Need to get away for a day or two? Try Jacob's Well. Photo credit: Patrick Lewis / Flickr.

Daycation: 5 Things You Must Do to Get Away from Dallas This Summer

Make a day of it: 5 ideas for "daycations" around Dallas this summer.

Even though we’re undeniably crazy about Dallas, sometimes it’s good to get away from the big city. If you’re into the idea of (just barely) expanding your comfort zone past Mi Cocina and the Katy Trail Icehouse, this list is for you.

Peach Picking: Head to Ham Peach Orchards for a day of moseying around the cutest place in Terrell, Texas. Your old-fashioned day will be complete with a basket full of peaches, a stroll through the blackberry patches, and a taste of the Orchards’ famous peach strawberry ice cream. You’ll have to leave the peach-picking itself to the experts (you can pick your own blackberries), but the peaches alone are worth the trip. This sounds so fun—you’ll probably see me there.

Stay-at-home adventure: In true “staycation” form, Trinity River Expeditions lets you explore your own city like you never have before. Join the flock of kayaks and canoes to explore 5 to 10 miles of the Trinity River as expert guides discuss the history behind various Dallas landmarks. Expeditions, which are held every second Saturday, provide all necessary equipment, but make sure to reserve your spot in advance to claim your canoe. Or kayak. Whatever floats your boat.

Shopping expedition: Canton’s First Monday is a must-do for those of you looking for a day away from your lovely abode. Originally founded in the 1850’s for livestock and feed trading, this market has expanded away from farm animals and evolved into an enormous, six-acre antique fair full of craftsman and expert vendors. Just a heads up, the fair only runs on the Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday before the first Monday of every month — the Monday is not included, despite the market’s name. If you’re overwhelmed (in the best kind of way), download the app to help you navigate the tents.

Airborne getaway: You didn’t think you would get on a plane for a Dallas daycation, but you thought wrong. Addison’s Cavanaugh Flight Museum will fly you around North Dallas in whatever aircraft satisfies your need for speed, from a real World War II trainer to a modern day helicopter.

Take a plunge: If you’re looking for an activity to fill an entire weekend, head for Jacob’s Well in Wimberley, Texas. The underwater cave is hundreds of feet deep and open for exploring, but safe swimmers hang out near the top and use it as a swimming hole.

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Comments

  • cmr

    Both Ham Peach Orchard’s website and an article by Nancy Nichols on this very website state that you can not pick your own peaches. This article would seem to imply differently.

  • Bmg

    Wimberley is about fours away. There isn’t something closer to DFW? Also, the cave there is not open for exploring. It is extremely dangerous.

  • Aubrey Wood

    This all sounds like so much fun!