For me, Spring Break is essential life medicine after a long, dark winter. And DFW’s many diverse experiences coupled with their convenient access create a perfect Spring Break wellness prescription:
Winter has a way of steering my brain into a rut around this time of year and I need to find fresh ideas and perspectives. Try these DFW mind-expanders:
- Cirque du Soleil at Lone Star Park: Nothing ignites imagination like Cirque. If you want to be transported to a place where the craziest ideas and the grandest dreams lie waiting, this is it. Family-friendly KURIOS will challenge your perceptions and disorient your senses. See KURIOS under The Big Top at Lone Star Park till March 26.
- The Sixth Floor Museum: I find inspiration in history. And one of mankind’s social triumphs is our own Bill of Rights. The Amending America exhibit at the Sixth Floor Museum will make you realize how lucky we are to have these rights and freedoms.
- Dallas Zoo: This is the place to go to show your kids a great time and also to teach them something about the planet over Spring Break. The Dallas Zoo, the largest zoo in Texas, has incredible programs on animal education and sustainability. With over 2,000 animals, it’s a great reminder to all that we share this planet with a lot of different species.
Re-Engage: Spring is a time to get away from your screens and get some face-time with family and friends. And the best way I know to re-engage with folks is over food and drink. Here are some of my local faves for conversation and family bonding:
- Esparzas Tex Mex: A great place to go for a margarita and a meal after exploring nearby Main Street in Grapevine. A place equally appealing to families and fraternities. The patio in the evening will help you appreciate that the stars at night are REALLY big and bright in deep in the heart of Texas.
- Fearings: Take someone you love here in downtown Dallas. You’ll impress them…particularly when Chef Dean Fearing comes over to say hello. Often listed amongst the top restaurants in America, the menu takes Texas cuisine to a new level. You’ll create your own DFW story just by dining here. There’s also a good chance you’ll run into local glitterati like Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones have been known to frequent the place.
- Lilli’s Bistro: Part tavern, part wine bar with an eclectic American bistro menu, Lilli’s exudes “comfort” in Fort Worth. You’ll have no problem baring your soul to a friend, brainstorming the next big innovation or proposing to a loved one at Lilli’s.
- Feedstore: Any Texas list of places to eat has to include a BBQ joint. Feedstore in Southlake is a great family-style Texas place with amazing local BBQ. Its so Texas-authentic it backs onto a cattle ranch. Parking is also available for helicopters.
- Six Flags Over Texas: This is the Texas crossroads for family thrills and fun. If you want to draw new energy from thousands of thrill-seekers gathered in one place, this is your fountain of youth. Like Super Heroes? Batman™ and Aquaman have their own adventure rides here. And…coming soon, so will The Joker.
- Texas Motor Speedway: When people say everything is bigger in Texas, they are likely talking about TMS. 112,000 seats and 1,500 acres. That’s just for starters. Sign-up for a tour that includes a lap of the track. I didn’t think physics would allow a car to drive on that steep of a slope. Bring a go-pro to prove you did it.
- AT&T Stadium: America’s Team plays here. So does U2, CONCACAF soccer and Justin Bieber, amongst others. No visit to the DFW area is complete without a tour of the Dallas Cowboys home stadium in Arlington. Take a tour and see the locker rooms, the Ring of Honor and the mind-blowing technology that it takes to put the Dallas Cowboys on the field. And there’s no better place to get your DFW souvenir than a genuine piece of Dallas Cowboys swag from the mother ship.
Re-Charge: Finally, if you’re looking to get re-energized after a long, dark winter there’s nothing like a little retail therapy to pull your spring look together and DFW has plenty of what you need:
- Stonebriar Mall: Stonebriar is as much a Texas shopping experience as it is an epicenter for entertainment. Located in Frisco at the crossroads of two major highways, its extremely convenient for visitors. What I like about Stonebriar is that it’s a great family jumping-off point to explore the myriad of other entertainment experiences in Frisco like baseball at Pepper Ballpark.
- Grand Prairie Premium Outlets: Everybody loves a deal. Grand Prairie Premium Outlets is every shoppers dream featuring over 100 stores with savings anywhere from 25% to 65%. Stores include Bloomingdale’s, Brooks Brothers, Michael Kors, J. Crew, Nike and more.
- Galleria Dallas: Not only will you find many of the world’s great fashion brands at the Galleria, you’re also likely to find yourself checking out the mall’s regular line-up of fashion events and brand announcements. The onsite Westin Galleria Dallas is almost too convenient for power shopping with its cool restaurant and bar scene.
Spring Break prescription delivered. The doctor has now left the building.