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Day Trips From The Wicklow Inn

(Sights with-in a one to two hours drive of Corsicana)

Arlington

American Airlines C. R. Smith Museum - a hugely impressive tribute to the history of flight. Free (closed on Monday)

Ballpark in Arlington - This sports facility is home for the American League's Texas Rangers baseball team. The stadium accommodates 49,200 people. There is a museum, learning center, amphitheater, and youth baseball field.

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor - Theme park features rides such as Corkscrew Flume and Kamikaze Waterslide. Lagoon pool, water playground and river floating.

Six Flags Over Texas - Opened in 1961 as one of the first US theme parks. Name refers to the six countries that claimed land in what is now Texas. Over 100 rides, attractions and shows. Children's area. 200-foot parachute drop, 14-story roller coaster and Texas Cliff Hanger ride offering sensation of falling 10 stories.

Athens

Athens Scuba Park - An 8-acre, azure blue lake makes a perfect place to dive. Training center and dive shop, underwater wrecks, and picnic areas.

Black Beauty Ranch - A 1,150-acre refuge for abandoned and abused animals of all sorts, from chimpanzees, burros, and elephants to dogs, cats and horses. Open on Saturday only from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. (supported primarily by donations)


East Texas Arboretum and Botanical Garden - A beautiful 100-acre site with rolling hills, meadows, dense woods, and spring fed streams and marshes.

Henderson County Historical Museum - A recreation of an early 20th century law office, bedroom, parlor, bath, kitchen and schoolroom.

Henderson County Performing Arts Center - Has been offering professional quality productions since 1940. The season features eight plays including two musicals, a youth production and the annual Community Actors Senior Theatre production.

Texas Fresh Water Fisheries Center - The Fisheries Center is a uniquely entertaining 300,000 gallon aquarium and hatchery complex. Visitors can explore the secret habitat of a Hill Country Stream, stroll through an underwater wonderland or gaze into the eyes of an American alligator in its natural environment. Casting pond and fishing area - no license or pole required.

Brazos de Dios

Homestead Heritage Visitors Center - A small farming community where traditional crafts and arts are preserved and practiced.

Canton

First Monday Trade Days - One hundred acres of vendors spread out with their goods to sale. Since the middle of the nineteenth century, country folks have been traveling here to buy and sale everything you could ever want or need. Today some 5,000 vendors set up the Friday, Saturday and Sunday proceeding the first Monday of the month.

Corsicana

Information on things to do in Corsicana can be found on the Corsicana Page

Dallas

Age of Steam Railroad Museum - Passenger cars and steam locomotives depict American railroad history. World's largest steam engine and 1930s train with dining and sleeping cars.
 

Dallas World Aquarium - One of the country's largest inland aquariums. Features over 375 marine species, fish from Amazon and other locations exhibited. Endangered species. Located in Downtown Dallas near the West End.
 

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden - Rolling landscape, gardens within city setting. Jonsson Color Garden especially beautiful when spring tulips bloom. Noted azalea collection, cascading water walls and hidden garden. Includes DeGolyer House, 1939 estate resembling Spanish colonial style. National Register of Historic Places.

Texas Discovery Garden - Flora from South America, Africa and Pacific Islands. Fragrance gardens for visually impaired. Miniature rose, Shakespearean gardens. Endangered species.

Fair Park - Popular city park known for art deco architecture. Home to several museums, including The Science Place and Dallas Museum of Natural History. New Year's Day football classic held in park's Cotton Bowl Stadium and the annual University of Texas and University of Oklahoma football game. Hosts Texas State Fair, one of the nations largest state fairs.

Frontiers of Flight Museum - Located at Love Field. Highlights history of air travel. Newspaper and magazine articles, and uniforms of famous aviators. Models and replicas of famous aircraft, modern passenger planes and space shuttles.

Dallas Museum of Art - City's largest art museum; contains African, pre-Columbian and 19th-century art. Sculpture garden with waterfalls and trees. Reves Collection of European art and furniture in re-created Mediterranean villa. Guided tours.

International Museum of Cultures - Ethnographic museum part of International Linguistics Center. Life-size and miniature exhibits portray modern indigenous people living in remote areas of world. Guided tours.

Dallas Museum of Natural History - Habitat displays of native plants, animals and minerals. Fossil exhibits of fish, reptiles and dinosaurs. 32-foot high reconstructed mosasaur, one of the world's largest prehistoric sea serpents. 20,000-year-old mammoth skeleton.

