Uncovering Oklahoma showcases many great places and things to do around Tulsa with friends, but how date worthy are the places? Here on this page are a collection of suggestions for various fantastic local dates you can only have in Tulsa or surrounding towns. Young or old, straight or gay, romantic or fun, first date or long time married – there are ideas for all kinds of couples and types of dates. This isn’t a laundry list of places – it’s a thoughtful collection of eateries, activities, and options with remarks about what special characteristic makes it a good date choice.
“Start with a cocktail at one of the patios or bars in the area. The various art venues open at 6 and usually run through 9 pm. Throughout the evening, one can experience the different venues while enjoying dinner before, during or after the exhibit show times.”On the first Friday of the month, the Brady Arts District hosts its First Friday Art Crawl. Visit local galleries, studios, and businesses displaying local artists and musical acts. Couples can also experience glass blowing, pottery, even chocolate making. Arrive early and stay late to enjoy the art venues as well as the restaurants, clubs, and retail businesses in the Brady Arts District.
“The Art Crawl can be a perfect date night,” said President of the Brady Arts District Business Association, Bob Fleischman. “Start with a cocktail at one of the patios or bars in the area. The various art venues open at 6 and usually run through 9 pm. Throughout the evening, one can experience the different venues while enjoying dinner before, during or after the exhibit show times. Finish with a night with dancing, bar hopping or a stroll through the new Guthrie Green park space.”
The Art Crawl runs 12 months of the year. The only occasional change of date will be if there is a holiday in conflict with the First Friday.
303 N. Cincinnati Ave., Tulsa
Fun Tip: Look closely at the clouds.Voted Tulsa’s most romantic Coffee House & Tea Room, located in Tulsa’s Old Town, in the Historic Brady Arts District, Gypsy Coffee House and Cyber Café has several comfortable seating areas, board games, music, fireplace, Tulsa’s largest selection of loose leaf and bagged teas, fine deli foods and desserts galore, and the longest all original open mic in the state every Tuesday night.
19 E. Brady St., Tulsa
“Anyone can do it,” said Janet Duvall the Executive Director of the Tulsa Glassblowing School. “It is hot so you’ll have to be prepared for that. We have all types of people and all age groups learning how to blow glass and appreciate the art form.”
Glass Experiences (one time opportunities to create an art piece out of molten glass) range in price from $25 to $95 and are a fun activity to do together. You can catch a free demonstration during the First Friday Art Crawl.
15 E. Brady St., Tulsa
Want to really impress your date? Instead of just bringing them chocolates, take them to Glacier Confection, one of the best artisan chocolateries in the state of Oklahoma. Here owner and master chocolate craftsman, Bill Copeland, hand makes Belgian delights that are as amazing to look at as they are to eat. First time visitors are often treated to a truffle or two, after which you will wonder how you ever lived without their delectable Blood Orange & Wild Honey or the Mediterranean Sea Salt Caramel. True chocoholics will be interested in the rare, single origin chocolates available.
Part of the Brady Arts District, they take part in the monthly Art Crawls on the First Friday of each month, and they’re only a short walk to Guthrie Green.
328 E. 1st St., Tulsa
The Comedy Parlor presents the best in local improv, sketch, and stand-up comedy. Regular shows run between Thursday through Sunday.
502 E 3rd St, Tulsa
Dwelling Spaces is a fun coffee shop with unique products. While you and your date enjoy a drink, browse the one-of-a-kind items sure to bring smiles and conversations. Then afterwards, take a walk around the Tulsa Boxyard.
211 S Elgin Ave., Tulsa
Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge is an 8-lane bowling alley in the heart of Tulsa’s Blue Dome District. The 8,000 square foot facility, which includes a lounge, full-service bar, patio and private VIP room with two lanes, is a retro-inspired tribute to the classic bowling alleys of the 1970s.
1301 E. 15th Street, Tulsa
Blogger, Tasha Does Tulsa, says “Palace Cafe offers the most romantic dining atmosphere in Tulsa, hands down.” See for yourself and find out more at the Palace Cafe’s web site.
