Quality Inn & Suites
3031 Military Blvd
Muskogee, OK 74402
Phone: (918) 687-9000
Fax: (918) 683-0212
Numerous tribes of Native Americans call Oklahoma their home, and one of the most prominent of these is the Cherokee. Located just south of Tahlequah, a short drive from the Tulsa metro, this living history exhibit is housed at the Cherokee Heritage Center. Time has stood still since the 1500s; the way of life depicted here is the simple one of the Cherokee people before conquering explorers found their homeland. A trip to the village is a wonderful learning experience for both young and old alike. Guided tours are available.
Set on about 5 square miles (12.95 square kilometers) in the heart of South Tulsa, LaFortune Park is a favorite outdoor spot for many Tulsans. Besides wooded picnic and playground areas, the park contains a golf course, baseball diamonds and batting cages, a community center, a public swimming pool, and a walking trail. Certain picnic areas are available to reserve for parties. Visitors can workout or just relax and enjoy the scenery. The main entrance is on South Yale Avenue between East 61st Street and East 51st Street.
Located at 21st and Yale in midtown, this large water park features the largest wave pool in Oklahoma, as well as five water slides, a water roller coaster, a kiddie pool for the little ones, and more. Open seasonally, this place provides the perfect escape from Tulsa's hot summer days. Admission is good for all day, so bring the kids and don't forget the sunscreen!
There is always something going on at this huge complex, located between Harvard and Yale along 21st Street in midtown. Among the attractions and facilities you'll find here are the massive Expo Center (used for big shows and exhibits), the historic Pavilion, Fair Meadows horse racing track, Big Splash Waterpark, Bell's Amusement Park, and Drillers Stadium (home of the Tulsa Drillers baseball team). Expo Square also doubles as the Tulsa County Fairgrounds, and is home to the Tulsa State Fair held each fall.
With a seating capacity around 10,000, Driller's is Tulsa's major baseball stadium. Located on the Yale Avenue, the stadium is home to the Tulsa Drillers and thus the name. Formerly known as Tulsa County Stadium, the stadium also doubles up as a multi purpose venue.
If quixotic, temerarious, risky, swashbuckling and venturesome describes you, then Tulsa Raceway Park is the place to be. Hard core car racing and adventure is the park's privilege, where sports car lovers can find the latest hot wheels in action. The park has a seating capacity of 10,000 and you can enjoy a race with like minded car racing lovers. Additional features of the park are a 3 story tower, six suites and a media room which can be hired for special occasions. What are you waiting for? Head here for an adrenaline rush!
For a hidden outdoor excursion head to the Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area. With the main trail located just 7 miles from downtown Tulsa, this area provides a respite from city life without a lengthy trip. There are so many trails here, it is easy to find some peace and quiet along with some time to reflect. Some of the trails feature great views of the Arkansas River. The trails can be biked as well. Be advised that the thick vegetation in the area can make some of the trails a bit more difficult.
Located on historic Route 66 in nearby Claremore, this museum houses the largest single collection of guns in the world. Over 20,000 historic firearms as well as swords, knives, and Civil War artifacts are on display. Not limited to war and weaponry, this place also exhibits priceless music boxes, instruments, Indian artifacts, and a massive stein collection, among other relics. All this is contained in a 40,000-square-foot facility. Adults and children alike will find this display very educational, and well worth the short drive from Tulsa.
Located in Henryetta, a short distance south of Tulsa and Okmulgee, this museum houses artifacts and exhibits that detail the local history of the town and its surrounding area. Carrying a variety of interesting displays, this place will be of particular interest to students of local history and those just wanting to learn more about the area. Admission is free, but donations are accepted when offered. This is close to an hour away from Tulsa, so plan to come early enough to enjoy it, and bring a picnic lunch.
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.
Spend a relaxing afternoon at the Linnaeus Teaching Gardens. Located in Tulsa's Woodward Park, this garden is free and open to the public. Staffed entirely by well-trained volunteers, the garden shows the most successful and latest techniques for growing flowers (both annuals and perennials), vegetables, and other plants. Paths and ramps provide access to all planted areas of the garden, and no pets (other than service dogs) are allowed. Group tours are also available.
Spread over 70 acres (28.33 hectares) within Mohawk Park on the northern edge of Tulsa, the Tulsa Zoo is home to over 1500 animals. The beautifully landscaped paths provide views of tigers, elephants, bears, chimpanzees and many other species. Animal demonstrations are scheduled throughout the week, and special seasonal exhibits are also presented, such as “Wings of Wonder,” an aviary filled with thousands of rare butterflies. The zoo also features a children's zoo and many educational exhibits relating to zoology and the natural sciences, such as the North American Living Museum, making it a favorite educational trip for children.