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Stillwater and Norman offer plenty of entertainment besides football

Stillwater and Norman offer plenty of dining and entertaining options beyond the football field.
BY KAYLEE MCDANIEL Published: October 24, 2010

On most Saturdays throughout fall, college towns in Oklahoma overflow with passionate fans celebrating their team's victory or commiserating in their team's defeat. Norman and Stillwater, home of the state's two largest universities, offer tailgating opportunities galore during home games. However, both cities also offer their fair share of entertainment away from the football field.

Even if you are not attending a game at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, food options abound in this college town. Eskimo Joe's holds the most fame when it comes to Stillwater food choices, and its American-style fare and fun atmosphere provide a special experience. Stillwater is also the original home to Hideaway Pizza, which has since grown to include various locations throughout Oklahoma. For a lesser-known staple on the Strip, visit Coney Island at 223 S Washington. While you are waiting for your coney dog with relish, you can rack up a game of pool or play some vintage arcade games.

The Strip is also the perfect place to find Stillwater's night life. Willie's Saloon, at 323 S Washington, showcased Oklahoma's own Garth Brooks in his first musical performance. The venue offers live music, a full-service bar and karaoke. The iconic Tumbleweed Dance Hall at Lakewood and Country Club roads offers the perfect place to boot-scoot to the sounds of live music ranging from country to alternative rock. After hosting more than 200 country music stars, including Willie Nelson and Hank Williams, Jr., this establishment has earned its ranking among Country Weekly's top 10 historic music venues to visit in the United States.

Norman, home to the University of Oklahoma, offers a host of shopping and dining opportunities at Campus Corner adjacent to the university on Boyd Street.

For university shirts, gifts, and home decor, stop by the Antique Garden at the intersection of Boyd and Buchanan. The store is packed full of special finds from around the globe. Just up the block at 566 Buchanan is Birdie, a florist and sustainable housewares shop that offers an artistic display of everything from bouquets to bath salts.

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