Ken Kalthoff, NBC 5 News
Attractions in North Texas are gearing up for spring break crowds, for many businesses it's a very busy time of year that calls for extra planning.
Dallas attractions are ready for big spring break crowds.
Gregg Hudson, Dallas Zoo director, said spring break is the busiest time of the year at the zoo, which gets up to 15,000 visitors per day.
"We'll have plenty of people here to help," he said. "We'll have lots of extra Dallas police officers and folks to help on traffic. But if you want to guarantee a place at the zoo, come down on DART. It's a great way to get to the zoo."
This year, Downtown Dallas has two added attractions -- the Perot Museum of Nature and Science and the Clyde Warren Park over the Woodall Rodgers Freeway.
Paula Carlson with the Dallas World Aquarium said the additions have given visitors more reasons to come downtown.
"I think, of course, the more resources we have downtown, then they can come and spend the day," she said.
The aquarium was busy Friday with field trips and other visitors.
Jeremiah Foster brought his daughter Madison to celebrate her 12th birthday.
"We saw, like, sharks, jellyfish," she said. "We saw fish the glow in the dark. We also saw like birds and turtles and manatees, stuff like that."
The Fosters are from The Colony, and Jeremiah Foster sees more reasons to come to Downtown Dallas.
"It seems like over the past few years, vitality is returning somewhat to the downtown area," he said.
Carlson said spring break is one of the aquarium's busiest weeks.
"And it usually sets the tone for what it's going to be like through out the spring and summer, so if today's any indication, it looks like next week is going to be great for us and the whole downtown area," she said.
Perot Museum officials are urging visitors to buy tickets online because admission is limited and visitors without tickets may be turned away at the door.