Garland Opry – Honky Tonk Music Venue

Craving an authentic Texas honky tonk experience? Look no further than the Garland Opry. This unassuming venue may look like a simple metal warehouse from the outside, but don’t let that fool you. Inside, you’ll discover a warm, lively space hosting regular performances dedicated to preserving fiddle music and classic country songs. Weekly Friday night shows feature a house band playing familiar tunes made famous by artists like Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, and George Jones. There’s also an open jam session where aspiring local musicians can join in and show off their skills. Visitors are encouraged to come dressed in full cowboy regalia and be prepared for plenty of foot-stomping music. Between sets, be sure to partake in the Garland Opry’s tasty concession-stand treats like fresh hot popcorn, snow cones, and soda floats. Outside, you can pose for photos with the larger-than-life cutouts of Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Dolly Parton before heading in for the next act. When you’re ready to travel in comfort en route to the toe-tapping tunes, Charter Buses Garland can get your group to the venue hassle-free. We’ll provide charter bus transportation directly from your Garland-area hotel or event space so you can look forward to a night of two-stepping without complicated transit logistics. Garland Opry 231 W Avenue A, Garland, TX 75040 (972) 272-7861

Classic Gaming Expo Museum – Ultimate 80s Arcade

Take a nostalgic trip back to the golden age of gaming at the Classic Gaming Expo Museum. You’ll feel transported straight back to the noisy, brightly lit arcades of the 1980s when you step through the doors here. The museum houses over 100 vintage stand-up arcade and pinball machines all polished to their original working condition and available for visitors to play. Test your skills against familiar 8-bit graphics in arcade classics like Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Donkey Kong. Or, try your luck with pinball machines themed around Superman, The Addams Family, Twilight Zone, and more. You can even find rare oddities like the Nintendo Famicom, Atari Cosmos holographic machine, and towering 6-player X-Men cabinet. When you need a break from the constant beeping and flashing lights, head to the back room museum area. Here you’ll uncover fascinating exhibits detailing the evolution of gaming from the earliest consoles through modern VR technology. It’s the perfect destination for a buzzy birthday bash or nostalgic group outing. Going retro with a big group? Make it easy and rent a spacious charter bus from Charter Buses Garland. Your passengers can sing along to 80s hits on the ride over – we’ll be happy to provide a bus equipped with a stereo system. Once you’ve arrived, playing hours of vintage arcade games will be a breeze without worrying about crowded parking. Our driver will drop you off and come back when it’s time to cruise home. Classic Gaming Expo Museum 1678 Montgomery St #115, Garland, TX 75041 (972) 679-7223

Audubon Park – Scenic Nature Trails

Nestled right along Rowlett Creek, beautiful  Audubon Park is one of Garland’s best spots to enjoy nature without venturing far from the city. The park encompasses 225 acres filled with scenic limestone cliffs, wildflower meadows, wooded hiking trails, and tranquil fishing ponds. It’s a serene natural oasis just minutes from downtown. Outdoor enthusiasts will love exploring over 5 miles of trails winding through the park. Some trails are paved and wheelchair/stroller friendly while others are more rugged dirt paths. You’re likely to spot squirrels scampering through trees, turtles sunning on logs, and ducks drifting across the ponds as you go. When you’re not hiking, there’s still plenty to do. Have a picnic in one of the covered pavilions, cast your line in the stocked fishing areas, or take a dip in the pool during summer months. Audubon Park also frequently hosts yoga in the park, outdoor concerts, holiday events, and classes like nature sketching and wildflower walks. With so much to see and do, you won’t want transportation logistics to get in the way. Let Charter Buses Garland provide easy group transportation to Audubon Park. We’ll get your hiking club, senior center group, or family reunion to the park entrance stress-free so you can start exploring right away! Audubon Park 342 W Oates Rd, Garland, TX 75043 (972) 205-3991

