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.
Date ideas are sorted in collections of districts, areas, or themes, making it easier to string together an itinerary. For example, start a date at a coffee shop and then walk across the street to the food truck park.
[pullquote-right]“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.”[/pullquote-right]On the first Friday of the month, the Tulsa 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 Tulsa Arts District.
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 Avenue, Tulsa
[pullquote-left]Fun Tip: Look closely at the clouds.[/pullquote-left]Voted Tulsa’s most romantic Coffee House & Tea Room, located in Tulsa’s Old Town, in the Historic Tulsa 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 Street, 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 Tulsa 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.
111 E. Brady St., Tulsa
Located in the heart of the Tulsa 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. 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.
114 South Elgin Avenue, Tulsa
Add The Max Retropub to your Blue Dome District date night itinerary. They got fun retro arcade games, cocktails, and all the retro jams. Plus, they host dance parties and gaming competitions. The retropub is 21 and older to enter.
211 South Elgin Avenue, 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.
222 East 1st Street, Tulsa
From ultimate dance remixes, big electro to house, drum n bass to classic hip hop and dubstep, Electric Circus is deceivingly housed in a complex of a bar/lounge and special event ballroom, with a common atrium hang-out area, all equipped with state-of-the-art sound and light systems, finished with a gold glitter floor, a vibrant wall mural, dancing tile and sleek black and gold lines. Visit Electric Circus to fill your night together with cutting-edge talent.
324 East 3rd Street, Tulsa
Using products sourced from Green Country, Juniper’s menu evolves with the changing seasons, with delicious plates with Italian, French, Spanish and American influences. The bar at Juniper is an innovation in mixology, utilizing infused vodkas and gins, flavored bitters and food highlights in cocktail drinks. Great place to impress a date.
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.
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.
1302 E. 6th Street, 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.
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.
1542 E. 15th Street, Tulsa
SMOKE. on Cherry Street features local farmers market ingredients, unique daily specials, and a constantly updated menu. SMOKE. also hosts a full-service bar, great selection of draft beers, and an impressive wine selection. They are confident that your dining experience with us will be a memorable one. For smokers, you can enjoy a fine cigar in their smoke lounge. For non-smokers with friends in the lounge, the ventilation system fully replenishes the air with one hundred percent outside air eight times an hour.
1311 E. 15th Street, Tulsa
Throughout Pierson’s multiple galleries, they exhibit and market paintings, baskets, ceramics, drawings, fine art prints, pottery, weavings, jewelry, bronzes and sculptures, by established and emerging artists of the Midwest and American West with special emphasis on the art of early historic pioneer artists of Oklahoma and art and artifacts of Native American Indians.
2504 Eeast 14th Place, Tulsa
Rabbit Hole Imporv presents the best in local improv, sketch, and stand-up comedy. Regular shows run between Thursday through Sunday.
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.”
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.
6421 E. 36th Street 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.”
7355 E. Easton Steet, Tulsa
While the number of drive-in movie theaters have declined, there’s still some out 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.
4501 West 41st Street, Tulsa
Proprietors, Sandi and Randy Dittmann, invite you to enjoy the beauty, history, and legends of Cedar Rock Inn. During their renovation, every effort was made to use recycled and native materials. The inn’s five suites include antique furnishings, full bathrooms, and expansive views of the property. Combining rustic luxury with modern amenities such as high-speed wireless internet access, Cedar Rock Inn is the perfect escape from reality. Couples can roam the property and enjoy the hiking trail, sitting by the pond and the many features of Cedar Rock Inn.
3450 South 137th West Avenue, Sand Springs
For a romantic weekend getaway, Meadowlake Ranch is located 15 minutes west of Downtown Tulsa in a private rural setting, just a short drive to dining, casinos, and entertainment yet a world away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Enjoy your stay in lodging such as their Lakeside Log Cabins with a two person whirlpool tub, full kitchen, fireplace, and private patio next to a spring-fed lake. Or sleep in an authentic Indian tipis with a chiminea and up to six fold-out sleeping cots. They are set near one another in a wooded setting by a waterfall. The private modern bathroom has a hot shower, toilet, and sink a few yards away.
A stay at Meadowlake includes the 3-H’s—Hiking, Horseshoes, and Hammocks. Their hiking trails feature jaw-dropping scenery and the hammocks are relaxing.
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.
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.