North Texas

Things To Do In Little Elm, Texas – Where to Eat, Stay, and Stroll

You’ve probably never heard of Little Elm. It’s one of those places that floats passively in oblivion, dwarfed by its big city neighbour (ahhh, Dallas. I love you so). The population that comprises this smaller, closer-knit string of communities barely tops 40,000. So yes, I will be guiding you through a small town (did you expect anything less from me?). And if you have a few extra days after thoroughly touring the DFW showstoppers (Dallas, Fort Worth, Irving, Grapevine, Frisco, McKinney, and Plano – in that order), definately make it a point to add Little Elm to your North Texas bucket list.

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Where to Stay?

Are you ready to begin our day trip from Dallas? Fabulous. I have to apologise in advance because we won’t be spending the night here. Little Elm is fairly short of boutique and luxury hotels and the budget accommodations offered run on the pricier side (well over $70 year-round). As a result, we are sticking to our cosmopolitan comforts and driving out forty minutes in wild, wild Texas traffic (yeehaw).

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Where to Eat?

All that driving has sparked an appetite, so let’s grab some lunch. The original Hula Hut resides in Texas’ funky capital, Austin, but Little Elm’s doesn’t pale in comparison. Set on Lake Lewisville, the restaurant sports a fun, beach-vacation vibe. It is filled with quirky baubles in kitschy colours. The exterior itself looks like a child’s crayon box has fireworked into an explosion of hues. Can you tell I love the ambience? The fare is supposed to be mouth-watering Mexinesian (Mexican cross Polynesian) but it falls short of delicious. We get a meal that is decent yet doesn’t leave us astounded. So we decide order a drink and watch the jet skis race past us on the pier. Isn’t this the life?

Address: 210 E Eldorado Pkwy, Little Elm, TX 75068

Timings: 11AM – 10PM (Weekdays) – Website

Price: Mildly Expensive ($10 – 18)

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What to do?

I have to admit, driving four hours to Galveston for a weekend retreat isn’t always the easiest plan of action. So Little Elm’s residents came up with a clever alternative for some local coastal-esque life. If you can’t bring yourself to the beach, why not bring the beach to you? The outer rim of Lake Lewisville is filled with plenty of sand-ridden pockets and is host to multiple beach volleyball courts. Let your feet sink into the cold water or bring a spade and bucket for some summertime fun because Little Elm has its very own man made freshwater beach (an interesting and thoroughly entertaining concept). It’s a great place to spend the afternoon with family and watch the sun sink steadily below the clear Texan sky. 

Address: 701 W Eldorado Pkwy, Little Elm, TX 75068

Timings: Open 24 hours

Price: Free

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Christine Tatum
    July 18, 2016 at 9:54 PM

    It does look like a neat place to visit. I am going to keep this in mind the next time we are in Texas. Thanks for sharing this little gem!

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      Anshula
      July 19, 2016 at 4:41 AM

      Do keep it in mind! It’s a great place to check out if you are passing through! And I wish you happy travels! xx – Anshula

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        Christine Tatum
        July 19, 2016 at 10:51 AM

        I sure will!

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    Paige Strand
    July 18, 2016 at 10:48 PM

    Very informative! Also, cute site 🙂

    • Reply
      Anshula
      July 19, 2016 at 4:38 AM

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you liked it! xx – Anshula

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    Hridya
    July 19, 2016 at 12:57 AM

    Nice post, will ask my brother who lives in the US to make a visit, he will be happy to go!

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      Anshula
      July 19, 2016 at 4:38 AM

      That would be amazing – especially if he lives near the DFW metroplex! It is a great small town! xx – Anshula

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    Tarah and Tip Vongbouthdy
    July 19, 2016 at 5:28 AM

    Great post! I haven’t even heard of little elm, so its nice to learn more!

    • Reply
      Anshula
      July 19, 2016 at 3:57 PM

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed reading the post! xx – Anshula

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    Vyjay Rao
    July 19, 2016 at 7:44 AM

    This sounds like a nice place to unwind. I love these kind of relatively unknown places which are untouched and not teeming with tourists.

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      Anshula
      July 19, 2016 at 3:54 PM

      It is perfect for relaxing! That is one of the many charms of local-centric small towns such as this one. xx – Anshula

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    Nazrin Miah
    July 19, 2016 at 1:12 PM

    Ahh! Loved going on this trip with you! You definitely made it an enjoyable read! I’ve always wanted to see Texas and uncover it’s gems! You’ve done a little part for me with your words!

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      Anshula
      July 19, 2016 at 4:03 PM

      Thank you! Texas is a very unique state rife with off-the-beaten-path locations (there are so many lovely small towns here, I’ve lost count) 🙂 xx – Anshula

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    JessicaLippe.com
    July 19, 2016 at 8:14 PM

    I’ve been wanting to go to Texas for a long time!

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    Jen Sotolongo
    July 20, 2016 at 12:24 AM

    Little Elm sounds like a lovely place to escape the big city and get a bit of charm, good food, and beach time. Thanks for sharing!

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      Anshula
      July 25, 2016 at 5:26 PM

      Yes! It is perfect for that! xx – Anshula

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