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The Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex is a sprawling landscape of must-see attractions, charming cities, and welcoming locals. During the fall and into the spring, the DFW is more inviting than ever, with a slate of premier events, festivals, and concerts sure to entertain all members of the family. Plan your next visit to the Dallas Fort Worth area today.
Chet's Picks in Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex
North Texas has an awesome mixture of Cowtown’s Western flair, Big D’s sprawling metropolis and everything in between. Get your fill of cowboy roaming and city exploring at my top picks below!
Downtown Fort Worth will yield full days of adventures thanks to some excellent attractions. Drive in from nearby suburbs like Euless, Burleson, or Lake Worth and check out the Will Rogers Memorial Center or the Fort Worth Stockyards Station. The Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base employs many locals and offers tours. The campus of Texas Christian University will be ideal for families shopping around for college options, and during the fall and winter, the TCU Horned Frogs play.
Catch a Game
For sports fans, there’s never a dull moment in the DFW. The crack of the bat sounds all summer near Grand Prairie at Arlington’s Globe Life Park, where the Texas Rangers step up to the plate. And just across Johnson Creek, AT&T Stadium is home to “America’s Team,” the Dallas Cowboys, during the NFL season each fall. Downtown, the Dallas Mavericks host high-flying NBA action at the American Airlines Center in the fall, sharing the arena with the Dallas Stars of the NHL in the fall and spring.
And don’t forget about collegiate sports. Sports programs at Dallas-area universities like Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas at Dallas promise a wide variety of athletic action all summer long.
Kids are sure to get a kick out of Six Flags Over Texas and the nearby Six Flags Hurricane Harbor. Animal lovers of all ages flock to the Dallas Zoo, but sometimes all you need is a relaxing stroll. The landmark Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and the tree-canopied Katy Trail are great places to stretch your legs. Dragon Park and Klyde Warren Park are other great places to spend a sunny day.
And there's always the Dallas Aboretum & Botanical Gardens – an absolute must for first-time visitors.
Get a little artsy
For the art lovers in the family, Fort Worth is a must. The architecture of and collection within the Kimball Art Museum is renowned the world over for a reason; the more beautiful side of the Old West is on display at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art; and the strikingly designed Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is home to an array of post-WWII works.
Every April, artists and art lovers fill downtown Fort Worth for the Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival. The four-day fest is a great way to see the works of local artists, as well as try local food offerings and browse local pop-up shops.
Relive the Old West
For more old-time fun after the rodeo's done, check out Stockyards Station. Adjacent to the Cowtown Coliseum Arena, the Stockyards features include the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, Texas Trail of Fame, Livestock Exchange, Stockyards Stables, and Grapevine Vintage Railroad.
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