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In Texarkana, you truly get the “best of both worlds.” The city straddles the Texas/Arkansas state line, and with a greater metro area population of 143,000, Texarkana is small enough to feel like home and large enough to offer something for everyone.
Texarkana is currently experiencing exponential growth with new major medical facilities and job opportunities. There are countless festivals, art galleries, outdoor recreational activities, restaurants and shopping areas for locals to enjoy.
Meeting some friends after work or itching for a night out on the town? This city is sizzling with an exciting nightlife just waiting to be discovered. If you’re looking for a great bar scene, checkout the Pecan Point Brewery, Texarkana’s first microbrewery, housed in an historic building adjacent to the elegant Perot Theatre. Hopkins Icehouse, housed in an old feed and seed building downtown, is another great great bar option that’s popular with locals and tourists alike.
Texarkana is home to many live music venues, shows, movie theaters and gourmet restaurants. Whatever you’re looking for, you can find it in Texarkana’s nightlife scene.
Texarkana has some excellent local restaurants and a wide variety of options to choose from. In true Texas fashion, you’ll find many wonderful Tex-Mex, Mexican and taco restaurants. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop (a local favorite) is a casual little spot that always serves large portion sizes and a delicious selection of tacos. Other favorites include Pecan Point Brewery, where you can find duck fries and the best beers in the city. Naaman’s Championship BBQ (housed in a former gas station with retro memorabilia) offers the best brisket in town.
There is a diversity of shopping in Texarkana. If you like to browse in a traditional shopping mall with retail stores such as American Eagle Outfitters, Bath & Body Works, Aeropostle and more, try the Central Mall right off of Richmond Road. Then, cross the street for more shopping: Dress Barn, Michael’s Craft Store, Charming Charlie and others.
If you love being pampered, don’t miss Bubblecraft Soapworks, a delightful shop that sells handcrafted soap items and other luxuries that will help you create your own spa in your new home in Texarkana!
Many people are impressed with the Texarkana Farmers’ Market, which provides shoppers with delicious treats, freshly grown produce, local honeys, and other items. This is a great place to bring the family to experience the historic downtown area.
Texarkana has many other shopping plazas, sporting goods stores, boutiques, antique shops, and even a great local flea market (Owl’s Nest Flea Market).
The climate in the city is partially influenced by the Gulf of Mexico. Precipitation is spread out fairly evenly throughout the year, and there can be the risk of scattered tornados because of Texarkana’s location in “Tornado Alley.” Summers can get very hot, with an average temperature of 90+ ºF most days. The good news is: winters are quite mild and snow is rare.
Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council
The Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council (TRAHC) is a great place to see visual art on display year-round. With local talent, regional and national artists’ work on three different floors, and other exciting events held throughout the year, you’ll definitely want to take some time to peruse the TRAHC calendar!
In 1979, the beautiful Perot Theatre was restored and opened to the public, delighting and entertaining audiences of all ages with lively performances through. Though simple on the outside, you will be wowed by the beautiful Grecian architecture, gold trim and beautiful artwork inside venue. With many concerts, comedy shows, Broadway numbers, dance recitals and more, the Perot is a treasure to
Texarkana has experienced consistent population growth within the past few years and is continuing to grow and improve on many levels. With new construction taking place on a variety of facilities, including the coal-fired power location, as well as the expansion of some of the best medical institutions and hospitals in the region, new jobs are being created and people are flocking to Texarkana to take them.
Texarkana is very business-friendly with a convenient location next to the airport, as well as major interstates and steady job growth. New residents will be happy to know that the cost of living is also very low compared to other areas of the country – 18.40% lower to be exact. And, with the median cost of a home hovering around $96,900 and home appreciation at 15.98%, it is a good time to buy in Texarkana.
Education for Children
There are a number of great schools in the Texarkana area for students from preschool age to high school. The Texarkana Texas Independent School District serves the Texas side of Texarkana. The Arkansas side has several school districts for parents to choose from. Additionally, there are a number of Christian private schools available to students, including Trinity Christian School, St. James Day School and Veritas Academy.
