Cleburne is situated in central Texas, a short 30 mile-drive heading south from Fort Worth. It offers lots of outdoor and recreational activities. One of the top outdoor attractions is fishing due to the many lakes in the region. Also, Cleburne has mountain biking trails, considered to be some of the best in Texas. Camping is another popular activity in the area. Beyond the outdoor fun, there’s a thriving art and music scene here. A quick escape from city life lands you in this town to explore its history at museums, take a walk on a park trail, or browse through a local bookstore.
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1.Cleburne State Park
Cleburne State Park is a 528-acre park that features a 116-acre spring-fed lake, called Cedar Lake. It’s a man-made lake constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Prior to becoming a park in 1939, the land was used for hunting by the Comanche Indians. Today, the park has many different trees, including oak, cedar, mesquite, sycamore, elk and sumac trees. Within the park, there are several different campsites that have picnic tables, a grill, and campfire ring. In addition, restrooms with hot showers can be found nearby. Furthermore, campers can bring their bicycles or hiking books and ride or walk 13-miles of trails.
5800 Park Rd 21, Cleburne, TX 76033, Phone: 817-645-4215
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2.The Chisholm Trail Museum
© The Chisholm Trail Museum
The Chisholm Trail Museum is a historical outdoor museum. Visitors can schedule a tour to see the attractions that capture events from the mid and late 1800s. At the museum, some of original town was restored, such as the Wardville Cemetery. Also, there’s a stage station and saloon that represent the stage line and 17 saloons once here. The jail doors from the Wardville jail of 1855 are on display. And the Nolan River School that ran from 1855 to 1872 was reopened in 2012. Students and teachers come here to see how classrooms operated during this era. Lastly, there’s a restored stagecoach to view while touring the museum.
101 Chisholm Trail, Cleburne, Texas 76033, Phone: 817-648-4633
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Songbird Live is a music venue in downtown Cleburne that hosts live concerts. Owners Tom and Marcia Burkett dreamed of a venue like Songbird Live because of their passion for music. Additionally, they wanted to create an intimate concert experience for their audiences. Tom and Marcia also own Action Signs, which is located across the street. They sponsored Songbird Live and created unique signage to help draw crowds when they first started out. Today, there are weekly concert events held that include both the concert and dinner. Musicians present jazz, blues, folk, country, and rock and roll music.
210 E. Henderson Street, Cleburne, Texas 76031, Phone: 817-489-4840
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© Mainstay Farm
Mainstay Farm is a family run farm that grows Christmas trees and hosts family fun events and school field trips throughout the year. Some of these events include hayrides, mazes, a giant jumping pillow, a group swing, express train, and 100 foot tube slide. The family was originally from Fort Worth, TX but moved to Cleburne in 1989 to live and raise their family in the country. During the fall season, Mainstay Farm hosts pumpkin patch days. While visiting the farm, guests can buy food in the “Eat Here” area and shop at Haymarket, a store that sells home decor items and farm memorabilia.
1004 W. Bethesda Rd, Cleburne, TX 76031, Phone: 817-295-6772
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5.The Published Page Bookshop
© The Published Page Bookshop
Jim and Connye Hart own the The Published Page Bookshop. They have been avid readers and book collectors throughout their life, which inspired them to open up the bookshop. The shop started as a home based business, primarily selling books online. Then it moved to a large antique mall, then a mall in Dallas-Fort Worth, and finally into a warehouse facility. Over the years, they bought tens of thousands of books, some from other bookshops, university libraries, and estate sales. It wasn’t until 2017 when Jim and Connye moved their store to a 140 year old building in Cleburne.
10 E Chambers Street Cleburne, Texas 76031, Phone: 817-349-6366
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Chaf-In Restaurant opened in 1920 by a man named Ralph Chafin. At the time, Ralph’s brother, Bob, also ran a sandwich shop just blocks away from Chaf-In’s. In 1946, Ralph expanded his sandwich shop to house a new kitchen and dining area for guests. Shortly after, Ralph died. So his son, Carl Chafin, took over the family business. Over the next several decades, the restaurant changed ownership a few times, but all kept up the traditions built by Ralph. During these years, several renovations took place and the most recent occurred in 2009, to include a railroad theme inside the restaurant.
209 W. Henderson St., Cleburne, Texas 76033, Phone: 817-645-3772
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6 Best Things to Do in Cleburne, Texas