Altieri’s Italian Restaurant – Old World Family Recipes

Craving homestyle Italian comfort food made from cherished family recipes? Look no further than Altieri’s Italian Restaurant. This local favorite has been serving up scratch-made pasta, pizza, and more in a cozy setting since 2000. Despite its tucked-away location in a Garland shopping plaza, this place fills up quick – especially on weekends. Start your meal off right with a basket of freshly fried mozzarella paired with Altieri’s signature marinara. Then, dive into hearty entrees like chicken parmesan layered high over pasta, juicy grilled salmon on a bed of risotto, or pizza with creative topping combinations. Don’t forget to save room for tiramisu or a slice of chocolate silk pie for dessert! Altieri’s also offers catering services perfect for special events and gatherings. Let them prepare a ready-to-serve Italian feast your entire group will love. Having a big crowd? No problem – charter bus transportation means everyone can arrive together. We’ll provide easy group transportation straight to Altieri’s entrance from your hotel. Altieri’s Italian Restaurant 3361 N Garland Ave Ste 110, Garland, TX 75040 (972) 303-7925

Main Street Magic & Fun Company – Quirky Novelty Shop

In the mood for something delightfully weird and wonderful? Check out Main Street Magic & Fun Company. This quirky novelty gift shop first opened its doors in 1975 and has been sparking grins and giggles ever since. Walk through the vibrantly colored entrance and let the pure sensory overload begin! Everywhere you look, you’ll discover gag gifts, magic tricks, costumes, decorations, and novelties you won’t find anywhere else. Shelves and bins burst with wind-up chattering teeth, glitter lava lamps, yoyos, whoopee cushions, finger traps, and fruit-scented erasers. The costume section has every get-up from flapper dresses to astronaut suits. Main Street Magic also carries all the supplies aspiring magicians need to put on impromptu shows. Find instructional books, card tricks, disappearing coins, and magic wands galore. No matter your age or interests, it’s impossible to leave without your pockets filled with peculiarly fun finds. Traveling with kids? Make Main Street Magic a priority pit stop! Let Charter Buses Garland provide easy transportation for your group so young ones can simply hop right off the bus and start exploring. There’s plenty of parking for our charter buses and mini buses behind the shop, so your driver can wait while curious kids discover the wonders within. Main Street Magic & Fun Company 124 S Garland Ave, Garland, TX 75040 (972) 271-8337

Granger House – Antebellum-Style Mansion

History lovers visiting Garland simply must make time to see the stately Granger House. This impressive neoclassical columned mansion was constructed in 1861 for prominent early settler William Granger. The two-story home and its scenic grounds provide a glimpse into life during Garland’s earliest frontier settlement days. Visitors can tour the interior of the Granger House most days of the week. Inside, you’ll uncover 14 foot ceilings, six original marble fireplaces, ornate crown molding, and other dazzling antebellum architectural details. Many rooms also display historical artifacts like dresses, quilts, toys, and furniture actually owned by the Granger family. Outside, walk along brick pathways through heritage gardens and beneath soaring pecan trees. Near the gardens sits The Nash Farm, a collection of restored 19th-century outbuildings like smokehouses, barns, and slave quarters. End your visit with a hand-dipped ice cream cone from the on-site parlor before heading out. Simplifying group transportation to Garland’s most historic mansion is easy with Charter Buses Garland. We’ll provide a direct ride from your hotel or event to the Granger House entrance. With charter bus amenities like WiFi and DVD players on board, passengers can even learn more about William Granger and 19th-century Texas settler life en route. Granger House 1310 W Avenue B, Garland, TX 75040 (972) 205-2991

Plan Your Trip With Charter Buses Garland

Now that you know about some of Garland’s most amazing hidden gems just off the beaten path, it’s time to start planning your group visit! At Charter Buses Garland, we make transportation simple with charter bus rentals tailored to your exact group size and needs. Our mini buses and spacious motorcoaches are driven by certified professionals and come loaded with amenities for optimal comfort. And we provide service throughout Garland, Dallas, and beyond! Ready to reserve comfortable transportation to any or all of the unique attractions above? Call Charter Buses Garland at (972) 487-0038 today to request your free quote with absolutely no obligation. We look forward to helping your group explore the best of Garland!