Taylor boasts everything you’d expect from a small Texas town: stunning sunsets, vast fields of cotton, corn and sorghum, excellent barbecue and friendly folks.
But Taylor today is so much more. Talented entrepreneurs are revitalizing our historic downtown — lead by the award-winning McCrory Timmerman Restoration Project — and the influx of new residents has had an invigorating effect on our city.
You may think of Taylor as a sleepy little town, but Taylor today is on the cusp of a new heyday!
Here’s just a sampling of what we have to offer.
Eat Some Barbecue
Locals know good barbecue. Cured in the smoke and heat of the historic Taylor International Barbecue Cook Off and the highly competitive SPJST Cookoff, our backyard champs are the equal to most big-city pitmasters.
That’s why Taylor’s barbecue is among the best in the world. Try the beef rib at multi-James Beard Award winner Louie Mueller’s, or the brisket at Davis Grocery and BBQ, as featured on Day Tripper on PBS. Be sure to reminisce with WWII vet Vencl Mares over iced tea and sausage at Taylor Cafe.
Listen to the Music and Drink a Taylor Made Craft Brew
Taylor is steeped in a musical heritage that embraces all genres. Today’s, live music scene finds some of the best up-and-coming musicians in Texas performing in our Second Street venues.
The Black Sparrow Music Parlor has some of the most eclectic offerings while Taylor Station features a distinct Latin and blues flair.
The Texas Beer Company hosts an exciting Bluegrass and Alt-Country lineup along with a tap wall filled with Texas craft beer and its own Taylor Made beer.
Be sure to try a pint of TBC’s gold medal award-winning Pecos Amber Lager and take a tour of the 30-barrel production brewhouse.
Ride some Air at our Skate Park
One of our newest additions is a world-class skate park, 16,000 sq. ft. of free-flowing concrete transition and street-inspired sculptural obstacles designed by Evergreen Skateparks.
Make sure to visit the 50/50 monument that tells the story of Pierce Park’s genesis through a partnership with Tony Hawk and artists like Matt Groening and Willie Nelson.
Walk with Legends
Legendary rodeo star Bill Pickett and Dan Moody, Texas’ youngest governor, are just two historic characters you’ll meet when you tour Taylor. Shop our historic downtown and take a walking tour of our city’s distinct architectural history; visit the Moody Museum and learn how Moody’s passion for justice brought the KKK to its knees; take your photo with the exquisite bronze statue of Pickett.
This is Taylor today. We’re thinking big and you are welcome here