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THE RED LOOP features attractions in Fort Worth, Denton, Abilene, San Angelo, and  Granbury. It travels through the Lakes and Forts Trail Regions, where frontier forts of Texas were once lonely outposts in wild country and the cowboy spirit still lives today.

SEARCH FOR THE DESTINATIONS AND WAYPOINTS THAT MATCH YOUR GROUP’S INTERESTS  —  Each attraction is located in a city on the Red Loop. Click here to view the Red Loop map.

5-D Western Custom Hats

Owner Damon Albus stocks cowboy accessories and crafts hats. Guests are welcome to look at the workshop, where he also creates custom leather goods. 5-D is a complete hat shop and can handle any service, from new custom hats to refurbishing a favorite hat.

12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

Reflect on WWII history at the 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum, honoring the sacrifice of the great men and women who served as "Hellcats" in the US Army.

Abilene Zoo

Hand feed a giraffe, paddle a swan boat or take a tour on the Safari Express Train. 16-acre landscaped grounds feature more than 1,000 animals of 250 species.

Frontier Texas!

Begin an Abilene tour at Frontier Texas!, home to the Forts Trail Visitor Center and one of the few storytelling museums in the world featuring life-sized holograms. Visitors can meet - at least figuratively - some of the real people who lived and died on the Texas frontier between 1780 and 1880.

Grace Museum

A restored landmark that is home to three museums: art, children's, and history.

Jacob's Dream Statue

40-foot bronze sculpture that illustrates a biblical scene from Genesis 28.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

A one-of-a-kind museum, the "Nickel" features artwork from children's books and stories, with special exhibition and a summer festival.

Paramount Theatre

Fully restored 1930s theater offering live performances.

Storybook Capital of Texas

Scout out familiar literary characters such as the Cat in the Hat and the Man in the Moon, here in the Official Storybook Capital of America - featuring the largest public collections of storybook sculptures in the world.

Fort Griffin State Historic Site

Albany, Texas

Holding command over the Southern Plains, Fort Griffin operated from 1867 to 1881. Remnants of the fort remain, now home to the official State of Texas herd of longhorn cattle. The town of Fort Griffin was the quintessential Wild West town where Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp, and Big Nose Kate once reigned. 

Old Jail Art Center

Albany, Texas

Within the restored 1878 “alphabet jail,” this museum’s permanent collection rivals big-city counterparts with Chinese porcelains, works by Renoir, Picasso, and Matisse, plus the Watt Matthews Ranching Collection. 

Fort Chadbourne

Bronte, Texas

Built in 1852, Fort Chadbourne served as a frontier post and a Butterfield Overland Mail Stage before becoming one family's ranch headquarters for eight generations. Native American, military, and ranch history intertwine at this site.

Brown County Museum of History

Brownwood, Texas

Housed in the fortress-like former county jail, the museum's exhibits begin with the Plains Indians and end with WWII artifacts

Martin and Frances Lehnis Railroad Museum

Brownwood, Texas

Train enthusiasts will enjoy this collection of railroad memorabilia and equipment, photos and stories, and running model trains of every size. 

Perini Ranch Steakhouse

Buffalo Gap, Texas

The famous family-owned ranch and steakhouse featured by Texas Monthly and the Food Network. 

Denton County Courthouse / Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum

Denton's 160-year-old, real-deal downtown is pulsing with ships, eateries, and entertainment, all just steps from Denton Country Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum, one of Texas' most photographed historic county courthouses.

First Ladies Historic Costume Collection

The Collection is much more than a chronology of fashion. Progressing from the 1800s through modern day, the First Ladies of Texas have become icons of grace and compassion. Each woman leaves her own legacy, but all share common threads that seamlessly stitch together Texas’ First Ladies’ assorted patchwork of experience.

This Collection currently displays 21 of the 47 gowns. The display changes at various times throughout the year so that a visitor can enjoy different gowns in the Collection with each walk through the hall. Across from each gown is information about the respective First Lady and the gown displayed.

Denton County Historical Park

The park is home to the Bayless-Selby House Museum and the Quakertown House museum. Come visit us – admission is free! We are handicapped accessible and provide guided tours upon request. 

Denton Firefighters Museum

Located in the lobby of Denton's historic Central Fire Station, this museum showcases firefighting technology from the hand-pulled hand-cart era of the 1800s to vintage ladder trucks, fire report logs, and gear. 

North Texas Horse Country Tours

On this popular tour, visitors wind their way through one of Denton County's most celebrated features: more than 400 premier horse farms that excel in every equine breed and discipline. Six behind-the-scenes tours a year are offered for individual travelers (see Events); customized itineraries with complimentary step-on guides are available to group tours. 

Dublin Bottling Works

Dublin, Texas

At the oldest soda bottling facility in Texas (and home to pure cane sugar soda), tour the bottling plant and the W.P. Kloster Museum, which houses Dr. Pepper memorabilia. 

Ben Hogan Museum

Dublin, Texas

Pay tribute to the man and the golfer in his childhood home in Dublin. 

Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Western Currency Facility

At the Bureau’s state-of-the-art Tour and Visitor Center, learn how billions of dollars are printed.

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