Family road trips have been on the rise lately and will continue to be throughout the year. Families want to get away, and taking road trips seems to be the best option. Summer is a great time to make these quick family weekend getaways near DFW happen. There’s plenty of time this year to take a family getaway. I’ve got some pretty neat places to show you that are only 3 hrs or fewer from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Read on for a great family vacation!
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Quick Family Weekend Getaways Near DFW
I have to say. This pandemic has put a damper on my travels this year. I’m sure it did that for you too. I had plans to visit Quebec City, Canada, Kansas City, Kansas, Fredericksburg, TX, and my cousin in Colorado. All got canceled. However, we did manage to take a few fun road trips close to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Today, I’m sharing top things and the best weekend getaways I’ve been on, plus a few that my friends have been on that are worth mentioning. You’re going to want to grab a drink and a notepad because these places are too good not to visit. To all nature lovers – get your mountain bike ready!
Tiny Cabin Family Weekend Getaways Near DFW
First up is Piney Woods Getaway Cabins in Larue, TX (East TX). I took my son and my mom last month, and we had a blast. Before we left home, I scoured the area for fun things to do. It seems like the perfect place to explore nature and hike, but I was looking for another type of adventure that my son and I could do together. I found the perfect adventure …and it’s my favorite. A zip line course wasn’t too far away! Please read all about it here >>> Tiny Cabin Camping in East Texas.
Cleburne, TX – A Quick Family Weekend From Fort Worth
I enjoyed being hosted in Cleburne for a weekend with my tag-a-long. Read about our short trip here –Explore Cleburne, TX.
Chastity, who writes and owns A Cowboy’s Life, says that exploring the adorable town of Cleburne is the perfect way to spend a weekend. It’s a wonderful getaway with plenty of things to see, eat, and do around town. See what she has to say about Things To Do in Cleburne, TX.
Each of these weekend getaways near DFW that I’ve mentioned here would be a great place for you and your family to take and leave the madness behind. Most are under 3 hours, with a few being a little over, but not by much. Not bad for a road trip. And, if the kids get bored, you can always play family games in the car.
Best Day Ever Ranch, Whitewright, TX
When we were there in 2016, the cabins were newly updated and oh so cute! Cabins are small, with steep stairs going up to a loft; however, other options do not have steep stairs. My favorite thing to do was having coffee on the porch the next morning. Someone close by was playing country music, and it just all seemed so serial. If you get the chance, ask to see the treehouse cabin. The bathtub alone is worth renting.
Each rental gets a golf cart to use; sorry, no golf club or golf courses – but who needs one! BUT, the best part is, most of their cabins have an outdoor shower – and it’s incredible. BDER also offers an event center perfect for weddings, an incredible outdoor gazebo, and lots of room to roam for your guests. You have to read about this place. I want to go back for another weekend trip —check out camping at Best Day Ever Ranch.
BDER is a quick weekend getaway from Dallas, and your entire family will love it.
Getaway Tiny Cabins – Navasota, TX
You’ll find another Getaway Cabin in the small town of Navasota (close to Houston), just a short drive from Dallas. This area is one of Getaway’s newest locations. I haven’t been yet, but we have reservations for September 1-3, 2020. Update! We went, and it was the best way to hang out in nature for my kid – read about it here – so fun – Tiny Modern Camping.
Keep in mind; these cabins are tiny, but the view of nature is why this company chose each area to place their small cabins. Take a look at their site using my affiliate link here – Getaway Tiny Cabins. Along with these two locations, there are cabins in the Austin and San Antonio area and a few scattered around the east and west coast. If you like what you see, use my promo code GREENMOM for $25 off your next weekend escape!
Staycation at Gaylord Texan Resort
If you know me, you know I love spending time at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, TX. This past summer, I was invited to stay the night and enjoy Summerfest activities and Paradise Springs. I decided to ask a couple of my girlfriends to come along. It was also my birthday, so my time there was extra special. We met so many Texas families there. I wished I’d brought my kid.
Have you taken your family to the Gaylord Texan Summerfest that they have every summer? It’s wild and fun. It changes every year, and this year they had Bingo and Canvas painting and more. The girls and I also took some time to enjoy the outdoor resort pool. We were able to get in quite of few activities in the short time we were there. It’s a memory down in the books for me.
