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Check Out the City of Festivals on a Bus Rental in Norman, Oklahoma

Ride a bus rental in Norman, Oklahoma and find out why people build their homes here.

Norman, Oklahoma

Norman is home to more than 118,000 people, making it the third biggest city in the State of Oklahoma. It is also the seat of Cleveland County. It is home to the University of Oklahoma, which has around 30,000 students making it the biggest university in Oklahoma. The city has also been named as one of the best small cities to live in the country.

Get on a bus rental in Norman, Oklahoma and explore the city today.

See the city on a bus rental in Norman, Oklahoma.

The city is called the City of Festivals because of the many significant festivals and events that happen here during the year. But it also has attractions that would interest everyone. This is the best reason why you should get on a bus rental in Norman, Oklahoma and find out what you could do here.

Entertainment & Amusement Parks

Check out Andy Alligator's Fun Park where you can have loads and loads of fun. Here, you can go on go-karts, bumper cars, Frog Hopper, the Rock, and enter the Kidz Zone.  There is also batting cages, a mini bowling facility, Gator Golf, the Game Room. The park also features a water park with several rides and attractions such as the Cowabunga Cove, Paradise River, Banzai Pipeline, Riptide Racer, and Bubbler's Beach.

Casinos. Riverwind Casino has close to 220,000 sq. ft. of space for the casino that features more than 2,700 slot machines, around four dozen poker and blackjack tables. Aside from the casino, Riverwind Casino also has two restaurants, a food court, bars, and a lounge. Another casino you have in the city is the Thunderbird Wild Wild West Casino, which bills itself as the friendliest gambling facility in the state.

Arts & Culture

Norman, Arts & Culture

In Norman, you would surely love the arts scene, which proves that there is never a dull moment for art lovers and culture seekers in the city.

You should know the University of Oklahoma Arts District, where you have at least 350 performances yearly done by the university's students and professional faculty. There is the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts, where you can watch dance performances, ballet, drama, Broadway musicals, drama, music concerts, recitals and art exhibits. There are around nine performance venues here that cater to around 1,100 students and 200 professional staff and faculty.

Then you have the Cimarron Circuit Opera Company, which has regular performances in the city. The Performing Arts Studio holds art exhibits and poetry readings. This is also where the Winter Wind Concerts and the Summer Breeze Concerts are held. You should also see the Norman Ballet Company perform. Also known as the Marjorie Kovich School of Ballet, the group performs all around the city on a regular basis.

Another performance arts group that you could not miss is the Norman Philharmonic.

Visual arts. Check out the Firehouse Art Center, where you can buy unusual gifts such as glassworks, furniture, paintings, blown glass, fine jewelry and pottery, among others. The center also has art classes, special events and art exhibits for both adults and kids. Then you have Gallery 123, an artist studio and gallery that involves ten artists who dabble in different materials and media.

You can also visit the Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art, which is among the United States' best university art museums. The collection here includes the works of some of the best artists of all time, such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Vincent Van Gogh, Georgia O'Keeffe, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Leon Gaspard, Claude Monet, Allan Houser, Nicolai Fechin, and Ansel Adams, among others. The museum also has the Eugene B. Adkins Collection. The collection features the works of Native American and Taos artists. The well-regarded collection has around 3,300 artifacts, which includes around 400 paintings created by Maynard Dixon, Victor Higgins, Alfred Jacob Miller, Andrew Dasburg, Worthington Whittredge, Joseph H. Sharp, John Marin, Charles M. Russell, and William R. Leigh.

Further, you can go to the Jacobson House Native Art Center. The previous home of artist Oscar Brousse Jacobson, it is now used as an arts and culture exhibit space and holds several events all year round, including the Scandinavian Indian Christmas and the May Indian Market. Then you can visit MAINSITE Contemporary Art. This is where you would find the headquarters of the Norman Arts Council and holds several exhibits events and critique sessions among others.

Then you have the Crucible Foundry, Gallery and Sculpture Garden, where you can view bronze sculptures done by a number of artists, as well as an outdoor sculpture garden. They also manufacture different notable sculptures that you can find across the city such as the Guardian that is perched on top the state capital building and the close to four dozen Land Run pieces for the 2007 state centennial. Next up, you have the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, where you can go back to at least 500 million years of the state's natural history. Check out the indigenous people, landscapes and even dinosaurs found in the state. There are also hands-on exhibits here, as well as the world's biggest Apatosaurus and Pentaceratops.

Lastly, check out the Sooner Theatre. The historic theater has a Spanish Gothic architecture and hosts concerts, theater shows, and movies.

Festivals. Norman is not called the City of Festivals for nothing. Some of the most popular festivals here are the Norman Medieval Fair, where you can go back to the medieval era and have fun with jousting events, a chess match using actual people and other shows, performances and exhibits. This festival draws around at least 325,000 attendees every year.

