Things to Do

There is much to do and see beyond the Shakespeare Festival. We recommend spending your visit exploring Kilgore’s hidden gems.

  • Visit the recently renovated Downtown Kilgore featuring shops, restaurants, and the World’s Richest Acre.
  • The East Texas Oil Museum is a tribute to the independent oil producers and wildcatters, to the men and women who dared to dream as they pursued the fruits of free enterprise. This fascinating museum houses the authentic re-creation of oil discovery and production in the early 1930s from the largest oil field inside U.S. boundaries. Here, visitors see the people, their towns, their personal habits, their tools and their pastimes — all colorfully depicted in dioramas, movies, sound presentations and actual antiques donated by East Texas citizens.
  • The Kilgore Rangerettes Museum honors the world famous Kilgore College Rangerettes, America’s first gird iron precision drill team.
  • Longview Museum of Fine Arts is a non-profit organization which seeks to create interest in, and promote knowledge of, the visual arts throughout the City of Longview and vicinity by exhibiting, interpreting and preserving works of art and providing educational opportunities to a diverse audience.
  • Gregg County Historical Museum is in the heart of downtown Longview, located in the historic Everett Building. Its exhibits, services and educational programs continue to expand.


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