2012 Best Small Towns in America
Contest ended: May 16, 2012
4 Votes - "Friendliest"
1 Votes - "Most Patriotic"
- This is one of my favorite small towns in Texas...really friendly.
- on April 2, 2012
- Definitely a friendly Texas town. Great place to stop if traveling between Houston and Austin. Worth the 5 minutes to get off the road and explore.Lots to do and the locals welcome you with open arms.
- on April 17, 2012
Smithville has a little of everything. You can stroll through the historic downtown district and do some antique shopping, or walk to the end of Main Street for a clear view of the Colorado River.
If you're a history buff, you can spend some time in our railroad museum. If you're a movie buff, you can stop in to the Visitor's Center for information on how to visit some of the locations from Hope Floats, The Tree of Life, and many more.
For a fun photo op, have your photo taken in front of our Guinness World Record gingerbread man. Bring your dog and take a break at the Smithville Bark Park, or relax at one of our many tree-filled parks, including Buescher State Park, home to a variety of birds.
Pilots are welcome to land at Smithville Municipal Airport and use our courtesy van to explore the town. You can even borrow a couple of adult-sized tricycles from the Visitor's Center to discover Smithville from a different perspective.
We have a multitude of events throughout the year that bring people back to Smithville including Jamboree (weekend after Easter), Festival of Lights (first Saturday in Dec.), Texas Photo Festival (second Sunday in Oct.), Thunder on the Colorado Biker Rally (third weekend in March), Smithville Fly-In (second Saturday in May), and the Smithville Music Festival.
- on May 26, 2011
- Smithville should have its own category of Film Friendliest town in America. Yes they are friendly, with a great downtown and beautiful neighborhoods, but what makes Smithville so special is they uniquely make it very easy to make movies. Smithville is outside the film community in Austin Texas, so professional crews are available but it is the eager hospitality of Smithville that makes it a delight for filmmakers to work in. The Palm D'Or winner of the Cannes Film Festival, Tree of Life, directed by Terrence Mallick was shot there among many others. This town loves movies and has structured their community to make it very wonderful to work there. So if you had a Film Friendliest category--they would be the walk away winner.
- on May 24, 2011
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