A Quick Travel Guide to Tulsa, Oklahoma
While I was in college my parents moved from Des Moines, Iowa to Tulsa, Oklahoma. Since then each time I’ve visited I’ve searched for the best restaurants and things to do in Tulsa. While it may not be the biggest city in Oklahoma, this quaint city is full of charm. Check out some of the hotspots worth seeking out while in Tulsa!
Where is Tulsa Located?
Tulsa is a city in eastern Oklahoma that is located on the Arkansas River. It is well known for its bustling urban districts, art deco architecture, and amazing restaurants.
Where to Stay in Tulsa
BUDGET HOTELS IN TULSA
Best Western Plus: (Downtown Tulsa/Route 66) – Convenient location to downtown Tulsa on historic Route 66.
MID-RANGE HOTELS IN TULSA
LUXURY OR ROMANTIC HOTELS IN TULSA
FAMILY-FRIENDLY HOTELS IN TULSA
Things to Do in Tulsa
Visit the Center of the Universe
The Center of the Universe may not look like more than a worn concrete circle but when you stand near the center and sing, speak, or make any noise, that noise is mysteriously echoed louder than it was made. I have no idea how this works, but it’s truly a unique place to visit while in Tulsa and it’s not far from many other downtown Tulsa attractions.
Location: 1 S. Boston Ave, Tulsa
Go To The Cherry Street Farmers Market
The Cherry Street Farmers Market is one of our favorite seasonal things to do in Tulsa. Not only when you shop here are you supporting local businesses, but it’s also a unique place to shop too! At Cherry Street Farmers Market you can gather seasonal local produce, fresh flowers, creative crafts, and more.
Location: 15th and Peoria
Hours: April-October: 7am-11am, Saturdays only
See the Golden Driller in Person
Tulsa is one of the largest known oil cities in the United States. Thus the birth of the 76 ft tall Golden Driller happened and has resided at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds since 1966. While it might just seem like a big statue, this is the perfect roadside photo opportunity for any Tulsa itinerary. On some Saturdays, there is also a flea market at the River Spirit Expo right next to the Golden Driller.
Location: 4145 E 21st St, Tulsa
See the Unique Tulsa Street Art
As in most cities, Tulsa has some intriguing street art. Head downtown, walk around, and you’re sure to find some on most corners. Here’s a list of a few of our favorite murals in Tulsa!
- Prairie Schooners – Woven sticks and saplings create this massive wooden art sculpture that you can walkthrough.
Location: Centennial Green, Sixth and Main streets
- Mayfest Murals – Mayfest is an annual Tulsa event that is depicted on a number of painted kites.
Location: 3rd and Main Street
- Woody Guthrie Mural – This large scale mural features the words “This Land is Your Land.” It’s one of the most popular murals to view in downtown Tulsa.
Location: 102 E. M.B. Brady Street
- Habit Mural Festival Murals – Each spring about 20 artists gather to create large-scale murals all around the city.
Location: Many areas around downtown Tulsa
- Art Alley – This area features a number of murals and sculptures to enjoy!
Location: 5th and 6th Streets
Go Under The Sea At The Oklahoma Aquarium
Just outside of Tulsa, you’ll find the Oklahoma Aquarium is a massive exhibit where you can say goodbye to your landlocked blues and become amazed by the mystery of the world’s oceans, lakes, and rivers. View 300 lb turtles, reef sharks, and Caribbean fish up close during your visit to the aquarium.
Location: 300 Aquarium Drive, Jenks
Hours: Monday, Wednesday-Sunday: 10am – 6pm, Tuesday: 10am-9am
Cost: $15.95 Adults, $11.95 Children 3-12
Enjoy Artwork And Scenery At The Philbrook Museum of Art
Not only does the Philbrook Museum of Art contain stunning pieces of art on the inside, but the outside is also a work of art itself with its Italian charm! Grasp onto the history of many paintings, sculptures, and browse the outdoor gardens on a nice day. In the summer months, there are also movies in the park to enjoy.
