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Tulsa has a diverse range of attractions and activities that make it ideal for a family visit. National touring exhibitions can be seen at the Philbrook Museum of Art ( http://philbrook.org ), which has been featured on the television program America's Castles. Don’t miss exploring the newly renovated English Gardens, a multi-
During summer months, Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical, Oklahoma!, is performed at the Discoveryland amphitheater ( http://www.discoverylandusa.com ) where cowboys race on stage astride real ponies and a barbecue dinner and roping lessons add to the evening's entertainment. Outdoor performances tell the timeless story filled with laughter, romance and drama as cowboys and ranchers settle Oklahoma’s wide open spaces. Before the shows you can chow down at the cattleman’s ranch dinner, ride a pony, watch Native American dancing, or visit the Indian trading post where you’ll find Native American art, beadwork, crafts and jewelry. It’s fun for the whole family, and children with a parent get in free.
To see some great examples of western art pay a visit to the Gilcrease Museum ( http://gilcrease.utulsa.edu/ ). Here you can discover much about the American West in the galleries and archives of the museum, and explore 23 acres of gardens with historical themes and sculptures that enhance the museum’s collections. The museum organizes an excellent series of family friendly programs throughout the year, check the website for dates and details.
For an underwater family adventure check out the Oklahoma Aquarium ( http://www.okaquarium.org ) in Jenks. This is a great place for kids who will marvel at the magnificent display of color and mystery of the over 200 exhibits housed in the aquarium, containing several thousand animals from around the world. Look out for the Finding Nemo exhibit where children can point out their favorite characters from the movie, and the shark exhibits, coral reefs, and a special look at the fish native to Oklahoma. If you are keen on fishing, take a look at the exhibits in the unique National Fishing Tackle Museum featuring a $4 million antique collection of fishing memorabilia.
Most kids get excited about visiting and exploring zoos and Tulsa Zoo ( http://www.tulsazoo.org/ )
is one of the best. The Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum is located on 78 acres within Mohawk Park, which is the third largest municipal park in the United States. Nearly 1,500 animals (436 species) are on exhibit, many of them rare and endangered, and with fantastic exhibits such as the Rain Forest, Siamang Island, North American Living Museum, Elephant Encounter and a new penguin exhibit, the Tulsa Zoo is a great place to be with the family. Gift shops, restaurants, a conservation center, and train rides help make the Tulsa Zoo a perfect all-
At the All Star Sports Complex ( http://allstarsportscomplex.com ) the kids get to slug it out in the batting cages, tee up at miniature golf, or give their thumbs a workout in the video arcade. Baseball lessons and camps are also available here.
The Celebration Station ( http://www.celebrationstation.com/ ) is the place for families to race in go-
At the Oxley Nature Center ( http://www.oxleynaturecenter.org/ ) the whole family can get up close and personal with nature on the trails that wind through this 800-
Incredible Pizza Company
This is a place to have lots of fun as well as to eat cheaply. There are four large dining areas and the restaurant features an all-
Tulsa Marriott Southern Hills
This is a comfortable hotel ideally located to visit all the attractions in Tulsa and the surrounding area.