Now that you know you’ll be moving to Tulsa soon, it’s important to learn all you can about your new city before you and your family make the transition. The city was named one of the most affordable by Forbes in 2014, and there’s lots to do in terms of arts and culture in Tulsa, so there’s a very good chance that you’ll enjoy your time there. Here are a few things to be prepared for before you call Tulsa home.
The Weather Changes Often
Even if you’re moving to Tulsa in the fall or winter, don’t pack away your summer clothes. It may be cool in the morning and warmer by the afternoon. Be prepared for a temperature drop in the spring or summer by making sure you have a light jacket or two on hand as well.
Getting Around the City
In Tulsa, north-south streets are alphabetical and east-west streets are numbered. Locations with an odd number address are on the north and east sides of the street. This can help you find what you’re looking for much quicker. Most people in the city can get to work in 30 minutes or less. Tulsa also has some of the cheapest gas prices in the nation.
If you’re a football fan, you should know that the people of Tulsa take college football pretty seriously. Decide whether you’re going to be an Oklahoma Sooners fan or an Oklahoma State Cowboys fan. Following both teams before your move and determining your “loyalty” before you arrive could help you make a few new friends at work or a sporting event.
You can take the kids to pet the stingrays at the Oklahoma Aquarium, or plan a trip to the Tulsa Zoo, which features 85 acres of fascinating exhibits and attractions. Microsoft Game Studios even named it “America’s Best Zoo” in 2005. It’s also sunny in Tulsa around 230 days out of the year, which means you’ll have plenty of time to visit the parks in the area.
You Can Stay In Shape
Tulsa offers 26 miles of trails for biking, running and other sports at River Parks. You can also participate in running and cycling events that are offered year-round. The park is the site of a number of local festivals and concerts as well. Tulsa provides a lot of opportunities for you to increase your endurance and train for a specific goal. You can participate in events like Tulsa Tough or Williams Route 66 Marathon, or become a member of the Tulsa Runners Club.
You’ll Enjoy the Arts and Culture Scene
Cain’s Ballroom is the best place to enjoy live music in the city. The Rock n Rib Festival is ideal for enjoying delicious food and seeing your favorite artists. The Arabian Horse Association also has its U.S. National Competition in Tulsa, which is one of the world’s largest horse shows. The First Friday Art Walk is a great way to see the colorful and innovative art created by local talent. You can also check out the Brady Art District for creative exhibits and performances, or spend a day taking in all the beauty the Gilcrease Museum has to offer.
VisitTulsa.com is a great resource as your guide to things to do in the city.
As you can see, Tulsa has a lot to offer. Once you know a little of what to expect before arriving in the city, you’ll find that your move will be much easier, and you’ll look forward to becoming a Tulsa resident.