Older than Oklahoma itself, Tulsa has held many titles: “The Oil Capital of the World,” “America’s Most Beautiful City,” and “The Birthplace of Route 66.” Tulsa’s history is vast, ranging from the fanciful times that produced affluence and culture still evident in the Art Deco sky scrapers that fill downtown, to the tragic Tulsa Race Riot of 1921. For over a century, Tulsa has not only made history, it has honored and preserved it. Visit the Tulsa Historical Society for much more information on Tulsa’s past. Or, make a little history of your own exploring Tulsa’s many attractions, parks and lively districts.
What once was a 1920s gas station attracting Route 66 travelers with its Art Deco blue dome is now the hub of Tulsa’s downtown nightlife scene. Laid-back pubs and watering holes abound, regularly playing host to the best in local bands. The district is also known for its annual art festival featuring local artists. The Blue Dome Arts Festival runs the same time and within walking distance of Tulsa’s annual Mayfest.
7 block area of 15th Street between Peoria and Utica
Tulsa, OK 74120
Colorful, striped tents brimming with organic fruits and vegetables. The smell of rosemary, lavender and fresh-baked artisan bread. Babies and four-legged friends in tow. It seems warm Saturday mornings were made for the Cherry Street Farmer’s Market, where foodies, gardeners and shoppers flock for home-grown freshness and hand-crafted wares. Just down the street, antique and interiors shops, galleries, bistros and cafes round out the eclectic mix that makes Tulsa’s historic Cherry Street a one-of-a-kind shopping and dining experience.
4609 East 21st Street
Tulsa, OK 74114
Phone : /918.744.1113
Midtown’s Expo Square is an attraction in itself, with the 76-foot Golden Driller poised at its entrance inviting all to experience any of the 400 exciting events held here every year.
In addition, Expo Square is home to many Tulsa attractions – the Tulsa State Fair with its Oklahoma Sugar Art Show; Fair Meadows horse racing and simulcast; Big Splash Water Park; and one of the nation’s finest equine and livestock facilities. Many national and international horse shows return year after year because of the Square’s fine facilities. These competitions and shows are held throughout the year, bringing enjoyment to both the participants and the thousands of viewers in the stands.
Expo Square’s QuikTrip Center, one of the world’s largest clear span buildings, offers 350,000 square feet of column-free event space under a cable-suspended roof that lights up at night. The historic 1932 Pavilion, renowned for its colorful Art Deco architecture, is the Center’s crown jewel. Ask it to transform from an ice surface to a basketball court to a concert stage, and it easily obliges within a few hours.
Dubbed America’s “Black Wall Street” by Booker T. Washington, the 35-block Greenwood District surrounded the corner of Greenwood Avenue and Archer Street became a prosperous center for black commerce in the early 1900s. It was also a hotbed for jazz and blues, and the site where Count Basie first encountered big-band jazz. When the tragic and devastating Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 destroyed much of the district, the black community rebuilt from the ashes. Today, the Greenwood Historical District showcases its heritage through the Greenwood Cultural Center and the Mabel B. Little Heritage House.
300 North Greenwood Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74120
2727 South Rockford Road
Tulsa, OK 74114
Phone : /918.749.7941
Philbrook Museum of Art began its history in 1926 as the home of oil baron and philanthropist Waite Phillips and his wife Genevieve. Phillips donated the mansion and grounds as an art center for the City of Tulsa in 1938. The beautiful, Renaissance-styled villa, with its 72 rooms on 23 acres of elaborate gardens, has retained its original integrity and the grandeur of the 1920s even after later additions were made to the facility and gardens. Today, Philbrook is truly a jewel among the city’s cultural treasures.
Located in midtown, Philbrook exhibits more than 8,500 works of art and is listed as one of America’s Top 65 art museums. The museum collection includes European art as well as Native American artifacts. Special exhibits have included 19th – century Impressionist paintings from France and works of art from the Baroque era in Eastern Europe.
Philbrook is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of only five facilities in the United States that includes a museum, home and gardens. Families and brides often used the stunning Italianate architecture for photographic background.
