Beneath this city's cosmopolitan surface lurks the rough-and-ready spirit of the Chisholm Trail
The Dallas/Fort Worth metro area offers thousands of places to visit and things to do. The metro area, known as "Dallas/Fort Worth and Beyond," encompasses 32 rich and diverse districts. From urban centers bustling with excitement to charming, historic downtown squares, visitors will uncover hidden treasures and fantastic sights at every turn. Enjoy the many world-class museums, shopping venues, sporting events, live entertainment, amusement parks and a rich and celebrated history.
Dallas and Fort Worth, separated by 30 miles of suburbs, are different yet intertwined. Dallas has almost always been a center of trade, built on the ideals of capitalism and progress—and great leaps of faith. Fort Worth's prosperity was established when the town became a stop on the Chisholm Trail, and continued when the city became a major railhead. The cattle that were herded through town more than a century ago still define the city, and its nickname, "Cowtown," persists.
Here are some details of some notable structures in the region. Rather than tear down several blocks of brick buildings to accommodate the twin towers of their giant City Center development, the Bass Brothers development company created Sundance Square by restoring the area as a center of tall-windowed restaurants, shops, nightclubs and offices. Tourists mingle effortlessly with the business crowd during the day, and at night the mood is laid back and down to earth.
Traders Village, located in Grand Prairie midway between the two cities, is America's largest weekend flea market and festival complex. Stroll through 3,500 dealers and discover a treasure of a lifetime. Enjoy theme park rides, festivals and a world of wonderful food.
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington is designed to look old-fashioned, with red brick and granite facade and a home run porch in right field, but the amenities are modern. Consider a tour of the park through admission to the Legends of the Game Museum, which celebrates America's pastime with famous players' gear, photos and artifacts.
The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth features early-20th-century European art, the old masters, Greek and Roman antiquities, African and pre-Columbian art and has one of the largest collections of Asian art in North America.
Billy Bob's in Fort Worth is built in an old cattle-pen building and covers almost three acres of indoor space, including several bars, pool tables, a Western store, an arcade, a huge dance floor, a stage that draws some of country's top acts and a bull-riding ring. Contests are usually held on Friday and Saturday nights.
The Galleria Dallas, with more than 200 retailers and anchor stores Macy's, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue, is one of Dallas's best-known malls. Specialty shops include Tiffany & Co., Versace, Lucky Brand Jeans and Spanish clothier Zara. A soft-structure play area on the third level near Saks (strategically placed near children's specialty shops) is a great place to let little ones (42 inches and shorter) burn off some energy. The bottom level features an ice skating rink.
Six Flags over Texas theme park in Arlington offers more than 50 rides, plus musical shows, games of chance and many restaurants. Rides are geared for all ages. In spring 2013, the park opened the all-new Texas SkyScreamer. Towering an astounding 400 feet above the ground, the Texas SkyScreamer is the tallest swing ride in the world.
The Lonesome Dove Western Bistro at the Stockyards in Fort Worth offers sophisticated and exotic food served in a setting of brick walls, rustic hardwoods and a pressed-tin ceiling.
The Bijou in Dallas offers a more spectacular, formal setting. Most diners choose the three- or five-course meal but the restaurant also offers a nine-course tasting menu ($95 per person, $145 with wine pairings).
Other don't-miss restaurants include Fearing's and the Mansion Restaurant, both in Dallas.
Points of Interest
Among the points of interest in Fort Worth are American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum, Bureau of Engraving & Printing, Fort Worth Museum of Science & Industry, Fort Worth Zoo, the Kimball Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Stockyard's Championship Rodeo at Cowtown Coliseum, the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Texas Motor Speedway.
Dallas points of interest include the Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas World Aquarium, Dallas Zoo, Dinosaur World, the Perot Museum of Nature & Science, the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and the Zero Gravity Thrill Amusement Park.
Also in the region are the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison, the Grapevine Opry in Grapevine, Hurricane Harbor (a Six Flags Water Park in Arlington), International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame in Arlington, the Irving Art Center in Irving, the Legoland Discovery Center in Grapevine, the Lone Star horseracing park in Grand Prairie, the Mesquite ProRodeo in Mesquite, the National Scouting Museum in Irving, SEA LIFE Grapevine in Grapevine and the famous Southfork Ranch in Plano.
Did you know?
As the ninth largest city and part of the fourth largest metropolitan area in the nation, Dallas covers approximately 343 square miles and has a population of more than 1.2 million people. The ultramodern city attracts worldwide travelers, making the area the No. 1 visitor and leisure destination in Texas.
Dallas has the largest urban arts district in the nation, more than 13 entertainment districts and seemingly endless shopping opportunities.
Visitors can ride DART, one of the fastest-growing light rail systems in the nation, or the historic, free McKinney Avenue Trolley.
For More Information:
Dallas/Fort Worth Area Tourism Council
Texas State Travel Guide