BALL-EDDLEMAN-MCFARLAND HOUSE— Virtually unaltered from its original form, the BallEddleman-McFarland House (1899) is Fort Worth’s premier example of Queen Anne-style Victorian architecture. www.historicfortworth.org. 1110 Penn St., 817.336.2344. CHILDREN’S AQUARIUM AT FAIR PARK— This aquatic wonder features plenty of interactive fun, such as a stingray touch tank, feeding demonstrations and more. The main attraction, Stingray Bay, features an outdoor pavilion with a 58,000-gallon tank full of our favorite sea friends. www.childrensaquariumatfairpark.com. 1462 First Ave., 469.554.7340. CHISHOLM TRAIL MURAL— Located in downtown Fort Worth’s historic Sundance Square, Richard Haas’ mural spans the southern facade of the Jett Building, built in 1907. The mural commemorates the Fort Worth segment of the Chisholm Trail’s cattle drives from 1867 to 1875. www.sundancesquare.com. 201 Main St., 817.255.5700. CITYPASS— 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 & Museum and the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Adults $49, children (ages 3-12) $33. Purchase a CityPASS booklet online or at your first attraction. www.citypass.com/ dallas. Dallas, 888.330.5008. 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, 214.515.6615. DALLAS AREA RAPID TRANSIT (DART)— DART trains and buses are the affordable, hassle-free way to reach destinations across the metroplex, including direct rail service to DFW Airport. With DART’s free GoPass 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 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 and a narrated Adventure Safari tour. www.dallaszoo.com. 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway, 469.554.7500. 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. 400 W. Main St., 214.670.4100. DENISON— Experience a land of plenty (and President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s birthplace), where the 89,000-acre Lake Texoma welcomes millions of explorers each year. Perfect for relaxing fishing excursions. Also enjoy the area’s plentiful shopping, wineries and restaurants. www.denisontexas. us. 903.465.1551. ENNIS— This small Texas town 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. 204 W. Knox St., Ennis, 972.878.4748. FORT WORTH BOTANIC GARDENS— This 109-acre location offers beauty and serenity year-round, with separately themed gardens, ranging from roses to Asian varieties of flowers and plants. . www.fwbg. org. 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., 817.392.5510. FORT WORTH HERD CATTLE DRIVE— Twice daily—11:30 am and 4 pm—you can witness a
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. www.fortworthstockyards. org. Stockyards Boulevard and Main Street, Fort Worth, 817.624.4741. 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 542 different species today. Don’t miss “Texas Wild!”—an eight-acre journey through various regional landscapes of the Lone Star State. www.fortworthzoo.org. 1989 Colonial Parkway, 817.759.7555. FREEDMAN’S CEMETERY MEMORIAL— This memorial cemetery is considered one of the oldest in the city, established in 1861. A final resting place for African Americans, many former slaves who died free (hence the name “Freedman”), the memorial cemetery is an education and remembrance of the history of Texas and the South. 2700-block of Lemmon Ave. IRVING ARTS CENTER— A space for everything related to the arts, the Irving Arts Center is comprised of several galleries, the Dupree Theater, Carpenter Hall and a sculpture garden. www.irvingartscenter. com. 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, 972.252.7558. JOHN F. KENNEDY MEMORIAL— Located at the site of President Kennedy’s 1963 assassination, this memorial pays homage to the life and legacy of this beloved American icon. https://www.jfk.org/ the-assassination/history-of-john-f-kennedy-memorial-plaza/. 646 Main St. 214.747.6660. 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. 247 W. Main St., Lewisville, 972.219.3401. MCKINNEY MAIN STREET & HISTORIC DISTRICT— McKinney’s Main Street and historic district are filled to the brim with places to dine, explore and shop. Stop into stores like The Little Red Hen, Barrons Estate Jewelers, Cotton Hearts, Sharla’s and Orisons for a taste of small-town glory. www. mckinneytexas.org. 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney, 972.547.2660. 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— Expand your horizons from 470 feet up you’ll experience breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views, high-definition zoom cameras, interactive touch screens, telescopes, a free digital photo and an indoor/outdoor observation deck that lets you see for miles in any direction. Day or night, make the iconic Reunion Tower a must-see in Dallas. www.reuniontower.com. 300 Reunion Blvd. E., 214.712.7040. 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 and view memorabilia from the classic show. www.southfork.com. 3700 Hogge Road, Parker, 972.442.7800. TEXAS DISCOVERY GARDENS— Discover butterflies, bugs and botany as you explore the 7.5-acre organic gardens at Fair Park. Don’t miss the year-round Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium or the Snakes of Texas. www.texasdiscoverygardens.org. 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 214.428.7476. TEXAS TRAIL OF FAME— Throughout the walkways of Fort Worth, bronze inlaid markers highlight and honor those who have made contributions to Fort Worth’s Western way of life. www.texastrailoffame. org.
AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM— The African American Museum is the only museum in the Southwestern United States devoted to the preservation and display of African-American artistic, cultural and historical materials. www.aamdallas.org. 3536 Grand Ave., 214.565.9026. AMON CARTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART— This historic Fort Worth museum, founded by the late Amon G. Carter Sr., is devoted to the preservation and exhibition of American art in all of its varied forms. The location offers permanent and traveling exhibitions, educational programs and teaching resources. www.cartermuseum.org. 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817.738.1933. CATTLE RAISERS MUSEUM— The Cattle Raisers Museum provides a look at the region’s heritage of ranching and the history of the cattle industry. Artifacts—from boots to branding irons—and interactive exhibits help tell the story. www.cattleraisersmuseum.org. 1600 Gendy St., 817.332.8551. DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART— The Dallas Museum of Art is among the largest art museums in the country and is distinguished by its commitment to research, innovation and public engagement. At the heart of the museum and its programs is its global collection, which encompasses more than 24,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. www.dma. org. 1717 N. Harwood St., 214.922.1200. FORT WORTH MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND HISTORY— This museum has it all. Boasting a recent renovation and expansion, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History houses interactive exhibits that explore everything from dinosaurs and energy to cattle ranching and the galaxy. Make sure to see a show in the Omni Imax Theater or the Noble Planetarium. www.fwmuseum.org. 1600 Gendy St., 817.255.9300. FRONTIERS OF FLIGHT MUSEUM— Relive the history of aviation amid one of the world’s finest collections of artifacts, scale models, photographs and memorabilia. www.flightmuseum.com. 6911 Lemmon Ave., 214.350.3600. PEROT MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE— This museum offers exciting and interactive exhibits. Race a T. rex, battle robots and see a tornado in action. The environmentally friendly building houses free Wi-Fi, a Wolfgang Puck-operated café, educational programs and a 297-seat multimedia theater. The museum also hosts events in the evening. Check website for dates and details. www. perotmuseum.org. 2201 N. Field St., 214.428.5555. THE SIXTH FLOOR MUSEUM AT DEALEY PLAZA— The former schoolbook depository, which allegedly served as the perch for Lee Harvey Oswald’s shooting of President John F. Kennedy, has been transformed into a fascinating, in-depth museum chronicling the life and legacy of JFK. www.jfk.org. 411 Elm St., 214.747.6660. STOCKYARDS MUSEUM— Check out the Stockyards Museum, housed in the creaking, 1902 Livestock Exchange building, where Fort Worth’s meatpacking industry is paid homage. Also, see fascinating bits of memorabilia, sepia-toned photos and information on Native American tribes. www. stockyardsmuseum.org. 131 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth, 817.625.5082. TEXAS CIVIL WAR MUSEUM— Offering one of the finest collections of Civil War memorabilia and works anywhere, this unique museum houses more than 15,000 square feet of exhibits, including Victorian dress and United Daughters of the Confederacy collections, in addition to its main Civil War collection. www.texascivilwarmuseum.com. 760 Jim Wright Freeway N., Fort Worth, 817.246.2323.