I’m a born and raised Oklahoma girl. What image does that bring to your mind? Do you see cows, tee pees, Russell Westbrook? I grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma a growing oil capital in the U.S. that is turning into Weird Austin’s younger sibling. I’ll give you a few tips on how to enjoy your time in Oklahoma’s quirkiest city.
Eats first, I’m a hungry girl, check out BBD’s, Brookside By Day, on Brookside, a street with many new shops and restaurants for all budgets. BBD’s, Timmy’s in East Tulsa, and Chimera in downtown are great breakfast places. For lunch, my favorite Mexican restaurant is El Rio Verde or if you like Indian food, my favorite restaurant in Tulsa is Desi Wok. For dinner try a boxty from Kilkenney’s Irish Pub on Cherry Street or a $5 burger on Wednesday nights from Mcnellie’s Pub in downtown. If you ever need a refreshment, stop in at Oklahoma’s own Sonic or QT. Sonic drive-in has hundreds of slushie and milk shake options. QT is a gas station with $1-$2 large drinks. We know how to satisfy your thirst!
For fun times in the sun go to beautiful Woodward Park, bike along Arkansas River, or go hiking at Turkey Mountain. Center of the Universe in downtown near the Jazz Hall of Fame is a tradition for locals. The Philbrook Museum is an extensive art museum with permanent collection and contemporary exhibits. The museum is in a 1920s mansion with an extravagant public garden in the back. Also, nearby is Linneaus Teaching Gardens and the Tulsa Rose Gardens. Admission is free the second Saturday of every month. Gilcrease Museum, near downtown, has one of the largest American West art collections in the U.S. Admission to Gilcrease is free both the first Tuesday and 3rd Sunday of every month. You can also watch a show or special event in downtown Guthrie Green on a squishy patch of grass or an independent film at Circle Cinema. Downtown Tulsa is quickly growing, there are many new art museums, such as Living Arts, restaurants, bars and shops opening regularly. Shop local at Dwelling Spaces, a store with all Made in Oklahoma retail products.
For the evenings, downtown Tulsa is the place to be. Watch a baseball game at Drillers Stadium, watch a show at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center or the BOK center or get really cheap concert tickets for headlining bands at the Cain’s Ballroom. Before or after the show you can enjoy a drink at the Soundpony or get some food at the many food trucks. There are many venues for watching live music or clubs for dancing. Oklahoma has wonderful sunsets, head up to the rooftop bar in the Mayo building and watch the sky explode with color.
Throughout the year Tulsa has special events such as Cry Baby Hill, a Tulsa Tough Bicycle Race, live music every Thursday night in the summer at Utica Square, Pride Parade, Boo Ha Ha Parade during Halloween, Rhema Christmas Lights and much more.