With historic landmarks and tons of exciting attractions, Arlington, Texas is a popular vacation destination. However, if you happen to live and work in the city, it makes sense to occasionally want to take a weekend trip to another town or community. From the scenic waterfalls in Turner Falls State Park in Davis, Oklahoma to the peaceful parks of Palestine, Texas, you can find something exciting to do near Arlington year-round. Opt for Arlington vacation rentals such as cozy cabins and cottages nestled along Caddo Lake, or choose a downtown condo in Oklahoma City. When creating your weekend getaway itinerary, consider these cities ideal for an unforgettable vacation.
1. Fredericksburg, Texas
Break away for the weekend to see an enchanted rock in Fredericksburg, located four hours from Arlington. Home to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Fredericksburg is a mecca for outdoor adventures. Stargaze in the evenings while on the trails, or bird watch in the mornings after breakfast at your cozy cabin vacation rental. Continue your nature watching at Wildseed Farms to see the spring blooms, or admire the vineyards while sipping on Chardonnay at Grape Creek Vineyards. History buffs can explore the National Museum of the Pacific War or the Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site for the day, and families may opt to keep the kids entertained at a performance by the Fredericksburg Theater Company.
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2. Davis, Oklahoma
A two-hour trip to cross the state border puts you in front of one of the most beautiful waterfalls at Turner Falls State Park. This 77-foot waterfall is a sight to see, but the surrounding nature in the park offers much more. Hike along streams throughout the Arbuckle Mountains, and pass through caves before spotting wildlife wandering around. Let the kids fly through the air to see the state park when reserving your spot for a zipline adventure with Turner Falls Zipline. Before retreating to your vacation rental, take a scenic drive through the Arbuckle Wilderness to spot exotic animals.
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3. Palestine, Texas
When you want some peace and quiet in a quaint Texas town, Palestine is the obvious choice. This East Texas City, located two hours from Arlington, offers a glance at authentic history with landmarks, such as the Carnegie Library and the Anderson County Courthouse. Take a tour of the Texas Jail House and the Curious Children’s Museum before treating the kids to sights and sounds of the Texas State Railroad. Time your weekend getaway to participate in the annual Mardi Gras celebration, the city’s Christmas Parade, or the Chuckwagon Races. When you want to enjoy the scenic area outdoors, walk the trails at the Davey Dogwood Park, or reel in some fish with guides from Baxter’s Fishing Guide Service.
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4. Longview, Texas
Make the two-hour trip from Arlington to Longview, and find family-friendly activities for all ages. Time your weekend getaway to coincide with the Great Texas Balloon Race or the Boat and RV Show held annually in Longview. The more adventurous types enjoy the aerial view of the city when ziplining at Thomas Falls Outdoor Center or jumping high and low at the Air U Trampoline Park. Get up close and personal with nature when jogging, walking, or hiking the Paul Boorman Trail, or get in a game of golf at the Pinecrest Country Club and Golf Course.
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5. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Summon your inner cowboy or cowgirl when spending your weekend getaway touring the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Located approximately three hours and 15 minutes from Arlington, this vibrant city is chalked full of museums, outdoor recreation, and nightlife. Begin your weekend getaway with a trip to the Science Museum and the Oklahoma City National Memorial and museum before taking the kids to the Oklahoma City Zoo to feed the goats. See the city from the water with Oklahoma River Cruises or let the kids make a splash at the White Water Bay Theme Park. A tour of the Myriad Botanical Gardens in the spring or fall offers a scenic view while a ride on the Wheeler Ferris Wheel takes your sight-seeing activities to a higher level.
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6. Karnack, Texas
Spend your days fishing, swimming, and floating down Caddo Lake when you book a vacation rental in Karnack, located approximately three hours from Arlington. Rent canoes and kayaks from Johnson’s Ranch Marina to explore the 50 miles of paddling trails, or opt for a guided fishing tour with Captain Ron’s Swamp Tours to reel in something fresh for dinner. When you want to see wildlife roaming through East Texas, head to the Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge for the day before stopping in at the Big Pines Lodge for some southern cuisine.
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7. Kennard, Texas
Roam through 160,000 acres of wooded land and take a dip in the 45-acre lake of the Davy Crockett National Forest after traveling three hours to reach the city of Kennard, Texas. Spend a summer weekend swimming the beach of the Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area, or opt for a horseback riding adventure on the Piney Creek Horse Trail on a spring or fall weekend. After a day of exploring, satisfy your hunger with a hearty lunch at the Country Church Cafe or a healthy dinner at Larry Bruce Gardens.
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