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OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE OF NORMAN, OK


BREW FEST O KW I N E WA L K. C O M


Where things are ‘Beyond Normal’

Contents attractions 6 daytrips 14 arts & nightlife 16 sports & outdoors 22 shopping 28 events & festivals 30 map 36 itineraries 38 dining 40 history 42 VisitNorman 44 services lodging options 46

Whether it is your first time here or you are a regular visitor, there is always something new to do in Norman. Norman is home to the University of Oklahoma and we have teamed up to present this combination Norman and OU guide. We hope you have time to stroll through Campus Corner, experience the excitement of a Sooner Game Day or take in the natural beauty of Lake Thunderbird. No matter what time of year, Norman offers exceptional museums, performing arts, colorful galleries, boutique shopping, fabulous restaurants, nearby casinos, four golf courses and exciting nightlife.

happy to assist you plan an unforgettable trip to Norman. Stop by and chat or just visit our website, VisitNorman.com, to find something for just about any interest. The VisitNorman App is available for free download in the iTunes store and Google Play. Check out our itineraries on pages 38 to make sure you experience the must-dos while in our city. Norman is the gateway to what Central Oklahoma has to offer. Our abundance of parks, affordable hotels and variety of local restaurants will make your expedition unbelievably easy. Your friends in Norman, VisitNorman Staff

Every adventure starts at our Welcome Center, located at 309 E. Main St. in Downtown Norman. Our knowledgeable staff of Certified Tourism Ambassadors will be

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VisitNorman 309 E. Main St. Norman, OK 73069 405-366-8095, Toll-free 800-767-7260 www.VisitNorman.com VISITNORMAN STAFF MEMBERS Dan Schemm, Executive Director Trent Brown Sales Manager Taylor Wagner, Sales Manager Stefanie Brickman, Communications Manager Lacy Jo Burgess-Cady, Visitor Services Specialist Candace Hinnergardt, Intern The Official Visitors Guide to Norman is a publication of VisitNorman, the Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau. Contents and design Š 2016, all rights reserved. Reproduction without written permission is strictly prohibited. Every effort was made to ensure accuracy of the information in this guide as of press time. However, VisitNorman assumes no responsibility for errors, changes or omissions. VisitNorman makes no endorsement, representation or warranty regarding the suitability, quality or availability of any goods or services advertised or listed in this publication. Advertisements are provided by the subject companies, and VisitNorman shall not be responsible or liable for any inaccuracy, omission or infringement of any third party’s rights therein, or for personal injury or any other damage or injury whatsoever.

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MAYOR LYNNE MILLER Welcome to Norman! We are excited you are here and know you will enjoy all that Norman has to offer. You’ll find a variety of shopping from the unique to antiques. Known as the “City of Festivals,” Norman is host to numerous festivals as well as patriotic parades. When you combine the arts and cultural opportunities in the community and those on the University of Oklahoma campus, you have access to impressive performing arts, internationally renowned speakers, live music, art galleries, art museums, and a world-class museum of history. Outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities abound at Lake Thunderbird State Park, including some of the best bird watching in the state. With premier parks, family fun centers and first-rate sports, Norman is the place to visit with the perfect mix of relaxing leisure and exciting entertainment for everyone in your family or group! When it comes to the diversity of dining, there’s no more fabulous fare that what you’ll find here. This Official Visitors Guide to Norman will provide you with everything you need to know about events, attractions, and historic sites, as well as superb shopping and delicious dining in our city. We are delighted you are here, and we look forward to seeing you again on your next visit to Norman!

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If you’ve got curious kids or grandkids or you’re a curious kid at heart, then Norman has the kind of exploration young adventurers crave. SAM NOBLE OKLAHOMA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY Six breathtaking galleries give visitors an in-depth tour of more than 500 million years of Oklahoma’s fascinating natural history. Explore Oklahoma’s indigenous people, native landscapes and dinosaurs, including the world’s largest Apatosaurus and a Guinness World Record-holding Pentaceratops. Then enjoy the hands-on exploration and fun

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of the discovery room. Permanent galleries include The Hall of Ancient Life and The Hall of the People of Oklahoma. 2401 Chautauqua Ave. www.samnoblemuseum.ou.edu THE NATIONAL WEATHER CENTER Experience the forces of nature to go behind the scenes and see the newest technology in action at the National Weather Center,


where more than 550 scientists, meteorologists, climatologists, students and staff from OU and multiple federal and state agencies work together to improve the understanding of the Earth’s atmosphere and severe weather events. Tours are available at 1 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and last approximately 45 minutes. All tours require a reservation. Call to schedule a tour at least two weeks in advance. All visitors must pass security to enter the facility. 120 David L. Boren Blvd. www.ou.edu/nwc NATIONAL WEATHER MUSEUM The National Weather Museum opened in 2016 and offers an opportunity to learn more about weather and science along with a gallery of historical meteorological instruments. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for military personnel and $3 for children ages 3-17 and children under the age of 3 are free. 1200 W. Rock Creek Road myweathermuseum.com

18-hole miniature golf, a battle at the Water Wars station or take a swing at the high tech softball and baseball batting cages. Redeem tickets for great prizes in the arcade and try some fabulous food from Andy Alligator’s café and pizzeria. 3300 Market Place www.AndyAlligators.com ANDY ALLIGATOR’S WATER PARK Andy Alligator’s Water Park features a 45-foot tower with Oklahoma’s only four-lane mat racer water slide, a 400-foot tube slide and a 700-foot Lazy River, including its own beach. It also offers the largest aquatic play structure for kids in Oklahoma with 800 gallons of water dumped from more than 50 interactive features like jets. The Water Park is open May through September. 3300 Market Place www.AndyAlligators.com HEYDAY ENTERTAINMENT CENTER HeyDay Entertainment features 24 upscale bowling lanes, an inside Boomerang restaurant, an expanded video arcade, private party spaces and much more. Experience the

DISCOVERY COVE NATURE CENTER The Cove features displays of native snakes and animals, furs and artifacts. It offers programs throughout the year, including fishing clinics, Dutch oven cooking, trail hikes, and animal tracking. A park naturalist is available for group programs outside of the park. Open five days a week, depending on the season. Eagle watches are offered every other Saturday. 1201 Clear Bay Ave. Lake Thunderbird

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More Attractions 7,000-square-foot, two-level laser tag arena and cross bridges; travel up and down ramps, hide behind illuminated pillars; and weave between arches and passageways. HeyDay’s 18-hole mini-golf course features varying elevations, accented by rippling streams, ponds, waterfalls, a bridge, beautiful landscaping and even some sand traps! Round out the fun in the restaurant area featuring Double Dave’s Pizza Works and Boomerang. 3201 Market Place www.HeyDayFamilyFun.com SOONER BOWLING CENTER Featuring 24 smoke-free lanes, the center is family friendly and features bumper lanes for kids with dinosaur ramps, “Rex” and “Trixie,” to help little ones have fun bowling. With a capacity for 400 people, five pool tables and a full-service snack bar that serves a great bowling burger and fries, Spare Time Grill also serves salads, wraps, and cold drinks. 550 24th Ave. N.W. www.SoonerBowl.com

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Casinos & Gaming THE RIVERWIND CASINO Riverwind Casino’s pulse-pounding nearly 220,000-square-foot gaming floor features 2,700 electronic games, 55 poker and blackjack tables and a Racer’s Off Track Betting Parlor. The casino features a food court with various restaurants. 1544 W. State Highway 9 www.Riverwind.com GOLDSBY GAMING CENTER Just south of the South Canadian River, the center offers a variety of electronic gaming MORE ATTRACTIONS u


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Top Free Things

YOU MUST DO

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See the largest collection of Impressionst art at a public

university at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, featuring complimentary admission!

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Check out the largest Apatosaurus at the Sam Noble

Oklahoma Museum of Natural History on the first Monday of the month, when children 17 and under receive free admission.