2 South Boston Avenue, Tulsa
The Tulsa Center of the Universe is a worn concrete circle, approximately thirty inches in diameter, within the middle of another circle made up of thirteen bricks. Overall, the center is a little more than eight feet in diameter. When a person stands in the center, whatever they say they will hear it echo while everyone around won’t hear the echo. Of course, the effect works best when there are no trains. The Center of the Universe a fun stop if you’re on a date in Downtown Tulsa.
To find this oddity in downtown Tulsa, go to the pedestrian overpass along Boston Ave between 1st and Archer street. Coming from either side of this railroad overpass, you can follow a brick path that goes to a brick circle that is located directly over the tracks. The closest address is 50 S. Boston Ave.
This oddity is home to an insane summer festival. The Center of the Universe Festival is a weekend full of bands sure to satisfy any musical craving. For information on this year’s festival, visit centeroftheuniversefestival.com
111 E. Brady St., Tulsa
Located in the heart of the Brady Arts District, this industrial square block was transformed from an old freight yard to an inviting green space.
Guthrie Green is a community town square to celebrate the performing arts. It is a source of health and wellness, ecological awareness, and joyous appreciation of the arts according to their web site.
The greatest feature of the park are the many events it hosts that are free and open to the public, such as concerts, movies, fitness classes, and markets.
Lucky’s on the Green features a unique variety of international flavors. Lucky’s serves lunch, dinner, and confections during regular park hours and special events. Beer, wine, and cocktails are also sold.
12 S. Lewis, Tulsa
The Circle Cinema is Tulsa’s independent and non-profit art-house movie theatre, showing independent, foreign, and documentary films. Their mission is to use film to foster understanding and appreciation of the diversity of the human experience, and create community among the viewers in the restored historic Circle Cinema.
“The Circle Cinema is an authentic place to come watch an interesting, thought provoking, entertaining film,” said Chuck Foxen. “I think the Circle Cinema is a great place to bring a date. It’s a locally owned and operated company, non-commercial, and an intimate charming place.”
6421 E. 36th St N., Tulsa
Journey to the Tulsa Zoo for a worldwide animal adventure. Spanning 84 landscaped acres with 2,500 animals, you’ll both have a fun time together watching the sea lions playing, the elephants performing, chatting with the otters, riding the tram, and talking about your experience over a meal at the Macaw Landing Grille. Don’t forget to buy a “zoovenir.”
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive, Tulsa, OK 74127
Go explore the Cross Timbers Trail for a striking mosaic where the eastern hardwood forests meet the western prairies. Walk through the Tandy Floral Terraces signature floral display with seasonal color and year-round interest. While the Tulsa Botanic Garden may still be growing, the collection of bulbs, picturesque scenes, and trails already make it worthy for a date idea.
1302 E 6th St, Tulsa
The Phoenix serves up sandwiches, pastries, teas, cocktails and beer, and fresh baked bread in a place that is simply cool. The Phoenix also has a “hidden” library, which, while not TOO hard to find, is used for events or you can use it to have an icebreaker discussion about books with your date.
7355 E. Easton Steet, Tulsa
While the number of drive-in movie theaters have declined, there’s still some other there. The Admiral Twin Drive-In is a rare drive-in theater with two separate 9-story tall screens, showing a double feature every evening during their movie season. The audio for the movies is broadcast through an FM transmitter and you must have an FM radio in order to hear the movies. They highly recommend bringing a portable radio to hear the movie. If you are going to use your car stereo, be sure that your car battery is strong enough to power your radio throughout the show. They do offer jump-starts, but that would ruin the date night.
2424 E. 21st Steet, Tulsa
With over 26 miles of paved trails, the River Parks have activities for the young and old alike. Eat along the river at Blue Rose Cafe, Elwoods, Waterfront Grill, and more. River Parks is home to the city’s largest collection of outdoor wildlife bronze sculptures, making it a fun bike adventure date.
401 E. Broadway Court, Sand Springs
SKATES offers Tulsa’s largest maple wood skating surface at 165×75 feet and houses a 630 square foot arcade. When you two are not staking or play games, stop at the snack bar for drinks, snacks, and hot food.
300 Aquarium Drive, Jenks
The Oklahoma Aquarium is famously known for being the home to the largest bull sharks in captivity, seen through a unique tunnel and dome. The aquarium also has hundreds of other fish, interactive touch stations, and feed tanks. With all of the interactives and photo ops, its worth the addmission price for a memorable date.