Stay in Jenks, Play in Downtown Tulsa

In Oklahoma's northeastern corner waits Jenks, a small suburb that winds along the Arkansas River, offering quiet days and nature trails. It's dominated by water and a steamship history, but just beyond the waves is downtown Tulsa. A bridge connects the two destinations and allows guests to travel from the quaint to the impressive. BBOnline suggests enjoying the advantages of a short distance and a fun afternoon.

Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum
5701 E 36th Street North
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74115-2105
(918) 669-6600
www.tulsazoo.org

Abandon the familiar comforts of your Jenks Inn and attempt to conquer the wild. The Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum is one of the city's most popular attractions, and you will quickly see why. 78 acres await your exploration, complete with 1,500 creatures, discovery centers and conservatories. With corners of the zoo dedicated to all regions of the world, there are certain to be exhibits that please. Also on site is the Robert J. LaFortune North American Living Museum. This unique structure allows guests to walk through simulated geological wonders such as caves and volcanoes. It's not to be missed. The zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. No reservations are needed.

Philbrook Museum of Art
2727 South Rockford Road
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74114-4104
(918) 749-7941
www.philbrook.org

Cradled within Italian walls and tiled ceilings is the Philbrook Museum of Art. This downtown Tulsa attraction lets guests wander the former villa of Waite Phillips (an oil tycoon) and find 72 rooms devoted to history. Renowned for its collections of Baroque and Native American art, the museum is an eclectic experience. Few can match it. With 23 acres sprawled beautifully beyond the home, guests will find an outdoor gallery that is unlike any other. Gardens and sculptures will impress. Reservations are suggested, due to the popularity of this destination, and guided tours are available. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday through Wednesday, and then again on Friday through Sunday. Thursday has the hours change from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.. This is a must-see for families.

Big Splash Water Park
4707 East 21st Place
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74114-2104
(918) 749-7385
www.bigsplashwaterpark.com

Head out from your Jenks bed and breakfast to play at the Big Splash Water Park. Families will rejoice in this oasis centered among all the concrete. 10 major attractions beckon beyond the gates, and each is sure to thrill. From towering slides to tidal pools and all waves between, there's something for everyone. Swim, play and picnic. It will be a perfect day. The park is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are purchased at the door. Parents should note, however, that children must be at least 3 years old to participate in the activities. Life vests and other safety precautions are provided, as are locker rooms. Parking is free.