It’s Friday night. All the homework is done, theoretically, and it’s time to socialize. Unfortunately, some places are over-priced, but touring Tulsa doesn’t have to break the budget. There are many fun— and cheap— places to visit in Tulsa.
Free Concert at The Gathering Place
The Gathering Place, located along Riverside Drive, has been under construction since 2014 and will open on Sept. 8. The grand opening includes a free concert featuring The Roots from The Tonight Show, Kirk Franklin and A Tribe called Red, among others. The park will have multiple playgrounds for visitors to enjoy, a skate park, a walking and biking trail, gardens and more.
Swing Dancing for $5
The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate is a non-profit organization that seeks to preserve and promote classical swing dancing. Every Saturday they offer a student discount of $5 for swing dancing, including a beginner’s lesson that starts at 7 p.m. The floor opens for dancing at 7:30 p.m.
In the heart of Tulsa, the Philbrook Museum of Art attracts visitors from around the world. With a student ID, college students enjoy works from the medieval, baroque, renaissance and modern period—entirely free. Annually, 160,000 people wander around the gardens to enjoy what House Beautiful magazine deemed “the most beautiful place in Oklahoma.”
Visit AHHA Tulsa, Wednesday through Sunday, for an immersive art experience. For $8.95, students gain access to The Experience, a series of interactive art exhibits, along with a full art studio where visitors can create their own masterpieces to take home.
Discount Food and Coffee
Coffee shops and good eats are scattered around Tulsa, some of which have hourly and weekly deals. 918 Coffee on 11th Street offers five percent off for students, 25 cents off for people who bring a travel mug and another five percent off for people who follow their Facebook. Foolish Things Coffee Company on Main Street has a 10 percent discount for all students. Starbucks has a happy hour starting at 3 p.m. every Thursday, offering various discounts.
The restaurant Village Inn hosts Free Pie Wednesday weekly from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. An individual can buy a cup of coffee, a scoop of ice cream or an entrée in order to get a piece of free pie! For the night owls, Bricktown Brewery offers a five dollar menu after 9 p.m., or check out IHOP, which is open 24/7 and offers a “2 x 2 x 2” special for $3.99.
Music and Fitness at the Guthrie Green
Guthrie Green lies in the center of downtown Tulsa encircled by local restaurants and shops. Every Sunday night, Guthrie Green hosts free concerts from 2:30 p.m to 6:30 p.m. They also offer free fitness classes five nights a week. Classes include boot camp, Zumba, yoga and more.
Circle Cinema is “Tulsa’s oldest-standing movie theatre,” according to the theatre’s website. Tickets are only two dollars for students on Tuesdays. The non-profit and historic art-house theatre shows classics, independent films, silent films and live performances.
Keystone State Park
When looking for a natural escape— other than Turkey Mountain—one can check out Keystone State Park. Forty minutes away from ORU, the park has 500-year-old cedar trees and many hiking trails and opportunities to see wildlife. One can also go swimming, boating and fishing on the vast Keystone Lake. The gates are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and until 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
25 Percent off Theatre Tulsa
Theatre Tulsa is the seventh oldest local theatre still entertaining in the United States. Use the discount code “OKTOURISM” to purchase tickets and get 25 percent off any time.
Upcoming Theatre Tulsa performances include: Barnum, the true-life story of the Greatest Showman, Beauty and the Beast and My Fair Lady.