Hundreds of vivid pink crape myrtles invigorate the landscape of Waxahachie, a historic city located a short distance from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. As the Crape Myrtle Capital of Texas, Waxahachie blooms every summer. This beautiful sight is celebrated every July during the Crape Myrtle festival. In addition to the lacy crape myrtles, the Victorian architecture in Waxahachie, in particular the intricate carved-wood details, gave Waxahachie the nickname, “Gingerbread City.” This charming combination makes Waxahachie a favorite among movie-makers and the city has been used as the setting for several films.
With eight miles of hiking and biking trails, Waxahachie is pedestrian-friendly. Historic Downtown Waxahachie features wide sidewalks and charming buildings. Spend the afternoon shopping the antique stores and boutiques the area is famous for. From May to October, spend your Saturdays shopping the downtown Farmer’s Market, where you can get your locally-grown produce and specialty items, have lunch, and more. Stay downtown for the Summer Moonlight Movie Series and enjoy a free movie under the stars. Other festivals in Waxahachie include a Mardi Gras Parade, the DFW Summer Balloon Classic and Airfest, and a Victorian Christmas Festival.
Don’t miss the Catfish Plantation Restaurant — it is known for its delicious southern cooking and its paranormal activity. Speaking of ghosts, visit the Screams Halloween Theme Park during the month of October. With five attractions, this is one of the largest Halloween-themed parks in the country.
A commuter-friendly city, Waxahachie is located at the intersection of I-35 and US287 and is close to the Midway Regional Airport. Because of its convenient location, it is a rapidly-growing community, perfect for those looking for apartments in the DFW Metroplex.