Location: 2727 South Rockford Road, Tulsa
Hours: Tuesdays – Sundays: 10am – 5pm, Thursdays: 10am – 8pm, Closed Mondays
Visit The Gathering Place
Gathering Place is a 100-acre park in Tulsa that really is a park for everyone. There is a playhouse area that is perfect for kids, a skate park and sports courts, beautiful gardens (including a sky garden too!), a boathouse and pond, and Gathering Place boasts many events and exhibits. No words can really do this place justice, so be sure to add it to your Tulsa itinerary and see for yourself.
Location: 2650 S John Williams Way, Tulsa
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 9am-8pm, Friday & Saturday 9am-10pm
See A Movie At The Warren Theater
This isn’t just any movie theater. The Warren Theater offers a premium movie experience with a full menu, luxury seating (even an adults-only balcony for certain movies), and once you step inside you’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time due to its lavish decor.
Location: 1700 Aspen Creek Dr, Broken Arrow
Hours: Sunday-Saturday starting at 10 am
Test Your Luck At The Hard Rock Casino
If you’re feeling lucky walk into the Hard Rock Casino and join a poker table or try the slots. If you’re not feeling like gambling, the Hard Rock Casino also has terrific restaurants or attend a concert at The Joint – the Hard Rock’s concert venue.
Location: 777 West Cherokee Street, Catoosa
Cost: FREE… to enter of course 😉
Places to Shop in Tulsa
Utica Square offers upscale and boutique outdoor shopping and many great restaurants that are sure to appease anyone. A few of my favorite stores to shop at in Utica Square are Madewell, Anthropologie, and J. Spencer.
Location: 1709 Utica Square, Tulsa
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 9am-5pm, Friday: 9am-6pm, Saturday & Sunday: 9am-1pm
Jo & June
Jo & June is one of my favorite small shops in Tulsa that has a variety of vintage clothing and goods as well as a number of other unique handmade items.
Location: 2413 E Admiral Blvd, Tulsa
Hours: Sunday 12pm-4pm, Tuesday-Thursday 11am-5pm, Friday & Saturday 11am-6pm, Closed Monday
Made is a modern, handmade boutique that is located in the Brady Arts District. The store is full of items that support local crafters, artists, and makers.
Location: 219 E Archer St, Tulsa
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am-7pm, Closed Sunday & Monday
Farm Hippie is one of my new favorite stores to visit when in Tulsa! They are a year-round indoor farmer’s market that offers local produce, meats, grains, teas, soaps, and handmade goods. A large focus they have is sustainability and eco-friendly products so you can feel good about what you’re buying when you support this small locally-owned business.
Location: 1117 W Main St, Collinsville
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, Closed Sunday & Monday
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Places to Eat in Tulsa
Casual Dining in Tulsa
Queenies Cafe and Bakery
Queenies Cafe and Bakery is a fun lunch shop located in Utica Square. I recommend getting one of their chicken salad or egg salad sandwiches or quiche with a side of fresh fruit or soup. Be sure to get one of their delicious baked goods to share or to go as well!
Location: 1834 Utica Square, Tulsa
Hours: Monday-Friday: 7am – 7pm, Saturday: 8am – 5pm, Sunday: 9am – 2pm
Mondo’s Italian Restaurant
A slice of Italy all the way in Oklahoma? You bet! Mondo’s, a family-owned restaurant, will satisfy your cravings for Italian food. Their pizzas are made with fresh ingredients and hand-tossed dough then cooked in a wood-fired oven. Their homemade pasta is to die for too, the baked rigatoni and manicotti are two of my favorites.
Location: 3410 South Peoria Avenue, Tulsa
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 11am – 10pm, Friday & Saturday 11am – 11pm, Sunday 3pm – 9pm
Yokozuna is an Asian fusion restaurant where you can enjoy a twist on original Japanese favorites and other Asian cuisines. For appetizers, I recommend getting the tempura cauliflower which is the best one I’ve ever had (I could eat it for my meal!) or the Pupu Platter which has an assortment of gyoza, steamed buns, tempura, edamame, and spring rolls. For entrees, try the ramen, pad thai, or one of their specialty sushi rolls.
