Oklahoma has beautiful summers. Temperatures soar and if we’re lucky a lil’ rain will pour. Days where the sun is shining bright and the clouds are leisurely rolling by are plentiful here. Those wonderful days are best spent outdoors. So outdoors I went. I didn’t have enough time today to enjoy all the parks that Tulsa has to offer but I did manage to stop by three in my area. Swan Lake Park is tucked away in a quiet neighborhood in Midtown Tulsa between 21st street and 15th street. This is a small park compared to most but what it lacks in space it makes up for in class and polish. It has a beautiful pond in the center that’s home to swans, ducks and turtles. It’s a quaint location if you’re looking to get away and get a moment of peace. Woodward Park near Brookside was my second stop. Woodward Park is a beautiful space filled with flowers, pathways, trees, a playground, a fountain and the Tulsa Historic Society building. The park is open 5am to 11 pm. There’s plenty of space to bring your family and enjoy the open air. Tulsa Riverside Park is one of Tulsa’s larger parks. It’s located on the west side of town by the Arkansas River (“hence the name Riverside Park”). Riverside Park has a runner/jogger and biking path that stretches miles along the river. I myself have jogged there many times and it’s very quiet and relaxing. Not a jogger and don’t own your own bike? The park offers bicycle rentals for a small fee. Looking for a bite to eat along the river? The Blue Rose restaurant is located at 1924 Riverside Drive near the 21st street bridge. Riverside has numerous playgrounds available and a splash pad for the kids to enjoy. You can hang out along the river even after the sun goes down. Sunday evenings the park hosts live music, near the Blue Rose restaurant, that is free for all who want to sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of the river.
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