Bartlesville, recently named the most livable city in Oklahoma, is often described as charming, quirky, friendly, fun and hospitable. There are so many things that make Bartlesville a fantastic place to retire. An abundance of activities, including a wide array of dining options, are at your doorstep!
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Bartlesville is home to Price Tower, the only skyscraper designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The tower includes a museum, offices, restaurant and the Inn at Price Tower. Imagine, when your relatives visit from out of town, they can book a room in this outstanding architectural masterpiece designed by one of the most famous architects in the world!
Phillips Petroleum Company has a rich history in Bartlesville that has helped shape the city into what it is today. Several interesting sites in town are related to Phillips, including the Frank Phillips Home. The Neo-Classical style Frank Phillips home was completed in 1909 and is a museum ran by the Oklahoma Historical Society. Tours of the beautiful mansion provide a look at period furniture and personal items in addition to the carefully maintained home.
Other Phillips-related sites to see include the Phillips Petroleum Company Museum and Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve. A local favorite, Woolaroc offers a first-class museum and the country home of Frank and Jane Phillips surrounded by a 3,600 acre wildlife preserve that is home to more than 30 varieties of native and exotic wildlife including a large buffalo herd.
While out on the town, be sure to visit the Redeemer Lutheran Church, designed by world-renowned architect Bruce Goff, the historical Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Depot, the La Quinta Foster Mansion and Prairie Song and the Dewey Hotel in Dewey, OK.
Of course, Green Country Village offers a beautiful park-setting walking trail without ever leaving the grounds, but if you want to go out and about, Bartlesville has a lot to offer. The Pathfinder Parkway is a series of paved walking and biking trails throughout the city. The trails wander through parks and wooded areas, over creeks and rivers and though tunnels. Bartlesville also offers several beautiful city parks with duck ponds, lovely grounds and picnic areas.
With just a short drive, you can spend the day visiting Osage Hills State Park or the Tall Grass Prairie Preserve. There are also several nearby lakes that provide wonderful boating and fishing opportunities.
The residents in Bartlesville take pride in the variety of festivals and events that are held throughout the year, including SunFest, a celebration of summer held at Sooner Park, the Indian Summer Festival, and, of course, OK Mozart. OK Mozart brings world-renowned musicians to Bartlesville every June for a multi-day festival with professional orchestra musicians, concert artists and musical performances. Each individual concert is part of a larger festival event, which features activities of historical, architectural and cultural significance, plus... it's a lot of fun!
Hillcrest Country Club offers a luxurious clubhouse, many activities, and a golf course designed by Perry Maxwell. Additionally, Adam's Golf Club offers a beautiful, relaxing place to play. Established in 1963, The course meanders through the beautiful Eastern Oklahoma terrain that is interwoven with Turkey Creek. Lessons are available by appointment including private and group rates., and Adams has a newly remodeled clubhouse with a golf shop stocked with top brand merchandise and a professional, friendly staff.
Bartlesville offers something for everyone who wishes to celebrate their life by giving thanks in worship services. The area's friendly, neighborly manner means you can feel welcome in whichever house of worship you choose to attend.
Located in Bartlesville, Oklahoma Wesleyan University is a four-year private liberal arts college with an enrollment of about 1,000 students. Be sure to visit the school’s stunning campus, which features Spanish style architecture and showcases the historic La Quinta Mansion.
RSU Bartlesville is located in the historic Reda Building, which has served as an elegant, nine-story centerpiece of downtown Bartlesville since 1919. With an enrollment of over 500 students, RSU emphasizes accounting, telecommunications, business administration and management, marketing and computer programming. The Bartlesville campus and RSU's main campus in nearby Claremore, offer classes via television and the Internet in addition to the traditional classroom environment.