11 Tulsa essentials
From shopping and dining to recreation and sports, here is your guide to the city’s best-loved sights and spots.
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The Golden Driller
This 76-foot-tall statue, built in 1953, symbolizes the days when Tulsa was known as the “Oil Capital of the World.” The Tulsa landmark depicts an oilman standing proud and strong with his right hand on an oil derrick. In 1979, the Golden Driller was named Oklahoma’s state monument. The 43,500-pound Driller towers over East 21st Street between South Harvard and Yale avenues, fascinating passersby with its grand size and providing a reminder of Tulsa’s storied past.
Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St.
Located in midtown Tulsa and established in 1952, Utica Square is a longtime Tulsa gathering spot and shopping area. This open-air center provides high-end shopping and dining year round and features scenic gardens and Old World clock towers.
The center hosts evening concerts every Thursday during the summer, and it is hard to beat the atmosphere during the holiday season, with lights filling the many trees, “Nutcracker” scenes and a traditional Santa Claus House for pictures with the kids.
East 21st Street and South Utica Avenue, 918-742-5331, www.uticasquare.com
Root for the home team at the Tulsa Drillers’ ONEOK Field, located in the historic Greenwood District in downtown Tulsa. Fans can cheer from one of the 6,200 fixed seats, 30 suites or even a grass area for lawn chairs or blankets. The stadium opened in April 2010 and includes several concession and picnic areas, a playground, a gift shop and a path circling the entire field. Amazing views of the downtown skyline give this ballpark a major-league feel in a family-oriented setting. Other local sports teams to watch are the Tulsa Oilers (hockey), the Tulsa Shock WNBA team and the Tulsa 66ers NBA Development League team.
Tulsa Drillers: ONEOK Field, 201 N. Elgin Ave.; 918-744-5901; www.tulsadrillers.com
Tulsa Oilers: BOK Center, 200 S. Denver Ave.; 918-632-7825; www.tulsaoilers.com
Tulsa Shock: BOK Center, 200 S. Denver Ave.; 918-949-9700; www.wnba.com/shock
Tulsa 66ers: SpiritBank Event Center, 10441 S. Regal Blvd.; 918-585-8444; www.nba.com/dleague/tulsa
Tulsa’s River Parks is a prime area for outdoor recreation. Running and biking trails line the Arkansas River for more than 26 miles with mile markers and water fountains along the way to help athletes keep pace. Other popular activities include fishing, rowing, kayaking, hiking and disc golf. As the weather gets hotter, so does the River Parks, which offers the city’s biggest fireworks show on the Fourth of July, several concerts and festivals throughout the year, and fountains where kids can play and cool off.
Riverside Drive from East 11th to 101st streets, www.riverparks.org