AT&T PERFORMING ARTS CENTER— Hailed as the most significant arts center to be built since New York City’s Lincoln Center, this multi-venue performing arts center houses the Winspear Opera House, Wyly Theatre, Strauss Artist Square, City Performance Hall and Sammons Park. www.attpac. org. 2403 Flora St., 214.880.0202.
BISHOP ARTS DISTRICT— Check out the Bishop Arts District for a hyper-local shopping atmosphere featuring artistic treasures and eclectic gifts. Known as the mothership for hipsters and the avant-garde, the Bishop Arts District makes the hearts of artists flutter. www.bishopartsdistrict.com.
CARROLLTON— Historic Carrollton Square is a charming shopping center with a small town feel. Tenants from nostalgic soda fountains like Sid’s Rainbow Grill to spas and retailers like Silver Star. Head to The Vintage Shoppe for kitschy, antique finds and peruse Nature’s Gallery, a fine gem and mineral store. www.cityofcarrollton.com. 1945 E. Jackson Road, Carrollton, 972.466.3000.
CITY OF ENNIS— Don’t underestimate this small Texas town, located 25 minutes south of downtown Dallas. Ennis is home to annual events like the Bluebonnet Trails Festival, Czech Music Festival and National Polka Festival, as well as attractions like drag racing facility Texas Motorplex, Sugar Ridge Winery and the Galaxy Drive-In Theatre. www.visitennis.org. 002 E. Ennis Ave., Ennis, 888.366.4748.
CITY PASS— Valid for nine days from first use, CityPass offers reduced admission to the following attractions: The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Reunion Tower GeO-Deck, a choice between the Dallas Zoo and The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, and a choice between the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Adults $44, children (ages 3-12) $30; plus tax. Purchase a CityPass booklet online or at your first attraction. www.citypass.com/dallas. Dallas, 888.330.5008.
COWTOWN COLISEUM— Built in 1908, Cowtown Coliseum was the site of the world’s first indoor rodeo. Today, it is home to the Stockyards Championship Rodeo (every Friday and Saturday), Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show and other big events. www. cowtowncoliseum.com. 121 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth, 817.625.1025.
DALLAS ARBORETUM AND BOTANICAL GARDEN— Along the shores of White Rock Lake, the Dallas Arboretum showcases 66 gorgeous acres, which feature more than 2,000 varieties of azaleas, towering magnolia trees and a reflecting pool. www.dallasarboretum.org. 8525 Garland Road, 214.515.6500.
DALLAS AREA RAPID TRANSIT (DART)— DART trains and buses are the affordable, hassle-free way to popular work and play destinations all over the Metroplex, including new direct rail service to DFW Airport. With DART’s FREE GoPassSM app, you can buy passes, plan trips and more—right on your phone! www.dart. org. 1401 Pacific Ave., or call 214.979.1111. for schedules and fares.
DALLAS ARTS DISTRICT— This 68-acre development is the largest urban arts district in the country. With arts venues such as the Dallas Museum of Art, the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center and the Nasher Sculpture Center, this area is the mothership for art lovers. www.thedallasartsdistrict.org. Flora and N. Pearl St.
DALLAS CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU— Check out the Dallas CVB’s comprehensive online database of conventions, events and visitor information, its helpful staff at the downtown office, or its online store of official Dallas gear. www.visitdallas.com. 325 North St. Paul St., Ste. 700, 214.571.1000.
DALLAS DESIGN DISTRICT— From eclectic art galleries to treasure-filled furniture and accessory shops, delectable restaurants and hip bars, this area— which covers Dragon, Slocum, Oak Lawn, Howell and others—is situated right next to the Trinity River and its booming renovation plans. www.dallasdesigndistrict.com.
DALLAS FARMERS MARKET— One of the largest open-air markets in the country, this downtown destination offers straight-from-the-source produce, cooking classes, and The Market, an indoor haven of local restaurants and a few charming
boutiques. www.dallasfarmersmarket.org. 1010 S. Pearl Expy.
