5 Things You Have To Do In Norman, OK

Last week, Visit Norman invited me and some other Dallas Fitness Ambassadors out to explore their city! I have to admit, when asked to go to Norman, OK I thought of two things – tornadoes and cow pastures. While they (kinda) have both of those things, there was MUCH more going on in the college town than I expected. While there are plenty of things I didn’t see, here are the things I did and would go back for!

Act Like A Bebe Kid At HeyDay

Bowling, laser tag, video games, and a high ropes course are just a few of the reasons you HAVE to make HeyDay your first stop in Norman! On top of that, they have a much more extensive menu than I would have expected! One thing I didn’t do that I wish I had time for was mini golf! I haven’t done that in forever but will definitely be hitting it up the next time I go!

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Eat Until Your Belly Pops At Volare

Once again, I underestimated all that is Norman when it came to the food scene! First of all, for it to be a small town they have LOTS of food options! While I wasn’t able to eat all of them, we did hit up Volare which is about 2 blocks from The University of Oklahoma.  Hands down my favorite thing there was the Popper, a jalapeño artichoke dip. As I’m writing this post, I wish I had their recipe to much on! They also have pizzas that have some pretty interesting toppings. My favorite was the King Parma that’s topped with prosciutto.

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Workout At Marriott Conference Center

We stayed at the Marriott Conference Center at NCED when we stayed in Norman. This hotel gave me TOTAL flashbacks of living on an Air Force Base because it was a one stop shop. In addition to have a restaurant, bar, and gift shop, they also have a fitness center unlike any hotel I’ve ever seen. I’m talking basketball courts, volleyball nets, a group fitness room, a pool – I could really go on and on. But check out the pictures below to see what they had to offer!

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Make an Epic Ice-cream Sandwich at The Baked Bear

If you have a major sweet tooth (and even if you don’t) you have to stop by The Baked Bear. This local’s favorite is a build your own ice-cream sandwich shop and is a must-have on your trip to Norman! Not only to you get to choose your ice cream, but you get to choose what it is sandwiched with (I chose a chocolate chip cookie and a brownie) as well as what toppings go around it. Clearly I had to choose the mini M&M’s! Plus, if you want they’ll put it in a heated sandwich press that makes it easier to hold.

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Tour The National Weather Center

The National Weather Center is a must-see on your trip to Norman. I was thoroughly impressed by how FEW people I saw working in the huge building. To think that only a handful of people are able to do so much (like send out all of those severe weather alerts that scare the bejeezus out of me) is kind of crazy. I was also impressed by the art gallery on the main level of the weather center! There were props from the movie Twister, and weather shots from all over the US. Plus, one side of the building is made up completely of glass! This caught me off guard because, well, this place is in the middle of tornado alley and that doesn’t sound safe to me. But apparently it is one of the safest places to be. They even have kevlar in the walls to keep them from tumbling down!

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As you can see, Norman has a LOT to offer! From food to activities, there is a ton to do. A few things I’ll be going back for are to watch an OU game, to shop at the boutiques in Campus Commons, and to try this donut shop we saw people lining up at in the afternoon!

If you want to see more of what we did in Norman, check out this post from Mai Lyn, of Deep Fried Fit.


Have you ever been to Norman? What are your favorite things to do there? What do I need to try the next time I’m in town? Let me know in the comments below!


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This trip was sponsored by Visit Norman, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Ginger Marie

I'm a thirty-something lifestyle blogger who tries not to take life too seriously. I think laughing and running are the cure to everything especially when its done in a new city. I think a balanced diet is important, and that they're much easier when they include chocolate. :)

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  1. What about @hurtsDonut, you didn’t shop @Blafours….c’mon you missed 2 best places

    1. Seee this is why I need locals to tell me the good spots! Although I did refer to the “donut spot” in the post! Thanks for the suggestions John!

  2. Omg how fun, looks like you had a fantastic trip!

    1. This was only the beginning! I’ll be sharing more this week!

  3. This is amazing, I would visit if just for the ice cream sandwiches.

    1. Girl I tried so hard to finish it! Those things were massive!

  4. Those ice cream sandwiches look delish!

    1. I wish I had one to munch on RIGHT NOW!

  5. The baked bear sounds amazing place to eat a treat!

  6. I have never been but I sure do like your style.

  7. You are making me homesick. I am originally from Oklahoma City and spent plenty of time in Norman going to OU football games. Great tips!

    Dasha | http://windycitywardrobe.com

  8. Thanks for sharing! I’ve never considered visiting OK, but now I want to go for the food at Volare alone!

  9. My kids would want to go just for the ice cream sandwiches!!!! Looks like fun!

  10. That cookie looks scrumptious! I wouldn’t think OK would be this interesting.

    erika || http://www.entirelyerika.com

  11. i have not been to Norman but if i happen to go, i know what not to miss 🙂

  12. Volare looks so good! And those ice cream sandwiches dangggg

  13. Oh goodness – I would be a total junkie for that National Weather Center tour. We drive through Norman all the time en route to Kansas, but I’ve never thought to stop. Next time I’ll have to!

  14. Awww you look so cute in your photos. And now I’m craving an ice cream cookie sandwich…

  15. Haha. I lived in Oklahoma City for 4 years and thought the same things about Norman. Guess, I’ll have to venture back someday!

  16. My comments are all food related but…

    Breakfast and cappuccinos try “Syrup” downtown!
    Fresh tasty Italian try “Victoria’s Pasta shop” on campus.
    Desserts try “La Baguette Bakery” on Main.

    Other awesome food stops include: Pad Thai, and the Greek House on campus. Great lunch specials during the week!

    The Garage downtown has great unique burgers and fries.

    Full Moon Sushi is my fave sushi place and it’s downtown.

    Norman also has a couple of breweries!

    1. This is GREAT! I plan on going back this Summer – thanks so much!

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