Your Guide to Must Do Dallas Day Trips

Looking to escape the city and travel, but only have a day? Here we have rounded up some fun and simple Dallas day trips.


Bonjour from Paris! Paris, Texas, that is. A small town located less than two hours northeast from Dallas makes Paris the perfect spot for a day trip. While in Paris, you can check out the Eiffel Tower. A miniature version of the Eiffel Tower includes a cowboy hat on top. Before you leave the city, stopping by the city square to check out the antique shops is also a must.

Dinosaur Valley State Park

Dinosaur Valley State Park

Want to walk in a dinosaur’s footprints? You will have to check out Dinosaur Valley State Park. This day trip location is an hour and a half from Dallas. At this state park, you can put your feet where actual dinosaurs were discovered. There are also 20 miles of trails to explore. At this park, you can even camp, picnic, mountain bike, swim, fish and enjoy the wildlife. Check out more at

Ham Orchards

There is truly nothing like Texas peaches in the summer, which makes Ham Orchard an excellent choice for a day trip. Located in Terrell, about 45 minutes from Dallas, this orchard has been growing peaches since 1979. They don’t just have peaches; they also have a farm to market store and award-winning BBQ. After you pick up some fresh peaches, you can take pictures in front of their painted peach wall. Learn more at

Drive-In Movies

Less of a day trip and more of a nighttime activity is going to an old fashioned drive-in. There are two located in the DFW area. First is Galaxy Drive-In offering 7 different feature movies, 7 days a week. Located 45 minutes south of Dallas, Galaxy is the perfect activity for a summer night in Texas. To learn more about the feature films, check out their website at Next is Coyote Drive-In. They offer 4 different feature films in the heart of Ft. Worth. To learn more, check out their website at


Jefferson is a small historic Texas town on the Texas Louisiana border. There are lots of things to do to occupy your time in Jefferson. Jefferson is home to The Grove; a historic house said to be one of Texas’s most haunted properties. After a haunted tour, you can check out the water on a swamp tour, visit the Gone With The Wind Museum, or take a bike ride through town to look at the historic homes. Before you leave town, be sure to stop at Jefferson General Store for some ice cream, 5 cent coffee, and souvenirs. Learn more about everything Jefferson has to offer for your next day trip at

Dallas Art

Finally, if traveling outside of the city isn’t in your plans, check out “Dallas: Art Outdoors.” Staffers from the Dallas Museum of Art have rounded up a list of 13 works of art around Dallas. The guide gives you everything you need to know about the artists, location, and more in-depth information about each work’s historical context. Driving around Dallas to look at art is the perfect way to have a socially distanced day trip activity. For more information, check out the guide.

To keep up with all things travel in Texas you can watch The Daytripper at 10 a.m. on Saturdays on KERA-TV or visit

Whatever kind of activity you are looking to do, The DFW area offers plenty of day trips to keep you entertained all summer long.