What to do and see in Catoosa, United States: The Best Places and Tips

November 30, 2017 Velvet Mowry

Catoosa is a city in Rogers and Wagoner counties in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. The population was 7,159 at the 2010 census compared to 5,449 at the 2000 census. This was a 31.2 percent increase during the decade.
Restaurants in Catoosa

1. Blue Whale of Catoosa

Route 66, Catoosa, OK 74015
Excellent
46%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 321 reviews

Blue Whale of Catoosa

Reviewed By charles s - London, United Kingdom

More Woe Than Wow”

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Unusual is the word for this Route 66 roadside attraction. It has history having been created back in the 1970's as an anniversary gift from Hugh to Zelta Davis. Additions to the site followed including swimming, sand beach, picnic tables, life guards and even a reptile centre. Following over 20 years of neglect the Whale and site was 'restored' in 2011 by locals and businesses. For it's historic oddity value it's worth stopping providing you can find it as signage is minimal.

2. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa

777 W Cherokee St, Catoosa, OK 74015-3235 +1 800-760-6700
Excellent
47%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
7%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 216 reviews

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa

Sleek & stylishly comfortable, each of the 454 rooms & suites at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa offer some of the best state-of-the-art amenities in OK.

Reviewed By radtech04 - Altus, Oklahoma

We used this hotel while in town for a concert. The King Suite is absolutely gorgeous. It was clean and quiet on the 7th floor. The casino areas were well staffed and organized. Check in and out was a breeze. The shower was so awesome!...MoreThank you! You are very kind and we are so happy that you enjoyed your time ans experiences here with us. Please come and visit us again soon!

3. D.W. Correll Museum

19934 E Pine St, Catoosa, OK 74015-3309 +1 918-266-3612
Excellent
33%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 6 reviews

D.W. Correll Museum

Reviewed By Tamey H - Catoosa, Oklahoma

I have recently visited the DW Correll museum and found it quite interesting. The onsite museum attendant was very helpful with local history surrounding the late DW Correll and the history of the townof Catoosa in general. The museum location and items were left in trust to the City of Catoosa by Mr. Correll. The family home is also onsite and currently occupied by the Mr Corrells relatives. Many minerals and rock formations are on display along with colectible liquor decanters and glass. The real gem in this is the collection of antique cars and buggies from many days gone by. If you are a car enthusiast you will enjoy the collection of steam powered automobiles as well as the various cars ranging to 1930's models. A good hour of your time could be spent looking through the collection of newspaper articles surrounding the construction of the Port of Catoosa.

4. Catoosa's Historical Museum

207 S Cherokee St, Catoosa, OK 74015-2026
Excellent
20%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
40%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 5 reviews

Catoosa's Historical Museum

Reviewed By Joe F - Houston, Texas

Route 66 would not be complete without chugging by the Catoosa Historical Museum for a little history on the railroad and street car system. For those of you who love trains, tracks, and railroad cars this is a station to pull into as you ride back in time.

5. The Nut House

26677 S Highway 66, Claremore, OK 74019-2400 +1 918-266-1604
Excellent
52%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 34 reviews

The Nut House

The Nut House first opened over 40 years ago selling only native pecans. Since that time the business has grown into a full time endeavor serving individual customers and businesses with nuts, fudge, confectionery treats and gifts. We operate out of a log cabin, built with pecan wood, which was originally constructed to house the pecan cracking operation. We also serve deli sandwiches, soups and sell the finest deli meats and cheeses. We pride ourselves on our selection, quality and excellent customer service. We enjoy people and want their experience with us to be fun. We hope your online experience will be just as pleasant. Take a few minutes to discover the many flavorful delights available to you.

Reviewed By David W - Tulsa, Oklahoma

I have been to the Nut House many times. They do have a week long Festival on the grounds in the Fall with many vendors and music. That is fun and is festive. Other than that, it is a very average tourist "stop" along old Route 66. They have the typical stuff...a deli counter, good homemade fudge (this is better than average!), coffees, Oklahoma nick nacs, jams jellies, and yes, of course...local pecans...and on and on...

