Outlook: 10 Tulsa-area must-see attractions
1212 E. 45th Place
Considered one of the country's top ballet companies, Tulsa Ballet continues its tradition of classical and contemporary dance. That tradition has earned it international acclaim with performances in Italy, South Korea, Portugal and eastern Europe. This year's program includes "Swan Lake," "Emerging Choreographers Showcase" and the "Signature Series" of contemporary dance featuring Artistic Director Marcello Angelini's favorite recent works.
200 S. Denver Ave.
Tulsa's BOK Center, named 2016 Arena of the Year by Los Angeles-based Pollstar, is home to everything from major sporting events of all types to the hottest concerts to conventions, NBA preseason games and even the annual Winterfest. Journey is coming June 5, the Big 12 Wrestling Championship is in March as are the first- and second-round games of the NCAA men's basketball tournament and upcoming concerts include Steve Nicks, Green Day, Lionel Richie with special guest Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, and more.
Hard Rock Casino
777 W. Cherokee St., Catoosa
Relax, gamble, party, dine or just enjoy yourself at this hotel with 454 rooms and suites, in-room dining or multiple restaurants and a to-die-for buffet. The Joint, the resort's 45,000-square-foot entertainment venue with amphitheater-style seating, draws top national talent. You can also enjoy live music nightly at Riffs or play golf at the Cherokee Hills Golf Club designed by renowned architect Perry Maxwell and redesigned by Tripp Davis.
Brady Arts District
One of Tulsa's newly revitalized areas with bustling restaurants and bars, the iconic Cain's Ballroom, the new Woody Guthrie Center, Guthrie Green, the Hardesty Arts Center and the Henry Zarrow Center for Art and Education.
300 Aquarium Drive, Jenks
So many family-friendly events are scheduled throughout the year. You can feed a turtle, sleep with the sharks and pet a stingray. The new Sea Turtle Island, expected to open in March, will include a 64,000-gallon tank as home for two 300-pound loggerhead sea turtles with some reef sharks and tropical fish for company.
A Gathering Place for Tulsa
26th Street and Riverside Drive
The first phase of the $350 million A Gathering Place for Tulsa on Riverside Drive is scheduled to be completed in late 2017 with acres of places to play and gather along the Arkansas River. The park will include a lodge, boathouse, two land bridges connecting the two sides of River Parks, sporting areas and a pond. It is expected to draw more than 1 million visitors annually.
6850 S. Elwood Ave.
A hidden gem, this rugged urban wilderness offers a variety of places for hiking, horseback riding, running, cycling, training or just enjoying the great outdoors. This park includes a bike repair station, outdoor shower and a children's climbing area. All just 7 miles from downtown Tulsa along the Arkansas River.
Tulsa Opera is one of the oldest opera companies in the United States and presents audiences with some of the finest singers of today. It continues to feature its own international stars such as Sarah Coburn and Peter Strummer. It maintains a schedule that includes brilliant performances as well as events including the upcoming "Puccini's Tosca" in May and the American premiere of Pierangelo Valtinoni's fairytale family opera "The Snow Queen" in June.
Unique dining, shopping and more are available along the stretch of South Peoria known as Brookside and Cherry Street, which is nestled between Lewis and Peoria on 15th Street. Both are perfect for strolling, dining, enjoying a drink on patios and unique shopping.
Tulsa's Greenwood District is steeped in history as home of the former "Black Wall Street" and is home to ONEOK Field (where the Tulsa Drillers baseball team plays) and the John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park. The latter is a memorial to the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot and tells the story of African-Americans' role in building Oklahoma. It is also home to the Greenwood Cultural Center, which works to preserve and document the historic district.