If the weather is good then pack your swimming costumes, your sunhat, and your sunblock and get in the car. Lake Texoma is just over an hour and a half away and absolutely perfect for day trip. Lake Texoma is an enormous reservoir surrounded by white sandy beaches, forests, valleys, hills, and canyons – all national state park. You can take boats out onto the water, fish, enjoy water sports, go hiking, horseback riding, cycling and more. There are beautiful animals in the park that are home to wild hogs and deer and the birdlife is magnificent, including eagles, so be careful and aware on any hiking trails. Hagerman and Tishomingo are two National Wildlife Preserves that you can visit too. You will find some divine waterfront bars and restaurants, houseboats where you can eat, boats for hire or organized cruises too. Check their website to see which part of the lake is closest to you for easy access – it’s pretty huge!
There are tons of small and charming towns around Dallas and Greenville is another that you really should visit. It’s just an hour away and apart from having an award-winning winery also has many beautiful historical buildings, divine shopping, fab food and an interesting cultural scene. You can join a walking tour of the town or you can do your own walk, following the historical markers along the way. Read the markers carefully, you’ll learn why Elvis came to Greenville. There are also many military exhibits and you can spend time at the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum and visit a walkable World War 1 trench. Aude Murphy was America’s most highly decorated soldiers. Greenville is about small town life, history, shopping, good food, great wine and a fab music scene with many weekend music events and festivals. Check their website for details. There are also five large lakes in the area so take a swimming costume and hat in summer and enjoy a swim, boating or fishing too. If you’re into watersports there are plenty of opportunities to rent a jet ski, sailboat or surfboard.
Terrell is just 32 miles east of Dallas and is an old railroad town filled with culture and history. It’s a great day trip in that you can explore the town, museum and old flying school and then enjoy a picnic by the river and some great fishing. It’s a good idea to head to the Terrell Heritage Museum where you can learn about the history of the area, then head to The Flying School. If you’ve ever dreamt of being a pilot this is your opportunity to dream! Wander around the historic downtown shopping area and make sure you stop off at Tanger Outlets with an astonishing array of stores. The homes and buildings here are beautiful, old Victorian style and mostly renovated. If you’re really into your history you can join a guided tour where your guides are in period costume! There are also ghost tours in the evenings. Have a beer at the Side Street Bar or one of the many pavement cafes that are family friendly and fabulous. There are several ranches in the area and you could go for a horsehide or a little fishing, or – how about some lake scuba diving? Clear Springs Scuba Park is really exciting and you could take some lessons or just do a bit of walking, swimming or snacking!