Norman, OK

Travel Guide
Bizzell Library showing a park and heritage architecture
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.

Where to stay in Norman

NCED Conference Center & Hotel
NCED Conference Center & Hotel
3 out of 5
2801 E State Highway 9, Norman, OK, 73071
The price is $82 per night from Aug 20 to Aug 21
Stay at this 3-star family-friendly hotel in Norman. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,003 reviews)
"Very clean and nice room. Should have included complimentary breakfast"

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2022

NCED Conference Center & Hotel
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Oklahoma City Norman
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Oklahoma City Norman
2.5 out of 5
930 Ed Noble Drive, Norman, OK, 73072
The price is $85 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 23
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Norman. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4/5 Very Good! (884 reviews)
"Nice and clean"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2022

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Oklahoma City Norman
Embassy Suites Norman - Hotel & Conference Center
Embassy Suites Norman - Hotel & Conference Center
3.5 out of 5
2501 Conference Center Drive, Norman, OK, 73069
The price is $123 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Norman. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a free shopping center shuttle. Our guests praise the breakfast ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,008 reviews)
"Good location, nice breakfast and happy hour daily."

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2022

Embassy Suites Norman - Hotel & Conference Center
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Norman Boho Bungalow
Norman Boho Bungalow
Norman, OK
The price is $116 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 23
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Norman. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a Smart TV. Popular attractions Riverwind Casino and Gaylord Family - Oklahoma ...
5/5 Exceptional! (9 reviews)
Excellent stay
"We had an awesome stay. This was truly one of the best properties we have stayed at. The hosts were very great at communicating with us and provided a clean and hospitable home. Thank you for going above and beyond to make your guests comfortable."

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2022

Norman Boho Bungalow
The Sooner home with Pool & Gym! Only 1 mile to OU
The Sooner home with Pool & Gym! Only 1 mile to OU
Norman, OK
Stay at this family-friendly apartment in Norman. Enjoy an indoor pool, a water park, and WiFi. Popular attractions Riverwind Casino and Gaylord Family - Oklahoma ...
5/5 Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Norman
"Excellent rental property with all of the amenities of a home. Property was clean, beds comfortable, and location is near the playground and pool which was a plus! I definitely would come back to this location if I travelled here again."

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2022

The Sooner home with Pool & Gym! Only 1 mile to OU
Game-Day Retreat Near Town: < 2 Miles from OU!
Game-Day Retreat Near Town: < 2 Miles from OU!
Norman, Oklahoma
Stay at this vacation home in Norman. Enjoy free WiFi, private yards, and a flat-screen TV. Popular attractions Riverwind Casino and Gaylord Family - Oklahoma ...
3.7/5 Good! (3 reviews)
Dream Vacation
"We loved it, the property owner had everything stocked, coffee, even popcorn! Kids just loved having their own rooms. I will not fool you because brand new and fancy are important to some people. This is a well kept older home. it's cozy and warm, and comfortable. It's location is priceless, and ..."

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2022

Game-Day Retreat Near Town: < 2 Miles from OU!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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