With spring days just around the corner, you may be ready for a weekend away. At only an hour south of Dallas, Corsicana is just the place.
Girls trip? Start your weekend Friday night with karaoke and dancing at the Corsicana Opry. Head across the street to Corsicana’s new Brick Streets Brewery and enjoy a locally brewed artisan beer on the patio with food trucks and live music on the weekends. Saturdays are for shopping—either downtown at one of the many boutiques and antique stores (with 11 new merchants added in the last year alone!) or at the Main Street Market (held every second Saturday of the month).
With plenty of restaurants to choose from, deciding on where to have lunch shouldn’t be too difficult. In the afternoon, finish perusing the shops and make your way to Cassaro Winery, Corsicana’s newest winery and the only one in downtown. Later, head out to Purdon Groves for your glamping adventure. There you’ll find 3 large luxury safari tents equipped with comfortable beds, electricity, and heat/air conditioning. Gather your chairs around the campfire and roast some s’mores while enjoying the peacefulness of 22 secluded acres, watching ducks, guard donkeys and kunekune pigs living their best life. After enjoying a leisurely brunch, head to Angelita Winery & Vineyard for an afternoon of wine tasting. Flights of red, white, and sparkling wines are available, as are appetizers. Angelita’s specializes in hand crafted, internationally recognized wines made from grapes grown on-site.
Is a family adventure more your thing? Kids of all ages will enjoy 30,000 square feet of indoor trampolines, foam pits, and so much more at Altitude Trampoline Park. For an unhurried afternoon, head over to Lake Halbert where visitors can have a picnic, play on the beach, on the playground, or in the lake, go fishing, and finally relax at a campsite under the stars. Or catch a movie at Schulman’s Movie Bowl Grille, check out the arcade and grab a bite at Billy’s Grille serving kid-friendly favorites. For a fun, family festival, check out Derrick Days April 27-30, 2022, where a carnival, chili cook-off, sip-n-stroll, games, street dance, live music, and a car show, not to mention food and market vendors galore, will fill the streets of downtown Corsicana.
Interested in the arts? Corsicana’s flourishing art district has expanded in recent years. The 100 West – Corsicana Artist & Writer Residency garners the attention of state, national, and international press and occupies multiple locations around town. The Storefront, an independent bookstore showcasing many works written by authors who spent time at the Residency, also sells some of the art created there. About once a month, open studios are held where new and in-progress works are showcased for the public at several of their locations. The Residency celebrates ten years on May 28 with a street party and multi-location Open Studios at 3rd and Beaton, open to the public.
If live theater is more to your liking, check out The Warehouse Living Arts Center, a community theater where audiences have been entertained for more than 50 years. The Palace Theatre has been hosting events and entertainment for over 100 years with acts ranging from musicians to magicians. See what’s playing—there are often last-minute tickets available. The latest addition to our local art scene is Art Alley, hidden just far enough off the “Beaton” path to make it interesting. Instagram-worthy murals have been painted in the alley alongside The Palace Theatre with several more in the planning stages. Speaking of murals, there are quite a few eye-catching ones in and around the downtown area. And we can’t talk about art in and around downtown without mentioning the bronze statues. Sixteen statues commemorate note-worthy people in Corsicana’s history from our founding fathers to a local doctor to those who gave their lives in the service of others. QR codes at the bottom of each statue tell the story of the person immortalized in the statue.
From the site of the first oil discovery west of the Mississippi to the world famous Collin Street (fruitcake) Bakery, to Carriage District home tours, history lives on every corner and outpost, including the Pearce Museum with its American Civil War and prehistoric Texas displays, Pioneer Village—an outdoor, multi-building museum focusing on Navarro County.
So come visit Corsicana…where your next adventure awaits!