What to do and see in La Grange, United States: The Best Places and Tips

August 6, 2017 Diedre Savory

La Grange (/lə ˈɡreɪndʒ/ lə GRAYNJ) is a city in Fayette County, Texas, United States, near the Colorado River. It is located between Houston and Austin on Texas State Highway 71. The population was 4,641 at the 2010 census, and in 2015 the estimated population was 4,712. La Grange is the county seat of Fayette County.
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1. Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Site

414 State Loop 92, La Grange, TX 78945-5733 +1 979-968-5658
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4.5 based on 90 reviews

Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Site

Reviewed By Joan W - Green Valley, Arizona

This site, operated by Texas Parks and Wildlife, has two historic sites-Monument Hill where the men from the Dawson and Mier Expeditions are buried and Kreische Brewery, one of the first commercial breweries built in Texas in the 1860s. Admission to the site is free. The visitor center has a 14 minute introductory film along with exhibits and further information and literature on the history of Texas. There is also a small gift shop. Kenny and Dorothy were on duty the day I was there and they really helped make my first visit here memorable.
Outside there are five trails-all of which are a half mile or less and each can be done in about 20 minutes or less. The half mile Scenic and Historic Trail is wheelchair accessible. The Visitor Center has a pamphlet "Activities Guide to the Natural Experience of Monument Hill and Kreische Brewery State Historical Sites" which I found invaluable. It had numbered points that told not only the history of the area but also had pictures of trees and flowers in the area and where to see them (including pecan trees, the Texas State Tree) as well as a bird list. Be sure to take a hat, sunscreen and water (they sell water at VC) as even though the area is forested, the sun is strong.
This site could be enjoyed by all ages. I had read about the Black Bean Death Lottery before visiting here, but seeing a replica of the bean bag and the site where the participants are buried was very moving and really made the incident seem vividly real to me. Depending on your interest and the amount of hiking you wish to do, I would recommend allowing about two hours. Picnic tables, restrooms, and a playground are located a short distance from the Visitor Center.

2. Texas Quilt Museum

140 W Colorado St, La Grange, TX 78945-2204 +1 979-968-3104
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4.5 based on 57 reviews

Texas Quilt Museum

Reviewed By SUSAN M - Hollywood, Florida

Located centrally between Austin, San Antonio and Houston, the Texas Quilt Museum is a wonderful detour for those interested in textiles. Three high-ceiling rooms are lined with exhibits that rotate every three months. Only five years old, the Museum is small but well worthwhile. Both visitors and quilts come from all over the world.

Of the three rooms, two held contemporary quilts when we were there - not my favorite though they incorporated amazing detail and novel components. An interesting video accompanied one display. After a young boy died, the quilt maker used some of his favorite clothes (including a Speedo bathing suit) to create a quilt in the pattern of the American flag . . . because he was an “all-American boy.”

Most thrilling for me were the large 30+ antique pieces in the ‘New York Beauty’ pattern. They had been collected from all over the country and dated to the 1800’s and early 1900’s. Some hand, some machine stitched in remarkable detail. Fabulous! Well worth the slight detour we took to get there.

3. Fayette County Courthouse

151 N Washington St, La Grange, TX 78945-2658 +1 979-968-5254
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5 based on 40 reviews

Fayette County Courthouse

Reviewed By garrwick66 - Plano, Texas

I was not able to go inside the courthouse. But I was able to walk around the courtyard and see what work of art this courthouse is! I have taken an interest in these old courthouses, and this is another fine example. The THC marker provides historical data regarding the building.

4. Jersey Barnyard

La Grange, TX +1 800-382-2880
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4.5 based on 49 reviews

Jersey Barnyard

Working dairy and farm which hosts tours and has a petting area.

Reviewed By Alison R - Charlotte, North Carolina

This is a great experience for people that arent used to farm life or living in the country. You can do a guided tour for $10pp that includes a hayride and milking a cow (if you want to) or you can pay $5pp and have a look around yourself. You get a map and an information guide. If you go by yourself, you can purchase a milk bottle to feed a calf, and other feed for the various other livestock. The prices are very reasonable and fun for kids. If you do bring young kids with you, just be mindful where your kids are, there are some animals that roam and some that will come right up to the fence, or even stick their heads over. You can do the whole experience in 20-40 minutes on your own. I believe the tour lasts over an hour if you have the time.