6. Tulsa Raceway Park

3101 N Garnett Rd, Tulsa, OK 74116-1219 +1 918-437-7223
Excellent
59%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 19 reviews

Tulsa Raceway Park

Reviewed By Trout-Tuff - Fayetteville, Arkansas

Went for the Monster Truck show. Bigfoot was there!!!! Yeah!!!! Quality of trucks was really good. Very impressed with that part of the show. The quality of the venue was barely average. Construction zone lighting didn't properly light the venue. Sound system was barely better than a boom box. Quality of other race events was not very good. The RC car racing was the worst because you couldn't see anything and it seemed to take the longest. The line to get in was ridiculously long. Has lots of potential.

7. Cherokee Nation Welcome Center Tulsa

16200 E Skelly Dr, Tulsa, OK 74116-4005 +1 918-437-3990
Excellent
40%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 10 reviews

Cherokee Nation Welcome Center Tulsa

Reviewed By AlphaRam - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

My wife and I stopped by to see what the Cherokee Visitor Center has to offer. This location used to be operated by the state, but changed hands sometime over the past few years. There are clean restrooms which are a plus for the road weary traveler. A variety of information is offered for attractions around the state and there are a variety of items offered by the Cherokee nation. I purchased a piece of Cherokee effigy pottery for $19.98, plus tax. There are a variety of drinks and snacks, as well.

After taking the ramp for 161st East Avenue, proceed through the stop sign to find the visitor center on the on-ramp to I-44 West. I am not sure of the hours, but I suspect they are open only during the day. If you have a question about this review, or any other places I have visited, feel free to send me a message.

8. Tam Bao Buddist Temple

16933 E 21st St, Tulsa, OK 74134-2102
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 3 reviews

Tam Bao Buddist Temple

Reviewed By Sara H - Swansea, United Kingdom

It was bitterly cold when we visited yesterday, but well worth making the effort. The Buddhas are stunning, each one a piece of art in its own right. The place has a calm feeling, is well maintained and so peaceful you forget you are close to the main road. Fascinating!

9. Redbud Valley

N 161st East Ave., Tulsa, OK 74115
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Redbud Valley

Reviewed By William W - Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Redbud Valley is way off the beaten path. Despite being associated with the Oxley Nature Center at Mohawk Park in Tulsa, OK the trail is several miles east and south of Mohawk Park. It is not even that easy to find, especially with all of the road construction and detours in the area. But persevering will get to you a really nice nature trail. It is a rugged hike so be prepared. My wife and I are both 65+, not experienced hikers, and we made it without incident. However, my wife said she would not like to do it again. I would not hesitate to bring my 7+ year old grandsons here and walk the trail with them. I would not recommend the hike for kids younger than 5 although we did see two or three very young children. I would be almost certain there were places where they need to be carried. A portion of the trail is quite rocky with some climbing required. Only a very few small portions are improved. We made the complete circuit in a little over an hour. It would probably be much more difficult in wet conditions. Parking is limited although the Valley is so remote I would guess parking is seldom an issue. There is a small nature center near the parking area and modern bathrooms. We did not visit either so cannot comment on their condition. They are part of the Tulsa Park system so I would guess they are quite adequate. A nice way to spend an afternoon.

10. Port City Raceway

15625 E Pine St, Tulsa, OK 74116-2430 +1 918-438-7856
Excellent
50%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Port City Raceway

Reviewed By Rod M - Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

There are some nights you want to do something different on a Friday or Saturday night. If you are in the Tulsa area and you want to experience a sporting event that the whole family can enjoy then you might want to check out the Port City Raceway. To get to the actual raceway from Pine Street you need to turn into an industrial yard until you get to the dirt parking lot. Parking is free. At the ticket booth you can either purchase a ticket for the stands or purchase a pit pass in which you can pay a premium to hang out where the race cars are parked and drivers spend their time in between races. If you decide to sit in the stands, you have the option of bringing your own chair and sit right up front. There is limited space for chairs so if you want a prime spot then you need to come early. Lots of people reserve their areas on the bleachers so look out for blankets, cushions and towels. The bleachers are great because you can sit up high to get a great view of the track however after hours of racing your behind may be a little uncomfortable so it is recommended that you bring a cushion or better yet one with a back. If you sit in the turns then be aware that you will get hit with mud from the race cars. There is a fully-stocked snack bar with burgers, fries, snacks and soft drinks. There is also a separate area for beer sales. Races start around sundown and you get to see some of the best sprint car racing in the area. Cheer on local legends or see some new contenders hone their racing skills. Sometimes they hold special race events where drivers from all over the country can come and participate. The action is fast and furious. It's not difficult to see why this is a great place to take the family to enjoy a night of good racing action.

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