Bullard Texas Attractions and Things to Do

Bullard Texas Tourism and Attractions

Bullard offers a great variety of tourist attractions and things to do within the city, and in close by areas.

American Freedom Museum, Bullard, TexasAmerican Freedom Museum, Bullard, Texas

The American Freedom Museum is located just a few blocks from downtown Bullard on the Brookhill School campus. The Museum contains 15,000 sq.ft. of galleries showcasing a collection of 700 artifacts and documents about our nation’s history. We recommend a trip to the museum, and exploring the Hall of Presidents and the Hall of Freedom.

For golfing enthusiasts, the Peachtree and Oak Hurst Golf Courses are nearby, just north of Bullard on U.S. 69. More golfing is available at Eagles Bluff and Emerald Bay, both west of Bullard.

We encourage those with an interest in the history of Bullard to visit the Bullard History Museum located downtown at 105 N. Phillips Street, and to view the website of the Bullard History Museum.

Nearby Bullard is Moore Farms, a fun place to visit for all ages of the family year round.

Also of interest is the Dewberry Plantation, dating to 1854. This historic home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and registered as a Texas State Historical Landmark.

Dewberry Plantation, west of Bullard, Texas (photo courtesy of Dewberry Plantation)
Dewberry Plantation, west of Bullard, Texas

South of Bullard near Jacksonville is the Cherokee Trace Drive Thru Safari, a wildlife park that is home to an amazing variety of wildlife. See over a dozen exotic and endangered species that thrive in an open habitat similar to their native territory. At your own pace, enjoy a self-guided drive through the hills and open savannahs of this 300-acre preserve.

For those interested in riding horses, a visit to Tarrant Ranch in Mt. Selman, south of Bullard, is recommended. The ranch is one of the few properties in Texas that has been under continuous ownership and management by members of the same family for more than 160 years. This is a perfect place to bring school group, your riding club or family for a quiet, inexpensive getaway.

For those that love outdoor riding, visit Cactus Speedway. Cactus Speedway is a 1/5 mile oval clay surface race track for Go Karts, ATV's & Motorcycles located in Bullard. Cactus Speedway is a family built, owned and operated race track. Tom and Barbara Terry and their son and his wife, Tommy and Susan Terry are the owners of Cactus Speedway. The Terry children and grandchildren are all involved in the operations of the track making it truly a family affair.

Kiepersol

Just east of Bullard on FM 344 is Kiepersol Enterprises. On the grounds are a complete range of activities, facilities and services:

  • The highly-rated Kiepersol Restaurant, #1 Restaurant in Tyler as rated by TripAdvisor
  • Kiepersol Estates Vineyard and Winery
  • The Distillery at Kiepersol ... Dirk's Vodka now, Jimmy's Bourbon and Pierre's Rum coming soon!
  • KE Bushman's Camp ... RV parking at its finest
  • KE Bushman's Celebration Center for events
  • The recording studio

In October is the popular Kiepersol Harvest Festival & Grape Stomp.

Guided tours of the winery are available year-round. The beautiful Winery Tasting Room overlooks the vineyards.

In addition, vodka sampling is offered at the new distillery opened in the spring of 2014. Highly recommended! Shown below are photos taken by the Bullard-Texas staff in July of 2014.

Sign for Kiepersol Enterprises on US 69 in Bullard, Texas
Sign for Kiepersol Enterprises on US 69 in Bullard, Texas

Welcome to Kiepersol Estates Winery Tasting Room
Welcome to Kiepersol Estates Winery Tasting Room

Part of the vineyards at Kiepersol
Kiepersol Winery in Tyler Texas

KE Bushman Celebration Center at Kiepersol
KE Bushman Celebration Center at Kiepersol

KE Bushman's RV Camp at Kiepersol
KE Bushman's RV Camp at Kiepersol in Bullard Texas

 

To the South ... Jacksonville

Located just a short trip south of Bullard on U.S. Highway 69 is Jacksonville, in Cherokee County, at an elevation of 522 feet. Jacksonville is a major hub for regional highways, including U.S. 69, U.S. 79, and U.S. 175, and a major facility for the Union Pacific Railroad.

It is known as the "Tomato Capital of the World" from a time when the area was a huge producer and shipper of tomatoes. The Tomato Bowl, a WPA project, is the home of the Jacksonville High School "Fightin' Indians" football and soccer teams.

Annual Jacksonville events include the "Tomato Fest" celebration, the ATV Mud Nationals, and the "Tops in Texas Rodeo" in July. Jacksonville is home to the ATV Mud Nationals each March at the Mud Creek Off Road Park. Mud Creek Off-Road Park is located approximately 5 miles northeast of Jacksonville along Highway 79, and spans 4,000 acres.

Still a bit further south, the Texas State Railroad offers a variety of tours year-round from its terminal in Rusk. While in the Rusk area, you may want to visit Maydelle Country Wines.

Love's Lookout entrance area near Jacksonville, TexasLove's Lookout, elevation 713 feet above sea level
(photo by the author)

The Tomato Fest is held annually in Jacksonville, the Home of the World's Largest Bowl of Salsa. It is located at the corner of Commerce and Austin Streets. Events include Tomato Eating Contest, Soccer and Fishing Tournaments, Farmers Market, Salsa Contest, Chili's Street Dance, and more, with over 200 vendors!

Love's Lookout

Just south of Bullard, and north of Jacksonville, is Love's Lookout. At an elevation of 713 feet, it has long been known for its spectacular views to the east, on clear days as far as 30-35 miles.

Love's Lookout Scenic Park is a great place for walking or for family picnics, and includes a 5,500  square foot facility with restrooms, vending machines, an information center and a sheriff's sub-station.

