Day Trips From The Wicklow
(Sights with-in a one to two
hours drive of Corsicana)
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
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 Scuba Park
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
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.
Information on things to do in Corsicana can be found on the
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.
- 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.
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
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
The Science Place
- Hands-on science exhibits highlighting
technology, anatomy, physics and energy. Live demonstrations.
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.
- 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.
Navarro Mills Lake -
5,070 acres - Swimming, fishing,
water-skiing, boating and picnicking.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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
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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Acton State Historical Park
Texas' smallest state park.
Marks 1860 gravesite of Elizabeth Crockett, second wife of
frontiersman and Alamo hero, Davy Crockett.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historical Park
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.
- 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.
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.
Cedar Creek Lake -
34,300 acres - Swimming, fishing,
water-skiing, boating and picnicking
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.
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.
a recreated sixteenth-century English
village spread over thirty-five acres of open countryside. Late
April to mid-June on weekends.
Whitney Lake -
23,500 acres - Swimming, fishing,
water-skiing, boating and picnicking.