6 Fun Weekend Adventures Near Dallas Fort Worth
Friday rolls around and it hits you: What are you going to do this weekend in DFW? If you’ve got no plans and you’re sick of doing the same old thing every single time you have a day off, we’ve got you covered. We’ve compiled six of the coolest weekend adventures for folks living in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. From a park just over the state border in Oklahoma that’s home to a huge waterfall to a tiny town with one of the most photographed buildings in all of Texas, you’re definitely going to want to add these to your weekend agenda.
Whether you’re in search of an overnight stay or you only have a half-day to spare for a few hours of fun somewhere besides inside your house, these trips guarantee a good time. We’ve arranged them in order of closest to Dallas Fort Worth to furthest away so you can pick the adventure that works for the time you’re willing to spend driving to your destination:
30 minutes away
This little town with the big name is home to the most photographed courthouse in the state. The Romanesque Revival style is a draw for architecture buffs, and the pink-ish coloring is a draw for Instagrammers. While you’re in town, check out the Victorian-style homes as well, and grab an all-you-can-eat catfish feast at Catfish Plantation—a haunted and historic restaurant.
One hour away
Lewisville Lake is perhaps best known for its famous Party Cove, where Texans dock boats, blast music, and drink beer in the sun. There’s also swimming, fishing, and hiking along 233 miles of pristine shoreline. Go for the day or camp overnight. You’ll love waking up by the water.
Turner Falls State Park
Two hours away
Head to Oklahoma for this outdoor adventure that promises to dazzle you. Turner Falls State Park is home to the state’s largest waterfall at 77 feet. You can swim, picnic, explore caves, check out various beaches, and marvel at geological formations. There are also cabins available to rent.
San Marcos, Texas
Three and a half hours away
Austin gets a lot of attention in Texas, but don’t sleep on nearby San Marcos. Located just a half-hour outside of Austin, this charming town is the site of the beautiful San Marcos River. Rising up from the Edwards Aquifer, this river is 72 degrees year round and is crystal clear and super clean. You can tube it, kayak it, or even go snorkeling. After you’re done, head downtown and experience the restaurants and shops.
Four hours and fifteen minutes away
Another Hill Country gem is Fredericksburg. This German-themed town makes for a great weekend getaway thanks to its many wineries, great museums, and wealth of shopping. Stroll the town or head to Highway 290, aka Wine Road 290, and stop at different wineries that give the area it’s vino-focused reputation.
Four and a half hours away
Craving some sun, sand, and surf? You’ll find it in Galveston, Texas. This Gulf Coast beach community offers plenty of opportunities to swim and lounge by the crashing waves. Check out Seawall Urban Park and stroll the longest continuous sidewalk in the country. This is the site of Pleasure Pier, an amusement center with old-fashioned vibes. After you’re done at the beach, head to the historic downtown, known as The Strand, and grab some seafood for dinner.
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