Traveling With Baby Near Dallas-Fort Worth
Three destinations with fun for all ages
Words Jessica Bowers & Alexis Manrodt
Published July 2018 Dallas-FortWorthBaby
Updated July 25, 2018
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Traveling with babies can be easy—really! There’ll never be another time when your kids are so portable, and as long as they have a few simple needs met, they’re the best travel companions. Check out these three nearby destinations (close enough to high-tail it back if things go south) for a mini-vacation with baby.

Crafts and More in Canton

Why it’s great for young families: Plenty of activities for tots to run and splash around, all year round.
Sleeping arrangements: Mill Creek Ranch Resort cabins have all the comforts of home, including a full kitchen and washer/dryer. If you need a break, leave baby with Dad and get some much-needed R&R at the on-site spa.
What to do: Hit the First Monday Trade Days for fashion and decor. Enjoy old-fashioned carnival rides, live music and barnyard animals at Yesterland Farm’s seasonal festivals. And, in the heat of summer, dive into
Splash Kingdom Water Park; the Kid’s Castle—featuring 11 slides and several splash toys in 10 inches of water—is big fun for little ones.

Mill Creek Ranch Resort // 1880 N. Trade Days Blvd., Canton, 877/927- 3439; millcreekranchresort.com

First Monday Trade Days // First Monday Lane, Canton, 903/567-6556; firstmondaycanton.com

Yesterland Farm // 15410 Interstate 20, Canton, 903/567-2255; yesterlandfarm.com

Splash Kingdom Water Park // 18814 Interstate 20, Canton, 903/567-0044; plashkingdomwaterpark.com

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Apps to Load Before Hitting the Road

These backseat drivers are worth listening to. Download for free on iTunes or Google Play.

Roadtrippers: Plot your route and use the app to discover what lies between Point A and Point B—everything from restaurants to tourist attractions.
roadtrippers.com

Sitorsquat: No Buc-ee’s in sight? Check the cleanliness status of nearby public bathrooms with Charmin’s app and filter by need, such as changing tables or wheelchair accessibility. charmin.com/sitorsquat

Waze: Nothing derails a road trip quite like getting caught in traffic. The crowd-sourced travel app lets you plan the best route to avoid accidents, police stops and car congestion. waze.com

The Great Outdoors in Glen Rose

Why it’s great for young families: Even the littlest travelers are thrilled by exploring animals and nature.
Sleeping arrangements: Rough Creek Lodge is ideal for the onsite activities—like the petting zoo and playground—and for the individual cabins that let families have room to stretch. Cribs and high chairs are available upon request, and babysitting services can be arranged at an additional cost.
What to do: By day, hit Dinosaur Valley State Park and Dinosaur World for some communing with nature prehistoric-style. The nearby Fossil Rim Wildlife Center allows you to feed endangered species from the comfort of your own car so you can introduce baby to zebras and giraffes without unbuckling the car seat. By night, head to
Brazos Drive-In. Lull the little one to a peaceful sleep in the car and then grab the popcorn and enjoy the feature.

Rough Creek Lodge // 5165 County Road 2013, Iredell, 254/965-3700; roughcreek.com

Dinosaur Valley State Park // 1629 Park Road 59, Glen Rose, 254/897-4588; tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/dinosaur-valley

Dinosaur World // 1058 Park Road 59, Glen Rose, 254/898-1526; dinosaurworld.com/texas

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center // 2299 County Road 2008, Glen Rose, 254/897-2960; fossilrim.org

Brazos Drive-In // 1800 W. Pearl St., Granbury,
817/573-1311; facebook.com/brazosdrivein

Sweet Times in Waco

Why it’s great for young families: Kid-friendly museums and plenty of sugary treats make this little town big fun.
Sleeping arrangements: Hotel Indigo, located in the heart of downtown Waco, features an indoor-outdoor pool with a baby-friendly shallow end to splash around, and a hot tub for Mom and Dad. In front of the hotel, hop aboard the free trolley to explore downtown Waco (complete with a stop at Waco’s candy haven, Hey Sugar).
What to do: Taste the 23 flavors at the Dr Pepper Museum, then walk just one street over to visit Chip and Joanna Gaines’ famed Magnolia Market. Plenty of food trucks, an on-site cupcake shop, a turf field and a co-ed
bathroom equipped with changing tables make Magnolia perfect for families. For a dose of history, venture over to the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame or interact with natural science and cultural history at Baylor’s Mayborn Museum.

Hotel Indigo // 211 Clay Ave., Waco, 254/754-7000;
ihg.com/hotelindigo

Dr Pepper Museum // 300 S. Fifth St., Waco, 254/757-1025; drpeppermuseum.com

Magnolia Market at the Silos // 601 Webster Ave., Waco, 254/235-0603; magnolia.com/silos

Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum // 100 Texas Ranger Trail, Waco, 254/750-8631; texasranger.org

Mayborn Museum // 1300 S. University Parks, Waco, 254/710-1110; baylor.edu/mayborn

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