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Two Days in Garland

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The picturesque city of Garland is home to a number of beautiful attractions including iconic landmarks, historical sites, verdant parks, thrilling water parks, wonderful art galleries and museums. Since the city is prone to a hot and humid climate, the best time to visit Garland is between the months of September and November, when the weather is pleasant and not unbearable. In 48 hours, visitors can indulge in several activities like shopping, water sports, sightseeing and exploring the vibrant nightlife of the city.

Garland TX
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Garland Day 1 Tour!

Breakfast at 08:00 am

Start your day early in the morning with a delicious breakfast at Hubbard’s Cubbard (901 Main Street), which is known for its huge portions of traditional American food including omelets, waffles, banana nut breads and burgers. Judy’s Cafe (3443 W Campbell Road) is another great place for breakfast in Garland and is popular for its French toasts, cinnamon swirl breads and freshly made homemade biscuits.

Spring Creek Park Forest Reserve at 09:00 am

There is nothing like soaking up the early morning sun. A beautiful verdant area, Spring Creek Park is known for its lush foliage and tall trees along with a number of hiking trails. It is divided into three parts, each offering something new and unique to the visitors. While Spring Creek Greenbelt is home to a playground, fishing pond and picnic tables, the Spring Creek Park Reserve (one and two) is known for family picnics, walking trails and a diverse flora and fauna with 300 year old trees.

Address: 1770 Holford Rd, Garland -75044, TX, United States
Phone: (972) 205 2750
Website: http://springcreekforest.org/
Distance from Downtown Garland: 4.5 Miles or 10 minutes drive

Granville Arts Center at 11: 00 am

Granville Arts Center is one of the most popular arts complexes in the city of Garland and consists of two huge auditoriums, an arts center and the Plaza Theater. The complex hosts a variety of events like concerts, plays, musicals, seminars, meetings and receptions throughout the year. Granville Arts Center plays an important role in encouraging and promoting the growth of cultural arts in the city of Garland.

Address: 300 N 5th St, Garland, TX 75040, United States
Phone: 1 972 205 2780
Timings: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday Closed
Website: www.garlandarts.com/
Distance from Spring Creek Park Forest Reserve: 4.6 Miles or 11 minutes drive

The Plaza Theater at 12:00 pm

Located right next to the Granville Arts Center, the Plaza Theater is an important landmark in the city of Garland. Featuring a huge lobby with a spectacular chandelier and a 350 seat theater, this beautiful tourist attraction reflects the bygone era. If you love plays and musicals with velvet seats and waterfall curtains, then you must visit this place.

Address: 521 W. State Street, Garland, Texas 75040
Phone: 1 972 205 3656
Website: http://www.garlandarts.com/gov/eg/arts/plaza/default.asp
Distance from Granville Arts Center: 0.2 Miles or 3 minutes walk

Lunch at 01:00 pm

You cannot visit Texas and not sample its delicious Tex-Mex cuisine. Dos Banderas (614 Main Street) is a casual cafe with a brick style ambience and is known for offering authentic Tex-Mex food. Another popular restaurant in Garland is Main Street Cafe (627 West Main Street) known for traditional American cuisine including burgers, soups and truffle fries.

First United Methodist Church at 02:00 pm

One of the most famous churches in Garland, First United Methodist Church was founded about 160 years ago. Since it was established, the church has steadily grown in the city to include a friendly and a diverse congregation.

Address: 801 W Avenue B, Garland, TX 75040, United States
Phone: 1 972 272 3471
Website: www.fumcgarland.org/
Distance from Dos Banderas: 0.3 Miles or 6 minutes walk

Surf and Swim at 03:00 pm

If you are visiting Garland during summers, then you have to visit its most famous and thrilling water park. Located in Audubon Park, Surf and Swim’s main attractions including a relaxing wave pool, party deck for adults and children’s play area – Wally’s Cover. However, since the water park only allows 1000 guests per day, it is best to check with the park before visiting, especially on weekends. Moreover, do check if the park is open.

