Tulsa Tourist Information and Tourism

(Tulsa, Oklahoma - OK, USA)

The city of Tulsa is located in the state of Oklahoma (OK), on the northeastern side, next to the scenic Arkansas River. The second-largest city in Oklahoma, much of Tulsa's wealth was gained after oil was discovered in 1901, when Tulsa quickly became one of the world's leading oil capitals.

Tulsa is a particularly attractive city, full of 1920s Art-Deco architecture, together with more modern and stylish buildings. The most prominent buildings standing in Tulsa include the Art Deco Unio Depot on First Street, the 320 Boston Building on Boston Avenue, the Philtower skyscraper on South Boston Avenue, and the magnificent Boston Avenue Methodist Church.

Tourism information is widely available around Tulsa and the city's main tourist information center is the Tulsa Convention and Visitors Bureau, which can be found along West 2nd Street. Home to a range of detailed information, including glossy leaflets, maps, opening times and transportation information, the tourist center also offers the latest things to do around the city, including tourism in Brookside, Cherry Street, Downtown, East Tulsa, Greenwood, Kendall-Whittier, Maple Ridge, Midtown, South Tulsa, Terwilleger Heights, Uptown and West Tulsa districts.

Hotels in Tulsa are plentiful and suit all levels, including budget accommodation, mid-range lodging and a number of impressive luxury hotels. Concentrated around East Skelly Drive, South Lewis Avenue, South Main, South Yale Avenue, South Zurich Avenue and West 7th Street, hotels in Tulsa should always be booked in advance. Additional hotels can be found close to Tulsa International Airport (TUL), which is 8 miles / 13 km to the northeast of Tulsa. More information about Tulsa Hotels.

Tulsa is home to many popular tourist attractions, including Tulsa Zoo - one of the city's most popular tourist attractions, with more than 1,500 animals from all over the world; Bells Amusement Park - a traditional theme park home to a historic wooden roller coaster and thrilling rides; Tulsa's Big Splash Water Park - featuring seven-story tall water slides and a large wave pool; the All Star Sports Complex - a large sporting complex providing a range of activities, including regular baseball games; and River Parks - with around 20 miles / 32 km of scenic trails around the Tulsa area, together with picnic areas and a host of recreational activities.

Other popular tourist attractions in Tulsa include the Tulsa Garden Center - a grand building offering many horticultural events and plant information; Cain's Ballroom - a thriving nightspot in Tulsa, known for its strong country music scene; the Creek Council Oak Tree - famous for being the birthplace of Tulsa; Harwelden - a particularly grand four-story mansion with many interesting features, constructed in 1926; and Route 66 - a major highway known throughout the world, passing through the Tulsa area. More information about Tulsa Tourist Attractions and Tulsa Landmarks.

Some of Tulsa's top museums and art galleries include the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art - containing an extensive collection of Jewish memorabilia and artwork; the Ida Dennie Willis Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, and Toys - with more than 2,000 different dolls and many early mechanical toys; Tulsa's Gilcrease Museum - with detailed information about many aspects of American history; the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame - celebrating America's greatest jazz musicians and singers; Sunbelt Railroad Museum - featuring many fully-restored railroad locomotives and passenger cars from Tulsa and beyond; the Tulsa Historical Society Museum - overflowing with exhibits and information about Tulsa's rich heritage and past; and the Philbrook Museum of Art - a magnificent building with art galleries displaying around 8,500 paintings and sculptures. More information about Tulsa Museums and Tulsa Art Galleries.

Tourist attractions near to Tulsa include Oklahoma Aquarium - located on the south side of Tulsa, with more than 200 aquatic exhibits and information about the Arkansas River; Creek Council House Museum - dating back to 1878, with historical and cultural exhibits about the original inhabitants of Tulsa; the Cherokee Heritage Center - full of interesting information about Cherokee life, with numerous activities and museum; Tallgrass Prairie Reserve - a popular excursion from Tulsa, with many different animals and more than 500 plant species; and the Will Rogers Birthplace - a large ranch famous for being the place where Will Rogers was born in 1879. More information about Tulsa Attractions Nearby.

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