Where to Eat in Farmersville, Texas

Farmersville, Texas, the birthplace of Audie Murphy, offers a bewildering variety of restaurants for its size. Farmersville, Texas, a small but vibrant main street town to the north-east of Dallas, has a wealth of history and many popular antique shops but is worth a visit just for the excellent range of cuisine it offers in its many restaurants.

Farmersville: a Texas Treasure

Farmersville, Texas, a small town about an hour’s journey north-east of Dallas, has a wealth of antique shops, old buildings, and quaint frame houses. On the first Saturday of every month, it holds a “Farmers’ and Fleas’ Market” and every month a different Country artiste performs at the local Opry. The history of the town dates back to 1849 and is reflected in the many antique shops: there is even a monument to the Confederate dead. The town won Main Street status in 2003 for its beautifully preserved main square with its original brick cobbles and 19th Century buildings.

Farmersville: Audie Murphy’s Home Town

Audie Murphy, the USA’s most decorated hero in WWII, was born near Farmersville and spent his youth there. The town square includes a museum commemorating him and, every year, holds a celebration in his honor with speeches and a parade of vintage cars, driven by veterans, and floats – a fun afternoon out. This year, Audie Murphy Day is being celebrated on Saturday, June 18th.

Farmersville is also the birthplace of Monty “Hawkeye” Henson, 3 times world champion rodeo cowboy, and Herb Ellis, the jazz guitarist. On a less salubrious note, Tex Watson, a member of the Manson family and involved in the murder of Sharon Tate, grew up in nearby Copeville and attended Farmersville’s schools.

Where to Eat in Farmersville, Texas

The town is well worth a visit for its monthly market, history, and antique shops alone but it also knows how to titillate the tastebuds of its residents and visitors with a wide variety of restaurants, including a (genuine) 50’s diner and some of the very best Italian cuisine in Texas, all at country prices.

As you enter the main square itself, on your right, near the Post Office, you will find Tony’s Mexican restaurant, independently owned and offering a good variety of excellent Mexican cuisine at reasonable prices.

On the right-hand side of the main square itself, nestled among the antique shops, is a genuine 50’s diner, Daddy-O’s Doo Wop Diner, serving country cuisine including chicken fried steak and chicken, and pork chops, in an ambiance celebrating the music stars of the ’50s and early ’60s, including original vinyl jukebox EPs under glass on the tables. A blue plate special is available every weekday.

At the head of the square lies the Sugarhill Country Kitchen providing a buffet and à la carte menu in an upscale environment with prices to match. The restaurant is housed in a complex of three interconnected buildings housing a function room, a boutique, and an antique store.

To find some of the best Italian food in Texas, however, you do not need even to enter the center of town. Victor’s Italian Kitchen lies on US Highway 78, just before the First National Bank and the turnoff into Audie Murphy Parkway. The restaurant, converted from a small service station, has a rustic ambiance reminiscent of the little restaurants that dot the Italian countryside where the cuisine is equally superb. The chef/owner has 25 years of experience in cooking Italian food and it shows. There is an extensive and very economical lunch menu – try the Princess pasta in pink vodka sauce or any of the dishes served with Victor’s home-made tomato Pomodoro sauce. The dinner menu offers even more, with huge portions – try the Chicken Marsala or Sicilian Chicken. The restaurant is also a favorite for its home-made pizza to eat in or to go.

Pizza is also available from Mr. Jim’s Pizza further up on US 78 and Pizza Street on US 380. More comfort food is also available in the same block as Mr. Jim’s at Charlie’s Old Fashioned Burgers, which also sells Italian ice cream, and at Just Donuts. This small selection of food outlets is now complemented by a Chinese restaurant due to open its doors very shortly.

Every town of note should have a Dairy Queen and Farmersville is no exception. Well-placed on US Highway 380, it offers a Blue Plate Special every weekday, burgers for $1.00 every Monday from 5.00 PM, and tacos for $0.89 every Tuesday evening.

The local Sonic is also on US 380, as will be the proposed ubiquitous McDonalds to be constructed in the new out-of-town retail park near the Brookshires supermarket. The local Subway restaurant, some 4 miles along US 380 in the direction of Greenville, is currently closed, awaiting rebuilding following a disastrous fire.

If your tastes tend towards catfish and steak, Catfish Heaven awaits you on US 380 beyond Lake Lavon in Princeton, along with more fast food outlets. More well-recommended Mexican cuisine can also be found south on US 78 at La Flor and a little further on, in the direction of Wylie, pizza lovers will discover Pizza Getty (no relation, I am told).

Lastly, aficionados of Mexican cuisine will discover the Casa Vieja, another restaurant worth a visit, north on US 78 near Blue Ridge, a small township where country cooking can also be enjoyed at the Cattleman’s Café on W. James Street in the center of town.

How to Reach Farmersville

Farmersville lies at the intersection of US Highways 78 and 380, a few miles from the edge of the Dallas conurbation at Wylie, traveling north alongside the lake on Highway 78. On Highway 380, Farmersville is located midway between McKinney and Greenville close to the northern border of Lake Lavon, on the eastern edge of Collin county.

Restaurant Addresses

  • Charlie’s Old Fashion Burgers, 604 Tx-78 N, Farmersville, TX (972) 782-7900
  • Daddy-O’s Doo Wop Diner, 117 McKinney St, Farmersville, TX (972) 782-7341
  • Dairy Queen, 201 Audie Murphy Pky E, Farmersville, TX (972) 782-8492
  • La Flor Mexican Cozina, 701 State Highway 78 S, #120, Farmersville, TX (972) 782-7950
  • Mr. Jims, 602 Tx-78 N, Farmersville, TX (972) 782-7333
  • Pizza Street, 1203 Us-380 E, #106, Farmersville, TX (972) 782-7601
  • Sonic Drive-In, 770 Audie Murphy Pky W, Farmersville, TX (972) 782-7738
  • Sugarhill Country Kitchens, 115 S Main St, Farmersville, TX (972) 784-2121
  • Tony’s Mexican Restaurant, 201 McKinney St, Farmersville, TX (972) 782-6370
  • Victor’s Italian Kitchen, 205 State Highway 78 S, Farmersville, TX (972) 782-8002

Best Dallas Restaurant Reviews

The Porch

The restaurant is a relaxed style bistro – it has a great chilled and authentic atmosphere. The cocktails are upscale and classic and the food is traditional and high quality and the service is helpful and friendly.

ThePorchThe staff are very knowledgeable about the menu and drinks service and add to the experience. The lunch menu is seasonal and uses fresh ingredients to create a great selection including Butter Milk Fried Chicken Cobb and Crab Cake Salad. For dinner, the selection is even wider but just as good with the Short Rib Stroganoff being one of the best around and they also feature daily ‘Big Board’ specials.

The Pannacotta is excellent for dessert – if you have any room left! All in all a great place to relax over a glass of wine and good food, and it is a place you could quite happily spend the night.

The Porch, 2912 North Henderson Avenue

The Screen Door

This restaurant is small but perfectly formed, and as the name might suggest it is in the perfect place to enjoy a pre-theatre dinner as it is located in close walking distance of the Arts District.

TheScreenDoorIt is elegant and offers an excellent choice of wines and beers to accompany your meal. Open 7 days a week, they offer a pre-theatre menu which is $35 for 3 courses from 5 pm to 7 pm. They also offer a complimentary ‘Art Cart’ shuttle service to the theatres which is quirky, helpful, and a nice touch!

