A shot of the historic courthouse in Downtown Sulphur Springs. The center of “Celebration Plaza”.
What there is to do and see in Sulphur Springs, TX
First, welcome! You’ve made a great choice in moving to our sweet, small town! You’ll notice soon after you arrive in Sulphur Springs that most of the residents have been here all their lives, or at least most of it. Someone I spoke to the other day, though, referred to themselves as a transplant, and it resonated with me because I, too, am a transplant. I grew up in the suburbs of Dallas. When Ryan and I married, we bought our first home here, and I quickly decided this is where we would raise our family! You can click here to hear our story. So, I understand being the newbie and trying to learn my way around and meet people. The community of Sulphur Springs is like none other! The people are great. They will rally behind you no matter what you’ve got going on. You’ll see that soon enough, I’m sure! Let’s talk about what there is to do and my favorite, what there is to eat in Sulphur Springs!
As you can tell, as the locals call it, SS is the typical “American Small Town.” Small shops and businesses, quiet streets, school and church on just about every corner, and a beautiful downtown square! County Line Magazine named it “Most Improved Small Town” in the region. We are certainly most proud of our square! It went under a major transformation just a few short years ago and is referred to as “Celebration Plaza.” The square hosts over 300 events and public activities each year. It’s complete with a life-size chess game and an interactive fountain in the shape of a Texas star that is a family favorite in the hot summer months. We can’t forget to mention the famous see-through public restroom! Built with one-way mirrors, you can see out, but people can’t see in! I’m not sure I totally trust it or even understand it, but yeah – it’s famous! Another great feature of the downtown “park” is the veteran’s memorial. It’s humbling to see the names of the soldiers that have lived or currently live in Sulphur Springs that served in the US military! You may find the name of someone you know!
You’ll also find a ton of yummy dining options downtown. One of the oldest and best restaurants, in my opinion, is Plain & Fancy Sandwich Shoppe. A must-try! It’s much more than just sandwiches; you can go for a home-cooked breakfast and cup of coffee, grab a salad, wrap or their famous fancy chicken salad sandwich for lunch and top it off with a dessert. Just don’t skimp on the dessert. I would suggest the iced brownie or sugar cookies. You’ll thank me later. Another excellent place downtown for a lunch or dinner option is Redneck Bar and Grill. They have something for just about everyone on their menu. Other great places on the square would be The Magic Scoop, The Potato House, Arturo’s Pizza, Burgerland, MAAK sushi restaurant, and most recently added Haystacks. There are quite a few more places you’ll want to check out.
Any visit to a small downtown square isn’t complete without some shopping! Boutiques include Sister Babyz, Miss Behavin, and Everything Unique. We also have a neat addition with The Bookworm Box, owned by New York Times best-selling author and Sulphur Springs native Colleen Hoover. All profits are donated to charities in need, and many of the authors and volunteers have donated their books and their time.
As mentioned, SS square hosts a ray of events throughout the year that are great for the whole family. Just about every Saturday morning in the warmer months, you can visit the farmer’s market with all sorts of unique finds. Also, in the summer, you and the family can come out with a blanket or chairs and enjoy “Movies on The Square.” You’ll find the full lineup for 2021 here. The Corvette Show and Heritage Park Car Show are usually held in mid-October and early November. A variety of concerts, parades, walks/runs, and other fun activities are available throughout the year. I’ve included the calendar provided by the Chamber of Commerce here. An event that’s not hosted downtown but can’t be left out is the Hopkins County Stew festival. Residents, local businesses, and organizations compete to win the title of Best Hopkins County Stew every year in October. Everyone is welcome to enjoy all the stew you can eat with the purchase of a bowl. It’s good family fun!
Places to visit in Sulphur Springs
The square isn’t the only place you’ll find fun things to do. Although we don’t have the “big city” options, there are still quite a few great places. Coleman Lake is a fun spot for outdoor activities like fishing, a walking trail, and even recently added, renting a kayak to explore the water. There are also a few parks for the kids to enjoy– Kids Kingdom, Pacific Park, Buford Park, and the skate park. If you prefer indoor recreation, The Roc offers something for everyone under one roof. You can shoot some basketball in the full-court gym, play ping pong or pool in the game room, or just relax in one of the many sitting areas to read a good book. Membership is free and open to anyone. You can also rent the Roc for birthday parties or events. Bright Star Cinema, the local theater, has been completely remodeled with nice reclining chairs; the only way to enjoy a movie, in my opinion. They also offer the option to book private events. Other honorable mentions would be Classic Lanes bowling alley, the Southwest Dairy Museum, and Heritage Park and Museum.
Sulphur Springs is also centrally located to quite a few lakes and state parks. Sulphur Springs lake is excellent for fishing, but if you are an avid fisherman with a boat and like to enjoy the water, Lake Fork is probably the most visited fisherman’s lake locally. They host a ton of fishing tournaments throughout the year if that’s your thing. Cooper Lake State Park, located about 20 miles northwest of Sulphur Springs, is a fun camping, hiking, and fishing option. Other surrounding lakes are Quitman Lake, Lake Tawakoni, and Lake Cypress.
We are pretty proud of our small town, and we welcome you here as part of the tight-knit community! It’s a great place to raise your young family or retire. I’d love to hear what brought you to Sulphur Springs and what you have enjoyed so far. Let me know in the comment section!
If you have questions about anything, Ryan and I are here to help our fellow residents in any way we can! Happy exploring!