Flights to Norman
Norman is situated in central Oklahoma, just 20 miles (32km) or so south of Oklahoma City. Norman is the third largest city in this south central state. The city is home to the University of Oklahoma and most of the attractions and appeal of Norman are centred on the university.
Norman’s own Max Westheimer Airport (airport code: OUN) only handles local air traffic, so international flights to Norman have to arrive at the Will Rogers World Airport (code: OKC) in Oklahoma City. This airport is about half an hour away and there is an airport shuttle that will take you to Norman. When arriving in Oklahoma City, you can get a 1-stop flight to Norman with Delta that transfers in Atlanta. Otherwise, you’ll have 2 connections with carriers like Virgin Atlantic travelling through London and Chicago.
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The Tourist Attractions in Norman:
Norman isn’t exactly considered to be a city on the common tourist trail, and lying as it does just 30 minutes or so to the south of the much larger Oklahoma City, many tourists would choose that city over this one. For many, life in Norman revolves around the University of Oklahoma as this is a large employer and there are many students in town attending the university. OU (as it’s known locally) is also a pillar in the society for Norman, contributing to the city’s culture and arts, and is home to the city’s two top museums…
Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
This natural history museum which is operated by the University of Oklahoma includes some excellent exhibits that will appeal to visitors of all ages. You’ll see dinosaur skeletons and fossils from around the state of Oklahoma as well as from around the world, including the world’s largest Apatosaurus skeleton. There’s also a very good Native American gallery, and a hands-on discovery room.
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
The second museum operated by OU is the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art and it’s situated on the campus. This museum also features an excellent collection of exhibits and is renowned in art circles. Visitors can enjoy seeing works from some of the world’s greatest artists including Van Gogh, Degas, Renoir, and Monet. There are many different kinds of art here, from fine art to photographs.
Norman’s Historic Downtown
The small, yet attractive historic downtown of Norman is a nice place to spend some time. What sets this apart from other cities is the large number of local businesses that include shops, galleries, restaurants, bars and cafés.
Outdoor Recreation in Norman
Once you’ve seen the sights of Norman you can enjoy the outdoor life. Within the city limits there are two very good areas for recreation. The first is the George M. Sutton Wilderness Park which, although small, is full of trails to explore and offers a peaceful oasis in the middle of the city. The second is much larger at around 6,000 acres – Lake Thunderbird includes a reservoir and forests and it’s a popular getaway fro boating, fishing and hiking.
When Should You Visit?:
The state of Oklahoma is renowned for it severe and changeable weather, and Norman is no exception. June, July and August are the hottest months when average highs are around the low to mid 30’s C and it’s usually very humid. Spring and summer can be a bad time to visit due to the possibility of extreme weather though, making autumn a popular time to visit Norman as the temperatures and humidity are lower.