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Tulsa [40] 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 391,000 people and the metro area had about 937,000 people as of 2010 from the US Census Bureau. The Tulsa Bartlesville Combined area had 988,000 in the 2010 census.


Tulsa lies in northeastern Oklahoma, within the state's "Green Country", and at the convergence of the Great Plains and the Ozark Plateau. The wide and shallow Arkansas River runs through the metro, and numerous lakes, reservoirs, smaller rivers, and wooded hills enliven the landscape.

Winters are cool to mild. Being exposed to plains winds, arctic freezing is not unknown, but it does not last long. There is not much snow, just a few inches each year, typically, but ice storms are more of a concern. The months April through June are stormy, and, Tulsa being in Tornado Alley, twisters will make an appearance - though they tend to appear in the flatter countryside. Summers are hot. It will often be above 90 degrees from May through September. Fall is the best time of year: mild temperatures, a nice breeze (all of Oklahoma is breezy), and changing tree colors. Tulsa has over 225 days of sunshine annually. In all, the city receives an average of 40 inches of precipitation each year, which helps keep Tulsa and Green Country green.

There are more nearly a million people in the metro area. Tulsa is often paired with its neighbor Broken Arrow, itself the fourth largest city in the state, though Tulsa is clearly the big brother. Here you will find a combination of western, Midwestern, and southern charm, along with a cosmopolitan atmosphere. The people love their city and are welcoming and eager to help you find your way. You may notice that Tulsa has one of the largest concentrations of Art Deco design in the country, and other mid-century architecture, a result of having been a boom-town from the 1920s through 1950s. Oil was what made Tulsa. Wealthy barons such as Frank Phillips built stately mansions for themselves but also beautified the city along the way. As a result the city has a skyline that, until recently, bested Oklahoma City's. Tulsa likes to think of itself as the cultural capital of the state, boasting notable museums, universities, restaurants, festivals, quirky neighborhoods, and especially music - particularly country and blues musicians. Stars from Roy Clark to Leon Russell to Garth Brooks all made their start here.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • Tulsa International Airport (IATA: TUL) [41] 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.
  • Richard L. Jones, Jr. Airport (IATA: RVS) [42] (often called the "Riverside Airport") is south of downtown and is a general aviation airport.

The #203 bus travels from the airport to Downtown. (Page 59)

By train[edit]

There is no passenger train service to Tulsa.

By car[edit]

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.

By bus[edit]

  • Greyhound Bus Lines [43] +1 918 584-4428, 317 S Detroit Ave. (downtown).

Get around[edit]

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.

By car[edit]

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, The "B.A."), 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.

By bus[edit]

Tulsa Transit [44] 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.

See[edit][add listing]