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Stroll through Heisman Park and see statues of Oklahoma’s

five winners. Then, walk through the Barry Switzer Center and see decades of Sooner football history. (Re-opening spring 2018.)

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Walk through the Walker Arts District in Downtown

Norman on the second Friday of each month. 2nd Friday Art Walk features exhibits, displays,

performances and much more.

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Visit the National Weather Center, the permanent home of

Dorothy from the movie, “Twister.”

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More Attractions and features a large bingo hall. 1038 W. Sycamore Rd. www.Chickasaw.net THUNDERBIRD CASINO Thunderbird Casino offers electronic games along with table games such as blackjack, three-card poker and Ultimate Texas Hold’em. 15700 E. State Highway 9 www.ThunderbirdCasino.net

Wineries

CANADIAN RIVER VINEYARDS AND WINERY 7050 Slaughterville Rd., Lexington www.CanadianRiverWinery.com REDBUD RIDGE VINEYARD & WINERY 15 minutes east of Interstate 35, Exit 108A 7301 E. State Highway 9 www.RedBudRidgeWinery.com NATIVE SPIRITS WINERY 10500 E. Lindsey www.NativeSpiritsWinery.com

Historical Sites

MOORE-LINDSAY HISTORICAL HOUSE Constructed in 1899, the Moore-Lindsay House is the best example of late Victorian, Queen Anne architectural style in Norman. Stroll back through time when you tour this charming house of spindle work porches, opulent furnishings and glorious landscaping. Free admission. 508 N. Peters www.NormanHistoricHouse.org CHAUTAUQUA & MILLER HISTORIC DISTRICTS These two districts are made up of approximately 150 historical homes each built between 1910 and 1938, with the


majority of the development occurring in the 1920’s. The architecture and environment of the Chautauqua District represents a unique time period in Norman’s history. Stately residences reflect the character of the university deans, faculty, and other prominent individuals who assisted in Norman’s development. The Chautauqua District is roughly bounded by Symmes

Street on the north, Brooks Street on the south, Chautauqua Avenue on the east and Lahoma Avenue on the west. THE MILLER HISTORIC DISTRICT This primarily residential area is significant for the role it played in the urban development of Norman and for its collection of eclectic residential architecture built between 1910 and 1938. The Bungalow, a nation-

ally popular subtype of the Craftsman style, represents the predominate architecture. The majority of these homes were built in the 1920s. The district is roughly bounded by Symmes Street on the north, Classen Avenue on the east and Miller Avenue running northwest to southeast. BOYD HOUSE The most recognizable Norman residence is Boyd House, also known as the President’s House. It is the MORE ATTRACTIONS u

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More Attractions official residence of the OU president. In 1976, the Department of the Interior added it to the National Register of Historic Places, citing the building’s “great contribution to the growth and development of Oklahoma.” Corner of S. University Boulevard & W. Boyd Street BIZZELL MEMORIAL LIBRARY While on campus, take in the majesty of Bizzell Memorial Library. Completed in 1929, it is an elaborate Cherokee Gothic building and is a National Historic Landmark of the United States. It is nationally significant for its association with the racial desegregation court case of George McLaurin, who was at first denied admission to the OU’s law school solely on the basis of race and in which the Supreme Court ruled against the segregation. This was a precedent for the more famous 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case later. 401 W. Brooks St. www.Libraries.OU.edu THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE COLLECTION The collection, located within Bizzell, includes Galileo’s own copy of his work, which first used the telescope to support the Copernican theory, with corrections in his own handwriting. Some of the 90,000-plus volumes and most valuable books are kept in a temperature-controlled vault that can be viewed by appointment. 401 W. Brooks St. www.Libraries.OU.edu WESTERN HISTORY COLLECTIONS Another significant collection at the university is the Western History Collection, one of the largest and five most important collections of Western history documents, maps and photos in the United States. More than 2,000 manuscripts and 800,000 photograph prints and negatives are securely kept and preserved for the public. The collection houses a rare

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multi-volume portfolio on the Indians of the United States and showcases the Noah H. Rose collection, which includes original photographs of great warriors, chiefs and civilized tribes. One of the newest additions is the manuscripts from the TV series “Maverick,” donated by Norman native James Garner. Monnet Hall 630 Parrington Oval DOWNTOWN NORMAN Home to the Walker Arts District, Downtown Norman features locally owned retail businesses and restaurants along with galleries and live music venues as well as a historical walk through landscaped and paved Legacy Trail, with sculptures and points of interest. Along the way, marvel at the bronze sculptures, most created by Norman’s local foundry, the Crucible.

View a 9-foot statue of James Garner, an enormously detailed replica of the University of Oklahoma as it existed in 1942 and the historic clock tower. The trail runs parallel to the tracks in the downtown area. Main Street from Berry Road to Ponca Avenue ORIGINAL UNIVERSITY SITE The marker designating the historic location is downtown, at the intersection of W. Main Street and Santa Fe Avenue. Downtown Norman SANTA FE TRAIN DEPOT On the Legacy Trail is the Santa Fe Train Depot. Built in 1909, the Depot served continuously until passenger service ended in 1979. During the 1980’s, a concerned group of citizens oversaw restoration of the Depot. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, The Depot resumed its original use when passenger service was restored to Norman. 200 S. Jones St.

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DAYTRIPS More fun within 75 minutes

Stay another day or two in Norman and experience more of Central Oklahoma, such as the Arbuckle Mountains or the culture of the Chickasaw tribe – all within 75 minutes of safe, convenient and affordable Norman. HEARTLAND FLYER Relax and enjoy the view of unwinding landscapes outside the windows of the Heartland Flyer traveling south to Fort Worth. With stops at nine locations, there is an assortment of culture, excitement and fun. Return that same day on the Amtrak train. For tickets and the daily schedule, visit: www.HeartlandFlyer.com 200 S. Jones Ave., Norman OKLAHOMA CITY NATIONAL MEMORIAL & MUSEUM The Outdoor Symbolic Memorial and the Memorial Museum offers a unique insight into the events of April 19, 1995, but to truly experience this place of honor and hope, we encourage you to visit both. In fact, the outdoor grounds will be more meaningful and

memorable after experiencing the entire story of the bombing as presented in the museum. 620 N. Harvey, OKC (22 minutes) OKLAHOMA HISTORY CENTER Interactive and multimedia exhibits showcase 200 years of history and culture. See an authentic land run wagon, Oklahoma in the movies, a sunken 1838 riverboat and landmark inventions – the shopping cart, parking meter, trencher, Gemini 6 space capsule and pioneering aviation artifacts. Explore the traditional historic past of Native peoples of Oklahoma as well as experience contemporary Indian cultures of 39 Native American tribes currently associated with Oklahoma. 2401 N. Laird Ave., OKC (22 minutes) MUSEUM OF OSTEOLOGY The Museum of Osteology is a public museum devoted to the study of bones and skeletons. This museum is located in Oklahoma City and features displays with the skeletons of more than 1,000 species from animals all over the world. 10301 S. Sunnylane Road, OKC (20 minutes) BRICKTOWN Take a horse-drawn carriage ride along the brick-paved streets or a water taxi cruise down the river canal. Stop by the American Banjo Museum to learn the history behind the banjo and be in awe of the collections exhibited. The Bricktown Ballpark is home to the AAA OKC Dodgers. E. Sheridan and N. Walnut, OKC (20 minutes) BOATHOUSE DISTRICT The Oklahoma River not only hosts an Olympiccaliber training facility but also the chance

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to engage in stand-up paddleboarding and see one of the many boathouses that dot the river’s banks. Lincoln Boulevard, off Interstate 40 (15 minutes)

more than 10,000 items on display and a behind-the-scenes look at the world of action figures: Toy & Action Figure Museum. 111 S. Chickasaw (40 minutes)

FRONTIER CITY Oklahoma’s largest theme park with amusement rides for all ages, exciting thrill rides, splashing water rides, rides for the kids, action-packed shows and carnival games. 11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road, OKC (28 minutes)

