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Top photo courtesy of Lone Star Lodge and Marina; bottom photo courtesy of DFW Adventure Park

Learn Survival Skills If you’ve ever wondered how well you’d fare on the show Naked and Afraid, a visit to Survival School at DFW Adventure Park will help you find that answer. (Fortunately, you get to remain clothed and no camera crew will be present.) Survival School is the perfect way to find out how you’d cope in a you vs. nature scenario. And since it’s in a what is called a “casual wilderness environment,” it’s a much safer way to test your survival skills than, say, spending a night in the woods by yourself. Start with the basic Overnight Course ($189) to learn essentials such as building a fire, sending out a signal, creating shelter, basic navigation skills and knife and axe skills. Once you’ve mastered that, advance to the Next Level Weekend ($179) or sign up for one of the school’s intensive sessions that lets you focus on honing a specific set of skills. 13055 Cleveland Gibbs Road, Northlake, dfwap.com/play/survival-school

Go on a Stay-cation The Lone Star Lodge and Marina, just west of Pilot Point, pairs the advantages of the great outdoors with the comforts of quality accommodation. A rustic theme runs throughout the design of the entire lodge, giving it a kind of Lone Star luxury that could only be found in Texas. “We get a lot of people from the outskirts of Dallas who just want to have a little staycation,” says Lone Star Manager John-Michael Brattlof. “But we also get a lot of out-of-state visitors, particularly from Oklahoma.” It’s also an extremely popular spot for weddings and receptions. The lodge’s perfect location on Ray Roberts Lake is a huge draw, especially given the adjacent marina where you can rent a boat, kayak, pontoon or jet ski. But it also is a hit simply because it offers a unique blend of nature and nurture. “You don’t often get the chance to be surrounded by nature but also have the convenience of a hotel room,” Brattlof says. “You can be in a forest of these beautiful big oak trees but have a nice room just a short walk away. And having it right on the lake is a huge deal, especially in the summer.” “There’s tons to do out here, and it is absolutely beautiful. And in the future, we’re going to give [guests] something that’s even bigger and better,” says Brattlof, referring to the expansion that is currently in progress. When complete, the work will include a marina with 600 boat slips, an RV park and an equestrian center. 2200 FM 1192, Pilot Point, lonestarlodgeresortandmarina.com

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