Penguin sculpture
  • 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.  edit
  • Geo Science Center, 8801 S Yale, +1 (918) 497-5555 (fax: +1 918-497-5557), [1]. (closed in 2009 -- sorry!)[2]  edit
  • Gilcrease Museum, 1400 N Gilcrease Museum Rd, +1 (918) 596-2700, [3]. Daily 10AM-5PM, tours at 11AM and 2PM. Touted as the "Museum of The Americas", has one of the world's largest collections of Western and Native American art and artifacts and constantly changing exhibits on a yearly basis. The gift shop has a good collection of art, jewelry, music and books as well. A must-see attraction for any visit to Tulsa. $8, donation optional.  edit
  • Greenwood Cultural Center, 322 N Greenwood Ave., +1 (918) 596-1020, [4]. 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.  edit
  • 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.  edit
  • Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 E 1st St., +1 (918) 596-1001, [5]. M-F 9AM-5PM. Housed in the beautiful Art Deco-style Union Station Depot, many local jazz performances are held here. Donations.  edit
  • 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. The fundraiser began in 2002 as a way to raise money to build a black footed African penguin exhibit. To this day (2/28/12) you can still find 50+ of the penguins in and around Tulsa.  edit
  • The Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S Rockford Rd (1 block E of Peoria Ave at 27th Pl), +1 (918) 749-7941, [6]. Tu-W, F-Su 10AM-5PM; Th 10AM-8PM. In a former residence of local oilman Waite Phillips, has changing exhibits, a sculpture garden, art and artifacts from around the World, and a gift shop unlike anything else in Tulsa.  edit
  • Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, 2021 E 71st St, +1 (918) 492-1818, [7]. M-F 10AM-5PM. The largest collection of Judaica 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.  edit
  • Tulsa Air and Space Museum, 3624 N 74th E Ave., +1 (918) 834-9900, [8]. Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM; Su 1PM-5PM. TASM Collection Highlights include a WWII German Jet Engine, An F-14 Tomcat, Two of Burt Rutan's Experimental aircraft, A locally built Gyrocopter by Spartan Aeronautics, and Art-Deco sections of the original Tulsa International Airport Terminal. TASM also has Many historical and interactive exhibits of interest to young and old alike.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • BOK Center, 200 S Denver Ave., +1 (918) 894-4200, [9]. 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 Tulsa Shock WNBA 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.  edit
  • 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., [10]. 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, arts & crafts events, boat show, gun and knife shows.  edit
  • Oxley Nature Center, 5701 E 36th St. N, (918) 669-6644 , [45]. 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.
  • The Performing Arts Center. located 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.  edit
  • 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., [11]. 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.  edit
  • 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!
  • Tulsa Zoo, 6421 E 36th St. N, +1 (918) 669-6600, [12]. 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).  edit
  • Turkey Mountain [46]. Excellent location for hiking and mountain biking, with lots of side trails to explore. Features great views of Oral Roberts University and Downtown.
  • Woodward Park, (SE corner of 21st and Peoria). See the park in the spring when the roses are blooming in the Tulsa Rose Garden.  edit


  • Blue Dome Arts Festival, ((In The Blue Dome District)). 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 (Middle of May, Same as Mayfest).  edit
  • Conestoga, [47]. 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;00AM - 5:00PM. 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)  edit
  • Mini-Con. Tulsa's Annual Anime Gathering is getting off the ground again after losing sponsors. Now sponsored by the Tulsa Library System, It is in good hands and could take a few years to get up to par with other conventions around the country. Has film-showings and merchandise sales (Date of Event Varies Year to Year).  edit
  • Oklahoma Scottish Games & Gathering [48], Recently moved to River West Festival Park. It's always the third weekend in September.
  • Tulsa Oktoberfest, [49], which some people say is the second largest Oktoberfest in the world outside of Germany, just after Blumenau, in the south of Brazil.
  • Tulsa State Fair, at the Expo Fairgrounds (near 21st and Yale), [50]. It's the last full week in September. "Funnel cakes" are a tradition.
  • Tulsa Trek Expo, [51]. The largest Star Trek convention in the central U.S.
  • Wanenmacher's Tulsa Arms Show, [52]. The world's largest gun show. Twice a year at the Expo Building. April and November.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Tulsa Stained Glass & Art Play Center, 7976 e. 41st Street (SW corner of 41st & Memorial), 918-664-8604, [13]. 10am-6pm. Tulsa Stained Glass sells stained glass windows & supplies as well as has a small stained glass museum. The Art Play Center is a walk-in arts & crafts studio where people of all ages can paint ceramics & make stained glass mosaics to take home with them when they are done.  edit


  • Diamond Jim's, 3333 S. Harvard Ave. (Midtown). Run by a certified gemologist, Appraises and deals in Watches, Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Diamonds (of course).  edit
  • Mama Trizza's, 1448 S. Delaware Ave. (Midtown), 918-743-7687, [14]. 11-6 T-F, 10-5 S. An artisan gift shop, representing local and regional artisans. Pottery, glass, jewelry, hand-turned wood, metal sculptures, stained glass, fountains, yard art, and locally made soap and candles are a few of the many unique items available in this charming shop.  edit
  • Tulsa Gold and Silver, 6357 E. 41st Street (South Tulsa|Industrial Zone). 10AM-6PM. Tulsa's main market for old currency, gemstones, precious metals, bullion, and much more.  edit
  • Wizard's Asylum, 7165 S. Mingo Road (South Tulsa). Oklahoma's largest selection of rare comics, trade paperbacks, manga, cards, board games and more. Holds regular Magic: The Gathering tournaments on Saturdays.  edit


