Tours of Tulsa provides a wide variety of tours in and around Tulsa. Walking and step-on tours introduce visitors to Tulsa’s past and present, either through pre-planned tours or adventures designed specially for you, your family, or your group. Whether you’re a visitor to Tulsa, a new or soon to be resident, or a Tulsa native interested in learning more about your hometown or revisiting old haunts, we’d love to prepare a tour just for you.
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Contact us via email at Kelly.Gibson@ToursOfTulsa.com or by phone at 918.625.4909. We look forward to hearing from you!
1 hour walking tour
Walk over and under the streets of downtown Tulsa on a walking tour via the Tulsa tunnels. See ornate buildings of art deco and gothic design built during the oil boom days of the early 20th century.
See sculptures, murals and paintings in those buildings. Walk across the streets under the streets on this tour, going back in time to see Tulsa when it was in its early days. This is a great tour for groups of friends, co-workers, school kids, and people of all ages! Come downtown on a walking tour to see a glimpse of Tulsa’s fascinating past.
All tunnel tours are by special arrangement and most are on weekdays* between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Your group can be from 1 to 15 people. Cash or checks are accepted, but we don’t take credit or debit cards. You will be walking about 8 blocks on the one hour tour, three inside and four outside. Your guide will cover many areas of interest, including fascinating local history, architecture, and art information. Questions are welcome, and our guides are used to gearing discussions to a variety of ages and interests. The starting point of the walking tour is flexible. People staying at downtown motels, for example, can start and end at their hotel if they wish.
2 to 4 hour, step-on guide service
Hear about and see the sites that tell the story of Tulsa from its beginning to its presence today as a diverse and beautiful city. Hear of the men and women, Native Americans and cowboys, back when the Indians were the cowboys! Hear about those who came to strike it rich and the locals who also struck it rich; settlers from all parts of this country and the world who were responsible for Tulsa’s beginnings and its oil-boom growth.
Tulsa, known for its art deco architecture, is also known as “terra-cotta city” for the elaborate ornamentation including gargoyles on some of the downtown buildings. On this tour we will drive by and maybe go inside to see the lobbies of several of these historic buildings. We’ll travel to the Creek Council Oak Tree and Park where the original Tulsans settled and named Tulsa”Tullasi”. We’ll drive through “Black Gold Row,” blocks of mansions built by the oilmen in the 1920s when Tulsa was the “Oil Capitol” of the entire world! We may drive by the Philbrook Museum of Art, once the private home of Waite Phillips, one of the oil barons from early Tulsa. We could see the Gilcrease Museum on our tour or take a walk through the beautiful Tulsa Rose Garden, home of over 10,000 varieties of roses, and drive to the campus of Oral Roberts University to see the Praying Hands. We may go to historic Greenwood, once called “Black Wall Street,” home of a thriving African-American community in the early 20th century; then on to the John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park where the history of African-Americans in this country and in Tulsa is told in sculpture. This park, built to honor the survivors of what has been called a race riot that occurred in 1921, is a place for hope and reconciliation between races.
Tulsa, once called “Magic City” and the south’s “Most Beautiful City,” has a powerful and moving story that can be seen through its past and present. The history of Tulsa and the remarkable resilience and indomitable spirit of its friendly and generous people make Tulsa as exciting to visit today as it was when it was the “Oil Capitol of the World.”
A City of Beautiful Houses of Worship
2 to 4 hours
Astonishing church buildings, built with grandeur and beauty in styles of both the past and present are an important part of Tulsa’s past and Tulsa today. On this tour we’ll hear about the founding of the downtown churches built between 1914 and 1929 when oil and prayer funded these powerful monuments to religious beliefs that are still vibrant and active today. We’ll visit the interior of a number of the churches to see their extraordinary beauty close-up and hear about their history. The churches of Tulsa tell the story of its people and their faith, a story that resonates in the past and reverberates for the present and the future.
*Churches include those of various denominations and faiths.
The “High Points” of Tulsa Tour
2 to 4 hours
Hear the story of Tulsa told by its architectural treasures, sculptures, and murals in parks, on the streets and in buildings. They tell the story of Tulsa’s past, present and hopes for the future. Included on this tour are bronze and wood sculptures, some depicting real people, including an actress who graduated from a Tulsa high school and won an Academy Award for her portrayal of a saint in a movie made in 1943. This art also depicts oilmen, roughnecks, policemen, Native Americans, prominent African-Americans from Tulsa, settlers, and aviation pioneers; people from Tulsa history. It includes the good guys and the bad guys, the ordinary everyday people, the famous and the infamous, and events from Tulsa’s past.
On this tour we’ll also see buildings that reflect the grand vision Tulsa had in the early days and we’ll see architecture that embodies the bold spirit of the time and the high hopes for the future of this diverse, beautiful and complex city. The story of Tulsa in its art and architecture is the story of our country: the past, the present, the pride, the vision and the hopeful future that make Tulsa a great place to visit and a great place to live.