It is hard to believe that in a couple of weeks (in some cities) school will be starting and families will be looking for some last minute “Stay Vacay” fun. Here are a few suggestions for some nearby Dallas / Fort Worth vacay fun:
Only about 35 miles north of downtown Dallas, McKinney offers a great getaway for the day or the weekend. Plan to spend some time discovering the shops, boutiques and outside dining options in and around the charming downtown square, anchored by the courthouse. Favorites include Cadillac Pizza Pub, Landon Winery and the Sweet Spot bakery and coffee shop, which has the best scones around. Many of the establishments invite you to linger with live music during the evening. Wildlife and hiking fans will enjoy the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary with its 289-acre nature preserve and miles of nature trails, plus a plant garden, butterfly house and indoor exhibits.
Halfway between Dallas and Austin is the college town of Waco, home to a world-class zoo and several museums for children and adults alike. Adjacent to the Brazos River, the 52-acre zoo is spread out and has lots of shade and splashing waterfalls, so it’s a perfect antidote to the Texas sun. Be sure to check out the Komodo dragon and Galapagos tortoises, along with the orangutans and Sumatran tigers. The Mayborn, on the Baylor University campus, is especially fun for children because of its interactive stations and displays. Adults will also enjoy the natural history, especially the Waco Mammoth exhibit. Here, guests can walk on a see-through floor to look down upon casts of the Columbian mammoth bones displayed exactly as they were unearthed at the Waco Mammoth Site, just five miles from the Baylor campus. Visit the Collin Street Bakery and enjoy a slice of pie, a macaroon, or their famous fruitcake. For those in search of a bit more protein, Rudy’s BBQ will certainly hit the spot. There’s ‘Sissy Sauce’ for those who prefer a little less kick.
One hour southwest just off Highway 377 is the quaint town of Granbury. Spend the day shopping and exploring the stores and old jailhouse on the square. Stay in one of the many bed and breakfasts or inns to take full advantage of the nightlife, including ghost tour and the historic Brazos Drive-In movie theater. Whatever you do, don’t miss a production at the beautifully renovated 1886 Opera House. If you are there on a Saturday afternoon, check out the widely popular Revolver Brewery.
Tyler and Bullard
While most people head to Tyler (just two hours east of Dallas on I-30), for the roses, there’s plenty more to discover while in the area. Just a few miles south of town, the American Freedom Museum, located on the campus of The Brook Hill School in Bullard, has an expansive collection filling 15 galleries. The Hall of Presidents includes a signed document by every president, from George Washington through to President Obama, and the Hall of Freedom chronicles the major conflicts in which the United States has been involved since the Revolutionary War. Ten minutes east of the museum is Kiepersol, an estate winery, distillery, restaurant and bed and breakfast. Founded by South African native Pierre de Wet, the estate is well known for its quality and service. Wine tastings are at one’s leisure, and both wine tours and distillery tours are offered at designated tour times with no reservations needed. Stay for dinner and enjoy steak or seafood while surrounded by the two-story wine cellar with hundreds of wines from around the world.
Lakewood Title Company would like to wish everyone a smooth start into August and everything it might bring. Stay cool!