Avenue D in downtown Clifton during FallFest.Photo ©2010, Shayne Embry
One needs only to make the trip once to see why Clifton is becoming a popular tourist destination. Clifton is that rare small town gem which seems to offer a little bit of everything for those wishing to leave the stress of city life for a relaxing, fun-filled time in a nostalgic country setting.
You’ll want to shop the historic downtown district, a Texas Main Street City, where you can catch a flick at the restored 1916 Cliftex Theatre, visit Heritage Plaza, art galleries and antique malls, enjoy lunch in quaint settings, or sample county wines at a local vineyard. Learn more about the unique history of Clifton, “The Norwegian Capital of Texas,” at the Bosque Museum. Seasonal attractions include the Norwegian Country Christmas, the Norse Smorgasbord, the German Sausage Supper, Fall Fest, and much more.
As for entertainment, Clifton has been called one of the “100 best small art towns in America,” and is known throughout the south for is its diverse art colony. Clifton is home to the Bosque Art Center, one of the finest community art complexes in the state. The Art Center boasts an impressive permanent collection of art, a live theater, photography exhibits, a multitude of classes, and special offerings.
For the outdoorsman and hunter in the family, Bosque County offers a multitude of wildlife and game ranches teaming with deer, birds, and exotics. The camper and fisherman need look no further than nearby Meridian Lake, Lake Whitney, or the Bosque and Brazos Rivers.
Clifton is only 30 minutes away from Waco and midway between Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin at the top of the beautiful Texas Hill Country.
Whether staying for the day, a weekend, or longer, Clifton is a great place to visit…and visit again!