Fun Staycation Ideas in DFW

You don’t have to venture far from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex to get into a vacation frame of mind. Check out this blog post for some of the best staycation ideas in DFW — whether you’re looking for some excitement or you want to unwind.

Any time is a good time to have a staycation in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The Metroplex is packed with exciting events, activities, and places to stay. No need to book a flight to some far-flung destination — there are fun times to be had close to home. Here’s a look at some of the area’s hottest staycation ideas.

Great Wolf Lodge

Whether you and your family are up for some swirling, sloshing fun in the massive indoor water park or some high-intensity games in the family friendly arcade, you’ll find something to love at Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine. It’s easily one of DFW’s best staycation spots. You can stay in cabin-inspired rooms and cap off a busy day with a bedtime story by the Texas-sized fireplace in the Grand Lobby.

Mainstay Farm

Head out to Mainstay Farm in Cleburne for an action-packed day of all kinds of outdoor activities: ziplining, duck racing, fishing, and even careening down a 100-foot super-schute slide in a burlap sack. If that’s not good, clean Texas fun, what is?

Medieval Times

The Medieval Times castle in Dallas has all the makings for a majestic staycation experience: knights, horses, wenches, and a falcon that flies around the amazingly large performance venue. If you want to amp up your usual night out, this is the way to go. You get a full-course dinner (that you eat with your hands — no cutlery) and an exciting performance. Oh, and everybody gets to wear a cool crown. Kids love that part.

SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium

Check out SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium in the heart of the Metroplex for a fun, family friendly staycation. This 45,000-square-foot aquarium is packed with more than 30 exhibits featuring over 5,000 sea creatures. Some of the highlights of this gem tucked inside Grapevine Mills Mall include touch pools and a 360-degree shark tunnel.

The Joule Hotel

If you want a staycation that’s a little less playful and a lot more posh, hop on over to The Joule Hotel in downtown Dallas. It’s one of the city’s best boutique hotels complete with a state-of-the-art gym and daily yoga classes. Plus, it’s only steps away from the flagship Neiman Marcus store — because every staycay should include a little shopping.

You don’t have to venture far from your DFW home to feel like you’re on vacation. Give one of these ideas a whirl to get into a vacation state of mind without ever leaving Dallas-Fort Worth.

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Audrey Sellers is an award-winning, Dallas-based writer and editor with a background in marketing and promotions. She’s a former magazine editor turned blogger who’s a pro at crafting all kinds of engaging content: blog posts, case studies, feature stories, social media content, and more. When her fingers aren’t flying on her laptop, she’s busy not relaxing with her husband and two young kids.

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