Oklahoma September 08, 2019
Explore Tulsa’s Underground Tunnels On This Unique Tour In Oklahoma
If you’re looking for a new adventure in Tulsa, try out the underground tunnel tour that will take you below historic buildings in downtown. You’ll get to explore areas most people are unaware even exist and see beautiful architecture along the way.
Few people know that hiding below Downtown Tulsa is an extensive network of secret tunnels that connect several skyscrapers. There are organized tours you can take where you'll get to explore these tunnels that once served as a way to protect the wealthy and elite from danger.
Construction of the tunnels began in 1929 by the owner, Waite Phillips, with an 80-foot tunnel that ran between the Philtower and the Philcade building.
Phillips, a wealthy businessman, was scared to travel between his buildings due to crime and chaos that was traveling across the country.
In total, the tunnels connect eight buildings, three parking garages, a hotel, several cafes, and small businesses.
Guided tours are given by the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture and Tours of Tulsa. More information can be found on their links below.
The walking tour takes about one hour, as you'll walk below and above the streets of Tulsa. Your guide will educate you all along the way about the fascinating history and architecture of Tulsa.
You'll get to see sculptures, art, murals, and noteworthy architecture during your tour. The tunnels are open daily to the public but tours are by reservation only.
Address: Downtown Tulsa, OK, 74103
For more information on guided tours, please visit these two websites for more details and pricing:
Tours of Tulsa and Tulsa Foundation for Architecture.
Oklahoma City is also home to an underground tunnel system, similar to Tulsa’s.
Click here to read all about it.