*'''Oklahoma State University''' [http://www.osu-tulsa.okstate.edu/] Tulsa branch
*'''Oklahoma State University''' [http://www.osu-tulsa.okstate.edu/] Tulsa branch
*'''Oral Roberts University''' [http://oru.edu/] Tulsa is home to educational complex founded and named in honor of televangelist Oral Roberts. The Cityplex Tower there is the second-largest skyscraper in Oklahoma.
*'''Oral Roberts University''' [http://oru.edu/] Tulsa is home to educational complex founded and named in honor of televangelist Oral Roberts. The Cityplex Tower there is the second-largest skyscraper in Oklahoma .
*'''Spartan School of Aeronautics''' [http://spartan.edu/]
*'''Spartan School of Aeronautics''' [http://spartan.edu/]
Revision as of 00:29, 14 January 2010
Tulsa is in the Green Country region of Oklahoma. It is also called “T-town” by the locals and has been called the "Oil Capital of the World". The city had about 386,000 people and the metro area had about 916,000 people as of 2008 from the US Census Bureau estimates.
Tulsa lies in northeastern Oklahoma, at the convergence of the Great Plains and the Ozark Plateau, and receives an average of 40 inches of precipitation each year, both of which account for its abundant beautiful rolling green terrain. As a result, Tulsa breaks the Oklahoma stereotype of being nothing but a flat, arid dust bowl. Summers can be very warm and with the cold wind across the plains it can get very cold in the winter, but it does not last long. The winters are considered to be very mild. There is not much snow, just a few inches each year, typically, although in 2007 and again in 2008 there were rather large "ice storms". Tulsa has over 225 days of sunshine annually.
In Tulsa you will find old west charm as well as a cosmopolitan atmosphere. You will find the people of Tulsa love their city and they have that southern charm, so they are willing to help you find your way around. Tulsa has one of the largest concentrations of Art Deco in the nation, having been a booming city during the 1920s when the architecture was first built by rich oil barons who built stately mansions and turned the Downtown area into a treasure trove of art.
Tulsa International Airport (IATA: TUL)  in the northern part of Tulsa. It has major airlines with direct flights to major cities in the U.S. It is a small but nice airport with sofas and chairs all around and a very laid-back feel. The car rental area and parking is well integrated. The airport offers free short term parking (first half-hour free).
Richard L. Jones, Jr. Airport (IATA: RVS)  (often called the "Riverside Airport") is south of downtown and is a general aviation airport.
There is no real passenger train service to Tulsa, but there are two Amtrak bus routes into the city . One leaves Kansas City (Missouri) nightly at midnight, the other Oklahoma City nightly at 11PM.
Most Tulsans drive almost everywhere, although bus, bike, and pedestrian routes are starting to catch on.
From the North/Kansas - US-75 South from Bartlesville, OK, or US-169 South from Coffeyville, KS.
From the Northeast/Missouri - I-44 West, aka the "Will Rogers Turnpike." The world's former largest McDonalds spans the roadway near Vinita, OK.
From the East/Arkansas - US-412 West, aka the "Cherokee Turnpike."
From the Southeast/Arkansas - The "Muskogee Turnpike."
From the South - US-75 from Okmulgee, OK, aka the "Okmulgee Beeline."
From the Southwest/Oklahoma City - I-44 East, aka the "Turner Turnpike."
From the West - US-412 East, aka the "Cimarron Turnpike."
For the slow scenic route from Northeast or Southwest come in on old Route 66.
Greyhound Bus Lines+1 918 584-4428, 317 S Detroit Ave. (downtown).
Thanks to urban planning, the major city streets are placed in a grid layout. Almost all major intersections are one mile from each other, and exactly in a straight line. That makes it much easier to find places than in cities where streets go every which way. The major exception is downtown, which is slanted at almost a 45 degree angle to the rest of the grid.
Several freeways and bypasses can be used to easily get around the Tulsa Metro area: I-244, I-44, US 169 (Mingo Valley Expressway, aka "Pearl Harbor Memorial Expressway"), US 75, Hwy 51 (Broken Arrow Expressway), Creek Turnpike.
