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Things To Do Around Lake Texoma

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Kayaking - Paddle boarding & Sailing Classes

Each Saturday, University of Texoma presents their water activity classes at Lighthouse Resort and Marina. Classes are $5 per person per course and last approximately 1 hour.
You will receive your official University of Texoma diploma as well as a voucher good for $5 off your next water toy rental at Lighthouse Fuel-dock. All ages welcome! Please call (903) 361-8500 to reserve your spot. Weather and wind permitting!

Classes Available:

May 31     June 7    June 14    June 21
10am - 11am- Join us for a fun-filled Basic Kayaking class. University of Texoma Instructors will teach you how to safely and comfortably kayak.

May 31     June 7    June 14    June 21
12pm - 1pm - Experience the excitement and relaxation Stand Up Paddleboard class. University of Texoma Instructors will teach you how to safely and comfortably use a Hobie DuraSUP Stand Up Paddleboard. 

May 31     June 7    June 14    June 21
2pm - 3pm - Want to learn how to sail? We offer a 1 hour introductory course to teach you how to sail our Hobie Cats for per person. 

Places to Visit

With a rich history deeply rooted in the Wild West, the Texoma area has a multitude of historical sites and  museums where visitors can step back in time to see how this area developed economically and culturally. Learn more about how and why the Denison Dam was built, how pilots were trained at a very special Air Force Base, where the railroads met from north to south, the Butterfield Stage and the pony express (ever heard of Fed Ex?)  and even tour a museum devoted to the celebration of Jazz! 

Photo Perrin Historical MuseumPerrin Field, now the North Texas Regional Airport, had a
 major impact in the growth of the Texoma area.  The Perrin
Field Museum has moved into new quarters at the airport
and has an amazing collection of memorabilia and exhibits
from World War I and II.

 Perrin air Foprce Base was active during World War II as a pilot
training airfield.  During the Cold War it served as a combat crew
and flying training base.  The school trained and graduated over
11,000 aircrew members including 49 US astronauts, 

Photo Katy Depot Denison TXWhere the railroad met from north to south, Denison is home
 to the Railroad Museum, located in the Katy Depot Building. 
Although the space is small it is jam packed with railroad
memorabilia.  The Katy Depot building is a popular choice
for large parties and wedding. 

photo eisenhower monumentDenison is the birthplace of President Dwight David Eisenhower. 
The original home is open to the public and host several events
 throughout the year.  I Like Ike celebrations are observed in
 October each year with 5k runs and other birthday events.

Bonham is home to the famous statesman
Sam Rayburn and the original home-site, farm and Sam Rayburn
Museum are open to the public. 

Frontier Village offers another peek into the past with a collection
of historic buildings.  Many  communities have historic home tours. 
Watch the Events page for tour dates.

Photo children activity tableFor children, the Northeast Texas Children's Museum in Commerce
provides a creative and enriching learning experience through the
museum’s many exhibits.  Learning can be fun! 

The Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Refuge in McKinney
Is another kid favorite place to visit.  Nature trails,the  butterfly house,
andnatural science classes for preschool and home schooling are
available.  Special holiday events are held for Christmas, Easter
and Halloween.

Take a Winery Tour

image Munson wine trailOur French Connection began when the Munson Family Vineyards
sent root stock to France to save their vineyards.  Tours and wine
tastings of the local vineyards are fun, interesting and educational. 
The Munson Memorial Vineyard is open for tours and is part of the
 Grayson College Viticulture and Enology Center -one of the best
know educational facilities in the country.  There are twelve wineries
on the Munson Wine Trail.  Many are open to visitors, have tasting
facilities and tours.  All are within easy driving distance of Lake Texoma. 

Take a Cruise or Sail off into the sunset

Island Girls sunset cruise on Lake TexomLake Texoma is famous for its sunsets and Eagle watching, so be
sure to book a cruise to experience the best of both!   Sail around the
lake in a replica 1860's Wooden Brigatine Privateer.  She is a double
 hulled Mahogany over White Oak ribs with an impressive 60' length
overall and 46' at the water line.  Owners Ron and Tammie Odom
brought the Compass Rose to Lake Texoma in late 2012 where a
special dock was built at Grandpappy Point.  The Compass Rose
is available for Private Sails, Tours, Special Events and Weddings. 

One of the main purposes of the Compass Rose's existence on Lake
 Texoma is to educate children about the great tradition of sailing. 
The ship serves as a floating "school."  They teach not only about the ship, but about the world she encountered
 in the 1860's as well as what she taught modern ships.  Truly fascinating for kids and adults as well!

Take a Trip to the Zoo and Leonard Park

Photo elephant sculpture at Frank Buck ZooFrank Buck Zoo in Gainsville has a multitude of family friendly
activities -  Feed the Giraffes at 10:30 daily, stroller safari, summer
 day camps, Breakfast with Santa and the Easter Bunny, and Zoo
Boo are just a few of the favorites.  At nearby Leonard Park kids can
 ride a replica of a steam engine train, play in a circus themed
playground, splash in the pool or picnic under hundred year old trees. 

