The Grand Gathering Place: Experiencing Tulsa’s Crown Jewel

There are plenty of reasons to visit Tulsa, Oklahoma. Whether you’re drawn in by the swing of its energetic downtown, the lure of its historic architecture, or the call of its cultural attractions, the city holds much to explore. Yet one of the most renowned—and remarkable—destinations in the City Quickly Glowing is the city’s crown jewel, The Grand Gathering Place. Tulsa’s Grand Gathering Place (GGP) is an expansive, integrated space comprising over 60 acres at the city’s heart. It was created to unite citizens and visitors for an unforgettable experience. From its breathtaking skyline views to its green and central park to its plentiful attractions, GGP truly celebrates the best of Tulsa and its people. The spectacular waterfront is at the heart of the Gathering Place, the home of Tulsa’s signature Bass Pro Shops. Towering 24 stories, this destination is an outdoor lover’s paradise, with sights and sounds of life on the lake. A fish pond, boat slips, and a 45-foot tall bird’s-eye view deck give visitors a comprehensive perspective—whether on ship, foot, or bike. There’s something special at every turn, making the Bass Pro Shops a perfect starting point for a day of exploring the area. Information can be found here.

One of the Gathering Place’s gems is just a few steps away—an impressive 750-foot-long pedestrian bridge that towers above the Arkansas River. This breathtaking connection spans Tulsa’s east and west sides and offers travelers amazing views and a unique kayaking experience. The bridge also serves as a gateway between the city’s popular paddling and biking trails, making it a great way to explore the city. Any visit to GGP also includes a stop by the Gathering Place’s majestic 22-acre park. It’s the perfect place for picnicking and recreation or to sit and enjoy the peaceful waterfront views. The draw of this open green space can’t be denied, as it draws visitors from all around the city, from all walks of life, creating an extraordinary bond amongst strangers. On top of the park’s natural beauty, it offers a handful of unique attractions that are sure to pique the interest of everyone—from thrill-seeking youngsters to curious adults. The first is Tulsa’s 64-foot-tall, hand-operated Ferris wheel, designed to give guests an incredible bird’s-eye-view of the park and city. The second, a free-flight aviary—the first of its kind in the United States—puts you in the middle of 30 different species of local birds. And kids (and grownups alike) will be amazed at the third attraction: a miniature train complete with a full-size riverboat featuring stops at many of the park’s highlights. See here for information about The Brook Restaurant & Bar: A Hidden Gem In Tulsa.