  • Bodean Seafood Market, 3376 E. 51st Street (Midtown). One of the best fish markets in Tulsa, sells fish from all over the world.  edit
  • Gardner's Used Books, Music & Comics, Inc. (South Tulsa|Industrial Zone) Oklahoma's largest used book store, although the variety is very good, the prices here are terribly inflated compared to other bookstores. [53]
  • Nam Hai Vietnamese Supermarket, 1924 S. Garnett Road (East Tulsa). 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.  edit

Shopping Centers[edit]

  • The Farm, 5321 S. Sheridan Road (South Tulsa), +1 (918) 622-3860. A farm-themed shopping center with some of the more unique shops and restaurants in Tulsa County.  edit
  • Utica Square, Utica and 21st (Midtown), +1 (918) 742-5531. The very upscale Utica Square has some of the best shopping in Tulsa. The center becomes very festive during the Christmas Season and also throws several events during the course of the year. A must for those with a disposable budget.  edit
  • Tulsa Hills, 71st St South and HWY 75 (SW Tulsa), +1 (918). Newest Tulsa Shopping Development  edit

Shopping Malls[edit]

  • The Tulsa Promenade, 4107 S Yale Ave. (Midtown), +1 (918) 627-9282, [15]. 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.  edit
  • Woodland Hills Mall, 7021 S Memorial Dr. (South Tulsa), +1 (918) 250-1449, [16]. 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.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

Tulsa is a melting pot of different styles, but is perhaps best known for its barbecue. 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.


  • Albert G's, 2748 S Harvard Ave. (Midtown), +1 (918) 747-4700, [17]. M-S 11AM-9PM. Tasty BBQ run out of an old gas station.  edit
  • Elmer's BBQ, 4130 S. Peoria (Brookside), +1 (918) 742-6702 (), [18]. T-TH 11AM - 8PM Friday, Sa 11AM - 9PM. This barbecue place is not to be missed, seeing Bill Clinton and other celebrities among its past patrons. "It be bad."  edit
  • Jamil's, 3823 E 51st Street (Midtown), +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.  edit
  • Rib Crib, 1601 S Harvard (Midtown), +1 (918) 742-2742, [19]. 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.  edit

Fine Dining[edit]

  • Atlas Grill, 415 S Boston Ave. #20 (downtown). Great lunch.  edit
  • The Chalkboard, 1324 S Main (in the Hotel Ambassador, just N of 15th). Fantastic bistro cuisine.  edit
  • Cosmo Cafe, (NOW CLOSED). 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.  edit
  • Daily Grill, 100 E Second St. (on the main floor of the Hyatt Regency Tulsa hotel).  edit
  • Nelson's Buffeteria (formerly The Downtown Buffeteria), 4401 S Memorial Dr, 918-236-4655. Famous for chicken-fried steak.  edit
  • Flavors, (71st, just W of Sheridan). Excellent chef-owned bistro.  edit
  • Mahogany Prime Steakhouse, 6823 S. Yale Ave. (South Tulsa). 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.  edit
  • Palace Cafe, 1301 East 15th Street (Northeast corner of 15th and Peoria), +1 (918) 582-4321, [20]. Fine dining restaurant featuring freshly prepared, local cuisine. Lunch Tu-F 11AM-2PM Dinner Tuesday through Saturday 5PM-10PM Sunday Brunch-made to order 9AM-2PM  edit
  • The Wild Fork, 21st and Utica (inside Utica Square Shopping Center).  edit
  • Polo Grill, 21st and Utica (Inside Utica Square Shopping Center). Consistently Rated Tulsa's Best!  edit


  • 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. Ask the large Filippino working behidn the counter, William, for his "pineapple warrior" special. It's fantastic!  edit
  • India Palace, 6963 S. Lewis (South Tulsa), +1 (918) 492-8040. This little hole-in-the-wall is probably Tulsa's best Indian restaurant. Try any of the dishes here, you can't go wrong.  edit


