Discover beautiful Nacogdoches – the Oldest Town in Texas! Texas' first city is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state. Visitors come to Nacogdoches to discover the city's historic past, research their ancestors and to enjoy the slow-paced and relaxing atmosphere. From antiquing to nature walks, Nacogdoches has something to offer everyone.
Nacogdoches is filled with photo opportunities and so many reasons to come back to see us again, including Texas’ largest azalea garden, the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, and the only state-sanctioned blueberry festival in Texas. We invite you to stroll along the red brick streets of historic downtown and experience the hospitality and charm of the Oldest Town in Texas. Hike miles of historic trails that once served as trade routes for Native Americans or explore historic museums where history comes to life and walk through gardens blooming with rare and native plants. Stay for a fabulous dinner, take in an evening of live entertainment and sleep over in a newly renovated hotel or a cozy bed & breakfast retreat.
Nacogdoches’ ties to history remain strong today in the form of historical landmarks, museums, churches, cemeteries and other points of interest, including:
- The Durst-Taylor Historic House and Gardens, a ca. 1835 wood-frame house that is now a museum interpreting the 1840 to 1860 time period,
- Millard’s Crossing Historical Village, a charming reconstructed 19th-Century village in East Texas;
- Oak Grove Cemetery, where four signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence are buried;
- The 1859 Old Nacogdoches University Building, the only original building of a university chartered by the Republic of Texas still standing;
- The Sterne-Hoya House Museum and Library built in 1830 by a prominent leader in the fight for an independent Texas;
- The Old Stone Fort Museum, which interprets East Texas history.
Many of the city’s historic sites are included in self-guided downtown walking tours and audio driving tours offered by the Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau.
A visit to Nacogdoches is a feast for the senses. During the annual Nacogdoches Azalea Trail, visitors enjoy self-guided tours of the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden as well as a self-guided driving tour of beautifully manicured residential gardens. The event also includes an azalea symposium, floral exhibition and a “little princess” garden party. While the colorful azaleas are the main attraction during the spring, there are plenty of other interesting sites to keep you busy.
Autumn may come to Nacogdoches a little later than most places, but the kaleidoscope of color it brings is well worth the wait. With its rolling hills and towering forests, Nacogdoches is home to some of the most beautiful and scenic fall foliage in the state. Deep reds and brilliant golds paint the local landscape, contrasting with the evergreen pines for a resplendent autumn display from mid- to late November.
The Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau can help with accommodations, group tours and special-event planning. For information, call 888-OLDEST-TOWN or visit www.VisitNacogdoches.org to plan your getaway today!