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The Best Summer Day-Trips & Weekend Getaways!

Vacation doesn’t have to take up a whole week or be very far away! Check out these easy and fun day-trips and weekend getaways around Collin County.

Renzo Piano Pavilion, Kimbell Art Museum. Photo by Robert LaPrelle

Forth Worth & Arlington

  • Just a 20-minute drive from each other, this duo is perfect for an afternoon out at a Ranger game or a place to hunker down for the weekend. In Arlington, get a behind-the-scenes tour of Jerry World, aka AT&T Stadium. For art fans, Fort Worth’s The Kimbell Art Museum features American architect Louis Kahn and A Modern Vision from Washington D.C.’s The Phillips Collection. Starting June 2, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performs in the beautiful Botanic Garden every weekend. And don’t forget about Fort Worth’s live music scene where venues all over the city feature local and international artists.

Giraffes at Fossil Rim

Fossil Rim

  • Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is part of a worldwide network of wildlife conservation organizations working to restore the balance between people, animals and the environment. This drive-through tour boasts more than 1,100 animals, including nearly 50 species from giraffes to cheetahs to ostriches, all living peacefully at the 1,800-acre park. You can even stay the night in their rustic lodge, safari cabins or an efficient bunkhouse. fossilrim.org 

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Jefferson, TX

  • Nestled in the heart of the Piney Woods region of Texas, Jefferson is steeped in history. The city boasts over seventy historic landmarks, museums and well-preserved homes, many open for tours, and if you’re feeling adventurous catch the Original Jefferson Ghost Tour. Afterwards, feast at one of the many fantastic restaurants the area has to offer from Auntie Skinner’s Riverboat Club, Joseph’s Riverport Barbecue or Kitt’s Kornbread Sandwich & Pie Bar. Stay the night in one of the historic and quaint bed and breakfasts. visitjeffersontexas.com 

Turner Falls, OK

Turner Falls Park, OK

  • Home to Oklahoma’s largest waterfall, Turner Falls Park is a beautiful spot known for hiking and scenery. The waterfall provides cool water all year long and a cozy, sandy beach perfect for hot summer days. The park covers 1,500 acres and includes nature trails, caves, campsites and cabin rentals if one day just isn’t enough. Don’t forget to make the hike to the Collings Castle, a stone fort-like structure built during the Great Depression. turnerfallspark.com

Lake Texoma

Lake Texoma

  • Nature lovers will want to find a beautiful lake home or maybe a vintage trailer to rent for the weekend as you enjoy all Lake Texoma has to offer. Places to rent can be found on Airbnb.com. Enjoy hiking, fishing, camping and a history tour of the lake. Build a fire, sing camp songs and bring plenty of s’mores. Make sure to check the website to see a variety of local specials and live music performances going on all summer long. laketexoma.com 

Dallas Arboretum

Dallas

  • You’d be surprised at the number of people living in the suburbs who can’t remember the last time they visited the world-renowned Dallas Museum of Art or the Dallas Arboretum, and haven’t had time to see the semi-new Victory Park location of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, or the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Chances are—you are one of those people. Between riding the DART from Plano to the Downtown Dallas and using a ride-sharing app to get around, avoiding traffic and the stress of finding parking has never been easier. Make it a staycation by renting a condo in the heart of downtown or a house in the edgy Deep Ellum area, and be an unashamed tourist.  
Cori Baker
Cori Baker is a journalist and photographer based in Plano, Texas. Cori is an alumna of Plano Senior High School and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor's in Journalism and a minor in business.

Cori has worked as an intern for KUT Radio, Austin's NPR affiliate station, a photographer for Reporting Texas, and is currently the Creative Assistant at the Plano Profile. Her work has been featured on Reporting Texas, Orange Magazine, Plano Profile, and the Austin American-Statesman.

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