Tulsa Travel Guide

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Tulsa Highlights

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     Clean, Green & Friendly; Easy to Navigate 

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     Finding the federal and interstate highways is not always easy 

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     Easy to explore, friendly, full of wonderful scenes 

Tulsa Things to Do

  • Philbrook Museum of Art

    Interested in seeing a world-class art collection and learning a little about the 1920s Tulsa oil boom? The Philbrook Museum of Art is the place for you! is housed in the Tuscan Renaissance-style villa of Oil-Barron Waite Phillips. Constructed in the 1920s and donated to the city of Tulsa in 1937, the museum houses collections of art works from...

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  • Winterfest Ice Skating

    Each winter there is lively ice skating in downtown Tulsa. It is guaranteed to be one of the only places you'll spot people in cow-boy hat's ice skating. The WinterFest ice rink is adjacent to Bok center. It is very safe, do you not need to deposit your shoes to rent skates and people leave their shoes lying around. It's fun to see people of all...

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  • The Musical "Oklahoma!" - Doin' Fine in...

    In 1998, the London Daily Mail described the musical "Oklahoma!" this way: "There's nothing corny about this wonderful, fresh show. It's not just a classic American musical but -- and this is the real surprise -- a truthful, touching and gripping drama about growing up and falling in love, about dreams and nightmares."Most people are not aware that...

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Tulsa Hotels

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Tulsa Restaurants

  • Tulsa's Top Pub Grub

    Who can fail to love a pub that has nearly 60 beers on tap, offers a full menu, and celebrates things like the UK Summer Bank Holiday with Sam Smith Winter Welcome Bottles for $3.50? Housed in a renovated brick building in downtown Tulsa's Blue Dome District, McNellie's two floors of exposed walls, high beamed ceilings, and seating for up to about...

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  • A Commanding View for Demanding Sushi...

    Even if sushi isn't at the top of your favorite foods list, In The Raw is worth visiting due to its location alone. If you are a sushi lover, you will be doubly delighted since the quality of the food rivals the locale.Set atop "Shadow Mountain" - one of Tulsa's highest hills - In The Raw provides diners with a commanding view of the city from its...

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  • What's Not to Love?

    Whether you're looking for a place for a casual family gathering or a more romantic rendezvous, Ti Amo is an excellent choice. Ti Amo serves authentic Italian favorites in a setting of relaxed refinement. The menu includes all the expected pasta creations such as spaghetti, fetuccine, rigatoni, lasagna, cannelloni, manicotti, ravioli and...

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Tulsa Nightlife

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  • Fill 'er up at the Blue Dome

    Just a few blocks east of Tulsa's tallest downtown building is the Blue Dome District, one of Tulsa's newer and fast growing nightlife and local dining areas. It gets its name from the prominent blue-painted dome atop a 1920's gas station at 2nd & Elgin. Two very popular Irish bars are in the area, Arnie's (located in the Blue Dome building) and...

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  • Welcome to the "Old Lady's" Neighborhood

    The Brady Arts District is a brick warehouse area directly north of downtown. It is centered around North Main and Brady. Tulsa's orginal performing arts center, The Brady Theater (affectionately known as "The Old Lady on Brady" and still used for concerts), and the historic Cain's Ballroom, are in the area, along with a number of working artists...

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  • No Harvard Yard, Just Good Times

    Named for the street where its located, Tulsa's Boston District has nothing to do with that town back east somewhere. Located south of downtown at the intersection of 18th and South Boston Ave., the Boston District is a tightly packed collection of high quality clubs and restaurants offering a mix of atmosphere and entertainment to suit many...

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Tulsa Transportation

  • Driving in Tulsa

    Tips for driving like a native, by a native:1) If you are a soccer/proffesional mom and own an oversized SUV, be sure to tailgate if the person in front of you doesn't go at least 5 over the speed limit, especially in school zones.2) Pay no attention to traffic lights, especially when turning left. When the green arrow changes to red it's just a...

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  • Nice Airport

    Tulsa has a very convenient airport. It is not too big, so it's easy to get around. It seemed like they had a centralized security area that then led to the various gates. Of course, Tulsa does not have all the flights that a place like Dallas has. There is a really neat Billy Parker biplane in the main terminal.

