There is quite a lot going on in Norman, Oklahoma, a city just south of Oklahoma City. Aside from it being a bustling city of its own, it is considered a suburb of the state capital and is home to Oklahoma University, one of the largest of its kind in the state. Norman was first settled during the ‘Land Run of 1889”, where thousands of folks from the east coast frantically packed up and moved to central Oklahoma to claim some of the millions of acres of land up for grabs.
Oklahoma might bring images of flat, boring plains and erratic weather patterns mixed with tornados, but Norman is one of the few hidden gems to be found in the state. Norman has all the attractions, restaurants, public transport, and shopping centers of a major city, with lots of flexibility for those who want to rent an RV. When you book an RV in Norman, there are quaint, historic districts brimming with lovely Victorian houses, exciting first-class sporting events like the Oklahoma Sooners football games, and gorgeous scenery in every direction. On top of all of that, your head will spin when you hear all the incredible events the town hosts throughout the year. Jazz in June in the summer months, the Midsummer Nights’ Fair featuring art and great food, the May Fair at Andrews Park, Groovefest, the Norman Music Festival, and of course the Norman Medieval Fair are just a fraction of the ways you can enjoy this wonderful little city.
Experience the Sites and Scenery
One of the reasons people love Norman so much is the city’s dedication to its public spaces and parks. There are fifty-five parks maintained by the Parks and Recreation Department of Norman, as well as three recreation centers, a public golf course, several disc golf courses, and a swimming complex with waterslides. George M. Sutton Wilderness Park is a massive oasis in the center of Norman where residents can escape the hectic rat race and embrace nature for a few hours. This park is less like a conventional park and instead focuses on delightful nature trails winding through the woods. There is lots of wildlife to see in this pristine setting, including wild migratory butterflies swarming the flowers surrounding the lake. Westwood Park is another popular feature in the city park system and one of the largest parks in Norman too. In addition to its playground, there is an Olympic size pool at Westwood Park, an eighteen-hole golf course, waterslides, and tennis courts.
Before you leave town, one of Oklahoma’s best state parks can be found in Norman. Lake Thunderbird State Park is a fabulous place to bring your Norman RV rental, to cool off and enjoy the refreshing waters of Lake Thunderbird itself. Practically the entire lake is lined with recreation areas and campgrounds. There are two marinas at this state park providing boat access to those that need it, as well as a restaurant and campgrounds. Opposite Lake Thunderbird State Park on the other side of the water, is Little River State Park, yet another great place to bring your Norman camper rental without leaving town. Little River also has its fair share of campsites along the water’s edge, where fishing, swimming, and boating are popular activities. Lexington Wildlife Management Area, south of Lake Thunderbird just outside the city limits, is a prime place to go hunting or fishing on ten thousand acres of gorgeous forest and rolling prairies dotted with lakes and ponds.
Walnut Creek State Park and Keystone State Park can be visited in your Norman motorhome rental if you drive towards Tulsa. These wonderful parks are located on the banks of the mighty Arkansas River, which is great for boating and water skiing among other things. Black Kettle National Grasslands is located on the border with northern Texas and was once home to the Comanche indigenous people. The recreation areas at Black Kettle allow visitors to picnic, camp, fish, or explore the rocky gorges and canyons on the edges of the park. Out near Fort Smith, Arkansas, parts of the Ozark National Forest and the Ouachita National Forest can be visited in your Norman RV rental by owner, with some of the Ouachita National Forest actually spilling over the border into Oklahoma. Ouachita National Forest is the oldest national forest in the south and has almost two million acres of rugged mountain landscapes and rich forest land.
If you are worrying about where to park your RV rental near Norman overnight: don’t. There are loads of options in and around town. Roadrunner RV Park is located in between Norman and Oklahoma City, offering the best of both worlds as far as flexibility goes. Enjoy full hookup sites, restrooms, and showers here along with Wi-Fi and laundry facilities.
Mustang RV Park is an upscale park located near Oklahoma City as well and worth considering as a home base for your Norman luxury RV rental. This park has a large pool, clubhouse, and playground. There’s even a tornado shelter for emergencies.
Oklahoma City East KOA is another option with spacious campsites in a comfortable, country setting. The pool and snack bar make this KOA park worth considering. The sites are full hookup with Wi-Fi and there’s laundry facilities, showers and restrooms for guest’s use.
Don’t forget that Lake Thunderbird State Park and Little River State Park have some of the finest camping in Norman, with some sites having lakefront access.
The best part about an RV rental in Norman, Oklahoma is that it has a little of everything. Not only is a spectacular place to camp or enjoy natural scenery, but so too is it a world-class metropolitan area with lots of fun attractions between it and Oklahoma City to the north. Oklahoma University’s main campus is in Norman, and on that campus is a variety of wonderful museums for the public to enjoy. The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is an award-winning institution with countless dinosaur fossils and other prehistoric relics on display. Megalodon skeletons and Triceratops bones are fan favorites at the museum. The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is also located on campus and appeals to the art lovers of the world. The museum is home to several Van Gogh paintings and a collection of Impressionist masterpieces from painters like Claude Monet.
The National Weather Center and the National Weather Museum and Science Center are wonderful resources for science-minded individuals who enjoy learning about the climate. The National Weather Center is appropriately located in the infamous “Tornado Alley” where some of the country’s craziest weather occurs. Moore-Lindsay House Museum caters to those who seek to learn the history of the land rush and the settling of Norman and Oklahoma City. It is housed in an antique Victorian House built in the 19th century.
Norman, OK is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.
There are many popular rentals in Norman. Outdoorsy's Norman RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.