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10 Road Trip Destinations You And Your Friends Can Visit This Summer In North Texas

Summer is a time to have fun and explore the best spots around! While a lot of places around downtown Dallas have tons of amazing events going on, sometimes getting out of the big city and exploring your state is the best thing to do. Here are a few places in North Texas you can take day trips to or camp at for an unbeatable summer.

Denton Square

Price: Free

Address: 110 W Hickory St, Denton, TX

Why you need to go: The Denton Square has tons of awesome shops including a candy store with tons of wild creations and plenty of restaurants and bars for a fun day out.


Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Price: $8

Address: 11450 Park Road 5 Canyon, TX 79015

Why you need to go: This state park has amazing views and tons of trails that are perfect to hike on. You can also spend the night to soak up all the breathtaking views for just $12.


Lake Tawakoni

Price: $5

Address: 10822 FM 2475 Wills Point, TX 75169

Why you need to go: Lake Tawakoni is a great place for a swim or to go fishing. The park also has 376 acres of oak wood forest, making it a shady spot for a day out or a picnic.


Dinosaur Valley State Park

Price: $7

Address: 1629 Park Rd 59, Glen Rose, TX 76043

Why you need to go: When you're feeling extra adventurous you can hop on over to Dinosaur Valley State Park to see where real life dinos used to live. You'll feel like you're in an adventure movie with giant dino statues and real dino prints in the lake.


Burger’s Lake

Price: $15

Address: 1200 Meandering Rd, Fort Worth, Texas

Why you need to go: This hidden water park is so much fun! They have a variety of slides and rides including a trapeze swing you can have the best time on.


Lavender Ridge Farms

Price: $3

Address: 2391 County Road 178, Gainesville, Texas 76240

Why you need to go: The farm is a beautiful place to visit. They have a cafe where you can get natural and lavender flavored treats and at times you can even pick your own lavender bouquet.


Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary

Price: $10

Address: 1 Nature Place in McKinney, Texas

Why you need to go: This museum is unlike any other. They have ziplining and dinosaurs spread out with tons of outdoor activities that are just too fun to pass up. (North Texas loves its dinosaurs!)


Tyler Rose Garden

Price: Free

Address: 420 Rose Park Drive, Tyler, TX 75702

Why you need to go: This garden is absolutely beautiful and it's totally free to visit. It's also the largest rose garden in the entire nation.


Grapevine Vintage Railroad

Price: $10-$26

Address: 636 S. Main St, Grapevine, TX 76051

Why you need to go: You can travel as they did in the early times by riding the cute vintage train all over downtown Grapevine. They even have wine trains!


Munster Mansion Tour

Price: $30

Address: 3636 FM813, Waxahachie, TX

Why you need to go: Who says summertime can't be spooky? You can visit and tour the Munster Mansion - a replica of the one used in the 60s sitcom.


No matter where you go in North Texas, you're bound to have a total blast. The state is proud to be the home of some of the coolest natural wonders, beautiful gardens, exciting theme parks, and apparently, tons of dinosaurs. Have a good summer!

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