Spring Break is right around the corner, and you may be thinking, “Let’s pack up and go somewhere!” The beach? The mountains? Those are all fun and wonderful ideas, but did you know that there are several places right here in our own backyard that are fun and way cheaper?!?! Here are my top seven picks for some staycation ideas in the DFW area.
1.”Hey Boo Boo!”
You have to check out Yogi Bear and Boo Boo at the North Texas Jellystone Park! There are many of these Jellystone Parks around the great state of Texas, but the closest one is in Burleson, Texas…only about an hour away from the Dallas area. My family and I went to Jellystone in October last year, and we had a great time. You can tent camp, RV camp, or rent a cabin. We rented a cabin, and it was perfect for our family of five! Since it was October there was a Halloween theme, and they had lots of fun activities planned for adults and kids alike. They also have paintball, laser tag, a bounce house park, playgrounds, fishing, and much more. Needless to say we were never bored, and we all had a blast! Check out their event schedule for lots of fun things coming up. Oh, and they are also right next door to Pirate’s Cove Water Park. Since it was October when we went they were closed, but we will definitely be going back this summer!!
2. Spend some time in the city!
If you are like us we rarely go to downtown Dallas, but when we do we usually have so much fun! Some girlfriends and I stayed at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas last summer for a staycation girls trip, and we had a blast! They have a Leisure Cove Pool that stays open year round, and they also have a waterpark called Jadewaters, open Memorial Day through Labor Day. They have slides, a lazy river, an activity pool, a play pool for the little ones, and a swim up bar for the adults! The hotel itself is really nice and has lots to offer within, like restaurants, shops, and lots of really cool art and history, including a piece of the Berlin Wall. While you are in Dallas there is a ton to do, such as The Dallas World Aquarium, Klyde Warren Park, or the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Check out this fun book called Goodnight Dallas for more things to do during your stay.
3. Tried and true!
Great Wolf Lodge is always a favorite with the kids. I mean what kid doesn’t like to be at a fun water park in the middle of winter?!?! Besides the awesome indoor and outdoor water park, Great Wolf Lodge also offers so many activities for kids of all ages. Character appearances, crafts, story time, scavenger hunts, ropes course, and more! If water parks aren’t your thing, then head over to the Gaylord Texan right across the street. The Gaylord is geared more for adults, but there are still some fun family friendly things to do, like their water park, Paradise Springs.
4. An oldie, but a goodie!
I have fond memories as a kid of going to Six Flags Over Texas and Hurricane Harbor (formerly known as Wet ‘n Wild back in the day)! Is anyone out there old enough to remember that? No, just me? Okay, moving on! Anyway, these parks are always a good time for kids of all ages. Make it a weekend getaway and stay in Arlington. Baseball season is coming up, so maybe head over to The Ballpark (aka Globe Life Park) to see the Rangers play, or if you go during football season, head over to Cowboy Stadium (aka AT&T Stadium) and watch the Cowboys!
5. Get back to nature!
Our family loves to camp. I grew up camping and love that we have passed this tradition on to our kids. One of our favorite places to camp is at Eisenhower State Park on Lake Texoma. The campsites are well taken care of and there is plenty to do to keep you busy. They have hiking trails, swimming, fishing, playgrounds, and even kids activities, like nature based crafts. If camping isn’t your thing, you can rent a cabin at Grandpappy Point or stay at Tanglewood Resort. You can also rent boats and wave runners at many of the marinas around the lake. While you are out that way you should visit the birthplace of President Eisenhower for a little history lesson or head over to Hagerman’s National Wildlife Refuge to see the beautiful wildlife.
6. Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!
Fossil Rim in Glen Rose, Texas is another family favorite! We went a few years ago over Spring Break and had the best time. My kids loved feeding the animals right from our car windows. You can even stay overnight on property. They have rooms at the Lodge or you can stay in the bunkhouse cabins overlooking their most popular watering hole where the animals can be viewed. One of the perks for staying overnight is that you get to go on a special Morning Safari Guided Tour. How fun is that?
7. Can’t forget Cowtown!
Fort Worth can sometimes get forgotten, but it has so much to offer! The Fort Worth Zoo is a great zoo and even has a fun little water park called Safari Splash (opens daily on May 1st). The Fort Worth Water Gardens are a must see and you can’t go to Cowtown without visiting the Fort Worth Stockyards.