Top Things to Do in Tulsa, Oklahoma | Midwest Living

Top Things to Do in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa—home to a legendary folk singer—celebrates classic Americana. Things to do in Tulsa include visiting The Gilcrease Museum, Philbrook Museum of Art and The Woody Guthrie Center. Check out our picks for what to do, where to eat and where to stay in Tulsa.


BOK Center Paul McCartney, the Eagles and Taylor Swift are a few of the shows that have filled the 10-year-old center to capacity, but basketball and professional hockey games pack ’em in, too.

Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza Learn about the founding father of Route 66, Cyrus Avery, through plaques and the East Meets West sculpture, and see the original (now closed) Route 66 bridge spanning the Arkansas River.

Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza.

Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza. Photo by Ginger Crichton.

The Gilcrease Museum Highlights of this collection of art from the American West include bronzes by Frederic Remington and Thomas Moran’s painting Shoshone Falls on the Snake River. Take time to watch the video about Thomas Gilcrease; his story intrigues guests.

Golden Driller The 76-foot-tall statue at Expo Square stands as a tribute to the years when Tulsa billed itself as Oil Capital of the World. 

Philbrook Museum of Art Peruse works from around the world on the walls of the  1927 villa, then wander the manicured Italianate-style gardens. Guided tours share details of the home, family and gardens.

Philbrook Museum of Art

Philbrook Museum of Art. Photo courtesy of Visit Tulsa.

River Parks Hop on a free-to-borrow bike at Riverside and 19th to pedal the well-maintained trails along the Arkansas River.

Tulsa Arts District Restaurants, museums, shops and performance venues dot the revitalized area. Guthrie Green serves as both entertainment space and urban park—and on Wednesdays, as a gathering spot for food truck lunches.

Woodward Park Developed in the early 20th century, this 45-acre park near the Philbrook Museum of Art blooms with azaleas and roses. Volunteers at the 1.5-acre Linnaeus Teaching Garden answer visitors’ questions about trees, shrubs and flowers.

The Woody Guthrie Center Try writing lyrics, hear Dust Bowl  stories and Guthrie’s music, and trace the travels of this legendary Oklahoma folk singer in interactive exhibits.

Woody Guthrie Center

The Woody Guthrie Center. Photo courtesy of Visit Tulsa.


Andolini’s Pizzeria Brothers call on their Italian roots to make an art of pizza. We loved our Frederico pizza with Alfredo sauce, baby spinach, speck and mushrooms.

The Brook Restaurant and Bar Dip your fries in cheese, scoop a spoonful of mac ’n’ cheese, or bite into a burger that oozes cheese at either of two locations.

Glacier Confection Who can resist hand-painted chocolates? Stop by for a nibble (or a box) while you’re in the Tulsa Arts District.

Juniper In a renovated 1919 building downtown, chefs make French-inspired dishes, such as seared duck breast with butternut squash.

Oren This newcomer to the Tulsa dining scene serves shareable plates focused on seasonal vegetables and fruits. Diners might sample beets with feta and mint or short rib with sea beans.

Redrock Canyon Grill A menu of Southwestern and American fare includes succulent, seasoned rotisserie chicken with red-skin mashed potatoes and sweet glazed carrots. Take in views of the Arkansas River from the Riverside Parkway location.

Roosevelt’s The busy gastropub on Cherry Street serves 70 craft beers on tap (all detailed on overhead screens behind the bar). Pair them with burgers or sandwiches and fries.

The Tavern Try the grilled cheese of the day or the crispy fish and chips at this neighborhood pub in the Tulsa Arts District.


Campbell Hotel ​Near the University of Tulsa and just off Route 66, this boutique hotel has 26 comfy rooms done in Oklahoma themes, such as the Cowboy Room or Oil Barons Room. ​

Cedar Rock Inn Come to the lovely Redberry Farm southwest of downtown for quiet accommodations and an outstanding breakfast in a five-bedroom inn. ​

Cedar Rock Inn

Cedar Rock Inn. 

For more information: Visit Tulsa (800) 558-3311;



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