MOORE The Warren Theatre boasts not only a unique and luxurious theatrical experience on its 15 screens but an IMAX viewing opportunity as well. 1000 Telephone Road, Moore (10 minutes)

ADVENTURE DISTRICT The Adventure District is home to some of the most outstanding attractions in the state. Explore science wonders at Science Museum Oklahoma. Make memories with the family at the Amateur Softball Association National Softball Hall of Fame Complex. Take a journey through the exciting world of the OKC Zoo. Learn about the Old West at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Interstates 35 and 44, OKC (28 minutes) POPS / ROUTE 66 Thirsting for a quick adventure? Take a cruise to historical Route 66 and stop in Pops, with its 66-foot pop bottle. See more than 7,000 bottles of sodas and explore your favorite taste. 660 W. Highway 66, Arcadia (45 minutes) PAULS VALLEY A guilty pleasure resides in Pauls Valley: The Toy & Action Figure Museum with

CHICKASAW CULTURAL CENTER The largest tribal cultural center in America leads one through a gripping interactive story of ancestors, mounds, artifacts, and the migration story of the split of the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations. See the living history Traditional Village, which consists of replicas of Chickasaw homes and demonstrations of traditional games and dances. A theater features films about Chickasaws and their stories. 10 miles east of Interstate 35, Davis Exit, Sulphur (75 minutes) CHICKASAW COUNTRY Chickasaw Country is home to some very scenic and beautiful landmarks, including the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Turner Falls, Arbuckle Mountains, Crossbar Ranch, Lake Murray State Park and the Texoma Lake region. Oklahoma’s premier exotic animal theme park, Arbuckle Wilderness, is located in the area, too. South on Interstate 35 to Sulphur (75 minutes) W W W.V I S I T N O R M A N .CO M

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From the contemporary artists of our downtown galleries to the French impressionists at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, an appreciation for the finer things is waiting just around the corner. THE FRED JONES JR. MUSEUM OF ART The University of Oklahoma’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is one of the nation’s finest university art museums. The museum’s extraordinary collection includes major works by some of the most beloved artists of all time, such as Van Gogh, Degas, Renoir, Monet, Gauguin, Hopper, O’Keeffe, Adams, Allan Houser, Fechin and Gaspard. The Stuart Wing houses the University of Oklahoma’s portion of the Eugene B. Adkins Collection. The James T. Bialac Native American Art Collection features more than 4,000 pieces. Admission to the museum is complimentary, thanks to a donation by the University of Oklahoma Athletic Department. 555 Elm Ave. www.OU.edu/FJJMA

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THE CRUCIBLE FOUNDRY, GALLERY AND SCULPTURE GARDEN See a graceful mix of bronze sculptures by artists from around the country in the outdoor sculpture garden. The Crucible is responsible for casting some of Oklahoma’s most important art pieces, including The Guardian, which sits atop the state capitol building, and all 46 Land Run pieces, which celebrated the state’s centennial in 2007. The foundry was featured on the cable television series, “Monument Guys,” in early 2015. 110 E. Tonhawa St. www.TheCruciblellc.com JACOBSON HOUSE NATIVE ART CENTER Former home of Swedish-born Oscar Brousse Jacobson (1882-1966) who, with The Kiowa Five artists, mounted the seminal exhibits of


American Indian fine art in the 1920s listed on the National Register of Historic Places and hosts year-round cultural exhibits. 609 Chautauqua Ave. www.JacobsonHouse.com WALKER ARTS DISTRICT Featuring a diverse mix of art galleries, performance spaces, business offices, retail establishments, local restaurants, and more, Norman’s Walker Arts District captures the lively spirit of a college town while staying true to its historic roots. The district is home to a number of events throughout the year including Norman Music Festival, Fall Fest, Jazz in June, Groovefest and the Mayfair Arts Festival. The 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk, held year-round, brings together thousands from the community on a monthly basis. Live performances on the stage of The Sooner Theatre contrast a more intimate setting for music and poetry readings at The Depot. Gallery space at Mainsite, home of the Norman Arts Council, and exhibitions at The Depot offer opportunities to view works by local, regional, national and international artists. Public art ranging from large-scale murals to artist-designed bike racks actively engage passers-by while a 9-foot bronze sculpture of James Garner pays tribute to the actor’s legacy in his birthplace. District activities are coordinated by the Norman Arts Council (NAC). normanarts.org

pottery and more. 444 S. Flood Ave. www.NormanFirehouse.com

OTHER VENUES: THE SOCIAL CLUB 209 E. Main St. WHISPERING WILLOW ART GALLERY 226 E. Main St. TRIBES 131 131 24th Ave. NW GALLERY 123 123 E. Main St.

Public art in Norman

The City of Norman and the University of Oklahoma have placed more than 130 works of public art, from sculptures to murals. Maps for self-guided walking tours are available for download at NormanArts.org/public-art. MORE ARTS & NIGHTLIFE u

MAINSITE CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY Located in Downtown Norman, Mainsite Contemporary Art is the home of the Norman Arts Council and offers year-round exhibits. 122 E. Main St. www.Mainsite-Art.com THE DEPOT Located in the historic Santa Fe Train Depot, the Studio features rotating gallery exhibitions. 200 S. Jones St. www.PASNorman.org FIREHOUSE ART CENTER The Firehouse Art Center for visual arts education in Norman with art classes, exhibits and special events for adults and children. Gift galleries feature paintings, glass work, W W W.V I S I T N O R M A N .CO M

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More Arts & Nightlife JAMES GARNER Edwards Park at the intersection of E. Main Street and S. Jones Avenue BIG WALKING EYE FLOWER, by James Surls, University of Oklahoma campus, Stuart Walk IN THE WIND, by Rick and Tracy Bewley, Walker Arts District, Corner of E. Main Street and S. Porter Avenue INDIAN GRASS, by Juan Navarett and Patrica Navarett, Walker Arts District, East Main Street and East Acres Street LEGACY TRAIL, Various Artists, Walker Arts District, along railroad NORMAN RED TAILED HAWK, by Rick Sinnett, Walker Arts District, corner of East Main Street and South Peters THE SEED SOWER, Paul Moore, University of Oklahoma campus, West Brooks and the South Oval

SPLASH, by Mark Aeling, Westwood Aquatic Center, Westport Drive entrance

Performing Arts SOONER THEATRE In the heart of downtown Norman sits the Grande Dame of the city, the historic Sooner Theatre. The Spanish Gothic theatre is the year-round host for concerts, movies, theatrical shows, and more. 101 E. Main St. www.SoonerTheatre.com CIMARRON OPERA For more information and details about their seasonal performances, visit www. cimarronopera.org. NORMAN PHILHARMONIC Norman’s Philharmonic regularly performs seasonally. To check their performing schedule, go to NormanPhilharmonic.com.

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More Arts & Nightlife THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA ARTS DISTRICT Showcasing more than 350 annual dramatic and dazzling presentations from students and faculty professionals, the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts performance season offers ballet and modern dance, dramas, operas, Broadway musicals, concerts, art exhibitions and recitals. The district is home to nine performance venues; 1,100 students and 200 faculty and staff to offering events and artistic experiences. OU.edu/FineArts/events THE RIVERWIND CASINO Features performances by national artists. In the fall of 2016, headliners include Clint Black, the Charlie Daniels Band and many more. 1544 W. State Highway 9 Riverwind.com

OTHER POPULAR MUSIC VENUES INCLUDE: THE BREWHOUSE 102 W. Main St. MCNELLIE’S ABNER ALE HOUSE 121 E. Main St. MICHELANGELOS 207 E. Main St. GUESTROOM RECORDS 125 E. Main St. MAIN ST. EVENT CENTER 300 E. Main St. BLUEBONNET BAR 321 E. Main St. RED BRICK BAR 311 E. Main St. PUEBLA TACOS Y TEQUILERIA 305 E. Main St. THE OPOLIS 113 N. Crawford Ave. SECOND WIND COFFEEHOUSE 564 Buchanan Ave. THE DELI 309 White Ave. MIDWAY DELI 601 W. Eufaula

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Sports in Norman begins with football. When it comes to college football success, few schools can match the University of Oklahoma. A visit to Norman allows you to learn the Sooners’ rich history and overwhelming accomplishments. HEISMAN PARK Five heroic-size bronze statues honoring each Heisman Trophy winner from the University of Oklahoma are on display on the east side of The Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Heisman Park.

