Summer Road Trip Tips

Summer Road Trip Tips

Ahh Summer, the perfect time to gather friends or family up and head out on an adventure! Let’s go over some hacks and tips to help keep your trip stress free, whether you are traveling with children or just a group of friends, these hacks are sure to help out!

Grocery Shop Before You Leave

You may be thinking, why on earth would I shop and fill my house with groceries before we leave on a trip!? These groceries are not for your home! Go shopping for some essentials, water, bread, cheese, lunch meat, and snacks, and toss them into a cooler in the car! This will help save money on convenience store snack runs! And probably be healthier too!

Invest in a 5 Port Charger

End the age-old game of taking turns/fighting over the one or two charger ports your vehicle has. A 5 port charger can plug into one spot and supply 5 people with juice! Everyone is happy!

Set the Cruise

Whenever possible set your cruise control to help you save fuel. The slight fluctuations your foot makes can eat up much-needed fuel! Plus this helps with foot fatigue as well!

Cupcake Liners

While you are out shopping for groceries for your trip, pick up some silicone cupcake liners. No, you won’t be baking with these, well you could just be sure to pick up some extra for your car! Slip these liners into your cup holders and voila, you have an easy to clean solution for the always gross drink holders! This also keeps your car ones nice and clean!

Shower Caddy

Undoubtedly you will be stopping along the way and grabbing some drive-thru grub. If you have children, or even adults traveling with you, use a shower caddy to hold the fast food! These help to keep things contained and can be used to store many other car trip items as well! You can even put one in your trunk to store vehicle essentials such as oil, cleaners, funnels, etc. You can also use fishing bait, or craft storage containers, with the multiple cubbies, to fill with snacks for little fingers!

Tablet as a TV

If you have a tablet laying around, download some movies onto it while you are on your home’s wifi and then you can affix it to the headrest, or passenger visor for a makeshift portable TV!

First Aid and Car Sick Kit

This is a great thing to have handy, especially if you have little ones traveling with you. Just think, little Timmy gets car sick and loses his lunch all over the seat, no rest stops, no gas stations, what do you do!? Just by tossing some cleaning cloths and medicine in a baggie, you can be sure to handle this situation like a boss! First aid kits are great for any time, not just road trips, either invest in a pre-made kit or just toss some essentials into a bag and keep it in the trunk.

Download Apps

You may want to download some map apps, fuel apps, and even bring a paper map with you in case you have no service! The apps can help you find nearby food, rest stops, hotels, stores or fuel as well as help you get where you are going. Fuel apps can also help you find fuel but helps you find the cheapest station!

Three Best Date Spots in Dallas

Three Best Date Spots in Dallas

Although Valentines Day may be over, it’s still the month of love! Treat your loved one with a date in one of these amazing Dallas locations! We promise it will be a night neither one of you will ever forget!

Times Ten Cellars

If you’re interested in a classical, romantic evening- then you can’t go wrong with wine and chocolate. Times Ten Cellars has a nice variety of wines and also offers locally crafted chocolates and other small plates.

Gondola Cruise in Las Colinas

Gondola Adventures brings all of the romance and ambiance of Venice to Dallas with their gondola cruises on the Mandalay Canal. You can choose a basic cruise and just drift along- talking and watching the sun go down, or choose a dinner cruise and eat a gourmet meal with accompanying wine.

The Meadows Museum

If you are into art, the Meadows Museum is the perfect spot for a Sunday afternoon date. While touring the art galleries, you can learn something new while also getting to know someone new!

Do you have any other date spots in the Dallas area? Leave them in comments below!

End of Summer Adventures in Dallas

End of Summer Adventures in Dallas

It’s almost time to send the kiddos back to school, have they had a good summer? If not, don’t worry! We have you covered at Dallas Lease Returns! We want to make sure you and your family have a great ending to the Summer holiday. Continue reading to learn some fun, family-friendly things you can do in Dallas before it’s too late!

Water Adventures

It’s no secret that Texas summers are hot and Dallas is no exception. Some of the best summer activities in Dallas deal with water: sliding down thrilling water slides, floating with the kids on lazy rivers or hitting the wave pool at the city’s best water park, Hurricane Harbor. Avoid the tourist crowds (and expensive entrance fees) by hitting up the large public pool operated by the Fraternal Order of Eagles, complete with a playground, sand volleyball, a restaurant and not one, but two bars.

For a more nature-themed water experience, hit up one of the Metroplex’s many lakes or rivers. Kayaking on the Trinity River or White Rock Lake is the perfect way to beat the sun. Or for a more traditional lake experience, spend a day fishing, laying out on the beach or camping at Lake Lewisville, between the suburbs of Frisco and Denton. Even better, take a boat out on the water to tube or water ski.

