Things To Do


There are many things to do in and around Manning! Watch the video and check out all of the photos to see the numerous things to do here.


Pines Theater

The Pines Theater located in historic downtown Lufkin, Texas. This newly refurbished and renovated 459 seat multi-use venue will feature nationally renowned artists, play classic movies on the silver screen, and will act as one of Lufkin’s premier event venues.

Visit website | (936) 633-0349

Ellen Trout Park & Zoo

The award winning Ellen Trout Park & Zoo is one of Lufkin’s most popular attractions for visitors of all ages. One of the best small town zoos in Texas beautifully display’s hundreds of animals in a very natural setting. The zoo also provides a miniature train ride across the lake among the trees and other vegetation.

Visit website | (936) 633-0399

Texas Forestry Museum

The museum contains a vast amount of exhibits from a logging locomotive, log loader, log car and depot from the early sawmill era. Bob Flournoy’s detailed model of the township of Manning TX, is also a favorite item on display. Bob actually grew up living in the Mansion on Sawmill Lake. Open seven days a week, free admission.

Visit website | (936) 632-9535

The Museum of East Texas

This museum offers changing exhibitions of art and history, lectures and gallery talks by artists, workshops and classes for children and adults, summer Art Camp, Super Saturdays, and guided tours by appointment. Open seven days a week, free admission.

Visit website| (936) 629-4434

Naranjo Museum of Natural History

The Naranjo Museum of Natural History is the lastest addition to Lufkin’s museum and education. They have exibits like a moon rock display of an Apollo 15, an Astronaut suit, to Dinosaur Fossils and so much more.

Visit website| (936) 639-DINO (3466)

The History Center

A forest industry museum with current exhibits. Emphasis is on East Texas logging, lumber, trains, research and archives .

Visit website:

 102 N. Temple
Diboll, Texas 75941
(936) 829-3543

Cassels Boykin Park

Beautiful park on Sam Rayburn Lake near Zavalla. This park hosts fishing tournaments, weddings, family reunions and other special events.

Visit website: (936) 634-6644

Pineywoods Purgatory

The Pineywoods Purgatory is certainly a true test of biking endurance. The ride takes place in early October and offers four rides ranging from 25 to 102 miles.

Visit website | (936) 634-5438

Neches River Rendezvous

 An annual scenic 10 mile canoe trip down the Neches River that frames the southwest boundary of Angelina County. The river is only a few miles from Manning. It is described in Dick Donovan’s book “Paddling the Wild Neches River” and is the focus of Miriam Tatum’s book “River Road”.

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Lufkin, Texas is a Tree City USA, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation. The City and Angelina County provide choice habitat for many species of birds.

Antique Shopping

Lufkin is the home of several top quality antique shops.

Burke Street Antiques – 112 E. Burke (936) 634-7433

Lufkin Antique Mall – 118 N. First Street (936) 634-9119

Heritage Antiques – 110 W Burke (936) 632-0110


In Downtown Lufkin you’ll find wonderful shops, stylish boutiques, a coffee house and even a wine bar.  Explore Downtown Lufkin and discover our boutiques featuring the latest trends in clothing and jewelry. You’ll find exquisite accents for your home at specialty shops carrying designer accessories, and elegant decor.

Blithe Boutique

The Candle Shoppe – Quality Bargains

Heritage Antiques and Art Studios

Let Them Be Little Children’s Boutique

Twisted Sisters

A Furniture Fetish

The Main Event


There are many fine restaurants in Lufkin just 20 minutes away and Dean’s Meat Market in Huntington is just 10 minutes away.