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See the late 1952 winner, Billy Vessels; 1969 winner, running back Steve Owens; 1978 winner, running back Billy Sims; 2003 winner, quarterback Jason White; and 2008 winner, quarterback Sam Bradford. North of Lindsey Street on Jenkins Avenue


THE BARRY SWITZER CENTER The three floors of Sooner tradition showcase numerous murals, awards, sculptures, national bowl trophies, interactive video and all five Heisman trophies won by Sooner players. The Switzer Center is scheduled to reopen in spring 2018. Complimentary admission. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday. www.SoonerSports.com/facilities/switzercenter.html LEGACY COURT/LEGACY LOBBY The area houses the history of Oklahoma men’s and women’s basketball, current players, stats, records (NCAA, conference), All-Americans’ pictures, memorabilia, and interactive screens to learn about past and current players. Complimentary admission. Inside the Bob and Ann Coleman Area of Lloyd Noble Center’s southeast entrance.

OKLAHOMA MOTOR SPORTS COMPLEX Have a “need for speed?” Oklahoma Motor Sports Complex offers a Moto Cross and Quad MX track, a Pit Bike track and a Sand Drag track. Try Super Moto and kart racing on the 0.7 mile, 13-turn asphalt track. 3501 S. Interstate Drive www.OklahomaMotorsportsComplex.com ATV GAMES PAINTBALL Combine paintball field games with the thrill of off-road vehicles for ATV Paintball. Games are designed to maximize playing time. Speed games are designed for constant engagement and team strategy. 200 192nd Ave. SE www.atvgames4x4.com MORE SPORTS & OUTDOORS u

CLIMB UP GYM Climb Up Gym is a local family-owned and modern indoor rock-climbing gym featuring Walltopia customized walls with a variety of climbing, including an expansive bouldering area, top-roping, lead climbing, toddler room, kids’ area and auto belays. All ages and abilities are welcome, and memberships are also available. Climb Up Gym offers youth programs, birthday parties, group rates and team-building activities, climbing competitions, professional training by certified instructors and outdoor climbing trips led by experienced and certified guides. Enhance the experience with a yoga class in a dedicated yoga studio that features daily classes led by certified instructors. The gym is 12,000 square feet and climate-controlled. 2701 Washington Drive climbupgym.com OKLAHOMA SCUBA Oklahoma Scuba takes people on diving adventures across the state. Oklahoma Scuba offers diving lessons and certification, as well as Scubapro dive gear and speciality classes. Open from 10 a.m.- 6p.m. Monday, Wednesday-Friday and from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday Closed Sundays and Tuesdays. 1350 N. Interstate Drive okscuba.com

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More Sports & Outdoors LAKE THUNDERBIRD STATE PARK Lake Thunderbird State Park, is 13 miles east of Norman and features 86 miles of shoreline fun. The park is popular throughout the year for water sports, hiking and biking trails, camping, eagle watches, and hayrides. Deer archery and waterfowl hunting is available in specified areas during the season. Specific features include: w 1,874 park acres w Eight lake huts w 4 47 campsites-assigned and unassigned campgrounds w 6,000 surface acres w N ine boat-launching ramps w E lectrical and sewer hookups for RVs w Pavilions, picnic areas, tables, grills w Hiking, biking and nature trails

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w Swimming beach w B oating, water skiing and fishing w Archery range w Hunting in season (deer, archery and water fowl) w Showers/restrooms www.travelok.com/State_Parks CALYPSO COVE MARINA Calypso Cove Marina is located at Lake Thunderbird State Park. It is a full-service marina with fuel dock, wet/dry boat storage and watersport rentals, including pontoon boats. The Ship Store features weekly food specials, live bait and more. The marina is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during summer months. 100 Calypso Cove Ave. CalypsoCoveMarina.com


Family-friendly venues NORMAN COMMUNITY DOG PARK Nestled between the George M. Sutton Wilderness Park and the Griffin Park Sports Complex is the Norman Community Dog Park, featuring a dedicated area for dogs and owners to experience nature. Near 12th Avenue N.E. and Robinson Street SUTTON WILDERNESS PARK Featuring a lake, gazebo and a jogging/ walking course in a natural setting full of wildflowers, the Sutton Wilderness Park is located adjacent to the Norman Community Dog Park, the disc golf course and the sports complex. 1920 12th Ave. NE

KID-FRIENDLY PARKS Need to find a place to let the kids burn off some energy? The Norman Parks and Recreation Department manages more than a dozen parks. The biggest parks include: Andrews Park, 201 Daws St. Reaves Park, 2501 Jenkins Ave. Lions Park, 450 S. Flood Ave. Rotary Park, 1501 Boyd St. A complete list of parks may be found at: normanok.gov/parks/park-directory

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jogging/walking course, features a disc golf course between the youth soccer complex and the dog park. 1001 E. Robinson St. COLONIAL ESTATES The Colonial Estates 18-hole course is perfect for beginners but offers challenging holes to keep the advanced competing for birdies. 1600 E. Lindsey St. LIONS COURSE The Lions Course features an 18-hole advanced course with lots of trees and water hazards. 1800 Northcliff Ave.

Norman Golf Courses BELMAR GOLF CLUB Located in northeast Norman, this semi-private course winds through homes, native grasses, and several elevation changes, captures the beauty of central Oklahoma farmland. 1025 E. Indian Hills Road www.ILoveThisCourse.com

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JIMMIE AUSTIN OU GOLF COURSE The course has been ranked one of the top 10 courses in Oklahoma and is the only public course ranked in the top 10. The course has also received a four-star rating from Golf Digest since the redesign by Robert E. Cupp, a senior designer for Jack Nicklaus. 1 Par Drive www.OUGolfClub.com THE TRAILS GOLF CLUB The course is a challenging 18-hole championship golf course. The private club has hosted Oklahoma’s Men’s, Women’s, Men’s Senior and Junior State Amateur Championships as well as collegiate and area PGA competitions. 3200 S. Berry Road www.TrailsGolf.com THE WESTWOOD PARK GOLF COURSE Westwood is an 18-hole municipal course that is challenging regardless of skill level. 2400 Westport Drive www.WestwoodParkGolf.com


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SHOPPING DISTRICTS A perfect outing in Norman is all about little discoveries, small indulgences and lots of shopping. Stroll down our historic downtown main street and experience the friendliness of a neighborly community. WALKER ARTS DISTRICT IN DOWNTOWN NORMAN Downtown Norman blends art, architecture, entertainment, shopping and dining. Enjoy charming antiques, an array of furniture stores and a delicious variety of local restaurants. Main Street, Flood Avenue to Ponca Avenue DowntownNorman.com CAMPUS CORNER Soak up the nostalgic university atmosphere of Campus Corner with more than 75 retail, dining, and entertainment facilities in one convenient district. When the sun goes down, enjoy live music, dancing and fun at Campus Corner’s many hot spots. Boyd Street and Asp Avenue OUCampusCorner.com

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SOONER MALL All your favorite stores in an inviting, familyfriendly environment. From favorites American Eagle, Express, Christopher & Banks and


Buckle and Old Navy to the trendy Hot Topic, Charlotte Russe and Forever 21 along with children’s favorites with Justice and The Children’s Place (as well as a children’s play area and trampoline jumping area). Bath & Body Works, Candyopolis or J’s Hallmark are great for gifts. Anchored by Sun & Ski Sports, Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts store,

PARKWAY PLAZA AND REDBUD PLAZA National retailers, jewelers, and specialty home stores line this exciting shopping district with such fine stores as Bed Bath & Beyond, J’s Hallmark and Toys R Us. Ed Noble Parkway, between Main Street and Lindsey Street, west of Interstate 35

ously being added to this two-mile stretch, which is currently home to Mathis Brothers’ Sleep Center, Vintage Stock, Super Target, Kirklands, Kohl’s, Metro Shoe Warehouse, Versona Accessories, TJ Maxx, Ulta, Academy Sports, Dress Barn, HomeGoods, DSW Shoes, Michael’s and much more. Robinson and 24th Ave. N.W.

