American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum4601 Texas Hwy. 360 at FAA Road Fort Worth, Texas 76155 817-967-1560 www.crsmithmuseum.org Much more than a museum, the American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum allows visitors to experience the history of commercial aviation through sight and sound with hands-on exhibits. Explore the world of aviation from the unique perspective that allows you to hear, feel, touch and see it for yourself.
American Airlines Center2500 Victory Avenue Dallas, Texas 75219 214-222-3687 www.americanairlinescenter.comView behind-the-scenes action of the American Airlines Center, home of the Dallas Mavericks, Stars and Vigilantes. Find out how the facility transforms to host concerts, sporting events and other spectator events on stage and get a sneak peek of the backstage suites for visiting celebrities. Visit the pros’ locker rooms and take a tour of the Platinum Club, Jack Daniels Old #7 Club, the Dr. Pepper Bottling Plant and the Miller Sky Bar.
American Museum of the Miniature ArtsSharp Gallery at Hall of State – Fair Park 3939 Grand Avenue Dallas, Texas 75210 214-421-4500 www.hallofstate.com/html/sharp_gallery.html On display at the Sharp Gallery in the Hall of State, the collection includes dolls and antique toys as well as 15 large, multi-story dollhouses furnished to scale and in the rural and urban periods they represent.
Amon Carter Museum3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard Fort Worth, Texas 76107 817-738-1933 www.cartermuseum.org The assortment of American art housed within the Amon Carter Museum is breathtaking – from the first landscape painters of the 1830’s to modern artists of the twentieth century. The collection includes works from Alexander Calder, Thomas Cole, Stuart Davis, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe, John Singer Sargent, and Alfred Stieglitz. Benefactor Amon G. Carter’s collection of works by the two greatest artists of the American West, Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, are also housed here. The museum’s photography collection, one of the premier collections in the nation, boasts more than 30,000 exhibition-quality prints that cover the breadth of the medium’s history.
AT&T StadiumOne AT&T Way Arlington, Texas 76011 817-892-4000 www.stadium.dallascowboys.com AT&T Stadium, formerly known as Cowboys Stadium, has been the proud home of the five-time World Champion Dallas Cowboys since 2009. Seating 80,000 fans, it features state-of-the-art amenities under a domed cover. In addition to professional football, it plays host to a variety of events year-round, including concerts, festivals, carnivals, college football and high school football.
Bass Performance Hall4th and Calhoun Streets Fort Worth, Texas 76102 817-212-4325 www.basshall.com The Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall serves as the home to major performing arts organizations of Fort Worth and as a premiere venue for other attractions, enhancing the range, quality, and accessibility of cultural fare available to the public; promoting arts education; and contributing to the cultural life of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, and the region.
Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park1462 First Avenue Dallas (in Fair Park), Texas 75210 469-554-7340 www.childrensaquariumfairpark.com Designed with children in mind, the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park is managed by the Dallas Zoo, and is home to a collection of approximately 6,000 aquatic animals. This aquarium features marine and freshwater fish, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates, and also participates in a number of national and international conservation and research projects. It is a leader in the breeding of critically endangered Texas aquatic species, such as the Texas blind salamander and several desert fishes that are already extinct in nature.
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden8525 Garland Road Dallas, Texas 75218 214-515-6515 www.dallasarboretum.org One of the most magnificent gardens in the nation, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is in bloom year-round. This special gardener’s delight is home to the nation’s most notable azalea collections, as well as a mist garden, all on 66 acres along the shores of White Rock Lake overlooking downtown Dallas.
Dallas Firefighters Museum3801 Parry Ave. Dallas, Texas 75226 214-821-1500 www.dallasfiremuseum.com One hundred years of firefighting history comes to life through rare firefighting memorabilia – including a horse-drawn steam pumper, a 1936 hook-and-ladder truck, helmets, tools and uniforms – all displayed in a vintage fire station located across from Fair Park.
Dallas Mozzarella Company2944 Elm Street Dallas, Texas 75226 214-741-4072 www.mozzco.com The Dallas Mozzarella Company is located near downtown Dallas and specializes in making fresh mozzarella and other cheeses. Take a tour of the factory, shop, or learn to make the cheese in a hands-on cheese making class.
