The Brady Arts District
Located in Tulsa’s downtown area, the Brady Arts District should be at the top of any visitor’s list. Home to world-class museums, performing arts venues, restaurants, and public art installations, the Brady District showcases the best of Tulsa’s vibrant arts scene. Some highlights include the Woody Guthrie Center, Tulsa Ballet studios, Cain’s Ballroom music venue, and the iconic Center of the Universe echo chamber located in the middle of Boston Street. After taking in a show or admiring the street murals, satisfy your cravings at one of the Brady District’s eclectic eateries.
Blue Dome District
Just east of downtown lies the Blue Dome District, another area beloved for its arts, dining, and entertainment options. The district gets its name from the large, turquoise-colored dome that tops an old Gulf Oil station. Music lovers can catch live blues, rock, jazz, and indie shows at venues like the Vanguard and Mercury Lounge. If you’re feeling competitive, head to the Max Retropub for duckpin bowling or old-school arcade games. There are also plenty of unique shops to explore, from Repository Vintage Boutique to the IDL Ballpark Collectibles sports memorabilia store.
Stretching along Peoria Avenue just south of downtown, Cherry Street offers a funky, laidback vibe perfect for a sunny afternoon stroll. You’ll find an eclectic mix of local businesses like independent bookstores, bakeries, thrift shops, art galleries, yoga studios, and coffee shops. Be sure to stop for a creamy milkshake at Brownie’s Hamburgers, an old-fashioned diner that’s been a Tulsa staple since 1939. Cherry Street is also home to the University of Tulsa and Philbrook Museum of Art, a top fine arts museum housed in an elegant 1920s Italian villa.
You can’t visit Tulsa without exploring part of the iconic Route 66 highway. Known as the “Mother Road,” Route 66 stretches over 2,000 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles and passes right through Tulsa’s vibrant midtown area. Snap a photo next to the Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza, a large Route 66 sign and sculpture, or bring your dancing shoes to Cain’s Ballroom, a historic music venue graced by legends like Bob Wills, Elvis Presley, and Van Morrison. Route 66 is also dotted with classic diners and retro motels, taking you right back to the glory days of American car culture.
The Greenwood District
Nicknamed “Black Wall Street,” the Greenwood District was once one of the most prosperous African American communities in the early 1900s, with hundreds of black-owned businesses, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Though much was destroyed during the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, the resilient community is undergoing revitalization. Visit the Greenwood Cultural Center to explore exhibits on local African American history or support the area’s new shops and eateries. Make sure to see the stunning Black Wall Street murals created by local artists.
Just west of downtown across the Arkansas River, the Pearl District mixes industrial charm with modern amenities. Old brick warehouse buildings now house lively restaurants, bars, antique stores, and yoga studios. New residential high-rises are attracting young professionals to the area too. On sunny days, residents and visitors gather along the riverfront for 5K fun runs, festivals, and farmer’s markets. Don’t miss the massive 66-foot-tall Golden Driller statue, a symbol of Tulsa’s oil heritage.
For high-end shopping and dining, head to swanky Uptown along South Yale Avenue. Here you’ll find the chic Utica Square outdoor mall filled with stores like Anthropologie, West Elm, and Kendra Scott. Or grab a table at one of Uptown’s many upscale eateries, like the classic Mahogany Prime Steakhouse, eclectic Amelia’s Pizzeria Napoletana, and the delicious Yokozuna Japanese restaurant. When you’re done, stroll through manicured Woodward Park directly across from the shops.
Buzzing with activity both day and night, Midtown Tulsa has a vibrant, youthful energy. The University of Tulsa and Oral Roberts University campus attracts college students, while young families are drawn to Midtown’s walkable neighborhoods and highly-ranked schools. The district also boasts beautiful parks, trendy cafes, unique boutiques, and popular music venues. Don’t miss the elaborate Renaissance-style architecture of the Church of St. Mary and the iconic Golden Driller statue at Expo Square.
Located just southeast of downtown, the Kendall-Whittier neighborhood has a rich cultural heritage as an old streetcar suburb. Azalea-lined streets are dotted with historic Craftsman bungalows and the artsy Circle Cinema indie movie theater. The district is home to a diverse array of ethnic restaurants and Latino groceries, reflecting its large Hispanic population. Nature lovers shouldn’t miss the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, an urban wilderness area with over 15 miles of scenic hiking trails.
Nestled against the Arkansas River, the Brookside neighborhood charms visitors with its tree-lined streets, red brick cottages, and quaint mom-and-pop shops. Spend an afternoon browsing the boutiques and art galleries along Peoria Avenue or satisfying your sweet tooth at Rose Rock Microcreamery and other dessert spots. When the weather’s nice, grab picnic supplies from a local deli and lunch under the sprawling oaks of Brookside Park. Top off your day with a craft brew at one of Brookside’s cozy pubs.
Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area
Nature enthusiasts shouldn’t miss the 300-acre Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness tucked away in south Tulsa. The rugged landscape is dotted with rocky outcroppings, wooded trails, and panoramic views over the Arkansas River valley. Explore over 15 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails that cater to all skill levels. Keep your eyes peeled for whitetail deer, red foxes, bobcats and over 200 species of birds that call Turkey Mountain home. Pack a picnic to enjoy at one of the scenic overlooks.
The Gathering Place
Spanning nearly 100 acres along the Arkansas River, The Gathering Place is one of the largest public parks in the United States. Families love exploring this imaginative wonderland filled with adventure playgrounds, splash pads, bike paths, botanical gardens, outdoor concerts, ice skating, and kayak rentals. Let the kids burn off energy at the 5-acre adventure playground, then relax lakeside while they play. With so much to experience, you may just have to visit Tulsa’s crown jewel park more than once!
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