5 Reasons To Visit DFW For Spring Break

March 8, 2014 7:00 AM

Riders enjoy an attraction at Zero Gravity Thrill Amusement Park in Dallas. (credit: Zero Gravity Thrill Amusement Park via Facebook)

Spring break is upon us. However, overcrowded beaches are not for everyone. Dallas/Fort Worth has plenty of exciting springtime options for visitors to the area that can be memorable for everyone in the family.

Zero Gravity Thrill Park
11131 Malibu Drive
Dallas, TX 75229
(972) 484-8359
www.gojump.comFor the thrill seekers, Zero Gravity provides a dose of adrenaline for the big and small. Guests can buy passes for one ride or for several including the bucket list item of bungee jumping, as well as a free-fall option called Nothing But Net, the Skycoaster, Skyscraper and Blastoff. These rides provide the excitement of anything from the freedom of falling, to being whipped into the air, to becoming a human slingshot. With a menu of mayhem from bungee jumping to free falling, it is not the prices that will make your heart race.

Dallas/Fort Worth Area Lakes
Joe Pool Lake
Joe Pool Marina
1570 W. FM 1382
Cedar Hill, TX 75104
(972) 299-9010

Sprinkled all around the metroplex, Dallas/Fort Worth-area lakes bring in hundreds of thousands of visitors every year for boating, swimming, fishing and even paragliding. Joe Pool Lake in Grand Prairie has a huge marina, cabins and fishing. Lake Lewisville and Lake Grapevine are also popular options. As for now, paragliding fans will need to visit the lake in Rockwall. For nature, head to Possum Kingdom Lake, is a little further out, but just as refreshing.

Bike Trails
Richardson Bike Mart
9040 Garland Road
Dallas, TX 75218
(214) 321-0705
www.bikemart.comThe DFW area has plenty of outdoor activities to get you out into the fresh spring air. Richardson Bike Mart at White Rock Lake rents tandem bikes, Eliptigo bikes and the standard, two-wheel variety to cruise around the lake. Additionally, the Katy Trail runs through the heart of Dallas and stretches through some of the most beautiful urban areas in town. Fort Worth has been expanding its trail system to span much of the city and it continues to grow. The Buzz Bike and Cowtown Cycle Party are great group bike options with built-in bars to pedal and drink, with permission from the city.Related: Pros And Cons Of Campus Visits During Spring Break

Dallas, Texas Fifty Free
www.tourtexas.comFor the thrifty that have a lust for exploration, the 50 Free Things to Do in Dallas list can fulfill any urge one has throughout the city. From free museums like the Dallas Museum of Art, to free McKinney Avenue Trolley rides, to Farmers Branch Historical Park, one can tour the metroplex on gas money alone.
Indoor Waterpark at Great Wolf Lodge
100 Great Wolf Drive
Grapevine, TX 76051
(817) 488-6510
www.greatwolf.com/grapevine/waterparkNo need to wait for the summer to enjoy water slides and pools in North Texas. Great Wolf Lodge has these amenities and more for guests at Caribbean-like temperatures throughout the year. With spas, stores and activities for the kids, a stay at Grapevine’s Great Wolf Lodge works for those seeking relaxation, shopping, excitement and splashing good times. For those who prefer adventure to water, Great Wolf Lodge also has magician challenges, fantastical characters, food and gifts for the whole family.Related: Spring Fashion Tips From DFW Fashionista

Kena Sosa is a freelance writer in Dallas. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.