Thinking of bringing a group to Denton? Whether large or small, we can help you customize a trip that’s perfect for your needs. We offer personalized service to help you plan every aspect of your visit, from accommodations and dining to attractions and entertainment.
Butterfield Overland Trail Historical Tours
History comes to life with Denton’s new Trails West tour. The tour follows the Denton-to-Abilene leg of the Butterfield Overland Trail — a track of land created in 1858 as a stagecoach route from Missouri to California. The tour stops overnight in Abilene where travelers can explore the Frontier Texas! museum before taking a different route back to Denton. It’s an interesting trek for history buffs.
A little history, a bit of shopping, a great meal, some time to explore the downtown square… For a small taste of Denton’s many offerings, we can customize a half-day or full-day tour of Denton attractions. Sample 1/2 day tour:
Shop Historic Downtown Denton-Antiques, collectibles, unique gifts and home accessories….you name it, and you’ll find it in Downtown Denton. Dozens of shops and wonderful eateries surround our stately historic Courthouse Museum.
Contact our Certified Meeting Planner, Dana Lodge, to customize your group tour.
Check out the #DentonFoodTours and see where the locals eat!
Digital Scavenger Hunts
Planning the perfect day in Denton just got much easier! We’re excited to unveil Discover Lil’ d, an integrated mobile app on our site that offers an interactive guide to map out everything you don’t want to miss in Denton. Designed with our partners at Visit Widget, this tool provides a new way to explore what the city has to offer, including upcoming events, popular restaurants, shops, bars, and landmarks. View it all at once or search by categories like Arts/Culture, Live Music, Performing Arts, Festivals & so much more!
Learn more about Denton in a whole new way wit the Ghosts of Denton tours. Enjoy a 90-minute walking tour of the fascinating hauntings of Denton led by professional storyteller/history buff Shelly Tucker. Tours meet at the Discover Denton Welcome Center on the Square every Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m. Special group tours can be arranged.
When it comes to environmental awareness, Denton is a model city. Tour some of the city’s “greenest” buildings including “Fire House 7”, one of the first officially Gold Level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) fire stations in Texas. Then head over to the Environmental Education Science and Technology (EESAT) building on the UNT campus, a testament to environmentally-sound building innovations, as well as Apogee Stadium, the first newly built stadium to achieve LEED Platinum certification. Other tour sites include:
Experience Denton’s live music scene like the locals do! Hear the hottest bands in the coolest venues. We’ll even arrange the designated driver!
The people who call Denton home are passionate about art in all its forms, but music tops the list. No discussion of this city is complete without mentioning the live music scene. During any given week, you can hear music of all genres – from jazz to rock to country – at any of Denton’s many clubs and venues that host top-notch musicians and bands. Stroll across the Courthouse lawn on a warm Saturday morning and you’ll hear impromptu jam sessions. Did you bring your guitar? Then you’re welcome to join in! Pass through at night and you’ll hear the beats blowing through the air, coming from the many downtown bars, lounges and clubs.
O’Neil Ford Tours
One of Texas’ preeminent 20th century architects, O’Neil Ford designed several buildings in Denton. Take a tour of the Emily Fowler Public Library, Little Chapel in the Woods, Denton’s City Hall and many other parts of the Denton landscape designed by this important architect.
She Gave Us Wings, This sculpture was dedicated as part of TWU homecoming activities in 2003. It was in memory of Dr. Anne Schley Duggan, who put women’s issues to the forefront. Rosanne Keller created the bronze. Located on the TWU campus south of the Institutional Development Building off Bell Ave.
Eliptical Composition, Sculpted by John Brough Miller, this piece of artwork resides in front of the Center for Visual Arts. It was crafted from metal taken from old ships and Miller still comes once a year or so to oilit down. Located in front of the Center for Visual Arts at 400 E. Hickory.
David Iles’s animal sculptures, Eighteen of artist David Iles’ bronze animal sculptures are poised around theEnvironmental Education, Science and Technology Building. The life-sized Texas wildlife sculptures were commissioned and donated by Dallas philanthropist Trammel Crow. Located on the UNT Campus at the corner of Hickory St. and Ave. C.
Untitled, Barrett de Busk’s steel-and-stone art piece is outside the Art Building on UNT’s campus, located one block west of Mulberry and Welch streets.
Joy of Music, This sculpture of five musicians stands outside Mozart Square, a UNT residence hall at the corner of North Texas Boulevard and Eagle
Drive. The sculpture was created by George Lundeen.
Runner and Lovers, Both of these sculptures were created by artist Glenna Goodacre, who also created the Vietnam Women’s Memorial installed in Washington, D.C. in 1993 and has a lifelong passion for portraying the human figure. Located at Mozart Square at the corner of North Texas Blvd. and Eagle Dr.
Carrizo, Mac Whitney’s “Carrizo,” a red painted steel sculpture created in 1992, is located on the south side of the art building at UNT.
Earth Mother, Fort Worth artist Charles Willams created this sculpture in 1958 from five large blocks of Carthage marble. The piece, which looks like a reclining figure, is located on the southwest side of the Art Building at UNT, one block west of Mulberry and Welch St.
Festival in Motion, Sculptor Nic Noblique Poupore’s piece of art was donated by the Denton Festival Foundation, who produces the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival. It was given to the city of Denton during the 2004 festival and resides proudly in front of city hall.
Sculpture in Wind, This sculpture is located at Denton’s Water Works Park and Aquatic Center. It was commissioned in 1996 and dedicated in 2004 with the opening of the park. The sculpter is George Cadell.
If your interests lean towards the academic, we can arrange campus tours at UNT and TWU. Specific university programs or departments of special interest to your group can be featured.