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Norman Highlights

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     Never far away from the amenities of city life 

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     Traffic 

  • In a nutshell
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     Boomer Sooner all over town! 

Norman Things to Do

  • See the Sooner Schooner!

    When OU scores a touchdown, the Sooner Schooner rolls across the field while the crowd cheers. See a retired Sooner Schooner in the Student Union building.Three photos attached:

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  • Football Games

    Unless you happen to inherit tickets, you might have a hard time getting in. But it's worth it as the team has recently been pretty awesome.... until the end. But all the home games are good. And as a warning, no umbrellas or personal bottles of water are allowed. It's possible to sneak water in, but do so at your own risk. The security guards are...

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  • University of Oklahoma

    I recommend spring or fall if you want to stroll around the campus. Fall you might be overwhelmed on Saturdays by the football crowd. Both seasons have beautiful flowers. Here is one of our statues with wildflowers in the early summer.

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  • Fred Jones Art Museum

    Presently the Fred Jones Museum houses several works of art from various disciplines. There are modern sculptures and paintings, and centuries old mosaics from Turkey and Greece within its interior. Once chosen to show the recent $50 million acquisition of impressionist works (the Weitzenhoffer collection), those works are presently in storage...

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  • Native American Heritage

    Since it was built on territory once reserved for the Native Americans, one would expect to see some commemoration for the Five Civilized Tribes. For years however there was little trace of Indian culture throughout campus, but lately, perhaps following the lead at the state capitol, the University regents have commissioned several works depicting...

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  • Great Gothic

    One of the other great Gothic buildings on the University of Oklahoma campus is Evans Hall, the administration building on the North Oval named after a past university president. Like the Bizzell Memorial Library, this red building has old turrets, gargoyles and statues in the niches, but at night when the temperatures cool, its glass windows adopt...

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  • Tennyson, er, a Thesis, Anyone?

    The Bizzell Memorial Library also features one of the long reading rooms that are so famous to old libraries throughout the country and the Old World. Though the reading room at Bizzell is not decorated with fashionable art, the corridors outside are adorned with sizable oils on canvas from a prior age. The reading room's long Gothic interior and...

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  • Forgive the Mutant

    Bizzell Memorial Library on the University of Oklahoma campus was started in 1929. Its standard Gothic facades feature memorial sculptures in the niches, handsome castle-like turrets and a host of gargoyles around the "keeps." For decades, this elegant building stood unopposed in architectural splendor at the center of campus. . .until the 1980s....

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  • Touring Campus

    Most college campuses are microcosms of urban planning. Gardens, fountains, private walks, noble architecture and a convenient layout should all be part of the campus experience, something to relieve the student of endless hours of library study and classroom attendance. Though most Oklahomans would put the architecture of Oklahoma State University...

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  • Less Aspiring Neighbors

    Slightly farther north from the McFarlin Church stands the less impressive First Baptist Church, which scarcely stands comparison with even the First Christian structure. Nonetheless, its street location forces its pseudo-Gothic features onto your notice as a less worthy contemplation after basking in the glories of McFarlin nearby.

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  • Aspiring Neighbors

    After seeing the Gothic tower of the McFarlin Memorial Methodist Church on University, you'll probably not notice the other noble houses of worship that overwhelm the same block just north of McFarlin. The First Christian Church has a strong, imposing facade and is worthy of notice, but being built of tan brick leaves something of the intended...

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  • Oldest Date on the Street

    This inocuous-looking Eyecare Center (south of the First Fidelity Bank on Main) bears the oldest dated entablature on the street - 1894. Some blocks to the east, the facades bear dates in the teens and twenties of the 20th century, but fail to preserve the charm and distinction of their earlier originals.

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Norman Restaurants

  • OUR FAVORITE RESTAURANT

    WE LOVE to eat here. Turkey Artichoke Pannini sandwich, any of their soups, and their Hazelnut coffee is the best!

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  • best Mexican food

    The best Mexican restaurant in Norman. Probably in all of Oklahoma! Fast, cheap, filling, and delicious. The food always tastes very fresh and healthy -- no greasy refried beans here! They expanded recently to add a bar, and sometimes bands play on the weekends. The #21 plato vegetariano -- a huge plate of fajita veggies and roasted potatoes, all...

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  • spicy Thai

    Cheap, filling, tasty lunch buffet, plus an extensive dinner menu. You can request hotness on a scale of 1-10. Be warned -- their curries are spicy! The brown curry is my favorite. I'm not sure what it's called, but it's on the buffet and it's a vegetarian curry with tofu and a brown sauce. Sweet and spicy! Also, try a Thai iced tea -- very sweet...

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  • best Thai buffet

    In the evenings you can order off the menu, but I think the weekday lunch buffet is the way to go, because then you get a little bit of everything. It is usually very crowded, but they keep the buffet well-stocked. Plenty of vegetarian options. The pad thai and spring rolls are especially good.

