We just lately spent a couple of days exploring Garland, a metropolis I assumed I already knew very effectively. My husband and I go to Garland at the very least as soon as a month, since now we have numerous pals and even a couple of family residing there.
However on a latest keep hosted by Go to Garland, we realized that we’d solely simply begun to discover this historic North Texas metropolis. I had no thought, as an example, that Garland is now the ninth largest metropolis in Texas. They’ve an incredible 63 parks, plus three championship golf programs. One other huge plus for Garland is its proximity to scenic Lake Ray Hubbard, a brief drive east on I-30. Even for those who don’t like boating, fishing, or windsurfing, there’s nice food and fun to be discovered at eating places like The Flying Saucer, whose patios overlook the lake.
Garland Performing Arts
Garland’s performing arts scene has been thriving for years, elevating the bar excessive for different suburban cities with Garland Civic Theatre and Garland Summer time Musicals (GSM). Their critically-applauded musical productions draw theater followers to the town all year long. After lacking 2020 because of the pandemic, GSM returns in June and July with two traditional Broadway musicals, all produced with native expertise (“Grease” and “9 to 5”). Their reveals can be on the Granville Performing Arts Heart in June and July. The PAC is positioned only a few steps from the DART cease, which helps draw guests from throughout the Metroplex.
Town can be justifiably pleased with its culture and history. Guests are invited to study extra about Garland’s heritage on the Landmark Museum, housed within the 1901 Santa Fe Depot at Heritage Crossing. The crossing consists of 4 quadrants of land at Sixth and Walnut Streets in Downtown Garland. The Landmark Museum, a refurbished 1910 Pullman Coach Automotive, and the nineteenth Century Tinsley-Lyles Home take up the southwest quadrant of the intersection.
Strolling paths with markers describing Garland’s historical past make up the opposite three quadrants of Heritage Crossing. Garland Railroads, the museum’s present exhibition, teaches guests in regards to the significance of the rails to Garland’s previous and current.
Railroads helped flip Garland from a small agricultural village into one of many largest cities in Texas with a thriving manufacturing financial base. The Landmark Museum additionally shows native artifacts from early settlers, outdated newspapers, farm instruments, quilts, clothes, commerce and trade and extra. The museum, 393 N. Sixth Avenue, is open each Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or by particular appointment. For data, go to [email protected]
Hidden Garland is one other program that helps educate guests (even these like me who suppose they “know” Garland) by way of a scavenger hunt in downtown Garland. This system is on the market by way of the Landmark Museum, and helps individuals discover hidden clues to Garland’s historical past.
Kimberly Nurmi, Heritage Crossing Coordinator, stated “This program is nice enjoyable and could be finished by way of the Go to Garland app or with printed clues you decide up at both the museum or the Go to Garland workplace on Fifth St. You employ clues to seek out the hidden gadgets, take footage of them in your mobile phone, after which convey the pictures again to both the museum or the Go to Garland workplace. If your entire footage are right, you win a prize. I feel probably the most fascinating factor about this program is it is going to make you decelerate and spot issues you’ll have walked by a thousand instances with out giving them a second thought.”
Beer & BBQ Path
On our latest keep, we realized the town has additionally change into often called a Beer & BBQ path vacation spot, with a number of topnotch breweries and much more BBQ joints. We had a good time at native favourite Intrinsic Smokehouse Brewery & BBQ, positioned on the historic downtown sq.. I’m no beer professional, however their house-brewed Kolsch craft beer was actually good. And their BBQ brisket is addictive, subsequent time I’ll take a half-pound ($9) house with me.
We additionally visited the Lakewood Brewery, housed in a state-of-the-art facility on Government Drive. This award-winning brewery incorporates a very talked-about faucet room and outside beer backyard, and is a good place for personal occasions. Because it was joyful hour within the taproom, I ordered a Taster’s Flight. In contrast to Intrinsic’s four-sample flight, Lakewood Brewery’s brew grasp introduced out six samples. That was about 4 greater than I might handle, however my favorites had been their anniversary ales: Lions Share VII (Sauv Blanc Barrel Saison aged in California Sauvignon Blanc barrels) and Lions Share VIII (Rhum Barrel Russian Imperial Stout).
With a lot to see and do, plan to spend the day or a weekend in Garland to expertise every thing distinctive the town has to supply.