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FORT WORTH:

Downtown / Sundance Square

Fort Worth’s city center buzzes day and night with people, energy and opportunity. It’s one of the cleanest, safest and most walkable urban areas you’ll find anywhere – the perfect place to soak up the excitement and friendly ambience of Fort Worth. The heart of downtown is Sundance Square, a 35-block shopping and entertainment district where charming, beautifully restored buildings stand alongside glittering skyscrapers. Here, you’ll find locals, downtown residents and visitors among a multitude of restaurants, shops, galleries and performance venues.

  • Relax in the popular Sundance Square Plaza under the enormous umbrellas, grab a bite to eat on a patio or take a selfie in front of the whimsical water fountains
  • See a performance in the acoustically perfect Bass Performance Hall, known for its towering angels carved in limestone
  • Located in a restored 19th-century building in Sundance Square, the Sid Richardson is a free museum that this free museum showcases Sid Richardson’s collection of the art of the American West.
  • Explore the gorgeous Fort Worth Water Gardens, a refreshing urban oasis next to the Fort Worth Convention Center
  • Visit the JFK Tribute in General Worth Square, which honors President Kennedy’s historic stay in Fort Worth
  • Take a break in Burnett Park or Hyde Park – home of the sleeping panther
  • Hop aboard Molly the Trolley, a bus service that circulates between downtown hotels and hot spots
  • Need Hospitality Services, Directions, a Safety Escort, or Referrals to Social Services? Here is information about the Downtown Ambassadors Program, they can help with these amenities and more!

https://www.fortworth.com/about/neighborhoods-districts/downtown-sundance-square/

Cultural District

Masterpieces abound in the museums of the Fort Worth Cultural District, located a few miles west of downtown. This is, without question, one of the finest collections of museums in America. In a single, park-like setting, you can span virtually the entire history of art, from priceless antiquities to Impressionist milestones to modern artworks. It’s a wonderful place to find inspiration, broaden your horizons and spend some quality time with your family.

The Cultural District is also home to the Will Rogers Memorial Center, home of the Annual Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, as well as the acclaimed theater, Casa Mañana.

Near the Cultural District, explore nature’s masterpieces at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, The Fort Worth Zoo and the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, or go jogging or biking along the river in Trinity Park. Explore the Fort Worth Cultural District by foot as all five museums are within walking distance or pick up a bike at one of the many Fort Worth Bike Sharing stations along the way.

https://www.fortworth.com/about/neighborhoods-districts/cultural-district/

Stockyards National Historic District

Once home to cowboys, cattlemen and outlaws, today the Stockyards National Historic District is one of the most popular attractions in Texas. Day and night, visitors come to the Stockyards to get a taste of the true American West. Begin your journey on Exchange Avenue, where the weathered brick streets are lined with historic buildings, restaurants, shops, saloons and other attractions.

  • See The Fort Worth Herd, the world’s only twice-daily cattle drive, at 11:30 a.m and 4 p.m.
  • See the bulls and broncs versus the cowboys at the weekly Stockyards Championship Rodeo
  • Take in a concert and two-step the night away at Billy Bob’s Texas, the world’s largest honky-tonk
  • Step into the past at the Stockyards Museum and Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame
  • Shop for authentic boots, hats and apparel at Stockyards Station, M.L. Leddy’s, Maverick Fine Western Wear and Fincher’s White Front Western Wear
  • Dine on Texas-style cuisine at Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Hunter Brothers’ H3 Ranch or Cattlemen’s Steak House
  • Treat the kids to the Cowtown Cattlepen Maze, the Stockyards petting zoo or a ride on the Grapevine Heritage Railroad

https://www.fortworth.com/about/neighborhoods-districts/stockyards-national-historic-district/

Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s Western Currency Facility

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s Western Currency facility, one of only two locations in the U.S. that print money (Washington, D.C. being the other), offers free 45-minute guided tours on weekdays. Stroll along an elevated walkway and actually see money being produced below you. There are also plenty of displays and demonstration exhibits, plus artifacts like a turn-of-the-century spider press and an engraver’s bench. Uncut sheets of currency can be purchased at the Money Store.

https://www.fortworth.com/listings/bureau-of-engraving-and-printings-western-currency-facility/4214/

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DALLAS:

Reunion Tower GeO-Deck

Perched 470 feet above ground, Reunion Tower’s newly renovated GeO-Deck lets visitors glimpse an impressive view of the city skyline. Visitors will see not only stunning topography with the naked eye, but also with powerful telescopes, high-definition zoom cameras and interactive digital displays. The telescopes in the outside deck allow the viewer to see intricate details of the streets below, even into cafe windows and people walking the street.

Before guests head up the elevator to GeO-Deck, they can have their photo taken on the first floor, and have it ready by the time you reach the top! View your image at the PIX kiosks, choose a background and share it on all your social networks.

