These day trips from Fort Worth, Texas are a must-see and do with the family.
I love Fort Worth, but I love the country more! Sometimes you need to get out a little further from the city and enjoy nature and the country life. I’ve included a few places not far from the Dallas-Fort Worth area to visit for some R&R or perhaps some outdoor fun. Enjoy our five favorite day trips from Fort Worth — pick your favorite and go!
Visit Cleburne for an Outdoor Experience
Looking for a small town with great hospitality? You want Cleburne, Texas. It’s a quick drive just west of Fort Worth, where you’ll find beautiful historic homes, a quaint downtown, and an outdoor museum that you won’t want to leave. One of the best day trips from Fort Worth that we’ve ever visited!
My very favorite outdoor experience in Cleburne, hands down, is the Chisholm Trail Outdoor Museum. Everything is outdoors except the Bear Museum, which is worth going in and looking around. When my grandson and I went for a visit, that was a museum that he knew a little about. A lot of what he was reading he had just learned in 5th grade, and you can imagine how intriguing that was to him. I was a happy parent for sure!
Charming Weatherford Has an Awesome Boardwalk
The beautiful Victorian homes right on the square, the Parker County Courthouse, and romantic gardens make Weatherford one of the prettiest downtowns in the greater Fort Worth area. This charming town is only 20 minutes west of the city and is known for its peach festival in July and a very cool boardwalk you can walk out on. I think we all know it gets really hot in Texas in the summer, but if you can stand the heat, you can enjoy peach drinks, peach ice cream, even peaches on your hamburger, and walking the boardwalk. If you love the country and sweet juicy peaches, make your way to Weatherford this summer.
Stroll Grapevine’s Main Street for Wineries and Shopping
I’ve counted once or twice how many wineries are in Grapevine. At my last count, there were twelve wineries just on Main Street alone! Going from one to the other could take the whole day, especially if you include shopping. This is a great option for young couples, but it also makes an amazing destination for a girls’ day. Pick a girlfriend and go! You’ll love the shopping and the quaint boutiques as much as you love the home-grown wine.
Hike Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose
In a full day, you and your group can hike, have a picnic, wade in the water, geocache, play on the playground, and of course, be on the hunt for dinosaur tracks …you may have to walk on huge rocks to find them. My gang did …I stayed back to take the photos! Go to Dinosaur Valley State Park to enjoy nature and the surroundings. You’re never going to regret taking a tour through prehistory!
Spend A Perfect Day in Athens
To the east of Fort Worth is a small quaint town called Athens, TX. Its charm includes the beautiful East Texas Arboretum and Botanical Society — home to several native and exotic plants, flowering gardens, and a walking trail to enjoy all day. The best time to visit Athens to see the beautiful flowers bloom is in April and May. It’s also supposedly the home of the hamburger! Make sure you have one for lunch if that’s your thing.
I’ve experienced these small towns a couple of times, and I find myself always wanting to go back. These truly are some of the best trips from Fort Worth worth visiting with the whole family.