Fabulous Weekend Getaway Spots in Texas

The state of Texas is a real southern charmer. Full of impressive canyons, stunning beaches, humungous lakes, wild countrysides, quaint waterways, interesting cultural hubs and romantic spots, there is never a dearth of things to do when in Texas. I was fortunate enough to spend a long time in this appealing state, and, trust me, even then, I fell short on time when it came to exploring all the wonderful travel opportunities that Texas has to offer. 

One thing that makes Texas famous is the myriad of weekend getaway destinations that the people are bequeathed with when staying here. Located a stone’s throw away from the big cities and suburbs, here is a list of the best weekend getaways in Texas for an exciting weekend!

1. Galveston - The All-Inclusive Weekend Getaway Spot

Galveston near Houston

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The historic beach town of Galveston is a captivating place. A favorite weekend getaway spot among Houstanians, this town has something to offer to everyone - beach goers, nature lovers, foodies, families as well as history enthusiasts! Boasting of one of the best beaches in Texas, Galveston is ideal for beach bums looking to lounge on the sand and catch some tan for the weekend. 

Do not forget to explore the Moody Gardens! Housing three eye-catching pyramids, each of which transports you into different worlds- from rainforests to underwater ecosystems to interactive exhibits, this is a must-visit place in Galveston! Apart from this, there are plenty of other attractions and food joints which will keep you busy throughout the weekend. 

Things to do- Visit Moody Gardens, have fun at the beach, hangout on Galveston’s famous Seawall, catch a show at The Grand 1894 Opera House, visit the Texas Seaport Museum and the Elissa and explore the island’s historic neighborhoods.

Best Time to Visit- March to May

Ideal For- Youngsters and Couples

Distance from Nearest City- Approximately 51 miles from Houston

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2. Athens – The Best Place for Outdoor Fun

Athens near Dallas

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One of the most preferred weekend getaways from Dallas, the city of Athens boasts of a rustic charm that is quite rare in the US. Offering umpteen number of opportunities to explore the outdoors, this pedestrian-friendly town features many interesting shops, cafes and galleries. 

The farmer’s market at Athens is one of the star attractions of this place- featuring gorgeous local produce, fresh veggies and meat, this market is a dream-come-true for all the foodies and cooks. Also, do not miss out on the opportunity to have a blast at the Athens Scuba Park that allows you to dive into the cool waters of the Athens Lake- the lake which is considered to be one of the best lakes in Texas

Things to do- Enjoy at the Athens Scuba Park, shop at the farmer’s market, visit the Cain Park and Cain Center, chill at Lake Athens, spend some time at the East Texas Arboretum & Botanical Society and explore the Henderson County Historical Museum.

Best Time to Visit- March to May and September to November

Ideal For- Families and Nature Enthusiasts

Distance from Nearest City- Approximately 72 miles from Dallas

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3. Wimberley - Best for Romantic Getaways in Texas

Wimberley - weekend trip from Austin

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Looking for relaxing weekend getaway ideas in Texas? If yes, then a visit to the quaint Texas Hill Country village of Wimberley is all you need to rejuvenate your soul and freshen up your mind! With plenty of sightseeing and hiking opportunities, Wimberley bestows you with a chance to switch off from the busy city life and spend some time in the lap of nature.

Featuring some of the most romantic cabins in Texas, Wimberley is perfect for spending some quiet and dreamy time with bae. Also, there a few charming restaurants, wineries and old-fashioned eateries dotting this village which are ideal for a quixotic dinner date with your loved one. All-in-all, this small town in Texas is one delightful spot for a weekend getaway! 

Things to do- Explore the Jacob’s Well Natural Area, have a fun-filled time at the zip-line adventures, visit the Wimberley Glassworks, take a nature hike at Blue Hole Regional Park, have a romantic time at the Emily Ann Theater Trail of Lights and book a cozy cabin and relax by the fire indoors.

Best Time to Visit- Throughout the year

Ideal For- Couples 

Distance from Nearest City- Approximately 37 miles from Austin

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4. Brazos Bend State Park - The Ultimate Weekend Camping Destination

Brazos Bend State Park - camping spot near Houston

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A favorite camping spot among locals as well as tourists, Brazos Bend State Park is a popular pick on the list of weekend getaways from Houston. Large number of hike and bike trails, fishing holes and horseback riding opportunities add to the beauty of this park while the breathtaking views and the presence of diverse flora and fauna makes this an attractive option for fun weekend trips.  

