Playing and having a great day at Meadowmere Park in Grapevine is a family tradition every summer. This hidden oasis near Grapevine Lake is truly a fun escape for my family.
In addition to being a great local camping spot, Meadowmere offers great access to waterfront activities. We love bringing our kayak to the park for a relaxing ride along the shore to explore the lake’s natural beauty. Renting kayaks on site lets you get closer to the bird and wildlife found around the shoreline. This year, we look forward to experience the new floating water park. Yes you read that right — the newest addition to the park is literally a floating water park on the lake!
Pro Tip: During the summer, enjoy fireworks every Friday night at 9:30 PM, launched from the south end of the lake.
Drive a few minutes South just past I-20 and you’ll discover Cedar Hill State Park, nestled between the rolling hills and on the shores of Joe Pool Lake.
This park is definitely a local favorite because of all the fun things to do here! Hiking and biking, swimming and fishing, kayaking and boating, geocaching and nature exploring are all popular activities to enjoy here. This large park has 350 campsites throughout with a variety of primitive hike-in sites, tent sites and pull-in camper trailer sites. Be sure to reserve your site in advance, especially during the popular summer holiday weekends!
My family has been very impressed with the hiking trails and the views when you get to the top of your summit hike. There are several different trails to explore, but I personally love the views from Talala Trail.
3. LOYD PARK
Found on the West bank of Joe Pool Lake, same lake as Cedar Hill State Park just a few minutes south of DFW in Grand Prairie, Loyd Park has a completely unique feel. Several different camping experiences are offered here including many spacious campsites for tent and RV camping, as well as group sites and cabins for those who would prefer glamping.
My family enjoys exploring fun things in the areas around where we camp. Loyd Park offers fun amenities such as a swimming beach, trails for hiking, biking and kayaking. Bike and Kayak rentals are available on site, making it easier to pack for a weekend adventure.
Pro tip: Loop B offers the most options for waterfront campsites. Wake up early for a beautiful sunrise!
You can find tons of fun outdoor activities at Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area! This is the area where the prairies, forests and wetlands meet, so it has a very diverse ecosystem.
I had a great time taking my kids on the hiking trails, and they definitely enjoyed seeing the wildlife along our walk. Visiting the historical log house along the trail was a memorable highlight of their day. LLELA has restored the Minor-Porter log house and furnished it with actual 1800’s artifacts! Self-guided and guided log house tours are available during select times.
In addition to the log house tours, LLELA offers summer camps, night hikes, campfire activities, kayak tours, learn-to-fish classes for kids and more. Together with the day activities, camping at LLELA is a great way to continue the fun. Primitive campsites are near the river and will require hiking into your campsite. I suggest you come with all your essentials to make hiking into the campsite an easier a one way trip, and remember to ask about the wagon available to campers on site.