  • Zio's, (2 Locations) 71st and Mingo, 81st and Lewis. Italian restaurant with very good pasta, family oriented  edit
  • Mary's Trattoria, 1313 E 15th Street. (Cherry Street). Possibly the most authentic Italian food in Tulsa, featuring homemade pasta and a homey atmosphere.  edit
  • Mondo's, 35th & Peoria (Brookside), +1 (918) 561-6300, [21]. Authentic Italian food with a very old-time atmosphere.  edit
  • Villa Ravenna, 6526-A E. 51st Street (Midtown), +1 (918) 270-2666, [22]. Fine-dining Italian restaurant in a high-end atmosphere.  edit


  • Sushi Train, 3300 E. 51st Street (Midtown). Closed Sundays.. Toy train delivers sushi.  edit
  • Fuji, 3739 S. Peoria Ave (Brookside). "Fuji" On Peoria in Brookside. Offers an all-you-can-eat sushi lunch special for $10 a person. Best sushi deal around.  edit
  • Yokozuna, 309 E. 2nd Street (Downtown), 918-508-7676, [23]. M-Th 11AM-10PM; F 11AM-12AM; Sa 5PM-12AM. Yokozuna is an Asian restaurant and sushi bar located in the historic Blue Dome District. Enjoy delicious food, unique drink selections, and relaxing atmosphere in Tulsa's great downtown.  edit


  • Great Wall Restaurant, 7105 South Yale Avenue (At the southeast corner of 71st and Yale), (918) 494-8652. This modest restaurant features a Mongolian-style BBQ, several traditional Chinese dishes as well as contemporary Chinese-American fare, and the best fried rice on the planet. Dinner is served family style with white rice, and dinner entrees cost between $7 and $15. Lunch combos (with fried rice) are available 6 days a week (only excluding Sunday) from 11AM to 3PM and costs between $5 and $8 per meal.  edit


  • Agave Mexican Grill, 8221 U East 61st Street (South Tulsa), +1 (918) 826-8542. A recommendation for any itinerary in South Tulsa.  edit
  • El Rio Verde, 38 N Trenton Ave (North Tulsa, off Admiral Boulevard and Lewis Avenue), +1 (918) 592-2555. Proof that looks can be deceiving, El Rio Verde is located in an unassuming small building in a somewhat run-down area. Don't be fooled – they make the best wet burrito in all of Tulsa.  edit
  • El Rancho Grande, 1629 E. 11th Street (Near Downtown), +1 (918) 584-0816, [24]. A large neon arrow out front points to some of the best cheese enchiladas in the city. Also has a newly renovated cantina in the upstairs.  edit
  • El Guapo's, (Downtown and South Side), [25]. Good Mexican fare, and great rooftop views from the downtown location.  edit


  • Hideaway Pizza, (2 Locations) 15th and Cherry Street, 51st and Memorial. Since 1957, Still Oklahoma's Oldest and Best!  edit
  • Pie Hole Pizzeria, 2708 E. 15th Street (Central Tulsa). New York Style slices at a good price. Amazing specialty pizzas.  edit
  • Tulsa's Incredible Pizza Company, 8314 E. 71st Street (South Tulsa), +1 (918) 294-8671, [26]. 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.  edit
  • Umberto’s Pizza, 3228 E. 21st Street (Central Tulsa). Has a "college" atmosphere--not upscale but friendly. Motto: "We toss ‘em, they’re awesome." Consistently voted best pizza in Tulsa.  edit
  • Joe Mommas, 308 E. 1st Street (Downtown), +1 (918) 289-0544, [27]. Sun 11a-10p; Mon - Thurs 11a-12a; Fri, Sat 11a-2a. An old Tulsa favourite, featuring a full bar and grill.  edit
  • JC's Pizza, 2911 S. Harvard Avenue (Midtown), +1 (918) 742-0200, [28]. 11:00 PM to 4:20 AM. A relatively new pizza place, it serves high-quality pizza at reasonable prices. It is also one of your few options for late-night food in Tulsa outside of a chain.  edit


  • Bangkok Thai, 3313 E 32nd Pl., +1 (918) 663-4880. Thai buffet with lots of vegetarian options.  edit
  • Lanna Thai, 7227 S. Memorial Drive (South Tulsa). Thai Food with live band some nights.  edit


