Check out my list of 10 of our favorites and most anticipated Spring things to do, then grab a picnic basket and get out and explore!
1. Scarborough Renaissance Festival, Waxahachie Take a trip back in time at this annual festival, with so many fun activities for the entire family that you may wear your kilt to work!
2. Enjoy the Flowers! Dallas Blooms at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is open daily and showcases thousands of tulips and other early blooming flowers at their beautiful gardens along White Rock Lake! Adjacent to the Arboretum is The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, which can best be described as a huge outdoor museum! Pack a picnic for a relaxing lunch overlooking White Rock Lake! I like to visit early and stop off at nearby Hypnotic Donuts for a chicken and biscuit or fun donut, but next door is the original Hypnotic Emporium, for a fun ice cream treat after the gardens!
Texas Tulips in Pilot Point is a huge tulip farm, where you can pay to spend the day among the tulips for photo ops and cut your own tulips. Make a day out of it with a visit to nearby Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch, where you can see baby camels and even a zorse, a mix between a zebra and horse.
Tulipalooza in Waxahachie runs from March 10-19th and offers visitors the chance to come out for photo ops in the tulip fields and to cut their own tulips, along with fun festival activities such as live music, a petting zoo and children’s activities. Your kids will love Farm Luck Soda Fountain in Downtown!
Texas Bluebonnet Trails, Ennis Take a drive out to see the wildflowers along the mapped back roads around Ennis. Two of our favorite spots are Bluebonnet Park off Hwy 287, and Meadow View Park overlooking Bardwell Lake. Arrive early for the best pictures with the lake in the background. Maps are available online or at the Ennis Visitors Center, and don’t miss the Ennis Bluebonnet Festival on April 14-16th.
The Japanese Spring Festival at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens Celebrate the signs of Spring on April 22-23rd, 2023! Don’t miss visiting the unique Stickworks exhibit and Big Bugs in the gardens, too!
3. Make a Splash! Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark in Grand Prairie has fun slides, boogie boards, a lazy river and SO much more! Head over on Tiny Tots Time, Twilight Prices and so much more! Before or after your visit, or on another day entirely, be sure to check out the new Chicken and Pickle! Great food and a huge space with numerous indoor and outdoor pickleball courts, corn hole and much more!
The Brick in Burleson is a smaller waterpark at their Recreation Center, but perfect for younger children, with smaller slides and a lazy river.
Little Pirates Cove at Pirates Cove Waterpark in Burleson is open daily during Spring Break, and then Saturdays only until May! Be sure to check out the new Pirate Ship Cabin you can rent at Jellystone, too!
4. Sports Venues The Lone Star Brahmas in North Richland Hills Your kids will love these fun minor league hockey games, and ice skating afterwards
5. Dinosaurs Galore There are plenty of fun dinosaur exhibits this Spring to get you ready! The dinosaurs have returned to Meadowmere Park in Grapevine! The Prehistoric Park is open from March 5 – April 16th, with great photo ops, activities and even dinosaur encounters!
The Dinosaur Safari at the Dallas Zoo opens April 29th – Labor Day, and this time requires a separate ticket and is outside the normal zoo areas.
Dinosaur World in Glen Rose is a permanent attraction, offering a dinosaur walk with huge, life-sized dinosaur models, a fossil dig site, gem mining, and many, many dinosaur themed activities for the whole family! Dinosaur World is located right next door to Dinosaur Valley State Park, where you can see real dinosaur tracks in the Paluxy Riverbed!
Mineral Wells Fossil Park While you might not find a dinosaur bone, you might! Regardless, the kids will have a blast searching for fossils, which are literally scattered everywhere, at this FREE fossil park!
6. The Annual Pickle Palooza & Parade in Mansfield March 18th in Downtown Mansfield you can celebrate the mighty pickle! This fun parade and festival is a mesh of St. Patrick’s fun, pickles and just green silliness!
7. Fun on the Farm Country Critters, Alvarado Check out all the fun down on the farm at Country Critters with a petting zoo, tractor rides, bunny photo ops and much more!
Bunnypalooza at Yesterland Farm in Canton A huge farm, there are so many great rides and activities for the entire family!
8. Hiking John Bunker Sands Wetlands Center, Seagoville Visit this unique, man-made wetlands center to see a variety of animals during a guided hike, including the nesting Bald Eagles with their young eaglets. Eagles will leave in early Spring to spend the summer in the North.
Fort Worth Nature Center, Fort Worth Great hiking trails are waiting at the Fort Worth Nature Center, including a hike by one of the few remaining Prairie Dog Towns in Tarrant County! Canoe on Lake Worth, including moonlight paddles, or check out the fun bison feeding and other activities during Spring Break.
9. Fort Worth Lantern Festival at Panther Island Pavilion, Fort Worth On June 24th, 2023, join in to watch as the Trinity River comes alive with paper and rice lit lanterns
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