Destination Dallas/Fort Worth
Everything is bigger in Texas and that includes Texas’ top visitor and leisure destination! Whether you crave world class food and arts or the Wild West, you’ll find it all in the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex.
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The ultra-modern and sophisticated Dallas is America’s ninth largest city and attracts travelers from around the world.
Klyde Warren Park is an urban green space built over the recessed Woodall Rodgers Freeway between Pearl and St. Paul Streets in downtown Dallas. The Chase Promenade spans the entire park, offering visitors a scenic route from St. Paul Street to the end of Pearl Street. The 5.2-acre park is a highly active space, providing daily free programming for the public ranging from yoga to book signings to outdoor concerts and films.
Visitors to the African American Museum come to see the exhibitions of African, African American and folk art and to view historical documents that relate to the African American community. Admission is free or you can purchase a ticket for one of the docent-guided tours. African American history buffs might also want to seek out nearby Wheatley National Historic District (named for African American poet Phyllis Wheatley) and the home of American civil rights pioneer Juanita Craft (open by appointment only).
The Dallas Zoo offers a monorail safari that takes you through six African habitats on a 20-minute narrated train tour. This specially designed Monorail Safari is the only one in the United States engineered to climb and turn, taking guests on a one-mile tour through bush, desert, forest, woodland, river and mountain environments. The new giraffe exhibit in the savanna offers a fun animal encounter as guests can feed the animals when they gaze eye-to-eye with the tallest land mammals.
Experience the story of those who went higher, faster, and farther in aviation and space flight! At the Frontiers of Flight Museum visitors can explore the history and progress of aviation as the pursuit for new heights continues.
Listed among the top three arboretums in the nation by Southwest Spirit Magazine, the Dallas Arboretum offers the public a complement of spectacular display gardens, an array of popular annual events, educational programs for children and adults and an emphasis on family-oriented activities.
The Ray Roberts Greenbelt Trail (one of the systems of North Texas Greenbelt Trails) is the premier North Texas destination for outdoor enthusiasts looking to escape the hustle of city life. The 20-mile multi-use trail system (12 miles open to equestrian and 10 miles for hike and bike use) traverses a 1,500-acre wilderness corridor area that follows the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. The trail begins at the Ray Roberts Lake State Park and ends at the headwaters of Lake Lewisville. The trail also offers waterways for kayakers and canoeists. The project is located on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property and managed through a joint project with Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Cities of Denton and Dallas.
The Caddo and Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) National Grasslands are located in two areas northeast and northwest of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. They not only provide grazing land for cattle and habitat for wildlife, but offer a variety of recreation. The most popular activities are hiking, first-come, first-served camping, fishing (try Clear Lake), hunting, horseback riding and horse camping, mountain biking, nature viewing and photography.
There are always many things to do, see and experience at the Heard. Visitors can explore the wildlife sanctuary, 6.5 miles of nature trails, a native plant garden, exhibits and collections. A nature store and rental facilities provide additional amenities.
Grapevine Lake is a premier recreation destination for the Southwest and offers some of the best camping, fishing and boating in Texas. You’ll also find that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages two nationally registered mountain biking trails at Grapevine Lake: The Northshore Trail and the Knob Hills Trail. The Knob Hills Trail traverses prairies and bottomland for 4 miles on the west side of the lake. The Northshore Trail is a single-track one-way loop that offers 22.5 miles broken up into two major loops–the East loop is 12.5 miles, and the West loop with both one-way, and out and back trails totaling 10 miles. Trailheads are at Rockledge Park, Murrell Park (where you can also reserve a campsite) and at the entrance to Twin Coves Campground. Trail portions range from easy to difficult.
Cedar Hill State Park’s proximity to the cities makes it an ideal destination for families who want to enjoy the great outdoors without spending precious time driving. The ruggedness and scenic beauty of the area along Joe Pool Lake’s 100 plus miles of shoreline make the park a popular attraction. The Metroplex skyline reflects on the lake at night, adding to the relaxing atmosphere.
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No other city boasts such an unmistakable mix of preserved Western heritage and unrivaled artistic offerings like Fort Worth, “where cowboys and culture combine in a harmonious mix” in big Texas style. Fort Worth is home to everything from vaqueros to the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
When the Fort Worth Zoo opened in 1909, it had one lion, two bear cubs, an alligator, a coyote, a peacock and a few rabbits. Today the zoo boasts over 5,000 native and exotic animals with exhibits that include Penguins, World of Primates, Asian Falls, Raptor Canyon, Cheetahs, Flamingo Bay, Meerkat Mounds, Australian Outback, African Savannah, Parrot Paradise and Texas Wild!
Established in 1934, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in Texas. There are over 2,500 species of native and exotic plants in its 21 specialty gardens which include a conservatory, rose gardens and a Japanese garden.
The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History maintains four permanent exhibits that include: the Fort Worth Children’s Museum, Dino Labs and Dino Dig, Energy Blast and the Cattle Raisers Museum. The museum also displays collections of Hopi Kachina dolls, bird eggs, butterflies and moths of Texas and a fossil and living bivalve collection. The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is also located on the premises.
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art was established by Amon G. Carter to house his collection of paintings and sculpture by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. Today, the collection includes masterworks by such artists as Alexander Calder, Thomas Cole, Stuart Davis, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Georgia O'Keeffe, John Singer Sargent, Charles Demuth, Martin Johnson Heade and Alfred Stieglitz.
Visit the Fort Worth Stockyards and catch the cattle drive along Exchange Avenue twice daily. The Old West comes to life before your eyes as a team of cowhands drive a herd of Texas longhorns through the Stockyards. Every detail of this cattle drive - from the saddles to the chaps, from the hats to the boots - is authentic and historically true to the 1800s Chisolm Trail cattle drives. You can also enjoy rodeos, shopping and dining.
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s Western Currency Facility is a great place to learn about U.S. currency. Visitors can take a free self-guided tour of the facility and see billions of dollars being printed from an enclosed walkway suspended above the production floor, as well as interactive exhibits and displays about the history and art of currency manufacturing.
Benbrook Lake is a quick getaway (15 miles) from downtown Fort Worth, and offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation activities including camping, fishing, hunting, boating and hiking. So pack a picnic and plan on spending a fun day at Benbrook Lake!
At 3,621 acres, the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge is one of the largest city-owned nature centers in the country. The center offers education programs as well as access to over 20 miles of hiking trail through forests, wetlands and prairies.
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