5. Rohan Meadery

6002 Fm 2981, La Grange, TX 78945-4100 +1 979-249-5652
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4.5 based on 34 reviews

Rohan Meadery

Reviewed By Alison R - Charlotte, North Carolina

I was very surprised at how many wines and meads they had available - great selection, if you like a sweeter flavor. They also had 2 hard ciders available that you could take home in a growler. The owners were there working the tasting room and were very friendly. Their tastings were $5 for 5 samples. Some of their meads are on tap and have a different taste than those in the bottle. I didnt have a complaint about anything i tried.
They have a spacious patio outside to sit and enjoy a drink. Good place to bring a group of people. They also have some handmade local products for sale, like different flavors of honey, soaps, lotions, etc.

6. The Old Fayette County Jail

171 S Main St, La Grange, TX 78945-2612 +1 361-210-7318
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4.5 based on 20 reviews

The Old Fayette County Jail

The Old Fayette County Jail was opened in 1883 in in operation for 102 years. After a new jail was built, this beautiful historic building served as the office for the La Grange Chamber of Commerce and later as the Main Street Visitors Center. Today it is the home of the Texas Heroes Museum, honoring Texans who have served from the time of the Texas Revolution to present to secure and defend freedom and liberty. Veterans of all conflicts are honored, as are the sheriffs that served in the old jail, Texas Rangers, modern law enforcement, firefighters, first responders, the Home Front in WWII, and others who have made personal sacrifices to make Texas a great place to live. Special features include a cell from the old jail, the Bob Lain Memorial Library of military history, replicas of weapons from the Texas Revolution to present, and the last flag to fly on the Battleship Texas. Free tours. Open Fri-Sat-Sun, but closed some holidays. Call to arrange special tour dates and times.

Reviewed By Katie J - San Antonio, Texas

Passing through LaGrange and notice the interesting building so we decided to go in for a visit. The attendant was very welcoming and was able to share a lot of the local history with us. The exhibit is not large but it was worth the stop.

7. Old World Antieks

5414 W State Highway 71, La Grange, TX 78945-5131 +1 832-509-0022
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5 based on 9 reviews

Old World Antieks

Reviewed By afreebing - Austin, Texas

Absolutely loved meandering through the several warehouses and main store, viewing all the rustic Old World furnishings' décor. Fascinating and mesmerizing! Everywhere one looks, there's another enchanting metal hanging ceiling lamp, religious icon, gorgeous chest of drawers, wooden horsehead carving, or large ceramic urn. One can easily decorate a European manor, Mediterranean- or Southwestern-inspired home with this market's dark wood, hand-carved furnishings, antique furniture pieces, and elegant metal wall décor artwork. Indoors and outdoors, there are so many unique items of fancy Old World furnishings, vintage store signs, religious & garden statues, and intricate metal ornamentations from India, Spain, Vietnam, France and England, to name a few countries. (Supposedly, none of the items have been brought in the United States.) I loved everything about this market; I couldn't stop exclaiming or be in awe at all the wonderful items and adornments I saw while exploring room after room. This marketplace will certainly make an interior decorator "drool," not knowing which items to leave behind for another house-decorating adventure!

8. Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center

250 Fairground Rd., La Grange, TX 78945 +1 979-968-9399
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center

Reviewed By Dana N - Plano, Texas

My husband's family has a Czech heritage and the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center was a delight. The staff is very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed the displays, genealogy center, and souvenir shop. We will be back when we have more time to focus on the genealogy center. They do not charge a fee, but accept donations.

P.S. They even have a lovely banquet room to rent for functions.

9. Kat's Too Antiques

108 N Washington St, La Grange, TX 78945-2622 +1 979-966-8390
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Kat's Too Antiques

Reviewed By pnkgirl27 - San Antonio, Texas

I am a vintage hat collector and stopped in the shop while visiting the town. It was a charming store and indeed I found a hat ... a great feather hat! The price was about half of what I normally pay in bigger cities so I was very happy with the purchase. The cashier was extremely nice. She gave feedback about how the hat looked on me so it was helpful. She also suggested the sister store of theirs a short walk away. Overall it was lovely experience

10. Plum Park on the Colorado

1517 Prairie Valley Rd, Westpoint, La Grange, TX 78963-5014 +1 512-473-3366
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3.5 based on 4 reviews

Plum Park on the Colorado

Plum Park on the Colorado offers canoeists a great place to access the river between Smithville and La Grange. Park visitors can enjoy a day of picnicking or fishing with the option of staying overnight at the available primitive camping sites. Day users can enjoy the park from dawn to dusk. Unimproved Camping - Open range primitive camping. Limited number of picnic tables, fire rings and grills available on first-come first-serve basis. Waterless toilets are available for park guests. Overnight camping is available on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations are required.

Reviewed By 경환 김

Entrance fee was expensive to us, $5 per person. So we thought it's better to go to state park nearby.
I'm not sure if its entrance fee is reasonable because I didn't go inside.
Anyway, you need to consider the cost when you plan to visit here.

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