Top 10 Things To Do In Tulsa

Nightlife or family activities, educational trip or strictly for fun, visitors to Tulsa will find activities to suit any agenda.

Visitors to Oklahoma's second largest city, Tulsa, will be thrilled to find many things to see and do. Whether you are searching for activities for families or wanting to learn about Tulsa's nightlife, it will not be difficult to get great recommendations on places to go.

This list of ten of the top things to do in Tulsa is certainly not all-inclusive, but these activities are a good place to start when planning your vacation to the area.

1. THE TULSA ZOO AND LIVING MUSEUM is open year round and offers special activities throughout the year. These things include Polar Bear Days for reduced admission, spring break activities, Halloween activities, and a holiday lights show. There are also days throughout the year when half admission price is offered (i.e. Mother's Day, Father's Day, Grandparents Day.) The zoo covers nearly eighty acres and is the third largest zoo in the United States. It has been in operation since 1927.

2. BELLS AMUSEMENT PARK is a family run park with more than fifty attractions and rides. Many locals will name the Chili Pepper Plunge as a favorite if you are looking for a water ride, and roller coaster enthusiasts will immediately point out the Zingo, the biggest wooden coaster in the state of Oklahoma. There is an arcade at the park and live entertainment is offered. Being situated in Oklahoma, this is not a park that is opened year round, so be sure to check availability of the park during the spring or summer months that you will be visiting.

3. THE TULSA GARDEN CENTER is a good choice for spending some quiet and reflective time in the middle of what may otherwise be a hectic vacation. Be sure to check out the extensive rose garden. Located in Woodward Park, the center covers a large area and includes a magnificent Italianate villa with twenty-one rooms. There is no admission cost for this horticultural center.

4. THE GILCREASE MUSEUM is a must if you are interested in Native American and Western artifacts and artwork. The extensive museum offers beautiful paths to walk and themed gardens to enjoy. Plan to spend at least a couple of hours here to experience the galleries and gardens and see what the museum has to offer.

5. For a unique experience that would be difficult to duplicate in many cities, plan to spend some time walking along Tulsa's historic CHERRY STREET. Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, this shopping district offers many unique shopping and dining experiences that should cater to most visitors' tastes in food or shopping. For locals, this is a great place to go searching for antiques.

6. Take in a performance at one of Tulsa's fine theaters, operas, ballets, or concerts. Check with the performance centers to see what will be available during your visit. Some places to start are the WALTER ARTS CENTER, THE TULSA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, THE TULSA BALLET, and THE TULSA OPERA.

7. The SHERWIN MILLER MUSEUM OF JEWISH ART is a very extensive collection of more than ten thousand pieces in the exhibits. The museum is closed on weekends and holidays, both U.S. federal and Jewish holidays. Archeological artifacts cover the periods of Persion and Roman, Hellenistic, and Early, Middle, and Late Bronze Ages.

8. THE OKLAHOMA AQUARIUM is found in the area of Jenks, a suburb of Tulsa and just a little distance to the south. Visitors will enjoy seeing thousands of sea creatures in two hundred exhibits. There is a restaurant and gift shop at the aquarium.

9. If your trip to Tulsa is happening during a warm month, try the BIG SPLASH WATER PARK. In addition to the pools, they offer a water roller coaster, a huge wave pool, and water slides. The water park is also located in the Jenks area.

10. THE TULSA AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM offers exhibits including an F14 Tomcat, a space shuttle replica, and many other exhibits and things to do including planes, of course. Test your skills at operating the robotic arm that is like the arm on the space shuttle. Guests move objects in the replica of a cargo bay with the robotic arm. Guests can also experience the feel of being in a cockpit in the wind tunnel exhibit.

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