Guests are invited to take a walking tour of the gardens or listen to a free audio tour providing history of the home, the Phillips family, and the landscape design. That design continues to be Italianate, complementing Villa Philbrook with outdoor spaces for viewing nature. Visitors enjoy dining in la Villa Restaurant while appreciating a wonderful view of the formal gardens. Lectures, performances and presentations in the auditorium contribute greatly to Tulsa’s cultural and educational offerings. Tu-Sat, 10a-5p; Th, 10a-8p; Sun, 10a-5p. Brunch available 11a-2p. Closed major holidays. Admission charge. Admission to Philbrook not necessary for entrance into the Shop or Restaurant.
Stretching from Chicago to Los Angeles, historic Route 66 has been immortalized by Nat King Cole’s 1946 hit song. Today, you can get your kicks at Tulsa’s Route 66 revitalization, including the Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza (opening TBD). Known as the “Father of Route 66,” Avery lobbied Congress in 1926 to make “The Main Street of America” a national highway – making Tulsa known as the Route 66 birthplace. The historic piece of Americana followed what is now 11th Street.
2021 East 71st Street
Tulsa, OK 74136
Phone : /918.492.1818
The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art contains the Southwest’s finest collection of Judaica, including priceless items nearly 4,000 years old. An extraordinary Holocaust Collection emphasizes the experiences of survivors who came to live in Oklahoma, as well as Oklahomans who participated in the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps.
The museum’s mission is to educate about the Jewish experience in Oklahoma, the United States and the world and to foster understanding between people of all cultures through an appreciation of their common history and values. As an arts educational institution and the only American Jewish museum in the region, Sherwin Miller Museum utilizes both art and history to preserve and present Jewish culture. Museum store offers unique mementos, books, jewelry and artifact reproductions. Open M-F, 10a-5p; Sun, 1-5p. Closed all major Jewish and national holidays. Admission charge.
24145 East 191st Street South
Haskell, OK 74436
Phone : /918.482.5655
Stone Bluff Cellars is Tulsa’s scenic winery, located on a hilltop overlooking the city. Enjoy wine tasting, winery tours, a gift shop, group events and a wonderful meal with your wine selection. The winery has received several prestigious awards for its high-quality wines.
Relax and savor award-winning wines in the comfortable tasting room where the captivating scenery, country atmosphere, and delectable cuisine make you feel away from it all. In fact, at Stone Bluff Cellars you can enjoy a soft porch breeze and the quiet of the countryside while sitting at one of their many outdoor dining areas. You’ll enjoy a friendly, relaxed atmosphere with a vineyard ambiance unparalleled anywhere in the state.
Lunches and dinners are special here thanks to Chef Mikael. You’ll also want to plan for the annual fall Green Country Wine Festival. Drop by the gift shop for a selection of wine accessory items that include the elegant and the whimsical along with the practical and necessary.
Stone Bluff Cellars is surrounded by many other interesting attractions including the Stone Bluff Soap Shoppe, Lavender Hill Farm, The Log Cabin Quilt Shop in Leonard, White Hawk golf course in Bixby and others.
115 West 5th Street Tulsa , OK 74103
918 582 6296
Once regarded as the preeminent Tulsa luxury hotel when opened in 1925, The Mayo Hotel has returned, more brilliant than ever. The Mayo sets a new standard of value, boasting convenient amenities, superior services and an exclusive address in the heart of downtown. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Mayo matches an illustrious history with the first-class amenities offered in only the finest Tulsa hotels.
3624 North 74th East Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74115
Phone : /918.834.9900
An aerospace adventure for all ages is at your fingertips at Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium, TASM. Dedicated to preserving Tulsa’s rich aerospace history, the 19,000 square foot museum offers rare and historic aircraft and hands-on child-friendly displays. The many exhibits display the large role that Tulsa has played in the field of aviation.
The Museum Exhibit includes the Golden Age of Flight, World War II and Space Exploration. The Aircraft Exhibit includes the F-14A Tomcat Fighter Jet and the Lear 24-D Corporate Jet. Visitors love the Interactive Exhibit which features the F-16 Wind Tunnel and the Space Shuttle Launch.