Explore Nature at a Wildlife Refuge

Bunny at Hagerman by Pamela PorterThe Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, Heard Natural Science
Museum and Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge all offer excellent
opportunities for hiking, walking, birding and observing the natural
habitat of Lake Texoma. Second Saturday, Youth First and the
Photographer of the Month are sponsored by the Friends of Hagerman.
Tram and driving tours are also available.

HEARD Museum has nature trails, classes, night hikes, a rock
climbing wall,  birding activities and Second Saturday events monthly.

 Interested in animals from far away places?  Pop in at the Harbor
Museum in Sherman to view exotic animals from all over the world.


Photo shoesEach community boast their own small boutiques for your shopping
pleasure -clothing, hand crafted jewelry,  accessories of all kinds. 

Antique malls and Art Galleries line the downtown streets
of Denison and small boutiques are clustered in Kelly Square in Sherman. 

Sherman Town Center at the intersection of Hwy 82 and Hwy 75 in
Sherman is the largest regional mall with many department stores, specialty
shops and restaurants.

 Gainsville is home to a large outlet mall on Hwy 35.  .

Welcome to the Denison Arts & Cultural District

image Denison art and cultural district logo

A tranquil mix of old and new, the Denison Arts and Cultural District
 (DACD) encompasses a 30-block area of downtown, featuring art
galleries and studios, antique and specialty shops, performance venues
and green spaces, a historic theater, art schools, restaurants and wine
tasting room, recording and dance studios, museums, loft living spaces
, a library, and the Old Katy Depot – all nestled among buildings that are
listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Nightlife and Entertainment

Photo Hot Summer Nights GazeboThe Sherman Symphony, The Sherman Community Players, and
 local bands who have gained national acclaim all come together
to provide a rich cultural experience and tons of entertainment.
 From June - July, Denison, Sherman and Gainsville come alive
with free music concerts on Thursday or Fridays nights. 

Wednesdays thru Sunday, local nightclubs  offer up a vast array of
 live musical experiences in Bar and Grill atmospheres that are casual
and fun.  The Texoma area is also home to a number of Bluegrass,
Gospel, Rock and Country music festivals.  Both Winstar and Cocktaw
 Casinos bring in top recording artist to their Event Centers, lounges and sports bars.

Mary Jane Farmer described Texoma music this way - "Texoma rocks! And it country-es, and blues-es, and
acoustic-es, and bluegrass-es! In 2010, music lovers farther away from the Red River learned this fact, as
 more of the Oklahoma and Metroplex venues, music festivals, and radio stations provided new ears to our
Texoma ear candy."

Of course, there were some incredible acts that came into the area, too, and those just complimented what is
already here. It boils down to this: When you’ve got it, you’ve got it, and Texoma’s got it!"

Chicasaw Cultural Center

Photo Chicasaw exhibitA must see is the Chickasaw Cultural Center.  
Chickasaw Country Award Winner 2014 - Best MuseumChickasaw Country award logo

The Chickasaw Cultural Center, a stunning state-of-the-art campus featuring architectural elements such as native stone, wood, and copper—is the culmination of the legacy of our people. It’s a place that records our history and perpetuates our legacy for generations to come.

This world-class destination is devoted to sharing and celebrating
Chickasaw history and culture.

As the largest tribal cultural center in the United States, the ongoing mission
of the Cultural Center is to make you feel at home. With showcases, interactive media stations and hands-on classes, they have consciously departed from the traditional museum "displays-under-glass" format to give you the closest connection with the Chickasaw culture.

Adjacent to the Chickasaw National Recreation Area in south-central Oklahoma, the Chickasaw Cultural Center is
 located 10 miles east of I-35 on Cooper Memorial Dr. in Sulphur, OK. 

Slots, table games, food and fun at the Casino

Photo Cochtaw casinoChoctaw Casino in Durant OK is a premier resort offering gaming, tournaments, restaurants, lounges, Center Stage entertainment events, conference center, swimming pool, game room, spa and Fitness Center. Adjacent to the Casino is the RV Park Choctaw Lodge and The Choctaw Inn. Choctaw Casino Resort

You’re invited to a world of luxury, excitement and culture at WinStar World Casino.

Photo Winstar Casino HotelWinStar World Casino features the best in electronic games, table games and bingo.  You’ll also find an assortment of entertainment and dining options that will satisfy any palate, including the popular Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill.

As Oklahoma’s largest casino resort, we offer many opportunities to make your stay as relaxing and convenient as possible. After playing in the fast-paced casino, your day is far from over. There’s more excitement waiting for you at WinStar World Casino Hotel, WinStar Global Event Center, WinStar Golf Course, Spa Habitat and our shopping boutiques.

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