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Tulsa Weekend Tour
Northeast Oklahoma Towns at Their Best
Discover the culture and history of Tulsa and the surrounding communities, and the natural beauty of northeastern Oklahoma. Explore many festivals, museums, and parks of communities like Broken Arrow, Coweta, and Muskogee.
Oklahoma’s second largest city, Tulsa – known as the Oil Capital of the World – may now be the cultural capital of the Sooner State. Also set on the road trip mecca that is Route 66, the Tulsa area also acts as an epicenter to the many fascinating, surrounding communities.
Home to the University of Tulsa, T-town is busting with cultural sites, pro sports, and American history – all and all a great place to explore.
Tulsa features fantastic museums and cultural sites ranging from the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art to the famed Golden Driller. Be sure to check out the Gilcrease Museum, the Philbrook Museum of Art, and the beautiful Blue Dome District.
Other cultural attractions in T-town include performances at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, exhibits Tulsa Air & Space Museum & Planetarium, the Tulsa Ballet, the Tulsa Opera, and the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra.
Tula is a pretty festive town, and features a pretty packed event calendar. Check out the 10-day Tulsa State Fair in September, the Blue Dome Arts Festival in May, the Tulsa Oktoberfest, and the ChristKindlMarkt.
A music-centric town, Tulsa offers festivals like Wunderfest at River West Festival Park, the Free Tulsa Music Festival, and the Tulsa Overground Film & Music Festival.
With over 6,000 acres of parkland spread over 135 parks, it’s hard to know where to start with outdoor fun in Tulsa.
You can first head for the massive Mohawk Park and its Oxley Nature Center, or check out the 45-acre Woodward Park, or the stunning Tulsa Municipal Rose Garden and Linnaeus Teaching Gardens.
Tulsa’s position on the Arkansas River makes for more fantastic outdoor activities. Explore the Tulsa River Parks, and the River Parks Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area.
Found 15 miles southeast of downtown Tulsa, Broken Arrow is not only T-town’s largest suburb, but also the fourth largest city in Oklahoma – and a pretty historic city to boot.
For those interested in Old West and American Indian history, check out The Museum Broken Arrow – accompanied by the "Made in Oklahoma" gift shop. Exhibits include “Cotton Gins & Cotton Jubilee,” “Childers Cabin,” and the “Muscogee Creek Tribal Exhibit.”
Other fun stops in Broken Arrow include the Persimmon Hollow Village (historic living museum), the Military History Center (in the Rose District), and Aces Alley (flight simulators).
There are so many events happening in Broken Bow, there’s a good chance you’ll catch one when driving through. Shoot for the Rose District Farmers Market from April through September, the Rooster Days Festival in May, and Fall Fest at Flyin' W Ranch in November.
Broken Arrow is a golfer’s town. Public golf courses in Broken Arrow include the BA Family Golf Center, the 18-hole Battle Creek Golf Club near the Bass Pro Shop, and the semi-private Forest Ridge Golf Club.
Other courses in Broken Arrow include the BA Golf & Athletic Club, Cedar Ridge Country Club, the Golf Club of Oklahoma, and the Club at Indian Springs.
About 25 miles southeast of downtown Tulsa, Coweta is another historical town in northeastern Oklahoma.
Coweta offers a couple of historic sites to check out – both found on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Be sure to see the 1907 First Presbyterian Church – today known to visitors as the Mission Bell Museum. Next, stroll the Koweta Mission Site on a sunny day in Coweta.
If you happen to miss the last night of the fair (Tulsa Fair, we mean), don’t fret – Coweta offers plenty of year-round events. Check out the festivities at the Coweta Autumn Fest & Car Show, the Coweta Patriotic Festival, and the Music in the Park series.
A unique attraction, the Coweta Archery Park is open daily from sunrise to sunset at the Coweta Sports Complex. Free to the public, the Archery Park boasts 12 archery lanes and 24 targets.
Other outdoors spots in Coweta include Roland Park and Graham Park (ideal for a picnic lunch), plus the Coweta Baseball Fields and Club, and the Jimmy Lee Campbell Memorial Park.
Home to Bacone College and film site of 1951’s Jim Thorpe, All American, Muskogee is set about 50 miles from central Tulsa.
The Castle of Muskogee is a 37,000-square-foot castle (yeah, castle) found within a 60-acre Renaissance-era village.
The castle hosts the Oklahoma Renaissance Festival every weekend in May, and the annual Halloween Festival every Friday and Saturday of October – along with Boare’s Heade Feaste in November and Castle Christmas events from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve.
The museums of Muskogee – all six of them – are also a sight to see. Your first stop is the Five Civilized Tribes Museum, followed by the Three Rivers Museum, and the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.
Explore more history of Muskogee and northeastern Oklahoma at the Ataloa Lodge Museum, the 1898 Thomas-Foreman Historic Home, and the U.S.S. Batfish & War Memorial Park.
Though a historic city, Muskogee offers plenty of outdoor activity thanks to its location at the confluence of the Arkansas, Grand, and Verdigris rivers. Trails in town include the three-mile Centennial Trail looping the Love-Hatbox Sports Complex, and Centennial Trail South leading to downtown Muskogee.
You can also find the Honor Heights Park – home of the Azalea Festival and winter’s Garden of Lights, plus to the Henry Bresser Nature Trail and Audubon Trail.