What’s Happening in Arlington

The entertainment to be found in Arlington as well as the entire DFW area is rich and varied. Here are events you can enjoy this season.

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Planetarium Spring Shows

A local treasure, the Planetarium at UT Arlington educates the public about the galaxies, planets and starry hosts within our wondrous world. Don’t miss the spring shows that are playing on weekends between now and May 28. Phantom of the Universe is a show that reveals the scientific exploration of dark matter, which is believed to comprise 85 percent of the cosmos. It will be presented at 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Chubby Checkers Concert

On March 24, Chubby Checkers, one of the early rock-and-roll stars, will perform at the Arlington Music Hall. While he is best known for his top hit “The Twist,” he produced an array of other popular songs, too. Checkers’ contributions to the music industry are credited for changing the way we dance. Show hours are from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., and the address is 224 N Center Street.

Gene Watson Concert

Well known among country music fans, Gene Watson has been singing for 30 years. He is a master of the traditional, classic style of the genre. Watson will entertain an audience at the Arlington Music Hall from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on March 25.

Arlington Symphony Concert

Symphony music can lift the spirit to higher realms, as the various string and brass instruments play the scores of brilliant composers that touch the emotions. On April 13, the local orchestra will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Arlington Music Hall. It will feature cellist Laura Ospina.

Stay With Us

To make reservations at Dallas/Arlington KOA, call 800-562-3705 or visit our website. For information, call 817-277-6600 or email dallasmetro@koa.net. Our address is 2715 S. Cooper in Arlington, Texas.


Azalea Trails in Nacogdoches

When springtime descends upon the Piney Woods, the eye is dazzled by an explosion of color from the profusion of blooms in the azalea trails.

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Early-March to mid-April is arguably the best time to plan a camping trip to Rusk, as it is when nature puts on its annual show in the garden capital of Texas – Nacogdoches.

Pick up a trail map at the Visitor’s Center at 200 E. Main Street, and drive down the 25 glorious miles of routes that meander through the town. The routes are divided into three trails, and each one is a visual feast.

More than 7,000 of the vibrant flowers can be seen at Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University. Every Saturday afternoon during the season, you can enjoy a free guided tour.

Shop and Stroll

An event associated with azalea time, Shop and Stroll is scheduled for March 25. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., visitors can walk around downtown Nacogdoches and drop into shops such as Liberty Bell, Polka Dotz and Twigs and Tin.

Farmers’ Market Spring Fling

If you’re in town on April 8, don’t miss the Spring Fling Farmers Market. The market is open every Saturday morning in the historic downtown area at 108 Pearl Street, but the spring event should be extra special.

Stay With Us

To reserve your spot at Rusk KOA, call 800-562-4143 or visit our website. For information, call 903-683-6641 or email ruskkoa@mykoa.com. Our location is 745 FM 343 East Rusk, Texas.

Sail the High Seas at South Padre Island

Boat rides for thrill seekers, dolphin watchers and anglers are available at South Padre Island. Several companies provide the service, so you can pick the one that suits your tastes. Below are three suggestions.


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High Speed Water Ride

If you’re in the mood for a thrilling adventure, go on a high-speed ride offered by Osprey Cruises. The boat roars through the water at the speed of 50 miles per hour, but the rides are seatbelt-safe and are recommended for anyone over 2 years of age. Tickets are $27 for adults and $20 for children. Departure times are 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Original Dolphin Watch

If high speeds aren’t your cup of tea, the Original Dolphin Watch is a great alternative. These educational trips offer close-up looks at charming creatures of the sea — dolphins, which makes the rides enjoyable for the whole family. Boats depart at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., and tickets are $10 for adults and children.

Island Outfitters

For those who prefer to go on a chartered boat trip with a fly-fishing guide, Island Outfitters fits the bill. Whether you are a novice or very experienced, experts will find the spots that ensure you get the best catch. All you need to bring is sunglasses and sunscreen because the gear will be furnished. A 5-hour trip is $400 for two people.

Stay With Us

March 15 to 18 are the dates for Spring Break, an exciting event filled with cool concerts. We are also looking forward to Easter weekend, when we’ll have campground activities and an Easter egg hunt. Make your reservations at South Padre Island KOA today. Call 800-562-9724 or visit our website. For information, call 956-761-5665 or email southpadre@koa.net

Tour Texas Hill Country

Kerrville makes a good home base when touring beautiful Texas Hill Country.


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One day you could visit Stonehenge, an art project that replicates the mysterious stones of England. On another day, you could drive to Bandera, a town called the Texas Cowboy Capital of the World. A third day trip could take you to Fredericksburg, a charming town settled by German immigrants.

