Awesome Things to Do in Decatur TX with Kids

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The Decatur Mural is found one street over from Main Street, directly behind Trinity Street Coffee. Photo credit: Jill Robbins

When we think about planning trips to Texas, the big cities are what comes to top of mind: Dallas, San Antonio, Houston and Austin. If you live in Texas or are already planning to travel to Texas, we recommend Decatur as a unique road trip. Decatur Texas is located about an hour’s drive from the Dallas-Forth Worth area and makes a great day trip or side trip if you’re already planning to be in that area. If you make it to Decatur, keep this list of awesome things to do in Decatur TX with kids handy.

Things to Do in Decatur TX with Kids

Looking for small town charm in the Lone Star State? Add Decatur to your Texas road trip itinerary. My family and I recently spent four days and three nights in this warm and friendly Texas town and everything was kid-inclusive, which we loved. And yes, pretty much everywhere you go in Texas is warm and friendly. Here are some of the top things to do in Decatur TX with kids.

1. Explore Decatur Town Square

Exploring the town square is one of the awesome things to do with kids in Decatur TX
The “Pink Lady” is an impressive granite structure that can be seen from anywhere in downtown Decatur TX. Photo credit: Jill Robbins

Decatur TX has one of the most charming town squares you’ll ever see. Whether you’re looking for food, drinks, shopping or entertainment, you can find it in downtown Decatur, all easily walkable.

If you are an architecture buff, you’ll want to check out the Wise County Courthouse – AKA “The Pink Lady” and snap pictures from all angles.

If you like to shop – or just window shop – you’ll find lots of locally owned stores and boutiques in the Decatur town square to wander in and out of.

Biggar Hat Store sells custom made hats with craftsmanship that will truly wow you as well as a small selection of boots and other goods.

Exploring Biggar Hat Store is one of the awesome things to do with kids in Decatur TX
You can get a custom-made hat at Biggar Hat store. Did you know everyone’s head has a unique measurement? Photo credit: Jill Robbins

There are lots of places to shop small in Decatur. Two of my favorites were Cowgirl Crap (what a great name, right?) and 287 Home and Gift.

287 store in Decatur TX
287 was my favorite place to shop in Decatur. They offer unique housewares, gifts and a few apparel items. Photo credit: Jill Robbins

2. Get Creative at the DIY Studio Decatur

The DIY Studio Decatur is one of the awesome things you can do with kids in Decatur TX
The DIY Studio Decatur has projects for everyone. Photo credit: Jill Robbins

Chip and Joanna may have put shiplap on the map in Texas, driving hundreds of thousands of visitors a year to nearby Waco. But if you’re planning a trip to Waco to see all the DIY and crafty things, Decatur will up your ante.

The parent company of DIY Studio Decatur Texas is a supplier to the Magnolia Market, meaning that some of the goodies you see for sale in Waco are made in Decatur. You will need a reservation, so make plans for this activity in advance.

If you want to create something truly fun and unique, The DIY Studio Decatur Texas is your place. They offer classes geared toward couples (where you make one project together), families, girlfriend groups, corporate groups and anything else you might be able to think up. The DIY Studio Decatur is located in a large industrial building with lots of space, supplies and tools, so what you’re able to create is pretty much limitless. Check out their website for a list of available classes.

The DIY Studio Decatur is one of the awesome things you can do with kids in Decatur TX
You can choose your own project…no cookie-cutter DIY here. Photo credit: Jill Robbins

3. Nock It Archery Center

Nock It archery is one of the awesome things to do with kids in Decatur TX
Nock It indoor archery has something for everyone. Photo credit: Jill Robbins

If you’re looking for an indoor activity to do with kids, check out Nock it Archery Center. Whether you’re a pro with a bow and arrow or a total newbie, you’ll have fun here. Our family of four had almost zero experience with archery and we all had a blast.

4. Visit NRS Ranch

National Ropers Supply is part giant western wear and tack store, part museum and part outdoor rodeo experience. They also offer onsite cabins if you want to spend the night on this beautiful property.

Don’t miss this one. Our hosts made sure we visited and I’m so glad they did. We’d have probably passed it by as “just another western wear store.” It is that, but it is so much more. Check out their calendar of events to see what’s happening during your visit.

5. C.A.R.E. Tiger Sanctuary

C.A.R.E. is one of the awesome things to do with kids in Decatur TX
These mountain lions at C.A.R.E. are so fascinating to watch…and they think the same thing about us. Photo credit: Jill Robbins

The Center for Animal Research and Education is in nearby Bridgeport, about 10 miles from Decatur. C.A.R.E. is a nonprofit dedicated to the rescue and long-term care of exotic animals as well as education and research that improve quality of life in captive populations. C.A.R.E. is home to to approximately 50 animals, mostly big cats. Many of the animals in residence at C.A.R.E. are transfers from other facilities or private zoos and some were formerly kept as pets.

A tour of C.A.R.E. is an educational experience versus a zoo experience and not suitable for kids under eight. The tour lasts about 90 minutes. There’s no sitting down and guests are out in the elements with little shelter the entire time. Guests on the tour need to be able to be still and follow the instructions of the tour guide. This is for everyone’s safety, including the animals.

6. Area Parks

If you are looking for a place for kids to burn off energy, there are several nearby parks to choose from.

Harmon Park, located on the corner of East Mill Street and South Church Street, has a large playground. For more area parks, check out the Decatur Parks and Recreation page.

Where to Eat in Decatur TX

When you’re planning your things to do in Decatur TX with kids, I’m sure eating is at the top of your list. No one likes to travel hangry.

I recommend Sweetie Pie’s Ribeyes in downtown Decatur and the iconic Whistle Stop Cafe, located just a few blocks from the town square. I also love nearby Five Boys Ranch in Bridgeport and Trinity Street Coffee Coffee Bar in the town square. Trinity Street Coffee Bar has recently opened an adjoining restaurant called Trinity Street Roastaurant. I was in Decatur two days before they opened and got a peek inside and it looks great. I can’t wait to try it on a return trip.

If you’re looking for something sweet, pop into Hey Sugar, a delightful little candy shop in the square. They offer just about every type of confection you could want, including a large selection of retro candies and sodas.

If you’d like to learn more about food and restaurants in Decatur, check out this list of great places to eat.

Where to Stay Near Decatur, Texas

There are many hotels and vacation rental options in the area. You can use this interactive map to help locate nearby lodging for your family.

2 responses

  1. I saw this and wondered if you would want to include our riding facility in Alvord, (15 minutes from Decatur).
    We offer kiddie rides for ages 3-5 for $30 a child and private lessons for ages 5 and up for $60/child, (discount if multiple children). ☺️ We stay booked up for more than a month in advance but I figured it might still be worth adding!

    1. Nice did not know about this service

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