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Dillard’s, JCPenneys, Sears, Sooner Mall has something for everyone. W. Main St. and Interstate 35 SoonerMall.com BROOKHAVEN VILLAGE A Norman treasure with an array of coffee shops, day spas, galleries, fine home furnishings and boutiques including White House/Black Market, Jos. A Banks, Francesca’s Chico’s and Charming Charlie’s. Robinson St. & 36th Ave. N.W. www.Brookhaven-Village.com

THE MAIN DISTRICT The area is known for divine shopping, furnishing and clothing boutiques that are locally owned such as The Candy Basket, Occasions and Cayman’s, located inside Carriage Plaza. Near Carriage Plaza are other specialty shops, including Mitchell’s Jewelry, Brockhaus Jewelry, In Your Dreams, and Mel’s Kloset. W. Main Street, from Interstate 35 to Mercedes Avenue UNIVERSITY NORTH PARK New stores are continu-

Tulips Stash The Clothing Bar Balfour Antique Garden Kidoodles Social Club International Pantry Robinson’s Repurposed Antiques

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ANNUAL EVENTS CALENDAR Norman’s Calendar of Events is full of festivals, concerts, theater performances, parades and major college athletics. Add to your Norman trip by taking in one or more of these special events. SEPTEMBER

7-10 CLEVELAND COUNTY FREE FAIR Everything you expect out of a fair – animals, carnival rides, a midway – and more, including magicians, a circus, Wild West Follies, chainsaw artists, Ball of Steel motorcycle show and the Great Little Bear Show. Cleveland County

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Fairgrounds 615 E. Robinson St. ClevelandCountyFair.org 8-9 AVIATION FESTIVAL The Annual Max Westheimer Airport Aviation Festival and Open House at Max Westheimer Airport includes an open house, static displays, tower tours, lectures, display areas,

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Westheimer history and a children’s activity area from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association fly-in event will be taking place both days. Max Westheimer Airport 1700 Lexington St. aopa.org/community/events/ aopa-fly-ins/2017-aopa-flyins/norman


23 NORMAN FILM FESTIVAL The inaugural independent Norman Film Festival will take place across five venues throughout the Walker Arts District in Downtown Norman. It will feature award-winners in a variety of categories. Walker Arts District NormanFilmFestival.com

OCTOBER

1 GROOVEFEST Founded in 1986 by the OU Chapter for Amnesty International, Groovefest in Norman is the longest-lasting human rights music festival in the world. Local bands and other artists, poets and speakers gather at Andrews Park to celebrate music, arts, community and human rights at Groovefest. Andrews Park, 201 Daws St. groovefest.org

20 MIX ON MAIN Gather, shop and eat at the second annual Mix on Main event. Taking place from 6 to 9 p.m. and stretching from 24th Ave. NW to Mercedes Drive along Main Street, enjoy food trucks, music, appetizers and more in a fun and festive atmosphere. Main Street, from 24th Avenue NW to Mercedes Drive 21 OKLAHOMA WINE WALK The Oklahoma Wine Walk features wineries from across the state set up underneath tents in a festival-type atmosphere. From 2 to 7 p.m., patrons have the chance to taste delicious selections from the Oklahoma wineries, browse outdoor booths with genuine wine collectibles and made-in-Oklahoma products, and hear live music from local entertainers. Brookhaven Village, Robinson Street and 36th Avenue N.W. OklahomaWineWalk.org MORE EVENTS & FESTIVALS u

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More Annual Events 21 NATIONAL WEATHER FESTIVAL Take in a tour of the National Weather Center, enjoy children’s activities, the storm chaser car show and hourly weather balloon launches. Amateur radio operators will demonstrate the role they play before, during and after a tornado, hurricane or other disaster. National Weather Center 120 David L. Boren Blvd. NWCNorman.org 27 DOWNTOWN NORMAN FALL FEST Downtown Norman’s Main Street becomes a safe, festive trick-or-treat environment for kids and families from 6 to 9 p.m. with candy, moon bounces and so much more, including costume contests for kids, pets and families. 100-300 blocks West Main Street NormanFallFest.com

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NOVEMBER 25-26 OKLAHOMA NUTCRACKER The Oklahoma Nutcracker, a holiday tradition, combines the history and beauty of Oklahoma with classical ballet. Nancy O’Brian Center for Performing Arts NormanBalletCompany.com

DECEMBER

9 MAIN STREET CHRISTMAS PARADE Jack Frost could be nipping at your nose, but you won’t want to miss this Norman holiday tradition. The annual holiday event is like any traditional parade with bands, floats and horses, but all set in a festive spirit with Christmas characters, including The Christmas character himself, Santa. Downtown Norman NormanChristmasParade.com


FEBRUARY

9 MARDI GRAS PARADE Sunset Norman is not the bayou, but it does know how to celebrate like The Big Easy. The only parade of its kind in Oklahoma celebrates Mardi Gras Oklahoma-style. Past parades have featured troupes of fire dancers, jazz bands, poi dancers, an electric guitar marching band, Flamenco dancers and Harleys circling Norman’s Downtown Main Street Downtown Norman NormanMardiGrasParade.com

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6-8 MEDIEVAL FAIR The fair is the state’s largest weekend event and the third-largest event in Oklahoma, and was selected by Events Media Network as one of the top 100 events in the nation. In addition to the era’s music, jousting, human chess and more, attendees can browse through the medieval village of more than 200 arts-and-craft booths offering unique and handcrafted wares. Offerings include pottery, woodcrafts, stained glass, armor,

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More Annual Events festival includes art activities for kids, food, a student art show and special events. Andrews Park Norman.AssistanceLeague.org

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21-23 JAZZ IN JUNE The free, three-evening Jazz in June Festival continues its tradition of bringing Oklahoma and national jazz and blues artists. The first two nights are presented at Brookhven Village, while the final night is held at Andrews Park in Downtown Norman. JazzInJune.org

MONTHLY

2ND FRIDAY ARTWALK Stroll through the Walker Arts District in Downtown Norman to take a look at the art displays and exhibits throughout the historic area along with live music performances, food trucks and other special events. Downtown Norman 2ndFridayNorman.com

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THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

FRED JONES JR. MUSEUM OF ART In addition to its permanent exhibits, the regular schedule at the museum include Art Adventures at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Tuesday Noon Concerts. The museum is open from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art 555 Elm Ave. WINTER WIND CONCERT SERIES The Winter Wind Concert Series features the finest singer/songwriters performing in a listening room environment where you can really connect with the artist at the Norman Depot, on select Sunday evenings, October through March. 201 S. Jones St. pasnorman.org


SUMMER BREEZE CONCERT SERIES Taking place on alternating Sunday evenings from May through September, Lions Park plays host to a variety of musical performers. Lions Park, 555 S. Flood Ave. pasnorman.org SOONER THEATRE Located in Historic Downtown Norman, the Sooner Theatre showcases a variety of performers and concerts. 101 E. Main St. SoonerTheatre.org SOONER SPORTS The University of Oklahoma athletics teams participate in a variety of sports throughout the academic year. Use SoonerSports.com for complete schedules.

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PLANNING YOUR TRIP Norman is known for its athletics legacy, but we can help you make your next visit memorable with our central locations, affordable lodging establishments, and the University of Oklahoma experience.

Fine Art & Natural History In a city that can be all about things to do “after the game” during times of the year, Norman attractions, entertainment and dining is always close at hand. So on or off the field, this itinerary is always a crowd pleaser.

