Gun Barrel City Things to Do
My favorite things to do at the lake:
1) Watch the sunset
2) Rent a boat
3) Rent a jet-ski
4) Feed the ducks
5) Read a book on the pier
There is not a whole hell of a lot to do in East Texas except treasure the simple life and relax. Lake Athens is a great place to do this (as long as the weather is good).
This is also a great place to fish for those people who enjoy it :)
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Gun Barrel City Restaurants
I'm not gonna lie.....This place sucks in my experience.
First off...It's really popular as there isn't much to pick from in these parts. But they provide not waiting area. As you as you walk in there are (a minimal number of) tables and booths. Since many of the residents are older, I just can't believe they don't have some benches somewhere for people to wait.
The food sucked...
The booths were really uncomfortable. It's just hard plastic, no comfy stuff.
However, beware, most of the town comes here so don't go when you're looking like you just walked to Hell and back!
Favorite Dish: Grits bad
Maybe the toast?
If you're in Gun Barrel there are few restaurants to pick from but if you go into "town" you'll find many of the fast food places, at least, those common to Texas. These include (but are not limited to):
These can be found off on FM 198 on Main Street where Lowe's and Walmart run and is the major traffic part of Gun Barrel.
Favorite Dish: I've eaten at them all way too many times. They are all fine.
If you don't know Pizza Hut then you're probably not from the US or you are from a VERY, VERY small town. In that case...try it! It's very popular with over 500 restaurants (just kidding...I don't know how many for real). However, it's good pizza. Make sure you try some thin crust.
I've come here many times with my family. They have a good buffet if you make the times or you can order what you want. Ask for specials for sure. They usually have something going on. Eat in or take it with you.
PS.....The buffet is usually during regular lunch hours (11am-2/3pm) so I would recommend that especially if you're been driving all morning and are STARVING!!!
Ooo and this one has a drive through if you've called ahead and are picking up your pizza. I like that!
Favorite Dish: Thin crust pepperoni or the new p'zone.
Gun Barrel City Transportation
Well, to get to Athens you're going to have to have a car anyway, because any other route would be extremely costly.
And when you get here, you need a car to get around.
Although the center of Athens is quite large compared to the surrounding areas, most of the roads are one lane. Therefore, getting behind a slower, elderly person (or any age really) can be hell. Remember, you can pass if the yellow/orange lines are broken but if they are pure colored you may not pass.
Also, OBEY SPEED LIMITS! Police in the area don't make big money because they don't have the big numbers to give tickets to. So, they make their Christmas bonuses off of speeders. And, trust me, when no one is on the road the temptation is there! Be very careful!
Gun Barrel City Sports & Outdoors
Gun Barrel , though small, has a great water area and, great fishing in Cedar Creek Lake. Many people here are retired and you'll find many boats. Many early fisherman here.
There's also rental places for boats, jetskis, etc.
Check the website out.....much more information than I could let you know.
Equipment: The usual fishing stuff (I'm not a fisherman/fisherwoman)
Gun Barrel city is a great place for watersport. The lake is big and warm and a perfect place for doing waterskiing and water scooter. I remember you can rent scooters there. As for the waterski, I did it there with some friends who had the boat.
Equipment: Unless you always travel with your boat and waterskiing gear, you can rent it there. ;)
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