2445 South Peoria Ave
Link: Tulsa Historical Society
300 Aquarium Drive
Link: Oklahoma Aquarium
2727 South Rockford Road
1400 North Gilcrease Museum Road
6421 East 36th Street North
Link: Tulsa Zoo
Whether you're coming in town just for a visit or you never left, here are just a few suggestions as to how you might spend a Saturday in Tulsa.
If you're wanting to take a chance on running into one of your former classmates, begin your Saturday morning at Brookside by Day (known as BBD by locales) for a hearty breakfast and strong cup of coffee. Get there early enough and you might nab one of the tables out front. Then head out to the Tulsa Flea Market. It's still at the fairgrounds and still one of the best places to find anything from books to plants to collectibles to plain ole junk.
Or if a cup of coffee is all you need to get going in the morning, grab one at Starbuck's at Utica Square. Just across the street is Queenie's where they say the homemake granola is to "die for" The shopping at Utica Square is better than ever. You'll find Saks Fifth Avenue, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Talbot's, Williams Sonoma, and more.
If your idea of a Saturday well spent is to explore the nook and crannies of an antique store, or escape behind the walls of an art gallery or discover the latest trends in home decor, visit Cherry Street (15th Street between Utica and Peoria). You'll find upscale offerings at T.A. Lorton, Cisar Holt, Robert's and Embellishments; and P.S. Gordon originals at Joseph Gierek's. There are great places to have lunch on Cherry Street too...Panera Bread Company, Jason's Deli, Chimi's Mexican Food, Camille's Sidewalk Cafe, Doe's, Palace Cafe, and more.
If collectibles and American antiques are more your thing, head south for Jenks. Main Street is lined with one shop after another. Poke your head into Paradise Found, Abbey Road and American Heritage. There are at least two excellent Antique Malls in the town of Jenks where you are sure to find something you can not live without.
After all that walking, you'll want to stop at Los Cabos Mexican Grill and Cantina at the Riverwalk just north of the bridge that crosses the Arkansas River in Jenks. Ask for a seat on the patio, have a margarita and watch the people go by. Or, if you find yourself in Jenks earlier in the day, stop by for lunch. Their chips and salsa are the best.
Of course, for nostalgic reasons, you must cruise Brookside. Even though you won't find Pennington's down on Peoria Avenue any more, you'll discover plenty of other interesting restaurants, bars and boutiques to while away an afternoon. There's the cabana at Cafe Ole...a great place to try some New Mexican cuisine. If you're looking for the familiar, Weber's and Claud's are still turning out some of the best burgers and fries in Tulsa. Crow's Creek is a haven for biker's, and Sonic is the place to spot a '67 Mustang, a '67 Camero or maybe even a '67 396-Malibu Super Sport at the end of the day.
As far as shopping in Brookside goes, take a peek at the contemporary furnishings found at SR Hughes. It may inspire you to dump all of your old stuff and start over. Head south and you'll run into Starbuck's. In between there's window shopping galore offering unique fashions for men, women and children. (There's even a doggy boutique.)
So, enjoy your day in Tulsa!