Tulsa-Area Attractions Announce Re-opening Plans
As information becomes available about local attractions’ re-opening plans for Summer 2020, we will post updates here. Please keep in mind that this is a work in progress, and details could change at any time. Please check each organization’s website before planning a visit.
Many organizations are taking extra precautions at this time to ensure the safety of their guests and staff. Visit their websites or social media accounts for additional details.
101 E. Archer St.
Hours: Open Date TBD
While ahha Tulsa will remain closed for the month of June, the organization is still offering virtual fun, including: distance-learning education resources (ahhatulsa.org/distance-learning-arts-education-resources), art challenges and project prompts (ahhatulsa.org/social-distance-studio), and even virtual summer camp for K-12 students (ahhatulsa.org/creative-camps).
560 N. Maybelle Ave.
Hours: Open Date TBD
Discovery Lab will remain closed through June. However, Discovery Lab is offering virtual camps throughout the summer that are fun, educational and suitable for a variety of ages and interests. Discovery Lab’s themed camps can be self-paced or educator-led via Zoom. For more information, go to discoverylab.org/camps.
2600 S. Riverside Dr.
Hours: Monday – Sunday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Gathering Place plans to begin its reopening process on May 25. According to gatheringplace.org, “This first phase will include the reopening of all major pathways, lawns and trails as well as Skate Park and BMX Pump Track. For the safety of our guests and to ensure social distancing, The Lodge, Boathouse, Adventure Playground and Sports Courts will remain temporarily closed.” Visitors are encouraged to wear masks, maintain social distancing and follow good hygienic practices. For updates, follow Gathering Place on social media or visit gatheringplace.org/covid19.
1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Rd.
Hours: Monday – Sunday 6 a.m.-11 p.m. (Gardens)
The Gardens at Gilcrease Museum and neighboring Stuart Park are open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Admission is free, and kids will enjoy searching for sculpture and seeing some natural beauty! Follow @gilcreasemuseum on Facebook for updates about the museum’s re-opening plans.
160 Ancient Forest Dr., Sand Springs
Hours: Open select days only. Find schedule at sandspringsok.org.
Keystone Ancient Forest will reopen for its open hike days on June 6. The facility is currently constructing a new Visitors Center as well.
307 E. Reconciliation Way
Hours: Opening Date TBD
While Living Arts remains temporarily closed, they are bringing families fun ideas for stay-home activities as well as virtual events every Monday through Saturday throughout June. Learn more at livingarts.org.
300 Aquarium Dr., Jenks
Hours: Monday – Sunday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
The Oklahoma Aquarium is open! To help keep visitors and staff safe, the Aquarium will be monitoring the number of visitors to the facility; however, guests do not need to purchase tickets in advance. If you wish to avoid crowds, the Aquarium advises that it might be better to go in the evening. When you visit, make sure to see their newest exhibit, The Secret World of the Octopus, featuring one of the Aquarium’s most popular residents, the giant Pacific octopus! Go to okaquarium.org for more details.
6700 Mohawk Blvd.
Hours: Gate and Parking lot are open Monday – Sunday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Oxley Nature Center features multiple family friendly trails. Don’t miss Saturday Morning Birding on June 6 and 13 at 8 a.m., or the Botany Walk on Saturday, June 27, starting at 10:30 a.m. Oxley Nature Center has a wonderful Visitors Center as well, which closed temporarily due to COVID-19. oxleynaturecenter.org
2727 S. Rockford Rd.
Wednesday – Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fridays, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Philbrook is is planning to re-open its gardens to members on June 6, and to the general public on June 17. There will be timed entry and limited admission. Interior spaces of the museum will open incrementally, dates TBD. Follow Philbrook on social media or visit philbrook.org for updates.
2021 E. 71st St.
Monday – Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, 12-5 p.m.
Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art will re-open to regular hours on June 15.
3624 N. 74th E. Ave.
Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Celebrate Oklahoma’s aerospace heritage when The Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium reopens with an exclusive Members-Only Launch on Monday, June 1, 2020; and opens to the public on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Hours of operations are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday (closed on Saturday and Sunday).
3900 Tulsa Botanic Dr.
Hours: Monday – Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tulsa Botanic Garden will re-open to the public on June 1. Members can enjoy advance registration from May 21-31. There will be limited capacity, and tickets must be purchased in advance. Tulsa Botanic Garden is located northwest of downtown Tulsa and offers a chance to enjoy natural beauty outdoors. Children will especially love the Children’s Discovery Garden, complete with Tulsa Botanic Garden’s iconic Spring Giant and other wildlife statues. tulsabotanic.org
Tulsa City Parks are open, although community centers and playgrounds may remain closed. Also, the 2020 swimming season has been canceled.
Tulsa County Parks, including LaFortune Park, Chandler Park, Bixby Community Center, Haikey Creek Park, O’Brien Park and SoCo Rec Center are open, although community centers may remain closed. Follow The Parks of Tulsa County on Facebook for updates about pool openings, etc. The tentative plan is to open pools on May 30. parks.tulsacounty.org
6421 E. 36th St. N.
Hours: Monday – Sunday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Last entry is at 3 p.m.)
The Tulsa Zoo is reopening to the public on June 1. Members can enjoy a special members-only week beginning May 25. Tickets must be purchased in advance at tulsazoo.org/tickets, with guests able to reserve a three-hour time slot. This will allow the Zoo to monitor the number of guests on-site at any time. According to Tulsa Zoo President and CEO Terrie Correll, “With more than 4.9 miles of public pathways across an 84-acre campus, the Tulsa Zoo is uniquely positioned to provide fun family entertainment with minimal touchpoints and maximum social distancing opportunities.” Learn more at tulsazoo.org/health.
Will Rogers Memorial Museums
Will Rogers Memorial Museum: 1720 W. Will Rogers Blvd., Claremore
Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch: 9501 E. 380 Rd., Oologah
Hours: Open Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore and the Birthplace Ranch in Oologah are preparing to reopen June 1
after being closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Special sanitation measures will be taken for the reopening, said Tad Jones, Museums executive director. The Children’s Museum will remain closed, he said.
Although the Museums will be open to visitors, all Oklahoma Historical Society-sponsored events have been cancelled or postponed through July 31.
For those unable to personally come to the Memorial or Birthplace Ranch, visits to galleries and the house where Will was born are accessible through Will Rogers Memorial Museum Facebook with 60-second presentations by Andy Hogan, Will Rogers interpreter and Museum historical tour guide.
Also available on Facebook are educational activities and crafts by Stephanie Hunter, the Museums activities and education coordinator, and Hands on Historian volunteers.
Please see willrogers.com web page for plans and announcement of special events and information regarding entries in the second annual Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival surrounding the celebration of Will Rogers’ Birthday Nov. 4, 1879.
7021 S. Memorial Dr.
Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sunday, 12 – 6 p.m.
Woodland Hills Mall is open, and taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These include enhanced sanitation efforts, hand sanitizing stations, pre-emptive employee health screenings and more. Learn more at simon.com/healthandsafety.