The City of Stars


the world's richest acre

Texas Shakespeare Festival


BIKE East Texas


by Megan Payne

Kilgore is the perfect family-friendly destination! Whether you’re here to escape the Big City Life or visiting family, here’s an action-packed itinerary to ensure you have an unforgettable time together. Explore our “Things to Do,” “Where to Eat,” and “Where to Stay” pages to make sure the whole family has a great vacay!

• Enjoy your breakfast at The Circle Cafe. The classic southern breakfast is a great way to fuel up for the adventures ahead!

• Take the kids back in time with the East Texas Oil Museum! Dive into the rich history of the Texas oil boom at this fascinating museum. Interactive exhibits will keep the kids engaged and entertained while seeing life during the 1930’s and don’t forget to take a ride on the Elevator to the Center of the Earth! Also, stop by a local place to eat for lunch!

• Enjoy the buffet at Mazzio’s Pizza Buffet before enjoying a Movie Night at 4 Star Cinema. Wind down with a family-friendly movie. This cozy theater offers a great selection and a relaxing end to your day.

• Grab a quick breakfast with friendly service before enjoying a day of play at the Harris Street Park. This park also has an inclusive playground for children of all abilities. If visiting in the Summer you can also go to the Kilgore Library on the weekends for books and kid friendly activities!

• For Lunch enjoy some Tex-Mex at The Jalapeno Tree! Their menu caters to both kids and adults or you can get one of their family packs to go to enjoy a picnic! After let the kids discover glowing rocks and crystals at The Dream Willow in Downtown Kilgore. For little kids or activities for kids with a sensory disorder, check out Raven’s PlayLand!

• Take a leisurely stroll and snap some photos at this iconic spot, The World’s Richest Acre before heading to Dinner at Venecia’s Italian Kitchen. Leave room for dessert since you can stop and get some Ice Cream at the Kilgore Mercantile and Music!

• Start the day with breakfast at Huddle House with a comforting and hearty breakfast. A seasonal idea is the Kilgore Farmers Market, enjoy an evening stroll through the market. Pick up some local goodies and enjoy the community vibe.

• To get your afternoon started take a lap at Kilgore Skateland with a fun day of roller skating. Its $7 per person but parents always skate for FREE! Grab a bite to eat while you skate or enjoy a local restaurant by the skating rink! A seasonal option is having a fun day at the Lazy Splash Ranch open to the public May through August!

• If you have picky eaters in your family their bound to find something at The Back Porch. This family-friendly spot offers regular live performances and is celebrated for its strong community spirit. Listen to acoustic music on Friday and watch a electrifying performance on Saturday!

Kilgore has something special for every family member. Enjoy your stay and create lasting memories together! For more events check out our events calendar to plan accordingly!

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