Your summertime options may have been narrowed by the pandemic, but there are still plenty of opportunities for outdoor play in Tulsa. Read on for socially distanced spots where families can enjoy some time together this season!
With its Spring Giant sculpture and aquatic plant pond, the Children's Discovery Garden is a highlight here. Experience-based learning opportunities enable kids to connect with nature through their senses. Be sure to visit the Tree Fort and wild Meadow areas.
You know it, you love it. By now your kids probably love Gathering Place even more. With plenty of trails, natural plants and open spaces to explore, it's a curious kid's paradise. Most attractions opened back up to the public on June 15, but it's always good to check gatheringplace.org before you visit.
The escape of a good book is never too far away with two dozen Tulsa City-County Library locations in the greater Tulsa area. While the library transitioned many of their kids events to virtual platforms in the spring, all library locations have reopened as of June 22.
The Redbud Valley Nature Preserve is a lesser-known getaway just northeast of Tulsa, established for protection, education and enjoyment. Trails, springs, a bluff and even a cave allow for hiking across various terrain. Follow preserve rules and make sure to check the hours (open Saturdays and Sundays) before you go.
Winding around the mighty Arkansas, the River Parks Trail System and Turkey Mountain provide families with vast urban and natural spaces for walking, running and biking. Take the kids on a stroll down Riverside or show them the Tulsa skyline from Turkey Mountain. Both are pet friendly.
The goal of this nonprofit is to provide the community with horticultural and environmental education. Free public spaces and membership opportunities such as Woodward Park, Linnaeus Teaching Garden, the Conservatory and Snedden Mansion allow for a wide variety of outdoor leisure and learning in Midtown.
The sprawling gardens of Villa Philbrook are equal parts natural beauty and art. From the koi pond and free-roaming garden cats to sculptures and an art cabin, surprises await the whole family. Free entry for under 17, it's also encouraged to bring water, picnic, blankets, sketchbooks or other items to enjoy the landscape.
An hour from midtown Tulsa, Woolaroc is a must-visit. All facilities have reopened, offering the chance to see animals from around the world on the wildlife preserve, experience the mountain man camp or peek inside Frank Phillips' famous lodge.