While we have some notable fun stuff to do in the Fort (Panther Island, Burger’s Lake, or the Trinity Trails, anyone?), sometimes you want to get off the asphalt and away from town.
There is an impressive variety of state parks within a 90-mile radius. If you plan to visit more than one this summer, buying a $70 Texas State Parks Pass may save you money on admission.
Cedar Hill State Park (1570 W FM 1382, Cedar Hill) is a source of a lot of geocaching fun, and there’s a little gravel beach if you feel like a dip in Joe Pool Lake. Two fishing jetties and four hikeable, bikeable trails from half a mile to 10 miles around will launch your family members off their cellphones and into nature. If you prefer a grassy beach, nearby Loyd Park (3401 Ragland Rd, Grand Prairie) has one, along with some picnic tables, rustic cabins, and an 18-room lodge with AC, Wi-Fi, and satellite TV if you’re more in to glamping than camping.