Our Wherever I May Roll year-long RV travels brought us to Texas for a few months. I could have stayed in Texas for years and still not seen it all or enough. The last parks we visited, in more remote areas of Texas, made quite an impression. Here are three lesser known towns with RV parks to consider for your Texas adventures.
Traders Village RV Park
We found a monthly campsite rate at Traders Village RV Park in Grand Prairie, though we didn’t know the geography well enough to know that it was close to some major Texas cities. Surprise, Grand Prairie is 12 miles from Dallas, 19 miles from Fort Worth, 6 miles to Arlington, and within twenty minutes of many other intriguing towns. There is no chance you could get bored in Grand Prairie.
Traders Village RV Park is adjacent to the massive Traders Village weekend Flea Market, which had just opened for the season upon our arrival. This whopping outdoor market is the biggest in the country, with 3,000+ vendors. It offers shopping (think toys, clothing, western wear, jewelry, and even AKC-registered dogs and puppies), special events, amusement-style rides, and tasty food vendors. It is nothing short of incredible, and we had a primo spot to enjoy the weekend attraction, steps from our Cedar Creek RV’s door.
Traders Village RV Park vibe is friendly, and the campground has full hookups on level concrete pads, excellent Wi-Fi, and a swimming pool. We loved having daily trash pick-up in front of our RV and the proximity to so many great Texas attractions. This could be a contender for a repeat visit on our next Texas travels.
Grand Prairie Attractions
Besides the prominent Dallas and Fort Worth attractions, two things we enjoyed were shopping trips to Grand Prairie Premium Outlets and checking out Asia Times Square. At the outlets, you’ll have 90+ stores to shop through, such as Bloomingdale’s, Tommy Bahama, Lacoste, and Lindt Chocolates.
Asia Times Square is a unique address on West Pioneer Parkway and is a treasure trove of Asian restaurants, shops, and grocery store . If you are hungry, I recommend trying a Korean hot dog (half sausage, half mozzarella) from Two Hands Seoul Fresh Corn Dogs. Vegan options are available, too. It is terrific!
As you can see, this lesser-known Texas town delivered in a big way!
Lake Waco Marina & RV Park
Waco is a town that has risen from the ashes since the Branch Davidian days. If you haven’t been to Waco, you’ll want to put this lesser known Texas town on your radar. Chip and Joanna Gaines led the way in paving this awesome town into a true tourist destination.
Eddie and I stayed at the pet-friendly Lake Waco Marina & RV Park, 90 minutes from our Grand Prairie RV Park. It was a bit strange; there was no attendant or anything at the gate. We were given a space number that was occupied, and couldn’t reach anyone by phone on how to handle it, so we just parked in the neighboring spot and “called it a day.”
Sitting on the banks of Lake Waco, a big marina with dozens of houseboats, is Lake Waco Marina & RV Park. They offer reasonably priced rates (around $45 per night), and we had the most amazing sunsets. I would stay here again for the scenery and proximity to the water, and I liked that the RV park was tucked away in a remote spot.
We were about twenty minutes from downtown Waco, where we spent the day at the Magnolia Silos and shops, with breakfast at Magnolia Table. Reservations are required, but if you arrive when they open, you may score a table like we did. Other points of interest around Waco include the Dr. Pepper Museum, Waco Mammoth National Monument, and the Waco Suspension Bridge, designed by John Roebling.
A unique thing to sink your teeth into during your Waco visit is a “designer” fruitcake (or other baked goods) from Collin Street Bakery, a local 125+ years old business. I can’t get out without a whole box of cookies, which freeze well, too.
Great Escapes RV Resorts North Texas
A third park worth mentioning is Great Escapes RV Resorts North Texas, in Perrin. When we RVed here, it was right before their busy spring season, so we almost had the park to ourselves. Great Escapes has new owners, and the property offers dozen of RV spots and cute-as-a-button cabins.
The grounds are spacious, and many amenities include a giant splash park, three swimming pools, a mini-golf, and a jumping pillow. Golf cart rentals are available, too.
If you aren’t familiar with the town of Perrin, which we were not, it was a little over two hours away from Waco. Perrin is relatively rural, but the RV park has plenty to keep you busy once the season has begun. The setting is gorgeous, so you can soak up the beauty, peace & quiet, and enjoy your favorite RV and camping pastimes.
Things to Do Near Perrin
Twenty minutes away from Perrin is the town of Mineral Wells. I needed story content, so we drove over one day. It turns out Mineral Wells was a shocker and one of the coolest places I’ve seen in ages. I was blown away by how awesome this town, on the verge of greatness, was. Think upscale shopping, boutique hotels, a brewery, colorful murals, and historical mineral water, Crazy Water, which has been bringing in tourists for 100 years.
One thing you have to consider doing in Mineral Wells is having a spa treatment or soaking in the mineral waters at the Crazy Water Spa. It was fantastic, and I kid you not that I sprung out of bed the day after my message like a teenager. I’m still talking about that spa treatment months later.
Before leaving Mineral Wells and heading back to Perrin, try the tantalizing Chicken Fried Bacon appetizer from Mesquite Pit. You’ll thank me later.
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I hope these RV park suggestions will give you some new ideas for RVing in the Lone Star state.
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