Luxury Hotel with Indoor Water Playland
The Wyndham Tulsa, an elegant hotel conveniently located in southeast 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.
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.
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.
- Classic artwork in a mansion: the 72-room mansion of petroleum producer Waite Phillips was 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.
- Parks along the Arkansas River: The River Parks system offers 26 miles of paved riverfront trails that wind past playgrounds, sculptures, and fountains.
- Cain's Ballroom, Tulsa's legendary dance-hall-turned-music-venue, 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.
- For Wild West history: head to 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.