Many families from the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area enjoy spending their short breaks in Hill Country or along the south coast of Texas. Whether your family is looking for a short break holiday, a cheap vacation package, a fun last minute getaway or a weekend get away from the stress of everyday life, there are lots of fun destinations within a 300-mile radius of Texas’ Dallas – Forth Worth, or DFW, metropolitan area.
Most of our suggested short breaks are less than 200 miles away, but some are nearly 300 miles away. After all, in a state this big, when you start from the middle you’ve got to drive a long way to go somewhere new. In any case, Texas families are used to long drives – especially for an affordable weekend getaway deal — so don’t be surprised if you need to dust off those car games to keep the kids occupied en route.
Short Break & Weekend Getaway Ideas from DFW
That said, here’s a roundup of some of our family’s favorite cities worthy of your weekend. They’re fly-to attractions for many families, and ideal short break hoidays for those living in or visiting the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex.
San Antonio, Texas Family Attractions
Our favorite family spots in San Antonio, a great urban getaway, include historic sites and armadillos, Mexican cafes and a lively riverfront that can be toured by boat.
Houston, Texas For A Family Weekend
For an exciting weekend with the family in Houston, Texas, check out this first-hand report on what to do and see for kids interested in the arts, good barbecue, and hands-on fun.
Haunted Halloweens in Houston, Texas
Houston’s Nightmare on the Bayou is one of the holiday’s top attractions, and you’ll need at least one night away to recover from it.
Favorite Family Resorts in Texas
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa
Locals like to leave the cities behind and experience genuine Texas Hill Country hospitality (and some golf) at this type of deluxe countryside spa and golf resort set in the countryside outside San Antonio.
Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa
Families in the Austin area love this 400-acre resort for its luxurious rooms, great recreation facilities and setting in a grove of hundred-foot-tall loblolly trees.
Road Trip Getaways for Family Weekends
Hope Watermelon Festival Arkansas
Whether you come for the locally grown down-home food, antique cars, artisans and vendors, or country music, central Arkansas is a really fun place to be.
If you’ve come this far, you’ll need a guide to all that this state has to offer families, whether it’s the theatre, Route 66, cowboy lore, or chocolate making classes.
The Gulf Coast of Galveston
There’s nothing better than renting a big beach house near the sand and surf of Galveston, Texas, a cute Victorian-era port that’s known as a calm and relaxing weekend beach getaway.
Exploring The South Texas Shoreline
Make the beaches of South Padre Island your base for travels throughout the Corpus Christi region along Texas’ southern Gulf of Mexico coast.
Texas Family Road Trip
The largest state in the Lower 48 is also one of America’s most colorful, making a mini Texas road trip a great weekend away if you’ve planned the right itinerary for appropriate ages.
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