These 8 weekend getaways near Dallas will refuel your soul and refresh your mind. There is no need to wait until your next vacation to take a break. These weekend getaway destinations are all within 3 ½ hours from Dallas which will give you a good chunk of time to explore and unwind. Don’t hesitate, there are so many places to see.
Spend your getaway on the lake boating, fishing, or swimming. You can also wander around the historic downtown that is chalked full of art galleries and demonstrations. It’s known for its restored 19th- and 20th-century buildings. Many of these are on downtown’s Main Street, which is lined with restaurants, galleries and shops. The Cotton Belt Railroad District is home to artisans’ workshops, including a glass-blowing studio, a blacksmith and a bronze foundry. The 1888 Cotton Belt Railroad Depot is the starting point of the Grapevine Vintage Railroad. If you’re a wine lover, don’t skip all the amazing vineyards and wineries readily available.
More info about Grapevine: https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/
Centrally located in the heart of Texas. Their year-round, spring-fed Salado Creek winds through the historic district, past our legendary shopping boutiques and the galleries of our world-renowned artists, and out to the picturesque Mill Creek Country Club. The Village of Salado offers a quiet respite in the heart of Texas, an inspiring place where passion, creativity, and community flourish. Go wine tasting, shop among the quaint shops, or visit the sculpture garden. You could also take in a round of golf at the Mill Creek Country Club.
More info about Salado: https://visitsaladotexas.com/
San Marcos, Texas
With a population of more than 65,000, San Marcos boasts a unique multicultural heritage and history where Hispanic, African-American, German, Anglo and other cultural influences are a part of everyday life. With 1200+ Acres – includes miles of hike and bike trails, children’s park, skatepark, dog park, and beautiful public access river frontage. The average annual temperature is 68.8 degrees and the sun shines 275 days a year!
More info about San Marcos: http://www.toursanmarcos.com/
Wichita Falls, Texas
Pack a picnic and head on over to River Bend Nature Center where the whole family can discover nature through the butterfly conservatory and gardens. You can also shake off the heat and visit Castaway Cove Waterpark. Water slides and lazy rivers always result in a memorable weekend getaway.
More info about Wichita Falls: http://wichitafalls.org/
Graham has much to offer from great natural beauty of the hill country and lakes, cultural activities, and outdoor recreation. According to a mural on the courthouse depicting the arrival of the Graham brothers, the town square is physically the largest of any in the country.
More information about Graham: https://www.visitgrahamtexas.com/
Tyler is a city in eastern Texas. It’s known as a center for rose cultivation. In season, thousands of rose bushes line the manicured grounds of the Tyler Municipal Rose Garden. The Tyler Rose Museum explores the history of the city’s annual Texas Rose Festival. Housed in an 1859 mansion set in landscaped LeGrand Park, the Goodman Museum features antique furnishings and Civil War–era medical artifacts. Visit Rocket Fizz Soda and Candy Shop and try some off the wall soda flavors like Marshmallow and Jalapeno! One of my favorite spots is the whimsical and memorable Children’s Park.
More information about Tyler: https://www.visittyler.com/
Sulphur Springs, Texas
Sulphur Springs is a unique community 90 minutes from downtown Dallas. The community offers a variety of specialty shops and dining opportunities. Head to Bufurd Park to explore their castle playground. There are also several events including a Homemade Ice Cream Freeze off and county fairs. You can also browse the open air market, which takes place from May to September.
More information about Sulpher Springs: http://www.sulphurspringstx.org/
Spend a few days scouting this legendary area and you’ll find a Texas city where western heritage is both a birthright and a pastime. Home to the Storybook Sculptures, this is a getaway every Dr. Suess fan (big and small) needs to visit. Not only are there 17 literature sculptures placed around downtown Abilene, 6 of those include characters from the books of Dr. Suess. You can also explore history at the local museum, Frontier Texas. This weekend getaway will spark some imaginations.
More information about Abilene: https://www.abilenevisitors.com/
Weekend getaways can be lifesavers. They do not require a large budget as a vacation would, nor do they require a lot of prep work because they only last for a few short days. Give yourself some breathing room and getaway for the weekend!
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