Some of the best Spring Break adventures happen right in our own backyard. Texas’ natural beauty and pioneer legacy make it the perfect place to roam, play, explore and enjoy – and you might even uncover a dinosaur or two on your travels.
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
For the adventurous, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose does not disappoint. Just 55 miles southwest of Fort Worth and 75 miles southwest of Dallas, Fossil Rim offers a real safari experience. Take a wildlife drive and interact at your own pace with animals such as giraffes and ostriches. The center also offers lodging opportunities. Visit fossilrim.org for more information, calendar and prices.
Dinosaur Valley State Park
And why not get a full outdoor experience at Dinosaur Valley State Park, also located in Glen Rose? If you are an equestrian family, the park offers a 100-acre South Primitive Area dedicated to horse riding. The location is sure to bring out the explorer in everyone as there are no marked trails and features wooded terrain highlighted by a river. If you are looking for hands-on learning, the park offers several educational opportunities such as dinosaur track tours, wildlife viewing and stargazing. Visit tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/dinosaur-valley.
Trinity River Audubon Center
Some local attractions such as the Trinity River Audubon Center offer family programs to learn more about nature. “Discover Together” is for families and children ages 5-13 and features opportunities for hiking, bird watching for beginners, nature journaling, survival skills and camping basics. Call 214-309-5801 to choose your date for these 2-hour workshops and visit trinityriver.audubon.org for more information on other highlights.
Looking to take flight? Check out Zero Gravity – a place for thrill-seeking families. It is an extreme amusement park that touts five high-intensity attractions such as bungee jumping and the Texas Blastoff, which rockets straight up at 70 miles per hour. Visit gojump.com for a complete list of offerings and pricing.
Great Wolf Lodge
An overnight or multi-day getaway is just within reach when you choose Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine as your destination. This year’s Spring Break activities include Bo Gerard World Explorer Comedy Magic, Dallas Zoo Animal Adventures, Movie Nights and a Grand Lobby Dance Party. These events are in addition to the normal daily offerings such as a water park, Wolf Walk nature hike, story time and The Great Clock Tower Show. Visit greatwolf.com for reservation information and calendar details.
Klyde Warren Park
Whether it’s food trucks, sport and fitness activities, kids events or music, the multifaceted and vibrant Klyde Warren Park gives everyone daily choices for entertainment from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Visit klydewarrenpark.org for a list of activities.
— By Jenice Johnson
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