1. DALLAS ZOO
Spring is the perfect time to visit the Dallas Zoo. Not only are there a ton of programming options, it’s the oldest (and largest) zoo in Texas, so plan for a full day of exploring all of the animals and exhibits. During spring break, we use Dallas City Pass to save and take advantage of all the other great attractions nearby. One of the best ways to get up close with the animals is through the Spring Break Keeper Encounters that happen daily where you can meet and learn about the elephants, otters, tigers, oh my!
Featuring authentic Victorian coaches from the 1920s, Grapevine Vintage Railroad is definitely one of the most unique attractions in DFW. On Saturdays and Sundays, you can take the One-Hour Excursion (great for young children) or The Cotton Belt Route, a 4.5 hour-long trip to the Fort Worth Stockyards and back. Depending on the route, ticket prices range from $10–$18 for Touring coaches (open-air with ceiling fans) and $12–$26 for the First Class coach (air conditioned). Check out their special events like the Spring Break Train from March 12–March 16 and the Kiss Me I’m Irish Express on March 17.
When it comes to some of the prettiest blooms here in DFW, I can always count on the Dallas Arboretum to come through! Ranked as one of the best botanical gardens in the US by Travel Channel, the Dallas Arboretum is popular for both locals and tourists year round. From February 24 to April 8, a floral festival called Dallas Blooms, showcases over one hundred varieties of stunning flowers. To top it off, my family always enjoys the various activities, crafts and even food—all related to this year’s theme: A World of Flowers.
With sand volleyball, picnics, barbecues and swimming, there are so many fun outdoor activities you at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie. Located along the northwest corner of Joe Pool Lake, the park is known for its beautiful greeneries and serene waterfront views. As the weather gets warmer, Lynn Creek turns into a popular swimming spot, with a beach area, changing rooms, playground and a nearby concession stand. There is also a boat dock, a marina, and one of my favorite restaurants called The Oasis that serves seafood, burgers and cocktails.
If you’re kiddos love everything about celestial wonders, round up the family for Frisco’s Starfest! Gaze upon the magical night sky, observe star charts, and learn about the planets, the moon, and telescopes like never before. This star party is free and lasts from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at Frisco Commons Park. It’s a great educational activity for families and friends—especially when you want to just simmer down and marvel at a piece of our beautiful galaxy.