Two Texas Trips to Take at Summer’s End

As the calendar turns to August and the beginning of school reappears in the not-too-distant future, many Dallas-area residents might be preparing for one final summer fling. With that in mind, here are two refreshing choices in the Lone Star State to consider.

Top Frisco Realtor Judi Wright is pleased to provide you with information about these attractive, intriguing locations that will appeal to every member of your family and/or traveling party. For example, if you are seeking an all inclusive resort that fulfills everyone’s wish list, then plan to visit South Padre Island, a 542-mile (nine hour drive time) jaunt from Dallas proper.  The town (population 2,816) is located on a barrier island along the Gulf of Mexico and is accessible via a causeway from Port Isabel that offers picturesque views of the Gulf.

Named after the Catholic priest and settler Jose Nicolas Balli (Padre Balli), South Padre Island offers a comprehensive variety of activities. Just imagine yourself waking up to crashing sea waves at one of three campgrounds, or parasailing more than 700 feet above the beautiful turquoise waters.


You can book an informative guided tour by one of the local experts as you explore this compelling resort, including dolphin watches, environmental discussions and sunset cruises. You can also watch the sun fade into the West from hundreds of locations, including restaurants, bars and nightclubs. On Friday and Saturday nights, celebrate the arrival of nightfall by watching a memorable fireworks display.

South Padre Island is famous for its clean, scenic beaches that provide a wonderful setting for family get-togethers or just plain relaxation.  Children and adults alike can spend hours frolicking in the refreshing surf, playing paddleball, and building a magical sand castle.

Yearning for more physical activity? Then grab your (or rent a) bike and explore the island’s nooks and crannies, or enjoy the Gulf’s depths by going snorkeling. You can also hop onto a catamaran and sail like a sea captain, or hit the links of an expertly-manicured golf course.

If you are bitten by the proverbial shopping bug, your salve is available at the dozens of fashionable outlets offering everything from seasonal clothing to souvenirs to surfboards and boogie boards to necessities such as sunglasses and sunscreen.                 Information: (956) 761-6433

If you’re looking for something much closer and simpler, Joe Pool Lake is just 25 miles (35 minutes drive time) away. The lake, which has become a favorite destination for D/FW residence since its opening in 1989, provides visitors with an unforgettable angling experience.


Cast your line in search of an ample stock of largemouth bass, white bass, white crappie, and channel catfish. A lot of cover was intentionally left in place along the upper arms where Walnut Creek and Mountain Creek flow into the lake, thereby providing a good fishing habitat.

Joe Pool Lake also offers many recreational pursuits within several parks, including Loyd Park (yes, that’s the correct spelling), located on the northwestern shore of Joe Pool Lake and east of SH 360 off Ragland Road in Grand Prairie. The park has nearly 800 acres offering campsites, boat rams, a dock, beach, hiking trails, equestrian trail, picnic facilities, softball field and a volleyball court.

Lynn Creek Park, also managed by the city of Grand Prairie, is a day use facility open from March through October. It is situated along the northwest corner of the lake and provides 785 acres of boat ramps, a beach area and concession stand, picnic sites, and sand volleyball courts.

Britton Park provides boaters with easy access to the southernmost reaches of the lake. A $5 daily fee per vehicle provides a parking spot and access to the boat launch. Restroom facilities are also available.

Because our area’s recent rainfall has temporarily closed the 1,826-acre Cedar Hill State Park along the lake’s northeast corner, you may want to print and save this for future reference once it reopens. Located off of F.M. 1382, Cedar Hill State Park offers a marina, boat ramps, a fishing barge, hiking trails, a mountain biking trail, a swimming area, and more than 300 campsites with picnic tables and barbeque grilles.                  Information: (972) 299-2227


Top Frisco Realtor Judi Wright hopes that you will consider visiting these exciting destinations this summer or in the future, and wishes you happy travels.  Please feel free to Email Ms. Wright at, or call her at (214) 597-2985 if you are in the market for a new home or selling your current property.


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