Ultimate Tulsa Bucket List From a Local

Find 25 Tulsa bucket list things to see and do from a local! Teetering culturally between the Midwest and South, Tulsa is a fun city to live in and visit. Known for its oil tycoon art deco and Route 66, this city has so much to offer. Keep reading for the ultimate Tulsa bucket list adventure.

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Route 66 through downtown

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25 Tulsa Bucket List Things to Do

Gathering Place

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Tulsa Gathering Place park

Gathering Place has got to be one of the top public parks to visit in the US. It is hands down epic! The park cost over $465 million to build. Gathering Place is sure to transport you and your entire family to another world. This park is absolutely kid and family-friendly. It is also a cool place for adults and seniors to visit. It truly is “A Park for Everyone,” which is the Gathering Place motto.

Tulsa River Parks

Since you’ll be visiting Gathering Place, walk towards the river to the paved trail along the Arkansas River. Locals bike, walk, play disc golf, picnic, and actively bird watch for fresh air. Tulsa River Parks is a great area for the community and visitors to get outdoors.

Rent Scooters

Rent scooters along Tulsa River Parks if you don’t feel like walking. People of all ages let their hair down to explore and cruise on the scooter for miles. Pay to use the scooters – they are open to the public.

Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area

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Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area trail

A wooded escape close to town, Turkey Mountain Wilderness Area, has trails to hike and bike year-round. At the top of Turkey Mountain, enjoy Tulsa’s skyline view before heading off into the woods.

Route 66

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Mother Road Market food hall and local shopping off of Route 66

Get your kicks on the famous Route 66 right here through Tulsa! There is so much to see along Tulsa’s section, especially through town. Tulsa has been spending a lot of money reinvigorating this historic section of US culture. Along 11th street, local restaurants, boutique stores, murals, and breweries are popping up left and right. Don’t miss out.

Visit the Blue Whale

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Darling Blue Whale Route 66 roadside attraction

While you are cruising Route 66, drive a little further east, 20 minutes to Catoosa, and see the recently revived blue whale! It is a really charming Route 66 roadside attraction. Grab a coffee before you drive out of town at one of Tulsa’s local coffee shops.

Tunnels Under the City

Shhhh… truly a local’s secret… There is a maze of tunnels under the city of Tulsa. Plan a lunch date to explore the tunnels, famous art deco architecture, and have lunch somewhere downtown. Be sure to add this to your Tulsa bucket list!

Read more about where to eat and how to spend 48 hours in Tulsa.

Explore Art Deco + Churches Downtown

Take a walking tour of Tulsa’s art deco landmarks. The Tulsa Historical Society offers monthly and scheduled tours. In the ‘20s and ‘30s, oil tycoons were obsessed and infatuated with this architecture style, which is how art deco was introduced in Tulsa.

You can also do a self-guided tour.

Center of the Universe

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Center of the Universe

Stand in the middle of Tulsa’s Center of the Universe to experience a fun personal acoustic and vibration sensation. You really have to experience it to understand what we are trying to say. Go-on, give it a shout, literally!

Instagram-Worthy Downtown Murals

While you are downtown, keep an eye out for all the art murals painted on the brick buildings. It is a fun way to brighten up downtown. The murals make for Instagram-worthy photos!

Tulsa Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Whether you are coming to gamble, eating at one of the restaurants, or staying at the hotel to enjoy the pool, Tulsa Hard Rock Casino has signed rock memorabilia from famous rock bands and artists. The epic collection of memorabilia has a value of over $2 million.

Margaritaville

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Break from biking the river trail on the Margaritaville patio

Margaritaville is located within Riverspirit Casino along the Arkansas River. “It’s 5’clock somewhere,” as Jimmy Buffett says. Come and have great food, sit on the patio overlooking the river, enjoy music inside, or the fun volcano show.

Bob Dylan Center

A Bob Dylan Center is opening downtown Tulsa in the Tulsa Arts District in 2022. Come check it out!

Oral Roberts Prayer Hands

People from all over the world come to study at Oral Roberts University. People also come from all over the world to take photos of the famous golden prayer hands. Tulsa is, after all, located in the Bible belt.

Golden Driller

Make sure to snap a picture of the Golden Driller for your Instagram. Tulsa likes to dress up this 75’ tall statue of an oil worker. It is located in front of the Tulsa County Fairgrounds and Tulsa Expo Center off of 21st street.

Baseball Game at OneOK Field

Catch a Tulsa Drillers baseball game at OneOK Field with the local semi-pro team. A fun family and friends outing downtown. OneOK Field also hosts other events, including fireworks for different occasions.

4th of July River Parks Fireworks

Don’t miss the Folds of Honor FreedomFest on the 4th of July. Tulsa puts on an incredible firework display down by the River. It’s a must-see!

