Having a hard time deciding on your next vacation spot? If you haven’t considered Dallas – Fort Worth, you’re missing a great, affordable locale for family and solo travellers alike. The area’s mild climate and sun-filled days make it attractive to visit year-round. Not only that, you get
two major cities (three, counting Arlington) with one stay… each diverse and unique in its own ways. There are also countless quaint towns worth exploring in every direction as well! The Metroplex promises a vacation with something for everyone, including:
1. Mind-blowing entertainment choices.
Seriously, boredom here is NOT an option! As this sign suggests, there are things to do in literally every direction. And since the sister cities are only about 30 miles apart, visitors are promised whole new experiences when traveling to other parts of the Metroplex.
2. Travel ease.
The Dallas - Fort Worth International Airport makes getting here easy and stress-free. Its central location means travelers can be at their first fun stop within minutes after leaving the airport. As Texas is famous for its wide open spaces, a rental car is recommended to get you from place to place.
3. Museum mania.
To the surprise of many visitors, this area is overflowing with museums - and many are free! Choices range from quirky to historic and everything in between. Need examples? How about Ripley's Believe it Or Not, a "hands" sculpture collection, the Holocaust Museum, the Sixth Floor Depository Museum... or this bizarre one at the Hall Arts Collection? And that's just for starters.
4. Jaw-dropping cityscapes.
There's nothing bashful about Big D. The cityscape lights up every evening with a blaze of colors and light shows, which change depending on the season, special events, and activities.
5. Foodie paradise.
Leave your diet at home when visiting! Dallas - Fort Worth features some of the best Tex-Mex in the land, as well as Texas barbecue and grilled T-bone steaks. Even better, there are numerous locally-owned restaurants with a truly North Texas ambiance that you'll be certain to fall in love with. Check out the renowned Joe T. Garcia's Mexican Restaurant in Fort Worth!
6. The Wild West lives on.
While North Texas continues to attract new businesses and costs remain below average, there's not always an eye on the future here. Both cities pay homage to their Western heritage - these cool cowboys regularly hang out at the Fort Worth Stockyards.
Longhorns can still be seen in pastures throughout area. The Stockyards also conducts twice-daily cattle drives and Dallas has the largest bronze statue of a cattle drive at Pioneer Plaza.
7. Water, water everywhere.
Slow down the pace with a boat ride, fishing trip, or jet skiing adventure on one of the numerous lakes here. You'll definitely want to stay long enough to view a truly breathtaking Texas sunset.
8. Thrilling amusement parks.
Six Flags Over Texas promises visitors thrills they won't soon forget!
The newly-opened Epic Waters indoor water park lets guests enjoy summer fun all year long. During warm days, the roof opens up for a full outdoor experience. In addition, the area has numerous summertime water parks as well.
9. Big city parks.
Dallas' Klyde Warren Park is actually built over a highway! There is always something going on here; music concerts, yoga, gameboard challenges, playground, and even a dog park area.
Nature centers and gardens are abundant to refresh your soul. The Japanese Gardens in Fort Worth is definitely worthy of a visit.
10. Quaint towns.
When you are ready to escape the big city hustle and bustle, head any which way to visit charming towns with friendly folk and great shopping. The City of Granbury is a popular choice.
11. Sports utopia.
The American Airlines Center is home to the Dallas Mavericks basketball team and Texas Stars hockey team. It is also a venue for numerous concerts and special events.
12. Legendary sports teams.
The Dallas Cowboys football team and Texas Rangers baseball team are next-door neighbors in their beautiful stadiums in Arlington. As the Cowboys are "America's Team," it's undeniable that we reign supreme.
13. Distinctive neighborhoods.
This Trinity Groves neighborhood shows its flair with colorful murals, and it's just one example of areas with great personality throughout the Metroplex.
14. Rockin' music scene.
Dallas' Bomb Factory is a popular place for concerts, but locals enjoy shows here in every genre. Country fans will love Billy Bob's, and top entertainers perform to sold out crowds at the AA Center and even at Cowboys' Stadium!
15. Free fun everywhere.
Fun can be free, thanks to all the activities offered around the Metroplex. From trolley rides in Dallas to the Heritage Trails in Fort Worth or a walk through the Water Gardens (pictured above), this area offers tons of entertainment without a price tag!
16. Art explosions.
"Walking to the Sky" at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas is just one of countless places to enjoy art. The area also features a samurai warrior exhibit, whimsical sculptures (like a 30-foot eyeball on display downtown), and too many other art finds to list.
A word of warning for potential vacationers: visit at your own risk, because it’s highly likely you’ll want to move and make the Metroplex home!
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