Are you in Tulsa, or planning to be soon? Oklahoma‘s second-largest city, is rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, making it a perfect place to visit. Its many attractions are wonderful for all ages; here is a handful to add to your itinerary.

Oklahoma Aquarium

close up of sea animals inside an aquarium tank

Just south of Tulsa in the town of Jenks, this 72,000 square-foot aquarium opened its doors in 2003 and continues to delight residents and tourists alike. There are exhibits featuring sharks, fish, turtles, local sea life, and otters, beavers, and raccoons. In addition, the aquarium runs unique children’s programs. These include Marine Biologist for a Day and ZZZs in the Seas, a sleepover program that gives participants the exciting opportunity to stay overnight in the aquarium.

Tulsa Zoo

meerkat inside of a zoo, sitting in front of a tree, looking out

After meeting some sea creatures, say hello to those on land with a visit to the Tulsa Zoo. With exhibits for just about every habitat, including the African Plains, the desert, forest, and rainforest. Little ones can head to the special Children’s Zoo to get up close and personal with miniature horses, red kangaroos, and Jacob’s sheep.

Gilcrease Museum

The Gilcrease Museum will wow culture vultures and casual visitors alike. It is touted as one of the largest collection of art and artifacts in the world. A permanent collection houses 13,000 pieces of North American art that span more than 400 years, while rotating exhibits display photographs, paintings, and posters from some of the most well-known American artists.

Philbrook Museum of Art

Back lawn of Philbrook Museum in Tulsa Oklahom

With two locations, including one in the heart of downtown Tulsa, the Philbrook Museum houses unique rotating exhibits from diverse artists who utilize a variety of media. The main museum also features a 25-acre, Tuscan-style garden that is perfect for strolling and relaxing. It’s also home to three cheeky “garden cats” who live on the property! Visitors are invited to explore the museum the first Friday of every month to socialize and enjoy cocktails as part of Tulsa’s First Fridays initiative.

Woody Guthrie Art Center

Guthrie is most well-known for his patriotic tune “This Land is Your Land”. Fans of the famous folk singer will love this museum dedicated to preserving his legacy through artwork and exhibits. See the places that his travels took him with a map of his footsteps, and submit your own folk song verse to the museum’s ever-growing database.

Woodward Park

group of purple flowers inside of a botanical garden

This 45-acre expanse caters to nature-lovers with parkland, a botanical garden, walking trails, and an arboretum. Whether you’re seeking the perfect picnic spot or simply want to get some fresh air, it’s a great spot.

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