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70+ Dallas TX Day Trips & Places to Visit

Looking to get away from Dallas for a day or maybe even a weekend? There are so many towns close that are perfect for a Dallas Tx day trips with plenty of things to do. Everything on our list is less than 8 hours away, with a list of all the accompanying things to do in that town as well!

Of course, sometimes you can even spend the day exploring Dallas! Check out all of our fun things to do in Dallas TX for a staycation, daytime outing, or night on the town!

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Dallas Tx Day Trips: Less Than 30 Minutes

Downtown Dallas

If you’re looking to take the entire family out on a quick outing or an all-day trip that is close to the Big D, you can never go wrong with downtown Dallas. Visit the weekend Dallas Farmer’s Market, explore local businesses in Bishop Arts, or have dinner and see a show in the Dallas Cultural District. 

Fort Worth

Fort Worth is one of many easy day trips near Dallas with many wonderful things to do. You can visit the gorgeous Fort Worth Botanic Gardens and Fort Worth Water Gardens, the National Cowgirl Museum, the Fort Worth Zoo, and the famous Fort Worth Stockyards. Of course, there’s so much more, so you can make several day trips out of a trip to Fort Worth. 

Grapevine

In the downtown Grapevine square, you can go winery hopping and visit all the cute shops around. You could also spend the day sailing on Grapevine Lake. There are just so many things to do on a day trip to Grapevine.

McKinney

It’s amazing that only 30 minutes from Dallas, you can see dinosaurs and butterflies, visit a Croatian village, and get your face printed on a coffee, all in McKinney! If you visit in the spring and summer, make sure to stop by the Crape Myrtle Park that they are famous for! You can even ride in a hot air balloon!

Things to do in McKinney

Lewisville

At the Charming Cat Corner, you can hang out with cats (and maybe even take one home). Other fun activities in Lewisville include checking out a drive-theater, visiting a distillery, and immersing yourself in a real-life video game.

Allen

At Hydrous Wake ParPark,u’re pulled on a cable for an exhilarating day of fun on the water. More fun activities in Allen include Bethany Lakes Park and Connemara Meadow Nature Preserve for some time in the outdoors or virtual reality gaming centers for something indoors.

Plano

If you’re on the lookout for road trips from Dallas in summer, Plano has some of the best summer activities, like floating in their Texas-shaped pool. One of my favorite things to do in Plano is their challenging ropes course and afternoon tea on the Granite Park Boardwalk. The foodie scene in Plano is also one of the best! There are so many different international flavors and cuisines!

Day Trips from Dallas

Irving

For a romantic day trip from Dallas, Irving is a wonderful option! You don’t have to visit Italy for a romantic Gondola boat ride through the Las Colinas Canals. You also have the colorful and retro diner for an amazing breakfast or milkshakes!

Grand Prairie

No matter the time of year you can escape to a resort getaway only 30 minutes from Dallas! At Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark, everything is temperature controlled. This means you could be surfing in summer weather while it’s actually cold outside!

If you do want to go outside, they have a beach area. Another fun gem is Trader’s Village. It’s free to enter and there’s different themed days, fun vendors, and a small amusement park. That just a little of all that Grand Prairie has to offer!

Rockwall

Rockwall is perfect for catching a sunset on a sailboat! During the day you can have a wine tasting at San Martino Winery and then cuddle cute animals at the Gentle Zoo!

Ennis

See the bluebonnets in Spring and enjoy their annual Bluebonnet Festival. For something even more unique, you can visit the Czech Polka Festival. Even when they don’t have the special events, Ennis is a fun trip for the different nature areas, catching a drive-in movie at coyote theatre, and watching the races at the Texas Motorplex.

Things to do in Enis

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Carrollton

Break a little sweat at the North Texas Outdoor Pursuit Center where you can go climbing in the tallest indoor climbing gym in North America! Plus, you’re rock climbing in old grain silos which is pretty cool. Or if you’re looking to relax visit a Russian spa in Carrollton.

Addison

In Addison you can go on a romantic helicopter ride, learn circus skills at the Lone Star Circus, experience virtual reality, visit the Mary Kay Museum, and more fun activities.

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Dallas Tx Day Trips: Less Than 1 Hour

Canton

Canton is known for its First Monday Trade Days, the largest flea market in the world. You can also cool off at Splash Kingdom, visit the Salt Palace Museum in neighboring Grand Saline, or sip wine at Cannon Creek Vineyard.

