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Texas Forts Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Family Friendly

  • Abilene Zoo Abilene Zoo
  • Mineral Wells Fossil Park Mineral Wells Fossil Park
  • Dublin Bottling Works Dublin Bottling Works
  • Lake Brownwood State Park Lake Brownwood State Park
  • Old Yeller Statue Old Yeller Statue

Abilene 
In Abilene, the frontier spirit lives on. Spend a few days scouting out the sights and sounds of this legendary area - a place where western heritage is both a birthright
and a pastime. There are plenty of places for the little ones to enjoy all that Abilene has to offer, whether it be Frontier Texas, city parks, or the splash park! Here are some places to check out on your visit. 

  • The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature - known as "the Nickel" 
  • The Grace Museum- whole area devoted for toddlers to enjoy the museum experience! 
  • Frontier Texas
  • Abilene Zoo
  • Abilene Splash Park- Nelson Park
  • Abilene State Park and Pool
  • Buffalo Gap Historic Village
  • Town and Country Drive In
  • PrimeTime
  • PlayFaire Park 

Albany
Albany, Texas, oldest town on the Northwest Frontier, has strong ties to its past. It is located in Shackelford County at the junction of US Highways 180 and 283. The Texas Forts Trail runs through the town on its way from Fort Griffin to Fort Phantom Hill. So, while you are traveling the Trail, be sure to entertain the little ones at two specail locations in Albany! 

  • Albany Pool 
  • Old Fashioned Soda Fountain 

Mineral Wells 
Mineral Wells is located in Palo Pinto and Parker counties just 45 miles west of Fort Worth, Texas. Mineral Wells continues to capitalize on its mineral-rich waters today, a heritage tourist attraction headed by the one hundred year old Famous Mineral Water Company. Make sure to stop in and enjoy a day with the family at several of the city's kid friendly attractions. 

  • Crazy Water 
  • Fossil Park 
  • Mineral Wells State Park 
  • Clark Gardens
  • Mineral Wells Pool 

​Dublin
Dublin boasts innovative business owners, unusual and fun retail shops...and it’s all tied together with Dublin’s many unique “claims to fame” which have brought upwards of 70,000 visitors here for years. They have a couple of spots that the kiddos won't want to miss! 

  • Dublin Bottling Works 
  • Dublin City Pool
  • Dublin City Park 

Brownwood
Discover how cotton made this an agricultural boomtown after 1885 when the Santa Fe Railroad arrived. Then experience Brownwood’s railroad history firsthand at the restored 1906 Santa Fe Depot and Harvey House (now a visitors center) and next door at the Lehnis Railroad Museum. The town boomed again during World War II as the home of Camp Bowie, a massive military training center. There are several opportunites for family activities which retell the history of the area that the little ones can enjoy too! 

  • Lake Brownwood State Park 
  • Lehnis Railroad Museum
  • Brown County Museum 
  • Camp Bowie Family Aquatic Center 

San Angelo 
San Angelo lies in the midst of West Texas ranching country almost in the center of Texas and is home to about 100,000 friendly people. A virtual oasis, San Angelo is home to three lakes, as well as the beautiful Concho River, which runs through the heart of the city. Stop in at the visitor center for the first opportunity for family fun and see what else the city has to offer!

  • Visitor Center along Concho River and playground 
  • Downtown attractions - Old Fashioned Soda Bar in Sassy Fox
  • Eggemeyers 

Graham 
The City of Graham is nestled within the pristine North Texas Hill Country and offers the perfect setting for all kinds of outdoor recreation. Discover new trails for hiking, horseback riding, or mountain biking. Perfect for family outings, and kid friendly activities, make sure you stop in on your travels in the region. 

  • The Graham Drive-In Theatre 
  • City Swimming Pool
  • City Park and Fireman's Park
  • Lake Graham 

Stephenville 
Stephenville is the Erath County seat and is located about 70 miles southwest of Fort Worth, Texas. Stephenville was listed as one of the 100 best small towns in America in a book compiled by Norman Crampton and published by Prentice Hall. If you happen to be passing through this community on your travels of the region, be sure to make a stop for the little one's to get out and play! 

  • City Park and Pool 

Mason
Mason, Texas, located on the western side of the Hill Country, offers a beautiful combination of rugged Texas landscape, as well as historic, recreational and cultural opportunities for any visitor or resident. The first thing people notice is the town square, which is considered one of the five most beautiful squares in Texas by Texas Monthly Magazine.  Once you've seen it for yourself, you will know why we are the “Gem of the Hill Country”.  There are several educational sites to take the kids to that parents can enjoy too! 

  • Old Yeller Statue outside of the Mason Library 
  • Library Exhibit inside 
  • Eckert James River Bat Cave - summer evenings listen to a nature conservancy steward.