DALLAS HERITAGE VILLAGE AT OLD CITY PARK— This 13-acre living history museum shows visitors what life was like in Dallas in the mid-19th century. www.dallasheritagevillage.org. 1515 S. Harwood St., 214.421.5141.
DALLAS WORLD AQUARIUM— Located in a historic West End building, this private aquarium features exotic marine life in chic surroundings, including two antillean manatees. Owned by one of Dallas’ best caterers, the aquarium’s Eighteen-O-One restaurant is also a great place for lunch. www. dwazoo.com. 1801 N. Griffin St., 214.720.2224.
DALLAS ZOO— Founded in 1888, the Dallas Zoo spreads across 106 acres of natural wonder. This wildlife park is home to more than 2,000 animals representing more than 400 species. A plethora of unique interactive activities is offered, including giraffe feeding, camel rides, and a narrated Monorail Safari tour. www.dallaszoo.com. 650 S. R.L. Thornton Fwy., 214.670.5656.
DEALEY PLAZA— On Nov. 22, 1963, Dallas’ Dealey Plaza became the historical site of a presidential tragedy. The plaza is home to the JFK Memorial and is centrally located near downtown attractions like The Sixth Floor Museum, Reunion Tower and the Old Red Museum and Courthouse. 214.670.4100.
DENISON— Experience a land of plenty (and President Eisenhower’s birthplace), where the 89,000-acre Lake Texoma receives thousands of explorers each year. Perfect for those relaxing fishing excursions. Also enjoy the area’s plentiful shopping, wineries and restaurants. www.denisontexas.us. 903.465.1551.
DINOSAUR VALLEY STATE PARK— A state park dedicated to the fossilized tracks of dinosaurs who roamed Texas millions of years ago, it’s a great place for an outdoor family excursion. Hike the winding trails, play in the river that runs through the park, or stay in one of the campsites. Fun for kids and adults alike. 1629 Park Road 59, Glen Rose, 254.897.2863.
DOWNTOWN DALLAS— Downtown Dallas Inc. is the principal advocate, champion and steward of downtown. From bolstering the area’s profile both locally and globally to stimulating a vibrant and sustainable environment, the people behind Downtown Dallas Inc. make sure that the city exceeds its potential. www.downtowndallas.com. 901 Main St., Ste. 7100, 214.744.1270.
FORT WORTH BOTANIC GARDENS— Billed as the “oldest botanic garden in Texas,” this 109-acre location offers beauty and serenity all year long, with separately themed gardens ranging from roses to Asian varieties of flowers and plants. The garden is host to weddings, special events and celebrations all year long and features children’s activities and workshops on occasion. www.fwbg.org. 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., 817.871.7686.
FORT WORTH HERD CATTLE DRIVE— Twice daily—11:30 am and 4 pm—you can witness a real live cattle drive down Exchange Avenue and through the Stockyards. www.fortworth.com/theherd. Stockyards Visitors Center, 130 E. Exchange Ave., 817.642.4741.
FORT WORTH NATURE CENTER & REFUGE— Located just inside Fort Worth’s city limits, this hidden jewel features more than 3,600 acres of wilderness and
more than 20 miles of hiking trails. Composed of forests, prairies and wetlands, it is lush with native flora and fauna. www.fwnaturecenter.org. 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, 817.392.7410.
FORT WORTH STOCK SHOW & RODEO This acclaimed indoor rodeo draws thousands of visitors each January and February. The rodeo has activities and events for both children and adults during its annual three-week run, such as The “Best of Mexico” and extreme bull-riding. www. fwstockshowrodeo.com. 3400 Burnett Tandy Drive, 817.877.2400.
FORT WORTH STOCKYARDS The Stockyards— once a place for cowboys, cattlemen, bartenders and horse traders—is a one-of-a-kind location with many exciting attractions for the whole family, such as the daily cattle drive on Exchange Avenue or the Stockyards Championship Rodeo. Sink your teeth into Riscky’s Barbecue or satisfy your sweet tooth at Cowtown Fudge & Creamery. www.fortworthstockyards.org. Stockyards Boulevard and Main Street, Fort Worth, 817.626.2334.
