Dallas Spring Break Crawl: Sunsets and Safaris in Texas
The beach bacchanalia of South Padre is not every person's cup of beer. Dallas is an entirely different type of Texas: sophisticated, fast-paced, and even, in its way, glamorous.
Get the All-Inclusive Treatment: Four Seasons Brunch
Pay one price for a bundled food or drink experience
You don't have to stay at the Four Seasons Resort and Club in Las Colinas (a Dallas 'burb) to indulge in the opulent Sunday brunch buffet ($45). The mimosas are bottomless, and there's a spread of seafood, breakfast meats, an omelet station, a salad bar and enough baked goods to put you in a carb coma. Dessert? There's an entire room dedicated to it.
See the Green Flash: Bar Belmont
Where to watch the sunset
Oak Cliff is the happening 'hood in Dallas these days. The Belmont Hotel helped start the renaissance. Cocktail up at Bar Belmont and watch a psychedelic Texas sunset over the glittering towers of Downtown. Infused spirits start at $8. Bonus: Bar snacks are from Smoke, the award-winning restaurant adjacent to the hotel.
It's 5 o'clock Somewhere –Here: Lark on the Park
Where to get a great tropical drink
Nothing but fresh-squeezed juices are used for the carefully crafted craft cocktails at Lark on the Park, overlooking Klyde Warren Park. Caribbean Winter ($13) is a tall glass of tropical dreams -- with Zaya rum, pineapple juice, Angostura and other goodness.
Closer than Disney World: Texas Discovery Gardens
A great activity for kids and families.
Creepy Crawly Tuesday is just one day of kid fun at the Texas Discovery Gardens Spring Break Safari Week. Every day during the week of March 10-14, kids can participate in hands-on activities, games and crafts about birds, beasts, bugs and more.
Catch Some Rays: LUCK
A place to eat or drink outdoors
For craft brews and snacks al fresco, try LUCK. It's just one of the restaurants in Trinity Groves, a new restaurant incubator in a converted truck terminal at the foot of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Here, hopeful restaurateurs swap a stake in their for funding and advice. Soak up the sun on the wide patio fronting the restaurants.
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Sophia Dembling, author of 100 Places in the USA Every Woman Should Go, has lived in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas since long before it was cool. Now that is it, she hardly ever leaves it (except to travel).