Tours of Tulsa

Since I started writing this blog, several people have suggested we give Tours of Tulsa a try. We finally got a chance to do just that and I’m excited to share our tour with you!

We met our guide at the corner of 5th and Boston and got right to it. We were outside the Philcade Building and so we started with an explanation of the architecture and sentimental touches Waite Phillips used on his buildings. We also discussed some of the highlights of the skyline while we stood there, such as how the cupola at the top of the 320 Boston used to be lit according to the weather, and there is talk of bringing it back.  It’s also worth mentioning that there are some super cute shops in the first floor of the Philcade Building so go check them out!

Tour start shops


Inside the buildings the kids loved hearing the stories of the businesses that were originally located in the building. Penny and I both enjoyed hearing about the men ordering their wives dresses from the original Miss Jackson’s located inside the Philtower.


In the tunnel

In the tunnel underground connecting the Philcade and Philtower.

We also visited the vault located underground in the Mid-Century Modern Building, the Atlas Life Building,  and the Mid-Continent Building. All were full of great Tulsa stories which were shared with us in such a fun way by Tours of Tulsa.

When we left Viggo said, ” Mom, that was our best tour EVER!” So, there you have it!

Penny walking

Before I wrap it up,  a big shout out to the guy pictured below for joining us on the tour and making it possible for me to actually appear in some shots!

Matthew Penny

  1. Wow! Thanks for sharing this experience with us! I´m in Brazil and I hope travel to Tulsa soon and see these beautiful places! XOXO, Nat.

  2. Oooh, underground tunnels 😉 Love that! If you ever get to Paris, visit the catacombs, but not with younger kids …. It’s where they placed the bones of the graves they dug up over time (hundreds and hundreds of years) to make room in Paris’ cemeteries. It sounds really scary and is a bit intimidating at first, but it’s really interesting to hear its history…

    • It is also really fun to visit the sewer in Paris. They really made it into a nice (bit smelly :D) experience and it is so different than what you normally see in a big city. 🙂

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  4. I love city tours like this! Seattle also offers a wonderful underground tour that is a must see in my opinion. Their boat tours that go around Seattle/the bay are great too for exploring.

  5. I am in complete awe of the stamina you have to home school so many beautiful children. I didn’t know it could be so fun either! I just thought it was learning at the dining room table, quite frankly. I take my hat off to you 🙂

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