If you're looking for a salty little city to visit, then Grand Saline is the place to go! Nestled in the northeastern portion of Van Zandt County, the city named "Big Salt' offers a variety of things to interest you that make this unique community a must-see destination.
Located on historic US Highway 80 at Texas Highway 110, the city boasts one of the largest, purest salt domes in the world and is home to Morton Salt Company. It is said that the Grand Saline mine has enough salt to supply the world for 20,000 years.
No visit would be complete without a stop at the Salt Palace. Known as the world's only building made completely of rock salt, this quaint little museum is open Monday - Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The city's salt history is on display here, as well as, displays of Chris Tomlin and Wiley Post, both natives of Grand Saline.
The community's rich history goes back to the days of horse-drawn wagons and the railroad. The old Grand Saline Depot has been converted into a
public library and the old lumber yard has been converted into a city park. You can stroll into downtown where most of the old buildings remain today. The Darby building, one of the oldest, will soon be home to the Salt Museum. This future museum will allow you to experience what it's like to travel down into the mine shaft as you learn all about the mining of salt.
The second Saturday in April brings the Annual Main Street festival staged on the downtown streets where visitors can enjoy live music, food galore, kiddie activities and various vendors. The Annual Salt Festival occurs on the second weekend of June. Special lunches are served each day of the three-day festival. It brings a parade, contests of all kinds, and a variety of vendors followed by live musical entertainment in the evening and brings back the small-town street dance.
Also, a visit to East Texas Zoo and Gator Park is a must. It is located just outside Grand Saline on FM 1255 off Texas Highway 110. You can see alligators, giraffes, monkeys, rescued animals, zebras and snakes, as well as, a petting zoo of barnyard animals.
Grand Saline has excellent access to metropolitan resources being ideally situated between Dallas and Tyler.
Hwy 80 East - West runs throughout the city limits with exits FM 17 and SH 19 from I-20. Affordable living, great schools for your children, a little city with country-feel.
Visit for a day or come stay for a lifetime!
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