Dallas Museum of Art1717 N. Harwood Dallas, Texas 75201 214-922-1200 www.dm-art.org For more than 100 years the Dallas Museum of Art has celebrated connecting art and people. The Museum has an encyclopedic collection of more than 22,000 objects spanning 5,000 years of history representing all cultures.
Dallas Museum of Natural History (Perot Museum of Nature and Science)3535 Grand Avenue (1318 S. Second Avenue at Fair Park) Dallas, Texas 75210 214-428-5555 www.perotmuseum.org The museum, which is part of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, features 60 dioramas of the flora and wildlife of Texas, a fully reconstructed Texas tenontosaurus dinosaur, a giant 90-million-year-old protostega sea turtle and a mosasarus. Special traveling exhibits are featured throughout the year.
Dallas World Aquarium1801 North Griffin Dallas, Texas 75202 214-720-2224 www.dwazoo.com The Dallas World Aquarium, located in the heart of downtown Dallas, features exhibits and animals from around the world, including a South American rainforest alive with exotic birds and life local to that environment. The aquarium areas houses various marine life that reside both in and out of water.
Dallas Zoo650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway (I-35E) Dallas, Texas 75203 469-554-7500 www.dallaszoo.com The Dallas Zoo encompasses over 100 acres and features a variety of exhibits and activities such as the “Wilds of Africa,” LaCerte Family Children’s Zoo, the Exxon Mobil Endangered Tiger Habitat, and “SOAR, A Festival of Flight”. Located just three miles south of downtown, the Zoo is a great family destination.
Dallas Farmers Market1010 South Pearl Expy Dallas, Texas 75201 214-939-2808 www.dallasfarmersmarket.org Open seven-days-a-week and 362 days a year, you will find the freshest fruits, vegetables, flowers and homemade delights here, where farmers sell their wares directly to the public. The Dallas Farmers Market is one of the country’s largest open-air markets.
Fair Park1121 First Avenue Dallas, Texas 75210 214-426-3400 www.fairpark.org Designated as a National Historic Landmark, Fair Park is known for its American Art Deco architecture during its heyday in the 1930’s. Located only two miles east of downtown Dallas, the 277-acred park is home to some of the city’s best museums, the Music Hall, Band Shell, the Cotton Bowl, several historic landmarks and hosts the State Fair of Texas every autumn. Other special features include the Leonhardt Lagoon, the Texas Vietnam Memorial and Smith Fountain.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History1600 Gendy Street Fort Worth, Texas 76107 817-255-9300 or 888-255-9300 www.fortworthmuseum.org Established in 1941, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History was the very first children’s museum in Texas, and one of the first children’s museums in the nation. Dedicated to offering exceptional learning experiences in science and history to the diverse populations of North Texas, the museum hosts nine galleries featuring exhibits ranging from dinosaurs to computers, and is home to an IMAX theatre as well as a planetarium.
Fort Worth Zoo1989 Colonial Parkway Fort Worth, Texas 76110 817-759-7555 www.fortworthzoo.com The nationally ranked Fort Worth Zoo is home to nearly 7,000 exotic animals, and is the oldest continuous zoo site in Texas. Since 1992, the Zoo has opened 16 permanent exhibits and support facilities, and features Texas Wild!, which is actually seven distinct exhibits within its 8-acre complex. The Zoo has been ranked as a top zoo in the nation by Family Life magazine, the Los Angeles Times and USA Today, and as one of the top zoos in the South by Southern Living Reader’s Choice Awards.
Frisco RoughRidersDr Pepper Ballpark 7300 RoughRiders Trail Frisco, Texas 75034 972-334-1900 www.ridersbaseball.com The AA affiliate of the Texas Rangers, the RoughRiders summer games are action packed and filled with family fun. Enjoy the fireworks show after a Friday night game and catch the zany characters of the ZOOperstars entertainment act.
Frontiers of Flight Museum6911 Lemmon Ave. Dallas, Texas 75209 214-350-3600 www.flightmuseum.com From Kitty Hawk to the Moon Walk, relive the history of aviation amid one of the world’s finest collections of artifacts, scale models, photography and other exciting memorabilia.
