Day Trips from Dallas
Your next adventure awaits just a short drive away
Extend your Dallas getaway by visiting nearby must-see cities and attractions.
Head 1.5 hours south to Waco, Texas. This small town is full of big adventures and memories to be made. Start your trip with a stop downtown to visit the Magnolia Market at the Silos, home to “Fixer Upper” TV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines. Shop for home goods, stroll through the garden and grab a sweet treat from the Silos Baking Co. Next, check out the Dr. Pepper Museum to learn about the history of the oldest major soft drink in the US, which was originally created, manufactured and sold in Waco! Spend your last hours exploring the outdoors at Cameron Park for hiking and biking trails, and cap off your trip visiting a local winery or brewery for a relaxing night on the town.
Wine lovers – this city is for you! Take a drive to the Texas Hill Country in Fredericksburg, just 4.5 hours from Dallas. Start with shopping downtown along the historic Main Street to find local gifts from the boutiques and galleries. Then, plan to spend most of your day exploring the city’s more than 45 wineries and vineyards (plan ahead and schedule a wine tour to get the full experience). After consuming your fair share of wine, treat yourself to a spa date or enjoy a walk on a nearby trail.
Home to the largest flea market in America, Canton will make all your antique shopping dreams come true. Just an hour east of Dallas, the flea market is open Thursday-Sunday (before the first Monday of every month) and is filled with fine antiques, home décor, clothing, jewelry and so much more. After shopping, break for lunch at one of the local diners for family-style dining and comfort foods.
Go for an outdoor adventure at Turner Falls Park, located about two hours north of Dallas. The park features a 77-foot waterfall, hiking trails, natural caves and camp sites, so you can come for a day of exploration or camp overnight in your RV or at one of the onsite cabins. There’s also plenty of dining options on the park grounds to keep you fueled throughout the day. There is an admission price to enter the park so be sure to plan ahead and buy your tickets online!
Explore the scenic views and nature of Glen Rose, TX, located about 1.5 hours southwest of Dallas. This family-friendly destination is full of outdoor adventures thanks to numerous parks and attractions. Take a safari tour through Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, a 1,700-acre animal conservation facility that lets you experience a taste of Africa. Glen Rose also has a unique history of being a site where dinosaurs once walked the Earth. Through preservation efforts, visitors can see dinosaur tracks at Dinosaur Valley State Park, as well as hike, bike and camp.
Play your cards right at the Choctaw Casinos, a 1.5-hour drive north of Dallas in Durant, Oklahoma. More than just a casino, Choctaw also features a luxurious spa, arcade, bowling alley, movie theater and tons of great dining options. This one stop shop is a mecca for entertainment, so come early and stay late to enjoy all this casino has to offer.
About three hours south of Dallas is the small town of College Station, most notably known for being home to Texas A&M University. Travel on a weekend to experience college football or visit the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, and make a stop in Historic Downtown Bryan for unique shopping finds to take back home.