Tulsa Travel Guide

Activities & Events

BOK Center200 S Denver Ave.Phone: +1 918 894-4200Price: Depends on act/performanceTulsa's new sleek, and modern center is the pride of the city. Opened in September 2008, it has already hosted such acts as The Eagles, Celine Dion, Elton John, Billy Joel, and many more are on the way. Starting in summer 2010, the arena will also be the new home of the Tulsa Shock WNBA team, which moved from Detroit after the 2009 season. With fine dining nearby and numerous hotels to stay at, this center is the centerpiece of Vision 2025, a plan to revitalize Downtown and certain parts of the city.
The Center of the Universe is at the top of a pedestrian bridge in Tulsa. The bridge goes over the railroad tracks from Archer St. to First St., West of the Jazz Depot and immediately north of the Williams Center Tower. If you stand on the opposite side of the brick circle from someone else, you hear their echo, but not your own. If you stand at the center of the brick circle and talk, you will hear yourself echo, but others will not hear any echo. Overlooking the Center of the Universe area is a large, totem-like steel sculpture called Artificial Cloud.
Creek Nation CasinoPhone: +1 918 299 8518
The Expo Building4145 E 21st St.Contains what was once the largest unobstructed indoor area in the world. The "Golden Driller" in front is still pretty impressive. Hosts numerous shows including home and garden shows, arts & crafts events, boat show, gun and knife shows.
Oxley Nature Center5701 E 36th St. NPhone: +1 918 669-6644Hidden in the woods behind the Tulsa Zoo. Open almost all year. Has a few different habitats built up, such as a mini-prairie, a marsh with a walkover, ponds, woods, and plenty of opportunity for bird-watching.
The Performing Arts Centerlocated Downtown, the "PAC" (pronounced pee-ay-see) shows the annual presenation of The Nutcracker, in addition to various operatic, musical, and dramatic shows throughout the year. Tickets and scheduling available online.
River Parks There is a lovely cafe down around 21st and they have live music from time to time when it is warm out. There is a new complex, Riverwalk Crossing at 101st in Riverside. It has a movie theatre and many restaurants, with a wonderful atmosphere.
Route 6611th St.Renovated in 2005. The University of Tulsa is located nearby, and Tulsa Promenade mall is 2 mi S of the Expo Square, State Fairgrounds and several hotels, all of which provide shuttle service for shoppers.
The Spotlight Theater located on Riverside Drive between 15th and 21st, has shows every Saturday night of "The Drunkard"-America's longest running show-followed by "Olio", an old-fashioned vaudeville affair. Family friendly and very fun, The Drunkard is a must for any Tulsa visit!
Tulsa Zoo6421 E 36th St. NPhone: +1 918 669-6600Hours: Daily 9AM-5PMPrice: $8/$6/$4/Free (Adults/Seniors 55+/Children 3-11/Children under 3)Has zebras, giraffes, elephants, penguins, and reptiles, in addition to a Children's Zoo, Tropical American Rain Forest, Wildlife Carousel, and Zoo Train.
Woodward ParkSee the park in the spring when the roses are blooming in the Tulsa Rose Garden.
Events
Blue Dome Arts FestivalRunning the same weekend as the critically acclaimed Mayfest. This festival showcases local Tulsa County area artists and lets them show their colors. Parking is limited, so be prepared to walk a few blocks (Middle of May, Same as Mayfest).
ConestogaOklahoma's largest literary science fiction and fantasy convention. Late July.
Cherry Street Farmer's Market, 15th and Peoria, every Saturday 'til the frost is on the pumpkin from about 7AM-11AM.
MayfestHours: 10;00AM - 5:00PMIf you're looking for that Unique Gift or piece of art you can't find elsewhere, You won't go away Empty-handed From here. with artists from all over the country, Mayfest is Truly the Cultural Highpoint of Tulsa's Yearly Calendar. (Middle of May, Same as Blue Dome Arts Festival)
Mini-ConTulsa's Annual Anime Gathering is getting off the ground again after losing sponsors. Now sponsored by the Tulsa Library System, It is in good hands and could take a few years to get up to par with other conventions around the country. Has film-showings and merchandise sales (Date of Event Varies Year to Year).
Oklahoma Scottish Games & GatheringRecently moved to River West Festival Park. It's always the third weekend in September.
Tulsa OktoberfestWhich some people say is the largest Oktoberfest in the world outside of Germany.
Tulsa State FairAt the Expo Fairgrounds (near 21st and Yale). It's the last full week in September. "Funnel cakes" are a tradition.
Tulsa Trek ExpoThe largest Star Trek convention in the central U.S.
Wanenmacher's Tulsa Arms ShowThe world's largest gun show. Twice a year at the Expo Building. April and November.
Turkey MountainExcellent location for hiking and mountain biking, with lots of side trails to explore. Features great views of Oral Roberts University and Downtown.

source: Wikivoyage

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