DFW visitors who want their cowboys fix should head to the Fort Worth Stockyards where there’s a cattle drive twice a day. The Old West spirit lives in the shops, restaurants, and nightlife (Billy Bob’s is here) found in this National Historic District.
There are two people most associated with Dallas, and both names start with the letter J. The Sixth Floor Museum offers visitors a retrospective of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s life and death. Be sure and visit the nearby JFK Memorial.
The other person most associated with Dallas whose name starts with a J is J.R. Ewing. The TV-show character made his home just north of the city at Southfork Ranch in Plano, which now is a popular event space. Group tours and dining are available.
Three of Dallas’ premiere art collections huddle together in the city’s arts district. The Dallas Museum of Art features a variety of art from ancient masks to modern painters. The Crow Collection of Asian Art‘s exquisite pieces showcase a historical sweep of artifacts. The Nasher Sculpture Center houses more than 300 sculptures by modern and contemporary artists.
Fort Worth’s Cultural District offers up something for every interest with five museums including The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Kimbell Art Museum, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame and Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. From contemporary exhibits to American artifacts to immersive IMAX experiences, visitors can easily stroll from the past to the future and back again at these various venues for all ages.
Arlington’s fabled amusement park opened in 1961 and has offered thrilling rides and themed seasons ever since. Cool off on the Roaring Rapids. Get twisted on the Shock Wave. Get thrown around on the Runaway Mine Train (my personal favorite) or go upside down on Batman The Ride.
For visitors wanting a different kind of cowboys fix, head over to AT&T Stadium in Arlington. The tour takes you everywhere, letting you glimpse the Dallas Cowboys culture from top to bottom — all the way from suites to loading docks. You’ll even get to stand on the field’s famous star.
The Dallas Farmers Market begin in 1941 and has grown ever since. The Shed features regional vendors, while the Market Shops offer food halls and artisanal businesses. Visitors can also eat at Mudhen, a farm-to-table restaurant focused on seasonal greens and meats.
Get your camera ready, because the Fort Worth Water Gardens are a photographer’s dream. Built in 1974, the urban park features cascading water surrounding you as you walk down terraces to a mediation pool. It’s relaxing, and you’ll forget you’re in the middle of a city.
10. DALLAS ZOO
With over 2,000 animals, daily animal encounters and fun events throughout the year, the Dallas Zoo is not to be missed. If you’re in town during the holiday season, you’ll want to check out Dallas Zoo Lights — a new tradition that turns the Zoo into a winter wonderland with thousands of twinkling lights.
When an attraction has “Epic” in its’ name, it automatically becomes a must-see in my book. Epic Waters truly lives up to its’ name. With the tallest indoor Aqua Loop in the nation (the LassoLoop) and the longest indoor lazy river in Texas (the Rio Grand), this Grand Prairie gem is definitely an item you’ll want to check off your DFW bucket list.
The Star, located north of Dallas in Frisco, is the area’s youngest attraction. It opened in 2016 and is the world headquarters for the Dallas Cowboys. But it’s not all football. There’s also an entertainment district, restaurants, and shopping for visitors — as well as tours of the Cowboys’ practice home.
Featured Image of the Fort Worth Water Gardens, Courtesy: Visit Fort Worth