There are numerous towns and attractions in the Dallas surrounding area.
Located east of Dallas, Athens was named after Athens, Greece, because it was intended to be the cultural center of Texas. Today the town proclaims itself to be "home of the hamburger".There are a number of nearby lakes for those interested in fishing or water sports. The town also hosts a number of festivals each year, including the Texas Fiddler's Contest & Reunion and the Black-Eyed Pea Fall Harvest Festival.
Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
The Fisheries Center displays aquariums with a wide variety of fish native to Texas, as well as 37 acres of hatchery ponds for largemouth bass which are used to stock Texas lakes.
Address: 5550 Flat Creek Road, Athens, TX 75752, United States
Henderson County Historical Museum
Housed in the 1896 Faulk-Gauntt building, the museum features a recreated early 1900's dry goods store and law office.
Address: 217 North Prairieville, Athens, TX 75751, United States
Fort Worth, Texas
Corsicana was the first oil boom town in Texas when oil was discovered there in 1884. There are a number of historic homes and buildings in the town dating back over a hundred years.Three lakes in the area make the town a popular base for water related activities such as boating, fishing, skiing and camping.
The Pioneer Village is a re-created log cabin village from pioneer days.
Address: 912 West Park Avenue, Corsicana, TX 75110, United States
Plano (pop. 220,000) is located just north of Dallas. The town offers an historic downtown area with a turn of the century feel. Hot-air balloon races held annually in September have led to the town being referred to as the "Balloon Capital of Texas".
Heritage Farmstead Museum (Farrell-Wilson Farmstead)
This 1891 farmhouse is located on four acres which include a windmill and other outbuildings. The restored farm and grounds are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Official site: www.heritagefarmstead.org
Address: 1900 West 15th Street, Plano, TX 75075-7329, United States
This small town (pop. 7000) is located near the Texas and Oklahoma border. It is named for Butler Bonham who fought and died at the Alamo. Three nearby lake allow for camping, boating, and fishing.
Fannin County Museum of History
Located in the 1900 Texas and Pacific Railroad Depot, the museum offers displays on the history of the area. Items of interest include clothing, furniture, American Indian artifacts, farming equipment, and railroad items, and a WWII exhibit.
Official site: www.bonhamchamber.com/fc_museum.htm
Address: 1 Main Street, Bonham, TX 75418, United States
Sam Rayburn House
The house of Sam Rayburn, the longest running speaker of the House of Representatives, was built in 1916. The house was restored and the original furnishings are on display.
Official site: www.bonhamchamber.com/samrayburn_house.htm
Address: US Highway 82 West, Box 309, Bonham, TX 75418, United States
Sam Rayburn Library
The library contains books, documents, and other material collected by Rayburn during his time as Speaker of the House. There is also a replica of the speakers office.
Official site: www.bonhamchamber.com/samrayburn_library.htm
Address: Box 309, Bonham, TX 75418, United States
Canton is known for its First Monday Trade Days. Originally started in the 1850's, this market tradition has continued since then with a trading and flea market held the first Monday of each month.
Cedar Hill, Texas
Cedar Hill (pop. 30,000) was established in the 1850's on the Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railroad. Nearby Joe Pool Lake and Cedar Hill State Park offer a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities.
Wise County Heritage Museum, Decatur, Texas
Housed in the 1892 Decatur Baptist Church, the Wise County Heritage Museum's collection includes American Indian artifacts, art work, and items related to the history of the area.
Denton (pop. 86,000) is home to The University of North Texas and Texas Woman's University, the largest womens' university in the country. Of historical interest in the city is the restored 1895 courthouse.
Heritage Park Museum, Edgewood, Texas
Located in the small town of Edgewood, the Heritage Park Museum displays several historical buildings, agricultural equipment, tools, and clothing dating back to the 1800's. Staff dressed in period demonstrate pioneer skills and techniques.
Ennis (pop. 16,800) developed in 1871 when the railroad reached the town. Today the area is a large cotton producing region. The town features an historic district with numerous old buildings.
Ennis Railroad and Cultural Heritage Museum
The museum features items related to the Houston and Texas Central Railroad which ran through Ennis.
