Published in the March 8, 2017 issue of The Bells
What does halfway through the semester signify? Studying for midterms, cleaning up your room so that it’s room check ready, and most importantly, planning a vacation for spring break.
But you don’t have to travel thousands of miles to have fun over the break. There are numerous places to go within three hours driving distance from Belton.
Austin is a great city if you want to interact with nature. This includes Zilker Park, which is home to Barton Springs Pool, which is a naturally-formed pool that is around 68-70 degrees year-round, Lady Bird Lake, and Zilker Botanical Garden.
If you still want to go out and explore nature but don’t want to drive too far from campus, Inner Space Cavern in Georgetown is an interesting location. The cave gives you a glance into prehistoric times.
Bullock Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin is a great destination that will give you information about how Texas came to be. You can also watch movies in the IMAX Theater, look at artifacts, and observe various presentations about the wonders of the Lone Star State.
Zilker Park (1 hr 4 min)
Bullock Texas State History Museum (1 hr)
Inner Space Cavern (33 min)
Dallas is home to many museums, a thrilling art scene, and unusual shopping centers. The Dallas Museum of Art is ranked one of America’s biggest art museums and is a great place to check out local culture.
NorthPark Center is interesting in that it integrates an art experience with shopping. Walking in the mall, you can see various paintings and sculptures which makes shopping all the more enjoyable.
In addition, Bishop Arts District, located in North Oak Cliff, is named “Dallas’ most independent neighborhood.” This area has more than 60 independent stores that are sure to please anyone looking for unique items.
Dallas Museum of Art (2 h 8 min)
NorthPark Center (2 hr 19 min)
Bishop Arts District (2 hr 4 min)
San Antonio area
San Antonio is all about the thrills and excitements. Six Flags Fiesta Texas is an amusement park that has everything from some of the country’s craziest coasters like BATMAN: The Ride, the “world’s first 4D free-fly coaster” to some more mild mannered rides like Bugs’ White Water Rapids.
Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort in New Braunfels is one of the best waterparks in the nation, and is home to the ‘Master Blaster’ which is a water slide that is six stories tall and takes you uphill.
If you’re not looking for that much of an adrenaline rush, there’s always the option of taking a brisk stroll through the San Antonio River Walk where you can spot historic buildings and gaze upon the beauty of nature.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas (2 h 17 min)
The San Antonio River Walk (2 h 15 min)
Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort (1 h 54 min)
If you don’t want to go much farther than the Belton/Temple area, then Waco is a major city nearby that has plenty for you to do over the break. If you’re a fan of HGTV, then look no further than Magnolia Market at the Silos, a marketplace and bakery created by Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of the show “Fixer Upper.” Their store has everything you need to decorate your dorm/apartment.
At the Dr Pepper Museum, you can explore the history behind Texas’ most famous soda. What’s more fun than learning about the history of Dr Pepper while drinking Dr Pepper?
Another great thing to do over the break is to go to The Last Drive-In Picture Show in Gatesville. Who knew that watching a movie under the stars was cheaper than going to a typical movie theater?
Magnolia Market at the Silos (46 min)
Dr Pepper Museum (47 min)
The Last Drive-In Picture Show (37 min)