courtesy Visit Bartlesville
Published July 06, 2018
Nestled in the lush northeastern part of Oklahoma known as Green Country, Bartlesville is a small city with big character. Nature lovers can explore the area’s extensive trail system and relish the wooded, sweeping landscape of rural Oklahoma; others will enjoy delving into regional history and culture at local museums, theaters, festivals and more. No matter what the interests of the group, visitors are sure to find something to entertain everyone in this remarkable city.
Nature, art and history blend at the Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve. Over 30 species of mammals roam the 3,700-acre property, and as visitors drive along a two-mile stretch within the enclosed area, they might catch sight of native and exotic animals like American bison, water buffaloes, pigmy goats and ostriches. Nearby, the Woolaroc Museum complements this rugged experience with an extensive collection of Western art and Native American artifacts. In the heart of downtown, visitors will discover another one of Bartlesville’s signature landmarks: the Price Tower. Built in 1956, this 19-story building stands as the only fully realized skyscraper designed by legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Unique Group Experiences
Bartlesville is home to the Bartlesville Indian Women’s Club, a local organization of nearly 70 Native American women from 18 different tribes who present cultural demonstrations across the country. Groups can learn about Native American clothing, beadwork and traditional cuisine. Likewise, the Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve features an entertaining, hands-on experience called Mountain Man Camp, during which participants can learn about everyday life in the 1840s.
Festivals and Events
At the end of September each year, groups can travel 10 minutes down the road from Bartlesville to celebrate Western Heritage Weekend. Though there are plenty of festivities in town to enjoy, from live music to arts and crafts to parades, the main event takes place at Prairie Song Village, a beautifully re-created 19th-century village with 25 hand-hewn log buildings. During this ticketed event, visitors can tap their shoes to cowboy concerts, take cover as mock gunfights ensue and witness a Wild West Show with trick horse riders and rodeo clowns.