  • Be Le Vegetarian Restaurant, 6634 S Lewis Ave., +1 (918) 499-1414. Vietnamese and Chinese food made with faux meats and faux fish.  edit
  • Souper Salad, 61st and Memorial (SE corner of the intersection in the shopping center behind Hooters). Not what it used to be.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Bars & Taverns[edit]

  • Arnie's Bar, 318 E 2nd St. (Blue Dome). Tulsa's Irish Bar Since 1956.  edit
  • The Max Retropub, 114-C S. Elgin Ave. (Blue Dome), [29]. 2PM-2AM. Late 80's-early 90's themed bar and arcade, featuring Skeeball and tons of arcade cabinets many Gen X'ers will remember from their childhood. Also featuring gourmet junkfood.  edit


  • Kilkenny's Irish Pub, 1413 E 15th St (Cherry Street), (918) 582-8282, [30]. Has a nice selection of beers, nice atmosphere and good food. Pours the best Guinness. A little more upscale than McNellie's.  edit
  • McNellie's Public House, 409 E 1st St (Blue Dome), [31]. An Irish pub with over 200 beers on tap.  edit


  • Cafe Cubana, 1328 E 15th St (Cherry Street).  edit
  • Cafe el Salvador, 115 W 5th St (Downtown), +1 (918) 592-9090, [32].  edit
  • Coffee House on Cherry Street (Cherry Street), 1502.  edit
  • DoubleShot Coffee Company, 1730 S Boston Ave (18th & Boston), [33]. 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.  edit
  • Gypsy Coffee House & Cyber Cafe, 303 North Cincinnati Avenue (Brady), +1 (918) 295-2181, [34]. 11a-12a. Tulsa only late night coffee house downtown , great desserts and the best espresso.Good deli style food Free wi-fi  edit
  • Nordagio's, 8156 S Lewis Ave (South Tulsa), +1 (918) 296-5288, [35].  edit
  • Shades of Brown, 3302 S Peoria Ave (Brookside), [36]. 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.  edit


  • Crow Creek Tavern, 3534 S. Peoria Avenue (Brookside). A popular hangout with the biker crowd, look for the motorcycles lined up front.  edit
  • Mercury Lounge, 1747 S Boston (18th and Boston), [37]. Rockabilly music with a $5 beer and shot special.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]


  • Days Inn Central, 4724 S Yale, +1 (918) 496-9300, Fax: +1 918 495-1760, [54]
  • Howard Johnson Inn, 8525 E. 41st Street, Tulsa, OK 74145, +1 (918) 627-0030, [38].  edit
  • Microtel Inn & Suites - Admiral Place, 16518 East Admiral Place, +1 (918) 234-9100, [55]
  • Microtel Inn & Suites - Expo Center, 4531 East 21st Street, +1 (918) 858-3775, [56]
  • Super 8 Motel - Downtown, 3211 South 79th East Avenue, +1 (918) 660-8080,


  • Best Western Airport, 222 N Garnett Road, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74116-6034, +1 (918) 438-0780, [39].  edit


  • AmeriSuites Tulsa/Hyde Park, 7037 S. Zurich Avenue, +1 (918) 491-4010, [58].
  • Hyatt Regency Tulsa, +1 918 582-9000, [59]. Adjacent to Williams Towers and the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, and 8 miles from the airport.
  • Doubletree Hotel - Downtown, 616 W 7th Street, +1 (918) 587-8000, Fax: +1 918 587-1642, [60].
  • Doubletree Hotel - Warren Place, 6110 S Yale, +1 (918) 495-1000, Fax: +1 918 495-1944, [61].
  • Hawthorn Suites Tulsa, 3509 South 79th East Ave., +1 (918) 663-3900, [62].
  • Hyatt Place Tulsa-South/Medical District, 7037 South Zurich Avenue +1 918 491 4010, [63]. Located close to the airport, BOK Center, Tulsa Zoo, and the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.
  • Residence Inn Tulsa, 11025 E 73rd Street, Broken Arrow


  • Hotel Ambassador, 1324 S. Main Street, +1 (918) 587-8200, Fax: +1 918 587-8208 [64] also housing the excellent Chalkboard restaurant.
  • Mayo Hotel, 115 West 5th Street, +1 (918) 582-6296, [65]. Once regarded as the preeminent Tulsa luxury hotel when she opened in 1925, The Mayo Hotel has returned, more brilliant than ever. The Mayo sets a new standard of value, boasting convenient amenities, superior services and an exclusive address in the heart of downtown.
  • Radisson Hotel, 10918 East 41st Street, +1 (918) 627-5000, Fax: +1 918 627-4003, [66].


