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Long Weekend Getaways from DFW: Explore New Havens!
Published on: August 30, 2023

Long Weekend Getaways

If you are looking to relocate to the Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) area, planning a getaway to the metroplex may open your eyes to some pretty exciting locations. With over 9,000-square miles of land, including almost 300-square miles of water, the metroplex offers a wide range of activities, attractions, and new havens to explore. Whether you are interested in arts and culture, outdoor adventures, shopping, or dining, DFW has something for everyone.

View of the AT&T Stadium with pond in front in Arlington, TX.

Image by: Trac Vu

Here are some recommendations for your local getaways:

  1. Dallas Arts District: Explore the Dallas Arts District, home to several world-class museums, galleries, and performance venues, including the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, and the Winspear Opera House.
  2. Fort Worth Stockyards: Experience the Old West in the Fort Worth Stockyards, where you can watch a cattle drive, explore Western-themed shops, and enjoy live music and entertainment.
  3. Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden: Take a stroll through the beautifully landscaped gardens and enjoy seasonal displays, art installations, and special events.
  4. Fort Worth Cultural District: Visit the Fort Worth Cultural District, home to the Kimbell Art Museum, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and more.
  5. Klyde Warren Park: Relax in the heart of Dallas at Klyde Warren Park, an urban oasis with food trucks, activities, and free public events.
  6. Trinity River Trails: Enjoy outdoor activities like walking, running, biking, or kayaking along the Trinity River trails and parks.
  7. AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Field: If you’re a sports fan, catch a Dallas Cowboys football game at AT&T Stadium or a Texas Rangers baseball game at Globe Life Field.
  8. Deep Ellum: Explore the artsy and historic Deep Ellum neighborhood in Dallas, known for its live music venues, street art, and eclectic shops.
  9. Bishop Arts District: Discover unique boutiques, galleries, and restaurants in the charming Bishop Arts District in Dallas.
  10. Fort Worth Botanic Garden: Spend time at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, one of the oldest botanical gardens in Texas, featuring a diverse collection of plants and themed gardens.
  11. Dallas Zoo and Fort Worth Zoo: Visit the Dallas Zoo or Fort Worth Zoo to see a variety of animals and enjoy family-friendly attractions.
  12. Shopping: Shop ’til you drop at upscale shopping centers like NorthPark Center in Dallas or the Shops at Clearfork in Fort Worth.
  13. Dining: Experience the culinary scene by trying diverse restaurants offering Tex-Mex, barbecue, fine dining, and international cuisine.
  14. Lake Activities: Enjoy water activities like boating, fishing, and relaxing by the lakes in the DFW area, such as Lake Lewisville and Lake Grapevine.
  15. Live Entertainment: Check out live music venues, theaters, and comedy clubs for a night of entertainment.

Remember to check for any local events, exhibits, or performances that might align with your travel dates. Whether you are interested in art, history, outdoor adventures, or simply indulging in good food, DFW offers a plethora of options for an enjoyable and memorable getaway.

Pool view overlooking the city of Dallas.

Image by: Jacoby Clarke

If you are looking for long weekend getaways outside the hustle-and-bustle of the DFW area, there are several options within a few hours’ drive that offer a change of scenery and plenty of activities.

Here are some great destinations beyond the hustle-and-bustle of the city:

  1. Austin, Texas (approx. 3-3.5 hours): Experience the vibrant live music scene, explore outdoor attractions like Lady Bird Lake and Zilker Park, and indulge in the city’s diverse culinary offerings.
  2. San Antonio, Texas (approx. 4 hours): Visit the historic Alamo, stroll along the River Walk, and explore attractions like the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and the Pearl District.
  3. Waco, Texas (approx. 1.5-2 hours): Explore the Magnolia Market at the Silos, visit the Dr. Pepper Museum, and take a stroll along the Brazos River.
  4. Grapevine, Texas (approx. 30-40 minutes): Known for its wineries, historic downtown, and entertainment options, Grapevine offers a charming escape close to DFW.
  5. Fredericksburg, Texas (approx. 4 hours): Experience German heritage, explore wineries, and enjoy shopping and dining in this Hill Country town.
  6. Broken Bow, Oklahoma (approx. 3-3.5 hours): Discover scenic beauty, outdoor activities, and Beavers Bend State Park in this peaceful destination.
  7. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (approx. 3 hours): Explore the Oklahoma City National Memorial, visit museums like the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, and enjoy Bricktown entertainment district.
  8. Hot Springs, Arkansas (approx. 4-4.5 hours): Relax in natural hot springs, explore the historic downtown, and visit Hot Springs National Park.
  9. Tyler, Texas (approx. 1.5-2 hours): Enjoy the beauty of the Tyler Rose Garden, explore the Caldwell Zoo, and discover local art and culture.
  10. Denton, Texas (approx. 45 minutes): Experience the artsy atmosphere of this college town, visit local galleries, and enjoy the music scene.

Remember to consider your interests and preferences when choosing a destination, and check for any travel advisories, accommodation availability, and local attractions before you go!