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Texas Prairies and Lakes

Texas Prairies and Lakes

The Texas Prairies and Lakes Region is a diverse place with much to offer, from the fast-paced cosmopolitan excitement of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex to its beautiful lakes and laid-back country lifestyles found throughout the region. Discover the excitement of the Texas Prairies and Lakes region.

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(Addison) - Addison is a thriving community with fabulous restaurants and shops, world-class events, and unique amenities that offers easy access to Dallas and Fort Worth.


(Allen) - Allen is a Dallas suburb with fantastic shopping and dining, exciting action sports, world-class arts and culture, and family-friendly annual events.

American Heroes: A Salute to Veterans in The Colony - NOVEMBER

(The Colony) - Honor America’s heroes with a family-friendly festival commemorating service members and first responders. American Heroes: A Salute to Veterans is a weekend of celebration with activities for all ages at The Colony Five Star Complex.


(Arlington) - Welcome to Arlington, a World of Wonderful! Arlington is home to world-class sports teams, incredible year-round events and affordable fun for the whole family.


(Athens) - Experience Athens, a small town big on southern hospitality nestled among the thick forests, rolling hills, and bountiful lakes of the Texas Piney Woods.

Austin County

(Sealy) - Enjoy small-town charm and authentic Texas adventure when you visit Austin County, home to the cities of Bellville, Sealy, San Felipe, Industry, Wallis, and more.

Bastrop County

(Bastrop) - The cities of Elgin, Bastrop and Smithville make up Bastrop County, a fun-filled area with beautiful state parks, excellent shopping and dining, and more.


(Belton) - Belton is a charming town with two beautiful lakes, world famous barbecue, friendly people, and a lovely historic downtown area.

Brazos Valley Museum Collective

(College Station) - The Brazos Valley Museum Collective is a group of museums and galleries in College Station exhibiting natural, presidential, military and other historical pieces.

Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra

(College Station) - Conduct the perfect Texas vacation, weekend getaway, or evening out at the Brazos Symphony Orchestra. In a-chord with the highest musical standards and dignified productions, you will feel movements of inspiration, captivation, and delight coursing through your inner landscapes. Audiences come in anticipation, and always leave with greater joy than when they arrived.

Brazos Valley Worldfest in College Station - OCTOBER

(College Station) - The Brazos Valley Worldfest is a popular College Station event held in November that celebrates international cultures with cuisine and entertainment.


(Brenham) - From fields of vibrant bluebonnets to chilled scoops of Blue Bell ice cream, much of what defines Texas awaits when you visit Brenham and Washington County.


(Bryan) - Embark on a journey to the “heart and soul of the Texas Triangle.” Destination Bryan offers Southern hospitality in a charming small-town setting for visitors interested in a thriving community filled with rich history and diverse culture. Located in East Texas, travelers will find tranquility and fulfillment in the variety of outdoor recreation and fun-filled activities within this beautiful destination.

Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Fort Worth

(Fort Worth) - Tour the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Fort Worth to see billions of dollars being printed and discover the history behind the printing process.


(Cameron) - Cameron is a charming city in central Texas with beautiful parks, rich history, excellent dining, and friendly people. Visit Hometown, Texas today!

Cameron Park Zoo in Waco

(Waco) - Discover the Cameron Park Zoo in Waco, Texas. Home to over 1,700 animals from all over the world, the Cameron Park Zoo is situated on 52 acres of lush landscaping and beautiful animal habitats.


(Canton) - Visit Canton for its world-famous First Monday Trade Days, its top-class golf courses, and its downtown area full of one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants.

Cavalry Court | College Station

(College Station) - Cavalry Court’s luxuriously appointed rooms and upscale amenities have earned this pet-friendly boutique hotel in College Station, Texas, a Trip Advisor “Travelers’ Choice Award” every year since 2020. Plan your own 5-star stay today!

Cedar Hill

(Cedar Hill) - Visit Cedar Hill to experience some of the best birding in Texas, hike in Cedar Hill State Park, fish in Joe Pool Lake, and bike the many trails in the city.