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  • Beware of the........?snow?

    Let me tell you. Driving in Tulsa is scary when it snows. When the first snow flake falls, everyone freaks out and starts to put chains on their tires (which are illegal), The teenagers start speeding because they want to feel their cars slide, and the little old ladies drive in 2 lanes and go 10 mph (even though the snow has not even stuck to the...

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Tulsa Shopping

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  • Great local food

    Center 1 Market is a small, inviting grocery store dedicated to selling local meats and produce. What sets this place apart is the friendly customer service and excellent selection of organic meat. The meat here is more expensive than Reasor's or Food Pyramid, but cheaper (and tastier!) than Wild Oats. Most of it comes from Sapulpa, so the owners...

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  • Island Style in Tulsa

    Island Nation is such an unique shop (especially for the Tulsa area). It has a thatch ceiling, bamboo walls and seasgrass carpeting - just walking in the door transports you to your favorite island. Even if you're not in the mood to shop, it makes a great photo stop. Island Nation carries the entire line of Life is good, Tommy Bahama for men and...

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  • Get Fresh Produce Sportswear at Chic...

    The Pink Daisy is a women's clothing store in Tulsa, Oklahoma that specializes in selling Fresh Produce brand sportswear. It is a really cute little shop on the Riverside Parkway. The staff is very helpful. The owners of The Pink Daisy told me that they wanted to give women in the Tulsa area a selection of Fresh Produce clothing like that of...

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Tulsa Local Customs

  • Early beginnings

    Tulsa was founded by the Creek tribe from Alabama, who were relocated here in 1836. Little of the city's early days remains. You can visit Lyon's Indian Store, which originated as a trading post selling rugs, jewellery, beads and other native crafts, which now sells their wares next door to Tulsa Treasures. The store used to be the entrance to the...

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  • "Urban Tulsa" - Your Best Guide to...

    When you arrive in Tulsa, be sure to pick up a copy of the free "Urban Tulsa Weekly" newspaper. This will be your best source for what is going on around town. New editions come out every Thursday. It is readily available at many restuarants and hotels. It has a very complete listing of concerts, shows, clubs, sporting events, movies, and any other...

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  • Not Country

    I have read many comments in which people say that you have to dress in cowboy clothes to fit in in Tulsa, This is really not true, the only place you are going to find people walking around in Cowboy Hats and boots is going to be on the outskirts of town or maybe at the State fair or something. Generally people dress like normal civil humans just...

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Tulsa Warnings and Dangers

  • Crime is a Citywide thing, not just the...

    There are a lot of comments on here degrading North Tulsa, but I have lived here for most of my life and have never had an issue out North. If you are not a racist and mind your business (like eveywhere else in the city) no one bothers you. Most of the people that live out North are hard working individuals striving for the American Dream like...

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  • I lived In Tulsa For 30 Years

    Tulsa is generally safe for a mid sized city. However , you should not go into North Tulsa especially if you are white. Stay south of Pine street and east of the Arkansas river. North Tulsa is a black ghetto and West Tulsa is a white ghetto. Tulsa is more segregated than most cities - due to the race riot of 1921. Racial tension is high. The...

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  • Stay away!

    One Saturday night We decided to go clubbing downtown the city,the place was called ''Omega''.I was scocked by the fact that 1930's racism still alive in modern city!.the blacks were ganging together and so were the whites!I have never expected to se a such scene especially in the states.one more thing NEVER NEVER NEVER try to approach a black girl...

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Tulsa Tourist Traps

  • Casa Bonita? Casa Awful!

    June 2006 Update:The Casa has undergone a complete refurbishment and has reopened. I am pleased to say that the new incarnation has restored the Casa Bonita legacy. It is once again safe to dine here! Please visit my recommended Tulsa Restaurants page for the complete new review! October 2005 Update: I placed my original review (below) of Casa...

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  • casa viva should be casa muerte

    the old casa bonita restaurant reopened a few months ago as casa viva, they'd been advertising heavily on tv and i figured why not? my kids had never been there so i wanted to treat them. The atmosphere was promising at first until i started sweating from the heat. The portions were tiny and i had spent $30 for 4 which was kinda cheap but i didn't...

