With 320 miles of shoreline, Cedar Creek Lake offers plenty to do for everyone in the family. Your Cedar Creek Lake vacation rental is conveniently located about an hour southeast of Dallas, Texas, where you can go for shopping, arts, entertainment, and fine dining. Several towns encircle the 18-mile long lake, featuring a variety of dining and shopping opportunities. If you bring your boat, you can rent a boat slip at the marina on the lake or moor it at the private dock of your vacation rental. As you prepare your vacation plans, here’s a handy list of the top nine things to do with kids in Cedar Creek Lake.
1. Giddyup at Whatz-Up Family Fun Park
There’s more to do at Whatz-Up Family Fun Park than you can shake a mini-golf putter at, including bumper cars, go-karts, kiddie cars, laser tag, and paintball games. When you’re ready for a change of pace, there are pool tables, a miniature golf course, arcade games, a quad-four bungee trampoline, and more. The soft play tunnel system and playground include a spiral slide where kids under the age of 12 can climb and get plenty of exercise while you kick back, watch, and enjoy a snack and a soft drink.
2. Make Tracks at the MX Park
Dirt-bike riders like to ride wherever they go, and Underground MX Park features 70 acres of shady East Texas ranch land designed just for that purpose. Located in Kemp, about six miles from the northwest region of the lake, the park offers year-rounding riding for beginners and experienced riders. Amenities include restrooms, showers, and a laundry facility.
3. Paddle Around on the Lake
If you’re not already a fan, now’s the time to try stand-up paddleboarding. It’s a relatively inexpensive sport that requires a minimum of equipment; besides the paddleboard, all you need are the paddle and a life jacket. If you or the kids are new to the sport, bring along your sense of humor as everyone in the family gets a chance to laugh together at the wipe-outs.
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4. Get a Raft
If you have older kids, they can handle a raft with some supervision. It’s great fun to launch it off your private dock of your Cedar Creek Lake vacation rental, especially in one of the quiet coves away from the motorboats. With some life jackets and basic instructions, their epic adventures on the water give you some ideal opportunities for photos and videos.
5. Catch a Fish
When even the youngest angler in your family wants to catch a fish, it’s time to get the fishing rods and reels, bait, and tackle and head for the lake. Whether fishing from a pier, the lakeshore, or a boat, helping your child reel in that first fish is a big moment. If you’re all experienced anglers, go for some of that striped bass and catch dinner for the day. Letting the kids help catch, clean, and cook the fish makes a great bonding experience.
6. Jump in the Lake for a Swim
Nothing beats walking out the door of your Cedar Creek Lake vacation rental, walking down the dock, and jumping into the water for a refreshing swim. From an invigorating swim in the morning to a relaxing dip in the evening, let the soothing waters wash the stress away as you immerse yourself fully in your vacation. Picture the excitement of splashing around with the kids, playing Marco Polo, or engaging in a floatie race. Imagine the giggles that echo off the water resounding again and again for years to come as great vacation memories.
7. Spend a Morning in Gun Barrel City Park
The amenities at Gun Barrel City Park offer your family a leisurely morning in the fresh air. For the little ones, there are two playground areas, and they can accompany you on the half-mile walking track or the granite walking trails. Tennis courts, horseshoe pits, outdoor workout equipment, and a basketball court give you some options for exercise. If you want to enjoy the catch-and-release fishing pond with the kids, just bring your fishing tackle along. When softball games are in progress, there’s a concession stand. At other times, there are picnic tables and grills throughout the park for your use.
8. Look for Geocaches
Sometimes the older kids like to hold onto their electronic devices, even on vacation. Well, there’s an app for that. Join them in using the GPS feature on your devices to go geocaching. Find the coordinates online and then follow the GPS to the site of each cache. It’s fun to find what others leave behind, leave something in its place, and sign the log. The best part of all is that this activity gets everyone up and moving outdoors and doing something together.
9. Explore the Toy Train and Railroad Museum
Located near the northeastern region of the lake, the Mabank Depot Toy Train and Railroad Museum displays railroad memorabilia dating back to the 1800s and a model train collection that dates back to the 1930s. The museum site resembles an authentic train station and platform and features a gift shop with toy trains, memorabilia, and equipment for sale. Just two blocks west of the museum, BnR Pit BBQ serves burgers, pizza, chicken, and barbecue plates for a bite to eat before leaving town. On your way back to your Cedar Creek Lake vacation rental, you might stop by Jalopy Joe’s Gourmet Popcorn to pick up some delicious popcorn and handmade candy treats to take with you.
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