Morning

Seek the beauty of Norman! The Crucible Foundry, Gallery and Sculpture Garden is responsible for Oklahoma’s most important art pieces, including the Guardian, which guards state capitol dome. Shop-

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systems around the world at the National Weather Center. Home of world-renowned artists such as Renoir, Degas and Monet, the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is the perfect spot to enjoy world-class fine art in Norman.

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Evening

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Take a stroll though the University of Oklahoma campus and enjoy the Cherokee Gothic architecture, tree-lined pathways and crimson-and-cream flower beds. You can’t visit OU without checking out the statues of the five Heisman


Trophy winning Sooners. Let the university atmosphere provide you with a great evening experience at Sooner Legends restaurant, where you can gawk at decades of Sooner memorabilia while indulging on delicious food and great desserts like the Crimson and Cream cake.

Family fun & education

Have curious kids? Norman has the kind of exploration your young adventurers crave. Larger-than-life dinosaur exhibits and justtheir-size nature-focused nooks and crannies await them at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. This premier natural history museum is an awe-inspiring destination that also just happens to be super family-friendly. Norman’s abundance of parks, affordable hotels and variety of centrally located restaurants will make your expedition very easy.

Morning

Start out the day at Syrup Breakfast Boutique in Downtown Norman for a delicious start to the day. Then, experience the single most important collection of French Impressionism ever given to an American public university at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Admission is complimentary.

Afternoon

Hungry? Soak up the nostalgic university atmosphere of Historic Campus Corner while enjoying an Italian lunch at Victoria’s Pasta Shop. Venture to the Sam Noble Museum, to explore more than 500 million years of prehistoric Oklahoma history in the Hall of Ancient Life and come face-to-face with the world’s largest dinosaur skull.

Evening

Enjoy Oklahoma fine wines at any one of Norman’s vineyards and wineries. Taste a wide variety of grapes grown and wines made at our unique vineyards. Finish off the day at Benvenuti’s Ristorante, voted by Norman locals as one of the “Top 10 Restaurants” in Norman. In the heart of Downtown Norman, sits the Grande Dame of the city, the historic Sooner Theatre, and across from it, see the statue of Norman native James Garner, the late actor who watched movies there throughout his youth.

Uniquely Norman experience

A perfect outing in Norman is all about discoveries, little indulgences and lots of shopping. Stroll through our historic Downtown Main Street and experience the friendliness of a neighborly community. Spend an afternoon exploring the tree-lined (and shop-lined) Campus Corner and feel the

youthfulness of the University Spirit. Norman’s where you can enjoy the authenticity of local boutiques and cafes in a city that’s large enough to offer all the national names and restaurants you like.

Morning

Visit historic Downtown Norman and indulge in breakfast at The Diner restaurant. At the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, explore more than 500 million years of prehistoric Oklahoma history in the Hall of Ancient Life and come face-to-face with the world’s largest dinosaur skull.

Afternoon

Lunch at Blu Fine Wine & Food in Downtown Norman. The lunch specials are a local favorite. Visit one of Norman’s day spas, like Downtown Norman’s Salon Zen for some extra relaxation. Shop for antiques at some of the district’s antique stores and/or some of the unique locally owned boutiques like Stash, It’s A Shopping Thing or Social Club.

Evening

Try some authentic Mexican cuisine at Pepé Delgados on Campus Corner. After dining, try your luck at Riverwind Casino, a Vegas-style casino offering more than 2,200 electronic games, 55 blackjack and poker tables and a 1,500-seat showplace theatre.

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NORMAN DINING Explore the culinary wonders of Norman! From delectable delights to heartwarming home-cooked meals, Norman has endless options.

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BREAKFAST The Diner Juan Del Fuego Ozzie’s Syrup Breakfast Boutique

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Service Station Sooner Dairy Lunch

COFFEE SHOP Cool Beans Coffee Gray Owl Michelangelo’s

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MEXICAN Pepe Delgado’s Puebla Tacos y Tequileria Tarahumara’s Ted’s Café Escondido

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VEGETARIAN The Earth Café & Deli Cool Greens Coriander Café

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LUNCH Sooner Legends Bison Witches Blu Fine Wine & Food Syrup: A Breakfast Boutique

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NORMAN HISTORY Norman’s rich and colorful history continues to shape the city as its citizens write new chapters in the history books. In 1870, the U.S. Land Office commissioned Abner E. Norman to survey the Unassigned Lands in Oklahoma Territory, in anticipation of the future settlement of the area. His surveying crew burned the words “Norman’s Camp” into an elm tree by the watering hole near their camp (which is now the intersection of Classen and Lindsey) to mock their young supervisor. In 1884, president Chester A. Arthur authorized the Santa Fe Railroad Company to build a railroad through Oklahoma Territory to connect Wichita to Fort Worth. It just so happens that the railroad tracks were laid two blocks from the engraved elm tree and the station that was later built along the track was given the name “Norman.” On April 22, 1889, the Oklahoma Land Run

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brought settlers streaming across the Kansas and Texas borders to claim their piece of land. In a single day, more than 150 people piled off the Santa Fe Railroad at the Norman station and spent their first night in makeshift camps on their newly established town site. The next morning, a downtown was already under construction. Almost immediately after Norman was established, two prominent businessmen, Delbert Larsh and Thomas Waggoner, began lobbying the territorial government to locate the first university in Norman. On Dec. 19, 1890, Larsh and Waggoner were successful with the passage of Council Bill 114, establishing the University of Oklahoma in Norman. The first 57 students arrived in September 1892 and attended classes on the second floor of a rented building in downtown. The first building


on campus was completed a year later, but was destroyed by a fire in 1903. From these humble beginnings, OU now enrolls more than 30,000 students, has more than 2,800 full-time faculty members and has 21 colleges offering 171 majors at the baccalaureate level, 152 majors at the master’s level, 79 majors at the doctoral level, 32 majors at the doctoral professional level, and 35 graduate certificates The city of Norman was formally incorporated on May 13, 1891, 16 years before Oklahoma Statehood. By 1902, the downtown district already had two banks, two hotels, and a flour mill. By 1913, there were more than 3,700 residents living in Norman, when the Oklahoma Railway Company decided to extend its interurban street car from Oklahoma City to Norman, spurring additional growth. The rail lines eventually transitioned to freight during the 1940s as the U.S. highway system developed. The city population reached 11,429 in 1940.

Storms Laboratory. Today, Max Westhiemer Airport is home of the University of Oklahoma Aviation Department, which is one of only 28 programs in the world accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board. The breakthroughs in radar technology sparked the development of the National Weather Center, a unique partnership of national and international agencies that issues all of the severe weather warnings in the country and predicts and tracks weather around the world from Norman, Oklahoma. History is still alive in Norman. There are 17 landmarks listed in the National Register of Historic Places, which includes the Cleveland County Courthouse, the DeBarr Historic District, the Oscar Jacobson House, the Santa Fe Depot, and the Moore-Lindsay House. The University of Oklahoma’s Bizzell Memorial Library is a National Historic Landmark, one of only 20 in the state. 

