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Sherman can be reached by car via U.S. Highway 75 from Dallas, or by U.S. Highway 82 from Gainesville and I-35.
Sherman is home to the Sherman Municipal Airport, which has one runway. The closest major airport is Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport.
It is easiest to get around Sherman with a personal car. However, there is a bus system called TAPS (Texoma Area Paratransit System) that can help you get around if you do not have a car or do not wish to drive.
Sherman boasts a historic and colorful downtown square surrounding the Grayson County Courthouse, built in 1936. Visitors enjoy browsing the downtown shops of Kelly Square, as well as other boutiques, restaurants and antique stores on Travis Street. In addition to the shops around the square, downtown Sherman also features the Municipal Building, once a part of Kidd-Key College. The Kidd-Key auditorium is housed here and was the subject of a multi-million dollar renovation in recent years.
There are many beautiful historic homes in Sherman, including the C. S. Roberts House and Museum on Crockett Street's Heritage Row. In addition, the Red River Historical Museum offers visitors a look at Sherman and Grayson County's bygone times.
If you enjoy getting outdoors, visit Herman Baker Park on the western edge of town, off of State Highway 56 (Houston Street), which features a small lake stocked with fish and a hiking trail. Bring some bread to feed the ducks and geese. Fairview Park, in the northwestern part of town near the intersection of Ricketts and Taylor Streets, has a paved walking trail as well as a large playground for the kids, Veterans Field (home of the Sherman Bearcats high school baseball team), Fairview Pool, and several tennis courts and soccer fields.
Looking to learn something new? The Sherman Public Library at the corner of Mulberry and Travis Streets in downtown Sherman offers lunchtime lectures and a large selection of books and periodicals.
The Fourth Saturday of every month brings craft vendors and sometimes local farmers to the courthouse square. Come out early and get a good look at what Sherman has to offer!
During the summer, the Municipal Building Lawn comes alive every Thursday night for Hot Summer Nights, a free summer concert series featuring acts from around the country.
The Sherman Arts Festival, in its 25th year in 2007, also comes to the Municipal Building Lawn every September. The "Arts Fest," as it's known locally, features a Judged Art Show & Sale for ages 18 and up, as well as a Youth Art Show. There is also a Woodcarving Show & Sale, a juried Fiber Arts Show, a 5K and Fun Run, live music throughout the day, a pumpkin patch, the annual Pancake Breakfast, a Used Book Sale at the Sherman Public Library, Museum Tours, T-shirt Painting for kids, and plenty of food, arts, and crafts.
If you're looking for an upscale event, check out the Sherman Wine & Music Festival in October. Local wineries will bring their wares to the Municipal Building Lawn for tastings, accompanied by the sounds of area musicians.
Antique collectors will find no shortage of treasures downtown. Many small shops line Travis Street, and the three-level Touch of Class Antique shop holds court at the corner of Lamar and Crockett on the square.
If you're looking for something a little more modern, the recently constructed Sherman Town Center on Highway 75 South between Loy Lake Road and U.S. Highway 82 offers shoppers many options, from Old Navy and Target to Pier One Imports and Bed Bath and Beyond.
Sherman has many chain restaurants if you're looking for something familiar - Chili's, Applebee's, Red Lobster, Cheddar's, El Chico - but if you go off the beaten path you'll find some great local spots:
Sherman was a "dry" city for many years and so there are not a lot of bars to be had. However, there are some great watering holes (most are restaurants as well) to hang out with friends and wet your whistle.
Many chains here, ranging from the Super 8 to the Holiday Inn Express. There are also a few bed & breakfasts sprinkled throughout the area. Camping is also available at nearby Lake Texoma.
If you came in a car, this is probably the best way to leave, too!