The name may have come from an 1860s steamboat called the Texarkana, or from a drink called Texarkana Bitters, or it may have been coined by a surveyor. In any case, Texarkana’s strategic location has been key to its history and development, and it is still a gateway to the Southwest with the Texas side being laid out by the Texas and Pacific Railway Company. Find out all about this and more when you stay at Texarkana, Texas hotels and explore the city’s many attractions, which include:
Take a free tour of the Perot Theatre, a beautifully restored ornate building with Wedgewood tile and imported carpeting, a proscenium stage and apron and a complete fly space and full orchestra pit. Once you have seen it, you will want to purchase tickets for whatever is happening there when you are visiting, whether it is a play, a concert, a ballet or something seasonal. There is not a bad seat in the house and the elegance of your surroundings will add just that little bit of glamour to your experience.
Legend has it that the Draughon-Moore Ace of Clubs House was built from the proceeds of a winning poker game; in any case, the Italianate Victorian home is designed in the shape of a club. Hailed by many as a real Texarkana treasure, the house is filled with elegant furniture from the 1720s through the 1940s, all of which you will see on the 90-minute tour.
At the Discovery Children's Museum you can join the dinosaurs through giant prehistoric animal murals or check out the living science lab. Exhibits explore health, sound, motion, electricity, astronomy and other sciences. Your children will enjoy playing in replicas of a 1900 general store and a 1920 kitchen, and there is a special Tot’s Spot for the youngest visitors. There are special exhibits and demonstrations (including performances by the musical Tesla coils) and a permanent 12-foot sound wall as well as an interactive “tinkering studio.” The museum is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
On Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays check out the Texarkana Farmers’ Market, an open-air market in the historic downtown section of the city. Here you will not just be able to buy produce; you can learn about it as well, as the farmers staffing the stalls are anxious to talk about growing, food preparation and more. The market starts at 7 a.m. and continues until the produce is sold out.
Before the arrival of Europeans, the Caddo tribe of Native Americans lived here, and you will learn about them and more of Texarkana’s past at the Museum of Regional History. The museum's centerpiece, however; is the collection of interactive exhibits exploring the area's musical history and contributions and telling the story of Texarkana's own Scott Joplin, the father of Ragtime.
And moving from music to visual arts, you can check out the Regional Arts Center, part of the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council, where permanent and visiting exhibits display regional and national artists. The lower level features student contests and exhibitions as well as offering a program for learning to curate exhibits. When you leave, be sure to make time to see the ArtSpark and ArtWall, an outdoor art park with an illustrated history timeline and rotating exhibitions by students from the city’s schools.
Texarkana, Texas has a lot to see and do for the whole family: a theater, a children’s museum, history exhibits and the opportunity to get out and meet local residents at the farmers’ market. Be sure that you try them all when you stay with Choice Hotels in Texarkana, Texas.
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