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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.

MLINE 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.

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