View to the east, at Love's Lookout, on U.S. 69 south of Bullard
View to the east, at Love's Lookout, on U.S. 69 south of Bullard, Texas

Lakes in East Texas and Lakes Near Tyler

Lake Palestine TexasLake Palestine Texas (Staff photo)

In the Piney Woods Section of East Texas, there are over 30 lakes offering a variety of outdoor sports for vacations or weekends, including Lake Palestine and Lake Tyler.

Lake Tyler and Lake Tyler East, situated adjacent to each other and connected via a canal, are located just east of Tyler, Texas. These are the largest lakes in the Tyler area in addition to Lake Palestine. The two lakes cover nearly 5,000 surface acres and serve as the major water supply source to the Tyler metro area.

For more information about fishing, boating, maps, lodging, photographs and more, visit www.Lake-Tyler.com

Lake Palestine is located about 15 miles southwest of Tyler, Texas, on Texas Highway 155, and resulting from a dam on the Neches River. It has a surface area of 25,560 acres, and was completed in 1962.

For more information, visit www.LakePalestineTexas.com

Lake Jacksonville, Texas ... dam and lakeviewLake Jacksonville, Texas ... dam and lakeview
(Staff photo)

Lake Jacksonville

Lake Jacksonville, built in 1957, is located three miles southwest of Jacksonville and covers an area of 1,320 acres.

It is the city's main water source and a popular destination for boating, fishing, and other outdoor activities, both for residents and tourists.

Attractions and Things to Do in Tyler

A highlight of each spring season in East Texas is the 10-mile long Tyler Azalea Trail guiding visitors through neighborhoods of quaint brick streets, historic homes, and residential gardens filled with blooming azaleas, dogwoods and tulips.

 

about the Tyler Azalea
& Spring Flower Show



Tyler Azalea Trails ... photos, dates, directions

Tyler is known as the Rose Capital of America, and is home to the widely recognized Tyler Rose Garden. This is the nation's largest municipal rose garden, listed in Livability's top 10 most inspiring gardens in the USA.

Tyler is also the site of the annual Texas Rose Festival.

The new planetarium at Tyler Junior College has become a "don't miss" Tyler attraction. The planetarium features exhibits such as "Tales of the Maya", shows like "Astronauts" and "East Texas Live Skies", and the 1,500 pound Brenham meteorite. more on the Center for Earth & Space Science Education (CESSE) Planetarium, shows, dates, tickets

Tyler offers a number of first class museums, such as the Tyler Museum of Art, the Goodman-LeGrand home, and the Cotton Belt Depot Museum.

Things to Do in Tyler

 

Shopping in Tyler

While in today's marketplace there are shoppers who prefer the convenience of online shopping, many others enjoy the friendliness and selections of local shopping here in Tyler and East Texas.

Scene at the The Village at Cumberland Park, Tyler, Texas, October 1, 2014Scene at the The Village at Cumberland Park, Tyler, Texas (staff photo)

Shopping in Tyler spans the marketplace, from national retail giants such as Macy's and Dillard's, to local eclectic, specialty boutiques.

And for a fun shopping adventure near Tyler, visit the world famous First Monday Trade Days in Canton. First Monday is the ultimate flea market in the entire U.S.A.

Shopping opportunities in Tyler multiplied when The Village at Cumberland Park, located at the intersection of South Broadway Avenue and Toll 49, opened its first phase of stores. Upon completion, the project will cover 80 acres and contain over 700,000 SF of retail, services, restaurants, and entertainment in a vibrant, contemporary, and pedestrian friendly outdoor setting. Many new tenants have already opened in 2014, including Gordman's, PetCo, Kirkland's, Dress Barn, JoAnn, TJMaxx, Vitamin Shoppe and others.

Tyler stores, malls, shopping map


Tyler Things to Do for Kids

Brookshire's World of Wildlife Museum and Country Store ... free admission, at the corner of Loop 323 and Old Jacksonville Highway

When traveling to Tyler with kids or school groups, tour Brookshire's Museum & Country Store and the Discovery Science Place

On warm weather days, many families head to Fire Mountain Amusements on Highway 155 southwest of Tyler, about one mile past Grande Blvd. It has go-karts, bumper boats, video arcade, miniature golf and pools.

And the Water Park at the Villages offers a large indoor facility, southwest of Tyler, on Lake Palestine. Faulkner Park is located on Cumberland Road at South Broadway, with tennis, sprayground, fishing pond, baseball fields, hiking trails, and nature trails.

Things to do in Tyler with kids & teens



Day Trips from Bullard

Interesting day trips in several directions from Bullard make great side adventures:

Edom - festivals, potters, artists, garden centers, restaurants

Canton - site of the famous First Monday Trade Days each month

Longview - historic buildings, shopping, restaurants

Marshall - Marshall Pottery, Railroad Museum, more

Kilgore - East Texas Oil Museum, Kilgore College, more

Joinerville - learn and see first hand the places where the famous East Texas Oil Field were discovered

Toledo Bend Reservoir - boating, fishing, swimming, marinas, hiking, camping, golf, resorts, restaurants

Church at Mt. Selman, just south of Bullard, Texas
Church at Mt. Selman, just south of Bullard, Texas

Looking for lodging while visiting Bullard?


Bullard does not currently have any hotels or lodging other than the highly-rated Kiepersol Estates Bed & Breakfast.

Nearby Tyler offers a variety of hotels, motels, inns, extended-stay suites, RV parks, and other accommodations situated near the major tourist, business, shopping, and medical centers of the city.

Bed & Breakfasts around the Tyler area offer exceptional amenities and services.