City of Farmers Branch

(Farmers Branch) - It’s little wonder why Farmers Branch is nicknamed ‘The City in a Park.’ With more than 30 award-winning parks, a faithfully cared for community garden, and a variety of rose gardens with walking trails, this vibrant, growing town is teeming with life.


(Cleburne) - The city of Cleburne, Texas, offers ample outdoor fun, a fascinating history, a thriving arts scene, and unique museums just 30 miles south of Fort Worth.

College Station

(College Station) - College Station is an exciting tourist destination with great shopping and dining, lovely outdoor spaces, and all the draws of Texas A&M University.


(Columbus) - Columbus is known as the “Home of Live Oaks and Live Folks”, a motto that has stayed true in describing both the timeless natural beauty of town as well as the vibrant hospitality of its inhabitants. Located 70 miles west of Houston, 125 miles east of San Antonio and 87 miles south of Austin, Columbus is a relaxing small-town sanctuary just at the edge of the cities.

Copperas Cove

(Copperas Cove ) - Copperas Cove is a friendly community offering visitors a scenic retreat for biking, golfing, and other outdoor activities in lovely Central Texas.


(Corsicana) - Visit Corsicana for its romantic red-brick streets, remarkable museums, and top-class shopping and dining, all located just an hour's drive from Dallas.


(Cuero) - Visit Cuero, Texas and experience one of the “Coolest Small Towns in America” by enjoying the Guadalupe River, Texas wildflowers, and Cuero Turkeyfest.


(Dallas) - Dallas, Texas offers visitors a unique combination of attractions, accommodations, dining, nightlife, sightseeing, shopping and hospitality not found anywhere else. Tourist and visitor information.

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

(Dallas) - Explore the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, a world-class oasis featuring finely manicured gardens, dining, and events including Dallas Blooms.

Dallas-Fort Worth Area

(Grapevine) - Welcome to the Dallas/Fort Worth Area - the Destination for Great Family Fun! You are sure to enjoy exploring the region and discovering hidden treasures and fantastic sights at every turn. Come experience the D/FW area for yourself and take home a lifetime of memories.


(Denison) - Experience Denison, Texas, a charming North Texas town home to the 89,000-acre Lake Texoma and the proud birthplace of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.


(Denton) - Make your next stop Denton! With 300 acres of open space, unique restaurants and shopping, craft breweries and bars, and vibrant downtown, Denton is the perfect destination for your next weekend getaway.

Denton Firefighters’ Museum

(Denton) - The Denton Firefighters’ Museum takes visitors on a journey to honor brave firefighters both past and present.


(DeSoto) - Visit DeSoto, Texas, and you'll discover an abundance of small-town charm, gorgeous updated parks, and a spectacular location in the Dallas and Fort Worth Area.

Dr Pepper Museum in Waco

(Waco) - The Dr Pepper Museum in Waco details the history of the soft drink industry, with rare memorabilia, amazing demos, a soda shop, gift shop, and more.


(Early) - Visit Early, Texas, for friendly hospitality and stellar hunting & fishing. Attractions include Lake Brownwood, Spirit of Texas Winery, and The Hideout Golf Club.


(Ennis) - Visit Ennis, the Official Bluebonnet City of Texas and home of the Texas Motorplex, Czech Music Festival, National Polka Festival, and Bardwell Lake.

Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark in Grand Prairie

(Grand Prairie) - Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark is an 80,000-square foot, resort-styled, indoor-outdoor waterpark in the heart of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex located in EpicCentral, the premier entertainment district of Grand Prairie.

Fort Worth

(Fort Worth) - Road Trip it to Fort Worth for BIG 12 Football! Head to Fort Worth this fall to cheer on the TCU Horned Frogs. Come for a game and stay for a weekend of fun!

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

(Glen Rose) - Explore Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas, a 1,800-acre wildlife preserve where 1,100 rare and endangered animals roam free in natural habitats.


