Adventure-lovers old and young with like this lake-inspired getaway.

By Travel & Leisure
June 17, 2014
Lewisville for Wildlife Spotting
Credit: Courtesy of City of Lewisville

Founded in 1925, this charming town is located on the banks of the near 30,000-acre Lewisville Lake, an ideal getaway spot for soft adventure. You’ll likely see kayakers with birding binoculars or fishermen after largemouth and spotted bass. Also check out the waterfront Environmental Learning Area for guided nature trail hikes—the best tours start after dark. —Stirling Kelso

Old Irish Bed & Breakfast

Individual cabins overlook a pond full of ducks at geese at this adults-only property 17 miles north of Lewisville. Rooms have four-poster beds and lazy porches with cozy outdoor seating; you may get a visit from the resident llamas and alpacas.

Tierney’s Café and Tavern

Live music is a regular draw at this down home local favorite, where comfort foods such as whole fried catfish and a New York strip steak are served in the dining room or on a patio under strings of twinkling lights.

Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area

LLELA, as Lewisville residents call it, is a 2,000 acre nature reserve on the banks of Lewisville Lake. Along with camping and fishing, the park hosts monthly night hikes where you might spot armadillos and hooting owls.

Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater

This public theater in Lewisville’s Old Town District has an art gallery and puts on live music performances on weekends ranging from country and jazz bands to acoustic jam sessions.

Bridlewood Golf Club

The Timber Creek winds its way through this 25-acre golf course where challenging greens are framed by thick trees. Watch out for hole number 13, where a massive live oak splits the fairway. Starting at $29, rates are especially affordable.