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Norman

With a range of attractions for sports fans, a cluster of casinos and an assortment of interesting museums, this small college town has lots to offer visitors. 

Although it’s not particularly well known on the tourist circuit, Norman has a nice collection of compelling attractions to keep visitors entertained. Attend a college football game, gaze at a giant dinosaur skull at a well-regarded natural history museum and test your luck in one of the area’s many popular casinos.

Like neighboring Oklahoma City, Norman has its origins in the 1889 Land Run, which saw white settlers rush to claim “unassigned” land. Prior to this, the land had been part of what was then known as Indian Territory.

As the home of the University of Oklahoma campus, Norman has a sizable population of students who help bring youth and vitality to the town. Attend a “Sooners” football game at the Oklahoma Memorial Stadium and cheer alongside the screaming masses. Head to Heisman Park to see life-size bronze statues of previous Heisman Trophy winners. This trophy is awarded annually to the top player in U.S. college football.

Discover a fascinating collection of museums in Norman. Inspect the giant skull of the Pentaceratops skeleton at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History. This dinosaur’s remains were found in New Mexico in 1941. It is thought that when it was alive, the Pentaceratops weighed as much as 13,000 pounds (6,000 kilograms).

For culture, visit the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, whose collection features works from French, Native American and American artists. Examine treasured pieces by such well-known artists as Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet.

Visit Lake Thunderbird State Park for outdoor recreation. Swim and sunbathe at the park’s beach, sail around the serene lake or follow the hiking trails that weave through the park.

Norman is located about 20 miles (30 kilometers) south of Downtown Oklahoma City. The nearest major airport is just west of the city. For convenience, rent a car to get around. Public bus routes do serve parts of Norman, but are not always regular.

Top Hotels in Norman

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Best Western Plus Norman
Best Western Plus Norman
3 out of 5
3100 Medical Park Pl, Norman, OK
The price is $82 per night

Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Andy Alligators Fun Park and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Sooner Mall. INTEGRIS Community ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (971 reviews)

"Very nice hotel. Clean and the beds were amazing!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

Best Western Plus Norman
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Norman
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Norman
2.5 out of 5
2500 Conference Drive, Norman, OK
The price is $85 per night

Situated in a shopping district, this hotel is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Sooner Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of Riverwind Casino and University of Oklahoma. Firehouse ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (603 reviews)

"We just needed a place to sleep and this place was great for that. It was a comfortable bed and a very nice room. I would have no problem staying here again."…"

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Norman
Embassy Suites Norman - Hotel & Conference Center
Embassy Suites Norman - Hotel & Conference Center
3.5 out of 5
2501 Conference Center Drive, Norman, OK
The price is $122 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Sooner Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of Riverwind Casino and University of Oklahoma. Firehouse Art ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (936 reviews)
Great experience during a pandemic

"Needed something to do for our 7 year olds bday. Had a great time! Large pool, large room, excellent breakfast buffet, and quiet at night. Thank you hotel staff!! Y’all were amazing!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2020

Embassy Suites Norman - Hotel & Conference Center

Popular places to visit in Norman

Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
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Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History

5/5(2 reviews)

Get an in-depth understanding of the natural world at this extensive university-based museum, which has a collection of approximately 10 million artifacts.

Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
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Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

See works by esteemed artists such as Claude Monet, Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams in this on-campus fine arts museum. 

Bizzell Library
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Bizzell Library

Admire the grand façade of this brick building, which functions as the main library for the University of Oklahoma Norman campus. 

Chesapeake Energy Arena
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Chesapeake Energy Arena

4.5/5(545 reviews)

Catch an event at Chesapeake Energy Arena during your trip to Oklahoma City. Amble within picturesque gardens or visit the notable monuments in this vibrant area.

Oklahoma City Zoo
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Oklahoma City Zoo

4.5/5(307 reviews)

Be entertained at the city’s prime destination for animal encounters. Meet creatures from around the world in themed enclosures and a botanical garden.

Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum
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Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum

5/5(405 reviews)

Reflect on the history of the city at this sprawling park, which commemorates the victims, survivors and rescue teams involved in the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995.

Top things to do in Norman

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Oklahoma
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Oklahoma

$10
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Oklahoma
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Oklahoma

$20
Per adult
Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Oklahoma
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Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Oklahoma

$10
Per adult
Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Oklahoma
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Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Oklahoma

$10
Per adult
3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Oklahoma
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3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Oklahoma

$10
Per adult
Oklahoma City - Will Rogers Airport One Way Transfer
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Oklahoma City - Will Rogers Airport One Way Transfer

$64
Per adult

Reviews of Norman

4.3

Top Destination

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4 - Good
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4 - Good 43.5933147632312%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 9.052924791086351%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 28, 2020

Love Norman BOOMER SOONER!!! My precious man is from Norman lol

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Mar 20, 2020

I think i will avoid this area next time

3/5 - Okay

mike

Mar 14, 2020

Really great heritage and OU is a great place to visit.

4/5 - Good

Louise

Mar 11, 2020

Oklahoma City is a pleasant city to visit especialy the centro with the: charming ' Bricktown Canal . '

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 10, 2020

Lots of stuff to do just didn't have time

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 10, 2020

I enjoy norman

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