Explore The Gathering Place
Drive less than four hours west from Springfield, and you’ll find yourself inside the heart of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and at The Gathering Place, which was voted USA Today’s Best New Attraction in 2019.
The Gathering Place (2650 S. John Williams Way, Tulsa, 918-779-1000) is a free attraction with something for everyone, including the 5-acre Chapman Adventure Playground with its slides, climbing attractions and water features.
For the adults, The Gathering Place has many opportunities to relax. Stroll amongst towering rock formations or the wetlands garden or lounge on Willow Beach or the Great Lawn. For adventure, visit the skatepark with a BMX Pump track. Rent a canoe, kayak or paddleboat at ONEOK Boathouse, where rentals are free, and canoes feature local artwork. In fact, the park features many works of art with more to come. World-renowned artist Mark Dion created the “Cabinet of Wonder” located in the ONEOK Boathouse. The collection features more than a million artifacts that represent Tulsa.
Once you’ve worked up a sweat, visit the two dining options inside the park’s Williams Lodge. The Patio has quick service dining and outdoor seating while The Redbud Cafe offers gourmet snacks, ice cream and coffee, or house-made sweets.