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It's all about the cowboys at Granbury; you can visit the grave of Jesse James and check out some western-style musicals at the Old Opera House. Relive the 50s at the drive-in movie theater, or visit the local lakeside beach. With FlipKey’s impressive selection of Granbury vacation rentals, you’re in for the trip of a lifetime!
Sitting around 40 miles southwest of Fort Worth, Granbury can be found in Hood County, Texas. There's a definite vintage twist to this historic town which was formed in 1887 with the building of one log house and a court room. That became the town's first limestone-tiled town square, which today still sits beneath a 19th century clock tower and was the first such square to find itself listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The city was expanded in 1969 by the damming of the Brazos River and the formation of Lake Granbury. Flowing through the city, it has a man-made beach with 'real' imported sand at the Lakeside.
Granbury is famous for its cowboy association, especially Jesse James and David Crockett (whose descendants still live in the area today).
Culinary-wise Granbury, like most of Texas, celebrates BBQ: meat covered in molasses and served up with mash and greens.
What to do
Grab your date and some munchies then go and watch the movies 50s-style at the Brazos Drive-In Theater.
For the largest choice of draft beers in the whole of Central Texas, head on down to Hank’s. You'll be able to swig it while swaying along to some live music.
Take a stroll along the lakeside boardwalk and try out the open-air Tiki Huts on the beach at the Conference Center.
Check out the last resting places of some real-life cowboy heroes such as Jesse James and Ashley James (grandson of Davy) at the historical Granbury Cemetery. The town's namesake General Hiram B Granbury is also buried here following his death at the Battle of Franklin during the Civil War.
Top Granbury, Texas travel tips
There's only so much info you can find on Google about a place so head to the friendly Granbury Visitor Centre first. You'll find brochures with discount coupons for shops and local attractions
If heading to the man-made beach at the lake, take a blanket and picnic with you as the lakeside pavilions get busy pretty quickly and you'd have to queue otherwise.
Granbury is just a 40-minute drive from Fort Worth. Two international Airports are nearby: Dallas/Fort Worth International (75 minutes) and Dallas Love Field (80 minutes). Both operate bus shuttle services into the city.
Granbury is a city redolent in history. whether western or mid-20th century. It’s laid-back and pretty to look at. It also has a modern twist in its downtown stores and, as well as museums, you'll find art galleries, wineries and upmarket eateries. Book your Granbury vacation rental with FlipKey!