Discover Denton is so excited to welcome you here! You've put in the hard work, and now it's time to get to know your new home away from home. Make the most out of your time here with family and friend with these ideas on fun things to do and places to experience.

While you're out discovering Denton, take photos and share them with us! Hashtag #DiscoverDenton or tag us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok. You may even see your photo featured on our channels!

Memorable Experiences for You, Your Family, and Friends

  • Visit the Square: Denton’s Downtown Square is the social, artistic, and cultural hub of Denton. Shops, restaurants, bars, event venues, and more line the streets and invite visitors to take part in the vibrant environment. Historic architecture has been preserved or restored, with most of the area holding a place on the National Register of Historic Places. Get lost in Recycled Books, Denton's very own 17,000 square foot independent bookstore, or get a sugar rush from Atomic Candy, a novelty candy shop that specializes in new and retro candy, specialty sodas, and gifts. If you need directions or just a little help, be sure to stop by the Discover Denton Visitor Center. Not only will you find friendly locals to help you get around, but it's also a great place to pick up some UNT swag for you and your family.
  • Get competitive: Denton offers great places to test your skills and wit if you’re looking for some healthy competition. Give axe throwing a try at Ironwood Axe Throwing or The Horse’s Axe, go bowling and play arcade games at Andy B’s, take aim with a Nerf war on 10,000 square feet of space at The Battlefield, or simply grab a table, a coffee, and some board games at Armadillo Ale Works.
  • Experience arts and culture: Denton hosts three collegiate campuses, the University of North Texas, Texas Woman's University, and North Central Texas College, and we’ve earned a reputation as a progressive-thinking, diverse, and culturally vibrant center in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Take your family on a cultural exploration through visual arts galleries, like the Patterson-Appleton Arts CenterUNT CoLab, or Voertman's, catch a live music performance at one of our venues, or tour a historical site.
  • Take a walk off campus: Just across UNT's campus, you'll find what is referred to as Fry Street. Most notably you'll find great coffee, food, vegan groceries, and a place to study at Aura Coffee. If you're craving some cruelty-free Mexican food, look no further than Pepitas Vegan Cocina, a completely vegan and vegetarian taqueria serving up tacos, taquitos, queso, and more. Another Denton staple just across Hickory Street is Oriental Garden, a contemporary Thai restaurant that has been around since 2003.

Selfies or It Didn't Happen

Grab your camera, your friends, and your family and find your perfect selfie with this perfectly prepared list of picturesque locations. Don’t forget to share your best selfies on Instagram using the hashtag #DiscoverDenton and tag @DiscoverDenton.

College Sports

A new school year means a new football season. Check out the Mean Green Football schedule here, and stay tuned for other college sports to get you into that school spirit.

Are you a student or parent looking for information and details regarding the Mean Green Fling? Visit the UNT Mean Green Fling website.

Looking For More Inspiration?

Check out the Discover Denton Events Calendar to Plan Your Next Day Out