Back in the day, it was the natural springs that brought travelers to town. Sadly, those springs have dried up, but fortunately the town still flows with things to do. To download this episode or purchase it on DVD, CLICK HERE.
When you first arrive, head toward the action on the Sulphur Springs Town Square (which is actually a pentagon. Ha!). Smack in the middle, you’ll find the Hopkins County Courthouse. Constructed in 1884, the Romanesque revival architecture makes this building one of the finest courthouses in Texas. On the Town Square’s grassy lawn you can lounge, play chess or visit the Hopkins County Veterans Memorial. They also boast the prettiest glass public toilets you’ve ever seen. Part art, mostly functioning restroom, the stall has a two-way mirror, so you can enjoy the outside show while you attend to your private matters, and no one can see you inside. Got Milk? Sulphur Springs does, and you’re sure to have the “dairy” best time at the Southwest Dairy Museum learning about the history of the dairy industry and the process of making milk. You can even test your milking skills on the mechanical cow or grab an ice cream at the soda fountain! Another must-see stop is the Leo St. Clair Music Box Collection. This collection of over 150 music boxes includes sculptures you’d never expect to find like a lacy gun and a stubborn donkey. And the best part is that all of them still play music! You’ll find this Texas curiosity tucked away in the Sulphur Springs Library.
If you know bass fishing, then you know Lake Fork. Twenty minutes outside of town, this 39-mile lake is full of Texas-sized bass. The largest fish caught in its waters weighed 18.18 pounds and remains the Texas record! So grab your buddies and have the ultimate battle to see who can catch the most behemoth bass. There are lots of friendly local guides, and we highly recommend Mike McFarland who can show you all the tricks. And thankfully, if you reel in more branches than bass, you can try fishing for Black and White Crappie, Sunfish, or any of the other legendary species that live here.
You’ll find a variety of tasty foods in the heart of Sulphur Springs, hit up Lou Viney’s Restaurant and Pub just off the square. Don’t let Viney’s Blues playing Frogs fool you, this restaurant offers a wide range of homemade food like Buffalo Chicken Nachos and Black Bean Burger Wraps. I’d go for the mascot-themed “wildcat” cheese steak stuffed with fries. It’s made-from-scratch food with a small town pub feel. No luck on the lake? Don’t worry, there’s plenty of fish to chow down on around the lake including at AJ’s Fish House in nearby Alba, TX. It’s an all-you-can-eat fried feast. So forget about your diet, slip on your comfiest pair of pants and devour mountains of cornmeal battered catfish, chicken and shrimp to your stomach’s content.