Local Attractions

First Monday Trade Days

Exits 523, 526, and 527 off I-20 Canton, TX

Held Thursday through Sunday the weekend BEFORE the first Monday of every month – rain or shine (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) Admission is Free (parking generally $5).

Canton is host to one of the of the world’s largest flea markets, every month thousands of vendors and shoppers converge on Canton from all over the country. The market has over 100 acres of goods and merchandise for a great shopping experience.

For more information, please see the First Monday information on this website.

Blackwell House Museum

314 First Monday Lane
Canton, TX 75103
(903) 567-4550

Please call for appointment.  
Located in the oldest home in Canton, the Blackwell House Museum was built in 1886 by H.F. and Nannie Jane Bartlett Blackwell. The house has been restored and was donated to the City as a historical gift.

Canton Plaza Museum

119 North Buffalo
Canton, TX 75103
(903) 567-1849
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Admission is Free.

Located in the old Canton Plaza Theater, the Canton Plaza Museum houses the Brewer Bell collection, one of the largest bell collections in the state, a First Monday Museum, and the Kennedy collection of Indian artifacts and models. It also features a variety of local historic items. The museum is owned by the City of Canton and is operated as a private, non-profit museum.

Hillcrest Cemetery

On Hwy. 19 at Groves Street

The oldest cemetery in Canton holds a great deal of Canton history. Look for the grave of D.C. White buried north and south after being hung for a murder in Van Zandt County history.

Splash Kingdom

Service Road of I-20 at FM 859 (Exit 526)
(903) 567-0044
Monday – Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday 12 noon to 6:00 p.m.

One of the few outdoor water parks in East Texas, Splash Kingdom is a great place to take your family for a “stay-cation” or while visiting family in the area.

Van Zandt County Library of Genealogy and Local History

Courthouse Annex
(Hwy. 19 next to Hillcrest Cemetery)
Canton, TX 75103
(903) 567-5012
Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Admission is Free.

The Van Zandt County Library of Genealogy and Local History is a great place to do research on your ancestors and on the colorful local history of Canton and Van Zandt County. Volunteers are on hand to assist you in your search and are full of information about the community.

Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial

1200 S. Trade Days Blvd. Suite 600
(903) 567-0657

The Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial is located at the SE intersection of Hwys. 19 and 243.  It is a great tribute to those who served in all branches of the service from Van Zandt County.  There is a small museum located by the memorial where you can see photos and other memorabilia related to their service.  Admission is free.  


796 N. Trade Days Blvd.
Canton, TX 75103
On Hwy. 19 near I-20 (Exit 527)
(903) 567-2681

Call for appointment time. Wired is one of the longest ziplines and tallest towers in Texas.

Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

5550 FM 2495
Athens, TX 75752
(903) 676-2277
Tuesday - Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Closed Mondays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Easter Sunday.

Admission $5.50 adults, $4.50 seniors, $3.50 children ages 4-12.

Texas Rose Horse Park

14078 State Highway 110 N.
Tyler, TX 75704
(903) 882-8696
Open Daily 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

With convenient access off of Interstate 20, Exit 548, located in the beautiful rolling hills of Tyler Texas, the Texas Rose Horse Park will be your horse show destination of choice.

Van Area Oil & Historical Museum

Hwy. 16 W
Van, TX
(903) 963-5435
Wednesday – Friday 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.

This museum holds the history of Van, Texas, as it grew from a farm community to an important part of the East Texas oil industry. There are many historical records and books to review and even actual oil derricks.

Wills Point Depot Museum

210 W. South Commerce
Wills Point, TX 75169
(903) 873-8626
Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Depot Museum has a unique collection of city, county and railroad history.

Buffalo Creek Motocross Park

Edgewood, TX 75117
(214) 939-4321
Friday 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Nights 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Buffalo Creek Motocross has outdoor track, a night track, a sand track and a Pee Wee track. Events held there are the Easy Money Texas Pro-AM, the Texas Legends Series and the Texas Spring National Pro-AM, along with many others. Live bands every Saturday night in The Door Club at the track.

East Texas Gators & Wildlife Park

9515 FM 1255
Grand Saline, TX 75140
(903) 962-5630
Monday – Sunday 9:00 a.m. till dusk year round

Children & Seniors $4
Adults $5

View gator eggs, baby gators and adult gators of all sizes, as well as a variety of ducks, snakes, swans, geese, lizards, turtles, fish and other reptiles.

Blueberry Hill Farms

Edom, Texas
(903) 852-6175
Open 7 days a week in June & July
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Pick your own blueberries at Blueberry Hill Farms. On-site store also sells a variety of other fresh fruit.

Edgewood Heritage Park

North Houston & Elm
Edgewood, TX 75117
(903) 896-1940
Thursday - Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 12 noon 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Tours conducted 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. when museum is open, admission $4 adults, $3 students, Children under 6 are free. The purpose of the Edgewood Heritage Park museum is to preserve the rural culture and architectural heritage of Texas to ensure present and future generations an opportunity to celebrate their heritage.

Edgewood Historical Society

103 E. Elm Street
Edgewood, TX
(903) 896-1940

For tour, please call Linda Kline at (903) 896-4220.