Located just east of Dallas, Terrell offers a delightful blend of small-town charm, historic architecture, and Texan pride.
With a population of approximately 18,000 residents, Terrell captures the essence of a close-knit community that takes pride in its heritage. The city’s roots can be traced back to the late 19th century when it served as a transportation hub for the region. Terrell retains its small-town character while embracing modern amenities and a thriving economy.
Embark on a stroll through the historic district, where you’ll find a treasure trove of architectural gems, including Victorian-style homes, red-brick storefronts, and charming local businesses.
Explore the Terrell Heritage Museum
Begin your visit by exploring the Terrell Heritage Museum. Besides the history you can learn here, you can also admire the beautifully restored structure of the building that dates back to 1913. The building itself is an architectural gem and provides a fitting setting for the exhibits that showcase the history of Terrell.
Visit the British Flying Training School Museum
Maybe you are wondering why a British museum is in the U.S.? During World War II, British pilots trained in the United States. The museum keeps authentic aircraft parts, uniforms, photographs, and other artifacts that offer a glimpse into this fascinating era.
The most fascinating part (especially for men visiting the museum) is the collection of vintage aircraft on display. Here you can admire the beautifully restored planes and gain an appreciation for the craftsmanship and engineering of these historic flying machines. The aircraft serves as a testament to the training and dedication of the pilots who flew them during World War II.
Take a Tour of the Historic Downtown District
The district is renowned for its beautifully preserved historic buildings that showcase a variety of architectural styles.
Whether you’re in the mood for a leisurely brunch, a casual lunch, or a fine dining experience, there are options to suit every palate.
Enjoy Outdoor Recreation at Ben Gill Park
Planning to visit with your kids? Then what about a day out as a family? The park features picnic areas equipped with tables and grills, making it a perfect spot for a leisurely outdoor meal. All you have to do is pack a picnic basket, and some meat or vegetables to grill, and then all you have to do is enjoy a delicious lunch surrounded by the park’s natural beauty!
Experience the Terrell Ghost Walk
If you are in for spooky stories Terrell is the right place for that. There are lots of stories here, you can ask a local and they will tell you some fascinating ghost stories.
Most of the people visiting the city prefer to go on a ghost walking tour. Many participants have reported eerie sensations, unexplained sounds, and even sightings of apparitions during the walk.
I’ll share one of the most well-known ghost stories about Terrell that I know. The historic Terrell State Hospital, also known as the Old Sanitarium constructed in the late 1800s, served as a mental health facility for many years. It is said that the spirits of former patients still linger within the walls of the Old Sanitarium.
Numerous reports have emerged from staff members, visitors, and paranormal investigators who claim to have witnessed strange phenomena and experienced chilling encounters while inside the building. Tales of disembodied voices, shadowy figures, and unexplained footsteps echo through the halls.
If you’re a skeptic or a believer, the Ghost Walk offers a thrilling and memorable experience.
Go Wine Tasting at Local Vineyards
Terrell is located in the heart of Texas wine country. Visit local vineyards and wineries, such as the 46 Vineyard, and indulge in wine tasting experiences, guided tours, and picturesque vineyard views.
Attend Events at the Terrell Performing Arts Center
Check the schedule at the Terrell Performing Arts Center and see if any performances or events align with your visit. From concerts and theatrical productions to dance recitals, the center offers a range of entertainment options.
Explore the Tanger Outlets
Shop ’til you drop at the Tanger Outlets in Terrell! Some people from Dallas come here to shop, especially during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
With over 70 designer and brand-name retailers, shoppers can find everything from clothing, shoes, and accessories to home goods, electronics, and more. Some of the well-known brands you can expect to find include Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Coach, Gap, Kate Spade, and Tommy Hilfiger, among others..
Play Golf at the Terrell Golf Course
Conveniently situated just a short distance from the heart of Terrell, the golf course is easily accessible for both local residents and visitors to the area.
As you make your way through the course, you’ll encounter various water hazards, strategically placed bunkers, and tree-lined fairways that add both beauty and challenge to your round. The course design caters to players of different skill levels, with multiple tee options available to accommodate golfers of all abilities.
Taste Local Cuisine
Experience the flavors of Terrell by dining at its local restaurants as there are plenty to choose from. I personally recommend Rio Lerma located at 300 W Moore Ave.
Enjoy Southern comfort food, barbecue, Tex-Mex, and other regional specialties. Don’t forget to try the famous Texas-style steak!