Recreation And Leisure
Parks & Recreation FacilitiesThe Parks & Recreation department features a full schedule of programs. Norman has over 63 parks, including a championship golf course, municipal swimming pool complex with a water slide, hiking trails, Frisbee golf course, fishing, tennis courts, playgrounds, open and covered picnic areas and indoor recreation centers. The recreation programs include sports leagues and clinics, dance and exercise classes and a senior citizen’s center. The Griffin Park Sports Complex encompasses 16 soccer fields, 14 baseball/softball fields, and four football fields. Norman also features a full service YMCA with an indoor pool and indoor track.
- Miles of Walking Trails: 14.07
- Miles of Bicycle Routes: 120.37
- Bowling Alleys: 2
- Golf Courses: 6
- Swimming Pools: 4
- Private Health & Fitness Centers: 19
- Public Recreation Centers: 3
Sporting EventsNorman is home to the University of Oklahoma Sooners. The Sooners consistently appear among the top-rated teams in the nation in football, baseball, softball, wrestling, basketball, golf and gymnastics.
Public 18-Hole Golf CoursesCity of Norman Westwood Golf Course
The 6200-yard course features wide, tree-lined fairways and gently contoured greens, twenty traps and several water hazards. Westwood is one of Oklahoma's premier public courses. Jimmie Austin University of Oklahoma Golf Course: From the back tees, the course plays over 7300 yards with a slope of 134.
Private 18-Hole Golf CoursesThe Trails
An 18-hole championship golf course with 6,396 yards and a slope of 123.
Belmar Golf Club
A championship golf course with 6,519 yards.
Nine – Hole Par Three Golf CourseCobblestone Creek Golf
This challenging par 3 golf course has water, trees, deep rough and narrow fairways, all designed for a round of golf. There are tees for all skill levels.
Lake Thunderbird State ParkA relaxing destination for any outdoor enthusiast is provided on the 6,000 acre lake with 86 miles of shoreline and a 1,834 acre park. Campers will feel right at home with picnic facilities, grills, showers, restrooms, swimming beaches, concessions, grocery store, tent and camping facilities, horse stables, R.V. hook-ups and miles of mountain bike and hiking trails.
ChurchesThere are over 100 churches representing a variety of different denominations in the Norman community.
Hotel/MotelNorman offers seven bed-and-breakfasts and 22 hotels and motels offering a wide variety of accommodations.
ArtsFred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
The University of Oklahoma’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is one of the finest university art museums in the United States. Strengths of the nearly 17,000-object permanent collection are the Weitzenhoffer Collection of French Impressionism, 20th century American painting and sculpture, traditional and contemporary Native American art, art of the Southwest, ceramics, photography, contemporary art, Asian art and graphics from the 16th century to the present. Temporary exhibitions are mounted throughout the year that explore the art of various periods and cultures.
- Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
This world-class facility provides an exciting place to discover Oklahoma’s recent past and ancient history, including the largest collection of invertebrate paleontology in the world. Located on the University of Oklahoma campus, the museum’s collections include Native American artifacts, fossils of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, wildlife dioramas of birds and mammals of North America, artifacts from the Spiro Mounds archaeological site and Greek and Roman artifacts.
Jacobson House Native American Cultural Center
Come to the Jacobson House to see and touch the traditions of American Indian art, history, and culture.
- Cleveland County Historical Museum The museum is one of Cleveland County’s cultural and architectural showplaces. The house is an unaltered example of the late Victorian Queen Anne style characterized by its turret, gables, fluted chimneys, patterned stained glass, and spindle work porch. The interior is furnished with period pieces.
The Crucible Foundry
The Crucible Foundry specializes in bronze sculpture. The Crucible attracts artists from across the country through its growing reputation as one of the nation’s finest artistic foundries. Beside the foundry is the Crucible Gallery and Sculpture Garden.
Entertainment VenuesRupel J. Jones Theater
A 600-seat theater featuring productions by the University of Oklahoma School of Drama, School of Dance, Musical Theater Program and OU Summer Stage Lab Theater.
Lloyd Noble Center
Some of the hottest stars in country, rock, jazz and comedy circuits appear in Norman at the Lloyd Noble Center, which also serves as home to college basketball’s OU Sooners. Seating capacity is 11,205.
- The Norman Depot
A reminder of the origin of many Oklahoma towns, the Santa Fe Railroad company set out the grounds for the station two years before the great Land Run of 1889. The restored depot serves as a center for community events and as the depot for Heartland Flyer passengers.
The newly renovated theater is the year-round host for concerts, movies, theatrical shows, and more.
Shopping and Dining
University Town CenterPhase One of a 2 million square foot retail center has been completed with stores like Super Target, Kohls, and PetCo. Phase Two and a lifestyle center will be built in 2008/2009 anchored by an 8 acre legacy park with a community outdoor amphitheater, lake and water features. Recently completed are a new 300 room Embassy Suites Hotel and a 75,000 square foot convention center.
Dining OutNorman has a wide variety of restaurants, which will appeal to anyone’s taste. Cuisines represented in the over 260 restaurants and cafeterias include barbecue, Mexican, Oriental, Greek, Indian, Italian, Thai, seafood, health and natural foods.
Campus CornerMore than 70 local and national retailers and delicious restaurants located under one roof. Anchor stores include Forever 21, American Eagle, Dillard’s, Eddie Bauer, Express, Gap, J.C. Penney, Sears, The Limited, Old Navy, and Victoria’s Secret.
Historic Downtown NormanNewly revitalized downtown Norman blends art, architecture, entertainment, shopping, and dining. Enjoy charming antiques, fine furniture, art galleries, and a delicious variety if unique restaurants.
Parkway PlazaDelicious restaurants, national retailers, jewelers, and specialty home stores line this exciting shopping district. You’ll find stores such as Bed, Bath, & Beyond; Barnes and Noble; PetSmart; and Ross, to name a few. Save time for dinner at restaurants including Chili’s, On the Border, BJ’s, and Charleston’s.
Firehouse Art CenterThe center for visual arts education in Norman, the Firehouse Art Center provides an interactive experience through classes, exhibits, and events.