(Frisco) - Frisco Entertainment for the whole team? Game on! From food and family fun to shopping and sports, in Frisco, you’ll find the perfect line-up of amenities and attractions for your next getaway.


(Garland) - Visit Garland for its quaint downtown full of one-of-a-kind shops, local breweries and eateries, thriving arts scene, and abundance of outdoor adventures.

Garland Landmark Museum at Heritage Crossing

(Garland) - Heritage Crossing is four quadrants of land at the intersection of Sixth and Walnut Streets in Downtown Garland.

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

(College Station) - Discover the life and career of the 41st President of the United States, George Bush, at the George Bush Presidential Library & Museum in College Station.

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas

(Dallas) - Visit the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas to experience one of the presidential libraries in Texas for yourself and learn U.S. history.

GOGO Charters Brenham

(Brenham) - Planning a group trip in Texas? GOGO Charters Brenham has got you covered! With a wide selection of bus options for all party sizes and all occasions, take a look at the variety of buses, special amenities, and conveniences GOGO Charters has to offer here.

GOGO Charters Dallas

(Dallas) - If you’re planning a trip to Texas for a group, check out GOGO Charters Dallas for all your transportation needs, including charter buses and minibuses.


(Gonzales) - Explore Texas history in Gonzales, the birthplace of the Texas Revolution. Museums, historical sites, and beautiful scenery make Gonzales a great place to visit.


(Graham) - Visit Graham, Texas, home to unique shops, restaurants, museums, and historical sites; beautiful lakes; and the largest downtown square in America.


(Granbury) - An unexpected jewel awaits you nestled in the heart of the Brazos River Valley alongside Lake Granbury. For romance, a family get-away, or groups, Granbury, Texas offers a wide variety of unique accommodations, attractions and entertainment. Get Away to Granbury... Your Not So Far Away Getaway.

Grand Prairie

(Grand Prairie) - Visit Grand Prairie and you’ll discover a fantastic family vacation destination with beautiful parks, great shopping and entertainment, and exciting events.

GrapeFest in Grapevine - SEPTEMBER

(Grapevine) - GrapeFest in Grapevine is a four-day wine-tasting event with live music, carnival rides and games, arts, crafts, and food vendors, shopping, and more.


(Grapevine) - A wealth of wineries, a charming downtown with numerous shops and restaurants, and the scenic Lake Grapevine are just a few of the reasons to visit Grapevine.

Grapevine Vintage Railroad

(Grapevine) - All aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, a 1920’s-era train that runs between Grapevine and the historic Fort Worth Stockyards or the Trinity River area.


(Greenville) - Visit Greenville and you will find the charm of Northeast Texas - with a twist! This town is home to a public art program, award-winning winery, and so much more.

Harker Heights

(Harker Heights) - Known as the “Bright Star of Central Texas,” Harker Heights welcomes visitors with beautiful scenery, friendly people, great food, and plenty of shopping. It’s a fabulous place to enjoy nature, explore engaging attractions, and spend a relaxing weekend getaway.

Heritage Farmstead Museum

(Plano) - Experience life in the early 20th century in North Texas at the Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano, the premier living history attraction in the Dallas area.

Hotel Drover in Fort Worth

(Fort Worth) - Hotel Drover in Fort Worth, outdoor oasis, with a heated pool, fire pits, creekside seating, lawn games, and a live music stage.


(Irving) - Championship golf courses, historic homes, running trails, and museums abound in Irving, a family-friendly Texas destination in the heart of the DFW area.

Irving Archives & Museum

(Irving) - Irving Archives and Museum (IAM) is the hub of Irving’s four museums – start your exploration here!

Irving Arts Center

(Irving) - The performing and fine arts community in Irving welcomed a new home in 1990 with the completion of the Irving Arts Center. The Arts Center's 10-acre complex, nestled in the heart of Dallas-Fort Worth, features two fully-equipped theaters; four galleries; meeting, classroom, reception and rehearsal facilities; and a verdant sculpture garden. The Arts Center - a department of the City of Irving - was designed to accommodate a wide range of cultural and civic needs.


