Denton, Texas is known as a college town found in the northern part of the state. However Denton is more than just a college town; it’s also a great place to visit. From live music to outdoor recreation to historical museums, Denton offers much for the traveler. Get the most out of this Texas city by experiencing these six best things to do in Denton, Texas.

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Visit the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum

Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum (Nearby Hotels)

You can’t visit downtown Denton without seeing the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum. Originally built in 1896, this building’s architecture has turned it into one of the most photographed buildings in the Lone Star State. However learn more about Denton’s history by actually browsing the exhibits on the first and second floor of this four-story building. Since the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum is located in downtown, you’ll step out of the museum and into the square, the soul of the city.

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Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center

Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center (Nearby Hotels)

Get out in nature during your visit to Denton, Texas. Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center is where locals go to escape city life for the day. Along with hiking trails, this center also offers educational programs for the public. At almost 3,000 acres, the Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center is a great place to explore to enjoy the outdoors and to learn about the ecosystems found in the Denton area.

Ray Roberts Lake State Park Ray Roberts Lake State Park
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Ray Roberts Lake State Park

Ray Roberts Lake State Park (Nearby Hotels)

Now this state park isn’t in Denton, but it is just a short drive away from the city. Denton residents flock to Ray Roberts Lake State Park to cool off during the summer time, since this park is home to an almost 30,000-acre reservoir. Therefore water activities are popular here like fishing, boating and swimming. However the park also has biking, hiking and horse trails too. Bring your tent and stay the weekend or simply enjoy Ray Roberts Lake State Park for a day since it is only 10 miles from Denton.

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Downtown Denton

Visit Downtown (Nearby Hotels)

Downtown Denton is a lively city center that offers a number of great shops, bars and music venues. Although Austin may claim the “Live Music Capital of the World,” Denton is also regarded as a popular live music city found in the Lone Star State. To catch a live show, head to downtown where bars and concert venues regularly host national and local acts. However if you’re simply looking to spend an afternoon shopping, the kitschy shops in downtown Denton are sure to please.

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Denton Firefighters' Museum

Denton Firefighters' Museum (Nearby Hotels)

Learn about the colorful history of the Denton Fire Department at the Denton Firefighters’ Museum. Found in the lobby of the Central Fire Station, this unique museum features memorabilia like vintage report logs, uniforms, and equipment. One of the most popular items to see is a ladder from 1935.

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Little Chapel in the Woods

Little Chapel in the Woods (Nearby Hotels)

Located on the Texas Woman’s University campus, the Little Chapel in the Woods is a historic chapel that is truly an architectural marvel. This 110-seat chapel was built in 1938 and 1939. The reason why the Little Chapel in the Woods is popular among students, visitors and brides-to-be is due to its gorgeous interior that features stunning stained glass windows.

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