The streets and avenues are planned on a 1 mile by 1 mile grid system, with the main arterials running on each mile. In the core of the city, named avenues run north/south and are named after US cities, generally in repeating alphabetical order (for example, Winston-Yale-Allegheny-Braden). In the mid-town area the names are taken from colleges and college towns. North/South is divided by Admiral Blvd. Name streets East of Main are cities east of the Mississippi River, vice versa for name streets west of Main. In the parts of the city farther from downtown, north-south streets are numbered. It is important to recognize that the specific format of the north-south numbered street names is North/South 145th East/West Avenue.
Numbered streets run East/West with Main Street and the Arkansas River as the dividing line. Watch out for Place, Street, Avenue designation, e.g. 47th Place, 47th Street, or Florence Place, Florence Avenue. It is important to recognize that the specific format of the east-west numbered street names is West/East 71st Street North/South. In some parts of the city, numbered streets intersect, so the distinction is important. Although rare, one east-west numbered street may even intersect with a street of the same number running north-south.
Downtown streets were originally platted parallel to the Frisco railroad tracks. When Tulsa expanded beyond the bounds of its original plat, the expanded areas were platted in alignment with the points of the compass. Thus the "twisted" area down-town represents the original extent of Tulsa ca 1907.
Tulsa Transit  provides bus service for the Tulsa Metro area. Cities served are Tulsa, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Jenks, and Broken Arrow. The central station is at 319 S. Denver (downtown). They do not run that often, especially to the outer towns like Broken Arrow. Unlike major cities in the Northeast, the city bus is not a major form of transportation in the city. It is usually a means of travel for those who are without their own motor vehicle.
Tulsa has an extensive interconnected paved bike trail system. Rivertrail follows the Arkansas River from downtown Tulsa south to the suburbs. The Katy Trail runs west to Sand Springs. The Osage Trail is a rails-to-trails route that begins at the OSU-Tulsa campus and travels north 15 miles to Skiatook. The Creek Trail connects Rivertrail and continues east through Broken Arrow to the NSU-Broken Arrow campus. Riders accustomed to flat terrain may find Tulsa's rolling land to be a bit more challenging, particularly during the heat of summer. If you are looking for a good workout, the Creek Turnpike Trail follows the land's original contours. Rivertrail is probably be best choice for the rider seeking an easy route.
Four bike loan depots, located along Rivertrail, allow riders to borrow a bike for free for up to twenty-four hours.
Tulsa has an active bicycling community.
Creek Council Oak Tree, 18th St. and Cheyenne Ave.. It was under the Creek Council Oak Tree in 1836 that the Lochapoka Creek Indians kindled a ceremonial fire using live coals they had carried from their Alabama homeland. This oak was Tulsa’s first town hall, first conference room, first church and first court of law. This tree symbolizes the spirit of Tulsa's early settlers.
Geo Science Center, 8801 S Yale, ☎ +1 918-497-5555 (fax: +1 918-497-5557), .
Gilcrease Museum, 1400 N Gilcrease Museum Rd., ☎ +1 918-596-2700, . Daily 10AM-5PM, tours at 11AM and 2PM. One of the world's largest collections of Western and Native American art and artifacts.Free, charge for special exhibitions; donation optional.
Greenwood Cultural Center, 322 N Greenwood Ave., ☎ +1 918-596-1020, . M-Sa 9AM-5PM. Serves to promote the history of Tulsa’s Greenwood District. Was home to one of the worst race riots in American history. Special performances are often held at this center.
The Ida Dennie Willis Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys, 627 N Country Club Dr., ☎ +1 918-584-6654. W-Sa 11AM-4:30PM. Over 2000 dolls, dollhouses and other miniatures.
Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 E 1st St., ☎ +1 918-596-1001, . M-F 9AM-5PM. In the beautiful Art Deco-style Union Depot.Donations.
