Famous Landmarks of Tulsa (Self Guided), Tulsa

Tulsa’s picturesque beauty, scenic attractions and relaxing atmosphere make it a noteworthy destination. This town has hundreds of fabulous national monuments and landmarks, and this walking tour is a perfect opportunity to see some of the most stunning attractions in northeast Tulsa.
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Guide Name: Famous Landmarks of Tulsa
Guide Location: USA » Tulsa (See other walking tours in Tulsa)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 Km or 3.1 Miles
Author: karenl
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Drillers Stadium
  • Big Splash Water Park
  • Golden Driller
  • Expo Square Pavilion
  • Moody's Jewelry
  • University of Tulsa
  • McFarlin Library
Drillers Stadium

1) Drillers Stadium

Opened in 1981, Drillers Stadium is a minor league baseball stadium, located in the Tulsa metropolitan area. From 1981 to 2009, Drillers Stadium was home to the Tulsa Drillers, a minor league baseball team which plays in the Texas League.

Tulsa County completed 8,000 seat Robert B. Sutton Stadium in 1981, naming it for its chief benefactor, a local oil executive. Sutton, however, was convicted in 1982 on obstruction of justice charges, and as a result the County renamed the ballpark Tulsa County Stadium. In 1989, Drillers Stadium received its current name.

The stadium now seats 10,997, making it the largest stadium in Double-A baseball. Originally a multi-purpose stadium with an artificial surface playing field, it now features a Prescription Athletic Turf (PAT) grass surface. Since its installation in 1993, the field has regularly been rated one of the best in the Texas League by players and managers.

Though it has primarily served as a baseball stadium, monster truck rallies and concerts can be held here. On December 19, 2008, construction began on a new ballpark in downtown Tulsa, ONEOK Field, which replaced Drillers Stadium before the 2010 baseball season.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Big Splash Water Park

2) Big Splash Water Park

Big Splash Water Park has the largest pool in the country, as well as numerous water slides, a water roller coaster, a small pool for children, and other interesting attractions. The park provides liquid entertainment for visitors of all ages. The complex is Tulsa's main summer attraction and is the only water park in town. Bring your children, and spend a fun, relaxing day under the sun!
Golden Driller

3) Golden Driller (must see)

The Golden Driller is a 76-foot-tall (23 m), 43,500-pound (19,700 kg) statue of an oil worker. It is the largest free-standing statue in the world, and the third tallest statue in the United States.

It was originally built in 1953 by the Mid-Continent Supply Company of Fort Worth for the International Petroleum Exposition. Six years later, it was temporarily erected again for the 1959 show.

Due to the positive attention it attracted, the company donated the statue to the Tulsa County Fairgrounds Trust Authority which had it permanently installed in front of the Tulsa Expo Center for the 1966 International Petroleum Exposition. The statue's right hand rests on an oil derrick which had been moved from a depleted oil field in Seminole, Oklahoma.

An inscription at the base of the statue reads: "The Golden Driller, a symbol of the International Petroleum Exposition. Dedicated to the men of the petroleum industry who by their vision and daring have created from God's abundance a better life for mankind."

In 1979, the Golden Driller was adopted by the Oklahoma Legislature as the state monument.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Expo Square Pavilion

4) Expo Square Pavilion (must see)

The Expo Square Pavilion, sometimes called simply The Pavilion, and formerly known as the Tulsa Fairgrounds Pavilion, is a 6,311-seat multi-purpose arena.

It was built in 1932; the architect was Leland I Shumway. The building is in the PWA Art Deco style, built of blond brick with terra cotta ornamentation, and is considered one the prime examples of Art Deco architecture in Tulsa.