As for the food, for lunch, the chili fried catfish is unique and tasty and for dessert, you can go wrong with a banana cream pie with candied peanut caramel! If you are visiting for dinner, the sea scallops are excellent – perfectly cooked and served with roast turnip, apple, and parsley salad.

The Screen Door, 1722 Routh Street

The Iron Cactus

If you like your food Mexican, there are plenty of options in downtown Dallas but this is the place to come! The restaurant space is huge at over 14,000 ft and is three levels high.

TheIronCactusBeautifully lit at night it’s a great place both for dinner or just to come for some awesome Mexican cocktails – they have over 100 flavors of tequila available! The rooftop patio is lovely for sunset (happy hour is between 4 pm and 7 pm) and to see the city lit up at night – there is a pretty view of the lights across Downtown.

Open 7 days a week, the staff are fun and friendly. They do a good gluten-free menu and the rest of it is equally as great! The crab cakes are succulent and full of flavor and the chicken chili poppers are spicy and delicious.

The Iron Cactus, 1520 Main Street, Dallas

Zodiac

Open for over 50 years, this elegant restaurant has earned its reputation as a great place for an upscale dinner. Located on Level Six inside the Neiman Marcus Downtown, it attracts business people and shoppers, although it is closed on Sundays.

ZodiacThe menu changes seasonally and has great contemporary and trendy offerings such as the Maine lobster sandwich and the famous mandarin orange soufflé with chicken salad. It is only open for lunch (from 11 am to 3 pm) however so it makes a great break from a shopping trip to rest your weary feet and head to a delicious meal to get the energy to carry on.

It is an idea to reserve a table though as it does get pretty busy. This is the place to go if you are having a classy, girly day and want to treat yourself to a gorgeous girly experience to go with an extravagant shopping trip!

Zodiac, 1618 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75201

Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse

If you want a traditional, totally amazing, Texas barbeque, this is the place to come! Open since 1958, the original Sonny Bryan’s offers brilliant savory sauce which complements the rich and smoky flavor of the meats that are on offer.

SonnyBryansSteakhouseThe interior features vintage school desks dotted about and images of the famous patrons who have visited the restaurant since it has been open. The brisket is traditional but that’s not all there is, the pulled pork, chicken, ribs, sausage, hand AND turkey are all fantastic so you certainly won’t be short of choice.

They are closed on Sundays but open until late the rest of the week and prices are reasonable. The whole experience is informal and fun and service is friendly and knowledgeable, but if you prefer to take the food away there is a full take out service available.

Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse, 2202 Inwood Road

Mansion on Turtle Creek

This beautiful restaurant is located in the historic Sheppard King Mansion and consistently receives top-class reviews from restaurant critics and diners alike. Redesigned in 2007, the décor is refined and chilled and features soft leather chairs, wood paneling, and stunning commissioned artwork.

Dine in the new formal Chefs dining room for an extra special experience or enjoy the beautiful veranda with a glass of chilled wine. It’s not cheap with an average total dinner priced at around $88 per head, but it’s worth it for the sumptuous dining experience.

Try the excellent prime ribeye steak which is served with sage gnocchi, braised collards, and fantastic shallot marmalade and for a starter the lobster risotto is essential! A great place for a date if you really want to impress or an important occasion – or just treat yourself as part of the Dallas experience.

Mansion on Turtle Creek, 2821 Turtle Creek Boulevard

Abacus

This is known for being one of the best restaurants in Dallas, and it certainly does not disappoint. The cuisine is contemporary global at its best and features a variety of flavors from the Mediterranean, Creole, and Pacific Rim.

As the menu changes monthly it is a great excuse for repeat visits! It’s a real restaurant for foodies and as such does tend to get very busy, especially at the weekends so make sure you book a table or be prepared to wait! The open kitchen is great fun so you can watch the chefs prepare their creations in front of you.

The dining room is cool and elegant with beautiful woods and glass sculptures and it also features such fascinating works of art. Try the Duo of Pork with white cheddar polenta and fuji apple-vanilla puree – its amazing! They also do some great sushi and steak options so there is something for everyone.

Abacus, 4511 McKinney Avenue

 

 

Best Dallas Hotel Reviews

Crowne Plaza Hotel Dallas Downtown

This hotel is in an excellent location if you are visiting Dallas for a few days as it is in walking distance to many downtown bars and restaurants including the excellent Sonny Bryans Steakhouse and a Starbuck across the street.

CrownePlazaHotelDallasDowntownIt’s more of a younger atmosphere in the hotel and the bar is lively and fun after 10 pm. If you book a room on one of the higher floors the view of the city is stunning and definitely worth it – they are also quieter as well.

The staff is friendly and helpful and the rooftop pool is a nice way to unwind after the previous nights partying! It’s about mid-range price-wise but for the money, you do get a great location, and parking is only $12 which is pretty reasonable for the center of downtown.

Crowne Plaza Hotel Dallas Downtown, 1015 Elm Street, Dallas

Grand Hyatt DFW

This is an airport hotel close to Dallas’s main airport but it more than exceeds your expectations for an airport hotel! It’s luxurious and has the air of being much more expensive than it actually is.

GrandHyattDFWIt is obviously easy to find close to the airport, and surprisingly there is no plane noise at all! The rooms are boutique style and very well furnished with huge flat-screen TVs – whether you are preparing for a long flight or relaxing having just got off one they are perfect for chilling out.

The health club is lovely and so is the fitness suite if you want to work off some steam. Upgrades are available if you ask nicely at the front desk and if you can get a suite it is worth the extra money for more amenities. It is a little way from the city (uptown is around a $45 taxi ride) so it’s definitely worth hiring a car – the concierge and reception staff are very helpful.

Grand Hyatt DFW, 2337 South International Parkway, Dallas

Hotel ZaZa Dallas

This hotel is really pretty – it’s the ideal place for a bachelorette party or a great place to relax as a couple. The outside pool with fairy lights is so pretty – be warned though this does close over the winter.

HotelZazaDallasThe hotel bar is lively and fun and the staff is friendly and welcoming. The only downside is the parking as it does cost $24 a day, which mounts up if you are staying for a few nights! The hotel overall doesn’t break the bank however and is good value for the money. Overall it has a boutique feel and the rooms reflect that – the Dragonfly room is especially nice!

The breakfast is amazing and sets you up for the day to go and explore the city. You can walk to bars and restaurants which is a big plus point so although you may have to pay for parking you can save money on taxi fares.

Hotel ZaZa Dallas, 2332 St Leonard Street Dallas

Ritz-Carlton Dallas

When you are booking at any Ritz Carlton, you know you can expect a brilliant standard and this hotel is no exception to the rule. If you are only staying for a few days it’s a great place to stay – the price does reflect the luxury however!

Ritz-CarltonDallasThe rooftop spa facilities are fantastic with a whirlpool spa and full fitness suite and the nail technician does a great job of perking up tired hands! The rooms are large so even if you have a basic room you know you are going to get a good size space. If you really want to splash out, stay on the Concierge Level where the amenities are on tap with upgrades and free food whenever you like.

This does feel like a younger person hotel and the bar downstairs can be busy and vibrant – a great atmosphere but not one for a quiet drink!

Ritz-Carlton Dallas, 2121 McKinney Street Dallas

Staybridge Suites Dallas

This hotel is another excellent choice if you are traveling on a budget, or you are looking for a place to stay if you are visiting Dallas for a couple of weeks – you can also save 20% when you book early enough.

StaybridgeSuitesDallasThe hotel is quiet, really clean and the staff is helpful and pleasant. The breakfasts are free and offer a good variety of choices especially some great low carb options. Suites have a full kitchen so you can stock up and chill out if you want a cheaper night rather than having to pay to eat out.

