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7 Ways to Get the Most out of Spring in The Colony

By James Waterson

Spring in North Texas is a time of renewal, when the sunny weather and bright blue skies make it a joy to be outdoors. Tee off on some of the best public courses in the Dallas and Fort Worth area, hike remote trails or paddle on the vast Lewisville Lake. These are, of course, just a few ways you can get the most out of spring in The Colony. Read on to find out more.

Planning to visit later in the year? Don’t miss the Volunteers of America ClassicBow-Wow Luau, or American Heroes: A Salute to Veterans, just some of The Colony’s annual events held in the summer and fall.

Celebrate Flight in All Its Forms

One of the best things you can do on a sunny spring day is to go fly a kite. Take to the skies with the high-flying fun at Up, Up & Away! Festival of Flight, where colorful kites glide above The Colony. Not only is this free event the perfect chance to introduce the kids to kite flying, but there are plenty of other activities to enjoy throughout the day. Make paper airplanes and butterfly bracelets, watch a birds of prey demonstration and more. When your appetite soars, enjoy selections from the on-site food trucks and listen to live music before settling in for a movie in the evening.

Soak Up the Sun on Scenic Golf Courses

The Colony’s spectacular spring weather and outstanding golf courses will inspire you to hit the links. Play a round (or several) at such 18-hole masterpieces as the Old American Golf ClubTribute Golf Links or the nine-hole Stewart Peninsula Golf Course. The former two offer compelling links-style courses and are a part of Golf Clubs at The Tribute, which host the annual Volunteers of America Classic, Texas’ only LPGA Tour event. All three golf courses are nestled on the shores of Lewisville Lake, so try not to get distracted by the gorgeous views as you tee off.

While these courses are impressive on their own, they aren’t the only way you scratch your golfer’s itch. Dig into something delicious and sip on a few drinks at TopGolf, an interactive driving range combined with a bar and restaurant that tees up a fun night out with friends (even those who don’t play golf). For a different take on the sport, head to the disc golf course at Bill Allen Memorial Park. Test your arm strength and accuracy as you make your way through the 18-hole course set along a small creek and lush woods.

No matter what type of golf suits you best, The Colony has something for you.

Explore Wines from Around the World

Travel the globe through bottles imported from the vineyards across the United States, Europe and South America. The Colony Wine Bar features an array of reds, whites, roses and sparkling varieties inside its bottle shop. Stop by for a custom curated pairing or attend their exclusive tasting events for an intimate exploration of exceptional wines. The Patio, adjacent to the storefront at Grandscape, is the perfect place to lounge in the spring air with a glass of wine in hand. Taste the intricacies of bold pairings at Seven Doors Kitchen and Cocktails. The refined eatery, named for its collection of 1800s French colonial doors, reinvents timeless dishes with modern gastronomic techniques and then pairs each plate at the bi-monthly wine tasting. Enjoy a chef-crafted meal inside the dining room or one of three patios.

The Colony also has a booming craft beer scene, with two microbreweries in the heart of the city. Beard Science Sour House utilizes naturally occurring yeast in a special fermentation process for a truly local taste, while Windmills takes inspiration from their sister brewery in India, crafting hoppy IPAs and other top-notch brews.

Explore Miles of Scenic Trails

When the springtime sun warms things up around here, you’ll want to spend as much time outside as you can. One of the best ways to get outdoors is to hike along the seven miles of shoreline trails in The Colony. These trails are environmentally sensitive and feature designated parking, bike repair stations, water fountains, benches, informational signage and more.

Start at the Shoreline Trail, a 3.5-mile pathway of stamped concrete and decomposed granite that winds along Lewisville Lake and over rustic bridges. Not far away is the 3.1-mile-long Tribute Shoreline Trail, where you’ll wander past hardwoods and through wetlands until you reach the southern tip of the peninsula. Admire the sweeping view of the lake, then start making your way back to find more places to explore.

Get Out on Lewisville Lake

Spend time in The Colony and you’ll probably come across Lewisville Lake. On a warm day, the lake's shimmering waters just may entice you to jump in and cool off. That’s exactly what you can do at the sandy beaches in Stewart Creek Park and Hidden Cove Park and Marina, both perched along The Colony’s 23 miles of shoreline. Soak up all that North Texas sunshine and experience everything else these parks have to offer. Hike remote nature trails, cast your fishing line from the shore and reserve one of the tent or RV campsites to spend the night under the stars. Both spots also have boat ramps, while Hidden Cove Park has a restaurant and pontoon boat, jet ski, kayak, paddleboard and cabin rentals.

Whether you love the simple joys of sunbathing and fishing or you want to spend an afternoon exploring Lewisville Lake, The Colony is the perfect starting point to your day out on the lake.

Dig in to Great Food with Your Pup

For those who travel with man’s best friend in tow, The Colony has a spot where both of you can savor a sunny spring afternoon. The Shacks Dining & Dog Park merges eclectic dining with a play space for your puppy, a combination you won’t find anywhere else. Savor delicious ramen at Ten Ramen, an authentic Japanese eatery by Teiichi Sakurai, a James Beard Award semifinalist. If a juicy burger is what you’re after, follow your nose to Dallas restaurateur Frank Carabetta’s Dirty Burger Bar. Be sure to grab a drink or two at Turbo Coffee, a super-charged café serving up light bites, wine and your caffeine fix.

These are just a few of the six restaurants you can choose from while you take your fur baby out for an afternoon romp. Let your pooch off their leash so they can play and socialize as you hang back and watch all the fun. There are even separate areas for large and small breeds, so everyone can relax, play and have a great time.

Indulge in Cool Creole-Mexican Fusion Food & Some Rock and Roll

Once the sun sets on The Colony, the party starts at Lava Cantina. This restaurant and live music venue cooks up creole food with a Mexican twist, like shrimp and crab-stuffed Zydeco enchiladas. Fill up on your dish of choice and stick around for a show headlined by top regional or national bands that play everything from country and rock and roll to hip hop. Shows are held here several times a week, often on Thursday through Saturday nights. See a full schedule and get your tickets here.

Explore wines from around the world, hike scenic trails along Lewisville Lake, and take in all the other unique experiences that await in The Colony this spring. Find out more about this North Texas-area destination here.

About the Author: James Waterson is the head writer and content specialist for Tour Texas. When he isn’t writing about the many great places in the state of Texas, he’s planning his next epic adventure in the Lone Star State

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