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Henderson, Texas
400 West Main Street
Henderson, TX 75652
903-657-6551
www.visithendersontx.com
Henderson, Texas

Attractions in Henderson

Spend a day on one of the many pristine East Texas lakes, tour one of the museums and historic homes, go camping, and watch a theatrical performance at one of the many attractions in Henderson. Just about 45 minutes southeast of Tyler, Henderson is in the heart of the gorgeous Piney Woods of East Texas. With its picturesque downtown and Southern hospitality, Henderson has everything you need for a relaxing weekend getaway. Spend a day exploring all the wonders of East Texas, then hang your hat at one of these accommodations in Henderson. Before you pack your bags and gallop on over here, get your vacation planning off on the right foot by checking out Henderson’s attractions.


Depot Museum 
Discover the colorful history and the heritage of East Texas at the Depot Museum in Henderson. The museum includes 12 historic restored structures that convey the tall tales of the Native Americans, pioneers, farmers, and wildcatters that were among Rusk County’s earliest inhabitants.  
514 North High Street 
Henderson, TX  75652
(903) 657-4303


Durango's Canyon
Camp, swim, and fish at Durango’s Canyon, a premier entertainment venue in East Texas that hosts outdoor concerts, bike rallies, barbecue cook-offs, and crawfish boils throughout the year. The Crater at Durango’s Canyon now serves as an event venue, but some think it was either created by a meteor shower due to the interesting boulders nearby, or by the Caddo Indians, who were once prevalent in the area.
1039 Farm to Market 1798 West
Mount Enterprise, TX 75681
(903) 898-2772


Fair Park
Fair Park in Henderson could also be called “Fitness Park” because this is the place to go to be active. Take a jog on the two-mile ADA-accessible trail, play a game of tennis, test your skills on the skateboard ramps, and let the kids loose at the playground and splash park. Fair Park also has a covered pavilion for picnics, and hosts the Rusk County Farmers’ Market every Saturday morning and Tuesday afternoon May through October.
302 Fairpark Avenue
Henderson, TX 75652
(903) 657-6551


Gaston Museum
Get up close and personal to life in the East Texas Oil Field from the early 1930’s to the late 1960’s at the Gaston Museum. The East Texas Oil Field was once the largest oil field in the world, and at this museum you can see memorabilia from the Texas oil boom, tour the Sid White family home, once an “oil field tent house,” and check out the 1930’s-era Dixie Service Station. Texas history seeps with oil, and the Gaston Museum is a great place to learn about that heritage.
6562 Texas Highway 64
Joinerville, TX 75658
(903) 812-1794 or (903) 863-2108


Henderson Civic Theater
Catch a first-rate theatrical performance at the Henderson Civic Theater located in the breathtaking downtown area. Enjoy a quality production like “Guys and Dolls” or “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” inside the Opera House. The theater is a popular attraction in Henderson and typically performs four productions each year.
122 East Main Street
Henderson, TX  75652
903-657-2968


Henderson Sports Complex
Enjoy one of the best things about small towns in Texas — the local sports — at the Henderson Sports Complex. The complex includes baseball and softball fields, a basketball pavilion, and a picnic area, and is home to the Henderson Boys Baseball Association, Henderson Girls Softball Association, and the Henderson Soccer Association.
1990 Highway 259 South
Henderson, TX 75652
(903) 657-9622


Howard Dickinson House
Step inside the same house where Sam Houston once stood, the historic Howard Dickson House. Built in 1855 by brothers David P. and Jas. Logan Howard, settlers from Richmond, Virginia, it was the first brick home in Henderson. David’s wife, Martha Ann Howard, was Sam Houston’s cousin, and the home is now a living museum furnished with 19th-century antiques.  
501 South Main Street
Henderson, TX  75652
(903) 657-5528


Lake Forest Park
Spend a day at the beautiful Lake Forest Park in Henderson, where you can fish in the lake, cook burgers and hot dogs on the grill, enjoy a picnic, and let the kids play on the playground. This 34-acre city park also features the Henderson Civic Center, which has 20,000 square feet of meeting space.
1005 Street Hwy 64 West
Henderson, TX 75652
(903) 657-6551


Lake Striker Marina & Restaurant
Enjoy waterfront games of beach volleyball, horseshoes, and tetherball at Lake Striker Marina & Restaurant. Bring your barbecue pit for a cookout or swim, fish, ski boat, or cruise on a personal watercraft during a gorgeous day on this East Texas lake. Grab a bite at the on-site restaurant and listen to live music on the outdoor stage most Friday and Saturday nights from favorite bands like Whiskey Myers and Granger Smith.
18650 County Road 4256 South
Reklaw, Texas 75784
(903) 854-2505 or (903) 330-4955


London Museum Café & Soda Fountain 
On March 18, 1937, odorless natural gas leaked inside the New London school and fueled an explosion caused by an electrical spark moments before the dismissal bell. The explosion killed nearly 300 students, teachers, and visitors, making it the deadliest school disaster in American history. A memorial museum dedicated to the victims and survivors resides within the London Museum Café & Soda Fountain, which also features a small restaurant that is open Monday through Friday.
10690 Main Street
New London, TX 75682
(903) 895-4602


Martin Creek Lake State Park
Grab your swimsuit and hiking shoes and head to Martin Creek Lake State Park, just 20 minutes east of Henderson on Texas Highway 43. Here you can enjoy year-round fishing (there’s many fishing tournaments in the winter), hiking, and backpacking. Photograph the plethora of wildlife, take a ranger-led interpretive tour, swim or waterski in the lake, or rent a canoe on-site. End your full day of adventure by relaxing at one of the primitive campsites or screened cabins.
9515 County Road 2181D 
Tatum, TX 75691
(903) 836-4336


Monte Verdi Cotton Plantation
Get a glimpse into East Texas’s antebellum past with a guided tour of the Monte Verde Cotton Plantation, recipient of the Texas Historical Medallion in 1964. The home, listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior, is located just minutes from Henderson and is open for tours by appointment only Monday through Thursday.
11992 CR 4233
Cushing, TX 75760
(903) 863-2633


Rusk County Expo Center
Watch rodeos, cutting horse competitions, team penning, cattle sales, and automobile shows in one of the finest covered facilities of its kind in the state. The Rusk County Expo Center has 100,000 square feet of covered event space and seats 4,700. Located on Highway 13 West, adjacent to the Rusk County Airport, you can watch equine events just about every week here. 
3303 FM 13 West
Henderson, TX 75652
(903) 657-7392

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Henderson, Texas
400 West Main Street
Henderson, TX 75652
903-657-6551
www.visithendersontx.com
Henderson, Texas