We’re all sticking a little closer to home these days. But that doesn’t mean you have to go stir crazy. Luckily, for North Texans, a day trip can satisfy your vacation itch without hectic travel plans or expensive accommodations. This area has plenty of interesting, unique, and downright fun places to visit that aren’t too far. Here are a few memorable north Texas spots to consider when planning your next day trip:
Looking to spend the day in the great outdoors? With 1,826 acres to explore, Cedar Hill State Park offers every activity an outdoorsman could dream of – pristine running/hiking trails, dirt biking trails, and geocaching. If you’re more of a lake dweller, the park is located on the shore of Joe Pool Lake, so you can swim, boat, and fish as much as your heart desires. The park is also animal friendly, so you can bring your furry companion along on the journey. Has your day trip accidentally turned into a weekend trip? No worries. Cedar Hill State Park boasts 350 campsites with electricity, nearby restrooms, and hot showers (because no one needs to rough it too much). If you want to make the most of your day in nature, take a quick 30-minute drive down to Cedar Hill.
Whether you’re an experienced rock climber or just wanting to try something new with the family, look no further than Mineral Wells State Park’s. Penitentiary Hollow. It’s one of the best natural rock climbing locations in North Texas. If rock climbing isn’t your thing, there are plenty of hiking and biking trails. Or, just have a relaxing picnic and enjoy the scenery! An inexpensive way to get out of the house and only an hour away, Mineral Wells State Park is a great stop, especially on those few cooler summer days.
Canton is a slow-moving, charming Texas town. Well, except when First Monday Trade Days — the largest flea market in the nation — is happening. This market takes place on the Canton fairgrounds (only an hour and a half outside of Fort Worth), where hundreds of vendors gather to buy and sell everything from handmade wood carvings to delicious jams.
Originally, First Monday was open on the first Monday of each month. However, now the event happens the entire week (Thursday – Sunday) before the first Monday of the month. Even though the flea market isn’t actually open on Monday anymore, the name is now and will forever be known as First Monday Trade Days. If you get a thrill out of flea markets, bargaining, and finding one-of-a-kind items, Canton will be the perfect day trip.
Corsicana is a small Texas cowtown about an hour and a half southeast of Fort Worth. It offers a laid-back atmosphere and even more laid-back locals. This is the perfect place to take a day trip and get away from the hustle and bustle of DFW. Although Corsicana’s vibe doesn’t seem like that of a tourist destination, there’s much more there than what meets the eye.
Downtown Corsicana offers the perfect blend of historic charm and modern flair. New boutiques, trendy coffee shops, and modern art galleries now reside in the historic storefronts of the town’s revitalized square. Local favorite restaurants like Ellinya’s Italian, Across the Street Bistro, and Taylor’s Smokehouse are also located in historic downtown, making it the perfect place for an all-in-one dining and shopping experience. Corsicana, much like the Texas Hill Country, is also known for having an ample selection of Texas wines. Angelita Vineyard & Winery, a local favorite, is the perfect place to kick back with a glass of red or white and take in the beautiful views of the rolling hills.
Corsicana is a paradise for history buffs! With so much rich history, this town has plenty of attractions for you to explore it all. If the Civil War is what interests you most, the Pearce Museum should be your first stop. The museum’s Civil War collection includes more than 15,000 documents. The Western Art Gallery displays 250 paintings, sculptures, and other works depicting life in the West. Another historical hot spot is Corsicana’s Petroleum Park, the site of the first oil discovery in Texas in 1894.
As for more recent history, Corsicana is home to the Navarro College cheer team, which has recently been a subject of the Netflix documentary, Cheer. This series highlights the history of the Navarro cheer team, as well as the team’s history within the town of Corsicana. Stop by Navarro College to see the home of the Bulldogs, who have left their impact on college athletics in a major way.
Hico, Texas is located at the north edge of Texas Hill Country, tucked away from the major traffic of I-35. Although Hico is a small town with a population of only about 1,500, it has plenty to offer and is full of life. Their town motto is “Where Everybody is Somebody,” so when you roll into (or maybe right past) town, you’ll be welcomed by friendly locals and shop owners alike.
There’s only one thing the people of Hico are more passionate about than their town — good food. The city’s streets are packed with fantastic restaurants, making it incredibly difficult to decide where to go for lunch or dinner. The Koffee Kup Family Restaurant is a town favorite, offering homemade baked goods and breakfast food fit for a Saturday brunch. Another popular local spot run out of a historic hotel, The Chophouse, specializes in all things steak, including chicken fried steak and Philly cheesesteaks. And of course for dessert, Eis Ice Cream and Sandwiches has creamy treats to beat the Texas heat.
If you’re a lover of Texas history or a fan of western movies, Hico is home to an interesting legend. Many believe that Billy the Kid escaped his death in 1881 and fled to Hico, where he lived as Ollie P. Bill Roberts until 1950. Head to the Billy the Kid Museum to learn more about the legend himself, as well as the fascinating history of Hico. The hour and a half drive from Fort Worth is definitely worth the Hico experience.
If you need to take a break from being cooped up at home, load up the car and get away (for the day, at least). Whether you’re looking for an outdoor adventure or a wine-tasting trip with the girls, north Texas has plenty to offer. Explore these places and let us know which is your favorite on our social media!