Garland, in many ways, is one of the best places in Texas for both a visit and to put down roots. The city has a population of roughly 238,000 people and high standards of living, which are preserved through the city’s rich and ever-changing arts culture, family-friendly neighborhoods, and easy way of life.
A heavily wooded forest trail running along a stream and teaming with wildlife, the Spring Creek Forest Preserve Nature Trail is one of Garland’s most iconic hiking spots, while the Resistol Hat Plant is every visitor’s go-to cowboy hat vendor that, in addition to offering a variety of stylish cowboy hats, also offers tours of the cowboy hat plant.
For visitors who like golf, the Duck Creek Golf Club is known as Garland’s best outdoor golf facility, and for guests who enjoy a good shop-till-you-drop day, the Firewheel Town Center boasts more than 100 premium stores from mainstream stores such as Macy’s to small independent outlets. Going back outdoors, Lake Ray Hubbard is a must-see location with the city, offering guests the chance to go fishing, or learn a water sport such as windsurfing, boating, or water skiing.
With dozens of great rentals for weekend getaways, Garland welcomes visitors with open arms. The available rentals range from single room dwellings and hotels to full-sized private homes with full kitchens and backyards. Each rental comes with high-speed wireless internet and unlimited internet data, as well as cable TV, and cozy furnishings.
The best time to visit Garland is March to May.
Garland, Texas hosts a large selection of annual events to entertain its residents, guests, and those just passing through. A few of the most widely known events include the Easter Egg Hunt, the Special Arts Festival, Christmas on the Square, and the 4th of July Celebration & Fireworks.
During the summer, guests and their families can spend the day on the waves at Surf and Swim, Audubon Park’s central water park. The water park features a large wave pool with waves big enough for body boarding, tubing, and surfing, and a dedicated play area for children with smaller waves and a calmer overall atmosphere.
Another highly-popular water park is the Hawaiian Falls Water Park which has a unique Hawaiian theme and splash pads that include everything from playgrounds to water slides. The Spring Creek Greenbelt in Spring Creek Park offers playgrounds, picnic spots, and a fishing pier and pond where guests can try their luck at catching an oversized trout.