Oriental Museum, (on Harvard near 49th St. S). (Closed Indefinitely due to lack of Cultural Awareness)
Penguins on Parade. There are dozens of 6' tall penguin sculptures scattered throughout the city. It is a local art project to raise funds for the Tulsa Zoo. (Fundraiser ended a long time ago)
The Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S Rockford Rd. (1 block E of Peoria Ave. at 27th Pl.), ☎ +1 918 749-7941, . Tu-W, F-Su 10AM-5PM; Th 10AM-8PM. Native American, Renaissance, European, American, African, and Southeast Asian art.
Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, 2021 E 71st St, ☎ (918) 492-1818, . M-F 10AM-5PM. The largest collection of Judeica in the American Southwest, flagship of The Fenster/Sanditen Cultural Center. As an arts education institution, and the only American Jewish museum in the region, utilizes both art and history to preserve and present Jewish culture.Adults $5.50; Seniors age 55+ $4.50; Student age 6-21 $3; free admission to teachers with school ID.
Tulsa Air and Space Museum, 3624 N 74th E Ave., ☎ +1 918-834-9900, . Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM; Su 1PM-5PM.
BOK Center, 200 N Denver Ave., ☎ +1 918-894-4200, . Tulsa's new sleek, and modern center is the pride of the city. Opened in September 2008, it has already hosted such acts as The Eagles, Celine Dion, Elton John, Billy Joel, and many more are on the way. Starting in summer 2010, the arena will also be the new home of the city's yet-to-be named WNBA (women's basketball) team, which moved from Detroit after the 2009 season. With fine dining nearby and numerous hotels to stay at, this center is the centerpiece of Vision 2025, a plan to revitalize Downtown and certain parts of the city.Depends on act/performance.
The Center of the Universe is at the top of a pedestrian bridge in Tulsa. The bridge goes over the railroad tracks from Archer St. to First St., West of the Jazz Depot and immediately north of the Williams Center Tower. If you stand on the opposite side of the brick circle from someone else, you hear their echo, but not your own. If you stand at the center of the brick circle and talk, you will hear yourself echo, but others will not hear any echo.
The Expo Building (QuikTrip Center), 4145 E 21st St., . Contains what was once the largest unobstructed indoor area in the world. The "Golden Driller" in front is still pretty impressive. Hosts numerous shows including home and garden shows, boat show, gun and knife shows.
Oxley Nature Center, 5701 E 36th St. N, +1 918 669-6644 , . Hidden in the woods behind the Tulsa Zoo. Open almost all year. Has a few different habitats built up, such as a mini-prairie, a marsh with a walkover, ponds, woods, and plenty of opportunity for bird-watching.
River Parks There is a lovely cafe down around 21st and they have live music from time to time when it is warm out. There is a new complex, Riverwalk Crossing at 101st in Riverside. It has a movie theatre and many restaurants, with a wonderful atmosphere.
Route 66, 11th St., . Renovated in 2005. The University of Tulsa is located nearby, and Tulsa Promenade mall is 2 mi S of the Expo Square, State Fairgrounds and several hotels, all of which provide shuttle service for shoppers.
Tulsa Zoo, 6421 E 36th St. N, ☎ +1 918-669-6600, . Daily 9AM-5PM. Has zebras, giraffes, elephants, penguins, and reptiles, in addition to a Children's Zoo, Tropical American Rain Forest, Wildlife Carousel, and Zoo Train.$8/$6/$4/Free (Adults/Seniors 55+/Children 3-11/Children under 3).
Woodward Park, (SE corner of 21st and Peoria). See the park in the spring when the roses are blooming in the Tulsa Rose Garden.
Blue Dome Arts Festival. Running the same weekend as the critically acclaimed Mayfest. This festival showcases local Tulsa County area artists and lets them show their colors. Parking is limited, so be prepared to walk a few blocks.
Conestoga, . Oklahoma's largest literary science fiction and fantasy convention. Late July.
Cherry Street Farmer's Market, 15th and Peoria, every Saturday 'til the frost is on the pumpkin from about 7AM-11AM.
Mayfest, (In the middle of Downtown Tulsa). 10;00 AM - 5:00 PM. If you're looking for that Unique Gift or piece of art you can't find elsewhere, You won't go away Empty-handed From here. with artists from all over the country, Mayfest is Truly the Cultural Highpoint of Tulsa's Yearly Calendar. (Middle of May, Same as Blue Dome Arts Festival)
Oklahoma Scottish Games & Gathering, Recently moved to River West Festival Park. It's always the third weekend in September.
