Skip Hubbard, Do Lewisville After an active day at Hubbard, your next water stop should be Lake Lewisville – for a little R&R. This is where the folks at Big D Cats sail the deluxe Chamonix II, the largest catamaran on the lake and the largest sailing party boat in the state. The 70-foot vessel features heated indoor seating and a spacious observation deck. They feature public events throughout the year, like themed dinner shows and holiday weekend brunches (you can bring your own drinks), and are always available for private parties, corporate events and even weddings. Lake Lewisville is located just north of downtown Dallas and offers a bevy of water sports options, too, from jet skiing to parasailing to swimming; this is a great spot to just have a picnic or go hiking, too.
Make Your Cheese, Skip the Store The Mozzarella Company knows its cheese. The Elm Street cheese factory, and founder Paula Lambert, have gained widespread acclaim for using centuries-old Italian recipes to make genuine mozzarella; the cheese makers draw crowds, actually, by taking curds made daily from farm-fresh milk and stringing them and forming them by hand into balls of fresh cheese. If you’ve got a couple of hours to spare, you can sign up for a bevy of classes scheduled each month, from beer-and-cheese pairing to learning how to make your own mozzarella at home. Classes usually include a behind-the-scenes tour and wine-and-cheese tasting throughout. Lambert also leads several culinary tours to Tuscany each year.
Visit the Garden, Skip Downtown The Dallas Arboretum is an urban oasis, featuring 19 flourishing gardens across 66 beautifully manicured acres. Displays are rotated four times throughout the year, with the brightest colors found from March to November. Check ahead for special scheduled events, like the Cool Thursdays Concert Series, and monthly kids’ events. The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden is brand new, featuring 17 science-themed galleries and a Discovery Center complete with a mini 3-D theater.
Gabe Saglie is Senior Editor for Travelzoo, which features hotel, airfare and a bevy of local deals in Dallas at www.travelzoo.com/local-deals/Dallas/deals.