There are primitive as well as luxury camping options available at the Brazos Bend State Park in addition to the screened shelters and limited-service cabins with air conditioning. Also worth a mention is the nature center and observatory that is housed in this park – it confers you with the prospect of getting to know more about the ecosystem of this park. A word of caution- do not forget to keep a lookout for reptiles as you traverse through the trails because this place is teeming with crocodiles!

Things to do- Hiking, biking, fishing, camping, bird-watching and horseback riding. 

Best Time to Visit- April and May

Ideal For- Nature and Wildlife Enthusiasts

Distance from Nearest City- Approximately 45 miles from Houston

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5. Jefferson - The Bed and Breakfast Capital of East Texas

Jefferson - family vacation spot

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Popularly known as the "Bed and Breakfast Capital of East Texas,” Jefferson County is a melting pot of scenic spots, historically significant places, antique shops and places of immense natural beauty. 

Perfect for family vacations in Texas on a budget, Jefferson has a huge plethora of affordable bed-and-breakfast options to choose from. This is one place where you can make the most of all sorts of modes of transport - From train rides, horse drawn carriage rides to riverboat rides, bicycle rides

Things to do- Boat, fish and hike it the Caddo Lake State Park, take a magical ride through the scenic Big Cypress Bayou woods aboard the Historic Jefferson Railway, explore the Jefferson Historical Museum, Museum of Measurement and Time, Scarlett O’Hardy’s Gone with the Wind Museum and stay at a cozy bed-and-breakfast place.

Best Time to Visit- Throughout the year

Ideal For- Families and couples

Distance from Nearest City- Approximately 166 miles from Dallas 

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6. Marfa - The Land of Mysterious Floating Lights

Marfa - take a road trip from Austin

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The small desert city of Marfa is an ultimate destination for weekend road trips in Texas. Positioned in the high plains of the Chihuahuan desert, it is a secluded spot that instantly rewards you with a feeling of solitude and peace.

The primary attraction here is the mysterious phenomenon of "Marfa Lights," which are enigmatic glowing white, blue, yellow, red colored orbs which appear out of nowhere in the desert! These lights, which hover, merge, twinkle, split into two, flicker, float up into the air or dart quickly across Mitchell Flat, appear almost every night and have perplexed the scientists for a long time.

Things to do- View the Marfa Lights at the Marfa Lights Viewing Area, visit museums, art galleries, wineries and the Cowboy Hall of Fame.

Best Time to Visit- Autumn and Spring

Ideal For- Youngsters

Distance from Nearest City- Approximately 430 miles from Austin

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7. San Antonio – Lively River-walks, Stone Bridges and Dining Under the Stars

San Antonio - weekend destination from Austin

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A beautiful riverbed lined with charming open-air restaurants and decorated with thousands of twinkling fairy-lights welcomes you to the delightful city of San Antonio. Serene moonlight strolls along this Riverwalk which take you under the scenic stone bridges and through the make-shift markets is an experience that nobody should miss out on. 

Due to the proximity with the Mexican border, this place is also great to hog on some delicious traditional Tex-Mex food. San Antonio is also one of the most famous kid-friendly weekend getaway spots in Texas, thanks to the San Antonio Sea World which impresses the kids as well as the teens. One of the most popular weekend getaways in Texas, the city of San Antonio ensures that every person who comes here has a dazzling time. 

Things to do -  Stroll along the San Antonio Riverwalk after nightfall, explore the Mission Concepcion, have an interesting time at the San Antonio Museum of Art, catch stunning views of downtown San Antonio from the 750-foot-tall Tower of the Americas and go for a safari at the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch. Book tours and activities in San Antonio in advance.

Best Time to Visit- November to April

Ideal For- Families and Couples

Distance from Nearest City- Approximately 80 miles from Austin

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8. Salado - The Quintessential Texan Art Town

Salado near Austin

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Picturesque shops, lively water gardens and effervescent carriage tours await you at the archetypal art town of Salado in Texas. Nestled among the rolling hills of stunning Central Texas, Salado boasts of a compelling history and culture. 

With numerous recreational options, this lonely little town is ideal for unwinding and escaping from the daily monotony of the routine. You can either roam around the town and soak in the Texan culture or simply book a cozy place to stay and relax indoors. Either way, Salado is perfect for family weekend getaways in Texas.

