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Best Getaways For Parents Near DFW

Not every getaway is family friendly and not every getaway is meant for children. So parents, here are a few kid-friendly and also kid-free ideas for getaways not far from Dallas/Fort Worth. Many of these ideas can work for parents with children in tow and for parents who are on their own, with just a small tweaking of the itinerary.
Lofthaven - Cypress Valley
1223 S. Paleface RR
Spicewood, TX 78669
(512) 264-8880

Imagine waking up in the morning to coffee on a wraparound porch. Now imagine that wraparound porch encircling a cypress tree. Not far from Austin, these childhood fantasies become reality at Cypress Valley. The Lofthaven treehouse sleeps two, perfect for a romantic night for parents away from the kids. If the kids come along for the ride, The Nest can sleep up to six. If sleeping up in the trees is not exciting enough, these treehouses are built in the middle of a zipline course. Either way, this site has action and adventure for parents or the entire family.

The Central Loft - Hot Springs, AR
128 Central Ave.
Hot Springs, AR 71901
(501) 463-7131

Set perfectly in view of both a mountain and the historic Bathhouse Row, this loft is great for both the history lover and the nature lover visiting Hot Springs, Arkansas. Fresh air, hot springs, mountain backdrops and museums are aplenty here. Hot Springs can either bring outdoor fun to parents traveling with kids or a romantic small town excursion for parents who have been treated to a weekend for themselves.

The Hideaway Ranch
County Road 196
Glen Rose, TX 76043
(254) 823-6606

Snuggled about an hour and a half from Dallas in Glen Rose, The Hideaway Ranch awaits you. Not a long drive from family favorites like Dinosaur Valley State Park and Dinosaur World, it isn't necessary to leave the ranch to find excitement and entertainment. Romance packages, massages and seclusion are on the menu for parents on their own. However, if bringing the kids along, little ones can swim, ride horses or even participate in a scavenger hunt. Your level of adventure is up to you.

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Great Wolf Lodge
100 Great Wolf Drive
Grapevine, TX 76051
(817) 488-6510

Great Wolf Lodge is the ultimate in year-round family fun. With its indoor waterpark always kept a pleasant temperature and countless family activities, neither kids nor parents can get bored here. There is a spa, shops, wizard scavenger hunts and swimming, not to mention that the town of Grapevine has an historic center, wineries and Grapevine Mills Mall. Grapevine is a town made for everyone.

Texas Hill Country Wine Trails
P.O. Box 96
Johnson City, TX 78636
(872) 216-9463

For parents looking to escape the pitter patter of little feet, try a trip down the Hill Country Wine Trails. Explore wineries throughout central Texas in the gorgeous Hill Country through towns like Fredericksburg, Marble Falls, Wimberley and Boerne. Self-guided driving tours are available as well as wine pairings and the chance to meet the winemakers themselves to learn about how Texas influences their taste. Tours and events are scheduled four times a year, giving parents a delicious getaway once a season.

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Kena Sosa is a freelance writer in Dallas. Her work can be found at

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