It was home to the Tulsa Oilers Central Hockey League team, during the 1960s and the Tulsa 66ers, of the NBA Development League, until they moved to the SpiritBank Event Center in 2008.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Moody's Jewelry

5) Moody's Jewelry

Opened in 1944, Moody's Jewelry is a great place to shop for all kinds of brilliant and sparkly items. The store has an amazing collection of jewelry and gorgeous diamonds, as well as a friendly, helpful staff. If you are looking for a unique, high-quality piece of jewelry, Moody’s is definitely a place you can trust.
University of Tulsa

6) University of Tulsa (must see)

The University of Tulsa (TU) is a private university awarding bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. The university is historically affiliated with the Presbyterian Church USA. Tulsa's athletic teams compete in Division I of the NCAA as members of the Conference USA and are collectively known as the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.

In 2011, Tulsa's Collins College of Business was ranked 33rd in the country among undergraduate business schools by Bloomberg Businessweek based on a student survey. It was ranked 20th by a survey of recruiters.

U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 edition of Best Colleges ranked The University of Tulsa as 75th. TU’s No. 75 ranking is TU’s highest position ever in the U.S. News survey. This 2012 ranking was the 9th consecutive year that TU has been listed in the Top 100 national universities, and TU is the only Oklahoma university to be included within the top 100. The U.S. News & World Report 2012 rankings also show TU as 46th among the nation’s private doctoral universities.
Sight description based on wikipedia
McFarlin Library

7) McFarlin Library

At the top of The TU sits one of the campus' most notable landmarks, the McFarlin Library, which is named after Robert and Ida McFarlin, the library's primary benefactors. The McFarlins had only one stipulation with their gift, the view of Downtown Tulsa from McFarlin can never be blocked. Ground breaking ceremonies took place on May 3, 1929 and the edifice was dedicated on June 1, 1930.

The library continued to grow over the years, adding two five-story additions by 1979. Currently, the library houses over three million items and is noted for its collections of 20th-century British, Irish, and American literature, including the world's second largest collection of materials by James Joyce. It also houses the papers of Nobel Prize winner V.S. Naipaul. The library also contains a vast collection of books on Native American history. Renovations began in the spring of 2007 on a 12,000-square-foot (1,100 m2) addition that consolidated the library's computing and technology resources into one location. The library's reading rooms were restored to provide quiet areas for student and faculty study. Construction was completed in 2009.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Create Your Own Walk in Tulsa

Create Your Own Walk in Tulsa

Creating your own self-guided walk in Tulsa is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Tour of Tulsa's Midtown

Tour of Tulsa's Midtown

Tulsa is home to numerous Art Deco buildings, parks, museums, and other exciting attractions. From a picnic in Centennial Park to a visit to the museum, there are plenty of fun, engaging things to do in Tulsa! Take this self-guided tour to visit the best attractions in Tulsa's Midtown.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.5 Km or 4.7 Miles
Tour of Tulsa's Religious Buildings

Tour of Tulsa's Religious Buildings

Tulsa is home to many remarkable churches, cathedrals, chapels and religious buildings, the most beautiful of which are Holy Family Cathedral and Boston Avenue United Methodist Church. Eight of the town's oldest sanctuaries are located downtown and have congregations that number well over 1,000. Take this tour to visit Tulsa's most notable religious buildings.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Tour of Southern Tulsa

Tour of Southern Tulsa

Tulsa boasts a large variety of interesting attractions that can keep you busy for days on end. Some of the fascinating places you can visit include the Oklahoma Aquarium, Oral Roberts University, and River Walk Crossing. Southern Tulsa is full of surprises, and this tour will guide you to the sights that you absolutely should not miss!

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 Km or 3.4 Miles
Tulsa Downtown Walking Tour

Tulsa Downtown Walking Tour

Downtown Tulsa, sitting on the northern bank of the Arkansas River, is a place where much is going on and much to be seen. Apart from great restaurants, shops and entertainment, downtown Tulsa is also home to a number of remarkable architectural sites, such as the BOK Center, Philtower Building and Mayo Hotel. This orientation walk will guide you to some of the city's most prominent...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 Km or 3.7 Miles