Canton Trade Days
Canton Trade Days is a must see. Once a month from Thursday through Sunday before the first Monday, Canton turns into one of the largest marketplaces. Anything and everything can be found in Canton from antiques, knick knacks, food, clothing, collectibles, furniture, and animals of every kind.
East Texas Arboretum
The East Texas Arboretum & Botanical Society located in Athens (20 miles away) is a 100-acre arboretum featuring walking trails, bluebird trail, suspension bridge, historic Wofford House museum, water gardens and native Texas plantings. The Arboretum is open daily. Events and weddings can also be held at the Arboretum.
NY Texas Zipline Adventures
New York, Texas is right around the corner from Athens. For the thrill of your life try ziplining through the hills and trees of East Texas at NY-TX Zipline Adventures. Work your way through six ziplines and finish on the grandaddy of ziplines, the longest (900 ft, when I went) zipline in Texas.
Purtis Creek State Park
Purtis Creek State Park is a 1,533 acre park with a 355-acre lake. The lake was stocked with Florida largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegills, shad, and red-ear sunfish. Purtis Creek is a catch and release lake. Campsites with water and electricity; water only campsites; primitive campsites (minimum 1/2 mile hike); an overflow camping area; a covered group pavilion; lighted fishing piers; fish-cleaning shelters; boat ramps; courtesy docks; picnic sites; and a playground. The park rents paddle boats, kayaks, and canoes. There are periodic interactive programs and tours.
Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is an innovative complex with more than 300,000 gallons of aquarium exhibits and visitors can see nearly every major species of freshwater fish found in Texas in its natural habitat. Our grandchildren LOVE the dive tank show and the diver can communicate with the audience. You can even fish and they supply everything you need. A tram will tour is available, picnic grounds, and walking trails abound. Events are held on the grounds. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday.
Wineries & Breweries
East Texas has wineries and breweries. Start at Tara Winery and enjoy a nice brunch or dinner overlooking the vineyards. 3 P's in a Vine located in Athens is #2 on my list to visit. # 3 on my list is M6 Winery in Bullard which had a fantastic chocolate wine pairing. #4 on my list was Kiepersol in Tyler with great wines, distillery, vineyard, restarant, B&B, tours and classes. #5 on my list is the Cedar Creek Brewery with many different craft brews to choose. There are board games and yard games for enjoyment. On weekends they may even have a band playing. #6 on my list is our newest winery, Triple N Ranch Winery and we can't wait to visit.