The weather's perfect headed into Fall... what better time to enjoy some socially distanced time outdoors! We've gathered up our ten favorite spots for an outdoor picnic. There's sure to be a few hidden gems on this list! Read on and pack your picnic basket.
Picnic on a piece of Tulsa history from the 1920s and enjoy a killer view of the city.
The Tulsa Aviator Arrow sits on top of grassy Reservoir Hill in North Tulsa, boldly spelling out “TULSA” in 50-foot-tall letters. Underneath the letters are an arrow pointing pilots toward Tulsa International Airport. The sign famously led Charles Lingbergh toward Tulsa’s airport while he was visiting the Tulsa State Fair.
Recently refurbished by the City of Tulsa, the Aviator Arrow is a peaceful place to picnic and peep the Tulsa skyline.
Pick up some breakfast to-go from Neighborhood Jam and a refreshing iced coffee from the corner Starbucks.
Plop yourself down on the comfy green turf courtyard in the center of the shops (behind Neighborhood Jam’s outdoor seating area) to eat. Let the kids run around on the mini football field!
And when you’re finished picnicking, check out some of the boutique gift and clothing stores in the plaza.
Located in the Greenwood District in Downtown Tulsa, the John Hope Reconciliation Park is a place for peaceful reflection. Bordered by grassy hills and centered around the Healing Walkway, the park features plenty of places to sit and picnic — and learn.
This park is a quiet refuge to which you can escape the bustling downtown scene. More importantly, it’s a place to learn about the 1921 Race Massacre and the history of Black Tulsans, and to soak in the beautiful space that was constructed as a commemoration of this tragedy.
This community park plays host to plenty of family-friendly events, including your next picnic!
Grab a snow cone at Josh's Sno Shack to pair with your meal, and grab a seat with the fam at one of the picnic tables outside. Or — plop down on a blanket in the open green field and enjoy the view of the colorful Brookside Collective mural!
There are probably a million (billion?) perfect picnic places inside the Gathering Place, but here are three of our favorites:
Take in views of the beautiful TU campus while you sit and snack.
Essentially the front “lawn” of the University of Tulsa, the Chapman Commons couldn’t be more picturesque for your next picnic.
This vast green space’s focal point is the Genave King Rogers Fountain Plaza which lights up in different colors at night.
Currently open to the public, the Philbrook Museum of Art's Gardens does require advance, timed-entry tickets. You can buy those here.
These gorgeous gardens are a popular picnic spot, so make sure to bring a blanket! A few picnic tables might be available, but they do fill up quickly. Visitors are welcome to bring food and non-alcoholic drinks as long as they clean up after themselves.
Bonus: the Philbrook Gardens’ outdoor restrooms are open!
This special area of the Tulsa Botanic Gardens offers over three acres of terrace space and displays over 8,000 trees, shrubs, and flowers.
Picnic on the picturesque hillside, which offers views of downtown Tulsa from its peak. Then, take a walk around the garden’s four terraces – Lawn, Rose, Perennial and Mediterranean.
The Garden is currently open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Buy tickets here.
Need a waterfront view in landlocked Oklahoma? This little oasis tucked along the River Parks East Trail offers a view of the Arkansas River and plenty of picnic tables.
After your meal, unleash the kiddos on the big playground set, walk along the River Parks Trails, or venture over to the nearby Cyrus Avery Plaza to see the famous East Meets West statues honoring Route 66.
If you’re willing to go the distance, this secluded park on Lake Bixhoma is worth the extra drive.
Located about five miles southeast of Bixby on Leonard Mountain, this little lakeside park is a nature lover’s dream. It offers a fire pit, grill, and walking trails in addition to public picnic areas.