The town of Stephenville,Texas, is about 100 miles southwest of Dallas. While it may not be as big or as popular a destination as other Texas cities such as San Antonio, Austin, Houston and Dallas, the Stephenville area has attractions worth visiting -- from parks to the arts, Stephenville has it all.
The Stephenville Museum consists of 10 19th-century buildings that have been completely furnished with period furnishings and artifacts. In neighboring Dublin, the Dublin Dr. Pepper Museum displays the largest collection of Dr. Pepper advertising memorabilia at the oldest Dr. Pepper bottling plant in the world. Visitors step back in time at Old Doc's Soda Shop where they enjoy an old-fashioned soda from the fountain.
For family entertainment in Stephenville, the Cinema 6 Theater shows the newest film releases on six movie screens. Go for dining and dancing at the City Limits club, which regularly features live music, or at the Cross Timbers Country Opry, which features a different show each week. Play 18 holes of miniature golf at the J & D Golf Land, and for a real rodeo experience, the Lone Star Arena presents live rodeo events on weekends.
Stephenville is home to several parks. The Stephenville City Park features pavilions, a swimming pool, lighted ball fields, batting cages, horseshoes, playground equipment and soccer fields. The Optimist-Jaycee Park offers picnic areas, a walking and jogging path, tennis and basketball courts. The Wright Historical Park takes guests back in time to explore the Miller Grist Mill, which was operational in the 1800s, and a Turnbow-Barbee cabin that was built by early settlers.
For the art lover, Stephenville offers several art galleries. The Brooks Art Gallery houses a collection of wildlife and landscapes in various media, as well as carvings, paintings and feather art. The Thompson Gallery, in existence since 1971, features local, regional and national artists' works. Hoka Hey Fine Arts Foundry and Gallery offers tours of their bronzing foundry as well as a nine-foot wax sculpture of John Wayne. For theatrical arts, the Clyde H. Wells Fine Art Center presents art, music, speech and theater programs and an array of plays, concerts and exhibits put on by its members.
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