Address: 440 W Oates Rd, Garland, TX 75043, United States
Phone: 1 972 205 3993
Timings: 10:30 am to 6:00 pm (Monday to Saturday), 10:30 am to 8:00 pm (Friday) and 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm (Sunday)
Website: www.surfandswim.org/
Distance from First United Methodist Church: 5.9 Miles or 13 minutes drive

Bass Pro Shops at 06:00 pm

After spending some time at the water park, head towards the famous fishing and hunting supplies shops near Lake Ray Hubbard. If you are a fan of outdoor activities, then Bass Pro Shops is the ultimate shopping destination for you. From all types of fishing gears to hunting apparels, you will find everything over here. Moreover, they also give various demonstration classes and seminars of hunting and fishing to beginners. They even have a giant aquarium, an arcade and entertainment center for the visitors. There is also a famous restaurant - Islamorada Fish Company over here, known for its delicious and fresh seafood.

Address: 5001 Bass Pro Drive, Garland, TX 75043
Phone: 1 469 221 2600
Timings: 09:00 am to 10:00 pm (Monday to Saturday), 10:00 am to 07:00 pm (Sunday)
Website: http://www.basspro.com/garland
Distance from Surf and Swim: 6.6 Miles or 10 minutes drive

Lake Ray Hubbard at 07:00 pm

Spread over 22,000 acres, Lake Ray Hubbard is a beautiful fresh water lake located in Kaufman, Collin, Rockwall and Dallas counties of North America. The lake is popular among fishers and is known for its wide variety of fishes including white crappie, hybrid stripped bass, largemouth bass and blue catfish. Other outdoor activities offered at the lake include hiking, skiing, biking, boating and sailing.

Address: 4099 Zion Road, Garland, TX 75043
Website: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us
Distance from Bass Pro Shops: 2.4 Miles or 5 minutes drive

Dinner at 08:00 pm

After spending some time at the lake, head towards Baker’s Ribs (488 I-30 Frontage Road) for a sumptuous dinner of authentic Texas style barbequed ribs. Do try their creamy coleslaw, herb dill potato salad, pork ribs, juicy brisket, pink pig, fried okra and special dipping sauces. If you are in a mood for some fresh seafood, head to Copper Kettle (1456 Belt Line Rd #147). They are known for their specially prepared catfish, which has been especially processed in Mississippi and then fried in Rice Bran Oil to make it light and delectable.

Explore Garland’s Nightlife at 10:00 pm

Scooters Bar & Grill (1401 NW Hwy # 121) is a friendly neighborhood bar known for its 30 widescreen televisions, five dart boards, ten pool tables and two fully stocked bars. It is a great place to relax and chill with friends. Another popular pub in Garland is Bleachers Sports Grill (3402 Arapaho Road), which is famous for its karaoke nights and luscious drinks.

Garland Day 1 Tour Map Guide

Garland Day 2 Journey Begins!

Breakfast at 9:00 am

Start your day with a full stomach by dining at one of the famous breakfast places of Garland. Generator Coffee House & Bakery (107 N 6th Street) is a great place to have breakfast in the city and is known for having the best coffee and fresh homemade sweets in Garland. For traditional American breakfast like burgers, fries, sandwiches and daily specials, head to Garland Cafe (2334 W Buckingham Rd # 240).

Landmark Museum at Heritage Crossing at 10:00 am

Established in 1974, Garland’s Landmark Museum is one of the most iconic tourist spots in the city. It is constructed inside an old Santa Fe Depot, which played an important role in the foundation of Garland city. The museum is known for its large collection of farm tools, quilts, old newspapers and other unique artifacts, some of which date back to the 19th century. Do visit the historical houses and the antique railway inside the museum.

Address: 393 North Sixth Street, Garland, Texas 75040
Phone: 1 972 205 2992
Timings: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm (Every Saturday)
Website: http://www.garlandhistorical.org
Distance from Downtown Garland: 0.2 Miles or 4 minutes walk

Cali Saigon Mall at 11:00 am – 11:30 am

If you are a fan of Asian food, then this is the place for you. Cali Saigon Mall is like a mini shopping mall and houses a huge Vietnamese supermarket, restaurants and other several retail shops. It is also known for its Asian food court.

Address: 3212 N Jupiter Rd, Garland, TX 75044, United States
Timings: 08:00 am to 09:00 pm (Monday to Sunday)
Distance from Landmark Museum at Heritage Crossing: 4.8 Miles or 13 minutes drive

Lunch at 01:00 pm

If you are in a mood of trying something new, then towards Gojo Ethiopian Restaurant (2189 Buckingham Road) for authentic Ethiopian food. They even have an extensive vegetarian menu with lots of favorites like the green lentil puff pastry appetizer. For classic American hamburgers, fries and milkshakes go to Griff's Hamburgers (2150 N Jupiter Road). Golden Chick (2172 N Jupiter Road) is another popular fast food chain known for its fried catfish and chicken.

