What are the best day trips near Dallas?

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Dana Damato

Dallas has an endless amount of activities, whether you’re a visitor or a local. Dallas can easily attract a variety of individuals depending on what that person enjoys for a day trip — whether you work out, enjoy nature, love the nightlife or attend sporting events, there's something for you. Here are a few day-trip ideas.

If you’re the athletic type that enjoys a good run outdoors, Katy Trail is just the place to go. Run through the historic and woodsy trails in the heart of Dallas at Katy Trail. When your run is finishing up, stop by the Katy Trail Ice House to re-fuel at one of Dallas’ most famous restaurants.

If you’re looking to throw on a jersey and root on a team with an ice-cold beer, try catching one of Dallas’ many sporting events. Home to the Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars, this town is full of pro sports games.

Love to try local food? The Dallas Farmer’s Market is a huge hit in the area. Open seven days a week, 362 days a year, the Dallas Farmer’s Market sells fresh produce right onsite. You can find the best and freshest foods and goods at the market.

Quia Querisma

A nice aspect of Dallas is that if you drive an hour or so outside of city limits, it feels as if you’re in a completely different place. The Lone Star State is full of rolling green space—farm land, nature preserves and parks. Possum Kingdom State Park is three hours west of Downtown. The rustic oasis is open year-round, seven days a week. Visitors can enjoy hiking, biking, camping and picnics, along with a host of water activities and fishing on Possum Kingdom Lake.

For the folks who want to do some shopping and enjoy a bit of country charm, head to First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas. Just an hour east of Downtown, this historic flea market dates back to the 1850s when townspeople came to the square to conduct business, sell and trade their wares, and watch court proceedings. As the years passed the market outgrew the square and was no longer relegated to only the first Monday of the month. The event still maintains its historic name but the flea market is open Thursday through Sunday before the first Monday of the month. It’s open to the public 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The market is accessible by a whopping four exits on I-20 and is filled with handmade wares, crafts, gifts, furniture, food and more.

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