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Tulsa has a diverse range of attractions and activities that make it ideal for a family visit. National touring exhibitions can be seen at the Philbrook Museum of Art ( http://philbrook.org ), which has been featured on the television program America's Castles. Don’t miss exploring the newly renovated English Gardens, a multi-million-dollar project. The museum runs a series  of excellent programs for children aged from 6 to12 years. 3 to 5 year-olds can also attend if accompanied by an adult. No pre-registration is required. This is a great place for the whole family to spend a day.

During summer months, Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical, Oklahoma!, is performed at the Discoveryland amphitheater ( http://www.discoverylandusa.com ) where cowboys race on stage astride real ponies and a barbecue dinner and roping lessons add to the evening's entertainment. Outdoor performances tell the timeless story filled with laughter, romance and drama as cowboys and ranchers settle Oklahoma’s wide open spaces. Before the shows you can chow down at the cattleman’s ranch dinner, ride a pony, watch Native American dancing, or visit the Indian trading post where you’ll find Native American art, beadwork, crafts and jewelry. It’s fun for the whole family, and children with a parent get in free.

To see some great examples of western art pay a visit to the Gilcrease Museum ( http://gilcrease.utulsa.edu/ ). Here you can discover much  about the American West in the galleries and archives of the museum, and explore 23 acres of gardens with historical themes and sculptures that enhance the museum’s collections. The museum organizes an excellent series of family friendly programs  throughout the year, check the website for dates and details.

For an underwater family adventure check out the Oklahoma Aquarium ( http://www.okaquarium.org ) in Jenks. This is a great place for  kids who will marvel at the magnificent display of color and mystery of the over 200 exhibits housed in the aquarium, containing several thousand animals from around the world. Look out for the Finding Nemo exhibit where children can point out their favorite  characters from the movie, and the shark exhibits, coral reefs, and a special look at the fish native to Oklahoma. If you are keen on fishing, take a look at the exhibits in the unique National Fishing Tackle Museum featuring a $4 million antique collection  of fishing memorabilia.

Most kids get excited about visiting and exploring zoos and Tulsa Zoo ( http://www.tulsazoo.org/ )
is one of the best. The Tulsa  Zoo and Living Museum is located on 78 acres within Mohawk Park, which is the third largest municipal park in the United States. Nearly 1,500 animals (436 species) are on exhibit, many of them rare and endangered, and with fantastic exhibits such as the  Rain Forest, Siamang Island, North American Living Museum, Elephant Encounter and a new penguin exhibit, the Tulsa Zoo is a great place to be with the family. Gift shops, restaurants, a conservation center, and train rides help make the Tulsa Zoo a perfect  all-day adventure for mom and dad as well as the kids.

Tulsa Air and Space Museum
The educational and fascinating Tulsa Air and Space Museum is dedicated to preserving not just general aviation but Tulsa’s rich aviation history. Exhibits include an F-14 Tomcat, Bell 47-K helicopter, shuttle launch cockpit simulator, wind tunnel, and airplane simulators. Enjoy the computer-simulation lab and view several rare airplanes, including the Spartan C-3 biplane built in Tulsa in 1930 and purchased by W.G. Skelly when he began Spartan Aircraft Co.
visit Tulsa Air and Space Museum at : http://www.tulsaairandspacemuseum.org
The Big Splash Waterpark ( http://www.bigsplashwaterpark.com ) is the place for the kids to cool off and have fun in the sun. Here you will find seven-story-tall water slides, wave pool, float ride and a children’s pool.

At the All Star Sports Complex ( http://allstarsportscomplex.com ) the kids get to slug it out in the batting cages,  tee up at miniature golf, or give their thumbs a workout in the video arcade. Baseball lessons and camps are also available here.

The Celebration Station ( http://www.celebrationstation.com/ ) is the place for families to race in go-carts, smash into bumper  boats, and have a round of miniature golf. A ’50s-style diner and video arcade help keep the whole family happy.

At the Oxley Nature Center ( http://www.oxleynaturecenter.org/ ) the whole family can get up close and personal with nature on  the trails that wind through this 800-acre wildlife sanctuary. The visitor center has hands-on exhibits of area plants and wildlife and guided tours are available by appointment.

Recommended Restaurant

Incredible Pizza Company

This is a place to have lots of fun as well as to eat cheaply. There are four large dining areas and the restaurant features an all-you-can-eat buffet with a choice of Pizzas, Pastas, Salads, Potato Bar, Ice Cream and Dessert Bar. The play  areas include go-karts with actual races, soft-tube type bumper cars, miniature golf course, a discovery zone and arcade games.

Recommended Place to Stay

Tulsa Marriott Southern Hills

This is a comfortable hotel ideally located to visit all the attractions in Tulsa and the surrounding area.

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