Gainesville, "The Star of North Texas," is a city in the county seat of Cooke County, Texas. Founded in 1850, the residents called their new community "Liberty," but a Liberty, Texas, already existed. It was Colonel William Fitzhugh, who suggested that the town be named after General Edmund Pendleton Gaines.
In recent years, tourism has brought renewed prosperity to the area. Gainesville offers a friendly atmosphere and plenty of outdoor recreation, especially at Gainesville State Park. Gainesville also has a new minor league baseball stadium for the Gainesville Railroaders.
The centerpiece of the city is Leonard Park and the Frank Buck Zoo. The community park at 30.05 acres, along with the zoo, is the most-used of all parks in the city. The zoo attracts thousands of visitors from throughout the region, while Leonard Park itself serves as a gathering place for thousands more. Leonard Park serves the entire population of Gainesville, as well as North Central Texas and Southern Oklahoma. Leonard parks serves most of Cooke County as the lack of quality recreation facilities within Cooke County force all communities in and outside of Cooke County to travel to Leonard Park for activities such as baseball, softball, swimming, picnics, school field trips, train rides, and visits to the zoo. The park can be broken into four different areas: the common area of the park itself, the zoo, the ball fields, and the swimming pool.
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WinStar World Casino and Resort
WinStar World Casino and Resort, owned and operated by the Chickasaw Nation, is the World's Biggest Casino with nearly 400,000 square feet of gaming floor, nine city-themed gaming plazas and over 8,100 electronic games. There are 100 table games, a 55-table poker room, Racers Off-Track betting parlor, Bingo, Keno, high-stakes rooms and more. And that's just on the gaming side. You'll also find a diverse culinary scene throughout the resort, with everything from upscale restaurants like Kirby's Steakhouse and the 500-seat Gran Via Buffet to casual favorites like Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill, El Fenix and Panda Express. WinStar Global Event Center features big-name entertainers or you can catch a concert under the stars in the Colosseum at WinStar. Stay in the 3-tower hotel, host a meeting in the Convention Center, play golf at the Golf Academy and Club with two championship 18-hole courses, relax in the organic Spa at WinStar, enjoy unique shopping opportunities and more!
Frank Buck Zoo
The Frank Buck Zoo is a small zoo founded in 1930 and located in the 30 acres Leonard Park in Gainesville. The zoo started as the Gainesville Community Circus in 1930. It is home to more than 130 animals. You can get fairly close to the animals, which is fun for the family. The handicap and stroller accessible path around the zoo is about a mile long, with an elevated walkway over the kangaroos, giraffes and zebras. Other animals at Frank Buck Zoo include African porcupine, alpaca, Benett's wallaby, black bear, camel, capybara, coyote, domestic goats, mini zebu, Ostrich, python, red fox and tortoise. Also in the park there are picnic tables, a playground and large pavilion that is available to rent every weekend. A train route encompasses the entire park and allows visitors a great tour. Also featured in Leonard Park is The Leonard Park Aquatic Center. This 2,000,000 gallon facility has an 18 foot high water slide, drop slide, diving board, zero entry with play structure, 8 foot rock climbing wall, human hamster balls, a shaded Cabana with picnic tables and sun bathing deck with loungers.
Calisburg & Denton, TX
The City of Callisburg features Parkhill Park, a beautiful 10 acre public park with many amenities for the community to enjoy. The Callisburg Independent School District serves the majority of eastern Cooke County, including the city of Callisburg. Denton is a bustling North Texas town that is known for its live music scene, night life, courthouse square, and its two major universities. Denton hosts a few of the top music festivals in North Texas, such as the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival and the Denton Blues Festival. Browse the boutique stores in Denton’s historic downtown, savor a craft beer at a local brewery, or catch a play at the Campus Theatre. Denton sits in the midst of the North Texas Horse Country. You can see these farms for yourself on a self-guided scenic driving trip, but the best way to experience it is by going on a guided tour that takes you behind the scenes at two ranches. For an even deeper dive into the cowboy life, don your cowboy boots and canter on over to the North Texas Fair and Rodeo. Denton's thriving music scene, unique culture, and small-town charm make it a fantastic place to visit.
Nocona, Texas is rich in history and alive with opportunity. From its famed Chisholm Trail and Western heritage and its well-established leather industries, to its classic car venues and family-friendly activities, Nocona continues to attract visitors and businesses alike. Nocona features several local breweries and is home to Nocona Boots.
The nearby town of Muenster is big into its German heritage and host a German Festival every year. Here you will find lots of authentic German cuisine, as this is one of the larger German settlements in the area. This town also offers award winning wineries, a spectacular 18-hole golf course, unique antique & boutique shopping, and top-rated bed and breakfasts.