One of the benefits of living in Denton, TX besides the unique food, shops, and people is that you don’t have to travel very far when you want a change of scenery. There are several day trips that you can take from Denton to different areas in the DFW that won’t even use a full tank of gas. From lakes to a wax museum and odditoriums, to huge, icon flea markets, you’ll easily be able to plan several different day trips at each one of these locations alone.
1. Lake Lewisville
You won’t have to drive far to get to Lake Lewisville, a 29,000-acre lake with over 200 miles of shoreline. You can easily spend a day here boating, fishing, water skiing, swimming, hiking, and exploring. You’ll be able to rent boats or standup paddleboards, play at the parks, or hang out in Party Cove, one of the most popular areas at Lake Lewisville. When your day is over, stop and eat at one of the many nearby restaurants before heading home.
There is so much to do in Grapevine, you could easily plan several day trips here. Spend a day at Great Wolf Lodge’s indoor water park any time of the year, or attend one of the area’s many seasonal events. You’ll be able to walk through a frozen world of ice at the Gaylord Texan Hotel and Event Center at Christmas, attend Grapefest, the wine event of the season in downtown Grapevine, shop at the outlet mall, or visit the LEGO Land Discovery Center.
3. Grand Prairie
Another day trip from Denton that won’t cost you much when it comes to gas is a trip to Grand Prairie. On your way in, stop at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and walk through the wax museum or Odditorium or spend the day at Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark. Another way to spend the day is at Trader’s Village, a huge flea market complete with rides, festivals, and food. You can also visit the outlet mall if you want to do some shopping and get some great deals.
4. Fair Park
Located just south of downtown Dallas, this park is not only the home of the Texas State Fair each year but also the Cotton Bowl. Whether you come during the fair season or football season, you’ll be able to ride the huge iconic Ferris wheel, walk the historic paths, and ride the swan paddle boats around the small lake. You can also visit the Texas Discovery Gardens and let a butterfly land on you or walk through the Children’s Aquarium and pet a stingray.