Five Memorable Spring Break Experiences in the Upper East Side of Texas

An example of the wildlife you will see at Cherokee Trace Drive-thru Safari

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Spring Break is right around the corner and many students and parents are making plans for fun ways to spend this change from their normal routines. There are countless things to do in the Upper East Side of Texas. Here is a list of five interesting ideas to help build memories without venturing too far from home.

1.  Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari

Guests can take a self-guided drive through this 300-acre wildlife preserve and observe, feed, and photograph a variety of animals from the comfort of their own vehicle. This wildlife park has more than two dozen exotic and endangered species that thrive in an open habitat similar to their native territories.

Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari is located 12 miles east of Jacksonville. It is best to call to ensure factors such as weather are not affecting operating hours. For more information, call (903) 683-3322 or visit

2.  Ghost Tours

Historical ghost tours are a fun and informative way to learn about a city’s history any time of year. Knowledgeable guides walk participants through “haunted” areas and tell stories of historic tragedies, murders, and ghostly encounters.  A great chance to get outdoors and to avoid the longer lines that form around Halloween, here are two haunted outings to look into.

Waxahachie Haunted History Tours. (972) 935-4485.

Historic Jefferson TX Ghost Walk. (903) 665-6289.

Waxahachie's Ellis County Courthouse, on the Haunted History Tour

3.  Space Camp

Tyler Junior College’s Center for Earth & Space Science Education is hosting a Spring Break Camp from 9 a.m. to noon March 11-15 for an “out-of-this-world” experience. Campers explore the solar system and the planets as well as the night sky and constellations. They discover the science behind the changing seasons and learn everything they need to go star-gazing from their own backyard.

Registration is required and the deadline is March 6. For more information call (903) 510-2312 or visit

4.  Turning Basin Riverboat Tours

This is a fun and informative riverboat tour starting near historic downtown Jefferson. Guides help guests experience the history of Jefferson’s bayou, learning about the steamboat business from there to New Orleans, and about the native trees and wildlife along the bayou. For more information, call (903) 665-2222 or visit

Big Cypress Creek, Jefferson

5.  Caddo Mounds State Historic Site

More than 1,200 years ago, a group of Caddo Indians built a village 26 miles west of present-day Nacogdoches. Today, three earthen mounds still rise from the Pineywoods landscape where visitors discover the everyday life and the history of this ancient civilization. They are open Tuesdays through Saturdays, and a Story Hike and Nature Play is scheduled for March 16.

For more information, call (936) 858-3218 or visit

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