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A guide to Spring Break in and around town

A guide to Spring Break in and around town

A guide to Spring Break in and around town
March 12
00:24 2015

Sarah Lagro / Staff Writer

Midterms are almost over and Spring Break inching ever closer, marking the midway point of the spring semester and a release for a week of relaxation.

Students might return home or make their way to the beach, but others choose to remain in Denton. The City of Denton prides itself in being unique, so the city offers its own options for Spring Break.

A festive break

Denton will contribute to its array of music festivals starting on Friday, March 13 with 35 Denton, a three-day music festival sprawled across downtown. More than 250 acts from all sorts of genres will perform at the festival. During the day, the festival will hold events for people of all ages.

Residents can volunteer for Keep Denton Beautiful, participate in the Shamrock Social Run or attend Karma Yoga on the courthouse lawn. All of these events are within walking distance from the Square and require a festival wristband for admission, ranging in price from $25 to $65 for one and three-day passes.

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People enjoy the warm temperatures and fish at North Lakes Park in Denton on Wednesday afternoon. The park offers a place to fish, a field for disk golf and much more.

Hospitality management sophomore Tommy Stover said large group activities are always a great way to spend time.

“Going home is no fun,” Stover said. “Games or anything to draw a crowd is the place to be. You’ll find me where the food is.”

Fun squared

Denton’s downtown square draws a lot of attention from tourists and students alike. Shopping, restaurants and art studios are just minutes from the UNT campus. Stop by Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream for a scoop, buy some new UNT gear at Barefoot Athletics or pick up a new record at Mad World Records. The square boasts dozens of businesses unique for all budgets.

Business marketing sophomore Victoria Petty said she is traveling for Spring Break but will spend time in Denton too.

“I’m flying to New York to see a friend, but I won’t skip out on Denton,” Petty said. “I like doing stuff outside so I will probably go on a picnic with friends.”

Parks and lakes for play

For students who like to be outdoors, Denton has 23 parks including a skate park and a dog park and is just over 18 miles from Lake Ray Roberts and about 20 miles from Lake Lewisville.

Denton’s Parks and Recreation department said parks are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The parks feature picnic tables, playground equipment, pavilions, trails and ponds. North Lakes Park on Windsor Drive features athletic fields and courts, a fishing pier and a recreation center. Lake Ray Roberts is a hub for fishing, camping, boating and hiking. Ray Roberts includes group walk-in camping sites for rent starting at $30 per night.

Holiday celebration

St. Patrick’s Day will take place over break on Tuesday March 17. Cities like Boston and Chicago are known for having large celebrations for the Irish holiday, but nearby Dallas has a celebration of its own. The 36th annual Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival begins on Saturday, March 14 and is the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the Southwest. The parade begins at Greenville Avenue and ends at SMU Boulevard, about a two-mile route. Sponsors will be on site all day following the parade.

Safety first

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 90 percent of the alcohol consumed by people under 21 in the United States is from binge drinking. Consuming too much alcohol can be deadly for students and can affect those around them.

Math major sophomore Charron Matthews said he will take precautions over Spring Break.

“It’s important to have fun,” Matthews said. “It is also important to be smart about how you have fun. People will slip up during Spring Break, but I won’t be one of them.”

The CDC provides a full list of Spring Break safety tips on its website at http://www.cdc.gov/family/springbreak/.

Safety Recommendations

  • Limit alcohol intake and don’t drink and drive.
  • Pack accordingly for your trip and be prepared for anything.
  • Protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses when you are outside.
  • Always wear sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Call 911 if there is an emergency

Featured Image: Dentonites stroll through the Square on Wednesday afternoon. Many activities will be hosted on the Square throughout Spring Break. Photos by Devin Dakota – Staff Photographer

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