While Tulsa isn't known for being America's nature capitol there are still several great spots to get out into nature. Here are my top 5 picks for places to play in nature in Tulsa, Oklahoma:
Keystone Lake is free which is always a win. When you arrive at the lake stop by the visitor center and ask them to point you in the direction of the best place to swim. The water is pleasant and the scenery is pretty solid.
Everyone seems to know about Turkey Mountain but so few Tulsans have taken the time to do the loop. It's well worth your visit and the "hike" is more of a walk, it should be easy for anyone in at least medium shape.
Redbud Valley Nature Preserve
This was such a fun find. It's a 1.5 mile loop that takes you through various types of nature (plains, "forest", rock formations....I did it with an 18 month old and it was still really do-able. Probably one of my favorite "hikes" (read: harder walk) in Tulsa. Be sure to check online for hours.
Right in the middle of town is Woodward park. With beautiful trees and lots of grass it is the perfect place for a fall picnic (or whenever the temperature becomes less miserable).
Tulsa's Botanic Gardens
I was super pleasantly surprised by the Botanic gardens. The drive leading there is really pretty and the gardens themselves are well maintained with lots of interesting finds. Well worth the $8 for adult admission.
Bonus Stop: The Philbrook
Take a stroll in the lovely gardens of the Philbrook and feel like you have been transported to Europe, admission to the museum is $9 but you can do some Googling and find various free days throughout the year (for example, the first full weekend of each month is free for Bank of America card holders).