Norman, the state's third-largest city, offers small-town charm and college town energy, along with sophisticated eateries, world-class museums and thriving nightlife that rival offerings of much bigger cities. Discover "Sooner Magic" in Norman with a tour of the historic University of Oklahoma campus and athletic facilities renowned for producing prolific national championships. Take in a Sooner football game in a rowdy stadium packed with 80,000 or so of your new best friends, or cheer the OU basketball team on to victory.
Uncover 4 billion years of natural history at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, the nation's largest university-based museum, where towering dinosaur giants amaze visitors. View world-renowned works of art by Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, which is also conveniently located on the Norman campus. Get back to nature with a camping trip to Lake Thunderbird State Park in Norman where you can enjoy boating, swimming, hiking, biking, wildlife viewing and outstanding bird watching. Go on your own pub-crawling adventure as you become part of the lively nightlife scene of Campus Corner, where live music filters out of bars and dance music fills trendy nightclubs.
Norman is big enough to offer every lodging choice you could wish for, but friendly enough to make you feel at home wherever you stay. Enjoy a relaxing hotel stay in a well-appointed room, get swept up in a romantic escape at a top-notch bed and breakfast, or surround yourself with OU memorabilia at the one-of-a-kind Sooner Legends hotel.
Start 2023 off on the right foot with a rewarding hike through one of Oklahoma's scenic state parks. Get a head start on those fitness resolutions, embark on a guided nature-watching adventure, or simply enjoy the crisp January air with friends and family.
Featuring more shoreline than the Atlantic and Gulf coasts combined, Oklahoma wears its Lake Country badge with pride. Glistening lakes in every corner of the state have beckoned swimmers, anglers, outdoors enthusiasts and casual vacationers for generations. Whether you want to take a swim surrounded by rolling hills, reel in the big one among ancient mountains or pilot your watercraft around lush forested shoreline, there’s a lake for every taste in the Sooner State. Here’s our rundown of standout lakes from each region of the state.
While known as prime cattle country, Oklahoma may surprise you when it comes to meat-free fare. The state's growing repertoire of plant-based eateries offers a kaleidoscopic array of flavors and cuisines.