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  • Casa Viva

    I used to love Casa Bonita because of the indoor waterfall and fun atmosphere. When it became Casa Viva, I thought I would give it a shot. That was the worst dining experience of my life!! When you walk in you immediately have to order and pay before even being seated...? Then you walk up to a dark counter and wait for someone to shove your tray...

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Tulsa What to Pack

  • Be Right About the Weather or Suffer

    Summer: Its hot (sometimes over 110 degress F) its humid and sticky. Most wear shorts and short sleved shirts. Winter: It can be below freezing with mountains of snow so come prepared! The weather changes constantly and isn't really predictable so be ready for anythiing. Some things that are popular currently are; abercrombie, hollister, american...

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  • Packing List

    Keep an eye on the weather forcast for Oklahoma for several days before your trip. And then pack a few items for the opposite weather. There is a saying in Oklahoma that if you don't like the weather, wait another day. It will change... 70 degree temp. days are all too often followed by 30 degree days. And don't let that brightly shining sun fool...

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Tulsa Off The Beaten Path

  • Long Gone Grotto Courts - Where I Lived...

    Right after World War II we returned to Tulsa where both of my parents were from. The first place we lived was the Grotto Courts, which was an old motel on Route 66 (5527 E. 11th St, 11th and Hudson) where the railroad crossed. I think I was around 3 years old (1945-46) and we lived in the 3rd unit on the east side. Of course the Grotto Courts are...

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  • Long Gone Veterans Project

    After living in the Grotto Courts after World War II, we moved to the "Veterans Project" at the Fairgrounds (now Expo Square) northwest of the Pavilion (built 1931). I have not been able to find any information on it, but I assume it was housing provided to veterans after the war, who were having trouble getting started again. These two-story...

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  • Red Bud Valley

    3.8 miles north of Highway 44 it is an easy drive to this beautiful site. I love to be outdoors so I went here with my boyfriend. I fell in love with the place. There is everything from open fields to caves and everything in between. If you just feel like excaping the city for some quiet and relaxation this is the place to do it. No bikes or pets.

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Tulsa Sports & Outdoors

  • The Tulsa Wave - Urban Whitewater

    One of the most unexpected sporting opportunities in Tulsa is the "Tulsa Wave," a hotspot for whitewater kayak and canoe enthusiasts. The Wave is situated within easy view of the tulsa skyline on the west bank of the Arkansas River near the PSO/AEP power plant south of 31st street. The presence of the power plant's coffer dam on the river forces...

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  • Tulsa Drillers Baseball - All-American...

    The Tulsa Drillers are the AA Texas League farm team for the Major League Baseball (MLB) Colorado Rockies. For those not familiar with the system, AA is two steps below MLB and many of the players you will see can be expected to make it to "The Bigs" soon. MLB stars Sammy Sosa, Ivan Rodriguez, Hank Blalock, Juan Gonzalez, Ruben Sierra and Jeff...

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  • Tulsa 66ers Basketball - Catch some D...

    One of the newest additions to the Tulsa pro sports landscape is the "Tulsa 66ers" of the National Basketball Developmental League (NBDL). The NBDL describes itself as a league that "offers players the opportunity to develop their talent in a highly competitive atmosphere under the NBA's umbrella" and that the NBDL serves as "a diverse human...

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Tulsa Favorites

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  • Philtower Building

    When I was a boy in the 1950's, I used to look toward downtown at night and watch the top of the tallest building, the National Bank of Tulsa, change colors (it was illuminated by different colored lights which cycled). The Philtower Building was the second tallest building. They were the two tallest, most prominent buildings in the Tulsa skyline....

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  • Tulsa Garden Center

    The Tulsa Garden Center is located in historic Woodward Park at 25th and Peoria. The main building is a former Italian renaissance villa that was designed by noted Tulsa architect Nobel B. Flemming. The mansion was built with 21 rooms and 10 bathrooms. Construction was begun in 1919 and was completed in 1921. It has a long and interesting history....

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  • Old Tulsa Central High School

    Both of my parents went to this school. Paul Harvey (real name Paul Harvey Aurandt) of radio fame was in my father's class. Eddie Sutton, a famous basketball coach, was the coach there when I was in high school. It is no longer a school. Public Service Company owns it.

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