Travel Texas, Holiday Edition

Travel Texas

We aren’t making a trip this holiday season but my son will be off for Winter Break, and I know I’ll get antsy being at home with no real schedule. In case you might want to make a day trip, like me, or even spend a weekend exploring another Texas city, here is some of what’s going on around the state:

Greater Dallas Area

It’s been a few years since we visited the Dallas area, and I’ve been wanting to go back. Here are some of the things going on during the holiday season:

  • Celebration Park (Allen) is one of the places we visited. Although admittedly we visited during the summer, when the sprayground was on, the Park has one of the largest climbing structures I’ve ever seen, as well as a trail and sports fields. The playground is handicap-accessible.
  • I have been wanting to make it back since the Dallas Arboretum opened the Children’s Adventure Garden last September. Although the Garden will be closed starting on January 5th, The 12 Days of Christmas Passport to Adventure will guide your little ones through 12 stops in the garden to discover interesting tidbits about complete a passport. You can check out the latest activities taking place at the Garden.
  • The Dallas Zoo was a big hit for the three kids we had with us. Although the Zoo is closed on Christmas Day, there are daily encounters with the animals and other demonstrations taking place during Winter Break. The Zoo is open from 9am-4pm daily.
  • We visited the LEGOLAND Discovery Center (Grapevine) soon after it opened, and we all had a blast. Until December 31st, visitors can participate in a scavenger hunt in MINILAND for a chance to win a fun prize. Special holiday-themed builds will be taking place on December 22nd and 23rd from 10am-5pm. On December 22nd (from 10am-9pm) and December 23rd (11am-6pm) you can build a holiday ornament with a donation to Merlin’s Magic Wand to help decorate the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Tree. The LEGOLAND Discovery Center is open 10am-4pm on Christmas Eve, noon to 5pm on Christmas Day and 10am-4pm on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
  • The Perot Museum may have been our favorite excursion of our trips. In addition to their regular exhibits, the traveling exhibit, 2theXtreme: MathAlive! is at the Perot over the holidays. In this 5,000 square-foot exhibition, you can freestyle on a snowboard, develop your own video game, attempt an Ollie on a custom skateboard, capture your 360-degree image, challenge a friend in a mountain bike race, operate simulations of NASA’s latest robotics and even design infrastructure for an ecologically sustainable city. The exhibit is free for members and an additional charge for nonmembers. During the holidays, four films will screen in 3D at the Museum’s theater and demonstrations will be taking place from December 20-January 5th. The Museum is open Christmas Eve from 10am-3pm and closed on Christmas Day. On New Year’s Eve, the Museum is open from 10am-4pm. From December 26-January 3, the Perot is open from 10am-7pm with member-only hours from 8:30-10am Monday through Saturday and 10am until noon on Sundays.


San Antonio

  • It’s hard to think about visiting San Antonio without a trip to The Alamo. January 3rd is isĀ First Saturday at the Alamo, which is a free interactive living history event open to the public that is designed to give visitors a glimpse of life during the early days of Texas. Visitors can stroll the Alamo grounds, talk with living history interpreters, view live black-powder firing demonstrations and see history come alive! Items that Phil Collins donated are now on display. The Alamo is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • Shannon wrote about visiting Pearl and some of the surrounding sites a few years ago. The Pearl is a great place to take in the amazing lights on the Riverwalk. There are plenty of restaurants, a farmers market and retail locations. Here’s the list of holiday hours and closures.
  • The Witte Museum has always been a favorite of our family. You can learn about life in historic south Texas at the South Texas Heritage Center and learn more about the human body at the H-E-B Body Adventure Exhibit. The Museum is closed on Christmas Day and construction admission discounts are in effect until February 2015.


Do you have any Texas Travel plans this Winter Break?

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]A native Austinite and soccer-playing mom, Nicole uses her 8-year-old son as an excuse to rediscover her hometown through his eyes. In Thoreau’s words, her mission is to “suck out all the marrow of life”, or in her son’s words, to cultivate in him a love of “advenchers”.[/author_info] [/author]

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A native Austinite and soccer-playing mom, Nicole uses her 10-year-old son as an excuse to rediscover her hometown through his eyes. In Thoreau's words, her mission is to "suck out all the marrow of life", or in her son's words, to cultivate in him a love of "advenchers".

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