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Best Things To Do in Tulsa

Some of this city's best attractions lie just east of the Arkansas River. That's where you'll find both the Philbrook Museum of Art and the Gilcrease Museum, plus parks like Mohawk and Woodward. Visit the Blue Dome District for nightlife, but also check out the Brookside neighborhood, which is an up-and-comer with great wine bars to visit in the evening and interesting shops to explore in the afternoon.

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#1 in Tulsa

The pieces inside Tulsa's Philbrook Museum of Art are constantly competing for attention with the natural splendor of the grounds. In fact, visitors can't seem to decide which they like better. You'll find Renaissance and Baroque paintings and sculptures, plus a sampling of Asian art, Native American pieces and African sculptures. In addition to well-manicured pathways and blooming environs, recent visitors said the breathtaking gardens also have a picturesque sculpture walk with 17 installations to enjoy.
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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Philbrook Museum of Art
The pieces inside Tulsa's Philbrook Museum of Art are constantly competing for attention with the natural splendor of the grounds. In fact, visitors can't seem to decide which they like better. You'll find Renaissance and Baroque paintings and sculptures, plus a sampling of Asian art, Native American pieces and African sculptures. In addition to well-manicured pathways and blooming environs, recent visitors said the breathtaking gardens also have a picturesque sculpture walk with 17 installations to enjoy.
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#2

#2 in Tulsa

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This up-and-coming neighborhood south of Tulsa's downtown offers excellent coffee houses, shops, cafes and a few choice wine bars. You'll uncover some furniture stores and clothing boutiques and even a Harley-Davidson store as you stroll up and down South Peoria Avenue. Locals recommend stopping by Charleston's for chicken fried steak, a burger or another classic American meal, noting that it's a nice place for a date or to bring the family.
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Entertainment and Nightlife Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Brookside
This up-and-coming neighborhood south of Tulsa's downtown offers excellent coffee houses, shops, cafes and a few choice wine bars. You'll uncover some furniture stores and clothing boutiques and even a Harley-Davidson store as you stroll up and down South Peoria Avenue. Locals recommend stopping by Charleston's for chicken fried steak, a burger or another classic American meal, noting that it's a nice place for a date or to bring the family.
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#3 in Tulsa

The Woody Guthrie center is, as you might have guessed, a museum dedicated to the life of Woody Guthrie, a renowned folksinger who was born in Oklahoma and who wrote “This Land is Your Land.” The center is home to the original, hand-written lyrics, which visitors can see, along with the Woody Guthrie Archives, a collection of his writing, art and songs, plus information about the Dust Bowl.
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Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Woody Guthrie Center
The Woody Guthrie center is, as you might have guessed, a museum dedicated to the life of Woody Guthrie, a renowned folksinger who was born in Oklahoma and who wrote “This Land is Your Land.” The center is home to the original, hand-written lyrics, which visitors can see, along with the Woody Guthrie Archives, a collection of his writing, art and songs, plus information about the Dust Bowl.
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#4 in Tulsa

Located just to the north of the Tulsa International Airport, the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium is home to numerous exhibits that showcase Tulsa's role in America's aviation history, from a smoke-filled balloon in the beginning to World War II to the Space Age to present day. Visitors of all ages have plenty to see, and can even experience what it’s like to fly a Viper F-16 jet through an interactive display.
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Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium
Located just to the north of the Tulsa International Airport, the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium is home to numerous exhibits that showcase Tulsa's role in America's aviation history, from a smoke-filled balloon in the beginning to World War II to the Space Age to present day. Visitors of all ages have plenty to see, and can even experience what it’s like to fly a Viper F-16 jet through an interactive display.
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#5 in Tulsa

Free
Flush with azaleas, dogwoods and roses, Woodward Park is truly a sight to behold. This public park is particularly popular for weddings, but you can also just come here to relax. To learn about the flowers here, heed the advice of recent visitors and stop by the Tulsa Garden Center, which is located next door. Along with information about the park's flora, the center also provides educational programs on horticulture, gardening classes and workshops, as well as tai chi classes.
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Parks and Gardens Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Woodward Park
Flush with azaleas, dogwoods and roses, Woodward Park is truly a sight to behold. This public park is particularly popular for weddings, but you can also just come here to relax. To learn about the flowers here, heed the advice of recent visitors and stop by the Tulsa Garden Center, which is located next door. Along with information about the park's flora, the center also provides educational programs on horticulture, gardening classes and workshops, as well as tai chi classes.
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#6 in Tulsa

Tulsa's visitors say the Gilcrease Museum is one of the best spots to see artwork inspired by the American West. Artists featured here include Frederic Remington, Frank Tenney Johnson and Charles Marion Russell, among others. There are also works by Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent and Thomas Moran. Outside, guests will find 23 acres of themed gardens, including the Pioneer Garden, the Rock Garden and the Pre-Colombian Garden, to name a few.
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Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Gilcrease Museum
Tulsa's visitors say the Gilcrease Museum is one of the best spots to see artwork inspired by the American West. Artists featured here include Frederic Remington, Frank Tenney Johnson and Charles Marion Russell, among others. There are also works by Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent and Thomas Moran. Outside, guests will find 23 acres of themed gardens, including the Pioneer Garden, the Rock Garden and the Pre-Colombian Garden, to name a few.
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#7 in Tulsa

Though it's small compared to other zoos across the country, Tulsa's iteration does do well with what it's got, according to recent guests. The chimpanzees, prairie dogs and Asian elephants are the most popular of the zoo's residents. On a Saturday or Sunday in March through October, you can take a tour of the grounds atop a camel (a memorable experience, according to those who've had the opportunity to do so). What's more, there's also a buried treasure exhibit, a seasonal petting zoo and the ONEOK Safari Train and Arvest Wildlife Carousel.
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Zoos and Aquariums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Tulsa Zoo
Though it's small compared to other zoos across the country, Tulsa's iteration does do well with what it's got, according to recent guests. The chimpanzees, prairie dogs and Asian elephants are the most popular of the zoo's residents. On a Saturday or Sunday in March through October, you can take a tour of the grounds atop a camel (a memorable experience, according to those who've had the opportunity to do so). What's more, there's also a buried treasure exhibit, a seasonal petting zoo and the ONEOK Safari Train and Arvest Wildlife Carousel.
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#8

#8 in Tulsa

The permanent collection at The Sherwin Milller Museum of Jewish Art includes iron and bronze works from early Jewish history (think 3200 BCE), work by Israeli artists like Reuven Rubin and objects from the Holocaust. Of interest to the Oklahomans who have visited is the museum's collection of memorabilia chronicling local Jewish history.
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Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art
The permanent collection at The Sherwin Milller Museum of Jewish Art includes iron and bronze works from early Jewish history (think 3200 BCE), work by Israeli artists like Reuven Rubin and objects from the Holocaust. Of interest to the Oklahomans who have visited is the museum's collection of memorabilia chronicling local Jewish history.
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#9

#9 in Tulsa

Home to more than 100 exhibits and thousands of animals, the Oklahoma Aquarium is a great place to spend the day with the family. Here, you can pet stingrays, feed turtles and walk through the shark tunnel. Click here for a full feeding schedule; recent visitors suggested visiting on a Monday or Thursday in the early afternoon to witness a shark feeding.
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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Oklahoma Aquarium
Home to more than 100 exhibits and thousands of animals, the Oklahoma Aquarium is a great place to spend the day with the family. Here, you can pet stingrays, feed turtles and walk through the shark tunnel. Click here for a full feeding schedule; recent visitors suggested visiting on a Monday or Thursday in the early afternoon to witness a shark feeding.
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