Lakewood Brewery & Taproom at 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Beer lovers will find themselves at home at this place. Lakewood Brewery & Taproom is a famous brewery in the city of Garland and is known for its wide variety of delicious locally crafted beers. Visitors can either relax in their beer garden or visit the Taproom and get a guided tour of the brewery. Tours are offered only on Saturdays and Sundays and are often on a first come first basis.

Address: 2302 Executive Dr, Garland, TX 75041, United States
Phone: 1 972 864 2337
Timings: Taproom - 3:00pm – 9:00pm (Wednesday to Friday), 12:00pm – 9:00pm (Saturday) and 12:00pm – 6:00pm (Sunday). Brewery Tours – 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm on Saturdays, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm on Sundays.
Website: www.lakewoodbrewing.com/
Distance from Griff's Hamburgers: 3.3 Miles or 8 minutes drive

Rowlett Creek Preserve at 04:00 pm

Famous for its natural beauty, gazebos, picnic tables, pavilions and biking trails, Rowlett Creek Preserve is one of the most famous parks in the city of Garland. It is mostly visited by off-road bikers and hikers, who love the adventure of walking/biking on its 15.6 mile long multi-purpose trail. Tourists can spend some time at the park and soak up the immense beauty surrounding it.

Address: 2525 Castle Dr, Garland, TX 75040, United States
Phone: 1 972 205 2750
Timings: 6:00 am to 12:00 am (Monday to Sunday)
Website: http://www.dorba.org/trail.php?t=22
Distance from Lakewood Brewery & Taproom: 7.3 Miles or 20 minutes drive

Firewheel Golf Park at 05:00 pm

If you are a fan of golf, then this is the place for you. Firewheel Golf Park is a popular public golf course with 63 holes, each of which offer different levels of difficulty. Tourists can either try their hand at golfing and if you do not know how to, then do visit this place just for its immense beauty. You can even sample the food at their casual Branding Iron Restaurant, while looking at the calm beauty of the clubhouse.

Address: 600 W Campbell Rd, Garland, TX 75044, United States
Phone: 1 972 205 2795
Timings: 07:00 am to 08:30 pm (Monday to Sunday)
Website: www.golffirewheel.com/
Distance from Rowlett Creek Preserve: 5.1 Miles or 13 minutes drive

Firewheel Town Center at 07:00 pm

An exceptional shopping mall, Firewheel Town Center is the ultimate open air shopping destination in Garland. Home to more than a hundred retail shops including high end brands, local stores and chic boutiques, this beautiful shopping mall will meet all your expectations. Some major stores over here include Macy’s, Barnes & Noble, Dick’s Sporting Goods, DSW Shoe Warehouse, Kirkland, Peir 1 Imports, World Market and many more.

Address: 245 Cedar Sage Dr, Garland, TX 75040, United States
Phone: 1 972 495 8085
Timings: 10:00 am to 09:00 pm (Monday to Saturday), 12:00 pm to 06:00 pm (Sunday)
Website: http://www.simon.com/mall/firewheel-town-center
Distance from Firewheel Golf Park: 2.8 miles or 6 minutes drive

Dinner at 8:30 pm – 09:00 pm

There are many restaurants at the Firewheel Town Center where you can have a delicious dinner. Otherwise, you can try Cristina’s Mexican Restaurant (4170 Lavon Dr #100) for your Tex-Mex cuisine. Eddie’s Napoli’s Italian Bistro (4280 Lavon Dr #250) is another great place to eat, if you want to sample fresh and delicious Italian cuisine. For Indian food (especially one, made according to your spice level), head towards India Garden Restaurant (433, I-30 Frontage Road).

Garland’s Nightlife at 10:30 pm

Bar Louie (340 Coneflower Drive) at Firewheel Town Center is a great place to relax with friends. It is known for its delicious microbrews, martinis and blues music. Harbor Point Club & Grill (2121 Buckingham Road) is another brilliant pub for drinks, music and entertainment. Even though it is located in Richardson, but once you reach here, it’ll be worth the drive.

Garland Day 2 Tour Map Guide

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