Located 40 miles northwest of Dallas, Denton, known as the Little D, is quickly becoming the Metroplex’s place to go for entertainment, relaxation, and relief from city life. While exploring the city on foot is an excellent way to get to know Denton, hopping on one of their tours gives you some fun, exciting information about this suburb. The next time you’re in Denton, don’t miss these guided tours.
Denton Sampler Tour
Want to get the full breadth of the Denton experience? Hop on the Denton Sampler Tour. Hosted by the Denton Convention and Visitors Bureau, these customizable half-day or full-day tours cover all of Denton’s offerings including history, shopping, food, and downtown. Each tour meets at the Denton Historical Park at 317 West Mulberry Street and takes you on a shopping, dining, and entertainment extravaganza. Few other cities offer such a comprehensive tour that caters to your tastes.
Ghosts of Denton
You don’t have to wait until Halloween to learn about the haunted history of Denton. Running year-round, the Ghosts of Denton walking ghost tour tells the tales of Denton’s past residents and how some of their souls stay behind to terrorize the living. With 27 years of experience, professional storyteller Shelly Tucker entertains you with spine-chilling tales about Denton that’s she’s unearthed with comprehensive research over the years. Not only will you feel scared, but you’ll also soak up some Denton’s history.
Tours take place on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. throughout the year and begin at the Discover Denton Welcome Center at 111 West Hickory Street on the south side of the square. Wear comfortable shoes for the 90-minute walk through downtown Denton and dress appropriately for weather conditions.
If you want to explore Denton on your own while still learning about the city, let your smartphone be your guide. With the Denton Kwest app, you can discover the art, history, music, and other aspects of Denton through riddles, a scavenger hunt, mini-games, and augmented reality. Available for iOS-based phones and tablets, the app usually costs $4.99, but with the coupon code “Dentoning,” you can get the app on your iPhone for free.
Butterfield Overland Trail Historical Tour
History buffs will rejoice with the two-day, one-night Butterfield Overland Trail Historical Tour. Following the original Butterland Overland Trail that sent mail from St. Louis to San Francisco through parts of Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, this tour takes the leg from Denton to Abilene. Over the course of this 180-mile tour, you can learn all about how mail traveled across the country and the men who braved the dangers of this land to earn a living.
This tour starts in Denton and heads west until you get to Abilene where you’ll visit the famed Frontier Texas! Museum, followed by a one night’s stay at accommodation of your choosing. It then returns to Denton on a different path, offering you even more scenery of Texas Hill Country.
No matter what type of interests you have, Denton has a tour that caters to your specific tastes. Make sure to schedule a visit today.
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