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  • Super stir-fry

    Located in the shopping center at 12th & Alamada, this restaurant offering a variety of East Asian (Thai, Korean, Japanese, Chinese) is not very noticeable from outside. But it has a cute, hip, busy interior. There is a coffee bar where you can order drinks -- they have a very extensive list of teas and coffees, including bubble tea -- as well as...

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  • Top Notch Mexican

    If you haven't been there, trust me, just go! Everything is great. Lots of vegetarian options (cooked w/ no animal fat!). Try the specials!

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Norman Nightlife

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    Sooner Theater

    by mrclay2000 Written Jun 3, 2003

    Built in 1929 in Spanish Gothic, the Sooner Theater is rightfully listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Regional and national entertainers have called here, and many performances from the University of Oklahoma's Fine Arts College take center stage in an annual rotation.

    Dress Code: Semi-Formal generally, formal on occasion.

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Norman Shopping

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  • An outstanding Christian workers store

    This is a chain store, owned by the owners of Hobby Lobby. In fact it is right next door to Hobby Lobby in Norman.store hours are Wednesdays 9 to 6, Monday-Tues-Thurs-Fri-Sat. 9 to 8, closed Sundays. Christian-themed paintings, books, crosses, t-shirts, nativity scenes, CDs, dolls, wind chimes, Bibles, Bible study guides, etc. etc.We were...

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  • Something Old, Something New

    At the corner of Crawford and Main, the Company Store offers 7,000 sq feet of emporium space in one of Main Street's original buildings. Among today's shops in the historical district, this is probably the only one devoted to antiques, perhaps the most fitting kind of business on the strip.

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Norman Local Customs

  • A Bank is a Bank is a Bank

    The second of the ongoing financing concerns in Norman sits on the southeast corner of Peters and Main. Now Arvest National Bank, the entablature reads "Security National Bank," and dates in the doorway read both 1914 and 1924. This is either a latecomer to the historical district, or a replacement for a former building, but a fitting complement to...

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  • It's a Bank - So What's to Tell?

    There are at least two original buildings along the historical drag on Main Street that retain their original purpose (albeit under new owners). The first of these (in the historical district but quite unlike the other facades) is the imposing graystone Renaissance structure on the northwest corner of Peters and Main. Now the First Fidelity Bank,...

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  • Going the Extra Expense

    When frontier town planners built their main thoroughfares, the more prominent buildings used towers, fancy entablatures and probably oriel or bay windows in their architecture. Some of the original bay windows from Norman's historical district still remain on their facades. An additional expense to the proprietor, such windows were created to...

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Norman Off The Beaten Path

  • The Duck Pond

    This is close to the stadium and campus, but it still is a peaceful place to go feed the ducks or study. There's no shortage of ducks and geese and there's usually a lot of friendly people around if you want to throw a frisbee around or jam on your guitar. The duck in this picture was very friendly, maybe too friendly. If you drive along Lindsey...

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  • OU's Dog Fountain

    If you happen to be travelling with a canine friend, you should take a walk through OU's campus. If you go on the path behind the library you will find OU's dog fountain. It was funded by the Borens in memory of their dog and is made for both short and large dogs to get a drink. My cocker spaniel gets hot in the summer so we often walk through...

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  • The Chouse on Boyd

    Once a church with Romanesque pretensions constructed in 1926, the Chouse is now associated with public charities and events. Located just north of the University of Oklahoma campus across Boyd Street, the rose window and belltower are unique in Norman. At the time of construction there were no other buildings in the immediate vicinity but the...

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Norman Sports & Outdoors

  • Sooners on the highway!

    Here's a photo of Sooner fans heading south on Interstate 35 to the 2007 Big 12 Championship football game against Missouri. The game was played in San Antonio, and Oklahoma was the victor. On that day there were hundreds of Sooner fans headed south.

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  • Gridiron Legends

    Every fall, tens of thousands flock to Norman for the five or six home football games at Owen Field. Always a football powerhouse, the Oklahoma Sooners have enjoyed a tradition for excellence unmatched by most Division I schools in the country. Looking for an excuse to throw an orange? Come to a game versus Kansas State or Nebraska. Looking for an...

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  • train

    There is a delightful "day" train that travels between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth, Texas. It is called the Heartland Flyer and is part of the AMTRAK system. The cars are new, the staff friendly and helpful and chatty, There are drinks and snacks availablel and an all in all wonderful train ride. It makes a stop in Norman. And the Fort Worth depot...

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  • Rose Rocks

    Many years ago, one could drive the country roads east of Norman, and if eagle eyed, watching the drainage ditches or cuts alongside the roads, find something local called Rose Rocks. These are a red sandstone pebble of some size, some of them quite large actually, like a conglomeration of several smaller rocks, looking sort of like a bouquet....

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  • Gates to the Campus

    In the Old World, celebrated gates used to guard the entrances to the inner citadel when "keys to the city" had a literal meaning. At the University of Oklahoma, graduating classes usually bestow a parting gift to the university in the form of a commemorative arch. From the teens of the past century to the present, graduating classes have left...

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