Next on my Texas Adventures is Gainesville, Texas. Gainesville is where Texas begins! It is the home of the World Renowned Frank Buck Zoo. There are many exciting exhibits and the zoo is centered in Leonard Park. Leonard Park has a community playground, a park pavilion, a pool and train rides throughout the park. Gainesville also has the largest number of Victorian homes and architecture in the Gainesville Historic District. These homes were built in the late 1800's and early 1900's and are home to many local residents. Tours are available on the Gainesville Trolley. Gainesville's Historic Square is full of a variety of shops that include antiques, art galleries, jewelry stores, unique gift items, clocks, apparel boutiques and much more! There are quaint tea rooms, hometown diners, a pub and the Famous Fried Pie Co. Stop by the Morton Museum and the Sante Fe Depot Museum. You can also catch a classic move or live production at the restored State Theater. Gainesville is also home to the North Central Texas College.
Just a mile across the border in Oklahoma, you can visit the Winstar World Casino. Winstar is one of North America's largest casinos with eight casinos in one location. Along with the casinos, Winstar offers great entertainment, from comedians to recording artists, in their 2,500 seat Global Event Center. (I've been there about 10 times now and it is a fun time!) Didn't get enough shopping in downtown Gainesville? Then visit the Gainesville Outlet Center that sits right off of Interstate 35.
I hope that you have enjoyed our visit in Gainesville!