Spring break is a time for the whole family to recharge, get ready for the final stretch of the school year, and also, it’s an opportunity to enjoy some fun activities with families and friends. Here are some helpful tips to help you have a great spring break and a few suggestions of fun places to see around Dallas.
Early spring break planning saves time, money, and stress down the road. Additionally, it gives you a lot of time to decide whether to visit family or go on a trip with some close friends. The earlier you choose, the lower the travel expenses are. In addition, if you plan to vacation with friends, you and your team will want time to prepare where to go. Meet to set a spending budget and note what each of you wants from your break. Compromising is essential, and rushing at the last minute to find a getaway spot may prove to be distressing.
You Don’t Need to Leave the City
Despite the glamor that comes with a spring break trip to Dallas or a cross-country road trip, staying in town offers plenty of benefits. See how many friends will be in the area throughout the break and plan day trips to nearby destinations. If you’re by a city, take a look at a few things you wouldn’t have been able to see while in school. Sticking around lets you be adventurous in your town and avoid spending money on a week-long trip.
Keep It Small
No matter what you end up doing this spring break, there will be additional costs. Never travel out of the country except if you do plenty of research and find a great deal. Long road trips can get costly as food and gas accumulate faster than you might assume. Try to keep your group small. Planning for large groups gets tremendously tricky as each person has trip preferences. Spending your break with a small group of friends also lets you all develop closer with each other.
Dallas Must-Sees During Spring Break
1570 West FM 1382
Cedar Hill, TX 75104
Only about 20 miles south of downtown Dallas close to Joe Pool Lake, is a group of places to see nature and go hiking. Check out Cedar Hill State Park, Cedar Ridge Preserve and Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center for trail systems boasting Hill Country-like landscape and views from some of the most significant areas in the Dallas Region. The greenbelt areas are loaded with local trees and plants, bringing in birds, reptiles, butterflies, and insects. Every location offers various amenities. Due to pandemic precautions, some features may be closed. The state park allows swimming, fishing as well as camping. tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/cedar-hill
Dallas Blooms at the Dallas Arboretum
8525 Garland Rd.
Dallas, TX 75218
Known by Southern Living as one of “The Best Places to See Stunning Spring Blooms Across the South,” the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden present Dallas Blooms, the largest yearly floral event in the Southwest.
IBERIABANK/First Horizon’s presents this fantastic event from February 21 to April 11. With the concept “America the Beautiful,” the actual spring festival showcases a surge of color through 100 varieties of spring bulbs and over 500, 000 spring-blooming blossoms, thousands of beautiful azaleas, and hundreds of Japanese cherry trees. Every week, Dallas Blooms focuses on one of the six areas in the United States with food, music, flowers, and exclusive activities. dallasarboretum.org
2970 Epic Place,
Grand Prairie, TX 75052
Families can go for a swim, whatever the weather is like, at Grand Prairie’s 800,000 square-foot indoor-outdoor water recreation area complex. It has a UV-protected retractable roof, a 600-foot lazy river, Lasso Loop body slide, FlowRider surfing simulator, Aquanaut inner-tube ride, and Rascal’s Roundup, a particular area intended for children. You will find a cafe, a bar and lounge, and an arcade along with classic and current games. The park has less capacity and signs to promote social distancing, enhanced cleaning procedures, and hand sanitizer areas. Guests 10-year-old and above are requested to wear face coverings except when swimming, eating, drinking, showering, and changing clothes. epicwatersgp.com
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
2201 N Field St.
Dallas, TX 75201
Visit Perot’s “The Science of Guinness World Records.” Discover the science and secrets behind record-breaking human feats, including performing the most drum beats in a single minute and growing the longest mustache ever. You can also see the biggest Pac-Man video game and the smallest hand-crafted chess set. The museum’s permanent collection includes display halls focused on the science of sports, animals, dinosaurs, space, human anatomy, hands-on experiments, and much more. Our little explorers can delight in the actual Moody Family Children’s Museum, where kids five and younger with an adult companion can play in a pint-size world. perotmuseum.org
Great Wolf Lodge
100 Great Wolf Dr.
Grapevine, TX 76051
This family-focused resort has rooms made to accommodate adults and children, and a few even have log cabins or tent-themed sleeping areas for the kids. A night’s stay consists of family activities such as story-times and dance events and an entry to the indoor, 84-degree water park as well as its wave pool, lazy river, and water slides. There are also ropes courses, MagiQuest, Build-a-Bear, and more. greatwolf.com
650 S R L Thornton Fwy,
Dallas, TX 75203
This Spring break, visit the largest zoological experience in Texas with a trip to the Dallas Zoo. Located in South Dallas, the zoo is home to numerous animal experiences that make for an enjoyable family getaway.
Stop by the giraffe feeding ridge, or perhaps make your way to the Wonders of the Wild wildlife exhibit. Additionally, there are hourly animal encounters at the zoo’s brand new Animals in Action pop-up encounters. dallaszoo.com
Reunion Tower GeO-Deck
300 Reunion Blvd E,
Dallas, TX 75207
Discover the Dallas skyline with the Tower’s 360-degree video experience, check out the indoor and outside observation decks, and collect a free digital photo! Additionally, Reunion Tower has several Spring Break programs planned that fit all age groups. reuniontower.com
The Sixth Floor Museum
411 Elm St.
Dallas, TX 75202
Discover Art Reframes History at The Sixth Floor Museum. This unique installation of works explores the range of ways artists interpret historical past, showcased through 10 various artistic approaches, including photography, oil painting, and music theater. The museum’s permanent exhibit is a must-see outside of this unique exhibit. Learn about the life and legacy of John F. Kennedy through an interactive, audio-guided tour, and stop by the gift shop on the way out for unique memorabilia. jfk.org
Texas Discovery Garden
3601 Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard,
Dallas, TX, 75210
Spring break is the perfect time to see the butterflies at Discovery Garden. Check the calendar for the daily release times, and don’t forget to bring your snacks while you enjoy the garden behind the exhibit! txdg.org
Legoland Discovery Center
3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy,
LEGOLAND Discovery Center offers various attractions that are perfect this Spring break.
There are various activities in the center for your children to do. legolanddiscoverycenter.com/dallas-fw
Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park
1462 1st Ave.
Dallas, TX 7521
From big sharks and stingrays to small but colorful fish, the Children’s Aquarium houses fantastic aquatic creatures from across the globe and around the state. Guests can feed and pet their graceful stingrays and give their new Archer Fish that spit water to get their meals. Over 55 exhibits present an eye-level view of some of the fascinating animals in the world. childrensaquarium.com
Dallas Museum of Art
1717 N Harwood St.
Dallas, TX 75201
Take your Spring Break indoors for a cooler fun-filled experience at the Dallas Museum of Art. During Spring Break, the Dallas Museum of Art is having story time, art spots, and family gallery guides. Visit their website for upcoming activities, times, and other information. dma.org