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5 Day-Trip Destinations for You and Your Family

Oct 22, 2014 12:46PM ● By Kevin

Bluff Dale Vineyards in the Hill Country

In September, we took to Facebook to find out your favorite weekend getaway and day trip destinations. We received quite a few responses, and now it's time to share the results. Below, we've included 5 destinations to choose from for your next day trip. Be sure to check back next week for your guide to weekend getaways.

If you like getting out and about, there's still time to celebrate the season. Make sure you check out our 2014 Mansfield Area Pumpkin Patch Guide and our 2014 Mansfield Area Trunk-or-Treat Guide, too.

WinStar World Casino & Resort - (Leave a Review)

Distance from Mansfield: 1 hour, 30 minutes (92 miles)
Synopsis: Features 
electronic games, table games and bingo, weekly poker tournaments, Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill, hotel, event center, golf course, spa habitat, and shopping boutiques.

Thanks to April Blackburn-Cantu for the suggestion.

Bluff Dale Vineyards - (Leave a Review)

Distance from Mansfield: 1 hour, 14 minutes (69 miles)
Synopsis: Sit on the porch overlooking the beautiful vineyards and the Hill Country of Bluff Dale. At the vineyard, you can enjoy wine tastings, wine by the glass or bottle, and host parties for two to 40 people. Guests can bring their own picnics to eat outside as a supplement to the light snacks provided by the vineyard. The vineyard is open every day except Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays). The vineyard has been recognized in multiple tasters' choice competitions.

Thanks to 
Karen Hammonds Abernathy for the suggestion.


Distance from Mansfield: 1 hour (47 miles)
Synopsis: The city of Granbury offers a wide array of activities for people of all ages, according to its website. Activities include festivals, art galleries, Granbury City Beach, drive-in theatre, opera house, bed and breakfast, historical museums, public park lands, golf courses, shopping, restaurants (choose from American, Asian, cajun, coffee houses, donuts, historic district dining, ice cream/yogurt, Italian, Mexican, pizza, and seafood), and beautiful wineries.

Thanks to Karen Hammonds Abernathy and Ann Constantino Negratti for the suggestion.

Cedar Creek Lake

Photo courtesy of JWinTX at English Wikipedia via Creative Commons

Distance from Mansfield: 1 hour, 20 minutes (78 miles)
Synopsis: According to its website, "The fourth largest lake in Texas, Cedar Creek Lake is 32,623 acres, 18 miles long and offers 320 miles of shoreline. The widest point of the lake is 8.5 miles and the deepest is 53 feet. Cedar Creek Lake is located 55 miles southeast of Dallas, Texas..." Fish you can find in the lake include Blue catfish, Channel catfish, Flathead catfish, Largemouth bass, White bass, Hybrid striped bass, and Crappie. Vacationing options are available in the area, as well as kayak rentals, the Whatz-Up Family Fun Park, the Tri-County Library, and plenty of shops and dining options.

Thanks to Beth Wilson Trimble for the suggestion.

BSR Cable Park - (Leave a Review)

Distance from Mansfield: 1 hour, 25 minutes (83 miles)
Synopsis: As suggested by one of our readers, the lazy river at the cable park is a great option for a relaxing day trip. The website calls it the "World's Longest Lazy River," which is open from April to October, Thursdays to Sundays, noon to 8 p.m. Cost to ride is $18.48 per person to float all day (tube included). You can bring your own tube, but the price will be the same. Cooler tubes can be rented for $10 more. One lap around the 3/4-mile-long river takes about one hour. The river is 3 feet deep. The last lap of the night takes place at 7:15 p.m. You can bring your own bottle (no glass), but beer is also sold at the park. Children under the age of 12 must wear a life jacket.

The cable park itself features a bar and grill, bi-level lake, gear/cabin/rv park/pavilion rentals, and wakeboard camp. It was rated the 2013 Cable Park of the Year. 

Thanks to Shyla Russo Shepard for the suggestion.

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