Tour of Southern Tulsa (Self Guided), 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!
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Tour of Southern Tulsa Map

Guide Name: Tour of Southern 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: 5.4 Km or 3.4 Miles
Author: karenl
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Prayer Tower
  • Oral Roberts University
  • Mabee Center
  • Nordaggio's Coffee
  • City Plex Towers
  • River Walk Crossing
  • Oklahoma Aquarium
Prayer Tower

1) Prayer Tower

The Prayer Tower is a late Googie design-influenced tower located on the campus of Oral Roberts University. The 200 ft (60.9 m) glass and steel structure, designed by Tulsa architect Frank Wallace, opened in 1967. An enclosed observation deck gives a 360° view of the surrounding area and enables a self-guided visual tour of the ORU campus.

The Prayer Tower is located at the center of campus to symbolize prayer's central role in the goals of the university. The disc and spindle design takes on the look of a cross from any horizontal bearing, and from the air resembles the Star of David. The tower's "upward spiral [sic]" is intended to mirror one's relationship with God. The latticework which surrounds the observation deck is reportedly built in part from standard white PVC pipe (with the original specification markings still somewhat visible) and is meant as a semi-literal representation of the crown of thorns worn by Jesus on the cross, with red coloring for the blood Christ shed in death. The tower's peak features an eternal flame representing Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Operating hours: Tuesday – Saturday : 10 am – 3:30 pm; Sunday: 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Oral Roberts University

2) Oral Roberts University (must see)

Oral Roberts University (ORU) is an interdenominational, Charismatic Christian, comprehensive university with an enrollment of about 3,790 students from 49 U.S. states along with a significant number of international students from 70 countries.

Founded in 1963, the university is named for its late founder, evangelist Oral Roberts, and is the largest Charismatic Christian university in the world.

Sitting on a 500-acre (2.0 km2) campus, ORU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), and offers over 65 undergraduate degree programs along with a number of masters and doctoral degrees. ORU is classified as Doctoral/Research University by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. ORU was also ranked as one of 123 institutions in the 2009 "Best in the West".
Sight description based on wikipedia
Mabee Center

3) Mabee Center

Mabee Center is an 11,300-seat multi-purpose arena, located on the campus of Oral Roberts University.

An adjacent building, smaller but similar in shape, is known as "Baby Mabee" and houses a television production studio.

It opened in 1972 and has hosted the NAIA national men's basketball championship (1994-1998), five NCAA men's first-round or regional tournaments (1974, 1975, 1978, 1982, 1985) and the Midwestern City Conference (now Horizon League) men's basketball conference tournaments (1982, 1985).

It is home to the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles men's and women's basketball teams. It was Eastern Oklahoma's largest arena until the BOK Center was built.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Nordaggio's Coffee

4) Nordaggio's Coffee

Located next to Oral Roberts University, Nordaggio's Coffee offers the best coffee and tea selection in Tulsa and serves great gelato. The coffee house is famous among students for its excellent coffee, great service, relaxed atmosphere, and wonderful clientele. With a fireplace and sofa, Nordaggio's is a great place to relax.
City Plex Towers

5) City Plex Towers

CityPlex Towers is a large office space complex. The facility was originally constructed by Oral Roberts University as City of Faith Medical and Research Center and meant to be a major charismatic Christian hospital. The complex is now mostly office space.

There are three triangular towers with over 2,200,000 square feet (200,000 m2) of office space. The tallest is the 60-story CityPlex Tower which at 648 feet (198 m) is the second tallest building in Oklahoma (after BOK Tower, formerly One Williams Center). The 60th floor features a dining room with a panoramic view of the Arkansas River and Tulsa. The main CityPlex tower is flanked by 30-story CityPlex West Tower and 20-story CityPlex East Tower, which are 348 feet (106 m) and 248 ft (76 m) high. Cityplex West is wholly vacant above the ninth floor, with many floors still unfinished since the time of construction. Below the fifth floor all three towers are joined within a structure called the base building. The spacious complex includes three auditoriums with theatre-style seating, a fitness center, cafeteria, food court, convenience store and catering services.
Sight description based on wikipedia
River Walk Crossing

6) River Walk Crossing

Situated along the Arkansas River, River Walk Crossing is perfect for couples and families looking for fun and relaxation. The complex includes antique shops, restaurants, and theaters. The outdoor concerts held throughout the year are free. From unique stores with a wide array of merchandise to theaters showing the latest Hollywood films, River Walk Crossing has something for every age and interest.
Oklahoma Aquarium

7) Oklahoma Aquarium

The Oklahoma Aquarium is located on a 66-acre (27 ha) campus along the banks of the Arkansas River in Jenks. The 72,000-square-foot (6,700 m2) facility was built in 2002 with the expectation to bring nearly 500,000 visitors to the Tulsa metropolitan area annually. The Oklahoma Aquarium opened on May 28, 2003.

On display is an ever growing array of exotic marine life, as well as fish and freshwater environments native to Oklahoma. The aquarium's showcase attraction is Shark Adventure, a 500,000-US-gallon (1,900,000 l) shark tank, complete with a shark tunnel that allows visitors to walk 'through' the shark environment. Near the middle of the tunnel is a 12-foot (3.7 m) high, 20-foot (6.1 m) wide all-acrylic observation dome designed to give unobstructed, 360-degree views of the entire tank and its Bull shark, Lemon shark, Nurse shark, and Sand Tiger Shark inhabitants.

Operating hours: Monday, Wednesday – Sunday: 10 am – 3:30 pm; Tuesday: 10 am - 9:00 pm
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 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
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
Famous Landmarks of Tulsa

Famous Landmarks of 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.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 Km or 3.1 Miles
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