Tulsa is Oklahoma’s second largest city; it is thought that the earliest settlers to the area were the Ozark Bluff Dwellers. However, it wasn’t until the discovery of oil in the early1900’s that the city really started to develop. It was even dubbed by many as the “Oil Capital of the World!”
Nowadays, business is still booming thanks to a leading aerospace industry and the city’s fair share of cultural attractions. There is so much to do in Tulsa, whether you are looking for family orientated activities or a good nightlife- Tulsa can deliver!
Here is a list of the top ten things to do in Tulsa and even this doesn’t cover everything but it’s a good place to start when planning your vacation to the area.
- The Tulsa Zoo And Living Museum is great because it is open all year round and offers some really great activities. Fun activities such as Polar Bear Days, Halloween activities and holiday lights show are all on the agenda. If you time it right you can also get half priced admission for special occasions such as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. The zoo is the third largest in the United States.
- Bells Amusement Park is a family run park that boasts more than 50 attractions and rides. There is a wide choice for the thrill seeker including water rides and the Zingo- the biggest wooden coaster in the state of Oklahoma. The part isn’t open all year round so be sure to check the availability before visiting.
- The Tulsa Garden Center is great if you want some peace and relaxation. The center if located in Woodward Park and includes an extensive rose garden. The horticultural center is free.
- The Gilcrease Museum is a real must for those interested in Native American and Western artifacts and artwork. Make sure you budget at least a couple of hours to take in all that this museum has to offer.
- Cherry Street is a historic area of Tulsa and one that needs to be explored. Cherry Street is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and this shopping district offers a really unique shopping experience for all those who visit. There are also some really great places to eat here.
- The Theater. If you are looking for something more cultured then why not check out one of Tulsa’s fine theaters. Whether you are looking for operas, ballets or concerts, you can find it here.
- The Sherwin Miller Museum Of Jewish Art is a collection of more than ten thousand items. The artifacts cover periods of Persion and Roman, Hellenistic and Early, Middle and Late Bronze Ages.
- The Oklahoma Aquarium is located in Jenks, a suburb of Tulsa and features thousands of sea creatures in just over 200 exhibits.
- Big Splash Water Park is a great day out for all the family! There are numerous polls, a water roller coaster, a huge wave pool and loads of water slides.
- The Tulsa Air And Space Museum includes exhibits of a F14 Tomcat, a space shuttle replica and many more. You can get involved and test your skills at operating a robotic arm like that on the space shuttle. You can also experience the feeling of being a cockpit in a wind tunnel exhibit!