Disclaimer :: This article is published in partnership with Hilton Dallas Southlake Town Square.
Family vacations are equal parts stress and enjoyment. The packing, the planning, the packing, the preparation, and . . . the packing. No matter what age and stage your children are in, the amount of STUFF families have to cram into suitcases is almost comical. Remember traveling solo with a merely your wallet and backpack? Yeah, me neither.
Alas — there is a solution! Consider a local family-friendly staycation in the Fort Worth area. It’s the ideal way to take a break from “real life” with the massive quantities of luggage and preparation. Scheduling a stay close to home over a three- or four-day weekend is also a fun opportunity to play tourist in your own city.
Fort Worth Moms recently spent a weekend in Southlake, and we thought it would be the perfect place to bring our families back for a staycation. Here are five things you should do.
1. The Hotel
Hilton Dallas Southlake Town Square offers a variety of room types, so there are options, no matter the size of your family.
Friendly staff at the hotel made us feel pampered and welcomed. The decor is darling. Comfortable and classy rooms tempted us to plop in bed and drift to sleep.
Sneak in some mom time at the spa! Luckily, the hotel partners with a full-service spa called Corinthian Wellness & Med Spa. From make-up application to massages and facials in addition to the medical services like vitamin infusions, laser treatments, and more. Guests of Hilton Southlake enjoy 15% off of treatments at both Corinthian Wellness & Med Spa and Destiny Drip Bar.
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2. The Location
The Hilton Dallas Southlake Town Square could not be in a more ideal locale. It’s not far from most places in the DFW area but WITHOUT the chaotic commute. We traveled from various places in the metroplex and each person raved about the location.surrounded by the hotel’s accommodating amenities, including a pleasant walking trail and pond, heated outdoor pool, fitness center, park, and full-service spa.
The hotel is within six miles of Legoland, SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium, and DFW International Airport. Dallas, Fort Worth Stockyards, and Arlington can be reached in 30 minutes — great for the family!
3. The Restaurant
A major highlight of a family-friendly staycation is no cooking or cleaning up the dishes!
Though there are many delicious restaurants within walking distance of the hotel, our group dined at The Henley Kitchen and Bar, which is located within the hotel. From vegetarian options to steak and seafood, there were yummy plates and dishes that left us satisfied and happy. Good news: Burgers and chicken are on the menu, so all kids will be happy.
Have we mentioned all of this is within walking distance — and not like half a mile walking distance, but RIGHT THERE?
Even if you decide to just window shop, walking with the family is a fun way to escape. The area and architecture are beautiful.
The hotel if your hub for shopping, dining, and entertainment! And did we mention that it is either easily walkable or right in the hotel itself? Have we? Because it was a huge selling point for us!
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The outdoor park, pond, and walking trail is great for the nature lovers — and just to unwind. The pool is always a win because it’s heated.
In the town square, you will also find the EVO entertainment complex if you want a break from shopping or that’s not your thing. It features a movie theater, gaming, bowling, rock climbing, and a heck of a lot more.
Also, when planning your trip, be sure to check out the events section on the website. There is always something on the docket!
What are you waiting for? Book that family-friendly staycation. And tell ’em Fort Worth Moms sent ya.