FORT WORTH ZOO The Fort Worth Zoo is the oldest zoo in Texas—and one of the greatest. Founded in 1909 with one lion, two bear cubs, an alligator, a coyote, a peacock and a few rabbits, it houses more than 5,000 native and exotic animals today. Don’t miss Texas Wild, an eight-acre journey through various regions of the Lone Star State. www.fortworthzoo.org. 1989 Colonial Pkwy., Fort Worth, 817.759.7555.
GRAPEVINE For tons of old-fashioned fun, check out Grapevine. This small area outside of Dallas has some of the most adorable stores you will find anywhere on Main Street and an abundance of wineries to explore. www.grapevinetexasusa.com.
IFLY DALLAS Take flight at indoor skydiving center iFly, where the ultimate adrenaline rush is closer (to the ground, that is) than you think. No prior experience is necessary—iFly’s instructors provide the training and the gear. Just step inside the vertical glass chamber and prepare for lift off as customizable wind speeds allow you to simulate the real thing. www.iflyworld.com/dallas/. 8380 Hwy. 121, Frisco, 214.618.4359.
IRVING ARTS CENTER A space for everything related to the arts, the Irving Arts Center is comprised of several galleries, the Dupree Theater, the Carpenter Performance Hall and a Sculpture Garden. Admission is free. www.irvingartscenter. com. 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., 972.252.2787. JOE POOL LAKE This 7,740-acre lake near Grand Prairie is fun for camping, water sports and fishing. www.grandfungp.org. Cedar Hill State Park, 972.299.2227.
KATY TRAIL This popular running and biking trail, located in the heart of Highland Park, runs 3.5 miles from Victory Park to Airline Drive and is perfect for a serene afternoon jog. www.katytraildallas.org. 5207 McKinney Ave., Ste. 9.
KLYDE WARREN PARK Sprawling over five acres, this newly opened, recreational area between St. Paul and Pearl streets hosts regular outdoor activities, such as fitness and yoga sessions, concerts and films, and even live concerts. Or, one could simply stroll the green landscape, take the dog for a walk, and enjoy some of the city’s most breathtaking views. The park is open 6 am to 11 pm daily. www.klydewarrenpark.org. 2012 Woodall Rogers Fwy., 214.716.4500.
LAKE RAY HUBBARD Surrounded by the gorgeous and fun Rockwall Harbor and highlighted by lakeside concerts, Lake Ray Hubbard is a perfect lake for family fun, especially sailing. Interstate 30, 214.670.8847.
LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER, GRAPEVINE Family fun for everyone when the kids discover the world’s biggest box of Lego bricks! Jump into the world of Legos at the 4D cinema, and later hitch a ride on a chariot to the Medieval Lego castle. This kid-approved facility contains more than 2 million colorful Lego bricks with tons of entertainment and exploration opportunities. www.legolanddis- coverycenter.com/dallasfw. 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy., 972.539.9386.
LEWISVILLE Visit this suburb in far north Dallas for outdoor adventures, community and arts events, and the revitalized district of Old Town, a charming downtown area of restaurants, shops and entertainment venues featuring original architecture built in the early 20th century. www.visitlewisville.com. 155 W. Main St., Lewisville.
MLINE TROLLEY IN UPTOWN Explore Uptown Dallas in these unique, vintage trolley rides for free. The cars connect three of Dallas’ most vibrant
areas with a plethora of attractions within walking distance from each stop. From shopping in West Village to dining at Gloria’s and Baboush, there are lots of opportunities for fun on every corner. www. mata.org. 3153 Oak Grove Ave., 214.855.0006.
MCKINNEY MAIN STREET & HISTORIC DISTRICT— McKinney’s Main Street and historic district are brim-filled with places to dine, explore and shop. Stop into these stores for a taste of small-town glory: Little Red Hen, Barron’s Estate Jewelry, Cotton Hearts, Sharla’s and Orison’s Boutique. www.mckinneytexas.org. 2222 N. Tennessee St., 972.547.7500.