You can also attend Groovefest at Andrews Park and enjoy the performances and learn more about human rights issues. Then you have the Chocolate Festival, a top food festival aimed at raising funds for the Firehouse Arts Center. You can enjoy chocolate art, exhibits and even taste some during the event.

Jazz in June is held all over the city and gives you the best blues and jazz musicians from all around country. While the May Fair brings you the arts in all its different forms. The Summer Breeze Concert Series happens at different venues all around the city and is sponsored by the Performing Arts Studio.

Meanwhile, the Midsummer Nights' Fair is a nighttime art festival that feature art exhibits, musical performances and delicious food. You can also attend the Norman Mardi Gras celebration, which is held downtown.

Lastly, check out the Main Street Christmas Holiday Parade during the holidays.

Restaurants & Shopping

The best thing about having a university in town is that you also get to have a wide variety of restaurants serving a wide array of delicious dishes. Plus you get to enjoy these gastronomic delights at prices that you would love. So check out the delicious specials to home-style meals here.

Pepe Delgados serves up the best Mexican food in the city. Then you have Tarahumara's Mexican Cafe & Cantina, Juan Del Fuego and the Mont Restaurant for more Mexican goodness.

The Garage has all your traditional favorite food, while the Diner is quite simply a great place to have brunch and breakfast at amazingly low prices. Then you have Pita Pit for easy sandwiches.

Benvenuti's is a great place to go to if you want to impress a date with delicious Italian food. Then you have the Blackbird Gastropub, which combines inventive food choice with great drinks. Plus you have Charleston's for a great steak experience.

Rudy's Country Store And Bar-B-Q, Ole Town Gyros & Kabob and Greek House have the best Greek food, while Das Boot Camp Restaurant & Bar has some great German selections. While Van's Pig Stand and Ray's BBQ is where you can go for great barbeque.

If you are craving for Asian food, head out to Coriander Cafe, Pei Wei Asian Diner, Thai Thai, Pad Thai, Taste of India, 180 Meridian Grill, Thai Delight Norman, Sushi Master, Full Moon Sushi, Koto Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi, and O Asian Fusion are your best bets.

Other restaurants you should try:

  • Blu
  • Chuy's
  • Coolgreens
  • Interurban
  • Legend's Restaurant
  • Library Bar & Grill
  • Local
  • Scratch Kitchen & Cocktails
  • Shawarma Vite
  • Syrup

Shopping. Norman has the Sooner Mall, which has more than 70 retailers and restaurants anchored by JCPenney, Dillard's, Sears, and Old Navy. It has around 510,000 sq. ft. of retail space and parking for 2,700 vehicles. You can also go to Robinson Crossing Shopping Center, which occupies 116,400 sq. ft. of space, or Brookhaven Village where you can find specialty shops such as Charming Charlie, Crown Jewelers, Francesca's Collections, J. Spencer Jewelry and Gifts, Jo S.A. Bank Clothiers, Teaoli Fine Tea, Olive Oil and Balsamic, the Bridal Boutique, University Town Center, the Sparkly Spot, Theo's Marketplace, White House, Black Market, and Wild Birds Unlimited. You can also go to Sooner West Plaza, Carriage Plaza, Normandy Creek center, and Parkway Plaza and Redbud Plaza.

Then, you have the city's Main St. where you can find friendly store owners selling everything that you need and want. You can also go to Campus Corner for more shops or just enjoy the shade of trees and the youthful spirit in the area.

 

Antique collectors would also love going down Route 77, where there are several antique shops for you to explore. These shops are all within walking distance from each other. Some shops you could visit for some great antique hunting time include Antique Garden, Bruce's Vintage Guitars & Antiques, Col. Dick's Flea Market, Elusive Antiques, Oak Hollow Warehouse: Antique & Designer Furniture, S & J Marketplace, STASH, and the Main vintage.

Lastly, check out the shops that you simply must visit: 405 Imports, Astronomics, cayman's, International Pantry. Kidoodles, Sweets and Spurs, the Melting Pot Fine Crafts, and the Social Club.

Golf Courses & Sports Venues

Norman, Golf Courses & Sports Venues

Do check out the following golf courses when you visit the city:

  • Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club
  • The Trails Golf Club
  • Westwood Park Golf Course
  • Cobblestone Creek Golf Club
  • Belmar Golf Club

You might also want to visit the Golf Coaches Association of America, which is located within the city.

Sports venues. When it comes to football, you should see the University of Oklahoma Sooners football team in action. In fact it is said that the city welcomes at least 80,000 people every time there is a Sooners football game happening at the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. The stadium is among the biggest college football stadium in the country and welcomed a record 86,031 people to a Sooners match against Notre Dame in October 2012. Other sports venues on the UO campus are McCasland Field House, which serves as the home to the university's wrestling, volleyball and gymnastics teams. And you also have the Lloyd Noble Center, which seats 12,000 people and is the current home of the university's basketball teams.