George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum2943 SMU Bouleard Dallas, Texas 75205 www.georgewbushlibrary.smu.edu The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum opened to the public in May 2013. This new, must-see Dallas site is located on the campus of Southern Methodist University. The Library houses records and documents from Bush’s presidency and his governorship of Texas. The Museum has exhibits aimed at telling the story of George W. Bush’s presidency, including the aftermath of the World Trade Center bombing. An interactive Decisions Theater takes the visitor through the decision making process of the Bush Administration. Visitors can also enjoy a life-size re-creation of the Oval Office as it was during the Bush presidency, as well as a Texas Rose Garden.
Gilley’s Dallas1135 S. Lamar Street Dallas, Texas 75215 214-421-2021 www.gilleysdallas.com Gilley’s Dallas is a one-of-a-kind place where great entertainers strut their stuff, all to the delight of an audience that always feels a part of the show. Gilley’s Dallas features 93,000 sq ft of event space with a spectacular view of the stage from every seat, a walnut hardwood dance floor and the latest in sound, lights, and video production equipment. Gilley’s entertainment calendar reflects Dallas’ diversity, including contemporary Rock, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Blues, Latino/Tejano music, and even sporting events, while not forgetting its Urban Country roots.
Hall of State3939 Grand Avenue Dallas, Texas 75210 214-421-4500 www.dallashistory.org Built by the State of Texas for the 1936 Centennial Exposition, the Hall of State is located within Fair Park and continues its dedication to Texas history and culture. The Hall of State is a virtual treasure trove for historians, housing more than 3 million historic documents, photographs, garments and other objects in its vast collection.
Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park1515 S. Harwood Dallas, Texas 75215 214-421-5141 www.dallasheritagevillage.org Take a trip back in time when visiting Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park, a living history museum portraying life in North Texas circa 1840-1910. The museum’s 20 acres is home to 38 historic structures, including a working Civil War-era farm, a traditional Jewish household, Victorian homes, a school, a church and commercial buildings. Dedicated to preserving structures, artifacts and other historical materials related to this period, the museum provides living interpretations of this period for the public to experience.
Hurricane Harbor, A Six Flags Water Park1800 E. Lamar Boulevard Arlington, Texas 76006 817-640-8900 www.sixflags.com The largest water park in North Texas and part of the Six Flags family, Hurricane Harbor has more than 26 slides, rides, pool attractions and events to help you beat the Texas heat.
Kimbell Art Museum3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard Fort Worth, Texas 76107 817-332-8451 www.kimbellart.org Designed by the great American architect Louis I. Kahn, the Kimbell Art Museum has been called “America’s best small museum.” Kimbell’s world-class collection includes holdings that range in period from antiquity to the 20th century, including works by Fra Angelico, Caravaggio, Cézanne and Matisse. It is one of the only Southwest institutions with a substantial collection of Asian arts, and has a small but select group representing Mesoamerican and African pieces as well as Mediterranean antiquities.
Latino Cultural Center2600 Live Oak Street Dallas, Texas 75204 214-671-0045 www.dallasculture.org/latinoculturalcenter/ Opened in 2003 to celebrate and share Latino culture and designed by renowned Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta, the Center serves as a catalyst for the preservation, development and promotion of Latino arts and culture in Dallas.
The Lookout Atop Reunion Tower300 Reunion Blvd. Dallas, Texas 75207 214-651-1234 www.dallasregency.hyatt.com This landmark tower adjacent to downtown’s Hyatt Regency Hotel features a spectacular view with high-definition cameras from a newly designed 50-story observation deck, renamed GeO-Deck, including a private dining room, a revolving cocktail lounge and Antares restaurant.
Louis Tussard’s Palace of Wax and Ripley’s Believe It or Not!601 E. Palace Pkwy. Grand Prairie, Texas 75050 972-263-2391 www.grandprairie.ripleys.com Mingle amongst over 200 life-like figures from Hollywood, history, horror, religion and fantasy in Louis Tussard’s Palace of Wax. Ripley’s Believe It or Not features an eye-popping collection of oddities from around the world in 11 galleries spread over 10,000 sq ft of fun! There is also a Mirror Maze and LaseRace Challenge, if you’re up for a more interactive experience. Everyone will find something to do in this place.