Tulsa Oktoberfest, , which some people say is the largest Oktoberfest in the world outside of Germany.
Tulsa State Fair, at the Expo Fairgrounds (near 21st and Yale), . It's the last full week in September. "Funnel cakes" are a tradition.
Tulsa Trek Expo, . The largest Star Trek convention in the central U.S.
Wanenmacher's Tulsa Arms Show, . The world's largest gun show. Twice a year. April and October.
Tulsa is just about the largest US city that has no major state/public university. There are two 4 year private universities and a plethora of smaller 2 year commuter colleges and limited-degree-option branches of statewide 4 years colleges such as NSU, OU, OSU, etc. There are also truck driving schools, welding schools, a Vo-Tech, and other technical colleges.
Oral Roberts University Tulsa is home to educational complex founded and named in honor of televangelist Oral Roberts. The Cityplex Tower there is the second-largest skyscraper in Oklahoma and the architecture and layout of the campus has somewhat of a resemblance to the Government Buildings in Brasilia.
University of Tulsa Private four year University.
Gardner's Used Books, Music & Comics, Inc. Oklahoma's largest used book store 
Nam Hai Vietnamese Supermarket, 21st and Garnett. Laid out in what resembles an old IGA Store, Nam Hai is the closest you'll come to the marketplaces of Asia in Tulsa, Just look for the lion out front.
The Farm, 51st and Sheridan. A farm country-themed shopping center with some of the more unique shops and restaurants in Tulsa County.
Utica Square, 21st and Utica (Across from St. John Medical Center). Quite notably the most upper-crust shopping area in the city.
The Tulsa Promenade, 4107 S Yale Ave., ☎ +1 918-627-9282, . M-Tu 9AM-10PM, W 8AM-6PM, Th: Closed. F 8AM-9PM, Sa 10AM-9PM, Su noon-6PM.. Renovated in 2005. The University of Oklahoma is located nearby, and the mall is approximately 2 miles south of the Expo Square, State Fairgrounds and several hotels, all of which provide shuttle service for shoppers.
Woodland Hills Mall, 7021 S Memorial Dr. (corner of 71st St. and S Memorial Dr., less than 2 mi from Hwy 169 and 4 mi from I-44.), ☎ (918) 250-1449, . M-Sa 10AM-9PM; Su noon-7PM. 2-level, 1.2 million square-foot, super regional shopping center. The center features more than 165 stores, including over 80 stores you won't find anywhere else in Tulsa. Children's play area, a glass elevator and a food court.
The major dining corridors can be found along 15th Street South ("Cherry Street") near downtown, along 71st Street South near Woodland Hills Mall, in the Brookside district near midtown, the Blue Dome district, and in the Utica Square shopping area.
Billy Sim's, 71st St. W, 145th E Ave. (Broken Arrow). The sauce is their own secret sweet sauce, the "Heisman" with pulled pork is one of their better platters.
Desi Wok, 3966 S Hudson Ave. (near I-44 and E 41st St.), ☎ +1 918-621-6565. Serves both traditional and fusion Indian / Chinese cuisine.
Pie Hole, (just west of the 15th and Delaware). New York Style slices at a good price. Amazing specialty pizzas.
Rib Crib, 1601 S Harvard (Midtown), ☎ +1 918-742-2742, . Remarkably successful joint from midtown. Opened in '92, but has managed to franchise into 8 states. The original location burned down a few years back, but they rebuilt this in its place.
Souper Salad, 61st and Memorial (SE corner of the intersection in the shopping center behind Hooters). Not what it used to be.
Umberto’s Pizza, 21st and Harvard. Has a "college" atmosphere--not upscale but friendly. Motto: "We toss ‘em, they’re awesome." Consistently voted best pizza in Tulsa.
Albert G's, 2748 S Harvard Ave. (Midtown), ☎ +1 918-747-4700, . M-S 11AM-9PM. Tasty BBQ run out of an old gas station.