They do have a nice pool area that has a Jacuzzi which is a great way to chill out if you are on a business trip, and there is also a fitness center so it does have the amenities of a more expensive hotel.

Staybridge Suites Dallas, 7880 Alpha Road, Dallas

Dallas Architecture Tours & Attractions

From glass and steel cloudbusters to intimate, turn of the century clock towers, Dallas/Fort Worth & Beyond is home to a wide array of architectural marvels. Step into a Romanesque style courthouse in downtown Dallas. Take in the Art Deco architecture at Fair Park. Or soak up the awe-inspiring sites inside the world-renowned Bass Concert Hall in Fort Worth. Whether you’re desperate for dormers or craving Corinthian, this is the perfect excursion for you.

Ellis County Courthouse

Built in 1895, is listed in the top 100 most photographed structures in the state of Texas, featuring Richardson Romanesque architectural style.

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Waxahachie, Texas

Fair Park Dallas

Fair Park was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1986 because of its exceptional significance in American history. It is home to an extraordinary collection of 1930s Art Deco art and architecture. From the mysterious Woofus statue to the beautifully restored murals and gold-leafed eagle atop the Tower Building, the treasures of the past are an awe-inspiring treat for visitors of today

Fair Park is also home to the State Fair of Texas as well as home to 8 museums – African American Museum, Dallas Aquarium, Museum of the American Railroad, Museum of Nature & Science, Hall of State, Texas Discovery Gardens, Texas Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, and The Women’s Museum.

1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd. at Grand
Dallas, Texas 75210
(214) 670-8400
(214) 670-0265

Bass Performance Hall

The Bass Performance Hall was named “one of the top 10 opera houses in the world” by Travel + Leisure. The crown jewel of downtown Fort Worth is named after Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass. This acclaimed, multi-purpose facility is the permanent home of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Texas Ballet Theater, the Fort Worth Opera, the Cliburn Concerts, and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, as well as special presentations by Casa Mañana. Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, also regularly hosts popular musical performers of all kinds.

525 Commerce St.
Fort Worth, Texas 76104
(817) 212-4200
(817) 212-4325

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

The Modern focuses on post World War II international modern and contemporary art, including paintings, sculpture, works on paper and international contemporary photography. The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s building was designed by the award-winning Japanese architect Tadao Ando.

3200 Darnell St. at University Dr.
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
(817) 738-9215
(866) 824-5566

Marty Leonard Community Chapel – Lena Pope Home

The world-famous E. Fay Jones described his Chapel design as an instrument for nature to play its music, and, by the way, the light and shadows move and change, he had turned it so that the music changes throughout the day and year. This architecturally significant building that reflects the influence of Jones’ study with Frank Lloyd Wright. Tours for all ages. Free.

3131 Sanquinet
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
(817) 255-2576
(817) 731-9858

Farmers Branch Historical Park

The Historical Park is nestled within 22 acres that trace the proud heritage of Farmers Branch, from the 1840s through the 1940s. The Gilbert House, built between 1856-1857, is the oldest rock structure in Dallas County still on its original foundation. Other local historic structures on the grounds include the 1937 Dodson House, home of the first Mayor of Farmers Branch; a one-room school that was once part of the Farmers Branch school from 1900-1915; and the original Farmers Branch railroad depot, built in 1877. Also features other structures from outside of Farmers Branch which has been moved to the park for preservation.

2540 Farmers Branch Lane
Farmers Branch, Texas 75234
(972) 406-0184

Kimbell Art Museum

A world-renowned collection of art from antiquity to the 20th century, including European masterpieces, Greek and Roman antiquities, and Egyptian, Near Eastern, Asian, Mesoamerican and African art.

3333 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
(817) 332-8451

Nasher Sculpture Center

Nasher Sculpture Center is home to one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary sculpture in the world. The Center is located on a 2.4-acre site adjacent to the Dallas Museum of Art in the heart of the Dallas Arts District. Renzo Piano, a world-renowned architect and winner of the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 1998, is the architect of the Center’s 55,000 square foot building. Piano worked in collaboration with landscape architect Peter Walker on the design of the 1.4acre Garden.

2001 Flora St.
Dallas, Texas 75201
(214) 242-5100
(214) 242-5160

Tarrant County Courthouse

This is one of the architectural masterpieces of the city. It serves as the terminus of Main Street and it sits high on the bluff of the Trinity River. It was designed by Gunn and Curtiss Architects of Kansas City and it is a striking example of American Beaux-Arts Design. Probst & Co. from Chicago was the General Contractor. It was modeled after the Texas Capitol Building in Austin and uses pink granite. It was one of the first structural steel framed buildings built in the Southwestern United States. The courthouse is 194 feet in height.

100 E. Weatherford
Fort Worth, Texas

Dallas County Courthouse

Built in 1891, the Romanesque Revival design of MA Orlopp, is made of Pecos Red Sandstone and blue granite. This courthouse is well known as “Old Red” and currently houses the Dallas Visitors Information Center and the Old Red Museum of Dallas History.

100 S. Houston St
Dallas, Texas 75202
(214) 571-1000

Chautauqua Auditorium

One of the few octagonal auditoriums in America.

Grand Ave & W. Main
Waxahachie, Texas

Kalita Humphreys Theater

Home to the Dallas Theatre Center, Kalita Humphreys is the only theater in the U.S. designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The monolithic concrete building was a combination of curved and angular forms typical of Wright’s late-period public projects. The vertical cylindrical forms of the four-and-a-half story building, encircled by horizontal cantilevered decks, presented a sculptural façade, both monumental and dynamic, within a wooded park setting. The entire building was based on a 60/120-degree equilateral parallelogram, such that there were no right angles. The unit-system organized not only the floor plan but also many of the details from the smallest design of the window shapes to the facetted columns and the built-in furniture.

3636 Turtle Creek Boulevard
Dallas, Texas 75219
(214) 522-8499

Amon Carter Museum

The Amon Carter Museum was established through the generosity of Amon G. Carter Sr. (1879 – 1955), to house his collection of paintings and sculpture by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell; to collect, preserve, and exhibit the finest examples of American art; and to serve an educational role through exhibitions, publications, and programs devoted to the study of American art.

Designed by renowned and award-winning architect, Philip Johnson, the museum’s original architect, he also designed and completed the building’s most recent expansion in 2001.

3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
(817) 738-1933

Fort Worth Water Gardens

The Water Gardens were designed by noted New York architects Philip Johnson and John Burgee and was dedicated to the City of Fort Worth by the Amon G. Carter Foundation. The park is frequently billed as a “cooling oasis in the concrete jungle” of downtown. Its focal points are three pools of water; the quiet meditation pool, the aerating pool which features multiple fountains and the active pool which has water cascading 38 feet (11 meters) down terraces and steps into a small pool at the bottom. It also has over 500 species of plants and trees throughout the park. Part of the film Logan’s Run was filmed in the active pool at the Water Gardens in 1976.

1502 Commerce St.
Fort Worth, Texas
(817) 871-5755

Thanks-Giving Square

The area was designed by famed architect Philip Johnson and was completed in 1976. The most prominent and recognizable feature of Thanks-Giving Square is the Chapel of Thanksgiving, a small, spiral tower that features an enclave for prayerful thanks. The entrance to the chapel is at the end of a 125-foot (38 m) bridge that runs over a cascading waterfall.

