5 Best Day Trips from Dallas, Texas

Planning on being in Dallas for a few days? If so, plan a day trip to sample some of the cool nearby destinations. As a devoted Dallas day-tripper myself, I’ve chosen the top 5 day trips that will appeal to young and old alike.

If you are traveling with kids, first on the list is Dinosaur World, nestled near the small town of Glen Rose, Texas. Located about an hour from Dallas, Dinosaur World is a place that kids of all ages will love. An outdoor exhibit of 150 life-size dinosaurs is a delight to see, and kids become amateur paleontologists with an authentic fossil dig. The indoor dinosaur museum has everything dinosaur-related, and a roomy picnic area awaits your refreshments. Dinosaur World is open all year except for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and admission fees are $12.75 for adults, less for children and seniors.

If you’re in the mood for a mixture of Old West history, culture, and cowboys; you should definitely spend the day in historic Fort Worth, Texas at the Stockyards National Historic District . The 45-minute drive brings you to a stimulating blend of old and new; with a feel of the Old West along with chic modern shops, antique malls, and even a Depot for the Tarantula Steam Train. Fort Worth’s Stockyards District offers something for everyone.

For anyone who was a fan of the long-running TV series, “Dallas”, the 35-minute trip to Southfork Ranch is a must. Known worldwide as the most famous ranch in America, Southfork offers daily guided tours of the Southfork Mansion and the sprawling ranch, cool themed gift shops, exhibits of show memorabilia, and Miss Ellie’s Deli for good eats. Open all year from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., except for Christmas Eve, Southfork Ranch’s admission prices are $9.50 plus tax for adults, and less for children and seniors.

Especially for grown-ups is a self-guided tour of the Hill Country Wineries. With 27 wineries to choose from, the day trip through Texas Wine Country involves even more than wine-tasting, demonstrations, and tours. As the seasons change, spring and summer wildflowers, vibrant fall leaf colors and mild winter Christmas lights make the tour eye-catching. You will find seasonal festivals, artists, musicians, craftsmen, chefs, and entertainers. Click on Texas Wine Trail for all the information you’ll need to plan your tour.

And last but not least on our list of the best Dallas day trips is an exhilarating experience for kids of all ages at Six Flags Over Texas, just 15 miles from Dallas. Six Flags Over Texas offers all you would expect from a top-notch theme park. An example of the breathtaking excitement that awaits you is the Texas Giant, with the steepest drop and bank of any wooden roller coaster in the world. For a day full of thrills, admission prices are $54.99 for adults, children under 48″ $34.99, and children 2 and under are free.

Whatever you choose, you will surely enjoy one of these best day trips from Dallas!

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