Lake Texoma, borders Texas and Oklahoma and is a short 60-75 minute drive from Plano and the DFW area – perfect for a weekend getaway.
You can also factor in a visit to Eisenhower State Park en route. It has a playground, camping and trails – it allows dirt bike and ATV driving with a permit too!
Renting a cabin or house around Lake Texoma is a great way to escape home for a little while without a long journey – perfect timing to leave after school on Friday and still enjoy a full weekend trip with your family.
This post is sponsored by Book Texoma, but all our opinions are our own.
Things to do around Lake Texoma
Extreme Sandbox: Did you like Tonka trucks? Extreme Sandbox in Pottsboro allows you to drive full-size bulldozers, loaders or excavators. You can order the ‘crush a car’ package… race a friend or just learn to tinker with these huge and powerful machines. Call 1-855-DIG-4-FUN.
Hiking: Cross Timbers Hiking Trail is about 45 minutes west. It is a great hike along the bluffs overlooking the lake, only about 300′ of elevation change on the trail but it’s nice. During the rainy season, it can be washed out. Google Cross Timbers Hiking Trail for more information.
Driving around the lake: Looking to drive off road without 4-wheeling? Check into Fobb Bottom state recreational hunting area which is close. Also about 45 minutes away, this is Oklahoma State Wildlife Management Area. Over 2000 acres of floodplains, river bottom and cropland. Be careful in the sand near the water. You can hunt on this land (with the appropriate licenses and in the appropriate seasons).
Hagerman Wildlife Refuge: a 12,000-acre area where thousands of migratory birds stop each year. There are variety of tours available, in your car, on a tram, or on the trails. Check out their 2nd Saturday program. The Park office/bookstore is a great place to stop for kids and to learn about the city that is now underwater at Lake Texoma.
Get on the Lake
Highport Marina: You can rent a boat or jet ski on the Texas side of lake.
Address: 120 Texoma Harbor Drive, Pottsboro, TX Call 903-786-7000
Cedar Bayou Marina: Renting a boat for Oklahoma side, in Gordonville, TX. Call (903) 523-4248
Marina Del Rey Marina: Renting a boat for Oklahoma side, in Kingston, OK. Call (580)-565-9440
Rent a jet ski: Jet Away Rentals, Prosper, TX 75078. Call 972-838-6155
Striper Guide fishing service is abundant at Lake Texoma. Anthony’s Striper Guide service, out of Buncombe Creek when staying on the Oklahoma side, his number is 405-204-6808. You can also go to Donald Risner on the Texas side, his number is 972-569-7990.
Just 6 minutes away from the Onyx (one of our favorite places to stay!)
Places to Eat
Ollie’s Juke Joint: Go for dinner on the Oklahoma side of the lake.
Burger Shoppe: Go for lunch or dinner in old Kingston.
Hucks Catfish: Go for lunch or dinner on Texas side near Pottsboro.
Address: 2811 Trail Dr, Denison, TX 75020. Call (903) 337-0033
Napoli’s Pizza & Restaurant: 13015 N, TX-289, Pottsboro, TX 75076. Call (903) 786-2383
Bay at the Lake Restaurant: A great place for date night or group dinner. Live music most nights, terrific food, great wines, food to go. Catering available. 50055 TX-289, Pottsboro, TX 75076 (903) 912-5515
Want to go Golfing?
Tanglewood Resort, 290 Tanglewood Circle, Pottsboro, Texas 75076. Call 1-800-883-6569.
Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club, 12428 Chickasaw Pointe Rd, Kingston, OK 73439. Call 580-564-2581
Choctaw Casino and Resort, 4216S. Hwy69, 75, Durant, OK 74701. Call (580) 920-0160
WinStar World Resort and Casino, 777 Casino Ave, Thackerville, OK 73459. Call (800) 622-6317
Take a Day Trip from your Rental Property
Turner Falls & Pies
Turner Falls is a Water Fall in Davis, Oklahoma. It’s located about 1 hour 30 minutes from Texoma Luxury Rental properties. The property is pretty and has a neat history. Call Turner Falls to make sure they are open.
On the way home, there is a little shop that makes Pies. They are single-serving pies you get right from the kitchen.
“Tish” as some folks call it is located about 1 hour north of Pottsboro, and 45 minutes from Kingston. This is Small Town USA.
It’s recently famous for having a restaurant and bar that Blake Shelton owns and is a simple day trip. They have a little park that has a water feature that younger kids can enjoy.
Rent a Cabin or House in Lake Texoma
Family Friendly Lake Texoma Cabins
If you’re anything like me, you’re always looking for quick family friendly escapes. As my kids get older and their sporting and social calendars fill up much faster than mine, even getting away for the weekend is getting difficult.
I’m hesitant to share my new favorite place with you, but friends share, right?
I just had an amazing getaway to Lake Texoma. I feel like I really escaped the hustle and bustle of the city and I feel refreshed and ready to take on anything (well except for that call from school saying my kid is quarantined….).
My difficult to please teens loved the house we stayed in so much, they’ve already asked when we can go back and I’m definitely planning that very soon.
And it’s only a short 60-75 minute drive from the Plano/Frisco area – so totally doable after school on a Friday afternoon.
So, Lake Texoma is just over the border into Oklahoma. It’s a huge lake, perfect for swimming, boating and fishing. And the Lake Texoma State Park is great for hiking and a picnic too.
Joe from Book Texoma set us up with the perfect house. We had a group of 9 (two families) – 4 adults and 5 kids and the kids were aged from 9 through 15. Once he heard that, Joe said the property “Lake Time Bar & Chill” would be just the house for us and he was so right.
The property is a “barndominium” style. Looks like a huge shed from the outside and the inside is decked out with a bar and games room at one end and the 4 bedroom house at the other. There is also another 2 bedroom house on the property and in all, it sleeps up to 20.
We were really impressed with how it was set up and everything we needed was provided, especially in the kitchen.
The games room was the big hit with pool table, foosball, air hockey, shuffle board, ping pong, arcade games, stage, amps and the bar. We had so much fun and it was so nice to have that time with the kids without a phone in between us.
The adults loved the firepit and enjoyed chatting around the fire in the evenings and it was perfect for after dinner s’mores.
This property was just 3 blocks to the shore and about a 20 minute drive to Lake Texoma State Park where we enjoyed a hike.
The house was ideal as a base for those wanting to get out and explore the local area or for those just wanting to stay in and relax all weekend.
Thanks to Melissa Beaumont for sharing her experience of staying at Lake Time Bar & Chill, in Kingston, Oklahoma.
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Looking for a Girls’ Weekend Rental at Lake Texoma?
Stay at the Onyx
The Onyx is the perfect spot for a girls’ weekend. Stay in a gorgeously renovated house with every detail thought about.
It is a short walk to the lake and set in a quiet neighborhood.
With so many outdoor seating areas, you will not want to leave.
About Book Texoma
Other things to do in the area include fishing tours, casino, watersports, golf and more.
If you’d like a quick escape from it all, go to Book Texoma.
They have multiple properties available in the area depending on the size of your group and some are even pet friendly. And if you need any advice on the right property to choose or things to do in the local area, Joe is incredibly helpful.
Close to everything, yet the stars are stunning at night!
All of their Book Texoma vacation rental homes have easy access to all of the adventures that Lake Texoma has to offer. We are minutes away:
Public boat launch
Water activities at a marina
World class golf
Miles of shore line
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