From an eclectic, vibrant downtown brimming with restaurants and culture, to scenic, tree-filled parks and trails and family-friendly events, Longview offers something to do for everyone–and for every taste!
Downtown Longview is a premier destination for working, living and socializing. The district has undergone extensive redevelopment and restoration over the past several years and is a hub for business and leisure. The district features a mixture of professional services, restaurants, retail and museums and is home to the Gregg County Courthouse. Many unique establishments have made downtown Longview their home and have thrived from the area’s high traffic and bustling atmosphere.
Out and About
Time spent in nature is always time well-spent, and Longview offers a variety of outdoor activities to choose from. Take a walk or bike on one of our city trails, visit the gardens at the arboretum, or take the kids to run and play at one of our parks.
Longview Arboretum and Nature Center
Nestled in the trees and gentle cliffs, the Longview Arboretum and Nature Center encompasses 26 acres and is a haven for birds, butterflies, wildlife and indigenous flora and fauna. The arboretum hosts events such as concerts and classes throughout the year.
The Balloon Capital of Texas
The Great Texas Ballon Race is a world-class event that attracts the best competitive pilots from around the US and the world. The event runs Friday through Sunday in June, with competitive balloon flights, vendors, food and drinks, live music and a balloon glow.
Maude Cobb Convention Center
Maude Cobb is a 40,000 sq ft facility with five auxiliary activity rooms and a conference room. Various events and conventions center throughout the year, and the center is available for tradeshows, concerts, weddings, banquets, training and more.
Belcher Center Performance Hall
The S.E. Belcher Jr. Chapel and Performance Center stands as Longview, Texas's top performance venue, serving both the city and nearby communities. Boasting world-class acoustics and staging, the center attracts nationally touring music groups, comedians and various additional feature productions. Since its opening in Fall 2007, the Belcher Center has become the performance home for the East Texas Symphonic Band, Longview Ballet Theatre and Longview Symphony. Local groups also rent the facility for a range of events, including fundraisers, high school graduations, dance recitals, conferences and more.
Additionally, the Belcher Center serves as LeTourneau University's chapel, hosting gatherings two times a week during the fall and spring semesters for students featuring speakers and music groups. These chapel events are open to the public, and you can find the schedule on the university website.