Garland Travel Guide

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Garland Things to Do

  • Heritage Park

    Heritage Park is on a small corner right in downtown Garland. On this site are historical structures which include the Lyle House (a 'matchbox' styled house) Pace House (Victorian Farm House), Santa Fe Depot and Railroad Car.

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  • Plaza Theatre

    The Plaza Theatre has been a landmark for over 50 years in Garland. Just recently the Plaza was restored to the grandeur of its past. This theatre opened in April 1941 with the opening show staring Robert Young, Randolph Scott, Dean Jagger, and Virginia Gilmore in "Western Union." This is the third theatre on the downtown square. It was the most...

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  • Old Santa Fe Depot

    The old depot celebrated its 100th birthday in 2001. The first depot built in 1886 was burnt to the ground in 1900. A replacement was built in 1901. A train wreck later that year almost demolished the building. The towns people decided to move the depot to its present location (150 yards NE) and place it on a concrete foundation. Over the year...

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  • Landmark Museum

    Garlands Landmark Museum is housed in the former Santa Fe depot. The museum displays some early settlers artefacts, old newspapers, farm tools and quilts. The museum was opened in 1974 when the old depot was declared a historic landmark. The Museum is open Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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  • Garland Civic Theatre

    This little theatre performs many well known productions throughout the year for the North Dallas community. You almost miss it on the side of the square as there are no neon’s or large signs to show that its even there.

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  • Clock Tower

    The limestone clock tower was built to represent a reflection of a vintage railroad station. In the old days, clock towers were a part of town squares and train stations. This particular one is on the site of the Dart Park and Ride.

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  • Downtown Square Plaza

    This little square plaza sits in the heart of downtown Garland. In early December the community celebrates the lighting of the Christmas Tree which sits in what usually is a pond right in the centre. At this time of year, the water is turned off and the pond is drained. This historic downtown Garland square dates back to the nineteenth century...

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  • Heritage Park

    Heritage Park is on a small corner right in downtown Garland. On this site are historical structures which include the Lyle House (a 'matchbox' styled house) Pace House (Victorian Farm House), Santa Fe Depot and Railroad Car.

    more
  • The Clock Tower

    The limestone clock tower was built to represent a reflection of a vintage railroad station. In the old days, clock towers were a part of town squares and train stations. This particular one is on the site of the Dart Park and Ride.

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  • Antique Rail Car

    This is a 1910 Santa Fe Pullman car which sits alongside the old Santa Fe depot (part of the Landmark Museum).

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  • The Pace House

    This is one of two turn of the century houses in Heritage Park. This old Texas Victorian farmhouse was built in 1895. The house was moved to this spot and has been an ideal setting for hundreds of wedding, receptions, reunions and meetings since it was reopened in 1986.

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  • Laso Lyle House

    This restored Laso Lyle home (described as 'matchbox style' )is in Heritage Park. It looks like an oversized doll house. Unfortunately you can only visit the outside.

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  • Old Santa Fe Depot

    The old depot celebrated its 100th birthday in 2001. The first depot built in 1886 was burnt to the ground in 1900. A replacement was built in 1901. A train wreck later that year almost demolished the building. The towns people decided to move the depot to its present location (150 yards NE) and place it on a concrete foundation. Over the year the...

    more
  • Landmark Museum

    Garlands Landmark Museum is housed in the former Santa Fe depot. The museum displays some early settlers artefacts, old newspapers, farm tools and quilts. The museum was opened in 1974 when the old depot was declared a historic landmark.The Museum is open Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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  • Downtown Square Plaza

    This little square plaza sits in the heart of downtown Garland. In early December the community celebrates the lighting of the Christmas Tree which sits in what usually is a pond right in the centre. At this time of year, the water is turned off and the pond is drained. This historic downtown Garland square dates back to the nineteenth century and...

    more
  • Historic Downtown

    Has been selected as one of the top ten downtown squares in Texas by Texas Monthly Magazine. In addition, Garland has also been recognised both nationally and regionally as a Main Street City.

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  • Garland Civic Theatre

    This little theatre performs many well known productions throughout the year for the North Dallas community. You almost miss it on the side of the square as there are no neon’s or large signs to show that its even there.

    more
  • Plaza Theatre

    The Plaza Theatre has been a landmark for over 50 years in Garland. Just recently the Plaza was restored to the grandeur of its past. This theatre opened in April 1941 with the opening show staring Robert Young, Randolph Scott, Dean Jagger, and Virginia Gilmore in "Western Union." This is the third theatre on the downtown square. It was the most...

