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Why Go to Tulsa

"Green Country," "Buckle of the Bible Belt," "Oil Capital of the World." Tulsa has picked up quite a few nicknames, none of which have anything to do with each other. Yet the monikers each describe part of Tulsa's character. This northeastern Oklahoma city is green (just check out lush and blooming Woodward Park), it is largely Protestant (though its Sherwin Miller Museum has one of the largest collections of Judaica in the Southwest United States) and it has a long history drenched in oil (in fact, the two leading museums – Philbrook and Gilcrease – both have ties to the oil industry). Tulsa has other facets, too. Its extensive set of bike paths promote an active lifestyle. And its downtown area will give you a new appreciation for art deco architecture. Consider doing as Midwesterners do and make Tulsa a quick two- or three-day getaway.

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  • Tulsa loves its sports Many local haunts offer game-day deals and draw big crowds ready to cheer on the home teams, which include the Tulsa Drillers baseball team, the Tulsa Oilers hockey team and the Tulsa Athletic soccer team, as well as the University of Tulsa and Oral Roberts University.
  • Visit in the spring or fall Temperatures settle around 60 degrees, plus several annual events, including Tulsa International Mayfest and Oktoberfest, fill up the calendar.
  • Family fun If you’re visiting in the fall, try to time your visit to line up with the annual Tulsa State Fair, a family-friendly excursion with dozens of rides, games and authentic carnival food.

How to Save Money in Tulsa

  • Take public transportation Tulsa is a relatively affordable destination year-round, but taking public transportation is a good way to save even more money, instead of taking taxis or paying for parking.
  • Consider a winter visit If you're hoping to save slightly on hotel prices, plan a winter visit.
  • Spend your days outside If you’re visiting when the weather is warmer, head outside to explore Tulsa’s free gardens and parks. For a top-notch picnic spot, check out Woodward Park.

What to Eat

When it comes to food, Tulsa's main eateries serve American fare, but if you want to dine on Mexican cuisine under the stars, head to El Guapo's Cantina (in the Blue Dome District) to take advantage of Tulsa's only rooftop cantina. For shopping, Brookside and Cherry Street offer several unique boutiques (and the farmers market), south Tulsa is home to the expansive Woodland Hills Mall and midtown's Utica Square has department stores, home furnishing stores and more.

Tulsa's popular nightlife venues can be found in the Blue Dome District, Brookside and Brady's Art District, which is conveniently located near the ONEOK Field (home of the Tulsa Drillers minor league baseball team), Brady Theater and Cain's Ballroom. Valkyrie, also in the Brady Arts District, is known for its creative cocktails and friendly staff, making it a popular nightlife spot.

 

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