Be Le Vegetarian Restaurant, 6634 S Lewis Ave., ☎ +1 918-499-1414. Vietnamese and Chinese food made with faux meats and faux fish.
Bangkok Thai, 3313 E 32nd Pl., ☎ +1 918-663-4880. Thai buffet with lots of vegetarian options.
Cosmo Cafe, (on Memorial just N of 71st, across from Woodland Hills Mall). Gourmet sandwiches and salads, very cool place to hang out. Wi-Fi, open floor plan, and decent bar & wine list. Outdoor patio is a great place to relax.
Daily Grill, 100 E Second St. (on the main floor of the Downtown Crowne Plaza hotel).
The Downtown Buffeteria (formerly Nelson's Buffeteria), 514 S Boston Ave.. Famous for chicken-fried steak.
Hideaway Pizza, (2 Locations) 15th and Cherry Street, 51st and Memorial. Since 1957, Possibly Tulsa's Best Pizza!
In The Raw, 33rd and Peoria (Brookside) and 61st and Sheridan. Not an Asian person in the joint, but tasty sushi.
Legend's BBQ, Memorial (Owasso, N of I-44 at about 27th Street). You won't need the sauce for the pork spareribs.
Sushi Train, (SE corner of 51st and Harvard). Closed Sundays.. Toy train delivers sushi.
Tulsa's Incredible Pizza Company 8314 E 71st St., +1 918 294-8671, . It has 96,000 square feet and is both a restaurant and amusement park, includes an all-you-can-eat pizza and salad buffet, indoor go-kart races, bumper cars, miniature golf, bowling, and a game arcade.
Zio's, 2 or 3 locations across town: 71st and Mingo, 81st and Lewis. Italian restaurant with very good pasta, family oriented
Atlantic Sea Grill, 8321 E 61st St. #A, ☎ +1 918-252-7966. A can't-miss, upscale, intimate seafood restaurant with great wine list and elegant bar.
Atlas Grill, 415 S Boston Ave. #20 (downtown). Great lunch.
The Chalkboard, 1324 S Main (in the Hotel Ambassador, just N of 15th). Fantastic bistro cuisine.
Elmers BBQ, Peoria and 34th (Brookside). Expertly smoked meat and fabulous BBQ sauce (you can buy in mason jars). Switches between OU/OSU football memorabilia and blues/jazz themes.
Flavors, (71st, just W of Sheridan). Excellent chef-owned bistro.
India Palace, (Lewis, just N of 71st, buried in a shopping center on the E side of the street). This little hole-in-the-wall is probably Tulsa's best Indian restaurant. Try any of the dishes here, you can't go wrong.
Jamil's, 2833 E 51st St., ☎ +1 918-742-9097. Tulsa's oldest steakhouse. Known for Lebanese style appetizers (Tabouli, hummus, cabbage rolls, etc.) and desserts, along with traditional steakhouse fare.
Jazmo'z Bourbon Street Cafe, 1542 E 15th St, ☎ +1-918-583-5555, .
Lanna Thai, (Memorial, just S of 71st). Thai Food with live band some nights.
Mahogany Prime Steakhouse. Some of the largest and best steaks. Very upscale and some of the best food in town. A great place to take an expense account.
Palace Cafe, 1301 East 15th Street (Northeast corner of 15th and Peoria), ☎ 918-582-4321, . Fine dining restaurant featuring freshly prepared, local cuisine. Lunch Tuesday through Friday 11am-2pm Dinner Tuesday through Saturday 5pm-10pm Sunday Brunch-made to order 9am-2pm
The Wild Fork, 21st and Utica (Inside Utica Square Shopping Center). Consistently Rated Tulsa's Best!
Bars & Taverns
Arnie's Bar, 318 E 2nd St. (Blue Dome). Tulsa's Irish Bar Since 1956.
Kilkenny's Irish Pub, 1413 E 15th St (Cherry Street), ☎ +1-918-582-8282, . Has a nice selection of beers, nice atmosphere and good food. Pours the best Guinness. A little more upscale than McNellie's.
McNellie's Public House, 409 E 1st St (Blue Dome), . An Irish pub with over 60 beers on tap.