Address: 105 NE Main Street, Ennis, TX 75119-4058, United States
Grapevine (pop. 40,000), named for the wild mustang grapes which grew in the area, was established in the mid 1800's. Most of Main Street is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and many of the buildings have been restored.
International Porcelain Artist Museum
The museum displays antique and contemporary hand painted porcelain.
Address: 520 South Main Street, Grapevine, TX 76051-5380, United States
Greenville (pop. 25,500) is located northeast of Dallas. The area is a cotton growing area and supports a number of modern industries. The town is also the gateway to Lake Tawakoni, popular for it's water sports.
American Cotton Museum
The American Cotton Museum features displays pertaining to the history of the cotton industry. Also on display are exhibits on select celebrities and World War II. Located on the museum grounds is the Greek-Revival style Ende-Gaillard House, the city's oldest house.
Official site: www.cottonmuseum.com
Address: Box 347, Greenville, TX 75402, United States
McKinney (pop. 43,000) was established in 1845. The town features three historic districts and an historic downtown square. It is also a popular area with outdoor and sports enthusiasts, with golf courses, parks, and hiking and biking trails.
Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary
The Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary covers 289 acres and includes a variety of animals and plants and nature trails. Visitors may spot animals including deer or bobcats as well as migrating birds along one of the seven nature trails. Along with the changing seasons, there are different views of the landscape.
Official site: www.heardmuseum.org
Address: 1 Nature Place, McKinney, TX 75069-8840, United States
Bolin Wildlife Exhibit
The wildlife exhibit consists of mounted animals from the United States and other countries.
Address: 1028 North Mcdonald Street, McKinney, TX 75069-2144, United States
Collin County Youth and Farm Museum
The museum is focused on preserving the agricultural heritage of the area. The collection includes antique farm equipment and related items from North Texas.
Address: 7117 County Road 166, McKinney, TX 75070, United States
The area around Paris was settled in the early 1800's and still maintains a number of historical buildings and old homes. The town also boasts a 65 foot tall Eiffel tower replica with a cowboy hat on top.
Maxey House State Historical Structure
This 1868 High Italianate Victorian house belonged to Sam Bell Maxey, a former U.S. senator. On display in the house are Maxey heirlooms and Civil War memorabilia.
Located east of Dallas, Terrell (pop. 15,000) was established in 1873 with the coming of the railroad. The town is home of Southwestern Christina College and Trinity Valley Junior College.
Terrell Heritage Museum
Located in the 1904 Carnegie building, the Terrell Heritage Museum features displays related to the local history and art.
Official site: terrellheritagemuseum.org
Address: 207 North Frances Street, Terrell, TX 75160-2635, United States
Carrollton (pop. 110,000) is located north of Dallas. The Old Downtown area features a central square and a variety of shops.
A W Perry Homestead Museum
Built in 1907, the house displays furniture and artifacts from the early 1900's. A.W. Perry was one of the pioneer settlers who helped to develop the area.
Address: 1509 North Perry Road, Carrollton, TX 75006-6122, United States
Garland (pop. 200,000) is located northeast of Dallas. The city is home to the Garland Symphony and Amber University.
Sulphur Springs, Texas
The town is named after the many sulphur springs in the area. Dairy and cattle production are the base of the town's economy.
Music Box Exhibit
This exhibit in the city library contains more than 150 unique antique music boxes.
Address: 611 North Davis, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482, United States
Southwest Dairy Center and Museum
This dairy-barn style complex depicts the history of the local dairy industry.
Official site: www.southwestdairyfarmers.com
Address: 1210 Houston Street, Box 936, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482-2310, United States
South of Dallas, Waxahachie (pop. 22,000) was once located on the Chisholm Trail. Today the town features many old Victorian style homes.
Ellis County Courthouse
The Renaissance Revival style courthouse was built in 1895 by James Riely Gordon. The building was constructed of red granite and sandstone and the exterior was carved by Italian artisans brought over from Italy.
Official site: www.co.ellis.tx.us
Address: 101 West Main Street, Waxahachie, TX 75165-3759, United States
Ellis County Museum
The museum displays historical artifacts related to the local history including photos, household items, and toys.
Official site: www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txecm/
Address: 201 South College Street, Box 706, Waxahachie, TX 75165-3711, United States