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15 Fun Things To Do In Granbury, TX

15 Fun Things To Do In Granbury, TX

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If you are looking for a fun and relaxing escape here in the great state of Texas, then look no further than one of our favorite small towns in Texas, Granbury, Texas.  There are so many things to do in Granbury, TX that you are sure to fall in love with it too!

This fabulous town boasts loads of Texas history, great shopping, a wonderful food scene, wineries for a wine tasting, Lake Granbury, and the Granbury Opera House.

Granbury is one of the Texas small towns that will keep you coming back time and time again.

A short drive from Dallas-Fort Worth means that Granbury, Texas is a quick and easy day trip from Dallas.

Not only that, but Granbury makes for a perfect road trip in Texas as well! So, pack up your road trip essentials and head to Granbury!

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    Lake Granbury

    One of the big draws to this little town is the fact that the town of Granbury is centered around a fabulous Texas lake, Lake Granbury. 

    Lake Granbury was first created in 1969 by damming up part of the Brazos River.

    Today, Lake Granbury is a long, narrow lake (because of the Brazos River) that encompasses 103 miles of shoreline. 

    You can grab your fishing pole and head out on your boat or one of the many fishing piers on the lake to try your luck at catching some fish.

    Another one of the fun things to do on Lake Granbury is to enjoy a full of water activities like jet skiing, wakeboarding, or skiing.

    There is a city boat ramp for Lake Granbury located on the Highway 377 bridge where you can launch your watercraft for free. 

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    City Beach Park

    Lake Granbury is one of the things to do in Granbury TX

    Granbury’s City Beach Park is located within walking distance to the Historic Granbury Square.

    City Beach park itself is the perfect place to picnic and swim for the day on Lake Granbury.

    There are public restrooms, picnic tables, fishing piers, and a protected swimming area for you to enjoy at City Beach Park. They even offer kayak rentals during the summer months!

    City Beach Park is open from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm, or sunset, whichever is later.

    Granbury Hike & Bike Trail

    The Granbury Moment in Time Hike & Bike Trail is another one of the fun things to do in this small town.

    This 2.93-mile trail is also a learning experience thanks to the plaques teaching you about Granbury’s local history and the surrounding area.

    You can view a map of the trail here.

    Things like this is what makes Granbury one of the great small towns in Texas.

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    Explore the Historic Granbury Square

    items in a shop in Granbury

    The Granbury Square is the perfect place to spend an afternoon.

    An afternoon on the Historic Granbury Square gives you the opportunity to shop at the boutique shops, check out some local restaurants, do a wine tasting, and even some a live performance!

    During your visit to the Historic Granbury Square, be sure to pop into the boutique clothing and home accessory shops before visiting the wine tasting rooms.

    Don’t miss the little unique shops on the side streets and in Granbury Square Plaza while on your Granbury getaway!

    At night there is a ghost tour, The Granbury Ghosts and Legends Tour, that leaves from the square if you are interested.

    Visit Art Galleries

    Artists and art lovers will not want to miss Granbury’s galleries.  Granbury, Texas boasts several galleries that contain everything from paintings done by local artists to hand-made jewelry.

    In addition to the art galleries on the Historic Granbury Square, be sure to also check out the Lake Granbury Art Association. They run a local gallery and studio is a historic building that used to be a gristmill.

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    Catch a Live Performance-Granbury Opera House and Granbury Live

    Another one of the fun things to do in downtown Granbury is to see a live performance at the entertainment venues in town. 

    You can choose to attend a live performance at either Granbury Opera House or Granbury Live. Both venues are conveniently located on the historic Granbury square.

    The Granbury Opera House was originally built in 1886 before undergoing a $3.5 million dollar renovation in 2012 under the management of the Granbury Theatre Company. 

    Be sure to check their website for a complete schedule of the shows organized by the Granbury Theatre Company.

    Granbury Live is another live performance venue that you might want to check out.  Granbury Live hosts a variety of live performers throughout the year right on the Granbury town square.

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    Visit Wineries in Granbury, Texas

    D'Vine Wine exterior

    There are some really great wineries in downtown Granbury that you should check out located right on the Granbury Square.

    D’Vine Wine is a full production winery conveniently located right on the Granbury Square. Do a fun wine tasting of their Texas wines, enjoy a glass of wine, or even get a frozen wine cocktail while here.

    The Granbury Square is also home to Bull Lion Ranch Wine Shop and Baron’s Creek Winery, each offering wine tasting and wine by the glass or bottle in their wine tasting rooms.

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    Go Golfing

    golf ball being put on golf tee

    If you are looking to play some fun outdoor activities while on your Granbury getaway, then add golf to your list.

    Luckily, there are several golf courses in Granbury for you to choose from.  Grab a friend and head out to one of the many courses to enjoy a day out on the greens.

    Check Out the Breweries and Distilleries in Granbury

    Wine isn’t the only drink produced in this area.  Granbury is also home to a great brewery, Revolver Brewing and a fun distillery, Local Goat Distillery.

