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Garland, TX (Population: 216,346)

Garland is a suburb northeast of Dallas with a population of 216,346. The city is a major part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and is the 10th largest city in Texas. Garland was incorporated in 1891 but didn't experience significant population growth until the years before WWII during which many businesses, war-related and private alike, moved to the area. After WWII the population experienced rapid growth, doubling in size several times over between 1950 and 1980.

Visitors to Garland will want to visit the historic downtown area. Featuring a central fountain with plenty of shaded benches and areas to relax, the square is a prime location for entertainment, including live fiddlers on Saturday nights. Parades and events such as the Star Spangled Fourth Celebration happen here. Other attractions include the Patty Granville Arts Center, the Plaza Theater, The Garland Opry and Pace House.

Nature enthusiasts will want to visit Rowlett Creek and Spring Creek Preserves. The Audubon Park will provide fun for the whole family. The Surf and Swim Wave Pool is only the beginning; the Audubon park is also home to trails, numerous recreation centers, a tennis center and much more. For golfers, Firewheel Golf is the biggest facility in Texas and is home to 63 holes of golf on over 600 acres of beautiful land. Hawaiian Falls is another water park in Garland that is sure to help you make the most of a hot Texas day.