Of course, the Gaylord Texan is only minutes from Dallas and Fort Worth — a staycation I always recommend with the family.
A Great Getaway in Frisco, TX
Oh, what fun we two had in Frisco. Plus, I drove a 2021 Cadillac Escalade Platinum media car, and we were going in style. Frisco is one of the best places to hang out for a day or weekend in North Texas – complete with live music, a fun downtown area on Main Street, fun escape rooms, and more. Here’s our girlfriend’s getaway in Frisco, TX.
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Glen Rose, TX, has a beautiful state park to spend the day in or a weekend, complete with hiking trails, picnic tables, playground, geocaching, and of course, dinosaur tracks! Dinosaur Valley State Park is one of the best day trips I’ve been on with kids. But spending a fun weekend camping out would also be fun. If you have the time, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is not too far. It’s great for young kids, but the older kids will like it too. When the water level is low is when the dinosaur tracks are most visible – remember that. Oh, and the park has a store with supplies, some food, and even a small gift shop.
Quick Family Weekend Getaways Near DFW – Oklahoma
Just three hours north on Interstate 35 N in Oklahoma City is Bricktown and a couple of prominent Districts with something for tourists to see and do. Last year, my son and I went on a hosted trip and had the best time cruising around the city. Every minute of our weekend getaway, we were busy trying to hit every district that they had planned for us. We had an itinerary from Visit OKC to follow, so you know we were busy. Oh, and you have to see the purple penguins in the hotel and the white-water rapids ride we took – it scared you know what out of me, but my son loved it. Please read all about our weekend escape and best things to do >>> Our Oklahoma City Family Adventure.
A friend of mine and her family rented a cabin at Lake Texoma from Light House Marina. She told me she’s been cooped up too long at home and needed a quick weekend escape. Texhoma is less than 2 hrs from DFW and has been a popular place to go for years. I hear there’s great fishing to do. Esther told me the cabin they rented had a full kitchen, bathroom, cable, and AC. They also rented a boat. Sounds fun to me.
Carlton Landing on Lake Eufaula
Then you have Carlton Landing on Lake Eufaula. Lake Eufaula is just under 3 hours from Dallas on Hwy 75. We had the pleasure of going there for a couple of nights in 2015. It was the first road trip we took where we were comped for two nights in a rental. See the fun we had >>>> Carlton Landing Lake Eufaula Weekend Escape. We haven’t been back, but I’m sure it’s even more beautiful, as they were just getting started with the Carlton Landing Community. I know they were adding a General Store, a School House, and even a Church in the community.
Broken Bow Cabins
Have you seen the houses you can rent in Broken Bow, Oklahoma? They are gorgeous! I saw a glimpse of a few on Instagram a while back. Then, I remembered my niece went there last year (in October). She and her family had a blast, and she said she would go back in a heartbeat. Okay, so Broken Bow isn’t quite a quick family weekend getaway near DFW, more like 4 hours, but still, I’ve heard marvelous things about going there.
Update: My niece did go back, AND so did I! I took my mom along for a mother-daughter getaway – here’s our trip – A road trip to Broken Bow
Ok, for just a short drive from DFW, you and your family can have a wonderful time before school starts. Which weekend getaway near DFW do you like best so far!
Turner Falls is only an hour drive from my home. I can’t believe it took me this long to get there. I went when I was younger but haven’t been back since – shame on me.
Mother-Daughter Road Trip to Broken Bow, OK
Another Mother-daughter trip in the books for us. I try to take my mom on as many road trips as I can. She’s 82 and still likes to get out of the house and sightseeing and on road trips, but she never goes alone, so she goes with me. Lucky me, I found another person to go to tasting rooms with. For a good wine tasting afternoon, try any in Broken Bow – there are a few!
After seeing that my niece has been to Broken Bow twice now, I’ve wanted to go for quite some time and find a place that offers hot tubs with every property, and of course, a full kitchen and a spacious dining room. We found it here – our Broken Bow road trip.
Family travel has never been better, and these places are a great way to see a fun place that perhaps you’ve never seen before. Grab the whole family and plan today!!
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