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Traveling With Baby Near Dallas Fort Worth

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 for a mini-vacation with baby.

Crafts and More in Canton, TX

Distance: 1 hour

Why it’s great for young families: Close enough to home to hightail it back if things go south.

Sleeping arrangements: Mill Creek Ranch Resort cabins have all the comforts of home, including a full kitchen and washer/dryer.

What to do: Hit the First Monday Trade Days for fashion and décor. In the fall, enjoy old-fashioned carnival rides and barnyard animals at Yesterland Farm. And, in the heat of summer, dive into Splash Kingdom Water Park.

Mill Creek Ranch Resort
903/567-6020
millcreekranchresort.com

First Monday Trade Days
903/567-6556
firstmondaycanton.com

Yesterland Farm
903/567-2255
yesterlandfarm.com

Splash Kingdom Water Park
903/567-0044
splashkingdomwaterpark.com

Outdoor Exploration in Glen Rose, TX

Distance: 1.5 hours

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.

What to do: By day, hit Dinosaur Valley State Park and nearby Dinosaur World for some communing with nature prehistoric style. 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
877/907-0754
roughcreek.com

Dinosaur Valley State Park
254/897-4588
tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/dinosaur-valley

Dinosaur World
254/898-1526
dinosaurworld.com

Brazos Drive-In
817/573-1311
thebrazos.com

Lakeside Retreat in Broken Bow, OK

Distance: 3 hours

Why it’s great for young families: Low-key lakeside destination with beautiful, scenic views.

Sleeping arrangements: Deer Creek Retreat offers individual cabins with full kitchens set in a wooded retreat. A private hot tub with each unit provides a place for mom and dad to sneak away after bedtime.

What to do: Beavers Bend State Park resides on the shores of Broken Bow Lake and Mountain Fork River for a natural retreat that is ideal for fly fishing, kayaking or enjoying a sunset. Explore the Gardner Mansion and Museum, well-known for their collection of Native American and pioneer artifacts.

Deer Creak Retreat
405/508-0534
deercrkretreat.com

Beavers Bend State Park
580/494-6300
beaversbend.com

Published March 2014