(Killeen) - Killeen, Texas, is known as the neighbor of Fort Hood. But this town has much more than that. Great golf, two huge lakes, and cultural activities abound here.

La Grange

(La Grange, ) - La Grange, Texas, is a festive and alluring town with plenty of compelling historical places, unique attractions, and much to see, do, and experience.

Lake Whitney

(Whitney) - The Lake Whitney area is the Getaway Capital of Texas, featuring fun and exciting activities on beautiful Lake Whitney and in the surrounding communities.


(Lewisville) - Lewisville, a dynamic suburb of Dallas, is home to the largest lake in the area, historic Old Town with unique entertainment and dining options, and an urban wilderness for outdoor adventures.


(McKinney) - Recently named Money Magazine's best place to live in America, McKinney is a thriving, diverse cultural center with deep Texas roots.


(Mesquite) - Experience real Texas flavor in Mesquite, home to fantastic shopping and dining, rodeo events, historical sites, and art exhibits and performances.

Messina Hof Winery

(Bryan) - Sip on some of the best wines in Texas and go behind the scenes at Messina Hof Winery, an award-winning winery with locations in Bryan, Fredericksburg, and Grapevine.

Museum of the American G.I. in College Station

(College Station) - The Museum of the American G.I. in College Station houses restored classic military vehicles, and is the home of the exciting Living History Weekend.


(Navasota) - Known as the Blues Capital of Texas, Navasota is packed with arts, music, history, natural beauty, and a lively downtown. Located 70 miles from Houston and just 30 minutes from College Station, Navasota is a terrific place to sample the sights, sounds, and flavors of southeast Texas.


(Nocona) - Nocona, known for its leather industry, is a Texas destination you will want to visit that has plenty of enjoyment and attractions to fill up your weekend.

North Texas Fair & Rodeo - AUGUST

(Denton) - Experience first-rate country music and rodeo action at the North Texas Fair & Rodeo in Denton, one of the top events in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area.


(Paris) - Visit Paris, Texas, a charming town with great shopping and dining, fun annual events, a rich heritage, and its very own Eiffel Tower.


(Plano) - Plano is a thriving business and tourism center with beautiful parks, world-class restaurants, hundreds of places to shop, and exciting annual events.


(Rockdale) - Centered in the heart of Texas, amid the Post Oak Prairie, Rockdale is a convenient stop to stretch your legs, stay the night and enjoy a bit of Texas history.


(Rockwall) - A lively music scene, great shops and fine restaurants, a charming downtown, and a gorgeous lake are the top reasons you should visit Rockwall, Texas.

Round Top

(Round Top ) - This historical treasure is at once charming in its authenticity and an exciting place to experience fully. What could be a sleepy, don’t blink or you’ll miss it point in the road has become a destination and center for arts and diverse fun.


(Salado) - When you visit the Village of Salado, Texas, you’ll find art galleries, a craft brewery, unique bars, parks, museums, and the beautiful Salado Creek.

Salado Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering - MAY

(Salado) - Modeled after the Texas Cowboy Gathering in Alpine, Texas, the goal of the Salado Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering will be to give our entertainers an opportunity to share their many talents. All are now or have been in the past, a part of the working cowboy environment.


(Seguin) - Visit Seguin, the Pecan Capital of Texas, to explore its charming downtown, discover its history, try local beer and wine, and enjoy its natural beauty.


(Sherman) - Sherman is an ideal blend of town and country: First-class services, shopping, recreation and accomodations; all at a leisurely pace and welcoming atmosphere.

Somervell County

(Glen Rose) - Somervell County is a quaint north central Texas town known as the Dinosaur Capital of Texas. Discover ancient footprints, enjoy the great outdoors, and more here.

State Fair of Texas in Dallas

(Dallas) - Experience the State Fair of Texas in Dallas, a 24-day showcase of Texas tradition that features concerts, Midway rides and games, and spectacular cuisine.


