Texas July 03, 2017
10 Out Of This World Summer Day Trips To Take In Texas
It’s summertime, which means taking some time to escape from it all and take a vacation. We understand that not everyone can take a full week off of work to jet off to some lavish tropical island, so we’ve put together a list of 10 places right here in Texas that only take a day (or weekend, depending on where you live) to fully experience.
1. Visit the Dallas World Aquarium (Dallas)
The name "Aquarium" is actually a bit misleading because you'll find much more than just sea life here. There are owls, tigers, and everything in between. It's basically a three-story indoor zoo, and if that doesn't excite you, I don't know what will!
1801 N Griffin St, Dallas, TX 75202
2. Go tubing on the Frio River (Concan)
Many people access this river through Garner State Park, which is a good time in and of itself. The water is cool (hence its name), there are rapids, and the surrounding greenery is beautiful.
3. Kayak on Caddo Lake (Uncertain)
You've never known true peace and serenity unless you've been to Caddo Lake. The only noises you'll hear are the sounds of the animals residing within the trees and the water gently parting for you to move through it.
4. Explore the Fort Davis National HIstoric Site (Fort Davis)
This is one of the best examples of a U.S. Army fort in the country. There are 24 fully restored buildings and over 100 ruins for you to explore. Self-guided tours start at the visitor center, and living history demonstrations are common during the summer.
101 Lt Flipper Dr, Fort Davis, TX 79734
5. Drive the "Three Sisters" (Vanderpool to Medina)
Also called the "Twisted Sisters," these three ranch roads (335, 336 & 337) intertwine and wind through the Central Texas hills to make for a drive like nothing you've ever experienced. Although commonly associated with motorcyclists, the ride is just as fun in a car.
6. Stroll through the Fort Worth Stockyards (Fort Worth)
Can you really say you're a Texan if you've never been to the iconic Stockyards? There's so much to do here, but you can't leave without visiting the world's largest honkey tonk, Billy Bob's.
7. Tour the Natural Bridge Caverns (New Braunfels)
We know how hot Texas summers can be - so much so that sometimes escaping underground is the only option. There are several tour options ranging from a simple walk-through to an adventure tour with rappelling and tiny crawl spaces.
26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd, San Antonio, TX 78266
8. Hike the Palo Duro Canyon (Canyon)
Also known as the "second Grand Canyon," Palo Duro is only lesser in size to the real thing. You'll hardly believe you're in Texas when you see the towering red rocks.
9. See real dinosaur tracks at Dinosaur Valley State Park (Glen Rose)
Kids will absolutely love this place. They can compare their footprints to those of ancient beasts that walked the earth millions of years ago. It's pretty amazing to look at!
1629 Park Rd 59, Glen Rose, TX 76043
10. Ride the day away at Six Flags (Arlington)
Would it really be summer without paying a visit to an amusement park? Lucky for us, we've got an awesome one right in our own backyard. Whip and whirl all day long on roller coasters and get the adrenaline rush of a lifetime.
2201 E Road to Six Flags St, Arlington, TX 76010
Have you taken any of these day trips? Where’s your favorite place in Texas to trip to?