Wichita FallsWichita Falls is a town in the North Central Plains of Texas, named for Wichita Indians who lived near waterfalls on what is now the Wichita River. In 1882, Fort Worth and Denver Railroad brought the first train to the area, establishing the town as an agricultural and trade center. The oil boom in the early 1900s made city headquarters for north Texas petroleum production, service and manufacturing. The city is the seat for Wichita County and a leading gateway to Texas on I-44. It's a major trade and industrial center with economy based on Sheppard Air Force Base, oil processing and other varied manufacturing.
Wichita Falls Municipal AirportAmerican Eagle offers service from Dallas/Fort Worth.
phone: +1 940-761-7433Its stop is at 306 West Scott Avenue at the intermodal transit station.
By busFalls Ride is the local bus service. Fare is: $1.50 - adult, $0.75 - adult, $0.75 - 5-18 years old, children under 5 are free. You can receive one free transfer for each fare you pay. A pass for 20 rides is available for $25 for adults. Senior citizens pay $12 for the 20 ride pass. Buses run every hour between 5AM and 7:30PM. Some bus lines stop running at 5PM. Some buses run in a big loop in one direction only. There are two main transfer stations: the downtown travel center where the Greyhound bus stops and Sikes Mall. Routes 2, 6 and 7 travel between the downtown travel center and the Sikes Center Mall.
Symphony Orchestra & Ballet
Wichita TheatreA historic community localle since 1908. The theater features mainstream musical and drama productions. Their website lists an upcoming production calendar.
Midwestern State University's Museum & Art Center
Sheppard Air Force BaseA technical training center, one of the largest of five in the U.S. and hosts the largest NATO pilot training program in the world.
WWI & Call Field Museumaddress: Jacksboro Hwy
For the outdoorsman, there are several lakes nearby, including Lake Wichita, and the larger Lake Arrowhead. The long and winding shape of Lake Arrowhead and its location make it a great lake for sailing at high speeds. Fishing and other activities are permitted on the lakes. Additionally, Wichita Falls has some fishing ponds located inside the city (Plum Lake to the north of town and the new fishing pond on Southwest Parkway).
Lucy ParkOne of the city's largest parks, which is near downtown Wichita Falls and includes the walking trail which follows the river and leads up to the waterfalls. Lucy Park includes some great bike trails, a frisbee golf field, a swinging bridge, nice playgrounds, and picnic areas.
Castaway Cove WaterparkThe park is a fun and family-friendly place to spend those hot Texas summer days. With several water slides, a wavepool, and a lazy river, Casaway Cove is excellent fun for the price. Season passes are available.
GolfAs the host of the annual Texas & Oklahoma (T&O) Junior Golf Tournament, the city has spent a lot of time and effort in maintaining the 18-hole golf courses. The Champions Course at Weeks Park is a newly renovated course, with excellent greens and long, wide fairways. The Wichita Falls Country Club course is beautifully designed and well-kept. It features many challenging holes, with water hazards and carry-over shots. In Bearby Burkburnett is Rivercreek Golf Course. A great course for any level of player, Rivercreek features very open fairways.
Local farmer's marketDowntown near the old train depot, at Ohio and 8th Street. The market features peaches, plums, berries, melons, and veggies.
EventsThere is a full calendar of events throughout the year.
Annual events include:
World of WheelsIn Feb.
Home & Garden ExpoIn Feb.
Spring FlingIn Apr.
Red River RodeoIn June.
Texas-Oklahoma Oil Bowl ClassicIn June.
Ranch Round-UpIn Aug.
Hotter 'N Hell Hundred Bike Race FestivalIn Aug.
Texas-Oklahoma FairIn Sept.
MSU-Burns Fantasy of LightsIn Dec.
City Lights FestivalIn Dec.
Horsin' Aroundaddress: Kemp BlvdFor a uniquely Texan gift or apparel, try Horsin' Around. This charming store boasts a wide collection and variety of western home decor, apparel, art, and furnishings. And there is a charming sandwich and rootbeer bar in the center of the store, so stop in for lunch from 11AM-2PM.
Harvest BoutiqueThis store features an abundance of upscale designer labels, including Brighton, Vera Bradley, Lauren Vidal, and more.!
Shoe ClosetHigh-end shoes and apparel. Brands include Tory Burch, Donald J Pliner, Ugg, and Toms. Also a great spot to pick up a designer handbag or special occasion dress.
Finishing TouchA wide assortment of collectibles and gifts, a huge selection of Yankee and Circle E candles, Willow Tree figurines, Yellow Box shoes, jewelry, and gifts.
Echoes From The Pastaddress: 908 Indiana AveAntiques, collectibles, decor and unique items.
There is also an abundance of restaurant chains to choose from, including: Cheddar's, Applebee's, On the Border, McAllister's Deli, The Olive Garden, Johnny Carino's, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Cracker Barrel.
The Branding IronSmoked beef barbeque. The sauce is to die for. A hole-in-the-wall dive, Branding Iron is a favorite to Wichitans and visitors from all over!
Casa MananaHome-style Tex-Mex in a historic part of downtown, across from the renovated Holt Hotel & Lofts. Casa Manana is "home of the red taco", a wonderfully creative and authentic spin on your basic taco. The salsa is hot and addictive.
Pasqual'sFor a modern casual-to-fine dining experience, try Pasqual's near the center of town. This is an upscale eatery featuring a variety of cuisine (lighter quiches and sandwiches to mouth-watering steaks and fine dishes). Pasqual's has a nice cocktail bar.
Samurai of TokyoA locally owned Japanese hibachi grill. But this is not your average hibachi grill. The special hibachi steak sauce is amazing. Another great favorite of locals and visitors.
Toby's BarThis place is open to a wide range of customers, though you will see many students, professors, and sometimes military.
Buffalo Wild WingsBWW features many huge screens for catching up on your team's score.
Parkway GrillParkway is a local sports bar with memorabilia collected by the owner over many years.
Salt & Pepper Mediterranean grillFor a more upscale place to relax.
Koch's LiquorKoch's Liquor is a good place to find almost any of your favorite brands.
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