And no visit to the GeO-Deck is complete without a stop at Cloud Nine Cafe, where visitors can enjoy a meal or snack with a view. Cloud Nine offers an array of menu items including espresso drinks, fresh made pastries, a locally sourced Farmhouse Burger, the Texas Caesar and its Signature Chocolate Tower Dessert. Cloud Nine Cafe is now open on Saturday and Sundays during our Fall and Spring Hours from 11 – 4 PM.

A new addition has been made to the GeO-Deck called “GeO-Deck Express Dining and Bar”. This serves light foot and drink on the GeO-deck (closes 30 minutes prior to GeO-Deck closing) for all guests to enjoy.

https://www.visitdallas.com/things-to-do/venue/view/14140/Reunion-Tower-GeO-Deck.html

Dallas World Aquarium

The adventure at The Dallas World Aquarium begins at the top of the rainforest exhibit, where exotic birds, such as Cocks-of-the-rock and many species of toucans, can be seen. Lounging around are Two-toed and Three-toed sloths. Endangered animals, such as Orinoco crocodiles, Giant river otters, Antillean manatees and several species of monkeys are part of the many conservation projects. The aquarium portion displays interesting marine life, including Japanese crabs, jellyfish, Leafy, Weedy and Ribbon seadragons. Black-footed and Blue penguins can be seen swimming as guests enjoy the outdoor South Africa exhibit. Sharks, rays and sawfish are only a few of the fish living in the Mundo Maya cenote. Safe from Neotropical eagles, are euphonias, tanagers and hummingbirds. Reptiles and amphibians, both of significance to the Maya culture, can be seen throughout the exhibit
Open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

https://www.visitdallas.com/things-to-do/venue/view/6762

Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is located in the former Texas School Book Depository where significant evidence of a sniper was found following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The Museum presents the social and political landscape of the early 1960s, chronicles President Kennedy’s assassination and its aftermath, and reflects upon his lasting impact on our country and world. Open 7 days a week 10 AM-6 PM Tuesday-Sunday and Noon-6 PM Monday; closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Admission includes audio guide, available in several languages: $16 for adults; $14 for seniors (65+); $13 for youth (6-18); children five and under are free or $4 with audio guide. The Museum Store + Cafe, located at 501 Elm Street, is open to the public daily, 9:30 AM-6 PM.

https://www.visitdallas.com/things-to-do/venue/view/6749

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Just minutes from downtown on the shore of White Rock Lake, we feature 66 acres with 11 lush display gardens that offer seasonal color all year long. Home of Dallas Blooms Spring, the Southwest’s largest outdoor floral festival, we provide a tranquil oasis where visitors are surrounded by the beauty of all four seasons. Amenities include the Hoffman Family Gift Shop, a dining terrace and several facilities available for rental.

Overlooking scenic White Rock Lake, we offer the perfect venue for workshops, lectures, dinners, receptions, weddings, and special events set in 66 acres of lush gardens and beautiful vistas. Our new 5,000 square feet Rosine Hall, the historic DeGolyer Home and the elegant Camp House offer a variety of options to make each event unique.

https://www.visitdallas.com/things-to-do/venue/view/6881/Dallas-Arboretum-and-Botanical-Garden.html?ttd=1

Nasher Sculpture Center

Open since October 2003, the Nasher Sculpture Center is home to one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary sculptures in the world. The Center, which was designed by Prizker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, is located on a 2-acre in the heart of the Dallas Arts District. The museum was a long-held dream of the late Raymond and Patsy Nasher, who together formed a comprehensive collection of masterpieces by Calder, de Kooning, di Suvero, Giacometti, Hepworth, Kelly, Matisse, Miro, Moore, Picasso, Rodin, and Serra, among others, which continues to grow and evolve. On display in the Galleries and Garden are rotating exhibitions of works from the Nasher Collection as well as special exhibitions drawn from other museums and private collections.

https://www.visitdallas.com/things-to-do/venue/view/7019/Nasher-Sculpture-Center.html?ttd=1

Dallas Museum of Art

Located in the heart of the Dallas Arts District, the museum has a stunning collection with more than 22,000 pieces, spanning the third millennium BC to present day, including ancient Mediterranean art, 18th-20th century European and American art and art of the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Artists on display include O’Keeffe, Pollock, Rothko, Warhol, Renoir, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Monet and more. They also have a Paintings Conservation Studio, where visitors can watch conservators preserve and restore the museum’s extensive collection with the latest technology, treatments, and cutting-edge techniques.

In addition, the museum has lots of fun programming for kids of all ages, and after-hour events for adults that includes a lecture series with authors, poets and visionaries. Join the free membership program, DMA Friends, to earn points to redeem for rewards like discounts in the cafe and store. For the true art aficionados, don’t forget to check out the Mildred R. and Frederick M. Mayer Library and archives.

https://www.visitdallas.com/things-to-do/venue/view/6788/Dallas-Museum-of-Art.html?ttd=1

Crow Collection of Asian Art

Whether for quiet reflection in a serene atmosphere, marveling at centuries-old artifacts or gazing at unique works of art, our museum is an inspiring experience. Located in the center of the Dallas Arts District, our museum features permanent and rotating exhibitions of arts from China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia.