McKinney Avenue Transit Authority / M-Line Streetcar214-855-0006, ext. 1 3153 Oak Grove Avenue Dallas, Texas 75204 www.mata.org The FREE McKinney Avenue Trolley, the only historic streetcar system in Texas, connects the Arts District and the bistros and boutiques along McKinney Avenue to the new West Village dining and retail development. The trolley runs every 15 minutes on the weekdays and every 20 minutes on the weekend.
Mesquite Championship Rodeo1818 Rodeo Drive Mesquite, Texas 75149 972-235-8777 www.mesquiteprorodeo.com Since 1958, the Mesquite Championship Rodeo has been Dallas’ link to the Old West. The seasonal rodeo features high-flying broncos, 2,000-pound bulls, daredevil clowns, Texas shops, Chuck wagon races, a barbeque buffet and children’s activities.
Meyerson Symphony Center2301 Flora Dallas, Texas 75201 214-670-3600 dallasculture.org/meyersonSymphonyCenter/ Opened in 1989, The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center is located in the Downtown Dallas Arts District and is home to the world-class Dallas Symphony Orchestra and other Dallas-based cultural organizations.
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth3200 Darnell Street Fort Worth, Texas 76107 817-738-9215 www.themodern.org The oldest art museum in Texas and one of the oldest museums in the western United States, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth maintains one of the most celebrated collections of postwar art in the central United States. The Modern’s current home was designed by acclaimed Japanese architect Tadao Ando and features more than 53,000 square feet of gallery space devoted to showcasing modern and contemporary American and European art from 1945 to the present, and includes paintings, sculptures, works on paper and photography.
Nasher Sculpture Center2001 Flora Street Dallas, Texas 75201 214-242-5100 www.nashersculpturecenter.org The Nasher Sculpture Center is one of the few institutions in the world devoted to the exhibition, study and preservation of modern sculpture. Considered one of the foremost collections, private or public, of 20th-Century sculpture in the world, the Nasher collection is composed of more than 300 sculpture pieces together with twentieth-century paintings and drawings, and features works by Calder, de Kooning, Kelly, Matisse, Miro, Picasso, Rodin and Serra, among many others. The museum’s holdings are rotated in thematic installations throughout the Center’s seamless blend of indoor and outdoor exhibition spaces.
National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame1720 Gendy St. Fort Worth, Texas 76107 817-336-4475 www.cowgirl.net The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is like none other – the only museum in the world honoring and celebrating the women of the American West through extraordinary courage and a true pioneering spirit. Take a ride on a bronc or peruse the galleries filled with artifacts and stories of how women shaped the West.
National Scouting Museum, The Official Museum of the Boy Scouts of America1329 West Walnut Hill Ln. Irving, Texas 75038 972-580-2100 www.bsamuseum.org A tribute to the rich history of the Boy Scouts of America, the state-of-the-art facility features a Norman Rockwell art gallery, rescue adventure, laser shooting gallery, Pinewood Derby track, hands-on exhibits and a large historical collection.
NRH2O9001 Boulevard 26 North Richland Hills, Texas 76180 817-427-6500 www.nrh2o.com The NRH2O waterpark features body slides, double-rider inner tube slides, a 12,000-square-foot wave pool, mat racing, food and other water-based attractions for the whole family, as well as special events and discounts. There are three single-riders and 5 multi-riders, adding to the adventure and offering something for everyone to make a day in the sun more fun!
Perot Museum of Nature and Science (formerly The Dallas Children’s Museum)2201 N. Field Street Dallas, Texas 75201 214-428-5555 www.perotmuseum.org The Perot Museum of Nature and Science immerses children and their families in an environment that stimulates exploration and discovery. The facility provides opportunities for cultural exploration, dramatic play, outdoor activities, artistic endeavors and educational growth.
Sid Richardson Collection of Western Art309 Main Street, Sundance Square Fort Worth, Texas 76102 817-332-6554 or 888-332-6554 www.sidrichardsonmuseum.org Come visit the American West, as depicted in paintings by famous Western artists Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. The paintings reflect both the myth and the reality of the American West, and are the legacy of the late oilman and philanthropist, Sid Williams Richardson. More than 50,000 come each year to the museum, which is housed in a replica of a turn-of-the-century building in historic Sundance Square.