Day Trip 4: Keep Kids Busy
WHO: Older children – this trip will fill up your whole day!
8:30 – 9:00 Older kids usually like to sleep a bit later, so there’s no need to rush things this morning. Or, if they are interested, get up bright and early and start the day by going fishing at Lakeside Park. (map)
(travel time is about 15 minutes from most places in Nacogdoches to the next stop – the Farmer’s Market)
Stop 1: 9:00 – 9:30 – Nacogdoches Farmer’s Market
Have breakfast at the Farmer’s Market – fresh cheese ($1/slice) & muffins (various prices). Vendors change each week and sometimes there are musicians playing, but the Farmer’s Market is always a fun way to spend part of the morning. The Farmer’s Market is open year round on Saturday mornings and most of the year on Wednesday afternoons, also. The Farmer’s Market is located at the corner of West Main and Pearl Street.
Farmer’s Market website.
(travel time is about 15-20 minutes to the next stop – Millard’s Crossing Historical Village)
Stop 2: 10:00 – 11:30 – Millard’s Crossing Historical Village – guided tour
Millard’s Crossing is a collection of historical buildings that have been moved together to create a village that includes homes, a store, a tool shed, a church, a school, a carriage house and a train caboose. The village educational program offers guided tours, as well as occasional workshops about traditional skills such as making soap and special events such as the annual favorite An Old Fashioned Christmas In the Village, complete with dancing, musicians, games, snacks, and a hay ride.
Millard’s Crossing website.
Stop 3: Nacogdoches Public Library for a movie! (Library website)
11:30 – Noon – Travel to the Library and restroom break and wash hands
Noon to 2:00 ish – Saturday Movie Matinee at the Library (free admission, free lemonade, free popcorn). The movie changes each week and is usually rated PG or PG-13, but occasionally is rated G. You can call 936-569-2970 to see what is playing this week.
Or, check here for a list of movies at the Library.
After the movie, check out some books to have ready to go later tonight.
Stop 4: 2:30 – 3:30 – Visit downtown Nacogdoches
Drive around the corner and park downtown to spend an hour walking the red brick streets of the oldest town in Texas. The Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is right on the downtown square and has interesting displays of old weapons and information about early settlers. The Old Time String Shop (near the fire station) is an intriguing place to visit and on most Saturdays you’ll find a group of musicians on the porch playing live music – it is fine to sit and listen and chat with the musicians. Other stores that might be especially interesting for school agers are Glass Castles, and the Cole Art Center gallery, both also on Main Street.
Stop 5: Skatarama (1208 Douglass Road) (map)
4:00 – 6:00 Rollerskating at Skatarama (snack bar available for supper)
Stop 6: 6:00 Return home
Cool off and get refreshed with a nice shower and then relax with a good book at the end of your fun day.
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