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Wichita Falls was earlier known for its rich agricultural history. Located between Dallas and Oklahoma City, this cattle rancher’s farmland has since come a long way in its development. It is home to the ‘World’s Littlest Skyscraper’ and also to various lush green parks and historical museums. Since its inception as an agricultural center, the restaurants serve food made with fresh veggies and fruits always, making it a great culinary hotspot.
Moreover, there are the beautiful waterfalls located here from where this city derives its name. Though the natural falls were destroyed due to floods in the 1800s, the artificial, multi-step fall built is as awesome as the natural one. Read on to find out more.
Enjoy Outdoor recreational activities at Lucy Park
As mentioned above, it’s here that the famous man made falls are located. Splendidly beautiful and charming, these falls are sure to leave you breathless with its breathtaking beauty. Surrounded by beautiful cottonwood and pecan trees along with a large lake where duck and geese swim, it’s the perfect spot for a wonderful family picnic. A log cabin is also present in house which can be rented out if you are visiting with a large group.
There are various biking and hiking trails to exercise your body. There’s a swimming pool too along with a golf course for some leisure activities. The concrete play area for kids has many children slides to play at.
The massive swinging bridge located across the mighty Wichita River has to be crossed to reach Lucy Park. This bridge itself is located amongst very scenic surroundings so don’t forget to click photos on your way up.
Visit the World’s Littlest Skyscraper
There are conmen and then there’s the man who duped the investors who sanctioned this building. This skyscraper was first sanctioned in 1919 and the man who made it conned the people into believing it would be a skyscraper.
After initial embarrassment at its unveiling, it later became famous worldwide for its quirk and today is a major sightseeing spot. It is officially called the Newby-McMohan Building and though small in size, it has stood the tests of time.
It has a red brick structure with iron cast intricacies built in. There’s an antiques store on the 2nd and 3rd floor where you can get some rustic pieces. The 48 stairs leading to its top also provide a beautiful view of the downtown area of the city.
Explore history at the Kell House Museum
Frank Kell established this house in 1896 and was also one of the founders of this entire area. It is today a heritage site and locals consider it a symbol of pride.
Take a heritage tour through this antique property and inside this classical house which stores various antique pieces, regal costumes and other classical artifacts from the olden period. History buffs will surely love this place and you will get an endearing aspect into the history of Wichita Falls. During December, the house is decorated with Christmas lightings and other decorations to look like it looked a 100 years ago. There’s also a candle led tour for one night which you can take through the old house.
Wrestling enthusiasts throng to The Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum
The Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum honors the most renowned of professional wrestlers- male and female both. It has various memorabilia dedicated to wrestlers and wrestling. There are also items which have been donated or loaned to the museum by families of these famous wrestlers along with the proud fans.
If you have an extreme passion for wrestling then this is the perfect place for you. Moreover, there’s a section dedicated to tracing the complete history of wrestling from its origin. The museum keeps getting new contributions on an almost daily basis from people all over the world. There’s also a toy room for kids where you can practice some awesome moves. End the fun session by clicking some powerful pictures posing with a wrestler’s belt in front of the camera.
Check out what a Caboose is at the Wichita Falls Railroad Museum
A caboose is the railway wagon especially meant for the staff and crew and attached at the tail end of the train. Explore these wagons from the olden periods at this museum. It is located near the railroad tracks in the Historic Square downtown of Wichita. It encompasses the rich history of the Railroads and railways of Texas. With real life specimens on site, this museum is an experience in its own right.
You can actually get onboard the train cars, steam locomotives and special wagons like the Cabooses, Pullman Troop Sleepers and others. There’s also some other memorabilia showcased inside. The in house gift store has some really cute miniature souvenirs and toy trains which all the kids back home would love!
Art Connoisseurs should visit the Kemp Center for the Arts
The home of the Wichita Arts Council and Wichita falls Symphony Orchestra is one of the best cultural and art centers of this area. Alongside this, it has as many as three different galleries where they showcase various works.These areas all showcase some amazing exhibits some of which are permanent and others are temporary rotating exhibits. This ensures you will always find some new content displayed.
Moreover, the arts are sourced from artists all over the world, so it makes for a great confluence of various artistic styles. The major attraction here is the Green exhibit. It has eight permanent sculptures and is located outdoors to give you a beautiful experience. This sculpture garden also has night walks and tours to explore its dark, iridescent beauty. It is free and open to the public.
