The areas in and around Garland, Texas are perfect for a family-friendly getaway or romantic escape. Opt for a relaxing weekend visiting the wineries in Fredericksburg, or delight the kids with water adventures on Canyon Lake in New Braunfels. As for accommodations, Garland vacation rentals range from rustic cabins secluded in the woods to luxurious condos situated right on the beach. Check out what this great area has to offer.

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1. Fredericksburg

Opt for a vacation rental right in the heart of the Texas Hill Country when making the four hour and 40-minute drive to the charming town of Fredericksburg. Ride some horses with the kids with LBJ Ranch Tours, or pick your own fruit to take back to your rental at Wildseed Farms. The outdoor explorers enjoy hiking the park trails to see the Enchanted Rock, one of the largest natural rock formations. While in Fredericksburg, sip on some sweet wine while on the Fredericksburg Hill Country Wine Tour.

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2. Boerne

Located just under five hours from Garland, Boerne is the perfect place to get some rest and relaxation while exploring the great outdoors. Take a tour of the Cibolo Nature Center to see the blooming flowers, or head over to Cascade Caverns to see the natural wonders. Enchanted Springs Ranch offers guided horseback riding tours through the creeks of Boerne City Park, too. If you’re looking for some retail therapy, hit the antique shops in the downtown area before indulging in a hike through the trails of River Road Park.

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3. Galveston

Travel four and a half hours to spend a weekend sinking your toes in sandy beaches and searching for seashells when making Galveston your vacation destination. This historic city is home to the Bishop’s Palace and Moody Mansion when you want to explore artifacts and unique architecture. Take in a thrilling performance at the Grand 1894 Opera House, or get wet and wild with a Saturday at the Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark. Fresh seafood is plentiful in this Texas city, especially when dining at the Number 13 Prime Steak and Seafood restaurant that offers waterfront views. When you want some peace and quiet, take a serene stroll along the Strand.

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4. Salado

Wine enthusiasts flock to Salado to sit back and relax on the patio at the Salado Winery and Salado Wine Seller. A vacation rental in Salado, located two and a half hours from Garland gives you a chance to sip on sweet wine in the afternoon or take a leisurely walk through the Salado Sculpture Garden. Get in some shopping at the specialty stores at The Shoppes on Main, or cater to the nature enthusiasts with a hike through Chalkridge Falls Park to see the magnificent waterfall. Enjoy an exciting evening at the Wildfire Ranch Arena watching the local ranchers, or soak up the history when biking through the historic district of Salado when renting bikes from LoneStar eBikes.

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5. Jefferson

Just a two and a half-hour drive puts you in Jefferson, a small Texas city with big adventures. Make a splash in Caddo Lake or the Big Cypress Bayou with a tube or canoe rentals from Riverbend Outfitters. Kick back and enjoy some beverages with your friends at the Auntie Skinner’s Riverboat Club, or opt for an upscale dining experience at the Stillwater Inn French Restaurant. A stop in at the Museum of Measurement and Time offers an educational experience for the entire family, while Old Mill Antiques provides you with artifacts and jewels to purchase.

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6. Round Top

Find the peace and quiet you need with a weekend getaway in Round Top, a small Texas city located four hours from Garland. Show the kids what it’s like to live on a farm when touring the Marburger Farm. Stop in at the Big Red Barn on the farm’s property for some souvenirs before getting in some more retail therapy at the Round Top Antique Fair that is held the third weekend of the month. Indulge your artistic flair at the Cooper Shade Tree Gallery or The Gallery at Round Top, and then get in some exercise while hiking or biking the trails of Bluff Creek Ranch.

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7. New Braunfels

With access to the big city of San Antonio, the charming town of New Braunfels gives you a chance to soak up the small-town charm with access to plenty of attractions after a four-hour drive from Garland. Rent some tubes and canoes from Canyon Lake Adventures to explore the Guadalupe River or Canyon Lake during your weekend getaway. When traveling with the kids, check out the wildlife at the Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo or try your hand at the interactive exhibits at the McKenna Children’s Museum. As the sun sets, plan for an entertaining evening chomping on popcorn at a double feature at the Stars and Stripes Drive-In Theatre.

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