Entertainment at Cailloux Theater

While Kerrville is close to several interesting spots, you needn’t leave the city limits to find entertainment. The Cailloux Theater will be offering the following shows within the coming weeks:

  • A tribute to Hank Williams, the renowned singer who greatly influenced country music, will be presented on February 11.
  • February 23 is the date of a Symphony of the Hills concert called Invitation to the Dance. The program will include music by Strauss and an array of other composers.
  • Popular singers Robert Earl Keen and Lee Ann Womack will give a concert on March 4.

Stay With Us

Aside from attending events at the Cailloux Theater, you’ll find other pleasant pursuits in town. These include visiting parks and museums, as well as golfing and shopping at specialty stores. A favorite pastime in spring is to drive along the winding country roads to admire the wildflowers blooming in the fields.

To make reservations at Kerrville KOA, call 800-562-1665 or visit our website. For information, call 830-895-1665 or email kervlkoa@ktc.com. Our address is 2400 Goat Creek Road in Kerrville, Texas.

Oaklawn Opry

Saturday nights are special in Texarkana because of the Oaklawn Opry, which provides wholesome family music shows every week.


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While it specializes in traditional country songs, it also includes a little Gospel, old-time rock ‘n roll, bluegrass and comedy. The 25th Anniversary Show will be held on February 11, so you can expect quite a performance.

Admission is $10 for adults and $18 for couples. The doors open at 6 p.m., and the shows start at 7 p.m. It is located at 2729 New Boston Road, Suite 124.

Jordan World Circus

On February 20, the Jordan World Circus will be in town. This fun family event will involve awesome aerial acts and animal performances. Children can even ride or pet some of the critters.

You can choose from the 4:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. show. The address is the Four State Fair at 3700 E 50th Street.

Perot Theatre Events

The Perot Theatre is an absolutely beautiful venue for an array of local entertainment. Built in 1924, the historic building has been restored to its original magnificence. Coming events include a magic show, ragtime concert, play, opera and symphony concert. Attending any event here is a memorable experience.

Stay With Us

Don’t miss our RV park art gallery at Texarkana KOA. Reserve your spot by calling 888-562-5697 or by visiting our website. Call 903-792-5521 for information. We are located at 500 St Micheal Drive in Texarkana, Texas.

Highlights of Livingston

If you’re looking for a peaceful place to fish and relax, head to Lake Livingston/Onalaska KOA, an RV park tucked away in the pine forests of East Texas. When you venture into town, don’t miss the Thomas Mercantile, which is one of the area’s treasures.


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Thomas Mercantile

Founded in 1913, the Thomas Mercantile is a quaint, charming gift shop that will take you back in time in the most enjoyable way. Terry Thomas-Smith, the current owner, is the fourth generation of the family to operate the enterprise. You’ll be warmly welcomed as you come in and browse through an array of gift items that include candles, lotions, soaps, jewelry accessories and food items.

Jack Thomas, the owner’s father, is a WWII POW who sits on the porch and greets patrons. Within the store, you’re likely to see Kiku Thomas, the owner’s aunt, whose handmade pillowcases and aprons are available for purchase.

A visit to this store is a must. The address is 2464 Old Highway 35 N. It is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Trade Days

The Livingston Trade Days are held on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday before the third Monday of each month at Pedigo Park. You’ll find food, antiques and collectibles as well as arts and crafts. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.

Stay With Us

To book your spot, call (800) 562-5714 or visit our website. For information, call (936) 646-3824 or emailinfo@lakelivingstonkoa.com. The address is 15152 US Hwy 190 West in Onalaska, TX 77360.

Visit Historical Attractions in Jasper

Brookeland/Lake Sam Rayburn KOA is located amid hushed forests and rippling water, which makes it a great destination for fishing, hiking and birdwatching. However, when you want to go exploring, the town of Jasper is only a short drive away. The historical attractions, antique shops and art galleries beckon you to visit.


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Historical Attractions

  • The Jasper County Historical Museum houses wartime artifacts, treasured family heirlooms and information about area legends. You’ll find it at 165 Main Street.
  • A lovely example of Victorian architecture, the Beaty Orton House offers tours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday. The location is the corner of Water Street and Main Street.
  • You can browse through fire exhibits from different periods at the Jasper County Fire Museum. It is inside the Fire Hall.
  • The bell that tolls the hours at the Jasper County Courthouse is the same one that tolled the hours in the original clock tower that was constructed in 1890. Its address is 121 N. Austin.

Stay With Us

Plan a trip to Brookeland/Lake Sam Rayburn KOA when you need some downtime in a peaceful environment. The weather has become chilly, but you’ll be nice and warm in your cabin.

We’ll treat you like family and try to make your stay as pleasant as possible. To make reservations, call 800-562-1612 or visit our website. For information, call 409-698-3422 or email us at brookelandkoa@gmail.com. Our address is 505 CR 212 in Brookeland, Texas.