Tulsa: What’s So Great About It?

Tulsa is a place that is on the “up and coming” list. Younger individuals and prospective homeowners are gravitating more toward cities and less toward suburbs. They want to be in the heart of a city that has a lot to offer and a lot to do.

Tulsa is starting to cater more to the  younger millennial crowd with its quaint coffee shops, art galleries, dive bars, and organic food grocery stores (like Trader Joe’s). However, what makes Tulsa interesting is all of the history rooted in the architecture.

If you’re someone who enjoys history, art, and seeing what a city has to offer, Tulsa could be the perfect place for you.

Here is a list of Tulsa’s most interesting places (museums, bars, coffee shops, places of worship etc.):

Museums:

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  • Union Depot (pictured)- this old piece of Tulsa architecture serves as a musical arts center today.
  • Woodie Guthrie Center- currently a public museum and archive containing instruments and original artwork fro Guthrie while also serving as an educational resource.
  • Philbrook Museum of Art- originally a 72 room mansion, the Philbrook was converted to a museum of art in 1938 by Waite Phillips.
  • Tulsa Air and Space Museum- a wonderful place to explore the aviation history of Tulsa.
  • Sherwin Miller Museum- this museum is dedicated specifically to Jewish art and has been since 1965.

Other Attractions:

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  • Aquarium & Zoo- the Oklahoma Aquarium recently added a Sea Turtle exhibit and it’s the perfect place to visit for an interactive experience with marine life.
  • Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area- for all of you nature lovers, Turkey Mountain is one of Tulsa’s most beautiful scenic locations!
  • Prayer Tower at ORU (pictured)- the architectural marvel at Oral Roberts University is at least worth a drive by. The tower is located in the center of campus and is a beautiful sight.
  • Boston Avenue Methodist Church- another architectural masterpiece, this massive place of worship is a perfect example of Art Deco in its finest form.
  • Cain’s Ballroom- built in 1924, Cain’s is rooted in music and art history. Today it serves as a concert venue.

Bars:

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  • Lefty’s- the place to go if you want sports, drinks, live music, and food all at once!
  • McNellie’s (pictured)- accurately deemed Tulsa’s best pub, this place has 350 beers to choose from.
  • Dust Bowl- this retro 70’s style venue that is both a bar AND a bowling alley.
  • Legends- if you like line dancing and country music, Legends is the place for you!
  • Valkyrie- this is the place to be if you like smaller neighborhood type bars. They continuously rotate their menu, so you’ll never try the same thing twice.

Coffee Shops:

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  • Nordaggio’s- known for their fantastic espresso, Nordaggio’s is perfect for the coffee lover.
  • The Phoenix- looking for good breakfast and a place to cozy up with your favorite book? The Phoenix is the best spot for you (and they’re open late!)
  • Shades of Brown- this small coffee shop is perfect for grabbing a cup of coffee and catching up with friends. Plus, you can admire local Tulsa artists’ artwork!
  • 918 Coffee- located on Historic Route 66, 918 Coffee was designed to fit both the down home and the upscale tastes that coffee can bring.
  • Chimera (pictured)- this is the place for the environmentally friendly one. They offer both vegetarian and vegan options on their menu and any of their items can be made gluten free!

Restaurants:

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  • Kilkenny’s- even though it’s technically a pub, Kilkenny’s motto “a destination for travelers and a gathering place for friends,” is the perfect place to spend a night with the family. They also have a large menu with a variety of options: something for everyone!
  • Red Rock (pictured)- located along the Arkansas River, Red Rock Canyon Grill, you can enjoy Southwest and American cuisine while sitting outside on their beautiful patio.
  • Ike’s Chili House- “Tulsa’s Best Chili Since 1908.” Must you know more?
  • The Rusty Crane- this small restaurant offers a cozy atmosphere, perfect if you’re visiting with a friend! Most of their decorations are also re-purposed. Sit down, grab some food, and enjoy the moment at the Rusty Crane!
  • El Rancho Grande- you can’t live in Oklahoma and not eat Mexican food. Located on Route 66 and open now for 60 years, El Rancho Grande is the place to go for Tex-Mex cuisine!

If you find yourself wanting to migrate to the Tulsa area to enjoy all that the wonderful city has to offer, make sure you call The Gardner Home Team for help! 918-430-8247.

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