We admit it. Texans can be bawdy and gawdy, loud and proud, and regardless what you think of us at times, we sure know how to have fun. And if you call the Dallas – Fort Worth area home, you’ve undoubtedly done these things… at least once!
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Gone loud and proud to a Texas high school football game — even if you don't have kids of your own.
The stadiums here are enormous and pricey, and they fill to capacity. Friday Night Lights is what legends come from, and if you live in the Dallas - Fort Worth area, that's where you will spend many a long weekend during football season.
2. You either wore one, bought one, or at least know why high school girls want one every year.
This is an example of a homecoming mum in Texas. Remember the adage of everything being "bigger and better in Texas?" This is what dates wear to school and to the game on homecoming. Guys even wear a smaller version as a garter on their arm. Yep. Really.
3. Visited Six Flags Over Texas Theme Park in Arlington.
Six Flags Over Texas is a 212-acre theme park located in Arlington, the area's third largest city east of Fort Worth and about 15 miles west of Dallas. It was the first ever Six Flags Theme Park and opened in 1961.
Thrillseekers love all the roller coaster options, but the park also offers year-round seasonal fun like Fright Fest and Holiday in the Park as well.
4. Walked along Trinity Park in either Dallas or Fort Worth.
The Trinity River snakes 710 miles through Texas, and is central to the Dallas - Fort Worth area. Many parks, hike and bike trails, festivals, and neighborhoods are located along our beloved trail. If you have lived here, you have undoubtedly experienced the beauty it has brought to the Metroplex.
5. Had your photo taken in front of Big Tex.
If you have ever gone to the State Fair of Texas in Dallas, then you've certainly met our 55-foot official greeter. Dallas school students even get a free ticket and a "fair day" to attend America's largest state fair. The fair has been held almost every year since 1886.
6. Eaten a jalapeno — or at least a slice — raw.
Whether it's on a dare, an accident, or just because you are curious, if you are from Dallas - Fort Worth, you've undoubtedly tasted a fresh jalapeno. Did you regret it? It depends on your palate... and the variety you chose.
7. Played in the water at one of our city's numerous fountains.
Whether it's at the Fort Worth Water Gardens, Dallas' Fountain Place, or at one of the water spots throughout our area, it's just too dang hot and tempting to never play in the water displays. The bigger question is: did you go in willingly?
8. Cruised lower Greenville.
Lower Greenville is a haven for nighttime entertainment, restaurants, clubs, and interesting and sometimes strange sights. It's also where the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade commences. Night or day, it's fun to cruise around, and see and be seen.
9. Watched a rodeo.
Whether you watched Fort Worth's Annual Stock Show & Rodeo, one from the Cowtown Coliseum or Billy Bob's Texas, or even a local one, rodeos are a sport very much enjoyed around here. You get bonus points if you ever participated in one.
10. Found Pegasus in downtown Dallas.
Pegasus originally took its place atop of the 29-story Magnolia Hotel in 1934. For years it was the tallest point on the Dallas Skyline. In 1999, no longer the glorious red horse and rusty, it was removed. A new one was put in its place, but the original one was later restored and placed in front of the Omni Hotel. That's right, there are actually TWO Pegasus in Big D.
11. Joined in the fun at the annual Red River Rivalry.
Downtown Dallas and the State Fair is a crazed place to be during the Texas - OU college football game weekend. Whether you are a true school football fan, or just there for a good time, locals have experienced the craziness in some fashion at least once.
12. Checked out Billy Bob's Texas in Fort Worth.
Billy Bob's Texas is billed as the world's largest honky-tonk. It features live rodeos, free line dancing on certain dates, top-billed concerts, and 30 bar stations.
13. Attempted country-western dancing.
Country-western dancing isn't a fad around here — it's a Texas tradition. That means you have at least attempted the two-step, three-step, double-two step, shuffle, country waltz, or line dancing — even if you don't exactly remember.
14. Found the "X" at Dealey Plaza in Dallas.
Dealey Plaza, the site where President Kennedy was assassinated, is Dallas' No. 1 tourist attraction.
15. Sauntered through the Fort Worth Stock Yards.
Come for the ambiance, stay for the beer. There are fun restaurants, shops, and joints all around the area, and plenty of kid-friendly places to visit too.
16. Tried on a pair of cowboy boots.
You might own several pairs, or just tried them on, but if you are from around here, you've played the part of a cowboy or cowgirl at least once.
17. You just "know" what this star represents.
We're home to "America's Team" — The Dallas Cowboys, and the blue star needs no extra description or explanation.
What other local traditions or activities are deserving of a mention? We’d love to hear from you!