Gathering Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Midway through my half Route 66 road trip from Chicago to the midpoint in Adrian, Texas, I hit a bit of a slump. I’d been driving for days, making so many stops, taking photos, self portraits, videos, and social media content. All I wanted was to spend some time in my amazing AirBNB and take it easy. I needed a moment to get out of the car, to breathe, to stretch my legs, to take a break. Luckily, I found the Gathering Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma and it was just the road trip stop I needed.

Gathering Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma - public park

The Gathering Place opened in Tulsa on September 8, 2018 as a place for as a “vibrant and inclusive space, where diverse communities could come together to explore, learn and play.”

The award-winning 66.5-acre park is located along the Arkansas River. It was created by the George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF) and designed by andscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh.

There is something for everyone to do at this Tulsa public park. For me, a simple walk through the trails was just what I needed. Surrounded by gardens, butterflies, and, yes, a banana-shaped slide, I took a couple of hours out of my busy itinerary to just relax.

But there are also opportunities for bird watching, scavenger hunts, sports, skateboarding, or running. There’s a mountain to play on and a beach to nap on. There are adventurous playgrounds, public art, a boathouse, and restaurants too.

Gathering Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma - public park
Gathering Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma - public park
Gathering Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma - public park
Gathering Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma - public park
Gathering Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma - public park
Gathering Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma - public park
Gathering Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma - public park
Gathering Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma - public park
Gathering Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma - public park
Gathering Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma - public park
Gathering Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma - public park
Gathering Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma - public park
Gathering Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma - public park
Gathering Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma - public park
Gathering Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma - public park
Gathering Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma - public park
Gathering Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma - public park
Gathering Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma - public park
Gathering Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma - public park
Gathering Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma - public park

While you’re visiting Tulsa be sure to also check out the Meadow Gold Sign, the Golden Driller, and the Woody Guthrie Mural.

Tulsa Gathering Place

Address: 2650 S John Williams Way East, Tulsa, OK 74114
Cost: Free
Hours: 9am-6pm, daily

Visit the park’s official website for up-to-date information on hours, closings, sites, events, and activities.

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The Gathering Place opened in Tulsa on September 8, 2018 as a place for as a "vibrant and inclusive space, where diverse communities could come together to explore, learn and play."  Enjoy nature walks, bird watching, scavenger hunts, sports, skateboarding, and running. There are adventurous playgrounds, public art, restaurants too.  #RoadTrips #RoadTripStop #Oklahoma #OklahomaRoadTrip #OklahomaRoadsideAttractions #RoadsideAttractions #RoadsideAttraction #RoadsideAmerica #RoadTrip
The Gathering Place opened in Tulsa on September 8, 2018 as a place for as a "vibrant and inclusive space, where diverse communities could come together to explore, learn and play."  Enjoy nature walks, bird watching, scavenger hunts, sports, skateboarding, and running. There are adventurous playgrounds, public art, restaurants too.  #RoadTrips #RoadTripStop #Oklahoma #OklahomaRoadTrip #OklahomaRoadsideAttractions #RoadsideAttractions #RoadsideAttraction #RoadsideAmerica #RoadTrip

VAL BROMANN

Founder & Head Road Tripper

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited hundreds roadside attractions across the United States and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!