Things to do- Tour art galleries and museums, attend tastings at a local craft brewery, enjoy live music and enjoy delicious food at barbecue joints.  

Best Time to Visit- Winters

Ideal For- Families

Distance from Nearest City- Approximately 50 miles from Austin

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9. Fort Worth - The City of Cowboys and Culture

Fort Worth - day trip from Dallas

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One of Texas’ biggest tourist attractions, the bustling city of Fort Worth boasts of every trait which lends the state its typical character. So, from rodeo shows to cowboy outfits, Fort Worth reminds you of the 19th Century Texas. On a weekend be a part of many interesting things to do in Fort Worth.

The old-world charm of the stockyards is nicely juxtaposed with the modern museums, cafes, bars, shopping arenas and plazas which dot this city. So, if you are looking for weekend getaway ideas near Dallas, you know which place to head to!

Things to do- Catch a game of Rodeo, sample some scrumptious Mexican food, explore the famous stockyards of Fort Worth, visit the Kimbell Art Museum, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Zoo and the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District.

Best Time to Visit- September to November

Ideal For- Families and Youngsters

Distance from Nearest City- Approximately 32 miles from Dallas

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10. Terrell - Preferred Place for Leisurely Escapades 

Terrell near Dallas

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The historically and culturally rich city of Terrell is full of leisure opportunities which leave the visitors spoilt for choice. From ghost walks, Victorian and Revival era homes, WWII memorabilia to a historic downtown shopping district, good fishing opportunities and several ranches – Terrell is indeed a perfect weekend getaway spot in Texas.

The #1 British Flying Training School is a must-visit place when in this neighborhood. History buffs and aviation enthusiasts rejoice as this museum houses over hundreds of historical items tell the story of how pilots were trained here during the WWII. 

Things to do- Visit the No. 1 British Flying Training School Museum, take part in the spooky ghost walk, get adventurous at the Clear Springs Scuba Park, relax at the Outlaws Saloon, curl up with a book at the Books and Crannies and have an interesting time at the Terrell History Museum. 

Best Time to Visit- Throughout the year

Ideal For- College Students and History Buffs

Distance from Nearest City- Approximately 35 miles From Dallas

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11. Texas Wine Country – Drink and Make Merry!

Texas Wine Country - explore wineries near Houston

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Sitting along a small stretch of Highway 290, the Texas Wine Country tells a story of Texas’ wine production history. Spend the weekend exploring some of the grandest wineries and vineyards of the country and sampling some of the finest wines that the state has to offer. 

Indulge in a tram ride through the grounds and on a tour of the production facilities at the Grape Creek Vineyards when you visit this place. Apart from wine-tasting, shopping, relaxing spas and historical sites are some other options you can explore when you are in the Fredericksburg town of the Texas Wine Country

Things to do- Wine Tasting, tours of wineries and vineyards and shopping

Best Time to Visit- Fall and Spring

Ideal For- Families

Distance from Nearest City- Approximately 240 miles from Houston

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12. Enchanted Rock State Natural Area - Outdoorsy People’s Paradise

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

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Housing an enormous pink granite rock as its center, the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area in Texas is perfect for a fun weekend trip with your buddies if you are of the outdoorsy kind. Featuring many recreational activities such as hiking, camping, and rock climbing, this park is a great place to unwind and chill.

If you are not into adventure activities, you can still find tons of other things to do in this place- from birdwatching and stargazing to simply relaxing in the nature’s company. 

Things to do- Hiking, rock climbing, backpacking, stargazing and camping

Best Time to Visit- Winters

Ideal For- Outdoorsy people

Distance from Nearest City- Approximately 95 miles from Austin

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Craving for a break before the Monday-blues hit again? Grab your backpacks, fill up your gas tanks and off you go to these fabulous spots for the ultimate weekend getaways in Texas!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
MEGHANA AGASHE MEGHANA AGASHE

Oscillating between reality and day-dreaming, Meghana is a journalist by education and a travel-blogger by profession. The eternal love for exploring different places and cuisines, the urge to interact with people across cultures and the thirst for adventures is what drew her to the world of travel. An effervescent and a happy-go-lucky person who draws inspiration from the world of books and movies, she believes in mostly following her heart and very rarely, her brain! One moment you might find her curled up with a book and a cup of coffee while in the next, she might be reaching out for her keys and heading for a road-trip. Unpredictability is something that defines her the best and her sensitive nature juxtaposing with her ambitious attitude, makes her a contradiction of all sorts.

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