The Wyndham Tulsa, an elegant hotel conveniently located in southwest Tulsa, holds the distinction of having the only indoor water playland in the city. The playland is called Leapin' Louie's Lagoon, and it's filled with slides, a rope bridge, and mounted water cannons. Along with this indoor aquatic playground, there's an outdoor pool and whirlpool for cooling off in the dry Tulsa heat.
When you're finished splashing, you can head to the onsite restaurants for a bite to eat—either Beechwood's Restaurant, which serves a laid-back American breakfast and lunch buffet, or Mulligan's Sports and Spirits, which stays open until 1 a.m. At bedtime, retire to a newly renovated standard room and snuggle into one of the Wyndham's famed Sleep Number beds, which let you select your preferred level of mattress firmness and monster-under-the-bed protection.
Tulsa, Oklahoma: Former Oil Hub Revitalized by Arts and Parks
Set in the geographical heart of the country, Tulsa was once an oil-industry powerhouse. The boom days have waned, but the city’s oil wealth helped to establish world-class cultural institutions such as the Gilcrease Museum, which houses one of the largest collections of art and objects from the American west, and the Philbrook, a glorious 1920s villa filled with artwork from around the globe.
Tulsa also boasts a respectable nightlife. The Blue Dome District, once a gas station attracting Route 66 travelers, is home to casual watering holes where live music pours out into the street. Near downtown you’ll find the River Parks network of paved trails, sculpture parks, and playgrounds along the Arkansas River. Tulsa has 144 river trails and parks, including the 18-hole frisbee-golf course between 31st and 48th Streets, where you can “frolf” with friends or snap photos of birkenstocks in the wild.