Nearby Family Fun Adventures For Spring Break

Nearby Family Fun Adventures For Spring Break

by Steve Gamel

Many families are looking to do something fun for Spring Break, but there’s simply not enough time to go out of state or even somewhere exotic. The good news is there are plenty of options relatively close to home. Here are a few of those fun family ideas – all located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area:


Adventure:

ALTITUDE PARK IN DENTON
www.altitudedenton.com
This is incredible for kids of all ages. Go crazy with 30,000 square feet of foam pits, gymnastics tumble tracks, a kid zone, basketball dunking lanes, dodgeball, and more. The facility is located across from Golden Triangle Mall in Denton.

WINKIDS IN FLOWER MOUND
www.winkids.net
During Spring Break, there are outrageously fun camps for children ages 2 1/2 and up for three hours or all day. Kids will have fun making friends, getting exercise, and learning new skills in this super kid-friendly sport center.

CINNAMON CREEK RANCH
www.cinnamoncreekranch.com
It’s the new bowling! Bring the kids for a fun-filled day of archery. There is so much to do here, and the great instructors are happy to help the newcomers get the feel of the bow and arrow. It’s perfect for the whole family.

ESCAPE ROOMS HQ
www.escaperoomshq.com
Escape Rooms HQ is a one-of-a-kind fantasy entertainment facility where players race against the clock to solve all of the clues to escape their mystery room. Your team will be charged with solving a series of codes, locks, and puzzles that reveal clues to enable the escape. This is especially good for older kids and fun for the whole family.

ZERO GRAVITY THRILL PARK IN DALLAS
www.gojump.com
For the older kids looking for some serious thrills, there’s this: bungee jumping, a 16-story free fall, a sky-coaster that glides 100 feet off the ground, a rocket ride that sends you straight into the air at 70mph and being strapped to a 165-foot propeller with speeds up to 60 mph in just seconds. We’re talking 4Gs of force. Talk about your wild rides.

TRINITY FOREST ADVENTURE PARK IN DALLAS
www.trinitytreetops.com
This is a seven-acre combination obstacle course and zip line park for people ages six and older. It has more than 20 zip-lines as well as cargo nets, rope bridges, and other obstacles spread out over six courses. Go at your own pace, as long as you don’t take longer than the three-hour time limit.

GREAT WOLF LODGE IN GRAPEVINE
www.greatwolf.com/grapevine
Talk about a family getaway that doesn’t break the bank! Located in Grapevine near Grapevine Mills Mall, Great Wolf Lodge Resort offers everything from indoor waterslides and pools to arts, crafts, food, entertainment, lodging, and shopping. Stay for a day or stay in the luxurious hotel to maximize your fun.

Animals & Aquatics:

DALLAS ZOO
www.dallaszoo.com
The zoo is always fun, and there’s plenty for the kids to see and do. The Keeper Encounters and Training Demonstrations are always interesting for a behind-the-scenes look. There’s even a guide to Pokemon Go on their website. You can save with CityPass if you’re planning to experience other nearby venues.

DALLAS WORLD AQUARIUM
www.dwazoo.com
Much like the zoo, it’s hard to go wrong with a trip to the aquarium. It’s educational, it’s fun, and it’s cool to see sharks. There also aren’t a ton of lines, so you and the family can go at your own pace and enjoy every exhibit.

FRANK BUCK ZOO IN GAINESVILLE
www.gainesville.tx.us/index.aspx?nid=108
Dubbed the Star of North Texas, the Frank Buck Zoo offers all your traditional zoo experiences and more without having to drive into Dallas or Fort Worth. This is a great venue to have a birthday party at or even have a private guided tour.

SHARKAROSA WILDLIFE RANCH IN PILOT POINT
www.sharkarosa.com
Another hidden gem in North Texas, Sharkarosa is a non-profit ranch licensed and regulated by the USDA. Families can get an up-close-and-personal zoo experience featuring endangered exotic wildlife – without spending an arm and a leg.

Museum Fun:
PEROT MUSEUM
www.perotmuseum.org
When you think of museums, you think quiet and sometimes boring. But NOT the Perot Museum. This is anything but boring, and the kids will love it. There are lots of interactive things to do, and it’s great learning for everyone. Even the building is radical.

THE DALLAS ARBORETUM AND BOTANICAL GARDENS
www.dallasarboretum.org
The Arboretum is beautiful with breathtaking gardens at every turn. For the kids, there is the Rory Meyers Adventure Garden for Children overlooking White Rock Lake. There are more than 150 individual kid-friendly activities, and the children’s garden features The Texas Skywalk, The Moody Oasis, a Walk in the Clouds, and more.

RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT/LOUIS TUSSAUDS PALACE OF WAX
www.ripleys.com/grandprairie
Adults and children alike would definitely miss out by not checking out the unique – and odd attractions – at Ripley’s. Ever seen a two-headed animal, a shrunken head, or hung out with wax replicas of Superman or Cher? Here’s your chance. It’s worth it.


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