The Electric Sky Theater/Planetarium offers state-of-the-art presentations with new programs monthly. After touring the museum and all of the exhibits, be sure to sit back in the Planetarium and enjoy a trip to the outer limits of the universe in the new ESky Theater. Open Tu-Sat, 10a-5p; Sun, 1-5p. Office is open Mondays. Closed major holidays. Admission charge.
6241 East 36th Street North Tulsa, Oklahoma 74115
Phone : /918.669.6600
The Tulsa Zoo is a must-see while visiting Tulsa. Home to 3,000 animals representing 128 species, the Tulsa Zoo seeks to inspire passion for wildlife in every guest, every day.
Visit the Tulsa Zoo to see many exciting exhibits, including the Robert J. LaFortune WildLIFE Trek, which features a grizzly bear exhibit that boasts a naturalistic habitat and a two story waterfall and wading pond for the bears. This four-building complex is also home to Siberian cranes, naked mole rats, albino alligators and many other animals that have to adapt to specific environments, including cold, desert, forest and water. With many exciting animals and exhibits, this complex will thrill all who decide to take a trek through the wild during their next visit!
Another popular exhibit is the Helmerich Sea Lion Cove, which features multiple viewing points, including an underwater window. You never know what you will “sea” at the Helmerich Sea Lion Cove!
At the African Plains area of the zoo, guests will find many animals native to this region of the world, including giraffes, meerkats, rhinos, lions, African painted dogs and more!
Further exploration into the zoo, you will find The Tropical American Rainforest, one of the zoo’s most interactive exhibits. Home to black howler monkeys, piranha, anaconda, jaguars and other species native to rainforest regions, guests will walk along a path full of lush vegetation as many exotic bird species and sloths roam freely through this immersive exhibit.
Don’t forget to take a stroll through the Children’s Zoo, where guests can get up-close with goats and sheep! This area is also home to llamas, alpacas, Sicilian donkeys and red wattle hogs.
Other favorite exhibits include the Elephant Encounter, the Chimpanzee Connection, the giraffe exhibit and the penguin exhibit.
The Tulsa Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for Christmas Day and the third Friday in June. Admission charge. Visit www.tulsazoo.org for more information.
Hours and Admissions
Information about zoo operating hours, admission fees, reduced admission discounts and other ZOO-per specials
*The Contact Yard in the Children’s Zoo closes at 4p.m. during the week.
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Zoo Exhibits and Animals
The Tulsa Zoo has many animals ready to greet you and a wide array of immersive exhibits, like our Tropical American Rainforest and The Helmerich Sea Lion Cove! The Giraffe Experience, Chimpanzee Connection and Penguin Exhibit are also must-see exhibits during your visit.
NOTE: Our Elephant Encounter museum is under renovation until Fall 2013, when it will open with exciting new interactive features! The Lost Kingdom: Elephants building will be entirely redesigned, and will feature play discovery and climbable elephant sculptures! Learn more about these plans and more at www.buildingbeyond.org !
Rides and Attractions
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From our early days before statehood, the arts have been revered and fostered in Tulsa. In 1905, L. J. Martin, president of the Commercial Club said, “Of course, we did not have any sewers, street paving, parks or sidewalks and not much of a water system, but these facilities were luxuries and could wait, whereas an opera house loomed as an immediate necessity.” Today, Tulsa Opera is the 18th oldest opera company in North America – and just one of the gems that make Tulsa’s cultural scene shine. Ballet, symphonic performances and other performing arts share the downtown spotlight with a myriad of cultural events, activities, architecture, and art including 18 of Frederic Remington’s 22 bronzes.
It was the Roaring Twenties. And Tulsa’s booming downtown was growing to the tune of $1 million per month – with a wealth of sophisticated Art Deco architecture. Prime examples from the height of Art Deco’s reign continue to define the Tulsa skyline. Highlights include Tulsa’s Boston Avenue Methodist Church, considered the finest art deco church in the country, and the Philcade, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Only New York City and Miami boast more examples of this opulent, yet streamlined architectural style.
