Arlington, Texas is a thriving community and ideal destination to live in and visit, but sometimes you might want to spend a weekend away to explore the foothills or simply relax. Spend a day at a cozy Arlington vacation rental, then head to another town in Texas or a nearby city in Oklahoma to experience different cultural attractions. Look forward to strolling the trails of Turner Falls State Park in Davis, Oklahoma, or sample fine wines at a vineyard in Fredericksburg, Texas. Plan for romance and a weekend full of fun activities when you choose one of these cities as your weekend vacation destination.

1. Davis, Oklahoma

Find yourselves in awe while standing in front of the waterfalls in Turner Falls State Park, located in Davis, Oklahoma, just two hours from Arlington. If you both love nature, this 77-foot waterfall and the multiple trails of the park offer something to explore together. Ramp up your adventures with a zipline excursion hosted by Turner Falls Zipline, or see exotic animals when taking a scenic and romantic drive through the Arbuckle Wilderness. The Arbuckle Mountains feature caves you can wander through while snuggled up together to stay warm.

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2. Longview, Texas

Romance and hot air balloons are in the air when you time your romantic weekend getaway in Longview to coincide with the Great Texas Balloon Race. A two-hour drive from Arlington puts you in the heart of adventure with the opportunity to get active at the Air U Trampoline Park or zipline with Thomas Falls Outdoor Center. The Paul Boorman Trail is ideal for couples who love to hike or jog, while the Pinecrest Country Club and Golf Course gives you a chance to challenge each other to 18 holes of golf. Top off your weekend with a romantic dinner date at the Goung Zhou Asian Bistro and Sushi Bar or Cafe Barron’s.

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3. Palestine, Texas

Enjoy the serene and quiet ambiance of Palestine, Texas, located two hours from your Arlington home. This city is ideal for couples wanting to fish with assistance from Baxter’s Fishing Guide Services or hike the trails of Davey Dogwood Park to see the blooming flowers. This historic city also appeals to the history buffs with tours available at the Texas Jail House and the Texas State Railroad Museum. Palestine may be quiet, but it comes alive with an annual Mardi Gras celebration in the downtown area that you can take part in when timing your trip for late February or early March.

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4. Fredericksburg, Texas

Travel four hours from Arlington to find yourself in an outdoor oasis in Fredericksburg, which is home to the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Sneak in a romantic kiss or selfie in front of the rock before hiking the trails that offer the perfect setting for an evening stargaze. Indulge your quest for knowledge with a historical tour of the Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site, or see the artifacts at the National Museum of the Pacific War. Grape Creek Vineyards is a popular spot for couples seeking to sip on white or red before retreating back to their cozy vacation rental.

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5. Kennard, Texas

Opt for a rustic vacation rental in the midst of the 160,000 acres of land in the Davy Crockett National Forest when making Kennard, Texas, your vacation destination for the weekend. Located three hours from Arlington, the quaint town of Kennard gives you and your loved one a chance to tour the forest or swim at the beach area of the park. Indulge your love for animals with a day at the Piney Creek Horse Trail, where you can horseback ride or enjoy a picnic in the grassy plains. The Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area is the ideal spot to cool off in the water when the Texas heat gets to be too much. After your outdoor adventures, relax with your sweetie with a romantic dinner for two at Tchoupitoulas Xpress or the Manhattan Fine Dining Restaurant.

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6. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Experience the old West when booking a vacation rental for two in Oklahoma City for the weekend. Find nightlife and historic attractions just three hours and 15 minutes from Arlington when making this thriving Oklahoma tourist spot your vacation destination. Start off with a visit to the Oklahoma City Zoo on a Saturday morning before stopping in at the Science Museum for the afternoon. When the weather is warm, opt for a romantic dinner cruise with Oklahoma River Cruises or take a romantic stroll through the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Spice up the evening with a cozy ride on the Wheeler Ferris Wheel, where you can profess your love for each other or even pop the big question.

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7. Karnack, Texas

Make a splash with that special someone when swimming or kayaking on Caddo Lake in Karnack, Texas, located three hours from Arlington. Enjoy water-filled adventures with canoe or tube rentals from Johnson’s Ranch Marina before viewing exotic animals at the Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge Center. If you and your mate love to fish, opt for a tour with Captain Ron’s Swamp Tours, then stop in at the Riverbend waterfront eatery for some fresh seafood and an intimate dinner for two.

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