Now is a great time to hop in the car and take a road trip to The Colony, just north of Dallas. We’ve compiled the best ways get the most out of your vacation while remaining safe and following social distancing guidelines.
Rock Out Without The Crowds
Concerts, entertainment and local music are back in The Colony. Don’t miss out on the hottest performances in North Texas, whether in person or streaming online.
Headlining performances. Every week Lava Cantina continues to feature well known performers, while getting local artists working again. Many of the concerts at the city’s premiere entertainment venue are now streaming on Facebook, with limited in-person seating. Live performances abide by strict social distancing requirements. View their events page for a complete schedule of concerts and Facebook Live streams.
Concerts on the lawn. With cooler weather, it’s a breeze to get outside and enjoy live entertainment at Grandscape. The open-air dining, shopping and entertainment destination offers a major lineup of family-friendly fun. Get back to being a concertgoer with socially distant seating on The Lawn and enjoy everything from country music series to DJ spin sessions.
Brews and tunes. Part honky-tonk, part beer garden, Truck Yard is the perfect casual outdoor hangout for all ages. Enjoy local performances Thursday – Sunday with a craft beer in hand. Check out their rotating selection of food truck fare for dinner and a show.
Hollywood favorites. Live music is not the only entertainment back on the scene. New releases and classic films are now showing on all 15 screens at Galaxy Theatres. The high-end movie theater offers an array of films with Sony Digital Technology, unlike anything else in the state. Whether you want to catch the latest blockbusters or watch the classics from your own private theater, rest easy in luxury leather recliners.
Get Outdoors for Some Fresh Air
Staying safe doesn’t always mean being stuck within the same four walls. Cooler temperatures welcome you to venture outdoors, with some precautions. Here are just some ideas of how to enjoy the great outdoors this season in The Colony.
Be active outside. Beautiful fall weather in North Texas means sunshine all season long. Explore over 2,500 acres of parkland complete with hiking trails and lake views in The Colony. Rent a kayak or paddleboard for some socially distant lake fun out at Hidden Cove Park and Marina. Reserve a mountain bike to traverse miles of trails along the peninsula or cast a line off the fishing pier at Stewart Creek Park.
Go on a treasure hunt. Geocaching allows you to get outside and discover the city through strategically placed caches, or hidden boxes. Download the app and reveal the GPS coordinates of several caches across the city. Once you find a geocache, log it on the app for a record of your adventures.
Shop the best names in sporting goods. SCHEELS is a one-stop-shop for all your fall recreation needs, with outdoor products and athletic gear for almost any sport. Browse the hottest athletic apparel, shoes for the whole family and tons of products for outdoor excursions like cycling and hiking. Check out SCHEELS’ selection of home goods from the perfect fall candle or festive throw pillow. The World’s Largest All Sports Store offers convenient curbside pickup seven days a week.
Enjoy Time Away from Screens
A majority of our lives are spent looking at screens, especially after months of staying at home. Take some time to put your phone down (after reading this) and try out these digitally distant activities.
Create a take-home spa experience. Enjoy spa-like smells and sensations, even if it’s just for an hour. Unwind with a bath bomb from the Basin specialty store inside SCHEELS or a sugar scrub from White Rock Soap Gallery. If you know someone who could use some pampering, send him or her a Calming Care Package as a souvenir.
Pick up a curbside craft kit. The Colony Public Library now offers curated craft kits for preschoolers, children, teens and adults. Check out a kit and enjoy creating jewelry, origami, crystals and more.
Stay In or Take Out
Restaurants in The Colony are open and ready to serve you safely. We have compiled a comprehensive list of eateries offering takeout, delivery and limited in-person dining to help you spice up your next meal. The list is updated weekly to reflect the most recent operating hours, dine-in statuses and menu offerings. These updates include notes on ongoing specials and delivery services through apps like Door Dash, Grubhub and Uber Eats.