Farmersville

Farmersville is such a cute little town! You can meet some cute burros, have an adorable tea party at the Honaker House, and walk through the downtown (that also happens to be a crafters paradise).

Denison

People are often surprised to learn that Denison is famous for helping save the French wine industry. They are even more surprised to learn that it’s so close to Dallas. They have acres and acres of beautiful vines, a cave to explore, and it has some of the best vintage shopping close to Dallas.

Things to do in Denison

Cleburne

Cleburne does an incredible job of bringing history to life. With multiple interactive museums and a historic village, you might find yourself getting excited for history. And kids would have a blast wandering through an old town, being taught math like you were in the 1800s!

Frisco

If you’re into video games, check out the National Video Game Museum and then afterwards head to the video game bar or board game coffee shop. Sports fan will love to see Major League Hockey practice or catch a baseball game from the lazy river.

Some other fun activities in Frisco for a day trip from Dallas include having a Moroccan Hamam experience or seeing where the Dallas Cowboys train at Ford Center at the Star.

Day Trips from Dallas

Weatherford

Who knew that you could find some of the most beautiful English gardens in Texas just an hour outside of Dallas in Weatherford. In fact, there are two gardens there! They also have a vintage car museum that also has a restaurant and some great places to catch live music.

Yesterland Farm

Yesterland Farm is a fun day trip close to Dallas that has all different kinds of fun activities. You can experience a petting zoo, plenty of fun photo ops, and even sunflowers in the summer and fall. Every season they have different events from Easter egg hunts to pumpkin patches, and more.

North Texas Wine Trail

You don’t necessarily have to go to Fredericksburg for a full wine experience! There’s actually a North Texas Wine Trail where you can take small trips outside of Dallas for some wine tasting at Eden Hill Vineyards, Fortunata Winery, Cauadalie Crest, and more.

Denton

Explore scenic Ray Roberts Lake State Park, where you can hike along picturesque trails, go birdwatching or fishing. Head to Lewisville Lake for boating, jet skiing, and sailing.

Denton also offers a diverse and eclectic food scene, with a mix of traditional Texas cuisine and international flavors. As a smaller-scale Austin, you’ll also find several laid-back lounges, breweries, and bars that are a favorite among locals and visitors alike.

Additionally, Denton prioritizes supporting local businesses. You’ll find many specialty shops and art galleries showcasing the work of local artists where you can also make art of your own!

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Dallas Tx Day Trips: Less Than 2 Hours

Waco

Waco has a unique culture all its own with a variety of activities for nature lovers and families alike. Learn about the history of Dr. Pepper and become a beverage chemist at the Dr. Pepper Museum; see a mammoth skeleton dig site for yourself at the Waco Mammoth National Monument; explore the iconic Magnolia Market, do some shopping, and hangout in the outdoor courtyard, or take a historic boat tour along the Brazos River.

Things to do in Waco.

Ardmore, Oklahoma

Located in Chickasaw Country, Lake Murray State Park, you can rent a jet ski, paddleboat, or a kayak; play mini golf, conquer the inflatable obstacle course, go fishing, and explore Tucker Tower, the accompanying Lake Murray Nature Center and Lake Murray State Park’s 12,500 acres. If you’re looking for weekend trips from Dallas, Chickasaw Country is a great place to explore!

Choctaw

Choctaw is a tropical resort so close to Dallas! It has some of the most beautiful pools with multiple swim-up bars, small caves, waterfalls, kiddie pools, and adults-only pools. Of course, there’s the casino, indoor movie theater, bowling, restaurants, and an incredible spa that make it worth the trip from Dallas. It’s the perfect place to book a room on a holiday weekend when you’re looking for a 3-day trip from Dallas. 

Glen Rose

Go on a safari and feed giraffes at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. You can search for dinosaur bones at Dinosaur Valley State Park, and have one of the best burgers (Seriously! A Jack Daniels burger with brisket, fried pickles, and onion rings). You can even visit an abandoned speakeasy that is rumored to be connected to Bonnie Clyde. All of this and more at the moonshine capital of Texas: Glen Rose

Lake Texoma

You can have a beautiful lake getaway so close to Dallas on Lake Texoma with a romantic dinner on a boat, hanging out all day on an island, and go kayaking on the water. There are just so many fun water activities around Lake Texoma.