Fly away among the butterflies at River Bend Nature Center
The Ruby N. Priddy Butterfly and Nature Conservatory present at the River Bend Nature Center is a butterfly haven with a lot of native species of butterflies swarming around. It has a large enclosure with these butterflies flitting around as you walk through the colorful flowers. There are many varieties of plants including endemic ones. Other forms of wildlife present are prairie dogs, turtles and quails along with these beautiful and cute butterflies. Twenty Acres of Lucy Park is made into this famous center and is dedicated to educating all people about the Texan natural beauty and species.
Learn about the Texan History at the Museum of North Texas History
This museum like the name suggests was built to mark the history of the Texan area. It today is an important monument focusing on preserving and educating people about all the great feats of this area.
This includes a documented history of the oil and gas industry. Another important showcasing is of the memorabilia from the World War II period. The military collection from the Civil wars waged in Iraq and Afghanistan are also another constant reminder of the bad wrath of wars. The museum itself has as many as 14 different rooms themed around various different historical significances so make sure you spend ample time at this place. The volunteers are very warm and enthusiastic and give great tours all around. But not all is work and no play here. A chief attraction is the quirky Nat’s Hats space. This houses almost as many as 500 cute and fun cowboy hats from the period of 1953 to 2006. These originally belonged to the owner of a Western Wear Store called Nat Fleming.
Wine tasting at Wichita Falls Winery
Wine sipping and wine tasting is some of the most leisurely and enjoyable activities you can do with your spouse. This winery is the perfect place to visit after a tiring day trip for some soothing time with him or her. The tasting room is by appointment so make sure you have booked in advance. It has various types of wine which have been produced locally to perfection. The products are stored traditionally in barrels and the warm staff serve it fresh out of it. So, it ensures you have the best wine served. The gift store can be used to buy some wines for all your friends and family waiting back home.
Jogging and Trekking at Lake Arrowhead State Park
With two miles of walking trails located inside, it’s the perfect place for some lightweight trekking or jogging whilst located within nature all around.
The large grounds are filled with trees and grasses all around. With a little dusty atmosphere and largely enclosed spaces, camping is real fun here. The lake is great for a refreshing swim before you retire for the night. You can also do some bird watching in the daytime followed by star gazing under the dark night sky. This place surely gives the best of both worlds when it comes to natural beauty.
Antique lovers shop at the Alley Cat Vintage Mercantile
Most of us have a keen eye for antiques and classical pieces from the past. Who doesn’t love a little reminder of the beautiful past showcased at your home in the form of an old book, or a period clock, or an antique tea set? This shop here spread over a large 50,000 square feet is the shop to tour rescue. It has many types of antique ware fashioned and on display waiting for you to buy them.
If nothing, you should definitely visit this place to actually look at some really intricate and beautiful kitchenware, furniture, records and more. And we are sure you won’t be able to resist the whiff of these periodical artifacts!
Cool off at Castaway Cove Waterpark
This waterpark is one of the most awesome places with many adventurous water slides and other attractions. These include a calm ride down the Lazy River ride.
Another water attraction is the rhythmic wave pool mimicking the sea tides where you can get a feeling of being on the sea. It’s a fun experience. There is also dry area around housing volleyball courts and playgrounds.
The Buccaneer Bay is themed in a tropical paradise and especially suited for families and kids. It has fun water slides, interactive water tunnels and crawling slides. The major attraction is Pirate’s Plunge which has an 11 meter high drop followed by 360-degree loop. Another exciting adventure water slide is the Storm Watch Tower which has an enclosed corkscrew tube propelling you into light from the darkness within at a very top speed. The in-house Castaway Café is awesome to satisfy those hunger cravings. Wine, craft beer, cocktails along with lemonade and mocktails can help you stay chilled in the torment of the sun. Burgers and hot dogs are also served hot to remove the hunger pangs.
Witness a Live game at Wildcats Hockey Stadium
It is always a fun and exciting activity to witness any game live, be it hockey, football or cricket. Sports always fill us with an exhilarating sense of belonging with our favorite teams and fill us with a sense of team spirit. Added to this, if you love hockey then it would be the cherry on the top! The games are usually between regional rivals and always with a healthy competition and no selfish rivalry.
The theme nights organized are some of the best nights to visit so try finding some information beforehand if possible. Another awesome thing is the rink becomes accessible to the public after the games. So, go put on your twirling shoes and try some ice skating on the same grounds as these legends. With these, we hope we have given you enough reasons to book your tickets to this enchanting place. It has many things in store for you from natural parks, lakes, museums to even an ice skating rink. There’s place for little else.