Spruce up your Spring Break

Lora Pippin, Staff Writer

Have any plans for spring break or are you stuck here in North Texas?  Fear not my crestfallen classmate!  The DFW area offers an abundance of activities that will make this break an unforgettable one.  Whether you are into wildlife or nightlife, amusement parks, or relaxing in the park, the DFW metroplex is sure to have something that will spruce up your spring break.

Dallas World Aquarium- Take a mini exotic vacation. Not only does this aquarium offer its visitors an unforgettable experience with its variety of marine life, such manatees, seals, and vibrant colored fish, it also allows visitors to be up close to penguins, leopards, alligators, and parrots. Be sure to take a walk on the wild side through a tunnel of glass where sharks swim all around you. Ticket Price: Adult $20.95

Zero Gravity Thrill Park Adrenaline-junkies rejoice! This park offers 5 of the most hair-raising rides in North Texas. Test your gut out with a 16 story free fall into a safety net or a bungee jump off a seven story tower. Ticket Price: $32.99 (first ride), additional ride $14.99 or more.

The Brazos Old-Fashioned Drive-In and Cinema (Grandbury)-  Nostalgic fun will make for a night to remember.  Open every Saturday and Sunday, visitors pay $18 per carload (6 max) to view a double feature on their huge outdoor screen.  Concessions are available.

Six Flags Over Texas- A classic for thrill seekers, this amusement park offers a ride for every age. Bring along family and friends for a screamin’ fun time.  Ticket Price: $18.36 for day pass.

The Stockyards- Yeehaw! Get in touch with your inner cowboy. Visiting the Stockyards museum or the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame is a great way to learn about North Texas’ heritage. Whether you’re dressing up for an old timey photo, looking through the unique gift shops or petting the livestock, your day is sure to be spent well.

Grapevine Vintage Railroad- All aboard the fun train! The Grapevine Vintage Railroad is a great way to step back in time as you travel between the Fort Worth Stockyards and Grapevine.  The service offers one-way or round trip service from either location.  The train runs on Saturdays and Sundays only.  Prices range from $13 – $28.

Dallas Museum of Art- Inspire your inner artist. Spend a day looking over the 22,000 pieces of art this museum offers. General Admission, which includes most galleries, is now free.

Fort Worth Zoo– Being mostly outdoors, spring is the perfect season to visit the Fort Worth Zoo to see animals from around the world, before the heat of summer arrives. Be sure to catch a glimpse of the zoo’s two new arrivals, a baby giraffe and rhino. Ticket Price: Adults $12

Marshall Creek Ranch (Southlake)- Relax in the spring sunshine on horseback. With 39 miles of equestrian trials, you’re sure to satisfy your adventuresome spirit. This ranch offers trail rides for beginners and advanced riders. Ticket Price: 1.5 hours $40; 2 hours $50

American Airlines Center- Jam it up! The Mavericks and Stars are set to play at the American Airlines Center multiple times this break. Check out official times at the American Airlines Center Website. Muse is scheduled to perform on the 13th of March.  Maroon 5, joined by Owl City and Neon Trees are scheduled to perform on the 21st of March. Check out Ticketmaster for more information.

If you’re trying to save money, but also wanting to have some fun, the following are activities are for you:

–       Pack for a picnic in the park

–       Pitch a tent in your backyard

–       Take a bike ride

–       Start a garden

–       Go bowling

–       Fly a kite

–       Go fishing at a local lake

–       Outdoor Yoga~ Namaste


Whether you intend to be jamming at a concert, soaking in the sunlight, or visiting local treasures, DFW is sure to please your spring spirit. For more attractions and activities go to http://www.visitdallas.com/events/ .