Situated in Parker County Texas is the small town of Weatherford. Only a short distance from Fort Worth, it boasts an extensive Western settler heritage. Visitors to Weatherford can explore some of the historic sites as well as its Western architecture. Here are some of our favourite things to do in Weatherford, Texas.
1. Chandor Gardens
In 1936, famous portrait artist Douglas Chandor began the construction of the Chandor Gardens, a 3.5-acre (1.4 hectare) garden designed and inspired by formal English gardens and ancient Chinese designs and architecture. The garden is located in the historic Weatherford district, approximately 25 miles (40 kilometres) from Fort Worth, Texas. The garden is not the only attraction that visitors can view during their stay, either - there is also nearby Chandor mansion to explore.
Address: 303 Palo Pinto St, Weatherford, TX 76086
Price: Adults/Teens 5.00 USD, Children under 12 Free
Website: Chandor Gardens
2. Clark Gardens
The Chandor Gardens are not the only garden open to the public in Weatherford. The Clark Gardens are also a popular destination. Experience the beautiful horticulture and design of the garden, which features beautiful seasonal blooms in the spring, summer and fall. In addition to the breathtaking flowers, guests can experience the splendour of waterfalls and different bird species. The entire garden is wheelchair accessible, making it easy for anyone to navigate their way through the park.
Address: 567 Maddux Road, Weatherford, Texas 76088
Price: 9 USD (Adults), 7 USD (Seniors) and 5 USD (Children, ages 4-12)
Website: Clark Gardens
3. Splash Kingdom Wild West
Come out for some fun at Splash Kingdom, a Wild West-themed water park located in Weatherford. All of the water activities, slides and attractions boast names such as Gold Rush Falls, Snake Pit and Wagon Trail Springs. Watch your little ones play in Gold Rush Falls, a play area for kids designed as an abandoned gold mine, relax and do a few rounds in the lazy river or make a big splash on one of the four water slides or the wave pool. No matter what you decide to do, Splash Kingdom is fun for everyone.
Splash Kingdom Wild West
Address: 1001 Cinema Dr., Hudson Oaks, TX 76087
Price: 18.95 USD, Children under 2 Free
Website: Splash Kingdom Wild West
4. Holland Lake Park
Centrally located in Weatherford is Holland Lake Park. Have a relaxing day at the park and take a leisurely walk around the nature trail, which has concrete walkways. After your walk, take a break and replenish with a delicious picnic, or visit the Double Log Cabin and learn more about Weatherford’s history. The cabin was built in the mid 1800’s. Holland Lake Park also has a lake that is perfect for fishing. Fishermen have caught anything from Blue Catfish, Channel Fish, Bass and Perch to Trout. So, come out and enjoy a relaxing day at the park. You won’t regret it.
Holland Lake Park
Address: 1419 Holland Lake Road, Weatherford, TX
Website: Holland Lake Park
5. The Museum of the Americas
Have you always wanted to learn about Native American history? Then come to The Museum of the Americas. The Museum of the Americas tries to educate the public and nurture an understanding of indigenous culture in America, through their history and art. Explore indigenous artefacts from the 19th and 20th centuries and experience the rich history of Native Americans across the country.
The Museum of the Americas
Address: 216 Fort Worth Hwy., Weatherford, TX 76086
Website: The Museum of the Americas
6. The Doss Heritage and Culture Center
Built in 2006, the Doss Heritage and Culture Center features exhibits on the culture and history of Parker County and Texas. The museum features the Cartwright Gallery, which boasts three different exhibition areas that include rotating art from the Weatherford Arts Association’s artist of the month exhibit. The second area includes a bison skeleton as well as the history of the bison and the third gallery includes the permanent exhibit “Settling the Frontier”. The Heritage Gallery features permanent exhibits on the Native Americans, early settlement and cattle drivers. Tours are offered for 3.00 USD per person. Museum admission is free.
The Doss Heritage and Culture Center
Address: 1400 Texas Dr., Weatherford, TX 76086
Price: Admission Free, Guided tours 3.00 USD
Website: The Doss Heritage and Culture Center
7. The Parker County Courthouse
While visiting Weatherford, you may come across many examples of historic homes and architecture, with the Parker County Courthouse being one of them. It is also one of the most visited historic buildings and was awarded a Texas Historical Marker in 1964. The courthouse has a long history of being built and rebuilt due to fires. The fourth and most current version of the courthouse was built in 1887. Many visitors come to admire its grand, French Empire architectural style, which was built from limestone quarried from Parker County. Tours of the courthouse are available upon request.
Parker County Courthouse
Address: 303 Palo Pinto St, Weatherford, TX 76086
Website: Parker County Courthouse
8. Sweet Springs Winery
Wine lovers will love visiting Sweet Springs Winery, a small, family owned and operated boutique winery. Visitors can tour the vineyard and do a wine tasting, as well as buy some of the wines and get all of their wine questions answered by the friendly and helpful staff.
Sweet Springs Winery
Address: 1400 Sweet Springs Rd., Weatherford, TX 76088, USA
Website: Sweet Springs Winery
Come experience a part of Wild West heritage and history in Weatherford, Texas. From museums to architecture, to a Wild West-themed water park, Weatherford will take you back in time for an educational, yet exciting vacation. Go ahead and book your trip to Weatherford today.
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