 Sit Back & Relax

Forget “Netflix and chill” during Dallas summers – just catch a free outdoor movie. The Granada Theater hosts free movie nights every Wednesday on their rooftop.

Films for 2018 include: Wonder WomanThe Big LebowskiClueless and Pulp Fiction.

They also offer a special rooftop food-and-drink menu to enjoy while you watch a classic film.

Other Adventures

Summer in Dallas is the perfect time to visit the city’s most engaging adventure parks and attractions. There’s Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, filled with thrilling roller coasters and rides for visitors of all ages. Plus, it’s the original Six Flags amusement park, making it a must-visit for any theme park fan.

The Dallas World Aquarium, in downtown’s West End, features a diverse set of exhibits and talks, though the highlight is ogling over otters, crocodiles, sharks and penguins.

In south Dallas, visitors can discover the largest and oldest zoo in Texas, complete with gorillas, cheetahs and a wide array of other exhibits. Be sure to check out their summer concert series, Safari Nights, for live music, drinks, food trucks and special animal programs.

Whatever you decide, just have a great time with your family! Enjoy the rest of the Summer, everyone!

Do you have any other ideas? Drop them in the comments below!

Downtown

Three Things to Do In Downtown Dallas

Thursday, May 31st, 2018
They say that everything is bigger and better in Texas and that couldn’t be more true than in Downtown Dallas! Here you can find some of the biggest and best attractions in the country. Continue reading to learn our top three downtown places!

Dallas Farmers Market

Located on the east side of downtown, the Dallas Farmers Market is widely recognized as one of largest markets in the state!

This cute market has over 153 vendor stalls showcasing seasonal produce, naturally raised meats, cheese, eggs and honey in an open-air pavilion. There is also a huge indoor food hall as well that features artisanal food stalls and eateries, along with shops peddling everything from T-shirts to Mexican imports and antique furniture.

In addition to shopping and eating, the Farmers Market hosts regular activities, ranging from yoga classes and cooking demonstrations to live musical performances and special seasonal events.

Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

Do you love history mixed in wit a little bit of conspiracy? We have just the place for you! The Sixth Floor Museum is an interesting source of information about the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. The museum’s exhibits contain over 45,000 items documenting Kennedy’s presidency through to his final days.

One of the highlights of the tour is the Plexiglas enclosed area where Lee Harvey Oswald is believed to have fired the fateful shot. But there’s much more to see here, including a host of powerful images, documents, artifacts, video footage and home movies.

Klyde Warren Park

This park was opened in 2012 for the purpose of encouraging more pedestrian foot traffic to the area as well as to be a central gathering place for locals and visitors to enjoy.

Today, there are constant events happening all the time ranging from fitness sessions, dance lessons and lawn games to children’s entertainment, musical performances and film screenings. There are also special areas within the park allocated for dogs, board games and children.

What are your favorite downtown Dallas spots? Tell us in the comments below!

Bridge

Best Dallas Day Trips

Friday, April 13th, 2018
The Dallas-Fort Worth area has some amazing day trip opportunities!Whether it’s fun in the sun at a Texas state park or a small road trip to other Texas landmarks, there’s plenty to do with friends and family!Here are some spots to check out:

Jefferson

Jefferson is a city located in the Piney Woods region of Texas, and it is home to many historic homes, landmarks, and museums. Several of the area’s historic homes are available for touring, and some of them operate as bed and breakfasts. Jefferson is located in the center of the Big Cypress Bayou, one of the four bayous attached to Caddo Lake.

Visitors can take a tour of the Big Cypress Bayou by river boat. The city is a shopper’s paradise with boutique shopping as well as antique shops to browse. If you want to learn a bit more about the history of Jefferson and the Piney Woods region, check out one of the town’s museums.

Glen Rose

About an hour and a half outside the city, you’ll find one of the best parks around – Fossil Rim Wildlife Center.

Giraffes, emus, zebra, bison, and even gazelles roam these gated parts of Texas. The 1,700 acres of land is a leisurely drive for the whole family as up to 50 different species come to say ‘hello’ and eat some treats out of your hand. Stop halfway through the park to check out the petting zoo and amazing views of the park.

Cedar Hill

Just 20 minutes from Irving is a huge state park! It spans almost 1,900 acres and has tons of camping space and amenities. There’s also spots to bike, swim, and fish. This is an awesome getaway!

Ray Roberts Lake State Park

Head up north near Denton for this beautiful property in Pilot Point, TX. The sunset can’t be beat as you take advantage of the full-service marina for boat rentals. It’s all worth the drive for some amazing opportunities to camp, hike, bike, ride horses, or go backpacking. Who says you have to travel hundreds of miles for some good, old-fashioned summer fun?

Know of any other day trips? Comment your favorite spots below!