When summer rolls around, the opportunities for adventure are endless – especially in T-Town. Whether you’re making your way out on the town with the fam or exploring Tulsa’s many impressive natural outdoor locations, including the largest privately-funded park in the States, you’ll have no shortage of fun things to do.

Check out our 7 favorite summer spots in Tulsa that the whole family will be on board with.

ahha Tulsa

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A glimpse into artist Daniel Sutliff's installation within THE EXPERIENCE (2019), a large-scale, fully immersive art installation at ahha Tulsa.

Get a taste of the Tulsa museum scene with a four-floor, 42,000-square foot building that houses gallery space, studios and classrooms and a performance stage. Check out the EXPERIENCE on the second floor – an artist-driven, large-scale, fully immersive art installation that invites participants to explore a multimedia environment through sight, sound, movement and touch. Then, head to THE STUDIO on the third floor and create some art of your own!

Discovery Lab

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Child experimenting with test tubes at Discovery Lab under staff supervision

Keep learning front-of-mind during your summer vacation! In a state-of-the-art building completed in early 2022, Discovery Lab provides unique programming for children in middle-school and younger geared toward developing their creativity, critical-thinking, problem-solving and collaboration skills.

With a labyrinth of tunnels, a slide made from packing tape, science demos, The WorkShop, Science Lab and so much more, this facility is inspired by best practices in informal learning. Next door to the Gathering Place, Discovery Lab is a place where kids and their families can make, learn, explore, and design things using real stuff in new and different ways. 

Mother Road Market

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Family dining at Mother Road Market

Take a step out of the Oklahoma heat and enjoy a vibrant food hall where you can try some of Tulsa’s favorite restaurants–plus new food concepts. Stop by Kitchen 66, a food incubator nonprofit program housed within Mother Road Market that brings up-and-coming restaurants into the spotlight.

The food hall features a curated collection of over 20 restaurant and retail concepts, and next store are shops galore. There's also a full-service bar and a state-of-the-art demo kitchen for cooking classes and pop-ups, an expansive patio with outdoor seating, a Route 66-themed mini golf course and more!

Gathering Place

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Happy child at Gathering Place

One of the most awarded parks in the world, Gathering Place is a world-class riverfront park offering amazing attractions and programming for all ages with no entry fee. Spend your summer morning climbing on larger-than-life cranes in the Chapman Adventure Playground, or voyage out on Peggy’s Pond in a paddleboat from the ONEOK Boathouse.

With large lawns, beachfront seating, skate and BMX parks, basketball courts and tons of other areas to explore, Gathering Place has something for everyone. Grab a latte or ice cream at the Redbud Café, or a flatbread from Vista at the Boathouse. Year-round programming includes children’s events, live music, artistic performances, dog day Wednesdays, sports-related activities and so much more. 

Tulsa Botanic Garden

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Tulsa Botanic Garden Children's Garden

Tulsa Botanic Garden thrives as an all-season oasis blooming in the Osage Hills just eight miles northwest of Tulsa. Each spring the garden celebrates Tulsa Botanic Blooms with over 100,000 tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and other spring flowers. The Lakeside Promenade gracefully encompasses a seven-acre lake, and the Cross Timbers Trail provides a 1.5 mile hike through the native prairie and forest.

They host nature walks, full moon hikes and–of course– gardening classes. Check out First Friday horticulture tours in the summer and Second Saturday Dog Days complete with food trucks and the opportunity to adopt a dog.

Malayan Tiger at Tulsa Zoo

A unique recreational treasure, the Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area encompasses several hundred acres of rugged park land located less than a 15-minute drive from Tulsa’s vibrant downtown. The landscape creates a sense of being far from city life, with visitors surrounded by a thick canopy of trees.

Turkey Mountain offers miles of winding dirt trails for hiking, mountain biking, trail riding and trail running. A map of the marked trails is located near the trailhead, along with signage describing the varying degrees of difficulty for some of the trails.

Turkey Mountain

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Turkey Mountain hikers

A unique recreational treasure, the Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area encompasses several hundred acres of rugged park land located less than a 15-minute drive from Tulsa’s vibrant downtown. The landscape creates a sense of being far from city life, with visitors surrounded by a thick canopy of trees.

Turkey Mountain offers miles of winding dirt trails for hiking, mountain biking, trail riding and trail running. A map of the marked trails is located near the trailhead, along with signage describing the varying degrees of difficulty for some of the trails.