Old City Park - Site of Dallas' first city park. 37 restored structures dating 1840 - 1910 re-create turn of the century Dallas village. School house, bank, doctor's office, hotel, and various houses. Authentic furnishings, living history exhibits. Guided tours.

The Science Place - Hands-on science exhibits highlighting technology, anatomy, physics and energy. Live demonstrations. Planetarium.

Texas School Book Depository - Dallas' most photographed site. Building from which Lee Harvey Oswald alleged assassinated 35th US president John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Fatal shot reportedly came from sixth floor, which today features exhibits highlighting Kennedy's life. Photographs, artifacts.

Dallas Zoo - One of Texas' largest zoos with approximately 1,600 animals. Wilds of Africa exhibit replicates six African habitats. Narrated journey through zoo via monorail. Simulated rain forest, nature trail, gorilla-viewing area.

Dawson

Navarro Mills Lake - 5,070 acres - Swimming, fishing, water-skiing, boating and picnicking.

Ennis

Bardwell Lake - 3,570 acres - Swimming, fishing, water-skiing, boating and picnicking.

The Ennis Railroad and Cultural Heritage Museum - The museum houses a fascinating collection of railroad memorabilia, dioramas, roundhouse displays and historical videos.

Texas Motorplex - Drag race track, home of the quarter-mile land speed record at 321.77 MPH, two National NHRA premier events, Castrol Nationals in the spring and O'Reilly Nationals in the fall, plus a forty-week racing season. The stadium holds 41,000 people and there is parking for 25,000 cars.

85 Speedway - Host racing events every Saturday night March - October. Races include Bombers, Street Stock, Hot Stock, and UMP Modified. Special events include the ladies' Powder Puff division, Texas Dwarf Car Association and Figure 8 racing.
 

Fort Worth

Amon Carter Museum - One of Fort Worth's largest contemporary art museum. Extensive collection of American Western art, including works by Remington and Russell. Modern sculpture, paintings and photography.

Billy Bob's Texas - Considered "world's largest honky-tonk." Located on grounds of former cattle-holding pens. Showcase facility for live bull riding, country and western performances. 10,000-square-foot dance floor.

Fort Worth Botanic Garden - Oldest botanic garden in Texas. The original rose garden was constructed 1933. Native and exotic species. Republic of Texas rose garden, Japanese and fragrance gardens. 10,000-square-foot conservatory, exhibition greenhouse.

Cattleman's Museum - Commemorates American cowboys and 500-year development of cattle industry. Videotapes, movies and talking displays cover Western ranching, life on cattle trail and struggles between ranchers and cattle rustlers.


Kimbell Art Museum - Items in collection date from antiquity to 20th century. Works by Titian, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Cezanne, Picasso and Matisse. Building designed by architect Louis Kahn; know for its excellent use of natural lighting and vaulted ceilings.


Fort Worth Museum of Science and History - Highlights history of calculators and computers, geology and paleontology, rocks and fossils, and medicine. Planetarium features astronomy and laser light shows. Omni Theater with 80-foot screen.


Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth - Permanent and traveling exhibits showcasing 2oth-century art. Works by Picasso, Hockney, Rothko, Stella, Warhol and Pollock.

Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge - Located on remnant of Fort Worth prairie; excellent examples of prairie, cross timbers, riparian (streamside) forest, limestone ledges and marshes. Unique trees include post oak, black willow, American elm, pecan and Mexican buckeye. Abundant wildlife. Hiking trails. National Natural Landmark.

Fort Worth Stockyards - Formerly world's largest stockyard in early 1900s. Western ware stores, art galleries, saloons, dance hall and restaurants. Live rodeo shows and weekly cattle and pig auctions. Designated National Historical District.

Sundance Square - Named for Sundance Kid, an outlaw who came to Fort Worth between bank robberies. Historic district with several restored buildings dating from around 1900. Shops, restaurants, art galleries and Sid Richardson Collection of Western Art, noted for several paintings by Remington and Russell.

Tarantula Train - a vintage steam train which runs from the Fort Worth Stockyards National Register Historic District to Grapevine, Texas, another National Register Historical District site worth the time to explore while waiting for the return trip. Daily

University Park Village - This is an upscale complex featuring high end stores.

Fort Worth Water Garden - 4.3 acre plaza of plantings and molded concrete forming deep lakes. Numerous waterfalls, fountains and quiet pools. For viewing only -- swimming and wading not permitted. Evening illumination.