In 1941, the University of Oklahoma and Norman city officials established Max Westheimer Field, a university airstrip, and the next year offered to lease it to the U.S. Navy as a training facility. During World War II, the airfield grew into the Naval Flight Training Center, commonly referred to as “North Base.” A second training center, the Naval Air Technical Training Center, known as “South Base,” was established south of OU’s campus along Highway 9, near the present-day location of Lloyd Noble Center. More than 9,000 Navy combat pilots were trained, along with thousands of other Navy officers. In the years following World War II the airstrip was transferred back to the university’s control.  Researchers from the University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration used the equipment at Westheimer to develop the first Doppler weather radar. This research led to the development of NEXRAD, the nationwide radar network used to predict weather and created the National Severe W W W.V I S I T N O R M A N .CO M

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HEYDAY ENTERTAINMENT CENTER HeyDay Entertainment features 24 upscale bowling lanes, an expanded video arcade, private party spaces and much more. Experience the 7,000-square-foot, two-level laser tag arena. HeyDay’s 18-hole mini-golf course features varying elevations, accented by rippling streams, ponds, waterfalls, a bridge, beautiful landscaping and even some sand traps. Round out the fun in the restaurant area featuring Double Dave’s Pizza Works and Boomerang. 3201 Market Place www.HeyDayFamilyFun.com SOONER BOWLING CENTER Featuring 24 smoke-free lanes, the center is family friendly and features bumper lanes for kids with dinosaur ramps, “Rex” and “Trixie,” to help little ones have fun bowling. With a capacity for 400 people, there are five pool tables and a full-service snack bar that serves a great bowling burger and fries, salads, wraps, and cold drinks. 550 24th Ave. N.W. www.SoonerBowl.com W W W.V I S I T N O R M A N .CO M

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The University of Oklahoma is known for academic excellence and a strong sense of community. As a pacesetter for public higher education, we attract students from across the nation and more than 120 countries.

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The undergrad population at OU’s Norman campus is one of the smallest in the Big 12.

A former U.S. Senator and OK Governor, President David L. Boren is the longest-serving president in the Big 12 with 20+ years under his belt.

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32% of the Fall 2017 freshman class at OU is from an underrepresented population. 1 in 3 freshmen are firstgeneration college students.

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At the University of Oklahoma, we seek to learn lessons from history. These lessons help us to create a more equitable society for the future. The roots of the nickname “Oklahoma Sooners” reach to our state’s Indian Territory origins.

IN THIS MAGAZINE “What Possibilities!”................................... p. 6 OU: Then and Now...................................... p. 7 Student Life: Here and There..................... p. 9 State-of-the-Art Facilities......................... p. 10 OU Libraries................................................p. 12 OU Athletics................................................p. 14 2017 OU Football Schedule.......................p. 15 Scenes of Campus.....................................p. 16 OU Arts District......................................... p. 18 Housing & Food..........................................p. 21 Campus Tour Information........................ p. 22

Originally home to tribal nations of the Southern Plains, Indian Territory was created in 1830 as part of the forcible relocation of numerous tribal nations on the Trail of Tears. Following the U.S. Civil War, due to renegotiated treaties, some tribal nations lost portions of their new land in Indian Territory, which became known as the Unassigned Lands. Pioneers, or “Boomers,” campaigned to settle Indian Territory. The Unassigned Lands were famously opened for settlement through Land Runs, and in 1889 thousands raced for land in the first land run. Races began with a pistol shot; those who jumped the gun were called “Sooners.” Later, Indian Territory was opened for settlement, and in 1907 the two territories became one state—“Oklahoma,” which consists of two Choctaw words, “okla” and “homma,” meaning “red people” or “American Indian.” Enthusiastic pioneers synonymized Sooners with “can-do” individuals. Although our state was born of controversy, we now embrace the complexity of our heritage. Taken together, Oklahoma Sooners reflects our state’s American Indian and pioneer heritage and, today, symbolizes a university spirit that values resilience as well as the inclusivity that unites all who are part of the OU family. visit.ou.edu

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“What Possibilities!” When OU’s first president, David Ross Boyd, stepped off the train in Norman in 1892, he was greeted with a barren expanse of hardpan prairie without a tree to be seen. Discouraged? Not a bit. His only remark at this sight was, “What possibilities!” Boyd not only busied himself with the building of an academic institution, but with his own hands began planting trees that became the forebears of today’s beautiful campus. Our lives are enriched by the determination of one resourceful man, David Ross Boyd. He embodied in his life and effort the now famous seed sower, sowing not only physical seeds, but also seeds of knowledge, opportunity, excellence, history and tradition. The Seed Sower statue (see above) stands at the base of the South Oval and is a must-see for any OU fan or campus visitor.

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OU: THEN AND NOW Founded in 1890, the University of Oklahoma has enjoyed 127 years of growth. We are proud of where we are today, but enjoy looking back as well. Check out these historical photos and their current-day recreations for a glimpse at our campus then and now.

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STUDENT LIFE: HERE AND THERE With 400 student organizations on campus and more than 1,000 study abroad opportunities, OU students have plenty of chances to experience a fulfilling collegiate life. Check studentlife.ou.edu for more information. ON CAMPUS Students look forward to a ton of different events each year, thanks to the Union Programming Board, Campus Activities Council and more! Some of the campus events we’ve hosted are: Howdy Week UPB Foam Party Must-Stay Concert Homecoming Week (pictured) Dad’s Day + University Sing Soonerthon (pictured) Mom’s Day + Sooner Scandals

ABROAD International Study Centers are the signature study abroad programs at OU. Located in three attractive locations, students can take classes taught by OU professors, explore the language and culture of their host country and get active with community service or through internships, while earning credit towards their degrees. OU tuition and fees allow students to apply tuition waiver scholarships and all financial aid. We have centers in Arezzo, Italy; Puebla, Mexico; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITIES Since President David L. Boren’s arrival at OU, there has been more than $2 billion in construction to build and improve our facilities. As a result, OU’s learning environments and facilities rival those of the private sector, giving our students opportunities to experience the latest and greatest technologies.

The Innovation Hub (pictured) The Innovation Hub is a brand-new space available to both OU students and local community members. The Innovation Hub is located on our South Research Campus and houses the Center for Entrepreneurship, the Fabrication Lab, the Center for Creating Economic Wealth, the iHub Café, and collaborative learning spaces for students. Radar Innovations Lab This new lab is the only facility of its kind in the nation and keeps OU on the leading edge of radar technology development. The space encourages creative thinking and collaboration between students and businesses aiming to innovate the next generation of radar, microwave electronics and related technologies.

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Drilling Rig Simulator (pictured) While sitting in the virtual drilling simulator chair, students can practice all the functions conducted on an actual oil rig. This simulator is one of a few of its kind in the world and provides our students a oneof-a-kind experience with this advanced equipment before they graduate. Health Sciences Center (HSC) The OU Health Sciences Center is one of only a few comprehensive health centers in the nation with seven health professional colleges. The HSC enrolls approximately 3,800 students who take advantage of a beautiful 200-acre campus in the heart of Oklahoma City. This campus features incredible health and research facilities, including the OU Cancer Institute and the Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center. Learn more at ouhsc.edu.


National Weather Center The National Weather Center houses 500 research scientists, operational meteorologists and climatologists, engineers, technicians and OU students. Students are surrounded by the best in both education and private industry and have access to lab space and storm vehicles, a rooftop outdoor classroom and an enclosed weather observation deck.

One University Store (pictured) Part store, part playground, the One University store allows students to experience technology like never before. Not only can our students purchase computers, tablets, cases and other tech items, but they can also access expensive new technologies like a 3D printer, Oculus Rift, Google Liquid Galaxy and more. Learn more at oneustore.ou.edu.

Max Westheimer Airport (pictured) The Max Westheimer Airport is located 10 minutes from OU’s Norman campus. The university owns 40 T-hangars and seven corporate-sized hangars here, and this airport also provides services including flight training, major airframe and power plant repairs, fueling, tie-downs and more.

Engineering Practice Facility (EPF) (pictured) From the machine shop to the assembly area, future engineers collaborate and create in the EPF. This space features five engineering bays and the best tools available. Students work on challenging projects like a concrete canoe, a humanpowered vehicle and a racecar. visit.ou.edu

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OU LIBRARIES Completed in 1929, Bizzell Memorial Library is one of our most elaborate Cherokee Gothic buildings on campus. It contains the largest research library in the state of Oklahoma and is listed as a National Historic Landmark. At the original entrance is a stone marker with a bronze plate announcing to all who enter that, “The Spirit of Learning is a Lasting Frontier.” OU Libraries takes that spirit very much to heart. Our frontier is here and now, seen in the living laboratory of interdisciplinary discovery that makes the library an intellectual crossroads.

