A weekend getaway in Plano, Texas gives you the opportunity to visit ranches, make a splash in lakes, and explore numerous historic neighborhoods and monuments. When you venture beyond Plano, you can look forward to swimming in Canyon Lake, touring the Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, and golfing in Wimberley. Book one of many incredible Texas vacation rentals for your upcoming weekend trip. Prepare for a fun-filled getaway by visiting these amazing destinations.

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1. Kyle

Settle into a cozy vacation rental in Kyle and enjoy a weekend of relaxed family fun. Let the kids expel some energy at Evo Entertainment, a popular game and indoor amusement park, and then set out to fishing at Lake Kyle City Park for the afternoon. Make a splash in Lake Kyle during your weekend getaway, or shop for specialty gifts at Kyle Market Days when you time your trip for the second Saturday of the month from April through September. If you’re feeling stressed, enjoy a soothing facial or massage at the spa at Sage Hill Inn Above Onion Creek, complete with a lounge, outdoor deck, and four treatment rooms.

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2. San Angelo

Head to West Texas to enjoy fun in the sun and the cowboy-themed culture of San Angelo, located four hours and 15 minutes from Plano by car. Start your adventures with tours of the Fort Concho National Historic Landmark or the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts to learn more about local artists and the city’s history. This artistic Texas city provides the perfect backdrop for a family photo at the Historical Murals of San Angelo, as well as the International Water Lily Garden at Civic League Park. When hunger strikes, satisfy all of your cravings with scrumptious comfort food at the Twisted Root Burger Co. or opt for a fine dining experience at Zentner’s Daughter Steak House.

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3. Canyon Lake

Waterfront fun awaits you in Canyon Lake, a small Texas city that is home to both Canyon Lake and the Guadalupe River. Rent some tubes or kayaks from Tube Haus to explore the waters, or stay inland and bike the Canyon Lake Trails with bicycle rentals from Barton Springs Bike Rental and Tours. If your crew loves to fish, try out some fly-fishing on a Saturday morning before heading out to take in the town’s popular tourist attractions, such as the Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country and the Whitewater River Amphitheater.

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4. Wimberley

The vibrant city of Wimberley offers a variety of great attractions. If you’re an adventurer at heart, sign up for ziplining excursions with Wimberley Zipline Adventures. For more relaxed fun, take a leisurely stroll along the trails at Blue Holes Regional Park and enjoy the sights. Take a scenic drive along the Devil’s Backbone Route and stop at Lookout Mountain, also known as Old Baldy, for a selfie with a stunning background. Red Corral Ranch gives you and your kids a chance to see how real ranchers wrangle in cattle. If you’re an avid golfer, get in 18 holes at Quick Sand Golf Course.

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5. Archer City

A vacation rental in quaint Archer City gives you access to entertaining performances at the Royal Theater, a popular dinner theater located in town. After enjoying the show on Friday night, head to the downtown area to shop the specialty stores, such as Booked Up. Hang with the locals when grabbing lunch at Murn’s Cafe before retreating back to your cozy rental for game night with the family.

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6. Gruene

After a four-hour road trip, settle into your vacation rental in Gruene, a historic Texas city that offers water-filled fun and scrumptious food. Rent canoes from Canyon Lake Adventures and explore Canyon Lake, and then check out Gruene Market Days, hosted between February and November on the third weekend of the month. Gruene’s historical attractions give you a chance to tour the Gruene Mansion Inn to see the antique furniture and unique architecture. After a busy day of exploring, dine on some Southern cuisine at the Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar.

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7. Marble Falls

Escape the hustle and bustle of Plano with a three-hour-and-40-minute drive to Marble Falls, a Texas city that is home to five lakes, for fun in the sun. Dip your toes in the waters of Krause Springs and cool off on a hot day, or opt for a guided boat tour with Splash Boat Rentals. Pace Bend Park offers biking and hiking trails for the outdoor enthusiasts in the family, while the Lake LBJ Marina features a water park just for the kids. When it’s time to kick back and relax with the adults, grab a glass of chardonnay at the Flat Creek Estate Winery and Vineyard. If a brew is more your style, stop in at Mr. B’s Sports Bar for a cold, refreshing beverage.

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