We also offer wellness classes, yoga and meditation, lectures and gallery talks, frequent events and docent-led tours. The gem of our museum is the breathtaking sculpture garden, home to 15 contemporary and historical pieces peppered throughout an intricate garden of bamboo, maples, azaleas and pine trees.

https://www.visitdallas.com/things-to-do/venue/view/6884/Crow-Collection-of-Asian-Art.html?ttd=1

Dallas Zoo

Our world-class, 106-acre Dallas Zoo is the largest in Texas and features many rare and endangered species. Don’t miss the award-winning Giants of the Savanna, the only habitat in the U.S. where elephants mingle alongside giraffes, zebra and other African species.

We’re home to more than 2,000 animals, and today, the Zoo is thriving with new exhibits such as the Koala Walkabout presented by Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Wonders of the Wild presented by Kimberly-Clark Corporation, and the Giants of the Savanna to name a few. Key exhibits include the Tiger Habitat, Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo, with interactive, educational exhibits for children, Don Glendenning Penguin Cove and the Jake L. Hamon Gorilla Conservation Research Center.

https://www.visitdallas.com/things-to-do/venue/view/6772/Dallas-Zoo.html?ttd=1

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, which opened on Dec. 1, 2012, offers dynamic experiences to stimulate curiosity in visitors of all ages. With 180,000 square feet of space, standing 170 feet tall (equivalent to an average 14-story building) the revolutionary Perot Museum extends beyond the typical “museum” perception. The extraordinary building and outdoor space serves as a living science lesson, offering provocative illustrations of engineering, technology and conservation.

Five floors house 11 permanent exhibit halls containing state-of-the-art video and 3-D computer animation with thrilling, life-like simulations where visitors can exercise their brains through hands-on activities, interactive kiosks and educational games. The lower level of the cube houses a state-of-the-art, modular traveling exhibit hall; an education wing with six learning labs; a flexible space auditorium; and a children’s museum including outdoor play space and a courtyard.

The plinth level houses the Main Lobby complete with a 35-foot Malawisaurus fossil; access to a roof deck; the Cafe; a 300-seat, multimedia Theater; and the Store. Inside and out, the Museum features natural sustainability and environmental friendliness including a rainwater collection system, LED lighting and solar-powered water heating.

The museum is located in Victory Park at the corner of Field Street and Woodall Rodgers Freeway in the heart of Dallas.

https://www.visitdallas.com/things-to-do/venue/view/6831/Perot-Museum-of-Nature-and-Science.html

George W. Bush Presidential Center and Library

The George W. Bush Presidential Center is a state-of-the art facility on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. It is home to the George W. Bush Library and Museum and the George W. Bush Institute. The Library and Museum features both permanent and special exhibits, a precise replica of the Oval Office, beams from the World Trade Center twisted from the events of 9/11, a Texas Rose Garden, and a number of interactive exhibits. The popular Decision Points Theater enables visitors to experience the presidential decision-making process first-hand.

The Bush Center, a twenty-first century landmark, is set in a 15-acre native Texas prairie alive with grasses and wildflowers. Visitors can also dine in the elegant Cafe 43 and visit the Museum Store.

http://www.bushcenter.org

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ARLINGTON:

AT&T Stadium Tour

AT&T Stadium is more than the home of the Dallas Cowboys, it’s a world of facts and figures about the world’s largest domed structure, an art museum, a classroom. The things you can do inside AT&T Stadium are endless, and with AT&T Stadium Tours, you can experience them all.

AT&T Stadium offers tours that will appeal to people of all interests and ages, and tours are available daily. Take an afternoon to throw the ball on the field or admire the works of art displayed throughout the stadium. With AT&T Stadium Tours, there is something for everyone.

http://attstadium.com/tours

Texas Rangers Ballpark Tour

See the most exciting behind-the-scenes areas of Globe Life Park including the batting cages, press box, luxury suite, dugout, and much more. All areas are subject to availability.

https://www.mlb.com/rangers/ballpark/tours

Six Flags Over Texas

Theme park with rollercoasters and Warner Brothers Characters.

https://www.sixflags.com/overtexas

International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame

Discover the region’s premier sports museum brimming with one-of-a-kind bowling artifacts, a unique bowling experience and a cutting-edge glimpse at the far-flung future of this global pastime. Pass through Bowling’s Hall of Fame where rare photos and vintage film clips tell the stories of bowling’s greatest legends. The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame collects, preserves and exhibits the 5,000-year history of the worldwide sport of bowling. From the ancient Egyptians to British monarchs to an enterprising German immigrant, follow the sport’s journey from archeological digs… to American taverns… to today’s cutting-edge computer assisted training centers. No visit to the International Bowling Campus is complete without experiencing the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame.

http://www.bowlingmuseum.com

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