Wichita Falls

Wichita Falls is a town in the North Central Plains of Texas, named for Wichita Indians who lived near waterfalls on what is now the Wichita River. In 1882, Fort Worth and Denver Railroad brought the first train to the area, establishing the town as an agricultural and trade center. The oil boom in the early 1900s made city headquarters for north Texas petroleum production, service and manufacturing. The city is the seat for Wichita County and a leading gateway to Texas on I-44. It's a major trade and industrial center with economy based on Sheppard Air Force Base, oil processing and other varied manufacturing.

Get in

By air

Wichita Falls Municipal Airport (IATA: SPS) is located five miles north of the central business district. American Eagle offers service to Dallas/Fort Worth.

By bus

Greyhound has a stop at 306 West Scott Avenue at the intermodal transit station. Their phone number is: Their phone number is: 800-231-2222 and +1 940-761-7433.

Get around

By bus

Falls Ride is the name of the local bus service. Fare is: $1.50 - Adult, $0.75 - adult, $0.75 - 5-18 years old, children under 5 are free. You can receive one free transfer for each fare you pay. A pass for 20 rides is available for $25 for adults. Senior citizens pay $12 for the 20 ride pass. Buses run every hour between 5AM and 7:30PM. Some bus lines stop running at 5PM. Be aware that some buses run in a big loop in one direction only. There are two main transfer stations: The downtown travel center where the Greyhound bus stops and Sikes Mall. Routes 2, 6 and 7 travel between the downtown travel center and the Sikes Center Mall.



There are many things you can find to do in or around Wichita Falls. It has a bowling alley, a central shopping mall, and two movie theaters (Carmike Cinemas in the mall and Cinemark Theaters in Parker Square).

For the outdoorsman, there are several lakes nearby, Lake Wichita, and the larger Lake Arrowhead to name a few. The long and winding shape of Lake Arrowhead and its location make it a great lake for sailing at high speeds. Fishing and other activities are permitted on the lakes. Additionally, Wichita Falls has some fishing ponds located inside the city (Plum Lake to the north of town and the new fishing pond on Southwest Parkway).


There is a full calendar of events throughout the year.

Annual events include:


Wichita Falls is also home to many retail chains including Kohl's, Lane Bryant, Ross, TJ Maxx, Dillards, JC Penney, Old Navy, Maurices, and many more.


Wichita Falls is home to many great local "dives". This is one of the few cities featuring a drive-in style bar. (Yes, they actually bring your beer out to you while you sit in your car!) And of course, as a proud Texas town, there are a multitude of BBQ and Tex-Mex restaurants to choose from.

There is also an abundance of restaurant chains to choose from, including: Cheddar's, Applebee's, On the Border, McAllister's Deli, The Olive Garden, Johnny Carino's, Buffalo Wild Wings, Cracker Barrel, and more.


Many great nigh-life spots are available if you're looking for a beer or cocktail.


Go next

Routes through Wichita Falls

Oklahoma City Lawton  N  S  END
Brownfield Lubbock  W  E  Nocona Gainesville
San Angelo Abilene  SW  N  Lawton Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City Lawton  N  S  Mineral Wells San Antonio
Amarillo Vernon - Rest area  N  S  Decatur Fort Worth

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