Other sports related attractions include:

  • Barry Switzer Center, where you can find Sooners memorabilia, awards, sculptures and others.
  • Heisman Park where you can find the bronze statues of the five winners of the Heisman Trophy that hailed from the University of Oklahoma.
  • Sooner Bowling Center

Historical Sites & Landmarks

Norman, Historical Sites & Landmarks

Some of the notable historic sites that you can visit in Norman include:

  • The Alpha Chi Omega Sorority House, which was constructed in the 1920s, and is among the finest Spanish mission revival buildings in the city.
  • Bavinger House is regarded as the best of Bruce Goff's works. It has been given the American Institute of Architects 25-year award and is on the National Historic Register. It is also one of the MSNBC's list of top structures in the country.
  • The Beta Theta Pi Fraternity House was built in the 1920s and designed by Norman's won Harold Gimeno. It is noted for its Italian renaissance revival architecture.
  • Bizzell Memorial Library was completed in the 1920s, and has a collegiate gothic architecture.
  • The Boyd House is easily the most recognizable home in the city. Also called the OU White House or the President's House, this is where the University's president lives.
  • Chautauqua and Miller Historic Districts has around 150 contributing historical structures that were built between the 1910s and the 1930s. You could find a variety of architectural styles here, and it has the homes of famous and influential people who helped shaped Norman's history.
  • History of Science Collection is found inside the Bizzell Library. It features original works by Galileo, as well as the first agriculture book in Europe that was printed with moveable type. Some of the rarest and most valuable books in the world are part of its collection, which currently numbers at around 90,000 volumes.
  • The Ledbetter House is another Bruce Goff designed home that is on the list of national historic sites in the city.
  • The Moore-Lindsay Historical House was constructed at the turn of the 20th century and has the finest Queen Anne and late Victorian architecture in the city. Check out the furnishings and other displays inside for free.
  • The original site of the University of Oklahoma is now commemorated by a historical market that tells visitors about the first building of the University.
  • Santa Fe Train Depot was built in the 1900s and is currently used as a performance arts studio and art gallery.
  • Western History Collection is one of the biggest and most important collections that deals with Western history. It has maps, 800,000 photographs and documents among the more than 2,000 manuscripts in the collection.

Other sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places include the Cleveland County Courthouse, DeBarr Historic District, Downtown Norman Historic District, H.E. Ledbetter House, Logan Apartments, Norman City Park New Deal Resources, Norman Public Library, Oklahoma Center for Continuing Education Historic District, Oscar B. Jacobson House, Patricio Gimeno House, Sooner Theater Building, and United States Post Office - Norman.

Parks & Outdoor Activities

Norman has 55 parks along with other facilities such as two disc golf courses, swimming complex that also features water slides, wading pools and more than 30 tennis courts.

Some recommended parks that you can go to include:

  • Andrews Park is located a little north of downtown. The park has several picnic facilities, playground, a splash pad, several sports fields, volleyball and basketball courts and a skate park. There is also an amphitheater here that is a well-known venue for live musical concerts.
  • Colonial Estates Park has a splash pad area, disc golf course, and picnic areas and shelters.
  • George Sutton Wilderness Park covers more than 155 acre of space and features trails that is ideal for hiking. You can watch the changing foliage here as well.
  • Griffin Sports Complex has ten baseball, four football, thirteen soccer and four softball fields, as well as playground equipment and a picnic pavilion.
  • The Legacy Trail gives you a landscaped and paved trail that features various historic points and sculptures.
  • Lions Park has picnic areas, picnic shelter, a playground, shelter, and lit sports fields. It also has tennis courts.
  • Reaves Sports Complex is located beside the OU campus and has six softball and six baseball fields, volleyball courts, a playground area, a picnic area and pavilions.
  • Rotary Park may be a small park, but it has playground equipment, a sports field, volleyball, basketball and tennis courts.
  • Westwood Water Park has a swimming pool, waterslides, picnic facilities and a playground.

Other parks you can go to are 12th Ave Recreation Center, Adkins Crossing Park, Brookhaven Square Park, Canadian Trails Park, Cherry Creek Park, Chisholm's Cattle Trail Park, Eagle Cliff Park, Earl Sneed Park, Faculty Heights Park, Falls Lakeview Park, Frances Cate Park, Griffin Community Park, High Meadows Park, Irving Recreation Center, John H. Saxon Park, June Benson Park, Kevin Gottshall Memorial Park, Little Axe Community Center, Sequoyah Trail Park, Walnut Ridge Park, and William Morgan Park.

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