Summer in Kilgore

Texas Shakespeare Festival

BIKE East Texas






Looking for something to do but short on cash? There are plenty of priceless activities that await you in Kilgore. So put your wallet in your pocket and get ready to enjoy the simple pleasures and free experiences in the City of Stars. Check out this list and read on for more ideas!

  • Get Your Instagram On!

    Looking to up your 'gram game? The Kilgore area is full of spots to give your followers some serious FOMO. Beyond the classic oil derrick shots shots, you'll find art deco architecture, scenic parks and more to make your Instagram swoon-worthy.

  • Texas Shakespeare Garden
  • World's Richest Acre Park

    Looking for a free souvenir? Why not snap a few unforgettable photos in front of the iconic group of oil derrick monuments that stand in the World’s Richest Acre? Photographers love up close vantage points, and other distant points. The vantage point located at East Main St and North Kilgore St, is where you can get the perfect shot to remember your trip to the City of Stars.

  • Historic Downtown Kilgore

    Downtown Kilgore is teeming with local food, shopping, architecture and history waiting to be discovered. From museums and historic landmarks to art deco architecture and a one-of-kind skyline, Historic Downtown Kilgore is a must for a visitors.

  • Live Music

    Free concert series such as Fridays After held at the World’s Richest Acre in Historic Downtown Kilgore features talented local and regional musicians in the Spring and Summer.

  • Play Outside

    Want to get out and play? Roam free in our great outdoors. Kilgore is home to a number of beautiful parks and trails!

  • Sample the Farmers Markets
  • Revel in a Free Festival

Free Things to Do in Kilgore

Shakespeare Garden

This beautiful garden is modeled after the original Shakespeare Garden in England. Built to complement the Texas Shakespeare Festival, each of the plants and shrubs grown is referenced in one of Shakespeare’s plays. Open daily, the garden is located at Brook Drive and US Highway 259 on the Kilgore College Campus. Admission is free.

World’s Richest Acre Park

This half-block in downtown Kilgore is a unique, one of a kind place that pays tribute to the town’s oil boom days. The block had 24 wells that pumped more than 2.5 million barrels of oil over a 30 year period.