10 Incredible Experiences Only Found in The Colony

North Texas has a lot of offer, but The Colony features many attractions, restaurants and shopping experiences unique to Texas and the United States. Check out a roundup of the top 10 experiences you can only find in The Colony.

Entertainment Beyond Compare

New to the States, Immersive Gamebox has brought the latest virtual reality technology across the pond. The United Kingdom-based attraction opened its first American location inside Grandscape at the end of 2020. Projection mapping, touch screens and motion tracking create a hyper-immersive adventure for players inside an interactive digital room. Search for rare Martian minerals or fight ghosts to collect treasure in a personalized adventure in a private room with up to six friends. This one-of-a-kind experience makes screen time social again.

Existing somewhere between fine art and roadside attraction, Barney Smith’s Toilet Seat Art Museum holds the life’s work of retired plumber-turned-artist Barney Smith. Over 1,400 pieces feature mixed media affixed to toilet seat covers, reusing found objects while documenting a moment in time. Previously housed inside Barney’s backyard for nearly 30 years, the collection now lives on the second floor of Truck Yard, a honky-tonk beer garden.

Unparalleled Dining

Combining microbrews, live jazz concerts and refined fusion eats, Windmills makes for an unforgettable night out. The only US location pays tribute to its Indian roots with a curated menu featuring tandoori favorites mixed with Texas flavors. Batter-fried Gulf shrimp and Texas redfish pakora (spiced fritter), parmesan & green chile kulcha (stuffed flatbread) and wagyu chicken-fried steak are all available daily. Craft brew lovers will appreciate 14 distinct beers, ranging from pilsner and blonde ales to a range of hoppy IPAs, all made with the highest quality ingredients. Settle in for an evening and feel transported as a curated setlist features sounds of exceptionally skilled jazz artists.

Inside The Colony’s diverse food scene, you will find an array of restaurants bringing together flavors from across the world. Akira Back, named after the Michelin star chef and owner, showcases modern Japanese dining with Korean flavors. Fresh, world-class ingredients are crafted into enticing masterpieces served in the upscale yet inviting dining room. From sashimi and signature rolls to lamb chops and Japanese A5 Wagyu, delight in a melting pot of flavor. Experience Akira Back’s only U.S. location for a memorable evening out full of unexpetided flavors and presentations.

The perfect pet-friendly outing awaits at The Shacks at Austin Ranch. Inspired by food trucks, this collection of six small restaurants, known as The Shacks, boasts an assortment of cuisines. Order from a California-style taqueria and authentic ramen shop while sipping on a local brew from the adjacent taproom. Dine al fresco on the expansive patio, connecting the restaurants and overlooking Bacon’s Dog Park. The one-acre dog park is open to the public and is a great excuse to bring man’s best friend along for mealtime.

Discover a complete list of restaurants in The Colony for more exceptional dining experiences.

A Huge Selection of Shopping

Yes, it’s true. Everything is bigger in Texas, including the shopping. SCHEELS is the World’s Largest All Sports Store with more than 331,000 square feet of retail adventure. Easily spend a day browsing more than 85 specialty departments ranging from golf equipment and hunting gear to women’s apparel and fashion footwear, all staffed with knowledgeable team members. SCHEELS is more than just a store; it is a shopping destination with entertainment for the whole family around every corner. Take a ride on the 65-foot indoor Ferris wheel, watch exotic fish swim around the 16,000-gallon saltwater aquarium, snap a selfie in front of the wildlife mountain and sample hand-made fudge from Ginna’s Cafe.

Not to be outdone, NFM offers just as much selection for home and lifestyle. The 1.8 million square feet of showroom and warehouse space is not a typical furniture store. “The Mart” offers goods for everyone with the hottest electronics, on-trend décor, kitchen essentials and more. A walk through the expansive showroom will also reveal a wide variety of appliances, fitness equipment, flooring and furniture for every room.

Neighboring the retail giants is a collection of makers, artisans and curators inside the Homestead at Grandscape. Each storefront in the Homestead is a small business with local ties. These boutique shops offer goods ranging from handmade leather wares to handcrafted candles and body products.

A Look Inside: The Homestead at Grandscape

Tucked inside Grandscape is an assortment of boutique shops, sweet treats and sommelier favorites. Take a closer look at the small businesses offering some of the coolest finds in the city.

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Truly Special Events

American Heroes at Night

The Colony has a long-standing tradition of annual events, which have become some of the most distinct in the state. The largest of these events is the much-anticipated American Heroes: A Salute to Veterans every November. In conjunction with Veteran’s Day, American Heroes honors former military members while celebrating their service with a weekend full of family-friendly entertainment. Carnival games, fair foods, car shows and veteran ceremonies await at The Colony Five Star Complex. The biggest attraction at American Heroes is the live music series, featuring past performances by The Oak Ridge Boys, Eli Young Band, John Michael Montgomery, Jack Ingram, Sawyer Brown and Tanya Tucker.

Golf lovers may already know, but the state’s only LPGA event has called The Colony home since 2018. The Ascendant LPGA benefiting Volunteers of America features the world’s top female golfers as they vie for a win on the greens of Old American Golf Club. However, The Ascendant LPGA is more than just a professional golf tournament. Annual special events revolve around tournament week, including a women’s summit, a 5K race, pro-ams and family-friendly activities onsite.

There’s even more to discover in The Colony. Plan your next adventure with an itinerary builder on our website, complete with all the restaurants, attractions, hotels and retailers in The Colony.