If you could make a list of things to experience in Dallas – Fort Worth, what would you include? The area has a Texas-size list of activities to offer, including museums, sports, restaurants, parks, and so much more… but here 16 top choices.
1. Walk the cattle drive at Pioneer Plaza in Dallas.
Be a part of Dallas' history that brought settlers here by walking alongside a bronze rendition of a cattle drive. Pioneer Plaza is located by the Convention Center in downtown Dallas. The area features 70 six-foot-high bronze longhorn cattle and three cowboys that together make up the largest bronze monument in the world.
2. Ride the New Texas Giant at Six Flags in Arlington.
This coaster roars at 65 miles per hour, starting with a 153-foot high lift then down a scream-inducing 79-degree drop. It's ranked as one of the best roller coasters in America.
3. Marvel at the Japanese Gardens in Fort Worth.
The Japanese Gardens are located inside the free Botanic Garden in Fort Worth, just off of University Park Drive. While there is a very reasonable entry fee of $7 per adult (cheaper for all other age groups), it is worth every penny. Parking is also free.
4. Visit Southfork Ranch in Parker.
Remember the hit TV show, "Dallas?" This ranch, located 25 miles north of Dallas, is also the home to the Ewing household on the show.
"Dallas" aired from 1978 to 1991, and then came back to television for a continuation from 2012 to 2014. In addition to tourism, the ranch is used as a conference and event center. The ranch is located at 3700 Hogge Dr. in Parker, 75002.
5. Have a margarita in the expansive outdoor patio area at Joe T. Garcia's in Fort Worth.
The food is served family style and the margaritas that are legendary here.
Expect to wait in line to grab a table in spectacular patio area. The wait is worth it, so don't get a rush and sit inside. There is a bar just inside the patio entrance that will gladly serve you up a frozen concoction to make the wait seem shorter. You can find the restaurant at 2201 N. Commerce St., 76164.
6. Taste Texas wines at Grapefest in Grapevine.
Sample award-winning Texas wines and enjoy special events featured by the largest wine festival in the Southwest United States. The 4-day annual event is held in mid-September.
7. View the stunning Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in Dallas.
This stunning bridge is one of three planned to change and enhance the city's skyline. The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge connects Woodall Rodgers Freeway seamlessly to Singleton Boulevard in West Dallas, and the new restaurant areas such as Trinity Groves and Sylvan 30. Architecturally, it features a 400-foot steel arch with 58 cables radiating from it in a lyrical fashion.
8. Greet Big Tex at the State Fair in Dallas
With his 55-height frame, Big Tex has been a cultural icon at the Texas State Fair since 1952. He welcomes folks with his booming, "Howdy, folks!" The fair is held annually at Fair Park from late September until late October, when cooler temperatures prevail. The fair offers visitors exhibits, entertainment, and services that are unmatched by any annual exposition in North America.
9. Venture through the Fort Worth Stockyards.
In addition to twice daily live cattle drives and real cowboys, the area offers great shopping, honky-tonk bars, great barbecue, Texas steaks, and authentic streets and cattle pens of yesteryear. There is a daily rodeo there and a museum as well.
10. Stroll down the Main Street Arts Festival in Fort Worth.
The four-day annual festival is held in April each year on Fort Worth's Main St. It features 18 blocks of food, music, fun, and (of course) incredible art!
11. Eyeball "The Eye" in Dallas.
This 30-foot eyeball is an ocular oddity in downtown Dallas. How did this sculpture end up here? It is located near Dallas' arts district and
The Eye is the first to be installed in the Joule Hotel's sculpture garden.
12. Walk under the star at the Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
Just before the players appear on the field, they run under a "Texas-sized" illuminated star suspended from the ceiling at AT&T Stadium. Fans can line up and cheer Da Boys onto victory--a special touch enjoyed by the players as much as Cowboys' lovers as well.
13. Score a touchdown at The Ford Center's Cowboys Training Facility in Frisco.
There is a charge for the formal tour of the Cowboys' new training facility, but running for a touchdown on an actual-size football field here does not. Fans love coming by here to get a special photo on The Star at midfield.
14. Visit Dealey Plaza in Dallas.
Dealey Plaza located in the historic West End of downtown Dallas is the No. 1 rated tourist destination-- it is the site of President Kennedy's assassination on Nov. 22, 1963. The plaza and famous "Grassy Knoll" is actually a Dallas city park and there is an X on the roadway to mark where the fatal bullet struck Kennedy in his motorcade.
15. Hang out with Mark Twain at Trinity Park in Fort Worth.
This statue of Mark Twain sitting on a bench reading, looking toward Fort Worth, is a beloved favorite. It sits along the Trinity Riverbank in historic Trinity Park near the cultural district and the Fort Worth Zoo.
16. Watch the bull riding at the Texas Stock Show & Rodeo in Fort Worth.
Bull riding remains the sell-out crowd's favorite at the annual Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, which is held every year in January and February. The event is considered the most difficult in the nation, and carries the largest cash prize each year.
What must-see things would you add to this list that make Dallas – Fort Worth truly memorable?