2013 Best Small Towns in America
Contest ends: September 3, 2013
64 Votes - "Most Fun"
9 Votes - "Friendliest"
5 Votes - "Best for Geocaching"
2 Votes - "Best For Food"
1 Votes - "Most Beautiful"
A family-friendly college town, Denton hosts the University of North Texas, Texas Women’s University, and North Central Texas College. Young residents thrive in the arts and music scene while families enjoy plenty of parks and festivals, all of which culminate in Courthouse Square.
The downtown square is bustling with shops, eateries, entertainment venues and events. Visitors can shop, relax at a spa, eat to their hearts content and catch a live show or browse a gallery. In addition to the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum, the town offers an African American Museum, a Firefighters’ Museum, the Bayless-Selby House Museum and Hangar 10 Museum. The universities host the majority of the dozen art galleries and walking tours are available.
Music entertainment ranges from Concerts on the Square and Twilight Tunes to the annual Arts & Jazz Festival in April. Also check out Denton Community Theatre, Dan’s Silverleaf, and the Center for Visual Arts for more local talent. These venues host film, storytelling, flower, holiday and blues festivals annually, plus concerts, tastings and art shows.
Denton’s also home to Horse Country with a number of local horse farms where visitors can tour and ride. Additional local tours include live music pub crawls, historic walking tours, a public art tour, and a sampling tour that combines museums, shopping and restaurants. See what else residents love about Denton in their reviews.
- BEST FOR FOOD (IMHO) --- Old West Cafe (breakfast) - Loco Cafe (breakfast) - Seven Mile Diner (breakfast) - RG Burgers and Grill ( American) - Rooster's Roadhouse (American) - Rusty Taco (Tacos) - Jupiter House (Coffee and Pastries) - Mazatlan ( Mexican) - Yummy's (Greek) - Bagheri's (Italian) - Bochy's Bistgro (French) - Keiichi (Sushi) - Mr. Chopsticks (Sushi) - Andaman (Thai) - Hannah's Off the Square (To Take a Date) - The Abbey Inn Restaurant & Pub (British) - GreenHouse Restaurant and Bar (Steaks) - Beth Marie's Old Fashioned Ice Cream (Sweets) - Oak Street Drafthouse and Cocktail Parlor (Drinks) --- Unfortunately, there is not an outstanding place for pizza, BBQ, seafood or Indian cuisine in Denton proper. Rudy's is okay for BBQ, however.
- on July 8, 2013
- Denton is a wonderful place to live and raise kids. I didn't grow up here, but attended college here and fell in love. Soon after getting married, my husband and I moved here and bought a home. I can't imagine a better place to raise kids. There are so many educational activities here. Music, arts and science is strongly supported. UNT and TWU have several programs to support the local community. The schools are excellent (most elementary are exemplary). There are plenty of family activities. I highly recommend Denton as the best place to live and raise a family.
- on July 3, 2013
Denton -- Texas’ diamond in the rough.
While attending undergraduate school at UNT I quickly became a proponent of the "I <3 Denton" attitude that pervades the city and its residents. After graduation I ventured to Central Texas for a short stint, but soon returned with my wife to Denton, purchasing our first home and starting our family here.
Denton is a city that houses an acclaimed liberal arts college of 37,000 students with the number one music program in the nation (UNT College of Music), and one of the few standing women's colleges in America, Texas Woman's University. Interestingly, despite an active and youthful political body, Denton County maintains a 100% Republican election trend (https://team1.sos.state.tx.us/enr/results/nov06_164_county60.htm) with 386,742 registered voters in its constituency.
Denton (often poetically) blends enduring bucolic livelihood with avant garde urban ambition. You will find feed store adjacent to head shops and a western wear retailer 30 yards from a German inspired biergarten. On the Town Square you can peruse the musty annexes of Recycled Books and Records and just a few stores over find a refrigerator at McNeill's Appliance, a totem of 1970's aesthetic and service. Also on the Square, J&J's pizza will sell you $.50 PBRs and treat you to ear bleeding punk shows at night, all the while down the row exists a florist, two community theaters, multiple antique and vintage stores, bars, coffee shops, wine stores, and a few stores only your grandmother would get excited about.
The people are kind here, the police...eh, are about as okay as police can be, the city is charming yet lively, and present and future opportunity is abundant.
A few Denton musts:
For Beer: Midway Mart on Carroll
For Food: Mr. Chopsticks on Scripture
For Desert: Beth Maries Old Fashioned Ice Cream on the Square
For Fun: Denton Arts and Jazz Fest, every April
For Serene: Elm Fork Park north on 380
- on July 3, 2013
I wasn't born in Denton. I wasn't raised in Denton. I didn't even go to high school in Denton. But I grew up in Denton. Those four years in my life going to The University of North Texas and spending my time in the square, Fry Street, 288 and off Locust were the best years of my life thus far. There's something about it that attracts all who attend it. It's not the nicest looking, it's not the busiest or the hippest, but as soon as you step foot into one of its independent establishments, order a beer at Cool Beans, get a Greek sampler at Yummy's, or either college campus, you're home. I met my best friends, my wife and had my best memories in Denton. It has the liberal independence of Austin with the hometown rustic feel of what I would imagine a small town from the 50s would be like.
Denton changed my life, and I am forever grateful to have called the 940 my home, and no matter where I go, it always will be.
- on July 3, 2013
- Denton is a great place to live. There are plenty of oppurtunities for culture as UNT has a stellar music program. Denton hosts a Blues Festival, a Jazz Festival and the Denton 35 Festival. Because of the two college campus in Denton, Univercity of North Texas and Texas Women's Univercity Denton is fresh and friendly. I love talking with the young people and their ideas, and enthusiasm is infectious.The Artist's community is also very active and exciting. Lots of good food places with specialty beers, and wine. Plus, the community activities and ease of going to Dallas and to Fort Worth make living in Denton the place to be!
- on July 3, 2013