Spring stay-cation

Great break experiences without leaving town


Stu Mair

The Red Ledger’s Catherine Hathaway gives advice on what to do over spring break without having to travel.

Catherine Hathaway, A&E Editor

Staying home over break doesn’t have to be mundane when you live in North Texas. There are so many unique adventures close to the area, but it can be difficult to find them. Below you’ll find seven ideas for mini-adventures you, your family, friends or significant other can take to beat the Spring Break blues.

Closer Encounters-

  • For the Movie Buff

For those looking for a little bit of bang for their buck, a throwback twist of the ever popular movie night could be this thing for you. Swing by Hypnotic Emporium for a classic soda shop treat then continue on your mini road trip to hit Galaxy Drive-In in Ennis, Texas. For just $7 each, you and your best friends can pull into the vintage styled drive-in and choose one of six screens to watch two first run movies on. Although it’s a late night and requires extra some time on the road, the adventure is half the fun.

Pro Tip: Check out the snack shack in the center of the drive-In. Taking a picture with the murals of your favorite Disney Cartoon character makes a great Instagram post.

  • For the Fancy Couple

For those looking for a more sophisticated evening, the show may be the thing for you. Disney’s The Little Mermaid The Musical will be playing at Dallas Summer Musicals at Fair Park from March 11 through March 21. Top off your evening with a trip to the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM to indulge in some sweet treats after hours.

Pro Tip: Dallas Summer Musicals is known to offer student rush tickets (discounts for students announced the day of the show). Check the Dallas Summer Musicals Facebook page periodically to take advantage of any discounts they offer.

  • For the Faux Tourist

For those looking to fill up their week with adventuring around the city, Dallas offers the CityPASS. Valid for nine days, this pass offers customers with access to many of Dallas’ greatest tourist hot spots. For $46 each, you get access to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Reunion Tower GeO-Deck, your choice of Museum at Dealey Plaza or Dallas Zoo, and your choice of George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum or Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden.

Pro Tip: Cloud Nine Cafe is located in Reunion Tower and hosts an array of drinks, sandwiches and their specialty, the Signature Cloud Tower dessert. The cafe is open for adjusted hours on Spring Break. Click here for Spring Break hours.

Longer Detours-

  • For the country kids

For those looking to pull on their cowboy boots, Fort Worth is the cattle-driving, cowgirl-swinging  hub of Texas. Spanning 35 blocks, Sundance Square is home to live music, lots of shopping, and 34 different restaurants. Visitors can lunch or brunch on the famous commercial square then dance off the barbecue at Billy Bob’s Texas: The World’s Largest Honkey Tonk. Billy Bob’s offers free line dancing lessons every Thursday night at 7 p.m with the price of your admission. After working up a sweat, make sure to peruse the lipstick-stained, dirty walls covered with handprints from stars such as Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, REO Speedwagon, and Willie Nelson.

Pro Tip: If this is your date night, decorate and bring a lock to Billy Bob’s Texas. At one of the exits there’s a gate where you and your sweetie can lock your lock, but it’s your job to find it.

  • For the quirky couples

For those who love the more unique things, Denton has loads of things to explore. Those interested in taking the day trip may grab the sundae of the month at Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor for only $3.35. When you’re finished licking up your old-fashioned treat, head over to Recycled, a used book, CD, and record store inside of an big, old, purple opera theatre. Vinylphiles and book worms can get lost for hours, searching the shelves for a new old treasure to add to their collection.

Pro Tip: Denton is packed up with arts, history, and entertainment activities. Before your visit, check the town’s master calendar to try and pick up a free yoga class or locate a cool concert.

Day Trip Must Do’s-

  • For the animal enthusiast

For animal lovers, sometimes the zoo just isn’t enough. Amp up your animal interactions at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose. The organization offers guided tours for those looking for a more educational experience, but many visitors take their own vehicles and drive through the plains to gaze at the giraffes, rhinoceroses, zebras, wildebeests, and more. If you’re interested in scheduling a tour, call ahead before you make the trip. The scenic drive is priced at $21.95 for each adult during the weekdays. For families looking for more of a getaway, lodging can be arranged as well through Fossil Rim.

Pro Tip: You can feed the animals with bags of feed purchasable for $10, but only one per a car so divide wisely.

  • For the adventurers

Though it’s a little too chilly to go for a swim, Turner Falls in Oklahoma offers views of Oklahoma’s largest waterfall. Visitors may also take advantage of the beautiful hiking trails, photo-worthy rock castles, and cave exploring. For those wishing to extend their stay, cabins, RV hook-ups, as well as primitive camping sites are available for a fee.

Pro Tip: Admission for adults is $4 until April 30 when it spikes up to $12.00.