With each sweet spot in North Texas, we list fun activities nearby.
An ice cream a day keeps the doctor away. Isn’t that what they say?
Nope. But it’s Spring Break in Texas, and it’s OK to bend the rules.
We know that your Spring Break during the coronavirus pandemic will have to look different. Perhaps you’re doing a staycation instead of taking a trip. You likely want to take most of your activities outdoors and stay socially distanced from other families. This ice cream itinerary will take you on a safe ice cream adventure around Dallas, Fort Worth and the suburbs.
Most of these shops open at noon, so schedule your trip for the afternoon.
For a longer list of awesome Spring Break ideas, click here.
Melt Ice Creams in Fort Worth
This sweet, local company sells inventive flavors like Sicilian blood orange and dairy-free cookie dough (both seasonal; check the menu when you get there). Melt has plenty of options for those with a dairy or gluten allergy. The company has grown to several locations in Dallas-Fort Worth. But we like the shop on Magnolia Avenue because of the other fun activities you can do in the neighborhood. Melt Ice Creams is at 1201 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth. It’s open at noon every day and stays open until 10 p.m. on weekdays and Sundays, and until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Other fun activities nearby in Fort Worth:
- For lunch, try Heim Barbecue, one of Fort Worth’s most beloved barbecue joints. Here’s the fun thing about barbecue: Everyone gets to eat with their hands! If your kids don’t want brisket, turkey or sausage (shame on them), Heim has corn dogs. But everybody needs to try a bite of the bacon burnt ends, the closest thing I’ve tasted to barbecue candy.
- Get Mom or Dad a cup of coffee at Avoca Coffee Roasters, then take the Fairmount Driving Tour of Historic Homes. Who says Spring Break can’t be a little educational? Have your oldest kid read the history behind the homes while you peek at the beautiful buildings, some dating back to the late 1800s.
Gnome Cones in Denton
Your kids will certainly giggle when they’re handed a silly-shaped snow cone or frozen yogurt topped with a waffle cone “hat.” There’s even funny flavors, like Troll’s Blood, Sweaty Yeti and Goblinberry. Gnome Cones is at 205 E. Elm St., Denton. It’s open every day, noon to 9 p.m.
Other fun activities nearby in Denton:
- Take a walk around the Denton Square, which is situated around the Courthouse-on-the-Square in the middle. The courthouse was built in 1896 and was restored in 2004. According to the website, you’re welcome to visit and they might give a guided tour if you ask. Admission is free.
- For lunch, try LSA Burger Co., a funky and fun restaurant that pays tribute to the greatest musicians of all time. Ask to sit upstairs on the rooftop patio.
Cow Tipping Creamery in Frisco
Other fun activities nearby in Frisco:These sweets are bananas. Cow Tipping Creamery takes soft-serve ice cream, them loads it up in a way we’ve never seen before. In the Death By Chocolate “stacker,” soft serve ice cream is layered with brownie chunks, cocoa cookie crumbs, chocolate chips and brown-sugar hot fudge. The NOLA laces soft serve with rum-caramel sauce, honey-dusted pecans, whipped cream and bananas foster bread pudding. Bread pudding in ice cream, y’all. Stop here last so the kids can nap on the drive back home. Cow Tipping Creamery is at 3685 The Star Blvd., Frisco, and is takeout only. It’s open at noon every day and stays open until 9 p.m. on weekdays and Sundays, and until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
- You’ll gain instant street cred when you tell your kids that the headquarters for the Dallas Cowboys is nearby. Tours of the facilities have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 protocols, but walk by the Ford Center, which has a big Dallas Cowboys turf outside. Bring a football so your kids can run and play.
- Lunch options abound at The Star in Frisco, and I’ll let you pick the best spot. But for an extra sweet treat (as if Cow Tipping’s giant cups of ice cream were not enough), there’s a Nestlé Toll House Café within walking distance. It’s free to walk by and inhale the smell of chocolate chip cookies.
Picolé Pops in Oak Cliff
Parents will like this vibrant shop just as much as kids. Popsicle options include s’mores, strawberries and cream, cucumber-lime and cotton candy, which is an adorable pink- and aqua-colored treat. Parents can get a boozy popsicle, and look, you deserve it. For a fun surprise, ask your most adventurous kid to zhuzz up her popsicle with a sprinkle of Tajin. Spicy! Picolé Pops is at 415 W. Davis St., Dallas. It’s open noon to 9 p.m. every day except Sunday, when it closes at 8 p.m.
Other fun activities nearby in East Dallas:
- Take a walk through the Bishop Arts District, which is filled with coffee shops, boutiques and restaurants. We recommend Eno’s for lunch. There’s a parklet out front where customers can sit outside on a very European-feeling patio.
- You shouldn’t miss Lake Cliff Park, a short drive from the Bishop Arts District. It’s a giant green space, great for playing Frisbee or running around with the dog, and there’s a tall and fun playground for kids of many ages. If you stop at Lake Cliff Park first, grab ice cream across the street at Fruteria Cano for an easy one-stop adventure.
Hypnotic Emporium in East Dallas
Start with some scoops at Hypnotic Emporium, a throwback soda fountain in East Dallas. This shop has tons of bright, fun options. If you want to really go for it, get a “dream” — a doughnut stuffed with ice cream. Hypnotic’s owners operate a doughnut shop next door, and if you’re feeling generous, stop there, too. Hypnotic Emporium is at 9005 Garland Road, Dallas. It’s open Tuesdays through Sundays, 1-9 p.m.
Other fun activities nearby in East Dallas:
- The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is a quick drive away. It’s the best time of year to visit: It’s Dallas Blooms, a display of half a million tulips. Your Instagram followers will love it.
- How about pizza for lunch? It’s a quick drive over to Greenville Avenue Pizza Co. (Note: This location, which is closest to the Arboretum and Hypnotic, isn’t on Greenville Avenue, despite the name; it’s at 1145 Peavy Road.) There are picnic tables set out in the parking lot for a safe and socially distanced outdoor lunch.
If you try these spots, tag @dmnfood on Instagram so we can see your Spring Break adventures!
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