OU Libraries is proud of its legacy and its boundless future. In the spirit of learning, we are firmly focused on updating facilities to meet the academic needs of 21st-century students and faculty, enhancing resources, and building excellence in our Special Collections. Our Special Collections consist of historical pieces and exhibits that have been acquired and preserved in support of the research and teaching programs of the university. The first steps in our new frontier are seen in the Peggy V. Helmerich Collaborative Learning Center, where students, faculty, and staff are surrounded by truly amazing technology providing modalities for all types of learning. Here, students are encouraged to create, to learn, and to share. Bizzell Memorial Library is located in the middle of our beautiful campus—just look for the 75-foot clock tower!

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OU ATHLETICS We’re proud to support OU’s 19 intercollegiate sports teams and celebrate 36 national championship titles. Combined, regular season schedules feature home events that span roughly 10 months out of the year, so chances are good that there is a game, match or meet in town. Visit soonersports.com for schedules and information on all of our sports. Baseball: Catch the Sooners in regularseason play February through May at L. Dale Mitchell Park. Basketball: OU men’s and women’s basketball teams play November through March at the Lloyd Noble Center. Golf: Watch the women’s team in the fallopener Schooner Fall Classic at Belmar Golf Course in Norman. All other men’s and women’s tournaments are on the road September through November and February through May. Gymnastics: The 2017 NCAA national champion men’s and women’s gymnastics teams compete January through March at the Lloyd Noble Center.

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Soccer: The Sooners open their 20th season beginning in August through November. Home games are played at John Crain Field. Softball: The OU women’s softball team has won the National Championship three times in four years. They play regular season games February through May. Track: The men’s and women’s track and field teams compete January through May. The teams train and host competitions at John Jacobs Track Complex. Volleyball: Catch the Sooners on the court in August all the way through November. Home games are played at McCasland Field House.


2017 OU FOOTBALL SCHEDULE Autumn in Oklahoma is the most exciting season of the year because it marks the start of football season — and the potential to earn an awesome sunburn while cheering the team to victory. You just might see some awesome Sooner sunburns sported around campus since Oklahoma is the winningest program in what is considered the modern era of college football and has the best winning percentage of any team since the end of World War II. SEPT 2: UTEP (H)

OCT 21: Kansas State (A)

SEPT 9: Ohio State (A)

OCT 28: Texas Tech (H)

SEPT 16: Tulane (H)

NOV 4: Oklahoma State University (A)

SEPT 23: Baylor (A)

NOV 11: Texas Christian University (H)

OCT 7: Iowa State (H)

NOV 18: Kansas (A)

OCT 14: Texas (Dallas)

NOV 25: West Virginia (H)

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CAMPUS BEAUTIFUL BY DAY AND NIGHT Famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright coined OU’s distinctive architecture as “Cherokee Gothic” for its Gothic-era style with influence from local Native American tribes. The Norman campus is also studded with more than 30 fountains and 50 seasonal gardens. Visit ou.edu/go2/virtualtour to see a 360° tour of our campus.


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OU’s performances and exhibitions are the laboratories where students put into practice what they learn in the classroom. Enjoy OU’s fantastic season of legendary musical theatre, classic and contemporary drama, stunning ballet and modern dance, sweeping symphonies, and original artwork.

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University Theatre Schedule 2017 – 2018 Call or visit the OU Fine Arts Box Office at (405) 325-4101 or online at ou.edu/finearts. City of Angels Sept. 22 – Oct. 1

Nice Work If You Can Get It Feb. 9 – 18

Noises Off Oct. 20 – 29

Contemporary Dance Oklahoma March 2 – 11

Oklahoma Festival Ballet Nov. 3 – 12

Lucia di Lammermoor April 5 – 8

Hansel and Gretel Nov. 30 – Dec. 3

Alice in Wonderland April 20 – 29

Young Choreographers’ Showcase Jan. 25 – 28

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HOUSING & FOOD AT OU DID YOU KNOW? • OU Housing & Food offers choices for specialized dietary needs, including vegan, vegetarian, glutenfriendly, organic and Halal. There is even a full-time staff member who is devoted to helping students and guests who need more personalized accommodations for specific food allergies and dietary needs. • Fitter Foods, OU’s healthy-eating program, provides nutritional information and healthy options campus-wide. • Locally-sourced products account for nearly 25% of total food purchases, including the 50,000 cage-free eggs consumed per month on campus. • The award-winning student dining facility, Couch Restaurants, employs processes that prevent 100,000 pounds of food waste from going to the landfill each year and save more than 700,000 gallons of water per year.

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Union Market: OU’s most unique operation in the Union offers extensive gardenfresh, hot and cold options, and features an exciting new grill concept, The Range, where gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and specialty fries are customized to each guest’s preferences. Those in a hurry can pick up grab and go items like hummus, sushi, salads and more. Baja Fresh Express: Baja Fresh Express offers flame-grilled Mexican flavor in burritos, tacos, quesadillas, nachos, salads, unique salsas and a variety of sides. Couch Restaurants: (pictured) Feast on stir fry, Mediterranean cuisine, Chick-fil-A, explore the options at the vegetarian bar, or indulge in hot chocolate cobbler at the Sooner Sweet Shoppe. Did we mention it’s all-you-can-eat? Headington Hall Dining: The beautiful Headington Hall’s dining area features demonstration cooking stations and madeto-order menu items.


Students who live on campus: • Are more likely to graduate and graduate sooner • Walk to classes • Are close to campus activities • Are more engaged and connected • Have higher GPAs • Live in a safe and secure environment • Have access to academic communities • Have off-campus freedom, on-campus convenience • Report greater personal growth and development

OUR FRESHMAN HOUSING OPTIONS: The Towers: These 12-story towers offer suite-style living, which means two bedrooms with two roommates each are connected by a shared bathroom. All of the furniture is movable and adjustable.

Cate Center: These four-story buildings offer communitystyle living with a floor of up to eight double-occupancy rooms that share a large community restroom.

David L. Boren Hall: This beautiful building houses the Joe C. and Carole Kerr McClendon Honors College. The residential area is community-style.

Headington Hall: (pictured) This beautiful facility provides housing for an even mix of athletes and non-athletes and features apartmentstyle suites.

OUR UPPERCLASSMEN HOUSING OPTIONS: Residential Colleges: (pictured) Dunham College and Headington College are smaller communities within the larger university where upperclassmen can have their own neighborhood and create unique traditions, stimulate creativity and build lasting memories and lifelong relationships.

Cross Development: This new community for upperclass students, scheduled to open in fall 2018, will include dining facilities, a black box theater, gym, fitness club, creative maker space, a parking facility and retail spaces.

Traditions Square: OU’s original apartments are dedicated to providing highquality living while continuing the residence life experience for students. From upperclass students to graduate students, student athletes to international students, we have an apartment that is right for you.

Everyt hing is here.

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EXPERIENCE SOONER NATION VISIT OUR NORMAN CAMPUS IN PERSON... Campus tours are offered 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday - Friday, and on select Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. Sign up at tour.ou.edu.

Academic tours may be available for specific academic colleges throughout the year. Visit tour.ou.edu to see the specialty tour options.

Ghost tours are offered periodically and allow guests to take a guided nighttime walking tour around campus to hear about OU’s unexplained legends and lore! Check out visit.ou.edu to learn more.

...OR ONLINE. Check out visit.ou.edu for tips to help plan your visit, things to do at OU, and general campus tour information, including scheduling. If you are a prospective student, visit admissions.ou.edu to learn more about what OU can offer you! • • •

Need a campus map? Download one at ou.edu/home/map. We also have a disability map that shows the accessible entries across campus. Find this at ou.edu/go2/accessmap. Unable to visit OU in person? Check out our virtual tour at ou.edu/go2/virtualtour. This 360° tour shows many spots across campus, including our historic South Oval, University President David L. Boren’s office, and even the OU stadium during game day!

The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution. www.ou.edu/eoo

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