Show your kids and grandkids around Paris, TX the right way! From the Eiffel Tower to the Historic Downtown Square, there’s plenty to enjoy. Check out our ideas for the perfect family weekend!
Visit the Other Eiffel Tower
France’s iconic landmark is a spectacular work of art. Without question, its worthy of a trip halfway around the world. However, you don’t need a passport to see Texas’ version of the Eiffel Tower. It’s located right here in Paris, next to the Love Civic Center!
One of the most notable Texas tourist attractions, the tower measures in at 65 feet tall once you’ve factored in the big, red cowboy hat that it’s wearing. Stop by during daylight hours for a of the tower, or come by after dark to view it lit up by LED lights!
Take in the Local History
Paris has seen two major fires and a devastating tornado in its time, but the town has persevered through it all and even preserved much of its unique history. At the Lamar County Historical Museum, you can experience the city before and after the fire of 1916. Discover great history about everything from its notable people to reconstructed 19th-century cabins, rooms, and workshops.
You can also visit the Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site. It serves as a showcase of what life in the 19th century was like for a prominent local family. The High Victorian Italianate house, built in 1868, was once home to Sam Bell Maxey. He was a Mexican War veteran, Confederate general, and two-term U.S. senator.
When he died, Mr. Maxey was laid to rest in Evergreen Cemetery. The cemetery is a popular spot for both history buffs and lovers of kitsch, as it’s the site of a 12-foot-tall statue of “Jesus in cowboy boots”. Other notable residents include a saloon owner who perished in a gunfight and cotton kingpin, John J. Culbertson, for whom the downtown fountain is named.
Tour Paris’s Historic Downtown Square
Paris’ Historic Downtown Square is the heart of this charming city. One-of-a-kind shops and restaurants reside within eye-catching historic storefronts, exuding an easy going small-town charm while also offering plenty to see and do.
Find antiques that you’re sure to love at stores like Remember When and Priest Emporium, or browse the chic offerings of one-of-a-kind shops like those at Green Boutique and Olive Paris. Then, head over to the center of the square to see the Culbertson Fountain, a breathtaking Italian marble memorial to a local businessman.
No doubt, all of this shopping and strolling will give you an appetite. Well, you don’t have to go far to find a great meal. Paris Bakery boasts baked goods and lighter fare, while Jaxx Gourmet Burgers serves up a unique range of burgers that you can pair with one of the many craft beers on tap. To experience dining at its finest, plan an evening dinner at Perry’s Off the Square to savor the creations of Master Chef Michael Perry. You could spend a full day experiencing all downtown Paris has to offer, and no two visits are alike.
Attend One of Paris’s Annual Events
One of the best ways you can enjoy a vacation to Paris is by checking out one of the city’s exciting annual events. If you’re a cycling enthusiast, it’s hard to beat the Tour de Paris. More than 1000 cyclists converge in Paris, TX to ride on one of six routes of varying length through the stunning North Texas countryside. The Tour now happens the same weekend in July as the Balloon and Music Festival, a live music and hot air balloon extravaganza. However, although the bike rally and balloon festival are must-visit events in Paris, they’re by no means all that’s going on in town throughout the year.
Some of the town’s annual events include races with the Southern Drag Boat Race Association, Chaparral Square Dancing on Labor Day Weekend, and so much more. Also in September, the Paris Fair & Exposition includes a livestock show, carnival rides, games, food, and live music.
These are just some of the fun things you can do with your family here in Paris, TX. Be sure to take advantage of all that this great city has to offer. Do you need a vehicle to get you there? Stop by and see us at James Hodge Dodge to view our amazing selection of vehicles. We can’t wait to see you!