Mercury Lounge, 1747 S Boston (18th and Boston), . Rockabilly music with a $5 beer and shot special.
Cafe Cubana, 1328 E 15th St (Cherry Street).
Cafe el Salvador, 115 W 5th St (Downtown), ☎ +1-918-592-9090, .
Coffee House on Cherry Street (Cherry Street), 1502.
DoubleShot Coffee Company, 1730 S Boston Ave (18th & Boston), . Local coffee roaster and barista, DoubleShot caters to Tulsa's coffee snobs and neighborhood residents. Be sure to ask the staff about their trips to origin.
Gypsy Coffee House & Cyber Cafe, 303 North Cincinnati Avenue (Brady), ☎ 295-2181, . 11a-12a. Tulsa only late night coffee house downtown , great desserts and the best espresso.Good deli style food Free wi-fi
Kokoa Kabana, 507 S Boston Ave (Downtown), ☎ +1 918 592-5656, . M-F 8AM-2PM. Coffee shop associated with Kokoa Chocolatier, offering sandwiches, fine chocolates and espresso drinks.
Nordagio's, 8156 S Lewis Ave (South Tulsa), ☎ +1-918-296-5288, .
Shades of Brown, 3302 S Peoria Ave (Brookside), . Su-Th 8AM-11PM F-Sa 8AM-12PM. Offers quality coffee in a friendly environment. They feature local art on display, with a different artist every month. They also have live music in the evenings.
Days Inn Central, 4724 S Yale, +1 918 496-9300, Fax: +1 918 495-1760, 
Howard Johnson Inn, 8525 E. 41st Street, Tulsa, OK 74145, ☎ 918-627-0030, .
Microtel Inn & Suites - Admiral Place, 16518 East Admiral Place, +1 918 234-9100, 
Microtel Inn & Suites - Expo Center, 4531 East 21st Street, +1 918 858-3775, 
Super 8 Motel - Downtown, 3211 South 79th East Avenue, +1 918 660-8080,
Hotel Ambassador, 1324 S. Main Street, +1 918 587-8200, Fax: +1 918 587-8208  also housing the excellent Chalkboard restaurant.
Central Library is across the street from Denver Station, the central city bus station. There's usually a few free Internet terminals you can use there or at any of the 24 other public libraries. 
The tornado sirens are tested at noon on Wednesday, but they are not tested if it is rainy, stormy, or very windy.
You might want to check the Tornado safety page if you are visiting Tulsa. Tornado season is normally in the spring and early summer, but they can occur anytime during the year. Also, swimming in the Arkansas River is inadvisable due to the large amounts of pollution and the currents created by the dams near downtown. (NOT A GOOD IDEA).
BOK Center located Downtown across from the main post office between 2nd and 3rd Street on Denver, the BOK Center is Tulsa's largest venue, and has hosted the Rockettes, Miley Cyrus, and the Eagles, to name a few. Tickets and scheduling available online.
The Performing Arts Centerlocated Downtown, the "PAC" (pronounced pee-ay-see) shows the annual presenation of the Nutcracker, in addition to various operatic, musical, and dramatic shows throughout the year. Tickets and scheduling available online.
The Spotlight Theater located on Riverside Drive between 15th and 21st, has shows every Saturday night of "The Drunkard"-America's longest running show-followed by "Olio", an old-fashioned vaudeville affair. Family friendly and very fun, The Drunkard is a must for any Tulsa visit!
The Canebrake 40 minutes east off SH51 in Wagoner Fine dining, full bar, daily yoga, spa services, rooms & suites, conference center, ropes course
Oklahoma Aquarium Just south of Tulsa in the suburb of Jenks
Rhema Bible Church Christmas Light Tour in Broken Arrow -- free admission.
Nature Conservancy's Tallgrass Prarie Preserve 2 hours north of the city, near Pawhuska, You can drive around and spot buffalo and walk 3 miles of prarie trail. It's not on a national park level; there are still oil derricks and some farms in the area, but everyone tries to cooperate. (Note: buffalo are dangerous. Stay alert.)
This is a usable article. It has information for getting in as well as some complete entries for restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please plunge forward and help it grow!