Run Route 66 5K, Half Marathon, or Marathon

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Runners in the Tulsa Route 66 Marathon run under the historic bridge

Another awesome event hosted by the Tulsa community. Sign up to participate in Tulsa’s world-famous Route 66 half marathon and marathon. There is also a family fun-run and 5K event.

You don’t have to be a runner or walker! You can volunteer for the race as well.

Farmers’ Markets

Oklahoma has a large agricultural scene due to its long growing season, making for an incredibly vibrant Farmers’ market.

Check out the Tulsa Farmers’ Market and Brookside Farmers’ Market.

Woodward Park Flowers March-April

Woodward Park is close to Utica Square and the Philbrook Museum of Art on the corner of 21st Street and Peoria. In the spring, March through April, Woodward Park is a glorious place for a spring walk. There are gorgeous gardens and bright floral displays. Grab the kids or your honey pie and snap some fun photos with the spring flowers and tulips.

Philbrook Museum of Art

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Gardens at the Philbrook Museum of Art

Philbrook Museum of Art is a charming museum in midtown. It was originally home to one of the area’s biggest oil tycoons Waite and Genevieve Phillips. My personal favorite piece of art on display is a Picasso. The formal gardens and fountains outside are lovely – definitely a fun way to spend an afternoon.

Tulsa Botanical Gardens

Visit the Tulsa Botanical Gardens for grand displays of flowers and plants. During the winter, around the holidays, Tulsa Botanical Gardens hosts the Garden of Lights. They also have stargazing opportunities.

Tulsa Aquarium

Did you know Tulsa has an aquarium? Visit this unique aquatic world with your friends and family.

Tulsa Zoo

The Tulsa Zoo is a must-see for anyone of all ages! If you love animals and wildlife conservation, add visiting Tulsa Zoo to your bucket list.

Gilcrease Museum

The Gilcrease Museum has over 28,000 artifacts and pieces of art focusing on North America and American culture. Their mission is to help people enjoy and understand the diverse heritage of the Americas.

Tulsa Bucket List Summary

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Tulsa skyline from River Parks West

Just in case you want to skip through the details, here is a summary of things you cannot miss on your Tulsa bucket list!

  1. Gathering Place
  2. Tulsa River Parks
  3. Rent Scooters
  4. Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area
  5. Route 66
  6. Visit the Blue Whale
  7. Tunnels under the city
  8. Explore Art Deco + Churches downtown
  9. Center of the Universe
  10. Downtown Murals
  11. Tulsa Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
  12. Margaritaville
  13. Bob Dylan Center
  14. Oral Roberts Prayer Hands
  15. Golden Driller
  16. Baseball Game at OneOK Field
  17. 4th of July River Parks Fireworks
  18. Run Route 66 5K, half-marathon, full marathon
  19. Farmers’ markets
  20. Woodward Park flowers in March-April
  21. Philbrook Museum of Art
  22. Tulsa Botanical Gardens
  23. Tulsa Aquarium
  24. Tulsa Zoo
  25. Gilcrease Museum

Thanks for reading our article. We love Tulsa and hope you do too!

Ashlee & Pablo


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About The Author

Ashlee Fechino

I’m a travel and outdoor recreation writer with dreams to inspire happiness through an outdoorsy lifestyle. I want to help people live their best life by sharing free adventure guides. The USA has been my backyard most of my life, and it’s the place where you’ll find most of our escapades! I’m married to an expat Argentine, chihuahua Mom, and am passionate about the environment. I hold a BS degree in Biology and MS in Environmental Policy & Sustainability. We camp in our Aliner often, love road trips, hiking, and SUP’ing!

10 COMMENTS

  1. WB Randall (William) | 3rd Jan 21

    Gee !! I would like to visit some day,,,the underground tunnels sound fun, as well as Margaritaville restaurant

    sounds great !!

    • Ashlee Fechino | 4th Jan 21

      Hi Uncle Burt – thanks for reading! We would love for you to visit and show you all Tulsa has to offer 🙂

  2. Bozena Bulat | 20th Feb 21

    Tulsa is so beautiful ! I hope I will have the opportunity to visit it soon!

    • Ashlee Fechino | 21st Feb 21

      Hi Bozena – thank you for reading! Hope you can visit someday too.

  3. Krista | 6th Mar 21

    Tulsa looks like a pretty city to visit, and I would definitely be heading to Margaritaville for some food and cocktails!

  4. Megan | 6th Mar 21

    This looks like a fun place we could even bring the kids to! I love when I find a city I wouldn’t typically think of. Great suggestions for Tulsa!

    • Ashlee Fechino | 8th Mar 21

      Hi Megan – yes, Gathering Place was just named one of the top parks in the U.S. The kids would LOVE it!

  5. Julia | 7th Mar 21

    Tulsa looks like such great fun! Admittedly I drove through it before on my way to Norman for some football… but I’ll have to go back!

    • Ashlee Fechino | 8th Mar 21

      Hi Julia – you’ll have to spend some time in Tulsa next time you are around for football!

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