Fort Worth Zoo - Rated as one of the top five zoos in the country it houses over 4,400 specimens found worldwide. One of the largest exhibits of reptiles and amphibians in US. Aquarium features extensive freshwater and saltwater fish collections. Texas! Exhibit depicts turn-of-the-century Texas town with livestock corral and blacksmith shop. Children's petting area.

Glen Rose

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center - Privately owned wildlife sanctuary, dedicated to protection of exotic and endangered species. Hundreds of animals viewed via 9.5-mile auto tour. Education center, Petting pasture, nature trail. Behind-the-scenes tour by reservation.

Grandbury

Acton State Historical Park - Texas' smallest state park. Marks 1860 gravesite of Elizabeth Crockett, second wife of frontiersman and Alamo hero, Davy Crockett.

Grand Prairie

Lone Star Park - Horse racing at it's best during the racing season.

Hillsboro

Prime Retail Outlet Center - The fifty-plus stores offer discounts from 20 to 75 percent off retail prices

Irving

Texas Stadium - Home stadium for the National Football Conference's Dallas Cowboys football team. Seats over 65,000 spectators. Tours of field and locker room. Sports Museum and pro-shop sales area.

Jacksonville

The Texas Basket Company - Visitors can view craftspeople at work making between 6,000 and 10,000 baskets per day from wood cut within 200 miles of town. Established in 1924, the outfit still uses the original equipment.

Kilgore

East Texas Oil Museum - See how a town grew from 800 to 8,000 residents in just 24 hours. One of the best, if not best, museums dedicated to the Oil Business.

Rangerette Showcase - Tells the story of the Kilgore Junior College Rangerettes, the famous high kick line that put showbiz on the football field. The group has been performing at halftime at the Cotton Bowl for over fifty years.

Mesquite

Mesquite Championship Rodeo - Since 1958 this has been a top rodeo every Friday and Saturday evening from April through September at 8:30 pm. See highlights on TNN television each Sunday.

Mexia

Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historical Park - Reunion site for Confederate States of America veterans until late 1940s. Features 1872 Heritage House, 1893 Dance Pavilion and two-story log cabin by popular Methodist circuit preacher, Mordecia Yell.

Fort Parker - Recreation of the original fort built to protect the settlers in the area. Site of the kidnapping of Cynthia Ann Parker who later was the mother of the great Indian Chief Quanah Parker.

Palestine/Rusk

Texas State Railroad State Historical Park - One of the nations largest and most unique steam-train operation. The 50-mile round-trip rolls through piney woods and hardwood creek bottoms of East Texas aboard steam-powered trains from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Connects two units of Rusk/Palestine State Park. Railroad originally built 1896 to haul ore from Palestine area to Rusk. Spring to fall only.

Seven Points

Cedar Creek Lake - 34,300 acres - Swimming, fishing, water-skiing, boating and picnicking

Tyler

Municipal Rose Garden - More than 30,000 rose bushes in 500 varieties fill the fourteen-acre park - making it the nation's largest municipal rose garden. The blooming season peaks in mid-May and continues through November.

Waco

Armstrong Browning Library - Inside the library you will find the largest collection of materials relating to Robert and Elizabeth Browning. See the fifty-six stained-glass windows depicting the famous pair's poetry.

Dr Pepper Museum - Exhibit includes the original soda fountain from the Old Corner Drug Store where local pharmacist, Dr. Charles Alderton, developed the popular drink Dr Pepper. Located in the old bottling plant built in 1906 in downtown Waco. National Register of Historic Places.

Texas Ranger Museum and Hall of Fame - Located in 35-acre park around Fort Fisher replica. Represents history of Texas Rangers, law enforcement group founded 1823 by colonizer Stephen F. Austin. Antique firearms and weapons, Native American artifacts, Western artwork, wax figures. Hall of Fame commemorates noteworthy lawmen. Current headquarters of Company F, Texas Rangers.
 

Texas Sports Hall of Fame - See some of the greatest sports figures who competed on fields, courts and tracks of Texas. Included are Shaquille O'Neal, Jackie Robinson, Jack Pardee, Earl Campbell, A.J. Foyt, Johnny Rutherford, Willi Shoemaker, Nolan Ryan, Bob Lilly, Mean Joe Green, Rogers Hornsby and Roger Staubach. Watch highlight films of college and professional sports in the Tom Landry Theater.

Waxahachie

Scarborough Faire - a recreated sixteenth-century English village spread over thirty-five acres of open countryside. Late April to mid-June on weekends.

Whitney

Whitney Lake - 23,500 acres - Swimming, fishing, water-skiing, boating and picnicking.


 

 

 

 

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