1400 Gilcrease Museum Road
Tulsa, OK 74127
Phone : /918.596.2700
Phone : /888.655.2278
One of the country’s finest facilities for the preservation, study and appreciation of American art and history, Gilcrease Museum is a national treasure. Housing more than 10,000 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures by 400 artists from colonial times to the present, Gilcrease has the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of art of the American West.
Visitors from around the world are drawn to Gilcrease, the former home of oil baron Thomas Gilcrease, nestled in the hills overlooking the city. They come for the permanent exhibits of American art and sculptures including works by Remington, Russell, Catlin and Moran. They also come to view the unparalleled collection of Native American art and artifacts, historic manuscripts, documents and maps. In addition, many traveling exhibits are also offered.
In addition to the interior of the beautiful facility, visitors enjoy the acres of beautiful themed gardens, walking paths and picnic areas. More than 160 acres of the museum’s complex has been left in its natural state. Throughout the year, Gilcrease is an active part of the community, offering tours, workshops, musical events and lectures. When you visit, you’ll see why Gilcrease is referred to as the “The Museum of the Americas.” Tu-Sun, 10a-5p. Public tours daily at 2p. Closed Christmas Day. Admission charge.
111 East First Street
Tulsa, OK 74103
Phone : /918.281.8600
The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame was created by the Oklahoma State Legislature in 1988. Flourishing in its former home in the Greenwood District, an early 1900s hotbed for jazz and blues and the site where Count Basie first encountered big-band jazz, the Hall recently moved to the historic Union Depot. This building is a significant Art Deco structure in the “streamline” style and now is called “Jazz Depot.”
This center recognizes and honors Oklahoma jazz musicians, documenting and preserving their works in jazz, blues and gospel art forms. The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame chronicles the history, evolution and influence of jazz in Oklahoma. Part museum, performance hall and educational facility, the Jazz Hall of Fame’s mission is to create unity through music. It includes a library, listening kiosks and a Hall of Fame pictorial gallery.
Through its on-going concert, classes and cultural events, the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame is raising a new awareness and appreciation of the truly American art forms of jazz, blues and gospel music. Enjoy performances such as Sunday Jazz. Call for tours and information. Open M-F, 9a-5p. Closed major holidays.
110 E. 2nd Street
Tulsa, OK 74103
Phone : /918.596.7122
Fax : /918.596.7144
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Designed by World Trade Center architect Minoru Yamasaki, the Tulsa Performing Arts Center embodies Tulsa’s longtime love for the arts. More than 300,000 people pour through its doors annually to attend events in the facility’s four theaters and enjoy the venue’s extensive international collection of art. Occupying half of a city block in Tulsa’s historic downtown, the PAC is home to 13 resident performing arts organizations, a touring Broadway series and headliner talent from around the globe.
An evening with the classics. Or how about the pops? Choose from not one, but two symphony orchestras. The Tulsa Symphony is a renowned musician-run orchestra whose home stage is Tulsa’s Performing Arts Center in the hub of downtown’s entertainment district. In addition, the elegant VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education comes alive throughout the year to the sounds of the Signature Symphony , Tulsa’s professional orchestra in residence at Tulsa Community College. Now in its 28th season, the Signature Symphony, along with its world-famous guest artists and Director G. Barry Epperley, make each performance a passionate night to remember.
1610 S. Boulder Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74119
Phone : /918.587.4811
Fax : /918.592.0380
E-mail : email@example.com
Days / Hours : Mon – Fri 9am-5pm
Tulsa Opera, the 18th oldest opera company in North America, is ranked among the top ten regional opera companies in the United States. Under the artistic leadership of Carol I. Crawford, the Company presents three grand opera productions each season, with a commitment toward American and 20th Century repertoire. Mainstage productions are held at Tulsa Performing Arts Center. The Tulsa Youth Opera, inaugurated in 1997, is part of the Tulsa Opera’s extensive educational outreach program.
Performances and education programs are provided to the greater Tulsa area, with additional education and outreach programs provided for both adults and children statewide. Tulsa Opera draws its audiences from a five state region that includes Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Texas.