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With hundreds of miles of lakeshore within a 2-hour drive of their city, Tulsans enjoy a variety of water sports. Fishing, boating and water skiing are popular on any one of the 48 lakes in the Tulsa vicinity including Birch, Eufaula, Fort Gibson, Fountainhead, Greenleaf, Keystone, Skiatook and Tenkiller. Provisions for swimming and picnicking are plentiful.
Hikers have their choice of trails at nearby Chandler Park and Heyburn, Okmulgee and Oologah lakes, to name a few. A recreation area on one of the largest bodies of water in Oklahoma, Grand Lake O' the Cherokees, is home to 36 holes of year-round golf. LaFortune Park in southern Tulsa has a popular three-mile jogging track around two 18-hole golf courses and a public swimming pool.
City and county parks are numerous. Among them is Mohawk Park on 36th Street N., one of the largest municipal parks in the nation. Near downtown, the River Parks system offers miles of jogging, walking and bicycling trails along the banks of the Arkansas River. Many area parks feature lighted softball diamonds.
The Tulsa Drillers, the Double-A farm team of baseball's Los Angeles Dodgers, play in ONEOK Field in downtown's Greenwood district; phone (918) 744-5901 for schedule information. Ice hockey fans flock to the BOK Center to watch the Tulsa Oilers; phone (918) 632-7825.
At the college level the University of Tulsa Golden Hurricanes and the Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles both field competitive baseball and basketball teams. Fans of football find plenty of gridiron action every fall at the University of Tulsa's Skelly Field at H. A. Chapman Stadium; phone (918) 631-4688.
Those who enjoy the thrill of “playing the ponies” can visit Fair Meadows at Expo Square for pari-mutuel Thoroughbred and quarter horse racing at various dates during the year; phone (918) 743-7223.
Note: Policies concerning admittance of children to pari-mutuel betting facilities vary. Phone for information.
AAA’s in-person hotel evaluations are unscheduled to ensure the inspector has an experience similar to that of members. To pass inspection, all hotels must meet the same rigorous standards for cleanliness, comfort and hospitality. These hotels receive a AAA Diamond designation that tells members what type of experience to expect.
The Tulsa area has a sales tax of 8.52 percent, a lodging tax of 13.52 percent and a rental car tax of 14.51 percent.
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Hillcrest Hospital South, (918) 294-4000; Hillcrest Medical Center, (918) 579-1000; OSU Medical Center, (918) 599-1000; Saint Francis Hospital, (918) 494-2200; St. John Medical Center, (918) 744-2345.
1 W. 3rd St., Suite 100 Tulsa, OK 74103. Phone:(918)585-1201 or (800)558-3311
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Hertz, 7727 E. Young Pl., offers discounts to AAA members; phone (918) 838-1015 or (800) 654-3080.
Greyhound Lines Inc. and Jefferson Lines are the major bus lines serving the city. Both operate out of the terminal at 317 S. Detroit Ave.; phone (918) 584-4428 for schedule information.
The major cab company is Yellow Checker Cab, (918) 582-6161. Taxis are metered and charge $1.50-$2 plus $1.90 for each mile. There is a $1 charge for each additional passenger.
Tulsa Transit operates buses throughout the metropolitan area and includes stops at attractions and shopping centers. The main terminal is at 319 S. Denver Ave. at W. 3rd St.; phone (918) 582-2100 for schedules and information.