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Tyler

Tyler is known as the Rose Capital of America. It is famous for the Tyler Rose Garden, which blooms twice a year and are wonderful to wander through. Additionally, you have the Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler State Park, Lake Tyler, and the Caldwell Zoo. 

Grapeland

Grapeland is small and you can do everything in a few hours which makes it so perfect for a daytrip from Dallas. Go on a safari where you can feed animals, wander through a replica ghost town, and go hiking at a local state park.

Davis, Oklahoma

In the Arbuckle Mountains is Turner Falls State Park. On-site is Turner Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in Oklahoma, and is a beautiful place to swim in warmer weather.

You can also wander through the ruins of a historic castle near Turner Falls, grab lunch at Smokin’ Joe’s Rib Ranch, a local favorite, and so much more! Check out our list of things to do in Chickasaw Country for more near Davis, Oklahoma. 

Things to do in Chickasaw Country

Paris

Take a trip outside of Dallas and soon you’ll see the Eiffel Tower, but only this one comes with a red cowboy hat on top. After taking in this fun mini-Eiffel Tower make sure to explore the downtown, grab some food, and do a little Parisian shopping in Paris.

Palestine

In Palestine you can go ride in a historic train through the piney woods, visit a fairytale forest, and see waterfalls all not too far away from Dallas.

Day Trips from Dallas

Hico

Check out the Billy the Kidd Museum and play paintball in mini tanks! Hico is a fun and unexpected town! If you do decide to stay longer you can stay in a retro airstream!

Belton

Belton offers a range of outdoor adventures, including Belton Lake, a sprawling reservoir where you can indulge in fishing, boating, water sports, and there’s even a towering waterfall!

As the proud home of Texas’ first state park, outdoor enthusiasts will find themselves immersed in breathtaking scenery and boundless recreational opportunities. Belton is also home to the oldest department store in Texas!

Local vineyard, Texas Honey Winery produces honey-based wines with abounding bluebonnets across the property in the spring. For an extraordinary overnight stay in Belton, you can opt for an Airbnb experience on a llama farm inside a partially underground silo.

Jacksonville

Nestled in the heart of the Piney Woods region, Jacksonville provides an exceptional outdoor experience with spots like the waterfall at Nichols Green Park and the eight hiking trails within the Neches River Wildlife Refuge.

Head to Lake Jacksonville and indulge in thrilling water sports like jet skiing and wakeboarding. Or pay a visit to River Run ATV Park for some off-roading fun along the Neches River.

Pamper yourself with a visit to Ritual Texas, a French-style café or nearby, family-owned winery, Maydelle Country Wines, located inside an 1800s train depot.

Dublin

You can’t get to Ireland in a day, but you get some Irish inspiration with a little daytrip to Dublin TX! Visit Things Celtic where you can find Irish gifts, tour and make your own soda and Dublin Bottling Works, and get a lucky with a glass of wine.

Day Trips from Dallas

Sulphur Springs

As you venture through Sulphur Springs, be sure to visit its many locally owned boutiques, like Hampton House Jewelry & Rock Shop, where you can purchase custom-made jewelry with the stones of your choosing. Be sure to make a pit stop inside the quirky, one-way glass bathrooms in the middle of the square!

Sulphur Springs is also home to a free, interactive museum, the Southwest Dairy Museum, delicious, overnight smoked barbecue at Slaughters Oasis BBQ, or you can pet your first longhorn at G3 Ranch, try jalapeño wine from Phinessé Farms, and more!

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Dallas Tx Day Trips: Less Than 3 Hours

Calvert

Calvert is a captivating day trip destination, a hidden gem for Dallas residents seeking a taste of small-town charm. You can spend your day exploring the town’s historic downtown area, visiting its many museums, or simply enjoying the peace and quiet. Be sure to stop at Royalty Pecan Farms for some delicious pecan goodies to take home with you!

Best Things to Do in Calvert TX

Jefferson

Drive to Jefferson to discover beautiful cypress trees that you can kayak through, walk through the historic downtown, and see one of the quirkiest museums in Texas. Although if you want to stay longer than a day, Jefferson is known as the Bed & Breakfast Capitol of Texas and there’s quite a few beautiful places to stay!

Georgetown

Georgetown is known for having one of the most beautiful downtown squares in Texas and you can easily spend the day trying all different kinds of hot sauces, seeing a fun guitar shop, browsing boutiques, and seeing the poppies. If you have more time, there’s the beautiful swimming blue hole and the Inner Space Caverns.