Earlier this year, Deep Ellum welcomed Mama Tried into its late night hot spots and it was the bar we’ve all been waiting for. They have a massive patio, perfect for hosting a ton of live country music acts. Grab a cold beer, work on singing in your best twang and get ready to dance under the big night sky. Oh, and be sure to snap a photo with the “Don’t Mess with Texas” mural while you’re there.
Okay, maybe rush is a strong word. They are cattle, after all. Still, it’s exciting to see Fort Worth’s famous cattle drive. After you’ve watched the cows meander through the streets and taken a picture with a longhorn, you can turn your attention to one of the live shows nearby. The Stockyards National Historic District has plenty of performing gunslingers and heavily moustached sheriffs. After you’ve watched a funny little show in the square, you can head into a saloon for some refreshment.
Denton’s annual event happens every summer! You wanna see racing pigs, a rodeo parade and BBQ cook-off all at one place? Well, this is the place for you! The North Texas Fair & Rodeo has been around for 91 years and is still going strong. For nine days every year, this fair is packed full of carnival rides, live music concerts and bull-riding entertainment.
Besides having some hilarious souvenirs, Wild Bill’s is the place to go if you’re in the market for new boots and a hat. With all the genuine leather, suede fringe and spurs you can handle, you’ll have a blast dressing up in some Texan attire at this Dallas westernwear store. Rumor has it, their customer service is so good that they’ll offer you a cold beer while you shop.
Sorry, I had to include at least one pun. I’m talking more pigskin than pigs, here — but if you haven’t checked out The Star in Frisco, you’re missing out on seeing some Texan legends first hand. The Dallas Cowboys recently opened this new training center, and if you’ve taken a tour, you’ll know what I mean by calling them legends. After checking out some of the greatest Cowboys’ history, have a walk around the lively square, where you can eat and drink while possibly rubbing elbows with current players.
I’m proud to say I have indeed been to the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth. Did I take my Southern Belle mother because I knew she’d love it? Yep! There’s no better place to check out the resilience of women and celebrate their pioneer spirit than watching them lasso wild stallions and still look fashionable with sweat on their brow. Be sure to check out their newest exhibition, It’s Never Just a Horse.
This perfectly named trail gives you a taste of Texan prairie life, complete with marshes and wildflowers depending on the season. What’s better than seeing some Texan landscape? Riding a horse as you take in the views, of course. Marshall Creek Ranch in Southlake has horseback riding excursions headed out around Grapevine Lake.
The small tin building of Harris Bar-B-Que might not look like much from the outside, but the barbeque on the inside is famous around these here parts. If you’re looking for a place that knows how to cook meat, this Waxahachie restaurant is doing it the right way. You’ve gotta go for the brisket sandwich on (what else?) Texas toast.
Have you really visited Texas without learning how to two-step? Get yourself to Cowboys Red River in Dallas, where the dancehall is always full. If you’re nervous because it’s your first time, don’t worry. Besides having dance lessons almost every day, there’s almost always willing partners who will teach you the simple dance.
I credit the show Dallas for why people around the world know the name (and think the citizens of Dallas all wear cowboy hats every day). Our reputations are world-renowned: our bold and confident attitudes, how we all live on ranches — yep, definitely all thanks to the immensely popular TV show. Southfork Ranch still exists even though the show ended almost 30 years ago; so if you haven’t already, it’s worth a visit! Tour the Ewing mansion, shop at the (not one, but two) themed shops, check out Jock’s Lincoln Continental, and even see the gun that shot J.R. If you’re a local and spot some out-of-towners, play up your accent and pretend like the Ewing lifestyle is still how all Dallasite’s act.
Located on the side of Brumbaugh’s Fine Home Furnishings in Fort Worth, this giant mural is just the photo-op you need to let everyone know you’re a tried and true Texan now. Basically like sending a modern day postcard; snap a shot and share your “Greetings from Texas!”