Tulsa, the former “Oil Capitol of the World,” is Oklahoma’s second largest city. The town that started in the early 20th century has since grown into an urban city that offers mid-west comfort in a cosmopolitan style. Throughout the many districts, there are hundreds of activities and events designed for people of all walks of life in T-Town. From family outings to nightlife and dining, you will always find a unique experience in Tulsa.
Tulsa is home to one of the largest curations of Art Deco architecture in the country. The vibrant city offers cultural attractions from Philbrook and Gilcrease Museums, to theater shows at the Performing Arts Center including Tulsa Ballet, Tulsa Opera, Tulsa Symphony Orchestra and traveling Broadway shows. The music scene bounces throughout the city from country and western to indie rock with live music happening 365 days a year anywhere from local hot spots like Cain’s Ballroom and Guthrie Green, to Brady Theater and BOK Event Center. There are annual festivals varying from Tulsa International Mayfest, Tulsa Oktoberfest, Soulfest- A tribute to Wayman Tisdale, Hop Jam Beer and Music festival and so many more adding to the culture and heritage of Tulsa. Plus, for fans of music history, the Woody Guthrie Center and the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame are a must-visit!
Sports fans can enjoy a Drillers Minor League Baseball game on a warm summer night or an Oilers Hockey game in the colder months. If you want hands-on action, run your way through the city streets in the Route 66 Marathon or feel the burn going up Cry Baby Hill in the nationally known Tulsa Tough ride and race. Feel an adrenaline rush at Climb Tulsa's 20,000 square feet rock climbing wall, or hit up Gathering Place's first-class BMX pump track and skate bowl designed by California Skate Parks. Check out the free yoga, barre and boot camps offered weeknights at the Guthrie Green. There are countless major and minor league, college and high school sporting events and activities for everyone to appreciate.
Family fun is a must for Tulsans. Key family spots include the highly rated Tulsa Zoo, Oklahoma Aquarium, Tulsa Air and Space Museum or any of the River Parks trails and outdoor recreation areas, which give a rural feel to Tulsa's urban setting. Tulsa also offers numerous kid-friendly activities, festivals and day camps that combine education and fun. Aside from the amazing five-acre Adventure Playground at Gathering Place and ample world-class educational programming, we suggest checking out the Tulsa Children's Museum Discovery Lab which will relocate to Gathering Place in 2020.
Tulsa has a vibe to fit every personality. The many vibrant districts throughout the city highlight each unique characteristic that together form the diverse and friendly nature of Tulsa. The Blue Dome Entertainment District, Cathedral District, Deco District, Pearl District, East Village and Tulsa Arts district make up downtown. Here you will find historic buildings repurposed into office buildings, theaters, galleries and tons of restaurants and bars. A night out might include seeing a concert at the famous Cain’s Ballroom, checking out local acts at the comedy club, or bowling at Dust Bowl; a retro bowling lounge combination bar and 80s arcade. Go to Guthrie Green for free fitness classes, listen to live music, eat at food truck Wednesdays or outdoor movie nights. For a trendy, urban feel in a midtown setting, check out Brookside or Cherry Street Districts, only a few miles away from Gathering Place. Housing top local restaurants, coffee houses and pubs, you will experience upscale and antique shopping, plus dining surrounded by old time neighborhoods you can only find in Tulsa.
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