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Cool Places to Take a Break at the State Fair of Texas

The 2017 State Fair of Texas kicks off on Friday and if you are headed out to Fair Park, there are a few cool places to take a break and enjoy some fair food.

First is the Magnolia Beer Garden. It's located along Grand Avenue just Southwest of Big Tex Circle.

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The Magnolia Beer Garden at the State Fair of Texas, Thursday September 28, 2017.

The Magnolia Beer Garden sells a selection of Texas, craft and international beers. Located under a canopy of trees, the seating area was recently expanded for the 2017 State Fair. There's also a 2nd floor balcony where you can kick back and relax after a busy day of eating all that fried food. The Magnolia Beer Garden is considered one of the many "hidden gems" of the State Fair of Texas.

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The Magnolia Beer Garden at the State Fair of Texas, Thursday September 28, 2017.
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The Magnolia Beer Garden at the State Fair of Texas, Thursday September 28, 2017.
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The Magnolia Beer Garden at the State Fair of Texas, Thursday September 28, 2017.
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The Magnolia Beer Garden at the State Fair of Texas, Thursday September 28, 2017.

Not far from the Magnolia Beer Garden is the Texas Smokehouse. Located just Northeast of the Lagoon, this hidden area is a hit once the sun goes down. That's because almost all of the trees in the seating area are wrapped in white lights. You can grab some food and a drink and find a table to sit down, relax and do some serious "people watching."

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The Texas Smokehouse at the State Fair of Texas, Thursday September 27, 2017.
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The Texas Smokehouse at the State Fair of Texas, Thursday September 27, 2017.
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The view looking across the lagoon from the Texas Smokehouse at the State Fair of Texas, Thursday September 27, 2017.

On the other side of the lagoon is the Kids' Boardwalk. This area is filled with large trees and plenty of park benches. You can also watch the kids (or adults) try to drive a swan boat out on the lagoon. There's some food vendors nearby, and this is another great spot to take a break and relax after a day full of walking.

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The Kids' Boardwalk at the State Fair of Texas, Thursday September 28, 2017.
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The Kids' Boardwalk at the State Fair of Texas, Thursday September 28, 2017.
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The Kids' Boardwalk at the State Fair of Texas, Thursday September 28, 2017.

If you find yourself over closer to the midway, the Trio on the Green is a great place to take a quick break. With 2 separate stands (one for food and one for drinks) the Trio on the Green has something for everyone. There's also a great mixture of fun chairs that everyone will want to try out. The Trio on the Green is located across from the Chevrolet Ride & Drive.

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The Trio on the Green at the State Fair of Texas, Thursday September 28, 2017.
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The Trio on the Green at the State Fair of Texas, Thursday September 28, 2017.
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The Trio on the Green at the State Fair of Texas, Thursday September 28, 2017.
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The Trio on the Green at the State Fair of Texas, Thursday September 28, 2017.

If the livestock shows and competition is the main reason you are at the State Fair of Texas, there's a hidden relaxation spot set up just for you. It's called the "Study Area" and is located inside the Cattle Barn #1. This is a no frills area where you can take a break and check out some of the livestock area at the same time.

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The Study Area at the State Fair of Texas, Thursday September 28, 2017.
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The Study Area at the State Fair of Texas, Thursday September 28, 2017.
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The Study Area at the State Fair of Texas, Thursday September 28, 2017.

Theses are just a few of the "hidden gems" that we found around the State Fair of Texas. So if you need a break from all that walking, or just a relaxing place to eat your corny dog, feel free to check out any of these spots around the fair grounds.

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