In 1870, the United States Land Office contracted with a professional engineer to survey much of Oklahoma territory. Abner E. Norman, a young surveyor, became chainman of the central survey area in Indian Territory. The surveyor's crew burned the words "NORMAN'S CAMP" into an elm tree near a watering hole to taunt their younger supervisor. When the "SOONERS" (those who headed west before the official Land Run date, April 22, 1889) and the other settlers arrived in the heart of Oklahoma, they kept the name "NORMAN." Today, with an estimated 117,528 residents, Norman is the third largest city in the State of Oklahoma. Looking for exciting Oklahoma attractions and activities the whole family can enjoy? If you've got curious kids or grandkids or you're a curious kid at heart, then Norman Oklahoma has the kind of exploration young adventurers crave. Larger-than-life dinosaur exhibits and just-their-size nature focused nooks and crannies await at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History. Discover the wonder of weather at the National Weather Center as you go behind the scenes and see the newest technology in action. From the contemporary artist of our downtown galleries to the French Impressionists at the world-famous Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, an appreciation for finer things is waiting just around the corner. Plus all of Oklahoma City is at our doorstep -- the Bricktown Canal, an NBA Thunder game, the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum -- are less than 20 minutes away! More adventures await a short drive south. Norman's safe, affordable hotels, convenience, and variety of centrally located restaurants will make your family's expedition - unbelievably easy.