Texarkana is home to a few universities and college campuses. Texas A&M University— Texarkana, which is a four-year branch of the Texas A&M University andhas about 1,900 enrolled students. The area is also home to Texarkana College, a community college with approximately 4,700 students.
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Texarkana Airport (TXK)
One of the greatest parts about living in Texarkana is the convenience of location. With the Texarkana Regional Airport (TXK) within minutes from the downtown area (on the Arkansas side of the city), it is extremely easy to get to and from your destination. The airport is close to many shopping plazas, restaurants and is open 24-hours a day.
Haunted Texarkana Ghost Walk
Certain places in Texarkana have a dark and haunted past, and with this haunted city ghost tour, you will have the unique opportunity learn all about the lore! The creepy tales of days-gone-by will have your hairs standing on edge. Learn about true and eerie events that took place right in the heart of downtown.
Texarkana Convention Center
The Texarkana Convention Center is a place like none others for weddings, conferences, meetings, retreats, holiday parties, team building events and more. Whether you need a lovely space for a corporate event or a gathering space for a family reunion, the Texarkana Convention Center can fit the bill. With broad food menus and an onsite grille, a beautiful outdoor space, and a hotel conveniently located next door, you can’t beat what this venue has to offer.
The Ace of Clubs House Museum
One of the most unique and well-known historic homes in the area, the Ace of Clubs House has been recorded as a Texas Historical Landmark. With three octagonal wings and a rectangular wing, this house is literally built in the shape of a club. Built in 1885, this beautiful Victorian home is now a National Register property and has been featured on several national television broadcast networks, including HGTV’s Christmas Castles. This is an exciting and amazing home to visit and tour!
Discovery Place Children’s Museum
The Discovery Place Children’s Museum is a wonderful venue to visit for children and adults alike – especially if you are looking for a place to bring your kids that will be educational, hands-on, fun and interactive. There are many activities where children can dress up, learn about live animals, do crafts and explore the beauty of sound. This is the perfect place to come and spend a few hours of family time.
Silvermoon Children’s Theatre
Do you have children who love to act, sing or dance? Silvermoon Children’s Theatre provides an outlet for children to grow in their gifts by providing a professional quality theatre that teaches and equips the younger generation to excel in the arts. With lower prices and very entertaining productions that will delight the whole family, this is a wonderful experience for all.
If you love golf, one of the greatest courses in the state of Texas is the Texarkana Golf Ranch, which sits along the lovely Bringle Lake. Though challenging, the course allows for a great time on beautiful greens. Imagine thick, lush forests, more than 300 acres of grounds, 18 holes and breathtaking scenery all around.
Bringle Lake Park
This lovely, seven acre park has all you need for some classic outdoor recreational fun. Located right alongside the Texarkana Campus and The Texarkana Golf Ranch, this little spot has many features for the whole family to enjoy. From fishing piers to playground equipment, walking trails, sand volleyball courts, pavilions and boating, this park has it all! Come by with the kids or some friends and spend some time soaking in the beauty and the fun.
Texas A&M— Texarkana has a vibrant sports schedule open to the public. Men and women’s tennis, baseball, and men and women’s soccer all make for fun outings. Many Texarkana natives root for the Arkansas Razorbacks college football team, as well as professional Dallas teams like the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers and the Mavericks. With Dallas a less-than three-hour drive away, catching a pro team game can be an easy overnight or day trip.
Building for the Future
Residents of the city are very excited about the significant growth that has taken place in the recent years. Population is on the rise and shows no signs of slowing down. Jobs are opening, new construction is getting approved, and people are flocking into the city like never before. New restaurants, music venues, housing developments and other amenities are blossoming within the area. The housing market is also doing well, which is encouraging many people to buy properties and build more. Texarkana’s future is looking bright.