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From its lush green spaces to its destination restaurants – Carrollton rocks. Whether you’re new to the area or just anxious to explore after a year of choosing Netflix and chill, we’ve got you covered with a list of sweet local spots you won’t want to miss.

Historic Downtown Carrollton

Your Carrollton introduction starts here, at the historic downtown, an enjoyable place to spend the afternoon with great eating and quirky local shops. Carrollton Square has been the center of the town’s activity for more than a century and still draws the community together. Check out the goodies at Ten of Arts Gifts, nerd out over your favorite video games at A Hipster’s Paradise - Carrollton @ The Finishing Touch, and then throw down at Babe’s Chicken Dinner House.

Elm Fork Nature Preserve

Doing Carrollton right means getting outside early and often. Head to Elm Fork Nature Preserve for a peaceful nature walk through 40 acres of this self-contained ecosystem. You’ll connect with the area’s wildlife – maybe more so than you’d like in some cases – from opossums and nine-banded armadillos to great blue herons … and some things that slither.

Korean Mall - Shops at Old Denton

A hot spot for foodies, the Korean Mall - Shops at Old Denton plays a big part in Carrollton’s reputation as a great place to find ethnic food. This strip mall offers everything from traditional Korean grill to more playful and inventive options. Try a Korean fried hot dog at Oh!K-Dog & Egg Toast, or go to town on the Honey Butter Popcorn Chicken at Ddong Ggo TX, and definitely make a stop at Gong Cha Carrollton for bubble tea before you leave.

A.W. Perry Homestead

For your local history lesson, make a trip to the A.W. Perry Homestead Museum, where you’ll have a chance to tour a historic home built in 1909 that offers a snapshot of life in North Texas around the turn of the 20th century. Once you’ve dug into the history of the homesteaders, sprawl out and relax on the beautiful grassy lawns at nearby Gravely Park.

Nob Hill Greenbelt

Work off some of the amazing food you’ve been eating – and earn yourself another go-round – by heading out for a jog or walk on the Nob Hill Greenbelt. Carrollton’s mild weather lets you be outside any day of the year, so take advantage! The unmistakable Furneaux Creek Blue Trail winds for 4.25 miles along the ponds and trees of the greenbelt, providing a scenic and accessible option for your outdoor exercise.

Looking for more fun things to do in the area? Check out our blog for tips on shopping, eating, and living right in Carrollton.