A star marks the spot of the Depot Square Historic District, a six-block reminder from the boom of oil discovery and railroad development. The brick inlay at the intersection of 8th and Ohio serves as the central-point to an abundance of shopping, entertainment, urban wineries, breweries, and restaurants all within walking distance. While it does not take long to arrive at any destination on foot, GOAT scooters are conveniently available throughout downtown, allowing visitors to zip from destination to destination in no time.
With the radiant heat of summer giving way to the crisp autumn breeze, now is the perfect time to take advantage of the relaxed ambiance and historic views available to patio-diners throughout downtown Wichita Falls.
Morning or evening, patrons of firefighter-owned Hook and Ladder will find a selection to suit their needs. Prepare for the day ahead by indulging in small-batch artisan roasted coffee or decompress from a busy afternoon by sipping on a glass of wine and grazing on an artisan flatbread or charcuterie platter. On weekends, enjoy your refreshments with a side of live music.
A wide selection of craft beers, wines, and cocktails are always on tap at Half Pint Taproom which features more than thirty rotating taps. The full bar also boasts an extensive cocktail menu including a variety of mules. Pair a flight of craft beers with an authentic Neapolitan-style brick oven pizza and or a toasted sub sandwich. Moreover, leashed pets are always welcome on the patio.
Foodies will find the perfect spot to unwind at Karat Bar and Bistro, which pays homage to the original Zales Jewelry building with both its name and its philosophy that “good things take time.” Sip on a timeless prohibition-style cocktail or choose a glass of wine from the international wine list. Dine on globally-inspired made-from-scratch dishes while enjoying a breathtaking view of downtown from the patio.
The whole family will delight in Highlander’s unique approach to Celtic/Texas fusion which offers a bridge between the location’s proud Texas heritage and the great pubs of the U.K. Munch on fish and chips, tuck into a hand-cut USDA choice steaks, or luxuriate in the ultimate comfort food, Highlander’s famous big “coo” mac and cheese. Pair your meal with a craft cocktails made with handcrafted in-house bitters. Four-legged family members will appreciate the pet-friendly Texas-sized patio.
Visitors are invited to unleash their inner lumberjack at The Depot Axe-Throwing Lounge. Test your aim in one of 14 axe-throwing lanes alongside pool, darts, and shuffleboard. In between rounds, sip on old-world prohibition-era cocktails from the full service bar. Venture onto the patio for a round of corn hole.
Travelers will be rewarded for journeying a short distance from the Depot Square Historic District to bask in the hospitality and authenticity of Fox Hill. The painstakingly restored century-old house turned restaurant overlooks eight acres. Break bread on the serene patio which offers breathtaking views of the terraced gardens and raised beds. Take note of the on-site produce featured in the restaurant’s seasonal farm-to-table menu.
Autumn in Wichita Falls provides ample opportunities to spend the day outdoors with the family. Put on a pair of comfortable shoes and gather the family for a fun-filled day on the farm at family-owned Morath Orchard. Embrace a challenge by exploring the 6.5-acre corn maze. Afterwards, stroll the 6-acre pumpkin patch and snap some fall family photos. Then, partake in free family-friendly activities or grab a light snack, and some fresh produce, from the roadside stand.
A small admission price leads to loads of fun for families during French Country Farms Fall Fun Days. Get back to nature while exploring the corn maze or going for a hayride. Embrace your competitive side with the game zone, pumpkin bowling, and the trike track. Little thrill seekers will delight in the jumbo jump pad, bouncing bronco corral, rat rollers, and kiddie zip-line. Concessions, pony rides, and face painting are also available.
The changing of the seasons offers even more reasons to fall in love with the Falls. Your time is precious. With bountiful shopping, entertainment, and restaurants all within walking distance, spend your time enjoying the fresh autumn air and not traveling from place to place by car.