  • Tulsa County has more Wi-Fi spots than anywhere else in Oklahoma (as well as most of the Great Plains), making it a major tech hub in the region. If you need a Wi-Fi link, check into any number of restaurants and cafes and you'll be sure to find one.
  • 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. [67]

Stay safe[edit]

  • Take precautions as you would in any other larger American city. Tulsa is a heavily segregated city, and racial tensions are high. That said, it is generally safe to go anywhere in the city during the day. In rougher parts of the city, don't go out alone at night.
  • Beware of the following areas in the evening:
    • The area north of Pine Street and west of the airport has a reputation for gang activity and very high racial tension. That said, Gilcrease Hills, Reservoir Hill, and Brady Heights are usually safe.
    • Between 51st and 71st along Peoria Avenue, especially near Inhofe Plaza, is a notorious hotspot for drug-related crime.
    • The area immediately east of downtown and north of 15th Street, especially along 11th street near Hillcrest hospital, have reputations for some gang activity and prostitution. That said, the situation is improving due to gentrification efforts.
    • Caution should be exercised in the west Tulsa neighbourhoods of Carbondale and Oakhurst, as these areas have a reputation for drug use.
  • Like any other city, if you take public transportation, be mindful of your belongings. Keep everything with you at all times, and don't allow anything out of your sight.
  • Being in the middle of the country, Tulsa is a crossroads for homeless people. They are usually harmless, but if they become persistent or threatening, usually threatening to call the police will be enough to make them leave you alone.
  • 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.
  • Oklahoma Weather is very harsh on road conditions and road repairs are needed on an almost yearly basis here. Please be prepared to slow down or stop for road workers as fines double for accidents in work zones as specified by Oklahoma State Law.
  • Swimming in the Arkansas River is inadvisable due to the large amounts of pollution and the currents created by the dams near downtown.
  • Tulsa is home to two of the most dangerous intersections in America: 71st and Memorial, and 51st and Memorial. Drive defensively. Be mindful that some ramps on state highway 51 (Broken Arrow Expressway) are sometimes very short (the highway was built before modern standards in a very densely populated area), and there is very little time to get up to speed and merge.


  • Religion is a very personal topic in Tulsa. Christian churches abound, and is the home of Oral Roberts University. This accounts for some people calling it "The Buckle of The Bible Belt". In common with many areas in the southern US, this stems largely from centuries-old Christian traditions mixed with southern culture.
  • Homosexuality has mixed tolerance in the city and can be considered a very divisive issue. Acceptance is often along generational lines. There are more than a few areas, however, where LGBT people find a home, such as downtown and other gentrified corridors.
  • Tulsans are often very conservative, and the state as a whole is a well-known Republican stronghold. Tulsa itself has a larger share of left-leaning people than other parts of Oklahoma, but be mindful when discussing politics.

Get out[edit]

  • The Frank Lloyd Wright Price Tower and Arts Center is in Bartlesville
  • Woolaroc is located a half-hour away near Bartlesville, and is home to a large museum featuring Native American artifacts and a large wildlife preserve featuring local exotic animals. [68]
  • Oklahoma Aquarium Just south of Tulsa in the suburb of Jenks [69]
  • Renaissance Fair In Muskogee. Last of April and first part of May.
  • Rhema Bible Church Christmas Light Tour in Broken Arrow -- free admission.
  • Claremore, the birthplace and hometown of Will Rogers, is about 30 minutes away. A wonderful museum about Will Rogers is located there.
  • Pawhuska is home to the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. It is also the Tribal Headquarters of the Osage Nation and the county seat of Osage County, Oklahoma.

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