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. We like things large.
Livin’ large is the mantra for Texas, and Dallas - Fort Worth takes it to the next level. We like our servings at restaurants big and our glasses for our sweet tea even bigger. The same is true for our homes; take this mansion in Highland Park, a suburb of Dallas, for example. One thing that Dallasites and Fort Worthians can agree on is that bigger IS better!
2. Diversity reigns supreme here.
The Metroplex welcomes diversity, and we’re not just talking about people. The area craves uniqueness in food, activities, entertainment, and music. All it takes is a trip to both Dallas and Fort Worth (they are only 32.5 miles apart) to see how similar and yet very different these sister cities are.
3. Area lakes and waterways are not just a summer love.
Our sunny skies and warm temperatures for most of the year mean our lakes are popular attractions year-round. Whether it’s power boating, sailing, fishing, or jet skis, you can always find people out or around our 295-square-miles of water. This water fun doesn’t even include the backyard pools and pool parties that are abundant in most neighborhoods across the area!
4. We know the difference between Tex-Mex and Mexican Food.
Only a true Texan knows the difference between authentic Mexican food and Tex-Mex. Outsiders may talk up how Mexican food restaurants are all the rage in other parts of the country, and they may even adore the Mexican seasonings they discover while vacationing in Cancun; however, locals understand that Tex-Mex has a unique style of fire and spice.
5. We take great pride in our friendly lingo.
Y'all might think we talk slower and drawl our words, but don’t poke fun at how we speak! Our accent is authentic and as uniquely Texan as our ranch-style homes and love for sweet tea and fried pickles. Though English teachers keep the debate alive, "y'all" is
technically a correctly-structured contraction. The English language doesn't have a standardized second-person plural pronoun like nearly ALL other languages around the world, so we consider our colloquialism an innovative and necessary addition that fills an important linguistic gap. (Take that, Northerners!)
6. Our cowboy boots are not a trendy fashion accessory.
Fashion trends come and go, but in Dallas - Fort Worth they are timeless. In fact, they are often the dress shoes of choice for businessmen—well, at least for locals. Most of us have at least one pair in our closet, and sometimes the dust and dirt is preferred, because around here we really do work in pastures and ride for fun... or at least look like we do.
7. Friday nights are for football.
There's no better place to be on Friday nights during high school football season. Locals simply love the ambiance at the monstrous local stadiums that pay homage to this Texas tradition. Just how big are these stadiums? Mesquite Memorial’s high school stadium seats 20,000, and the stands fill up. There are currently 31 stadiums in the Dallas - Fort Worth area that have at least a 10,000-seat capacity.
8. Where else can you go from cattle ranch to cosmopolitan in mere minutes?
Live cattle drives are held daily in the Fort Worth Stockyards! Dallas' downtown Pioneer Plaza celebrates the trails that brought settlers here with a re-creation of a cattle drive in the form of bronze statues of longhorns driven by three horse-riding cowboys. Both cities pay homage to their Wild West days, even though skyscrapers and cosmopolitan settings are literally next door.
9. Dallas is home to the largest state fair in the U.S.
What else would you expect from Texas? The annual state fair features a 212-foot-high Texas Star Ferris Wheel. Texas Star is the largest ride of its type in North America, but it is not the only attraction here. There are over 76 thrill rides on the Midway and an 1,800-foot-long aerial Skyway gondola. Visitors are also welcomed to the grounds by our 52-foot "Big Tex." He greets visitors with a bellowing, "Howdy, y,all!"
10. Six Flags Over Texas continues to be a year-round family entertainment destination.
Six Flags Over Texas is the first Six Flags theme park, and encompasses 212-acres in Arlington. It opened in 1961, but remains a top attraction by continuously building new rides and upgrading the thrills. Seasonal themes like Fright Fest and Holiday in the Park bring in visitors year-round. To add to the fun, it also features a water park- aptly named Hurricane Harbor- for a warm-weather cool down.