The Tulsa region is home to 125 recreational parks, including the world-class Gathering Place, and 180 miles of pedestrian and bicycle trails that weave through the city and along the Arkansas River.

Nestled along the Arkansas River, at the foothills of the Ozarks, Tulsa enjoys a temperate climate with four full seasons and an abundant amount of outdoor adventures and activities. It’s the perfect setting for taking up the mantle of healthy and active living as well as fostering a great appreciation for nature and unique wildlife. Plus, Tulsa is conveniently located near a number of exceptional lakes and public recreational areas. So, whether you prefer stepping out of your front door and enjoying all that the city has to offer or you like daytripping and exploring, there’s something close at hand for everyone.

A World-Class Park 

Gathering Place, a 100-acre, world-class urban park is situated in the heart of Tulsa along the Arkansas River. Rivaled only by such legendary and visionary public spaces as Central Park in New York City and Millenium Park in Chicago, Gathering Place blends nature within an urban setting, providing Tulsans and visitors more space to play, relax, and gather together along the river. With features such as a lodge, boathouse, nature walks, two land bridges connecting the two sides of river parks, sporting areas, multiple age-appropriate playgrounds and a pond, Gathering Place has something for everyone. 

  • Best New Attraction by USA TODAY
  • Time Magazine’s World’s Greatest Places
  • Time for Kids Magazine's World's Coolest Places


 Outdoor Experiences 

Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area

Turkey Mountain is 300-acre area of undeveloped land with 45 miles of exceptional hiking and mountain biking trails, a mere seven miles from downtown.

Tallgrass Prairie Preserve

The John H. Williams Tallgrass Prairie Preserve is the largest (39,650 acres) protected remnant of tallgrass prairie left on earth. It’s open to the public and offers exceptional birding, hiking and other nature-related activities.

Oxley Nature Center

800 pristine acres of walking trails through forests, fields, and wetlands.

Mohawk Park

Home to the Tulsa Zoo, golf course, nature trails, and family-friendly park spaces perfect for parties and special gatherings.



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