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
Opening hours: 9am-4pm; Sun: 1pm-4pm; Closed: Mon
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25), Christmas Eve - Christian (Dec 24), Easter - Christian
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $5.50, Senior over 65 $4.50, Child 12 & under $3.50
Facilities: Gift shop
Henderson County Historical Museum
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.
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.
Address: 1900 West 15th Street, Plano, TX 75075-7329, United States
Opening hours: 10am-4:30pm; Closed: Mon
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), American Independance Day (Jul 4), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25), Christmas Eve - Christian (Dec 24), New Year's Eve (Dec 31), Good Friday - Christian
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Address: 1 Nature Place, McKinney, TX 75069-8840, United States
Opening hours: 9am-5pm; Sun: 1pm-5pm; Closed: Mon
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $9.00, Child 12 & under $6.00, Senior over 60 $6.00, Child 2 & under FREE
Bolin Wildlife Exhibit
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Ellis County Museum
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