating as well.
CAIN’S BALLROOM—Originally a garage built in 1924, Cain’s is the original home to Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys, and is one of the best and most intimate music venues in the world. Legend has it the floor is built on old pickup springs—you can definitely feel it move when a band starts to play, and plenty of popular bands stop by!
BRADY THEATER—A seated music venue built in 1914, The Brady has been host to some big names in music over the years. Colloquially known as the “The Old Lady on Brady”, she is said to be home to a ghost or two.
SURROUNDING AREA & OTHER OKLAHOMA ATTRACTIONS (AKA Day Trips!)
WOOLAROC (Bartlesville) – A 3,700 acre wildlife preserve tucked away in the Osage Hills. Oil pioneer Frank Phillips owned and lived on this ranch that now boasts walking trails, an exemplary museum that features the American West, and even America’s largest herd of free-ranging buffalo.
WILL ROGERS MEMORIAL MUSEUM (Claremore) – Called “Oklahoma’s Favorite Son”, Will Rogers was an actor, a cowboy, a newspaperman, a humorist, and a social commentator. This fascinating and captivating man is worth learning about, and the museum devoted to him is stellar!
THE CASTLE (Muskogee) – Renaissance faires, haunted castles, and holiday events all take place on the grounds and in this castle in Oklahoma throughout the year.
BLUE WHALE OF CATOOSA (Catoosa) – One of the most iconic pieces of Route 66, Ol’ Blue has been home to picnics, swims, and family fun for decades!
TALIMENA NATIONAL SCENIC BYWAY (Southeastern OK) – A 54-mile stretch of highway with some breathtaking views. Especially popular in the autumn when the leaves put on a fiery show.
TURNER FALLS (Davis) – A 77 foot high natural waterfall that is accompanied by man made water slides and diving boards for the ultimate in summer swimming fun.
QUARTZ MOUNTAIN RESORT (Lone Wolf) – Quartz Mountain is an arts and conference center nestled in the Wichita Mountains, with more than 100 guest rooms and cabins available for rent. Also home to a prestigious arts and performing arts camp that high school students from all over the country compete to participate in.
GRAND LAKE O’THE CHEROKEES (Northeast OK)—Colloquially known as “Grand Lake”, this body of water was created by the construction of the Pensacola Dam in 1940. With over 1300 miles of shore line, Grand remains one of Oklahoma’s most popular lake destinations.
ROBBERS CAVE STATE PARK (Wilburton) – Although it’s now a place for fishing, hiking, rock climbing, rappelling, cave exploring, and horseback riding, this gorgeous state park was once notorious as a favorite hangout of outlaws like Jesse James!
BLACK MESA STATE PARK AND PRESERVE (Northwestern OK) – Black Mesa is Oklahoma’s highest point of elevation, and is a favorite of hikers. When you get to the top, you can see 3 states at the same time!
WICHITA MOUNTAINS WILDLIFE REFUGE – Over 59,000 acres of wildlife and mountains. Climb Mount Scott to see one of the best views in the entire Southwest.
TALLGRASS PRAIRIE PRESERVE – Tens of thousands of acres, it’s the largest protected remnant of tallgrass prairie left on earth, and home to one of the world’s largest herd of wild buffalo. Located near Pawhuska in Osage County.
NATURAL FALLS STATE PARK -Home to waterfalls the same height as Turner Falls, this area is a little more secluded and in more of a “natural” state.
OKLAHOMA CITY AREA
MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS (Oklahoma City) – A 17 acre botanical garden and interactive urban park located in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City.
OKLAHOMA CITY NATIONAL MEMORIAL—(Oklahoma City) – This memorial honors the victims , survivors, and rescue workers who were affected by the April 19th, 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building. The somber and reflective monument stands as a symbol of faith in the face of unspeakable violence.
NATIONAL COWBOY & WESTERN HERITAGE MUSEUM (Oklahoma City) – More than 10 million visitors have come by this museum since it opened in 1955. It houses one of the premier collections of western art, history and culture.
POPS (Arcadia) – Another Route 66 icon, Pops is a gas station, restaurant and most importantly, a shop with hundreds of different brands and flavors of sodas! You can’t miss it when driving by, there’s a 66 foot tall glowing soda bottle right outside!
FRONTIER CITY (Oklahoma City) – This western-themed theme park is the only such park with permanent attractions and rides in Oklahoma! A favorite of the locals for years.
SCIENCE MUSUEM OKLAHOMA (Oklahoma City) – A must-visit for families, this interactive museum and planetarium has been educating and entertaining youngsters for years.