As I mentioned the other day, the family and I packed up and journeyed to visit Denton, Texas last week. My beautiful sister in law got married over the weekend!
I wasn’t quite sure what to do in our free time while we were in Denton, so I reached out to the Denton Visitor’s Bureau so we could plan our trip. They were very gracious in providing some ideas for our family.
We quickly discovered that Denton had much to offer for families, many of which was FREE! When traveling as a family of seven, free is always my favorite 🙂
Denton Firefighters’ Museum:
The first thing we checked out was the Denton Firefighters’ Museum. This museum was small, but offered a ton of information! As many of you know, our family is a huge supporter of first responders. My husband is a deputy and my brother is a fireman.
In the Firefighters’ Museum, they have memorabilia from the 1800s to present day.
One of our favorite exhibits was a beam from the World Trade Center and we also liked seeing all the different uniforms that were used over the years.
All the kids can get a Denton fire hat at the museum as well. The kids loved this – all except my youngest. I think he wants to be a policeman instead! 😉
After the museum, you can walk right over to the working fire station and get a tour and check out all the firetrucks. We found it interesting that they had a rescue bus. Their rescue bus is mainly for the firefighters in case they are on a fire for a long time and they need to get in the AC for a bit to refresh or get some water. Great idea!
The Denton Firefighters’ Museum is FREE, but there is a box on the wall if you’d like to make a donation.
Denton County Museum:
We also walked down to the old courthouse, which hosts the Denton County Museum. Seeing the history of the town was incredible. They also had a kids’ craft corner that the kids just loved! They could draw, stamp, or make other creations.
There is also a train that the kids and adults can drive around. I didn’t make it upstairs with the baby, but my husband and several of the kids went upstairs and found many exciting exhibits.
SpringHill Suites Denton:
During our stay, we had the pleasure of staying at the beautiful SpringHill Suites Denton hotel. This hotel is very well maintained and the staff couldn’t be more friendly! They were always on top of everything that we needed and more!
I was super thrilled after the long drive from Georgia to Texas to have the crib all set up for Simon and a couple bath toys waiting for him! This hotel offers complimentary baby wash and lotion if you have forgotten it on your journeys. It came in handy!
SpringHill Suites Denton has a shuttle to take you within 5 miles of the hotel so you can visit the city of Denton with ease. We never waited more than a few minutes for a ride or a pickup throughout our stay.
The complimentary breakfast buffet at the hotel was delicious. There were always plenty of options from oatmeal, cereal, eggs, yogurt, fruit, and more. My kids absolutely loved that the waffles were in the shape of Texas! How fun is that!
During our visit, we ate at numerous restaurants to taste the local food, but a couple in particular stood out.
My husband is completely in love with Bet the House BBQ. He ordered their brisket and felt it was one of the best he’s ever had.
We also ate at Cartwright’s in downtown and were pleased with their food but even more pleased at their superb service.
Last but not least, my personal favorite was Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream! Oh the choices! So many choices! Everything we tried was fantastic! They make their own ice cream, so you know it must be good!
Denton was a beautiful town to visit and we felt thoroughly welcomed. We absolutely enjoyed our time and look forward to returning again in the future!
Huge thanks to the Denton Visitor’s Bureau for providing us with information on the wonderful things to do in town. We will be back!