Inside the chapel, the spiral is topped with stained glass windows, leaving a flood of color when looking up in the chapel. Collectively, the stained glass, which was designed by Gabriel Loire of Chartres, France is called the Glory Window. It was designed to feature brighter colors as the spiral reached its apex, becoming brighter and brighter as it reached the center.

1627 Pacific Avenue
Dallas, Texas
(888) 305-1205

A.W. Perry Homestead Museum

1909 homestead features rentals and free tours.

1509 N. Perry Road
Carrollton, Texas
(972) 466-6380

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THE TOP Dallas Architecture Tours (w/Prices)
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Step Into Dallas History: Architectural Walking Tours of …
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Cantrell is an architecture teacher, artist, and entrepreneur who lives in the Kirby Building. To say he is deeply passionate about Dallas architecture is putting it mildly. Cantrell is intent on changing the perception of architecture in Dallas. Almost a year ago, just before Thanksgiving, he launched Architectural walking tours of downtown …

Mark Lamster Architecture Tour – The Dallas Morning News
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Join architecture critic Mark Lamster on a specially curated, one-of-a-kind architecture tour of downtown Dallas. The tour will begin at The Dallas Morning News downtown office and conclude at Klyde Warren Park. Wednesday, October 16 at 10 a.m.

Architecture Tours – Perot Museum of Nature and Science
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The tour takes up to 1 ½ hours. Please inform our tour guide if you or anyone in your party requires special accommodations. Have a group of 10 or more? Book a private architecture tour via group sales! Contact us at 214.428.5555 ext. 8 or reserve@perotmuseum.org.

Dallas Highlights Tour – DISCOVER DALLAS TOURS
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Dallas Highlights Tour Think BIG! Founded in 1841 on the banks of the Trinity River, Dallas is now the fourth-largest metro area in the United States. Discover world-class art, Pritzker award winning architecture, explore thriving neighborhoods and see

2019 FALL ARCHITECTURAL TOUR Preservation Dallas …
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They will be discussing the modern architecture movement in Dallas and how the tour houses are excellent examples of what was a bold new style for Dallas. This entire day will be filled with surprises and unparalleled homes. Check in for the tour begins at 8:30 a.m. with refreshments.

Preservation Dallas – 2019 Fall Architectural Tour
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They will be discussing the modern architecture movement in Dallas and how the tour houses are excellent examples of what was a bold new style for Dallas. This entire day will be filled with surprises and unparalleled homes. Check in for the tour begins at 8:30 a.m. with refreshments.

Tour of Homes – AIA Dallas
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Open to the public, the self-guided tour showcases the finest residential architecture in the Dallas area, as designed by Texas architects. The dwellings feature cutting edge, modern residential design, and demonstrate the wealth of talent possessed by our area’s best architects.

Dallas, TX Architecture Tours Events | Eventbrite
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Lining up plans in Dallas? Whether you’re a local, new in town, or just passing through, you’ll be sure to find something on Eventbrite that piques your interest.

Tours & Outings – Preservation Dallas
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TOURS & OUTINGS The Wilson House. Visit this elegant Queen Anne Victorian mansion that now houses the Preservation Dallas. Informal tours last between 10 and 30 minutes, depending upon the size of the group. Visitors learn about the architectural details of the Wilson House and its adaptation from residential to institutional use.

Dallas Art Tours & Attractions

Maybe you fumbled your way through Painting 101 back in high school. Or maybe the arts are your biggest life passion. Either way, there’s something for you in Dallas/Fort Worth & Beyond. Visitors from all around the world come to the area each year to take in its many world-class treasures. From the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth to the variety of museums housed within Dallas’ historic Fair Park, you’re sure to find something memorable awaiting at every turn. Are you ready to be inspired?

Dallas Arts District

The Dallas Arts District, the largest in the US, featuring Pritzker Prize-winning architecture. Sites include the Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dallas Museum of Art, Meyerson Symphony Center, Nasher Sculpture Center, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, the Belo Mansion and the site of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts

2100 Ross Ave.
Dallas, Texas 75201
(214) 571-1000

Fair Park Dallas

Fair Park was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1986 because of its exceptional significance in American history. It is home to an extraordinary collection of 1930s Art Deco art and architecture. From the mysterious Woofus statue to the beautifully restored murals and gold-leafed eagle atop the Tower Building, the treasures of the past are an awe-inspiring treat for visitors of today

Fair Park is also home to the State Fair of Texas as well as home to 8 museums – African American Museum, Dallas Aquarium, Museum of the American Railroad, Museum of Nature & Science, Hall of State, Texas Discovery Gardens, Texas Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, and The Women’s Museum.

1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd. at Grand
Dallas, Texas 75210
(214) 670-8400
(214) 670-0265

Texas Sculpture Garden & International Art at Hall Office Park

Largest private collection of outdoor sculpture on public display.

Gaylord Parkway @ Dallas North Tollway
Frisco, Texas
(972) 377-1100

Cultural District of Fort Worth

The Fort Worth Cultural District, home to five wonderful museums in a relaxing, park-like setting is a great place to start your tour. Throughout the city, you’ll also find museums devoted to Western heritage and Fort Worth’s colorful past. It’s no wonder Fort Worth is considered “the museum capital of the Southwest.”

Enjoy the National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, the Amon Carter Museum, the Kimbell Art Museum, and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

333 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, Texas
(817) 336-8791

Sid Richardson Museum

Permanent exhibit of paintings by premier Western artists, Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell.

309 Main St.
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
(817) 332-6554
(817) 332-8671

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

The Modern focuses on post World War II international modern and contemporary art, including paintings, sculpture, works on paper and international contemporary photography. The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s building was designed by the award-winning Japanese architect Tadao Ando.

3200 Darnell St. at University Dr.
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
(817) 738-9215
(866) 824-5566

Kimbell Art Museum

A world-renowned collection of art from antiquity to the 20th century, including European masterpieces, Greek and Roman antiquities, and Egyptian, Near Eastern, Asian, Mesoamerican and African art.

3333 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
(817) 332-8451

Nasher Sculpture Center

Open since October 2003, the Nasher Sculpture Center is home to one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary sculpture in the world. The Center is located on a 2.4 acre site adjacent to the Dallas Museum of Art in the heart of the Dallas Arts District. The museum was a longtime 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, Miró, Moore, Picasso, Rodin, and Serra, among others.

Renzo Piano, a world-renowned architect and winner of the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 1998, is the architect of the Center’s 55,000 square foot building. Piano worked in collaboration with landscape architect Peter Walker on the design of the 1.4acre Garden. 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. In addition to indoor and outdoor gallery spaces, the Center contains an auditorium, education and research facilities, a cafe, and a store.

Popular monthly events include Target First Saturdays for children and families, Saturday Night in the City featuring al fresco dining and twilight strolls, and the NasherSalon series which welcomes distinguished speakers for an evening of discourse on art, architecture, and other cultural topics of interest.

2001 Flora St.
Dallas, Texas 75201
(214) 242-5100
(214) 242-5160

Irving Arts Center

The Center’s Sculpture Garden, grounds and dancing fountains complement four professionally curated galleries that host 20 exhibits a year, featuring a broad range of media.

3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.
Irving, Texas 75062
(972) 252-7558
(972) 570-4962

Dallas Museum of Art

An encyclopedic collection of more than 23,000 objects, spanning 5,000 years of history and representing all cultures.

1717 N. Harwood
Dallas, Texas 75201
(214) 922-1200
(214) 922-1350

Amon Carter Museum

The Amon Carter Museum was established through the generosity of Amon G. Carter Sr. (1879 – 1955), to house his collection of paintings and sculpture by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell; to collect, preserve, and exhibit the finest examples of American art; and to serve an educational role through exhibitions, publications, and programs devoted to the study of American art.

