Founded on the oil industry, Tulsa has experienced more than 100 years of growth and a sound economy. Once billed as the Oil Capital of the World, Tulsa now has more than 380,000 people contributing to its growing metropolitan area. Students at ORU will want to take advantage of the cultural and recreational riches of Tulsa.
The Philbrook Art Center (2727 S. Rockford) and Gilcrease Museum (1400 Gilcrease Museum Rd.) are nationally recognized art museums.
Known as the “buckle” of America’s Bible belt, Tulsa has nearly 500 churches from which to choose. Some of the nation’s largest denominational and independent/charismatic churches are located in Tulsa.
Tulsa is home to the Tulsa Ballet Theatre.
The Tulsa Run, held in October, attracts more than 9,000 participants from about 25 states and nations each year. A three-kilometer fun run is held in conjunction with the big race, a 15-kilometer run through downtown Tulsa.
Mayfest, scheduled during mid- May, is held downtown. Artisans display their crafts for show and sale. The Tulsa State Fair, a September-October event, is held at the Tulsa Fairgrounds and captures the old-fashioned county fair atmosphere.
Music lovers can enjoy the Tulsa Opera and other symphonic experiences.
The River Parks line the east and west sides of the Arkansas River and offer jogging and bicycling trails, picnic tables and beautiful scenery. Mohawk Park, located at 36th Street North, has 2,800 acres of natural woodland and is the home of the Tulsa Zoo. At 21st and South Peoria, Woodward Park has large wooded areas and a municipal rose garden. LaFortune Park, at 5501 S. Yale, is a 241-acre public recreation park with an Olympic-sized swimming pool, picnic grounds, playground and golf course. These are just a few of the more than 110 public parks in Tulsa.
Shopping centers close to campus include Walmart, The Plaza and the Riverwalk, which are a short distance away. Tulsa’s largest shopping center is Woodland Hills Mall at 71st and Memorial. Tulsa Hills (71st and Highway 75), Tulsa Promenade (41st and Yale), Utica Square (21st and Utica), the Farm (51st and Sheridan) and Fontana Shopping Center (51st and Memorial) are other area complexes offering a wide range of department stores and specialty shops.
Opportunities to enjoy the theatre include the American Indian Theater Company; the American Theatre Company; Broken Arrow Playhouse; Theatre North; Theatre Tulsa; Tulsa Alliance for Classical Theatre; and Discoveryland Amphitheatre, open June through mid-August performing the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Oklahoma!