What to do and see in Lufkin, United States: The Best Places and Tips

April 9, 2018 Rebbecca Marino

Lufkin is a city in and the county seat of Angelina County in eastern Texas, United States. This city is 120 miles (190 km) northeast of Houston. Founded in 1882, the population was 35,067 at the 2010 census.
Restaurants in Lufkin

1. Ellen Trout Zoo

402 Zoo Cir, Lufkin, TX 75904-1345 +1 936-633-0399
Excellent
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4.5 based on 212 reviews

Ellen Trout Zoo

Reviewed By Diedre C - Lawrence

For a small zoo, this place is great. It's very clean, well laid out, nice facilities and animal pens. Loved the info that was posted about the animals. If you go, there is a city park right beside it with nice picnic and bathroom facilities and a 1 mile walking path around a pond.

2. Naranjo Museum-Natural History

5104 S First St, Lufkin, TX 75901-8570 +1 936-639-3466
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4.5 based on 37 reviews

Naranjo Museum-Natural History

Reviewed By pnkgirl27 - San Antonio, Texas

I visited the museum to see one particular item, the world's largest moon rock on public display, but found the rest of the museum to be of great interest also. It is a newer building with a lot of dinosaurs displayed well. The ambience of the lighting and sounds/movements make for a great time. They also have a gift shop on the premises. Well worth the $7.50 entrance fee

3. Texas Forestry Museum

1905 Atkinson Dr, Lufkin, TX 75901-2505 +1 936-632-9535
Excellent
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4.5 based on 41 reviews

Texas Forestry Museum

Reviewed By cgny1fwd - Houston, Texas

All of the exhibits are well done, well lit and well explained. Needs an overview/introduction. The old equipment is interesting as well. There is also some railroad equipment outside. A nice caboose, a 2-6-0 steam engine and a very interesting car mounted crane, which unfortunately is rusting away. Also motorized equipment outside. Small place. Worth a stop if you are in town.

4. Ratcliff Lake

Lufkin, TX 75847 +1 877-444-6777
Excellent
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4 based on 21 reviews

Ratcliff Lake

Located within Davy Crockett National Forest.

Reviewed By YenkoOshima - Jasper, Texas

Top of my venue list for wedding! Great for 2 "forest / nature lovers!" Located within Davy Crockett Nat'l Forest. Large amphitheater for ceremony with good view of lake, huge beautiful rustic CCC pavilion with lights, fans, picnic tables & rustic fireplace, a bathhouse with decent restrooms just a short walk away, sidewalks and close parking for wheelchair access, deck overlooking the water nearby. I think it is $35 to reserve pavilion (plus cost of a permit if you have 60+ people). For a small, inexpensive, yet beautiful wedding/reception, this is a great spot!

Fiancee & I also came here to kayak once in March. The lake is calm and peaceful. Small lake, no motor boats allowed. We kayaked a little ways upstream too. The temperature was perfect.

There are picnic tables near the water and tons of camping sites! One trail leads to old sawmill ruins (you can also drive to it). If it's warm, the swimming area is awesome! Convenient bathhouse to change into swimwear, steps leading down into water, picnic tables, water fountain, etc.

5. Museum of East Texas

503 N 2nd St, Lufkin, TX 75901-3013 +1 936-639-4434
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4 based on 27 reviews

Museum of East Texas

Reviewed By texasrepublichistory - Dallas, TX

The Museum of East Texas is an art museum located in a large beautiful building, also used for meetings and special events. The museum hosts a youth art camp during the summer and only half of the museum's galleries were available to visit when I was there. The gallery with paintings and photographs of Texas birds was very interesting and the artwork was beautiful. The other open gallery displayed western or cowboy art and sculpture and was also interesting. I understand the exhibits are rotated through the year and Christmas holiday season has special exhibits and events. A nice stop for art lovers.

6. The Pines Theater

113 S 1st St, Lufkin, TX 75901-3041 +1 936-633-0349
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5 based on 10 reviews

The Pines Theater

Reviewed By LufkinSid - Lufkin, Texas

The Pines, a renovated historic movie theater, has succeeded as a more intimate performing arts theater with performances by artists like Broadway star Linda Eder, soul singer Mike Farris, doo wop and a cappella groups, for example. You may not immediately recognize the performer names, but the quality is almost always top rate. In addition, they still show older, fun movies periodically.

7. Big Thicket Brewery

113 W Shepherd Ave, Lufkin, TX 75904-3808 +1 936-633-7586
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Big Thicket Brewery

Reviewed By Kelly K - Lufkin, Texas

It's kind of a big deal to have a place like this in Lufkin! Top notch beer and top notch service, it's a place to stop if you haven't yet. When you walk in you will be struck by how awesome such a small town brewery can look (with such little space to work with!). The different beers are written on a large chalk board behind the bar with alcohol content and nifty names. If you want to try multiple beers you can get a flight with four separate beers. It's a great way to get acquainted with the different choices they have to offer!

The tables have various games on them to enjoy while you test new beers and there is a food truck in the alley outside. They have a menu for Marcos Pizza with discounted prices and you can get it delivered from the restaurant to your table!

We absolutely love coming here on nights that we want to hang out without the craziness of an actual bar.

8. Angelina National Forest

Lufkin, TX +1 409-639-8620
Excellent
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

One of the most diverse ecosystems remaining in Texas exists in this forest.

Reviewed By Kelly K - Lufkin, Texas

There are a ton of places to go to enjoy the forest. Plenty of winding high ways that take your through towering trees and really let you experience its beauty. I highly recommend traveling to some of the camp grounds/stop areas and hiking around. It's gorgeous!

9. The Hidden Escape

115 E Shepherd Ave, Lufkin, TX 75901-0315 +1 936-238-4090
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5 based on 3 reviews

The Hidden Escape

We hope that you have an amazing time as you play our escape rooms so that you don’t stop talking about it! We trust that you will enjoy the interesting tactile clues, the conversation among your group as you try to figure out the purpose of the most random objects, the surprises that have you smiling in delight, and of course the clock that adds intensity to the fun as you work through the room.

Reviewed By Amberlee G

Had a great time! This is a great place to go hang out with friends, date night, team building activity, or to challenge yourself. Did the Year of the Roommate challenge and escaped with 3 min 6 seconds left. Can't wait to do the Orion challenge!

10. Lost Arrow Loop

Kit McConnico Park, Lufkin, TX 75901
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Lost Arrow Loop

Reviewed By Kelly K - Lufkin, Texas

This is the only mountain bike trail in Lufkin. It is an amazing trail that is well worth the drive! Located in Kit McConnico park you can find the trail head just off the side of the first parking lot. There is a large wooden board with the trail maps for the hiker and bikers convenience! A few bridges dot the trail and there is plenty of intermediate to difficult trails. We are avid cyclists and love mountain biking so discovering this trail was a God sent....we often times pack picnics and will go hike or bike the trail and eat lunch in the woods.

This trail is kept up with by volunteers, not the City Of Lufkin, so after storms there are sometimes trees down. Just remember, volunteers can only do so much! Other then that, the trail is very well kept up with.

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