Designed by renowned and award-winning architect, Philip Johnson, the museum’s original architect, he also designed and completed the building’s most recent expansion in 2001.

3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
(817) 738-1933

Crow Collection of Asian Art

Located in the Arts District of downtown Dallas, The Crow Collection is a permanent set of galleries dedicated to the arts and cultures of China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia. The museum offers a serene setting for quiet reflection and learning. Museum admission is free.

2010 Flora Street
Dallas, Texas
(214) 979-6430

Mesquite Arts Center

Music and community theater, fine art exhibits.

1527 N. Galloway
Mesquite, Texas
(972) 216-8122

Dallas Girls-Only Tour & Attractions

The ultimate retreat awaits in Dallas/Fort Worth & Beyond. From pampering spas to chic new boutiques, the stage is set for a long weekend you’ll never forget. Indulge in a rejuvenating body treatment. Treat your inner-fashionista to the latest wares. Dance the night away at a downtown club. Or just relax lakeside and watch the sun escape beneath the horizon. It all begins right here. Simply add destinations to your suitcase, map, print and get ready for a trip you and your girlfriends will never forget.

Four Seasons Spa

Indulge in a pampering experience available at only a few of the world’s most luxurious spas. The Spa and Salon at Four Seasons offer a full-service, European-style spa with 16 private treatment rooms, a relaxation area, spa cuisine, and an outdoor spa pool. The Salon provides hair, nail and make-up services for men and women. And, in the well-equipped locker areas, there are a separate sauna, steam room, whirlpool and cold plunge pool facilities for each gender.

4150 North MacArthur Boulevard
Irving, Texas 75038
(972) 717-0700

NorthPark Center

One of the premier shopping centers in the U.S., offering over 235 distinctive stores and restaurants, museum-quality art, a landscaped garden, and AMC NorthPark 15 theatre. NorthPark’s luxury lineup features destination retail including Barneys New York, Valentino and Giorgio Armani.

Stores are open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Department store, theatre, restaurant and spa hours vary.

I-75 and Northwest Hwy.
Dallas, Texas 75206
(214) 361-6345
(214) 369-5267

Sundance Square

Today In Sundance Square, you’ll find something for everyone. The many restaurants range from casual to elegant, from intimate dining to a family-style atmosphere. Lining the blocks, you’ll find notable stores and other specialty boutiques. Sundance Square is also home to one of the world’s finest concert/performance halls and is a premier address for urban residential properties. Day or night, there’s a high-energy ambiance in the air in Sundance Square. A feeling of excitement, innovation and fun.

Throughout this 35 block development, historic markers note significant historical buildings and the Chisholm Trail Mural is not to be missed. Parking is free evenings and weekends in the Sundance Square garages.

201 Main Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
(817) 255-5700
(817) 339-7139

National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame

The world’s only museum honoring women of the American West.

1720 Gendy
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
(817) 336-4475
(817) 336-2470

Glass Cactus

When the Texas sun sets, the Glass Cactus Nightclub comes alive with nightly live entertainment and dancing, as well as creative cocktails and club cuisine and has two decks overlooking Lake Grapevine. The state-of-the-art sound stage showcases top-named national talent, along with the best local and regional touring acts…featuring everything from country to rock ‘n’ roll to blues. Glass Cactus is located on the Gaylord Texan grounds but apart from the main resort building.

Open Tuesday through Saturday from 5pm until 2am, Glass Cactus welcomes overnight guests staying at the resort, as well as locals.

1501 Gaylord Parkway
Grapevine, Texas 76051
(817) 778-2800

Denton County Museums

Located in downtown Denton and in their Historical Park, free museums focus on the history and culture of Denton County. Go to www.dentoncounty.com/chos for hours of operation.

110 W. Hickory
Denton, Texas 76201
(940) 349-2850

Allen Premium Outlets

Upscale outlet center offering everyday savings of 25% to 65% on designer and top brands including Polo Ralph Lauren, Banana Republic, Coach, Michael Kors, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Nike, Kenneth Cole and more. 100 stores. Conveniently located on US-75 North and Stacy Rd. (exit 37).

Open Mon. – Sat. 10 – 9, Sun. 11 – 6.

820 W. Stacy Rd.
Allen, Texas 75013
(972) 678-7000

Stockyards Station

Over 20 shops & four delicious restaurants, depot for the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, home to the Cowtown Cattlepen Maze, Historical Walking Tours, the Texas Trail of Fame and the world’s only twice-daily cattle drive at 11:30 a.m. & 4 p.m. Stockyards Station – shopping, dining and big fun – Texas style! Check out www.stockyardsstation.com for the Fort Worth Stockyards special event calendar.

130 E. Exchange Ave.
Fort Worth, Texas 76164
(817) 625-9715
(817) 625-9744

Chestnut Square Historic Village

Chestnut Square Historic Village is a collection of seven historic houses and buildings dating from the 1850’s; where you can experience life as it was.

Public Walk-up Tours are given at 11:00 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

315 S. Chestnut St
McKinney, Texas 75069
(972) 562-8790

Collin Street Bakery

Collin Street Bakery’s DeLuxe Fruitcakes are known all over the world—and for good reason. Address an envelope to “Fruitcake, U.S.A.,” and it should arrive in the mailbox of Collin Street Bakery in Corsicana, Texas. At least it has happened in the past. This company, one of America’s foremost mail-order food companies, ships a million of their DeLuxe Fruitcakes around the world each year. It’s the answer to the family-who-has-everything holiday gift dilemma. And set aside your preconceived notions about fruitcake. This confection is incredible.

A Sweet Legend Corsicana sits 50 miles south of Dallas and owes its fame to these nearly 2-pound cakes. Founded in 1896, this small bakery has evolved into a powerful mail-order business. Customers include Vanna White, Lyle Lovett, Nolan Ryan, and folks who live in about 200 other countries. Don’t worry if fruitcake isn’t your thing. Collin Street makes plenty of other items that have attracted a devoted following. There’s a deep-dish pecan pie, white chocolate-macadamia cheesecake, and apricot-pecan pie. You will be enticed by pastries, cakes, pies and homemade breads.

Monday – Saturday 7:30a.m. – 5:30p.m. & Sunday 12p.m. – 6p.m.

401 W 7th Ave
Corsicana, Texas 75110
(903) 874-7477

Crow Collection of Asian Art

Located in the Arts District of downtown Dallas, The Crow Collection is a permanent set of galleries dedicated to the arts and cultures of China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia. The museum offers a serene setting for quiet reflection and learning. Museum admission is free.

Tues – Sun: 10 am – 5 pm Extended hours on Thursday until 9 pm. Closed Mondays and major holidays.

2010 Flora Street
Dallas, Texas
(214) 979-6430

The Parks at Arlington

The Parks at Arlington has all your shopping and entertainment needs. Come take a spin on the menagerie-themed Carousel then glide over to ICE at The Parks, an NHL-sized ice arena. Top your day with an escape with the stars at AMC 18 Theatres, featuring stadium-style seating and your favorite first-run movies.

The Parks has over 180 specialty stores including Banana Republic, Aeropostale, Hollister, Kirkland’s, Origins, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Rave, Caché, Fossil, Club Libby Lu, AGX, Sharper Image, Starbucks, Anchor Blue, DSW, and Lifeway Christian Store. Plus we always have your favorites—Dillard’s, Macy’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Sears, JCPenney, Circuit City, and Steve & Barry’s University Sportswear.

