Luxury Wyndham Hotel with Indoor Water Play Land
The Wyndham Tulsa—an elegant hotel conveniently located in southeast Tulsa—holds the distinction of having one of the city’s only indoor water play lands. At Leapin’ Louie’s Lagoon, kids can glide down water slides, cross a rope bridge, and fire mounted water cannons.
When you’re finished splashing, retire to a newly renovated guest room with a flat-screen TV and free WiFi. Or you can head to the onsite restaurants for a bite to eat. Beechwood’s Restaurant serves laid-back American breakfast and lunch buffets, and Mulligan’s Sports and Spirits stays open until 1 a.m. If you’re flying into Tulsa International Airport, the hotel provides a complimentary shuttle.
Tulsa, Oklahoma: Renowned Art-Deco Architecture and World-Class Art Museums
As oil poured out of Tulsa in the early 20th century, wealth poured in— and the city’s skyline still reflects that prosperity. Downtown Tulsa is peppered with buildings that emulate the French art-deco style of architecture that swept the nation in the 1920s. One notable structure is the 72-room mansion of petroleum producer Waite Phillips, which he donated to the city in 1938. It’s now the Philbrook Museum of Art, home to an eclectic collection of works by artists ranging from Pablo Picasso to Giovanni Bellini.
Tulsa has a prime location along the banks of the Arkansas River. Its River Parks system offers 26 miles of paved riverfront trails that wind past playgrounds, sculptures, and fountains. North of the river are the Brady Arts District and Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa’s legendary dance-hall-turned-music-venue. Cain’s rose to fame as the favored spot of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, who pioneered the musical genre of western swing in the late 1930s.
A touch of the cowboy era lingers at the Gilcrease Museum, a University of Tulsa institution that displays paintings by Frederic Remington depicting the Wild West. Tucked into the Osage Hills on the outskirts of town, the museum also helps preserve Native American art and artifacts.