Just past Weatherford, heading further into Parker County, you will find the quaint town of Mineral Wells, Texas. Named for the mineral springs in the area, which was highly popular in the early 1900s, this little town has just what you need for a quick and close getaway.
What to Do
Baker Hotel // There is a walking tour of the famous Baker Hotel in Mineral Wells. When first built in 1929, it costs $1 million to build and was one of the country’s most glamorous hotels. It is now a landmark, and part of the city’s sales tax is being allocated to the Baker Hotel renovation project.
Famous Water Company // Mineral Wells is also known as the city “Where American Drinks its way to Health.” The famous Mineral Water Company was established in 1904. It brought health seekers to Mineral Wells many years ago, and now its historic Crazy Water is only available through the Famous Mineral Water Company.
Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway // This state park and railway offers not only camping and a great place for picnics, but you can also swim, boat, and fish at the lake. The trailway access is perfect for hiking, bicycling, and any equestrian activities and goes all the way from downtown Mineral Wells to almost near Weatherford.
Mineral Wells Fossil Park // This is a hidden gem that would be great for a family-friendly experience. The borrow pit path is a result of erosion from an old landfill that was closed back in the early 1990’s
Murals at 76067 // Downtown Mineral Wells hosts more than 20 murals with bright colors and interactive murals and everything in between. Be sure to get your picture with these Instagram-worthy murals.
National Vietnam War Museum // This museum can be seen as you approach the town. It is a silent memorial recognized those who so bravely served their country in the Vietnam War.
Old Jail Museum // This jail was built in 1882. It is a complex of historic log cabins and frontier buildings that show how life was back in the olden days.
Shopping // The best shopping is in downtown mineral wells. There are boutiques, such as The Kraze, Emerald Lane Boutique, and Cactus Creek Boutique, as well as antique shops. These historic buildings are not only enjoyable to look around but you can find something for everyone in the family.
Where to Eat
Brazos Market and Bistro // In downtown Mineral Wells a great place to stop for lunch and baked goods.
Coffee and Cocktails @ 76067 // A new restaurant serving gourmet coffees, espresso, and cocktails.
Crazy Bean Espresso // More than 50 flavors of coffee, it also offers smoothies and grab and go breakfasts to get your day started.
Hole in the Wall Grill and Bier Garten // Family and pet friendly, you’ll find swings, Jenga, and many more options for fun. It has great food and live music every Friday and Saturday!
Mesquite Pit // Everything from grilled steaks to cheeseburgers to some of the best ribs you’ll find, people come from all over to enjoy the barbecue.
Natty Flat Smokehouse // Great and authentic barbecue.
Old School Pizza Tavern // Just like the old school pizza places, enjoy a slice of pizza and play in the arcade. It also offers delivery.
Pulido’s Mexican Restaurant // Craving a margarita and enchiladas? Pulido’s in Mineral Wells is a must!
Woody’s Bar and Grill // This is the locals favorite spot for beer and burgers!
Where to Stay
While there are chain options to stay in Mineral Wells, here a few other options that might peak your interest for a staycation:
The Crazy Bath House // This offers mineral baths and treatments inspired by the waters and nature. You can stay overnight in the guest rooms, and they have private mineral baths.
Country Living Retreat // This offers full RV hookup for overnight or extended stay RV guests.
Lofts and Hospitality // It is a building that houses a loft in downtown Mineral Wells. It’s 1200 square feet with a king sized bed with a fireplace.
Magpie Inn // It is within walking distance to downtown Mineral Wells and also now offer mobile check-in.
Red Lion Inn & Suites // One of the most popular choices, it is two miles from the Mineral Wells municipal airport and near many attractions.
For more driving destination ideas, check out Fort Worth Moms “Guide to Road Trips from Fort Worth.”
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