Monday-Saturday: 10:00am-9:00pm Sunday: 11:00am-7:00pm NEW Longer Hours! Department Stores: Hours may vary ICE & AMC Theatres: Hours may vary

3811 South Cooper Street
Arlington, Texas 76015
(817) 467-2757

West Village

Dallas’ newest hot spot for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Home to the new Magnolia Theater which supports independent film and arts. Nestled at the northern tip of the popular Uptown Entertainment District, you can take the M-Line Streetcar for free to this great new escape in trendy Dallas shopping.

3699 McKinney Ave
Dallas, Texas 75204
(214) 219-1144

The Parks at Arlington

The Parks at Arlington has all your shopping and entertainment needs. Come take a spin on the menagerie-themed Carousel then glide over to ICE at The Parks, an NHL-sized ice arena. Top your day with an escape with the stars at AMC 18 Theatres, featuring stadium-style seating and your favorite first-run movies.

The Parks has over 180 specialty stores including Banana Republic, Aeropostale, Hollister, Kirkland’s, Origins, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Rave, Cache, Fossil, Club Libby Lu, AGX, Sharper Image, Starbucks, Anchor Blue, DSW, and Lifeway Christian Store. Plus we always have your favorites—Dillard’s, Macy’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Sears, JCPenney, Circuit City, and Steve & Barry’s University Sportswear.

Monday-Saturday: 10:00am-9:00pm Sunday: 11:00am-7:00pm NEW Longer Hours! Department Stores: Hours may vary ICE & AMC Theatres: Hours may vary

3811 South Cooper Street
Arlington, Texas 76015
(817) 467-2757

Dallas Museum of Art

An encyclopedic collection of more than 23,000 objects, spanning 5,000 years of history and representing all cultures.

1717 N. Harwood
Dallas, Texas 75201
(214) 922-1200
(214) 922-1350

Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

The Dallas Arboretum is nestled on the southeast shore of White Rock Lake in East Dallas. Home of the Southwest’s largest outdoor spring floral festival, Dallas Blooms, the Arboretum is a nationally recognized display garden featuring fabulous floral color in beds throughout the year.

Open daily 9 am – 5 pm. Admission is $8 Adults; $7 Seniors; $5 Children 3-12; 2 and under free. Parking $5.

8525 Garland Rd.
Dallas, Texas 75218
(214) 515-6500

The Women’s Museum

The first national comprehensive women’s history museum.

3800 Parry Ave.
Dallas, Texas
(214) 915-0861

Galleria Dallas

Inspired by Milan Italy’s famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Galleria Dallas features an impressive ice rink surrounded by more than 200 of the world’s finest boutiques and restaurants. Galleria Dallas is the exclusive North Texas home of American Girl, Tourneau, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade, VERSACE, Thomas Pink and more! Galleria Dallas was the only Texas shopping center to be named “One of the Top Ten Places to Spend it All” by USA Today.

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 noon to 6 p.m. Sunday

LBJ Freeway (I-635) at the Dallas
Dallas, Texas 75240
(972) 702-7100
(972) 702-7130

Highland Park Village

Opened in 1931 amid much enthusiasm and attention, Highland Park Village is recognized as the first shopping center in America and the prototype for shopping centers across the country. Over the years, the Village has acquired an international flavor. Internationally renowned shops such as Chanel, Christian Dior, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Hermes, Bottega Veneta, Escada, Robert Talbott, and Beretta Gallery combined with the local favorites of it’s a wrap, Deno’s Shoe Repair, Randall Morgan Village Stationers, William Noble Rare Jewels among others, create an atmosphere synonymous with style, charm and excellent customer service.

Highland Park Village has evolved into a center full of high-quality apparel that also caters to the everyday needs of the people. Site of an annual Christmas Tree Lighting, Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides and Annual Celebrations, Highland Park Village offers something for everyone.

47 Highland Park Village
Dallas, Texas 75205
(214) 559-2740

Mary Kay Museum

The Mary Kay Museum is located inside the soaring glass lobby of Mary Kay World Headquarters. The museum is a part history lesson, part tribute and part recognition hall devoted to the life of one of America’s most famous businesswomen, Mary Kay Ash. The museum allows you to take a walk through history and experience the dream that began more than four decades ago. It showcases Mary Kay’s many accomplishments and innovative business ideas and culminates with the Keepers of the Dream Independent National Sales Director Hall of Honor, an impressive tribute to the top achievers in the independent sales force who help perpetuate Mary Kay’s dream around the world.

16251 Dallas Pkwy.
Addison, Texas
(972) 687-5720

Sam Moon Trading Co.

Shop the latest trends in fashion handbags and accessories at wholesale prices in Dallas and Frisco.

Monday-Saturday 9:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m Closed Sunday. Closed on: New Years Day. Independence Day. Thanksgiving Day. Christmas Day.

11826 Harry Hines Blvd
Dallas, Texas
(972) 484-3084

Shops at Willow Bend

With more than 140 stores that shoppers know and love including more than 25 unique to North Texas.

6121 W. Park Blvd.
Plano, Texas 75093
(972) 202-4700

300 Dallas

Find unique bowling and Billards experience, and a grill with amazing menu choices.

Mon-Thurs: 11am – 12am; Fri-Sat :11am – 2am; Sun: 11am – 12am

3805 Beltline Road
Addison, Texas 75001
(972) 620-7700

Dallas Foodie Tours & Attractions

You’ve just discovered the most palate-pleasing tour of all. Dallas/Fort Worth & Beyond is internationally known for its wide array of culinary flavors. Take a hands-on cheese making class. Load up on fresh fruits and vegetables at a bustling Farmer’s Market. Taste local wines and brews. Or sit down to an unforgettable meal at one of the area’s renowned restaurants. You’re just a few clicks away from the epicurean adventure of a lifetime. Just remember to come hungry and always leave room for dessert.

Mozzarella Company

The Dallas Mozzarella Company is located near downtown Dallas and specializes in making fresh mozzarella and other cheeses. Take a tour of the factory or learn to make the cheese in a hands-on cheese making class.

Monday – Friday: 9:00am to 5:00pm Saturday: 9:00am to 3:00pm

2944 Elm Street
Dallas, Texas 75226
(214) 741-4072

Dallas Farmers Market

Dallas Farmers Market is recognized nationally as an important center where farmers still sell their seasonal crops directly to customers. Located in the southeastern corner of the central business district in downtown Dallas, it provides a unique opportunity to shop for fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, specialty and international products.

Sunday thru Saturday 7am to 6pm.

1010 S Pearl Expy
Dallas, Texas 75201
(214) 939-2808

Grapevine Wine Trail

Grapevine is the home to nine winery tasting rooms and a vineyard. Tastings, as well as bottle and case sales, are available at the wineries.

One Liberty Park Plaza
Grapevine, Texas 76051
(800) 457-6338
(817) 410-3038

Epicurean Studio/Cooking School at the Grand Hyatt DFW

Indulge in a first-class culinary learning experience in our unique Epicurean Studio/Cooking School. The Epicurean Studio was created to provide a unique, behind-the-scenes look at a true culinary operation. With hands-on training, preparation of a globally-inspired menu filmed live in our culinary studio, and the opportunity to tour some of the areas’ finest wineries and vineyards where you will blend and bottle your own wine, you can’t find anything like the Epicurean Studio experience anywhere else.

