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. But if time isn’t on your side right now, there’s plenty of time this year to take a road trip to one of these getaways I’m sharing here. I’ve got some pretty neat places to show you are only 3 hrs or less from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Read on.
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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 some fun places I’ve been to and a few that other travelers have been to recently. You’re going to want to grab a drink and a notepad because these places are too good not to visit.
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, I scoured the area for fun things to do. Nature and hikes were on the list, but I was looking for another type of adventure that my son and I could do together. I found the perfect adventure …and my favorite (ziplining) was not far from our cabin. Please read all about it here >>> Tiny Cabin Camping in East Texas.
Cleburn, TX – A Quick Family Weekend From Fort Worth
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 the perfect escape 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, there are other options as well, like a treehouse cabin that’s just darling and a few other cabins with no stairs.
An event center is perfect for weddings, an incredible outdoor gazebo, and lots of room to roam. I believe each rental gets a golf cart to use. BUT, the best part is, most of their cabins have an outdoor shower – and it’s incredible. You have to read about this place. I want to go back soon —check out camping at Best Day Ever Ranch.
This quaint place is a quick weekend getaway from Dallas.
Getaway Tiny Cabins – Navasota, TX
Just a short drive from DFW, you’ll find another Getaway Cabin in Navasota (close to Houston). 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 – 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/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
If you know me, you know I love spending time at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, TX. This summer, I was invited to stay the night and enjoy their 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.
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.
Quick Family Weekend Getaways Near DFW – Oklahoma
Just three hours north on Interstate 35N in Oklahoma City is Bricktown and a couple of prominent Districts with something for tourists to see and do. My son and I went on a hosted trip last year 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. Read all about our weekend escape here >>> Our Oklahoma City Family Adventure.
A friend of mine and her family rented a cabin at Texhoma Lake from Light House Marina. She said 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 I think 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?
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