(Stephenville) - Visit Stephenville, Texas, for iconic Lone Star experiences in the “Cowboy Capital of the World,” from rodeos to Larry Joe Taylor’s Texas Music Festival.

Sue S. Bancroft Women's Leadership Hall

(Denton) - Take your professional career and your life goals to the next level at the Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership in Denton, TX. Dedication and commitment to the success of women in business, politics, and community makes it one of the most unique educational institutes in all of Texas. Read on to learn more.


(Temple) - Temple's interesting history, top-class performing arts, and outdoor attractions, set on a backdrop of gently-rolling hills, make it a great place to visit.


(Terrell) - Spend a weekend getaway in Terrell; see historic sites, a vibrant downtown, shop in charming boutiques and enjoy global cuisine and crafty cocktails in the many restaurants and bars.

Texas Renaissance Festival - OCTOBER ~ NOVEMBER

(Todd Mission) - Eat, drink, and be merry at the Texas Renaissance Festival in Todd Mission, TX! Embark on an enchanted journey into the Nation’s Largest Renaissance Festival for 9 weekends in October through November, and experience entertainment, food, drink, vendors, and games. From bagpipes to belly dancers, you will not want to miss this medieval celebration!

Texas State Parks near Dallas

(Austin) - Eisenhower State Park, Lake Arrowhead State Park, and Lake Mineral Wells State Park are among the many beautiful Texas state parks near Dallas and Fort Worth.

Texas Storytelling Festival - MARCH

(Denton) - Everyone loves a good story, and the Texas Storytelling Festival offers just the right story for everyone. This year’s event will be hosted virtually, giving you the opportunity to hear these tales while sitting in the comfort of your living room.

Texas Zoofari Park

(Kaufman) - Visit Texas Zoofari Park in Kaufman, TX for a family-friendly day exploring dozens of species and hundreds of animals. From endangered Grevy's zebras and llamas to camels and giraffes, there is a ton of wildlife to see and experience!

Texican Court | Irving

(Irving) - Why settle for the ordinary when you can stay at Texican Court? This pet-friendly boutique hotel in Irving, Texas, blends a retro style motor inn with a hacienda. The laid-back getaway includes an outdoor pool, on-site cantina and tequila bar, and live music on weekends.

The Christmas Capital of Texas in Grapevine - NOVEMBER ~ DECEMBER

(Grapevine) - Celebrate the holidays in Grapevine, the Christmas Capital of Texas, with live concerts, parades, train rides, snow tubing, classic movies, and more.

The Colony

(The Colony) - Visit The Colony and enjoy Lewisville Lake, nature trails, golf courses, and the nation’s largest home furnishings store – Nebraska Furniture Mart.

The Escape Game Grapevine

(Grapevine) - Ready to escape the ordinary and put your super sleuth powers to work? Immerse yourself in one of four themed adventures at The Escape Game Grapevine. Channel your inner detective to find clues, solve puzzles, and crack codes as you race the clock!

The Escape Game The Colony

(The Colony) - Are you looking for a family-friendly activity, a one-of-a-kind date night, or a game night with friends? Look no further than The Escape Game in The Colony. No matter which scenario you pick, you’ll step out of the ordinary and into an adventure!

The George | College Station

(College Station) - The George, a boutique hotel in Century Square, immerses guests in the history of College Station and pays tribute to famous “Georges.” The Texas-inspired design, luxurious guest rooms, and impeccable service make your stay unforgettable

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

(Dallas) - The award-winning Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas preserves thousands of pieces of history related to the life and death of President John F. Kennedy.


(Waco) - Visit Waco, a thriving college town that offers southern hospitality, beautiful scenery, terrific shopping and dining, fascinating museums, and a National Monument.

Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site

(Washington) - Experience Texas history at Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site, home to Independence Hall, the Star of the Republic Museum, and the Barrington Living History Farm.


(Waxahachie) - Waxahachie is a delightful North Texas town full of enchanting historic buildings, a robust cultural scene, and plenty of ways to enjoy the great outdoors.