Inspire your Texas travels - Dallas & Fort Worth

Welcome to Dallas and Fort Worth! You’ve just touched down at our international airport between North Texas’ two biggest cities. Dallas has an international reputation for football, fashion, and the oil business –– you might remember a little television series filmed at the Southfork Ranch. Fort Worth is a charming city where the west begins, and is a city of cowboys and culture. Whether starting your American adventure or connecting on, give yourself a few days to have fun in these two very different local scenes. Here are some ideas to inspire your travel through Dallas and Fort Worth.

Green Space is Golden –– Dallas’ Klyde Warren Park sits on five acres in the heart of the city’s urban center. The park is a shady, water-cooled respite to city living, and there’s literally something to do every day –– from yoga to food trucks to a mini-library for the kids, and concerts and other events for kids of all ages. 

Over in Fort Worth, Sundance Square Plaza’s fountains are a delight to watch from any part of the square, which is lined with balconied restaurants and shops. Over the past decade, the Trinity River Vision Authority has thoroughly revamped Fort Worth’s outdoor experience on our major waterway. Float or paddle at Panther Island Pavilion, the urban waterfront swim-up concert venue, or visit Panther Island Brewing or the Coyote Drive-In. Other areas of the Trinity River combine bike-friendly trails with retail shopping and great restaurants, like the Clearfork Development and Waterside.

It’s also worth mentioning that both Dallas and Fort Worth have great zoos!

Don’t PASS on the history –– For one price, Dallas CityPass will get you into up to four fun and historic sites, including the George W. Bush Presidential Library, the sweeping city views of Reunion Tower’s GeO-Deck, and the Sixth Floor Museum in the former Texas School Book Depository. You can also find a bit of history on the streets of Dallas at Dealey Plaza.

Trace President John F. Kennedy’s trail back to Fort Worth, where he visited November 21 before his fateful trip to Dallas, at the JFK tribute. Then mosey over to the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, where you can get a Stockyards Adventure Pass! Shop for an authentic cowboy hat, take a walking tour, have some great Mexican food, and watch the Fort Worth Herd cattle drive.

Blaze your Trail –– If you’re on the Fort Worth side, visit our Ale Trail –– a group of nine breweries scattered throughout the city. Get your Ale Trail passport, then and start collecting stamps! You and a few friends can also hop on a Cowtown Cycle Party Tour, an eco-friendly way to see the city and enjoy a beverage or two. Back in Dallas, the Efrogs brewery tour will take you to four craft breweries or for a tour of the city in an eco-friendly, zero-emission shuttle.

Love the Nightlife ––Dallas and Fort Worth both boast vibrant local music scenes. Dallas’ Deep Ellum neighborhood was a hotbed of blues and soul in the early part of the last century, then a thriving alternative music scene in the 90s. Those musical traditions continue today with venues like the historic Sons of Hermann Hall, the Bomb Factory, and Drugstore Cowboy. The McKinney Avenue Trolley links the Downtown and Uptown Dallas neighborhoods with seamless, free access to shopping, food, theatre, and concert venues.

In Fort Worth, you can learn to two-step or line dance on the Northside at Billy Bob’s Texas, the world’s largest honky tonk. Nearby you’ll find smaller venues like the Whiskey Girl Saloon, where the bands you’ll see at Billy Bob’s in a year will pay their dues. Move over to the West 7th area and you’ll find Magnolia Motor Lounge, where Grammy nominee Leon Bridges got his start. The Near Southside is also rich with venues like The Live Oak. Pro tip: Get the Friday edition of either Dallas or Fort Worth’s daily newspapers to find out up-to-the-minute info.

Dine brightly –– Both cities boast world-class chefs, great restaurants, and quirky neighborhoods where drinking, dining, and shopping intersect. In Dallas, check out Chef Dean Fearing’s eponymous restaurant. Fearing’s one of the fathers of our regional Southwestern cuisine, and his menu offers a little bit for everyone (including vegetarians)! Fort Worth’s equivalent is Chef Jon Bonnell, who owns three restaurants –– a seafood place, a casual pizza-n-wings eatery, and his flagship Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine. Other restaurants of note in Dallas: Chef Stephan Pyles’ Flora Street Café, and heavenly BBQ at Pecan Lodge. In Fort Worth, visit the patio at Chef Felipe Armenta’s gorgeous Press Café, one of his four restaurants in town. Take in the views at The Woodshed Smokehouse on the Trinity River, or travel a few miles away to Chef Marcus Paslay’s Clay Pigeon Food and Drink.

 If you’re looking for cool spots to eat, drink, and people-watch, Dallas has Trinity Groves (where multiple eateries and retail meet) and the Bishop Arts District (billed as “Dallas’ most independent neighborhood”). In Fort Worth, find the hot shopping/dining in Magnolia Avenue’s Restaurant Row, or in historic Sundance Square.

Enjoy the sporting life –– If you like sports, there’s probably something for you to do or see year-round here. The Dallas Mavericks’ regular basketball season runs October through April. Homesick for football? FC Dallas plays in Frisco, a northern suburb. Catch a taste of American football in Arlington, between Dallas and Fort Worth, at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium August through December (the stadium is open for tours even on the off-season). The Texas Rangers baseball team has been delighting fans in Arlington since 1972, and you can catch a live Rangers game April through October. Moving over to Fort Worth, you’ll see a lot of purple street signs and light poles, because Texas Christian University is Fort Worth’s college team. Frog football is huge September through December, but the college athletes shoot hoops and play baseball, volleyball and soccer all year ‘round. The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo swings into town in February –– you’ll see trick riders, ropers and a rodeo almost every night. If you like the rodeo on a slightly smaller scale, there’s an indoor rodeo on the weekends in the Fort Worth Stockyards.

Spend a moment in a museum – Fort Worth’s Cultural District is home to three distinctly unique venues. Classic art and sculpture from Mayan stonework to Renaissance painting and beyond live at the Kimbell Art Museum. The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is a little jewel with quirky contemporary art, and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art offers free admission to see unique works of Americana.

In Dallas’ Arts District, you’ll find the Nasher Sculpture Center, a “roofless” museum. The nearby Dallas Museum of Art features works from every continent, spanning five millennia. Finally, the Trammell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art offers a unique niche experience you won’t find anywhere else in the city.

Shop ‘til you smile - Dallas’ NorthPark Center and Galleria Dallas are two malls legendary for the size and variety of retail stores, restaurants, people-watching, and entertainment –– the Galleria even has an ice rink! The Shops at Park Lane offer some great bargains. If you fancy indie retail, check out Bishop Arts District and West Village for locally owned boutiques.

For sheer variety, Fort Worth’s Sundance Square really can’t be beat –– national chain retailers interspersed with trendy small business shops and stores selling apparel and souvenirs for the major league football and baseball teams. Wander along the historic Camp Bowie District, a nine-mile stretch of sweet, unique boutiques. And whether you want to buy a new hat or just like to play cowboy, you’ll find authentic western gear in the Stockyards Historic DistrictM.L. Leddy’s is a great place for authentic boots, and can have a beer while you shop at the bar-turned-clothier Maverick Fine Western Wear.

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