Piney Woods Texas

SFA Mast Arboretum- This on-campus garden spills over more that 19 acres and lies on a portion of the Lanana Creek Trail. Enjoy a wide diversity of plant life, along with a children's garden and an azalea garden.

Center for Earth & Space Science Education - Boasts a 30-foot diameter, domed theater seating 100, an exhibit area, and an assortment of telescopes including a new solar telescope.

Texas Country Music Hall of Fame & Tex Ritter Museum - This facility pays tribute to Texans who have made an indelible mark on the country music industry. Tex Ritter Museum contains memorabilia of the legendary country/western entertainer who was an early member of the Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame.

The Depot Museum - Restored 1901 Missouri Pacific RR depot houses museum of county history in old waiting room and office. Warehouse portion is hands-on learning center for children 3 to 11. On grounds is 1908 restored "Arnold Outhouse," first in state to receive historical marker. Ornate, gingerbread-style, "three-holer" was built for prominent turn-of-the-century Henderson attorney.

Durango's Canyon Event Center - Unique amphitheater is located in a natural crater that is 60 feet deep and 300 yards in diameter. Legend has it that the crater was once a gathering place for Caddo Indians to play tribal games. Concerts held in the crater Apr.-Oct.

Gregg County Historical Museum - Displays centered on timber, farming, oil, railroads, schools, business, and commerce. Room scenes including the bank president's office, a dentist's office, an early 1900s parlor and bedroom, the interior of a log cabin and a general mercantile store.

Sam Houston Visitor Center - This spectacular monument, A Tribute to Courage, is the worlds tallest statue of an American Hero. Standing Proudly on a 10-foot Texas sunset granite base, the colossal statue of Sam Houston is visible from the south for 6.5 miles, and is the highest point between Houston and Dallas.

Longview Museum of Fine Arts - The museum houses a comprehensive collection of paintings, drawings, prints, photography and sculpture focusing on artists primarily in the Southwest.

Mud Creek Off-road Park - Incorporates about 3,700 acres and varies in elevation from 500 on the highest hilltop to 300 in Mud Creek bottom. Includes office, concessions, showers, power washers and RV hookups on the west side of the park

Ellen Trout Zoo - Fully-accredited zoo shows a wide variety of animals and birds. Known for its breeding programs for West African crowned crane and Louisiana pine snake.

Caldwell Zoo - This 50-acre zoo annually plays host to over 675,000 visitors, who are offered the unique experience of viewing animals form around the world in fascinating re-creations of their natural environments.

Crighton Theatre - Restored vaudeville theater, built in 1934, is home to a variety of stage plays, music performances and special events.

The Discovery Science Place - Three exhibit halls are featured at this downtown children's math and science museum. Many activities focusing on "hands-on" learning are included.

Heritage Village Museum - A living museum of pioneer history, with a main street that is right out of the mid 1800's to early 1900's. Heritage Village is an outstanding insight into what pioneer life in East Texas was like.

Jefferson Historical Museum - Four floors of articles, documents and antiques from bygone era. Mementos of pioneer days, early steamboat commerce and antebellum society. On display is one of the outstanding doll collections in Texas.

Sam Houston Memorial Museum - Complex is on 15 original acres belonging to Gen. Houston. Eight buildings: two period-furnished homes of Houston, his law office and a replica of the Woodland Home kitchen. Site of Gen. Sam Houston Folk Festival in April.

Gladewater Opry - Country/western music show and comedy show every Saturday night. Free gospel show on Friday night.

Texas Prison Museum - Covers changes in prison system since its 1848 inception. Visitors see old ball-and-chains, replica of 9 x 6 cell, and "Old Sparky," the state's electric chair used between 1924 and 1964. Rotating exhibits. Along with other penal artifacts, visitors also see crafts and products produced by inmates.

Heritage Plaza - Historic park in the downtown district portrays Longview's first 100 years on etched walls.

Texas State Railroad - This historic railroad offers both steam and diesel train excursions that travel 25 miles through the scenic piney woods and hardwood creek bottoms of East Texas amidst a backdrop of rolling hills, nature and wildlife.

Texas Forestry Museum - Early logging machinery, sawmill town exhibit, wildland fire fighting equipment and fire tower, old railroad depot, antique railroad and sawmill steam engines. Also forest lands flora and fauna exhibits and a mini-Woodland Trail.