Places to Visit Near Dallas for Weekend
Updated: Jan 30
Are you thinking of moving to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex (DFW) or new to the area? You are in for a real treat! There are so many fun places and activities to see and do. You could do something new every day for months and still not see it all! Whether it’s a short road trip a few hours away, or right at your back door, there are so many fun day trips in the DFW area that you can enjoy. Even better, many of them are FREE!
Day Trips For When You Want To Escape City Life
Oklahoma is a fairly short distance from Dallas. The natural beauty of Turner Falls is just a little over a two hour drive from DFW. The main attraction at this state park is the 77 foot tall wa
terfall, but there is so much more to offer. You will find beautiful natural swimming areas, water slides, sandy beaches, hiking trails, and even caves you can explore!
While in Oklahoma, another great day trip destination is Lake Murray State Park. Highway 77S is a scenic drive that goes all around the park. At the park, you can enjoy hiking, beaches, boat ramps, golf courses and more.
Take a drive to the Arbuckle Mountains in Davis, Oklahoma and visit the Arbuckle Wilderness Park. Kids will love the drive-through safari adventure with hundreds of exotic animals roaming free on 200 acres. Some animals will come up to your car! There are also opportunities to feed many of the animals, a reptile house, and a petting zoo.
Back home in Texas, the bluebonnets bloom in April, and they are a must-see. You can visit the town of Ennis, the “Official Texas Bluebonnets Trail” to see these natural beauties in bloom.
Colorado Bend State Park is about 3 hours southwest of Dallas. Visiting this state park is like visiting another world. You can visit Gorman Falls, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Texas. Standing under Gorman Falls will make you feel like you are in Costa Rica. This
park also contains hiking trails and caves you can explore.
Day Trips Closer To Home
You can still get outside in nature without the long drive by visiting Trinity River Audubon Center, which is just south of downtown Dallas. Formerly an illegal dump site, this 130 acres of land has been transformed into the largest urban hardwood forest in the United States. You will find some animals, as well as wetland and prairie habitat.
Take a drive to Fort Worth to visit the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens for more of nature’s beauty that’s close to home. You can walk the boardwalk to see and learn about their over 2,500 species of plants.
The Fort Worth Zoo is known to be one of the best zoos in the country! The “Wild Encounters” program allows visitors to get up close and personal with some of the zoo animals. You can enjoy the carousel and splash pad, train ride, and much more while visiting.
Arlington is located about thirty minutes from both Dallas and Fort Worth. There, you can visit Six Flags Over Texas theme park with Hurricane Harbor Waterpark. Sports enthusiasts will love to visit Arlington because it’s home to the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Cowboys.
Free Day Trips
There are so many free things to do in DFW! Did you know the Dallas Museum Of Art is free every day? It also happens to be one of the largest art museums in the United States! The museum also holds various events and art programs throughout the year. This is a family favorite for art lovers!
For an authentic taste of Texas culture, visit the Fort Worth Stockyards. There, you will step into the wild west, with original brick walkways and wooden corrals. Twice daily you can watch the longhorn cattle drive, where they herd the cattle right down the middle of the main street! You can also see the Legends of Texas Gunfight Shows and other fun events.
Check out the world’s largest honkey-tonk at Billy Bob’s Texas! You can visit for free, however if there is a concert scheduled, ticket prices will apply. This is the ultimate place for live country music, dancing, and the famous mechanical bull ride.
Female entrepreneurs and makeup lovers will enjoy spending the day at the Mary Kay Museum in Dallas! The museum displays four decades of her legacy, as well as a theater where you can listen to Mary Kay Nash give a motivational speech. Must love pink!
The Frisco Heritage Center is just north of Dallas. There you will see an old church, old houses, and a replica of the Frisco Railway Depot which has been restored. Frisco is now famous for being the home of the Dallas Cowboys 355 days of the year at the Star in Frisco which is available for tours.
What day trips excite you the most? Let us know!