Hours: One weekend a month – see the schedule for details Reservations: 972-973-1557

2337 South International Parkway
DFW Airport, Texas 75261
(972) 973-1544
(972) 973-1557

Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

The Rahr family has been making beer for generations. In fact, our history of beer making in the United States is older than Fort Worth itself. Rahr’s Bucking Bock has won a Bronze Medal at the 2008 World Beer Cup Competition. This is Rahr’s first medal at the World Beer Cup.

Free brewery tour and tasting any Saturday from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m

701 Galveston Ave
Fort Worth, Texas 76104
(817) 810-9266

Mrs Baird’s Bread

Whether you are looking for a great field trip or for a fun day out with the family, Mrs. Baird’s invites you to tour one of our four Texas bakeries. The smell of fresh-baked bread can’t be beaten and it’s a wonderful learning opportunity for the kids to see a bakery in action, not to mention a nostalgic trip down memory lane for many of those who were raised on Mrs Baird’s Bread and toured the facilities as children. Even today, with all of our technology, each loaf of Mrs. Baird’s bread is twisted with care to ensure that it’s as moist and flavorful as the last. Come see and taste for yourself.

Tours available Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday every hour beginning at 10:00 a.m.

7301 South Freeway
Fort Worth, Texas 76134
(817) 615-3050

Central Market Cooking School

Central Market’s Cooking School offers a wide range of culinary classes, including demonstration, hands-on and interactive classes as well as a variety of wine classes.

Class locations: Dallas – 214-361-5754; Fort Worth – 817-377-9005; Plano – 469-241-9336; Southlake – 817-310-5600

Various DFW locations, Texas

Collin Street Bakery

Collin Street Bakery’s DeLuxe Fruitcakes are known all over the world—and for good reason. Address an envelope to “Fruitcake, U.S.A.,” and it should arrive in the mailbox of Collin Street Bakery in Corsicana, Texas. At least it has happened in the past. This company, one of America’s foremost mail-order food companies, ships a million of their DeLuxe Fruitcakes around the world each year. It’s the answer to the family-who-has-everything holiday gift dilemma. And set aside your preconceived notions about fruitcake. This confection is incredible.

A Sweet Legend Corsicana sits 50 miles south of Dallas and owes its fame to these nearly 2-pound cakes. Founded in 1896, this small bakery has evolved into a powerful mail-order business. Customers include Vanna White, Lyle Lovett, Nolan Ryan, and folks who live in about 200 other countries. Don’t worry if fruitcake isn’t your thing. Collin Street makes plenty of other items that have attracted a devoted following. There’s a deep-dish pecan pie, white chocolate-macadamia cheesecake, and apricot-pecan pie. You will be enticed by pastries, cakes, pies and homemade breads.

401 W 7th Ave
Corsicana, Texas 75110
(903) 874-7477

Boudreau Gardens Herb Farm

Boudreau Herb Farm is a 77-acre herb farm where visitors discover the beauty and benefits plants provide. Herb gardens, native perennials, and antique roses are on display.

5545 Hwy 281 North
Mineral Wells, Texas
(940) 325-8674

Tours of Puddin Hill

The Puddin Hill Store is a unique place. Shelves are stocked with Mary of Puddin Hill Pecan Fruit Cake, the confection derived from an old family recipe by Mary and Sam Lauderdale more than 45 years ago. Mary Horton’s original recipe has never been changed. The cakes are still made with an abundance of nuts (they make pecan, apricot and walnut varieties), cherries, pineapple and dates with just enough batter to hold it all together. There are no spices or citron, and no preservatives or additives.

During the Fall months, things really get busy at Mary of Puddin Hill, and that’s the best time to see first-hand just how those delicious cakes and candies are made. In October, November and December, Puddin Hill offers daily tours of the bakery, candy kitchen and mail order departments. You’ll see everything from the ovens that bake the award-winning fruit cakes to creamy candy fillings passing under a waterfall of pure chocolate. Information and a tour schedule are available in the Puddin Hill Store.

The store, open Monday through Saturday 10-5. Group reservations may be made by calling (903) 455-6931

Interstate 30, at Exit 95 (Division Street exit)
Greenville, Texas
(903) 455-6931

Famous Mineral Water Company

In the late 19th century, Texas was well known for its mineral water resorts. It was during this time of mineral water hysteria that the waters of Mineral Wells were discovered and the town formed its identity. Now celebrating over 100 years of service to the area, loyal patrons continue to purchase bottles of the original mineral, deep well mineral and reverse osmosis waters. Some customers bring their own containers and have them filled inside the original Famous Pavilion.

Hours of operation for the company’s mineral water pavilion are from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Friday and Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm. The pavilion is available to group tours at other times by appointment only.

209 N. W. 6th Street
Mineral Wells, Texas 76067
(940) 325-8870

Dallas Free Tours & Activities

Pinching Abrahams? Don’t sweat it. Whether you’re after an affordable dinner or a free daytime activity for the whole family, there’s no better place to visit than Dallas/Fort Worth & Beyond. From outdoor sculpture gardens to historic cattle drives, our local insiders have hand-picked an array of sights, smells and sounds that won’t break your bank. So click through and load up your suitcase. Then get ready for a guilt-free getaway you’ll never forget.

Crow Collection of Asian Art

Located in the Arts District of downtown Dallas, The Crow Collection is a permanent set of galleries dedicated to the arts and cultures of China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia. The museum offers a serene setting for quiet reflection and learning. Museum admission is free.

2010 Flora Street
Dallas, Texas
(214) 979-6430

McKinney Avenue Trolley

Ride back into history on the only streetcar line in North Texas that operates lovingly restored antique trolley cars running on some of Dallas’ oldest original streetcar tracks. A ride on any of our trolleys — Rosie (1909), The Green Dragon (1913), Petunia (1920), Matilda (1925) or air-conditioned Winnie (1945) — is an experience to treasure. And, to top it off, all rides (except charters) are FREE!

If you live in Uptown, hop aboard the trolley to everything. If you are visiting Dallas, spend the day in Uptown where all of the hot spots in the neighborhood are just a short walk from our 3.9-mile trolley line that winds its way through this vibrant and growing neighborhood. For quick, convenient access to our trolley line, ride a DART light rail train (either Blue or Red Line) to the Cityplace subway station. Follow signs “To Streetcars” to the surface, and walk a few steps and to our waiting shelter at the end of Cityplace Blvd. A MATA trolley will arrive there shortly.

Weekdays: 7 am to 10 PM Weekends: 10 am to 10 PM

3153 Oak Grove
Dallas, Texas 75204
(972) 522-8620
(214) 855-0006

Mary Kay Museum

The Mary Kay Museum is located inside the soaring glass lobby of Mary Kay World Headquarters. The museum is part history lesson, part tribute and part recognition hall devoted to the life of one of America’s most famous businesswomen, Mary Kay Ash.

The museum allows you to take a walk through history and experience the dream that began more than four decades ago. It showcases Mary Kay’s many accomplishments and innovative business ideas, and culminates with the Keepers of the Dream Independent National Sales Director Hall of Honor, an impressive tribute to the top achievers in the independent sales force who help perpetuate Mary Kay’s dream around the world.

Self-Guided Tours: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Guided Tours: Available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. For reservations, call (972) 687-5720. Reservations should be made three business days in advance. Children under age

16251 Dallas Pkwy.
Addison, Texas
(972) 687-5720

Fort Worth Herd Cattle Drive

Experience the world’s only twice-daily cattle drive as Fort Worth’s herd of Texas Longhorn steers are driven down the bricks of historic Exchange Avenue in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards. The Herd is driven by authentic cowboys and cowgirls in period clothing from the era of 1865.

