Where to Stay, Eat, and Things to Do in Tulsa, Oklahoma
On a recent trip through Tulsa, my mom and I set out to see what we could see in the few short days we were there. Here's a little look at our recommendations on where to stay, where to eat, and what you just have to see if you find yourself in Oklahoma.
Where to Stay
I've said it before, but I'll say it again, I love AirBnb. It really is the best way to stay in any city and live like a local. Plus, it's usually way cheaper to stay in one as opposed to a hotel as well! While in Tulsa, we stayed in 2 different places and of course, I want to share them with you! The first one was a cozy little cottage super close to all the action. It fits a max of two people but has all the amenities you would need. The hosts were very nice and thought of everything - even providing wine and snacks for us! If you'd like to check it out for yourself, click here.
The other place we stayed at while in the Tulsa area was a little further out of town in the suburb of Broken Arrow. This thriving town has everything you would need without the hustle and bustle of the city. This gorgeous home is located in a gated community and sleeps 12 - so your whole family can stay together and not miss any of the action! The owner couldn't have been a more gracious host (she even told us what to do in case the tornado warnings turned into actual tornadoes that night - yikes!) If you'd like to see more about this rental space, click here.
Where to Eat
If you're looking for a place with great ambiance and close to the action, head to Cherry Street. Cherry Street is lined with restaurants, boutique stores, and fun places to spend a few hours. They also have a Framer's Market every Saturday morning from April through October. We opted for Kilkenny's Irish Pub. From the curb, you can tell it's crafted after a traditional Irish pub, but when you walk in, it's overtly obvious. The front room has more of a younger crowd hanging out after work vibe, while the back has tables and is much more quiet for a nice dinner.
Everything we ate was delicious, but here's the full Yelp review if you'd like to see it.
Guthrie's Green is another great place to hang out and eat with the locals. There's food trucks, community activities, yoga, jazz concerts, and all sorts of stuff at different times of the day.
What to Do
Driving towards our AirBnB, we passed through downtown Tulsa and if you go there, you can't help but notice the beautiful architecture! The 1920's art deco buildings are gorgeous, but you must stop along route 66 and see the Boston Avenue United Methodist Church. This beautiful church was built in 1929 and is still in perfect condition. So worth the stop if you like architecture and history.
Also among the buildings is the "Center of the Universe". Basically, it's a spot downtown where you can say something and it echoes. It's neat, but it's not worth trying to find a parking spot, walking up the bridge, and awkwardly waiting for people to yell so it can be your turn.
Philbrook Museum of Art. The day we arrived, of course the museum was closed. But the grounds are open during the day every day, so we still got to enjoy the beautiful gardens! They're open from dawn to dusk, and we saw lots of families and couples having picnics, walking around, playing frisbee, etc. It looked like a really great (quiet) place to sit and relax.
Terwilleger Heights. This neighborhood is a good one to cruise through if you enjoy looking at homes and dreaming of what their life must be like (surely it's not just me that does that). They aren't new homes by any means, but they are gorgeous to see!
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