Indulge in Some Retail Therapy
Treat yourself to some locally made goods and unique finds from small businesses in The Colony. From Pinterest-worthy décor and trendy apparel to handmade goods made for daily life, shopping from these stores will surely bring you joy. Check out our website for updated discounts and sales.
Bullzerk: The top gift shop in Dallas-Fort Worth immortalizes Texas pride by printing it on t-shirts, posters, coasters, koozies and more. There’s always something fun to discover at Bullzerk with new designs biweekly.
Creteation: Whether it’s cement jewelry or concrete home goods, each piece at Creteation is thoughtfully designed with functionality and style in mind. From necklaces to earrings, cuff links to chess sets, coasters to paperweights, you’ll find inspiring beauty in every handcrafted item.
Landry Kate: One-stop shopping for chic and affordable women’s fashion. Browse the lifestyle boutique filled with trendy apparel, adorable accessories and fresh modern decor.
Odin Leather Goods: Shop one-of-a-kind leather goods, handcrafted to last a lifetime. Shop owner and craftsman, Odin, combines high-quality materials with old-world techniques and tools to produce classically styled belts, bags, key chains and much more.
Socialite Pink: Discover unique and locally-made jewelry that gives back. Browse on-trend earrings, stunning bracelets and necklaces perfect for layering. For each piece of jewelry sold, Socialite Pink gifts a piece to a woman or girl who is overcoming life’s challenges with grace and strength.
Tyler Kingston: This modern “mom and pop” shop offers vintage, modern and handmade goods for you and your loved ones. The store’s founders beautifully curate goods for men, women, home and life.
White Rock Soap Gallery: Voted Best Soap Shop in Dallas by D Magazine, White Rock Soap Gallery proudly produces all-natural and vegan soaps, soy wax candles and body care products. Treat yourself to some self-care products made by Texas-based artisans and enjoy some “me time”.
Learn Something New
There’s no better time than now to teach yourself or your family something new. Check out a few ways to entertain yourself through education or keep young ones engaged with interactive learning.
Learn a new language. Download the Mango app to begin learning one of 70 world languages through conversational methodology. Access to the app is free with a TCPL library card. Check out more online resources for adults and children available through The Colony Public Library.
Take Dance & Music Lessons. Sherry Stephanie Dance & Music Co. now offers virtual children’s piano, voice, theatre and dance lessons. Schedule a free consultation to discuss your child’s interest and skill level. Adult piano and voice lessons are also available.
Solve Digital Puzzles. Keep your brain sharp by completing online jigsaw puzzles featuring some of the most recognizable attractions in The Colony. Perfect for kids of all ages, these puzzles are customizable to your skill level. Simply select the grid icon to adjust the number of jigsaw pieces all the way up to 950.
Plan Your Next Trip
We are all looking forward to getting out of our houses and seeing the world past our phone screens. Although travel may be out of your comfort zone right now, it certainly is the ideal time to start planning a much-deserved vacation. Here are some tips to help you get started on your next adventure.
Select the ideal destination. International travel is a bit up in the air right now, so the safest bet is staying domestic. Consider nearby destinations within driving distance. Here in Texas, many cities are currently welcoming visitors.
Ask the local experts for advice. Don’t be afraid to ask for help while planning your post-pandemic vacay. Contact a destination’s visitor center or Convention & Visitors Bureau for lodging, restaurant and attraction recommendations as well as current safety measures.
Download a travel app or two. Once you’ve decided on a destination, it’s time for some real travel planning. Head over to the App Store or Google Play to download 10 essential travel apps for free. If you’re planning a trip to The Colony, be sure to download our app.
Consider travel insurance. Sometimes overlooked in the past, travel insurance can provide a guaranteed refund in case of illness or emergency. Just be sure to read the fine print before purchasing.
Follow some general travel safety guidelines. It’s been a minute since most of us have gone sightseeing, so it’s important to keep these 10 travel safety tips in mind. Our team can’t wait until the world is traveling again. We look forward to seeing you soon!