Location: 309 E. 2nd St., Tulsa
Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 11am – 10pm, Friday & Saturday: 11am – Midnight
Mother Road Market
Similar to the Time Out Markets that are popping up across the world, Mother Road Market is Tulsa’s first dining and food hall. At Mother Road Market you can find an assortment of local restaurant stations all under one roof. It’s perfect for those who are wanting to try a smorgasbord of items from all different restaurants or if you’re stuck in a debate about where to grab something to eat.
A few of our favorites at Mother Road Market include Andolini’s (one of our favorite pizza places in Tulsa (and the world if we might add). Umami Fries serves up some truly unique french fries with bulgogi beef and kimchi that are perfect for sharing. If you’re looking for something sweet Big Dipper Ice Cream has unique, artisan flavors of ice cream (I’m partial to the honeycomb lavender).
Location: 1124 S Lewis Ave, Tulsa
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 10am-9pm, Friday & Saturday 10am-10pm, Closed Monday
Memory Lane Tea Room
If you’re on a mother-daughter or girl’s trip to Tulsa, Memory Lane Tea Room is an endearing place to stop for lunch. Memory Lane Tea Room has a few different menu options including quiche, finger sandwiches, soups, and salads.
Each meal comes with a freshly baked scone and a side of lemon curd. Our favorite aspect of Memory Lane Tea Room is the menu dedicated completely to teas! There are a number of different varieties of tea and with two different sizes of teapots, they’re perfect to share.
Location: 209 N Main St, Owasso
Hours: Only Friday & Saturday 10am-3pm
Fine Dining in Tulsa
Polo Grill is one of the oldest and most prestigious fine dining establishments in the Tulsa area. It is perfect for a romantic evening or business occasion. While they boast some of the best steaks in the country, their french chicken is also delicious. Be sure to get a cup of the lobster bisque on the side as well, I’m salivating just thinking about it!
Location: 2038 Utica Square, Tulsa
Hours: Monday – Thursday 11am – 10pm, Friday 11am – 11pm, Saturday 10:30am-11pm, Sunday 10:30am-9pm
PRHYME is a newer Tulsa hotspot part of a series of four restaurants that Chef Justin Thompson. It’s a modern take on the American steakhouse with dishes of USDA prime beef, stuffed chicken, and seasonally selected fresh seafood.
Location: 111 N Main St, Tulsa
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 4pm – 11pm, Sunday 4pm – 9pm
Places to Get Dessert in Tulsa
Pinkitzel has some of the most glamorous cupcakes we’ve ever seen. Prepare to be blown away by the vibrant colors, sweet treats, and candy bins!
Location: 201 S. Denver Ave.
Hours: Sunday: 1pm – 9pm, Monday – Thursday: 11am – 9pm, Friday & Saturday: 11am – 11pm
Sugar shock will have a whole new meaning if you get an ice cream flight or cotton candy shake at Candy Castle. But really, why don’t more ice cream stores do flights of ice cream?
Location: 7890 E 106th Pl S, Ste V-6, Tulsa
Hours:Monday – Thursday: 10am-9pm, Friday & Saturday: 10am – 10pm, Sunday: 12pm – 6pm
I’ll be honest, I want to try EVERYTHING at Antoinette Baking Co. – Pies, cakes, macarons, and savory snacks are all there to tempt me! You can get a few sweet treats to enjoy or even have a cake made for a special occasion.
Location: 207 N. Main, Tulsa
Hours: Monday – Wednesday: 7am – 4pm, Thursday – Saturday: 7am – 10pm, Sunday: 10am – 2pm, Pie Nights: Friday & Saturday evening 7pm – 10pm
We can’t wait to add more to this list that is ever-growing and changing as we explore more of Tulsa. What are some of the things to do in Tulsa that you’d like to try?