The Center of the Universe is one of the rarest attractions in the city of Tulsa. Its strange quality lies in that it can strangely change the sound of your voice if you stand directly at the centre of its 30 inch cement circle. The speaker's voice assumes a vibrating nature that can be heard by the speaker alone. There is also no established explanation regarding what causes this unusual phenomenon. However, some theories claim that the parabolic reflectivity of the planter walls may be causing it. Despite this, the extraordinary nature of this attraction cannot be denied, thus making it a must-visit spot for those in Tulsa.
Covering a block between the East Bardy Street and The East Cameroon Street, Guthrie Green has something for everyone. It comprises an open air stage for performances, a large covered pavilion for families to relax on a sunny day, scenic water fountains, a shaded path for joggers and walkers, a cafe and a huge green lawn where you can spread out with your family. Also referred to as Park on Brady, it is a hot spot for various events like concerts, film screenings, theater and other performing arts events that are held here in association with Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust (TPACT). Opened in September 2012, the park is a great downtown spot to relax.
At the corner of 7th and Boston in downtown Tulsa sits First Presbyterian Church, widely known as the first church in town. Chartered in 1885 by a Presbyterian missionary and 15 Creek Indians, the church has occupied various buildings on this site since 1911. The structure housing the current sanctuary was built in 1925 and is reminiscent of 16th-century Gothic architecture. However, the church actually occupies a number of buildings on this corner. Call the church office for information on touring the facility. You visit this place on Sunday at 8am, 9.30am and 11am.
A recognizable landmark in downtown Tulsa, this large historic church building is a city treasure of particular interest because it sports a large green dome rather than a traditional steeple. Inside the sanctuary, there is an inner dome of stained glass, suspended underneath the outer dome by a grid of pulleys and cables. This church has a historic significance for Tulsa, having been at this location since 1920 and in existence in Tulsa since 1902. Viewing of the building can be done during business hours, but it is recommended that you call ahead.
In existence since 1893, this church is one of Tulsa's oldest. Its current structure, built in 1929, features Art Deco architecture and includes a tower 255 feet high that rises into Tulsa's skyline. The tower itself also contains 15 floors of useable space, and the sanctuary features a huge pipe organ valued at over $1 million.
Located northwest of downtown Tulsa, this large display is housed in 13 rooms on two floors of an old mansion. True to its name, the museum showcases thousands of doll, toy and collectible exhibits; more than one would expect to find. By nature of the exhibits, people of all ages, young children to seniors, will find something to delight them here. You will want to allow at least a couple of hours to see everything. It is requested that larger groups call ahead.
Along the banks of the Arkansas River between the 11th Street Bridge and 81st Street, and along Riverside Drive, are the River Parks. A walking/biking trail stretches 10 miles from 11th Street to 101st Street along the east bank of the river. Scattered along the east bank are numerous picnic and recreation areas, decorated with murals and statues. On the west bank on South Jackson near downtown is River West Festival Park, a unique venue with an amphitheater and floating stage. For information on events, call the River Parks Authority at the number above.
Tulsa is not called the crown jewel of Oklahoma's Green Country for nothing, and nowhere is this more evident than at the Garden Center. Upon arriving, visitors are treated to a view of a picturesque country home nestled in a grove of trees. As you explore the grounds, the sights only get better. Just over the hill behind the home are a Victorian-style conservatory and a colorful landscaped garden with inlaid stone steps. Adjacent to the center is the Municipal Rose Gardens, which houses more than 9,000 rosebushes to delight those with an appreciation for horticulture.
Set on a 460-acre plot of land in northwest Tulsa, the Gilcrease Museum houses over 10,000 artistic pieces, including the world's largest single art collection from Western America. There are also a huge number of Native American artifacts and artistic offerings on display. Gilcrease also presents 23 acres of thematic gardens showcasing the gardening styles of different time periods in the American West. All of this is free of charge, with donations accepted. When you need a rest, feel free to browse the gift shop or enjoy a meal in the elegant Osage Restaurant. Free guided tours of the museum are also offered at 2p daily (special exhibitions are ticketed).
Formerly a private mansion, the Villa Philbrook near downtown Tulsa was donated by its residents more than 50 years ago for use as an art museum. Besides hosting special temporary exhibits throughout the year, this massive structure holds thousands of permanent exhibits from European, American, Asian, African and Native American artists. Built in the Italian villa style, the house itself is a work of art. Going through its many rooms gives one the feel of viewing someone's personal art collection. In addition to the museum itself, the Philbrook also has acres of beautiful gardens, which are open to the public, a lecture theater, restaurant and gift shop. Admission rates vary.
The Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium, which was previously known as the Skelly Stadium, is the home arena for the Tulsa Golden Hurricane football team. Visitors of these facilities owned by the University of Tulsa can enjoy college football games.