    At Local Goat you can enjoy a craft made cocktail that uses their vodka, gin, or rum as the base. 

    People from all over Dallas-Fort Worth are visiting Granbury to come to Revolver Brewing as well. Revolver Brewing has an awesome atmosphere and tons of craft beers to choose from.

    Brew Drinkery, located by the town square, has over 40 craft beers on tap in addition to their wine and coffee selections. 

    Brew Dinkery in Granbury Texas

    Brazos Drive-In

    Brazos Drive-In has to be on Granbury itinerary.

    Be sure to pile as many as you want into a car because at Brazos Drive-In you pay by the carload.  This means you can bring the entire family to watch movies!

    Brazos Drive-In offers fun, family-friendly movies from March thru November, so the entire family will enjoy this outing.

    Railroad Depot Museum

    The railroad has always been an important part of not only the history of Hood County, but the history of the United States. 

    The Railroad Depot Museum allows you to take a glimpse back in time to when the railroad was a vital asset to Granbury and it’s development.

    It location near Granbury’s historic downtown square means it is within easy walking distance.

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    Hood County Jail Museum

    Right off of the Granbury’s historic downtown square, you will find the Hood County Jail Museum.  This building housing the Hood County Jail Musuem, which was built in 1885, served as the only jail for the city of Granbury until 1978.

    The Hood County Jail Museum has interesting artifacts and the upstairs cells are still in place, allowing you to learn more about Hood County and Granbury’s history.

    You can visit the Hood Country Jail Museum Friday-Sunday from noon until 5:00 pm.

    Yeats-Duke 1858 Working Museum

    If you will be in Granbury on the weekend, then make plans to visit the Yeats-Duke 1858 Working Museum.  Here you can step back in time and see demonstrations from days gone by while learning some local history.

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    Granbury Doll House Museum

    The Granbury Doll House Museum houses a collection of dolls in a home that looks like a doll house! This is a unique small town museum to visit.

    Dinosaur Valley State Park

    Ok, so Dinosaur Valley State Park is technically located in Glen Rose, TX, but it is close enough to Granbury to include it on this list.

    A visit to Dinosaur Valley State Park allows you to explore the dinosaur footprints that are fossilized in the Paluxy River!

    Dinosaur Valley State Park also offers other outdoor activities like camping, geocaching, walking trails, equestrian trails for horseback riding, and more.

    After your visit to Dinosaur Valley State Park, you should go into the neighboring town of Glen Rose.

    Glen Rose also has a cute town square, historic buildings, wine tasting rooms, a nice bike trail, and several good restaurants to check out.

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    Shanley Park

    Shanley Park is Granbury’s city park as is also called Bicentennial Park.

    A visit to Shanley Park is a great time outdoors. Shanley Park is a nicely landscaped park that has fountains, water features, walking trails, and bridges all within walking distance of Granbury’s historic downtown square.

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    Michelle Snell founder of That Texas Couple and Totally Texas Travel

    About The Author

    Michelle Snell is a travel writer, history buff, wine lover, and enthusiast of different cultures. Michelle enjoys bringing places to life through her informative writing style on her blogs, That Texas Couple and Totally Texas Travel.  Her practical tips and suggestions help make travel dreams a reality while immersing her readers in the history, culture, and food of a region.  She is happiest sipping wine in Italy or chilling on a beach with her husband, Marty.

    Sage Scott

    Thursday 12th of November 2020

    This looks like my kind of town! Not only because, as a 100% German American, I absolutely love that ethnic cuisine (hello Ketlzer's), but you know you had me at winery!


    Friday 13th of November 2020

    Oh yes. I do know that about you!


    Thursday 12th of November 2020

    So happy to see so many listings for restaurants, wineries and distilleries :-), but the City Beach Park is a surprise entry to me. I do not always associate Texas with 'beach'.


    Thursday 12th of November 2020

    I know. Of course, the beach is on a lake and it was man-made, but it is still fun!


    Tuesday 10th of November 2020

    There is so much to see and do in Granbury. I would particularly love to see the Opera House and go to the beach. Visiting one the art galleries would be a plus.


    Tuesday 10th of November 2020

    These are great choices. It's funny to realize that this small Texas town is so big on art and culture!

    Renata Green

    Tuesday 10th of November 2020

    Granbury looks like a cute little town - but what I find most intriguing is the City Beach Park. Especially in the Texan heat, this must be a more than welcome oasis. Also the shopping options look quite tempting...


    Tuesday 10th of November 2020

    You are so right, the city beach park is definitely a welcomed relief from the hot Texas sun. The shopping is so fun also.

    Carrie Campbell

    Tuesday 10th of November 2020

    We lived in Forth Worth for a bit when I was a kid and I remember going to Granbury but can't remember why! (too young) It looks like such a delightful town. Thank you for all the information!


    Tuesday 10th of November 2020

    That's so fun. It is certainly a great little town.