The City of Stars


the world's richest acre

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!

  • Historic Downtown Kilgore

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

  • World's Richest Acre Park

    Looking for a free souvenir? Snap a few unforgettable photos in front of the iconic group of oil derrick monuments that stand in the World’s Richest Acre! 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.

  • Texas Shakespeare Garden

    Step back in time at the Texas Shakespeare Garden. With blooming flowers, a winding path and ornate statues around you can appreciate the beauty William Shakespeare had depicted in his play through plants!

  • 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! If you brought your furry friend along, bring them to the MeadowBrook Dog 'Bark' for a chance to run around!

  • Sample the Farmers Markets

    There's nothing better then shopping local! Visit Kilgore Downtown during June and July to visit vendors, buy some veggies, and engage in the historic Downtown Kilgore market.

  • Revel in a Free Festival

    Experience the great Festivals Kilgore has to offer. Celebrate Forth of July with an extravagant firework show, stroll around Downtown during Oktoberfest, or come see the Lighting of the Derricks to see why we're named the City of Stars!

  • 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, you'll find art deco architecture, scenic parks and more to make your Instagram swoon-worthy.

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.