PIONEER PLAZA— Pioneer Plaza is home to the largest bronze monument in the world and commemorates Dallas’ beginnings by celebrating the trails that brought settlers to the area. Downtown, Young St. at Griffin St., adjacent to the Dallas Convention Center.
REUNION TOWER— At 561 feet tall, with its glittering sphere of lights, Reunion Tower is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Dallas. Once you’re whisked up into the sky, enjoy panoramic views of the city on the GeO-Deck, dine at Five-Sixty and interact with the computer displays that detail Dallas’ history and topography. www.reuniontower.com. 300 Reunion Blvd. East, 214.712.7040.
RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! & LOUIS TUSSAUD’S PALACE OF WAX— With more than 175 lifelike figures of Hollywood, the Wild West, religion, fantasy and horror, The Palace of Wax is a delightful experience for all. Next door, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! displays an assortment of oddities and curiosities from the collection of the famed cartoonist. www.ripleys.com/grandprairie. 601 E. Palace Pkwy., Grand Prairie, 972.263.2391.
SEA LIFE GRAPEVINE— Take a trip under the sea at this breathtaking aquarium perfect for kids. Start with a stroll through the underwater ocean tunnel, then explore 30 fantastic displays of over 5,000 sea creatures. Hold your breath for the shark walk! www.visitsealife.com/grapevine. 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy., 877.819.7677.
SIX FLAGS OVER TEXAS— A 205-acre theme park that features more than 100 rides, including the 325-foot Superman Tower of Power and the Titan rollercoaster, which rises 225 feet and drops at 85 miles per hour. www.sixflags.com. 2201 Road To Six Flags, Arlington, 817.640.8900.
SOUTHFORK RANCH— Experience television history and Texas hospitality at Southfork, the world’s most famous ranch. Internationally recognized as the filming location for the TV series “Dallas,” Southfork is open year-round for guided tours of the legendary homestead and ranch. See the famed Ewing Mansion and relive moments from the classic show. www.southfork.com. 3700 Hogge Rd., 972.442.7800.
SOUTHLAKE— Just north of DFW International Airport lies the growing suburb of Southlake. You may be familiar with the town thanks to its nationally ranked high school football team, but Southlake has much more to offer, like incredible boutiques and shopping, fine dining and family friendly recreation. www.southlaketownsquare.com.
STOCKYARDS STATION— Located in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards, Stockyards Station includes more than 25 unique stores, a winery, an art gallery, restaurants and more. This is fun for the whole family all day long. Don’t miss the daily cattle drive that rides through the Stockyards in the afternoon. www.stockyardsstation.com. 130 E. Exchange Ave., 817.625.9715.
SUNDANCE SQUARE IN FORT WORTH— Located right in the middle of the action in downtown Fort Worth, Sundance Square is a hotbed of new, trendy dining, living and shopping, mixed with history and old-world charm. Stroll past boutiques and gourmet food markets, dine in New American splendor and party down in fun lounges and bars when the sun sets. www.sundancesquare.com. 201 Main St., Fort Worth, 817.255.5700.
TRINITY FOREST AERIAL ADVENTURE PARK— Go full-on Tarzan and Jane at Trinity Forest Aerial Adventure Park, a self-guided ropes tour with obstacles like cargo nets and balance beams. The arboreal playground consists of six courses ranging in difficulty and athletic ability, making it a soaring outdoor adventure for the whole family. www.trinitytreetops.com. 1820 Dowdy Ferry Road, 214.391.1000.
TRINITY RIVER EXPEDITIONS— You don’t have to go far for an outdoor adventure that’s half nature tour, half watersport. Trinity River Expeditions has been navigating kayakers throughout the Dallas-Fort
Worth waterway for decades, offering a range of services like private and guided tours, canoe and kayak rentals, and shuttling to and from the designated entry/exit point. www.canoedallas.com. 304 Lyman Circle, 214.941.1757.