Smile for a selfie, snap a pic for the ‘gram or simply make your friends jealous with these picturesque locales in The Colony.
1) Grandscape Lifestyle Center
Explore the central hub for entertainment in The Colony and you’ll find endless scenic spots to impress your friends and followers. Be sure to check out various murals inside The Homestead as well as striking digital art pieces like The Kaleidoscope and The Fountain water shows. Also, with free concerts on the outdoor stage, seasonal festivals and a stunning evening atmosphere, it is easy to get the perfect picture. Discover upcoming events on Grandscape’s calendar.
Tip from a local: Reference the interactive Grandscape map for parking information and easy navigation throughout the mixed-use development.
Mini golf got an upgrade, say hello to Puttery. The first location of its kind, this exclusively 21 and up attraction features four unique courses and multiple bars for unlimited Insta-worthy backdrops. Choose between the rooftop, lodge, library or illusion course for your next night on the town.
3) Lava Cantina
Whether standing in the crowd or seated on the VIP balcony, Lava Cantina’s rocking performances are sure to be photo-worthy. Check out a full list of upcoming events ranging from epic concerts to chill jazz brunches.
Everywhere you look in the World’s Largest All Sports Store there are scenic backdrops perfect for a selfie. Can’t miss locations include Wildlife Mountain, animatronic athletes, a 16,000-gallon aquarium and the 60-foot indoor Ferris wheel, where rides are only $1.
Tip from a local: Bring your furry friend along for the fun. The dog-friendly store encourages you to bring your leashed pup with you to pick out toys and treats inside the pet department, one of 80 specialty sections.
5) The Shacks at Austin Ranch
For more pet-friendly adventures, explore the one-acre dog park and collection of six restaurants known as “The Shacks”. The tree-lined park is open to the public and features separate areas for large and small breeds.
Make sure you visit the new hangout spot “The Local” for even more photo ops. Have a drink with the regulars or enjoy a snack for you and your pup.
6) The Colony Shoreline Trail
Sunny days along the lake can’t be beat. Access some of the city’s 23-miles of shoreline on The Colony’s namesake trail. Choose between two trailheads, both near parks contributing to over 2,500 acres of green space in the city.
7) Seven Doors Kitchen & Cocktails
Cheers to a great night out and the perfect marquee backdrop. Send a pic to out-of-town family and be sure to invite them next time for an excellent meal at Seven Doors. The New American restaurant features Insta-worthy entrees, craft cocktails and décor, including seven antique doors from the French colonial period.
8) Truck Yard
Day or night Truck Yard is the happening place to be. Part beer garden, part honky-tonk hangout, there is no shortage of photogenic spots at this outdoor venue. Order a drink at the bar, play a life-size version of Connect 4 and Battleship or browse Barney Smith’s Toilet Seat Art Museum. If you love craft beer, be sure to stop by Beard Science, the on-site sour house for locally fermented brews.
Tip from a local: Grace your Insta feed with the ultimate tiki vibe over at Limin’ Lounge’s retro bar and rentable karaoke and poker rooms.
9) The Colony Wine Bar
Indoors or out, The Colony Wine Bar offers the perfect hangout space for happy hour. Pose for a picture in front of their mural, snap a selfie on the patio or document the fun from inside the bottle shop. The patio bar offers frozen beverages served in nostalgic drink pouches during the warmer months.
10) Hidden Cove Park & Marina
Sandy swim beaches, paddleboard classes and a floating restaurant on Lewisville Lake, Hidden Cove has it all. Choose your own outdoor adventure with tours as well as bike and board rentals through DFW Surf.