Does it feel like 2020 has barely begun? It sure does. Nonetheless, spring break is fast approaching. Dripping Springs ISD spring break runs from March 16 through 20. Here are a variety of ideas for relaxation and renewal for families, couples, and singletons.
When you travel an hour from Dripping Springs to Fredericksburg, you’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time. Fredericksburg immerses you in German culture and history. It’s the home of Texas German, a dialect that the first generations of German settlers used. Visitors love to head to a bed and breakfast, explore the town and its wildflowers, and tour charming wineries with lots of great photo opportunities.
Llano Earth Art Fest (LEAF)
Every year, people of all ages head to the banks of the Llano River, one block from Llano’s historic downtown for the interactive Llano Earth Art Fest. The drive from Dripping Springs takes about an hour and 15 minutes. It’s worth it as you can watch international artists create balanced rock sculptures and try your hand at it. The park will be filled with music by many talented musicians.
Kids can climb a wall and get their face painted. Adults can enjoy a cold brew, admire art, and participate in workshops. One important thing to know is that pets and ice chests need to stay home. While parking is available, they appreciate visitors not blocking driveways. And bring a lawn chair or blankets. If you plan to stay at night, pack a flashlight or lantern as lighting is limited. Be sure to review the Know Before You Go page before coming.
Enter the world of science, technology, engineering, and math at The Science Mill in Johnson City (101 South Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City, TX, 78636). This interactive learning environment has technology-based exhibits, programs, and games for everyone. During Spring Break, they’ll have Robot Mania where kids can race, build, and code robots. All this fun is just a 30-minute drive from Dripping Springs.
Dixie Dude Ranch in Bandera
Looking to experience the wild west? You can’t beat Dixie Dude Ranch in Bandera, Texas. While it’s not a resort ranch, it’s an old-time working stock ranch that has supported five generations since 1901.
It offers horseback riding, lodging, dining, and Texas hospitality. You can go swimming, fishing (they provide the gear), hiking, hayrides, and relish all the fixin’s of western fun. The dude ranch is a little under a two-hour drive from Dripping Springs.
Jet Ski Across Lake Buchanan
For folks who love thrills, jet skiing on Lake Buchanan is a must-do. There are a few jet ski rental places around the lake. You can also make a day of it by going fishing for bass and catfish. The lake is less than 90 minutes from Dripping Springs.
Natural Bridge Caverns and Bracken Cave
Visit two natural wonders a few miles apart in San Antonio. One is Natural Bridge Caverns (26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd, San Antonio, TX 78266) and the other is Bracken Cave, home to millions of bats where you can watch a bat flight.
Natural Bridge Caverns is one of Texas’ largest show caves. You can take a guided tour through its underground chambers. It offers do gem and fossil mining, a 60-foot high ropes course on the Twisted Trails, and more. These destinations are about 90 minutes from Dripping Springs.
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