Four fun activities to do in Dallas this spring break

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By Nikki Dabney

Whether you’ve grown up in Dallas, have lived here for four years of college or are just staying here for spring break, here’s how to become a tourist in your own city and make the best of a week away from school in D-Town.

1. The Dallas Arboretum

Enjoy the spring flowers at the Dallas Arboretum, nominated for USA Today’s Best Botanical Garden. (If you agree, vote here!)

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This year's Dallas Blooms, the largest floral festival in the Southwest, includes Gary Lee Price’s “Great Contributors” exhibit. Photo credit: Facebook

The arboretum’s Dallas Blooms is the largest floral festival in the Southwest. This year’s festival includes Gary Lee Price’s “Great Contributors” exhibit. Life-size bronze sculptures are featured throughout the park, including Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Albert Einstein and William Shakespeare. You can take a guided tour through the gardens Thursday, March 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., visiting each Great Contributor along the way.

Wednesday, March 9, the arboretum extends its hours to 8 p.m., so you can explore the beauty of the gardens at night. Plus, if you’re on a budget, you can buy one get one free admission through April 6 too.

A popular tradition during Blooms is the three-course spring tea at the historic DeGolyer House. This is available any day, but you’ll need to make a reservation.

Thursday, March 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., you can participate in “Savor the Arboretum,” which includes a wine, beer and spirits tasting and food sampling from some of the most popular restaurants in Dallas for $70.

The Dallas Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission tickets are available online or at the ticket booth and cost $15.

2. Dallas Summer Musicals

Who doesn’t love a Disney throwback? Dallas Summer Musicals presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid at the Music Hall at Fair Park. If you want to wait for the best price, there is a student discount available for the March 15-18 and 22-25 evening performances. Student tickets are $25, but don’t forget to bring your student ID.

3. Beatles Tribute

“Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away. Now it looks as though they’re here to stay. Oh, I believe in yesterday.” Leave all your troubles behind and attend A Tribute to The Beatles March 11-13. Tickets start at $19.

4. Klyde Warren Park

Change up your workout routine from the walls of the Dedman Rec Center to the fresh air of Klyde Warren Park. Join in on a Zumba class in the park Wednesday, March 9 from 6 to 7 p.m. Or take a break from exercise this week and just enjoy the food trucks – yum!

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