From Steve McQueen to the Sons of Anarchy, American lore is replete with riders coasting on sweet, sweet motorcycles. The Haas Moto Museum & Sculpture Gallery in Dallas captures the magic and mystique of motorcycle riding, all while honoring the impact these two-wheeled rides have had on our national culture. I recommend checking out this gem of a museum, but I don’t recommend trying to ride one of the bikes. They don’t take too kindly to that.
Sure, Pinstack is a bowling alley — but that’s just the start. Here you’ll find laser tag, otherwise known as the sport that is locked in a battle-to-the-death (with bowling) for the title of my favorite activity. This quirky spot (which has locations in Plano, Allen and Irving) also offers a full-blown restaurant, rock-climbing wall and ropes course sitting atop a giant arcade.
Oftentime I find myself up late at night, filled with an inescapable existential dread that something is missing from my life. Usually, a quick bowling session turns that feeling — and that frown — upside down. Lucky for me, Pinstack is open until midnight on weekdays and 2 AM on weekends.
3. PASCHALL BAR
As established above, Dallas has no shortage of great eateries. But if you’re looking to up your cool factor (as I always am/have to be) and impress your friends with your knowledge of hidden dining gems, try Paschall Bar. It’s a superb speakeasy “hidden” on the Square in Downtown Denton, perfect for a low-key date night and an Old Fashioned or two. This establishment will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time, and stepped up your cool factor.
Minor league ballparks are known for their quirks and quizzical events or attractions. Frisco’s Dr. Pepper Ballpark is no different, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a more fun minor league park. It’s intimate yet expansive and effusive with big summertime energy, and even offers a lazy river for fans enticed by the idea of taking in a ballgame mid-float. After all, who among us has not wished to combine the summertime joys of baseball and swimming?
5. GO APE!
Plano is known for it’s shopping and food scene, but did you know that this city also offers an opportunity to swing from the trees? My college trek to Costa Rica was marred by misadventure on the zip line — specifically, an unfortunate nauseous reaction to a rather zippy zip line. But I’m ready to get back on the saddle (or, the line, I suppose) and try the zipline and ropes course at Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve. Join me — if nothing else, you’ll have a good laugh watching a decidedly unadventurous bookworm try his hand at another round of ziplining.
Need to let off steam? In the mood for something new? Just want to throw an axe? Fort Worth Axe Factory has all of your bases covered. You can pretend you’re a Wildling straight outta Westeros while learning the fun art of axe throwing. It’s a perfect date — assuming you and your better half are both down to throw some axes in Fort Worth. Don’t know it ‘til you try it!