As the number one tourist destination in the Lone Star State the DFW Metroplex has long established itself as a community of fun-seekers. A state-of-the-art ballpark in Arlington multiple museums in walking distance of both downtown Dallas and Fort Worth and performing arts venues for all art lovers are just a few reasons why leisurely visiting Dallas/Fort Worth may not be possible for the serious fun seekers. If you’re going to experience all that Dallas has to offer it’s best not to do it in leisure-mode. Rather get on your walking shoes and get busy! Dallas has more than 115 public art works and has the largest urban arts district in America. With nine museums Dallas offers vast opportunities to soak in both ancient and contemporary artifacts from all over the world.
The Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau details fun facts about this great city that will make the native Dallasite want to plan a weekend rendezvous in the “Big D.” For starters the city provides art lovers and museum-goers a place to frolic. Fair Park contains the largest collection of Art Deco exhibition buildings in the country and is the largest collection of cultural facilities in Dallas.
More than 30 museums can be found in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex—one of which offers the largest collection of African-American folk art in the nation. The African American Museum in Dallas is in fact one of the top five African-American art museums in the world. And the Dallas Museum of Art in downtown is home to one of the largest collections of post-1945 art in the Southwest and has the second largest program for schoolchildren among art museums nationwide. The Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University has an impressive collection of Spanish art and Dallas offers the only Asian art museum in the Southwest the Margaret and Trammell Crow Collection of Asian Art.
Dallas is also home to the only literary center in North Texas. The mission of The Writer’s Garret is to foster the education and development of readers writers and audiences by putting them in touch with quality literature each other and the communities in which they live. They accomplish this through a series of impressive programs one of which is the Writers Studio. Inspired by Bravo’s Inside the Actors Studio the Writers Studio brings to Dallas the world’s most accomplished writers for an intimate look at their work. No other literary program in Texas offers the diverse education and cultural events as what the Writer’s Garret brings to the DFW community.
For the performing arts connoisseur the $81.5 million Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center designed by the famous architect I. M. Pei houses the Dallas Symphony Orchestra which is the eighth oldest symphony in the U.S. And for the nontraditional symphony lovers the Dallas Wind Symphony is the largest windband in the country. The music plays on with live music venues across the city—from country and western music to blues rock jazz and much more.
Dallas also is home to a lively theatre scene for all age groups. The Dallas Children’s Theater presents more productions and performances in a season than any other professional children’s theater in the nation and is home to the nation’s oldest regional theater company—the Dallas Theater Center. Dallas is the host city of the largest art show and outdoor festival of its kind in the Southwest. ArtFest is a three-day event with more than 800 artists from across the United States participating.
And if outdoor activities are more fitting to your style look no further than this diverse Metroplex. The cities’ many area lakes—63 within a 100-mile radius—offer limitless hiking biking boating and sightseeing opportunities.
And just a short jaunt from Dallas is Fort Worth a city known for its old town charm and unique qualities that portray Texan authenticity. Some of the leisure hot spots Fort Worth offers are the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District—a unique way to explore the essence of the Old West. The district provides visitors lodging shopping nightlife and entertainment.
And a leisurely stroll through Sundance Square Downtown Fort Worth’s entertainment and shopping districts offers patrons 20 blocks of Fort Worth’s most vibrant shopping and dining venues. Brick-paved flower-lined sidewalks highlight charming historical buildings boutiques art galleries and museums. You’ve not experienced southwestern charm until you’ve strolled Sundance Square.
The next few pages offer only a glimpse of the many activities available in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. So enjoy all it has to offer: cattle drives outdoor sculpture tours and art gardens make these cities a joy to discover!