Spend some time soaking up the sun at one of Bartlesville’s park and recreational areas. The city operates 17 parks and open areas that total over 860 acres. Sooner Park is home to a swimming pool, a splash pad, and volleyball courts. A miniature golf course and pavilions are also located within the park grounds. Johnstone Park features a kiddie area, a stadium, and a skateboard area. If you enjoy walking or biking, take advantage of one of the trails in the city. Pathfinder Parkway is a 16-mile trail allowing for walking, biking, or jogging.
For a unique experience, spend some time at the Phillips Petroleum Company Museum, which works to preserve information related to the company’s transformation into a global enterprise. During your visit, you will view the Ann Anderson No.1, the well that started the business way back when. Other exhibits include collections related to the petroleum industry, such as oil pumps and other company memorabilia. Programs take place throughout the year so you can learn how the business started and how it continues to be a big part of the oil industry. You will also learn about the family who founded this world famous company.
So much happens at the Bartlesville Community Center and a visit is great way to meet fellow residents. The center is home to a large performance hall that seats over 1,700 and is one of the finest in the state. Different events take place at the theater including musicals, comedies, and educational programs. The building itself is breathtaking with its smooth curves and rounded lines. Circular ramps will lead you to the different levels, with magnificent light fixtures dangling from the ceilings. Also featured inside is a 25-foot long mural that depicts the Oklahoma countryside.