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Garland Restaurants

  • The Corner Pocket Sandwich Shoppe

    This shop is quite decorative and in a good corner position right opposite on the square. It is a sandwich shop and deli. You certainly can't miss it driving or walking around the square.

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  • Eduardo Ristorante

    They have oven-baked specialties which include Lasagna, Ziti, Manicotti, Canelloni, Eggplant Pamigiana, Ravioli and Veal Pamigiana with Spaghetti. The menu also includes a variety of Chicken, Seafood and Pasta creations.

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  • Main Street Coffeehaus

    A very up-to-date coffeehaus - they have a free internet bar, satellite TV., an ATM machine, that’s before you get to the gourmet teas and coffees, frozen cappuccinos and fruit drinks, gourmet sandwiches and salads. Then comes all the sweet things like kolaches, biscotti, cakes, brownies, fruit tarts, muffins, pies and my favourite – homemade ice...

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Garland Nightlife

  • Garland Performing Arts

    The Garland Center for the Performing Arts opened in June 1982 with two theatres with seating for 720 and 200. In its first year of operation, the Center won two State Awards, the Texas Arts Alliance Award for excellence in building and management and the Texas Municipal League's Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts. In 2001 the City of...

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  • Hollywood Cinema

    The Hollywood Cinema is part of the Cinemark Group. There are 15 theaters at this location. A pretty impressive art deco styled building.

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  • Garland Opry House

    The Garland Opry has been running for over 24 years and is the longest running Opry in Texas. The Opry presents a live country/western show every Saturday night. Every year there is a Talent Search and a Scholarship Competition.

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Garland Transportation

  • Garland Park & Ride

    The Dart Transit centre is right opposite the new rail station downtown. With the introduction of the light rail station across the road, the express service downtown has now been discontinued, but services still run within Garland.Address: Walnut St. & 5th St., Garland

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  • DART Rail

    Garland has just opened a new Dart Rail station. Trains run from 5:00 a.m. to 12 midnight daily with departures about every 10 mins during rush hour. The travel time from Garland to West End station in Dallas is around 32 minutes. The rail station has 700 parking spaces over at the adjacent Garland Centre for the Performing Arts. Fifth and Walnut...

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Garland Shopping

  • Vikon El Bazzar

    Or otherwise known as the Vikon Village Flea Market. This is an indoor market not far from Hwy 635 (Jupiter off ramp). There are very few of these types of markets in this or surrounding areas other than your carpark trash and treasure type market. You walk in to this building and see several caged typed stalls.. lots of empty ones, then think ok...

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  • Fry Electronics

    Frys is a huge electronic store, there is one in Garland. The company originated in California by three brothers who wanted to provide a one-stop-shopping environment for the Hi-tech Professional. Each store has its own unique theme… The one in Garland adopts a Lazy-K ranch feel which is indicative of the cattle ranching history. As you enter this...

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  • The Gathering Place

    This store has lots of nooks and crannies within it selling anything from crafts, gifts, pictures, souvenirs, pieces of furniture and jewellery. Whatever you need to buy, you are sure to find something here.

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Garland Local Customs

  • MotorCops for Kids Toy Run

    Held in November, this is an event sponsored by the Garland Police Traffic Division to raise money and toys for needy children. Motorcycle riders from around the area are taken on a police escorted ride through Garland, Rowlett and Rockwall. Admission for the ride is an unwrapped toy and/or money. A worthwhile event and think about it, how often to...

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  • Star Spangled 4th Festival

    This is a week long celebration held in July in downtown Garland. There are crafts, food and non-stop entertainment. There is also a evening parade with fireworks and laser and light shows.This is a street mural on the side of one of the buildings on the square.

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Garland Warnings and Dangers

  • by chucky15 Updated Feb 13, 2010

    Gang violence in West Garland is high with as many as 8 gangs inluding the most active West Walnut Familia, South Side Criminals 13, West Side Bloods, Legacy Point Crips, North Dallas Hustlas, and more. It is mainly suggested staying away from the 8th ward including the street West Walnut there are no tourist attractions in this area it is nothing but danger.Unlike West Garland, East garland has very nice areas but little ghettos connected to West Garland. Other than this South Garland is mainly concerned with the SGT gang and North Garland with the Gangsters Disciples.

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