The Center of the Universe

Located right in downtown Tulsa, the Center of the Universe is an acoustic anomaly that seems almost unbelievable. Essentially, it is an acoustic vortex where sounds are echoed back to the source. If you stand facing one of the walls in the small concrete structure and speak, your voice will reverberate directly back to you, amplified and distorted. It’s a bizarre effect that has to be experienced in person. Many people are skeptical of the phenomenon until they try it themselves. The Center of the Universe is located right under the Boston Avenue United Methodist Church bell tower, so be sure to stop by this hidden gem and test it out on your next visit to downtown Tulsa.

Center of the Universe 1 W 7th St S, Tulsa, OK 74119 (918) 592-2426

Cain’s Ballroom

Cain’s Ballroom is a historic music venue in downtown Tulsa that has been around since 1924. Legends like Bob Wills, Ernest Tubb, and Bob Dylan have graced the stage over the decades. Today, Cain’s Ballroom continues to attract popular music acts across all genres, from rock to country to indie. Even if you don’t catch a show, you can stop by for a tour during the day or evening to see the gorgeous art deco interior design. Getting to experience this intimate, legendary music venue is a must for any music lover visiting Tulsa.

Cain’s Ballroom 423 N Main St, Tulsa, OK 74103 (918) 584-2306

Philbrook Museum of Art

This art museum located in midtown Tulsa is home to stunning architecture and impressive collections. The original Philbrook estate was built in 1927 for oilman Waite Phillips and his family. The 23-room Italian Renaissance-style villa now houses impressive collections of Native American, African, modern, and traditional European art. The Philbrook also has gorgeous formal gardens that are perfect for strolling on a nice day. With its palatial architecture and world-class art, the Philbrook Museum is one of Tulsa’s true hidden gems.

Philbrook Museum of Art 2727 S Rockford Rd, Tulsa, OK 74114 (918) 749-7941

Gathering Place

Spanning nearly 100 acres along the Arkansas River, Gathering Place is an elaborate riverfront park that opened in Tulsa in 2018. It features massive playgrounds, splash pads, sports courts, bike and skate parks, botanical gardens, and so much more. You could easily spend an entire day exploring Gathering Place and not get bored. The park frequently hosts events and concerts as well. Gathering Place is considered one of the largest and most ambitious public parks ever created in the United States. It’s a must-visit spot for families or anyone looking to enjoy the outdoors in Tulsa.

Gathering Place 2650 S John Williams Way E, Tulsa, OK 74114 (918) 779-1000

Woody Guthrie Center

Music fans visiting Tulsa should definitely make a stop at the Woody Guthrie Center located in the Brady Arts District. This museum and archive is dedicated to the legendary folk singer and his impact on music and culture. In addition to exhibits on Woody’s life and musical legacy, the center also hosts concerts, film screenings, and other public events. You can even view the original, handwritten lyrics to classics like “This Land is Your Land.” For an enriching experience in Tulsa’s arts scene, add the Woody Guthrie Center to your itinerary.

Woody Guthrie Center 102 E M.B. Brady St, Tulsa, OK 74103 (918) 574-2710

Oklahoma Aquarium

The Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks allows visitors to experience an aquatic wonderland without leaving the state. This impressive aquarium houses over 200 exhibits featuring fascinating marine life from around the world. Visitors can walk through interactive tunnels surrounded by sharks, stingrays, and fish. Other exhibits let you get up close with playful sea lions, otters, and penguins. This is an amazing indoor attraction for families visiting Tulsa any time of the year. It’s educational, entertaining, and just a short drive over the river from downtown.

Oklahoma Aquarium 300 Aquarium Dr, Jenks, OK 74037 (918) 296-3474

Tulsa Botanic Garden

Nature lovers will adore the Tulsa Botanic Garden located just north of downtown. These lush gardens sprawl across 60 acres with numerous themed areas like the Children’s Discovery Garden, the Water Garden, the Rose Garden, and more. The gardens contain over 2,300 species of plants from around the world. It’s a beautiful, tranquil space to explore right in the heart of the city. The Tulsa Botanic Garden has seasonal events, classes, and even hosts weddings in their outdoor spaces. It’s a great way to spend a morning or afternoon immersed in nature during your time in Tulsa.

Tulsa Botanic Garden 3900 Tulsa Botanic Dr, Tulsa, OK 74127 (918) 289-0330

Gilcrease Museum

History buffs will appreciate a visit to the Gilcrease Museum located northwest of downtown Tulsa. This museum houses the world’s largest collection of art and artifacts of the American West. The permanent collection includes important works by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell that provide insight into Western expansion and Native American history. You can also find ancient Native American artifacts, historical manuscripts, and so much more. The museum is situated on the grounds of the former estate of oilman Thomas Gilcrease. It’s a fascinating look into the history of the Western United States.

Gilcrease Museum 1400 N Gilcrease Museum Rd, Tulsa, OK 74127 (918) 596-2700

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