Lewisville, located just 15 minutes from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, offers a variety of opportunities for student groups. At the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA), your students will experience environmental science in the real world, not from a textbook. Student groups can also enjoy arts and cultural performances, dine at the old home of Bonnie and Clyde’s doctor, and see what historic Old Town Lewisville has to offer.
Environmental Science Trip
The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area is a 2,000-acre federal wildlife zone. This eco-tourism area welcomes schools and student groups to explore the restoration of native ecosystems, and to learn environmental education and scientific research information. LLELA contains a variety of habitats including prairies, bottomland hardwood forests and wetlands. The wildlife includes are mammals such as bobcats, white-tailed deer and mink, as well as 270 species of birds, such as wild turkeys and waterfowl. LLELA is open for group tours, hiking, fishing, camping, birding and kayaking/canoeing. Students can download Apple and Android apps, enhanced with text, photos and video, to guide them through trails.
Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, available for rent, is a facility used by art groups, shows and exhibits, events, classes and meetings. It features a 296-seat theatre with acoustics designed for speeches and music, a 2,400-square-foot art gallery, a 2,400-square-foot dance recital hall, a 3,000-square-foot black box theater and 2,800 square feet of classrooms. A courtyard from Charles Street to the theater lobby is large enough to host small outside performances and dinners.
Lewisville also has a variety of historical spots to visit, including churches, cemeteries, houses and even a prehistoric site. Tierney’s Café and Tavern is a Victorian-style house built in 1885 as the home of Dr. J.W. Kennedy. Legend says Dr. Kennedy would often be blindfolded and kidnapped to the hideout of Bonnie and Clyde (who used to camp in a nearby area now covered by Lewisville Lake) to provide them with medical care.
Food and Amusement
Your group can choose from more than 250 restaurants to dine at in Lewisville. There are a variety of cafés, Mexican restaurants, grills and steakhouses. For a larger group, a good choice is Regal Buffet, which features authentic Chinese food, sushi and a variety of desserts.
Old Town Lewisville features a charming 1880s atmosphere with various shopping and dining. For recreational activities, Lewisville offers golf courses, theaters, parks and water attractions such as catamaran cruises. InterSkate is a family entertainment and sports center that can accommodate small or large groups of skaters. Zone Action Park offers miniature golf, go-karts, batting cages, bounce houses, a video arcade and a snack bar.
Getting Here and Staying Here
Lewisville is located along the corridors of Interstate 35-E and State Highway 121, about 25 miles from Dallas and about 35 miles from Fort Worth.
There are 22 hotels offering 2,487 rooms. Most hotels offer free parking, wireless Internet, free breakfast, microwave and refrigerator in rooms.