Springtime is one of the best times of the year to visit Longview. As the temperatures warm and flowers bloom, you’ll love exploring the area and finding new things to do.
Get Artsy in the Arts!Longview Cultural District
Head downtown for a latte and an afternoon of museum hopping as you visit Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Longview World of Wonders, and the Gregg County Historical Museum. Have a late lunch of Crawfish Mac & Cheese at Judd’s or Lobster Ravioli at Roma’s Italian Kitchen then enjoy a live performance at Artsview Children’s Theatre or Theatre Longview. If live music is more your vibe, swing by Oil Horse Brewing Company for an intimate concert while you sip a Cherrywood Big Inch brew.
Stroll Through the Arboretum
Breathe in the fresh East Texas air as you stroll in the shade of the impressive pine trees at the Longview Arboretum & Nature Center. Nestled just a stone’s throw from downtown Longview, this verdant oasis is the ideal place to soak up the sun and unwind. Follow the tranquil trails past planted pines, dense woods, and open lawns throughout the arboretum’s lush 26 acres. Relax and refresh your spirit as you meander over gentle hills and observe the birds, butterflies, and other wildlife that call the garden home. As the only master-planned, multi-use garden in the area, the Longview Arboretum and Nature Center is truly one of a kind.
Explore by Train
It’s not every day you get to ride on a train, but you can check this off your bucket list in Longview. In fact, it’s one of the best ways to explore the Piney Woods. Longview is home to the fifth busiest Amtrak station in Texas, and its Colonial Revival red brick depot is the perfect starting point to discovering the region. Kick back and watch as loblolly pines and sweetgum trees pass by from the comfort of your plush seat. For a fun day trip, head west from Longview’s depot and you’ll pass through Gladewater and Big Sandy on the way to Mineola, home to one of the prettiest downtown areas in Texas. Browse local shops, check out the farmers market and historic theater, and get a drink and a bite to eat before hopping back aboard the eastbound train returning that afternoon, just in time for a nightcap in downtown Longview.
Treat Yourself to Award Winning Barbecue
Are you even in Texas if you don’t eat barbecue? While smoked brisket, ribs, and sausage are traditional favorites, you can sink your teeth into some surprising off-menu eats at Bodacious BBQ. We’re talking burnt end boudin, smoked taters, Central Texas sausage, and whatever else the pit master feels like cooking up. It’s not unusual for all these delicacies to be sold out within three hours, so get here early and come hungry. As one of the best barbecue joints in Texas, Bodacious Bar-B-Q should be on every foodie’s barbecue bucket list.
Stomp Some Grapes
As the old saying goes, sometimes you have to get your feet dirty. In this case, it’s by squashing grapes that’ll one day be turned into delicious wine. That’s exactly what you can do at Enoch’s Stomp Winery & Vineyards during its annual harvest festivals, like the Red Grape Stomp. Get your feet wet in a grape stomping contest, eat a gourmet meal, enjoy live music, learn more about the grape crushing process, taste incredible wines, and go on a winery tour. Can’t make it for the grape stomping? Nestled on 90 acres of rolling, sun-kissed hills lined with rows of lush grapevines, Enoch’s Stomp is a must visit through the year. Situated just 30 minutes northeast of Longview, it offers the full winery experience, from tastings and tours to winemaking classes, live music, and a gourmet restaurant.