11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily. Drives not held on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day or Easter Sunday.

Historic Fort Worth Stockyards, 131 E. Exchange Avenue, Suite 215
Fort Worth, Texas 76106
(817) 336-4373

Bureau of Engraving & Printing Western Currency Facility

Watch U.S. paper currency roll off the presses during a free one-hour guided tour of the production process. Over half of the nation’s paper currency is produced at this facility. The Visitor Center includes two floors of interactive exhibits and displays, elevated tour walkway, 75 seat high-definition theater and retail sales shop.

Tours are Mon. – Fri., excluding Federal holidays.

9000 Blue Mound Rd.
Fort Worth, Texas 76131
(817) 231-4000
(866) 865-1194

African American Museum

The African American Museum is the only museum in the Southwestern US devoted to the preservation and display of African American artistic, cultural and historical materials. It also has one of the largest African American folk art collections in the United States.

3536 Grand Ave
Dallas, Texas 75210
(214) 565-9026

Amon Carter Museum

The Amon Carter Museum was established through the generosity of Amon G. Carter Sr. (1879 – 1955), to house his collection of paintings and sculpture by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell; to collect, preserve, and exhibit the finest examples of American art; and to serve an educational role through exhibitions, publications, and programs devoted to the study of American art.

Designed by renowned and award-winning architect, Philip Johnson, the museum’s original architect, he also designed and completed the building’s most recent expansion in 2001.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m. Closed Mondays and major holidays.

3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
(817) 738-1933

Mustangs of Las Colinas

Created by African wildlife artist Robert Glen, the Mustangs are the largest equestrian sculpture in the world.

Inside the museum, you will see a pictorial history of how the artist created these masterpieces. Other sculptures created by Glenn are on exhibit. This history is not only entertaining but also very informative to all visitor no matter what age.

Inside the museum, there is also a short video presentation that tells about the creation of these magnificent works of art

O’Connor Road, just north of Highway 114
Irving, Texas
(972) 869-9047

Oscar E. Monnig Meteorite Gallery at TCU

Would you like to hold a piece of the solar system in your hand? Would you like to touch a piece of Mars? The Monnig Meteorite Gallery can provide you with this experience. By visiting the gallery, you will have the opportunity to explore the mysteries of meteorites! Meteorites are the oldest materials known – even older than our 4.5 billion-year-old Earth! Learn how to identify a meteorite, experience a hands-on encounter with different types of meteorites, and create your own terrestrial impact crater. For an “out-of-this-world” experience, bring your friends and family to get acquainted with our spectacular “visitors” from space. No fee for admission.

Open: 1PM to 4PM Tuesday through Friday and 9AM to 4PM on Saturday. Closed on Academic holidays.

2950 W. Bowie, Room 240 in the Sid Richardson Building
Fort Worth, Texas 76109
(817) 257-6277

River Legacy Parks & Living Science Center

River Legacy Parks is a 1,300-acre oasis on the Trinity River in the heart of north Arlington with a State of the art nature center. The Parks currently offer more than eight miles of paved trails winding through thick forest and expansive greenbelts. Wildlife is abundant in the Parks; outdoor enthusiasts from birders to botanists flock to the Parks for a glimpse of its diverse flora and fauna.

The Parks are open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

701 NW Green Oaks Blvd
Arlington, Texas 76006
(817) 860-6752

Traders Village

Traders Village is America’s largest weekend Flea Market and Festival Complex, located in Grand Prairie, TX. Stroll through 4,000 shops and discover that treasure of a lifetime. Enjoy theme park rides, festivals and a world of wonderful food. It’s always a state fair atmosphere of entertainment and just minutes from Six Flags and all area attractions. So come for the shopping of just the fun of it. Traders Village also has the highest-rated RV park in the area.

Flea Market Open Sat. & Sun. 7am to 5pm RV Park open daily year-round

2602 Mayfield Rd.
Grand Prairie, Texas 75052
(972) 647-2331
(972) 647-8205

Farmers Branch Historical Park

The Historical Park is nestled within 22 acres that trace the proud heritage of Farmers Branch, from the 1840s through the 1940s. The Gilbert House, built between 1856-1857, is the oldest rock structure in Dallas County still on its original foundation. Other local historic structures on the grounds include the 1937 Dodson House, home of the first Mayor of Farmers Branch; a one-room school that was once part of the Farmers Branch school from 1900-1915; and the original Farmers Branch railroad depot, built in 1877. It also features other structures from outside of Farmers Branch which have been moved to the park for preservation.

Monday thru Friday – 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 12:00 Noon – 6:00 p.m. Park closed: Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day

2540 Farmers Branch Lane
Farmers Branch, Texas 75234
(972) 406-0184

Irving Arts Center

The Center’s Sculpture Garden, grounds and dancing fountains complement four professionally curated galleries that host 20 exhibits a year, featuring a broad range of media.

3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.
Irving, Texas 75062
(972) 252-7558
(972) 570-4962

Fort Worth Water Gardens

The Water Gardens were designed by noted New York architects Philip Johnson and John Burgee and was dedicated to the City of Fort Worth by the Amon G. Carter Foundation. The park is frequently billed as a “cooling oasis in the concrete jungle” of downtown. Its focal points are three pools of water; the quiet meditation pool, the aerating pool which feature multiple fountains and the active pool which has water cascading 38 feet (11 meters) down terraces and steps into a small pool at the bottom. It also has over 500 species of plants and trees throughout the park.

Part of the film Logan’s Run was filmed in the active pool at the Water Gardens in 1976.

1502 Commerce St.
Fort Worth, Texas
(817) 871-5755

Kimbell Art Museum

World-renowned collection of art from antiquity to the 20th century, including European masterpieces, Greek and Roman antiquities, and Egyptian, Near Eastern, Asian, Mesoamerican and African art.

Open: Tuesdays – Thursdays 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Fridays noon–8 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sundays noon–5 p.m. Closed Mondays, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Dallas Tours & Attractions for Thrill Seekers

There are those who enjoy feeding ducks, pondering artwork and sipping lattes. And then there’s you. The kind of soul who’d rather be hanging upside down six-stories above ground level. Or feeling the roar of stock cars as they race by at 150 mph. Yes, we know your kind. And we created a custom tour just for you. From Fort Worth to Granbury and everywhere in between, Dallas/Fort Worth & Beyond is a haven for adrenaline junkies. Just click around to build your perfect tour. Then tighten up those shoelaces. You’re in for a wild ride.

Texas Motor Speedway

Texas Motor Speedway, one of the largest sports and entertainment facilities in the country with seating for over 100,000. Enjoy NASCAR’s three national series – NEXTEL Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck – will each make two appearances during the 2007 season while the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series® rounds out the action-packed season of racing.

Seven driving schools offer visitors a chance to get behind the wheel and experience the thrill of auto racing. Choose from NASCAR stock cars, authentic NEXTEL Cup Cars, IRL Style Cars, Chevy Z-06 Corvette Race Cars and Sprint Cars.

Tours of the facility include Track Laps (subject to availability), Pit Road, Gift Shop, Luxury Suites, Victory Lane , and Concourse.

3601 Highway 114
Fort Worth, Texas 76177
(817) 215-8500

Six Flags Over Texas

The entertainment capital of Texas, Six Flags Over Texas offers fun for the entire family, including over 100 rides, shows and attractions. Come soar to new heights on Superman Tower of Power, the kind of ride you’ll want to experience again and again! Experience the Titan, Batman the Ride, the Coolest Coaster on the Planet, Mr. Freeze, or the legendary wooden coaster, Texas Giant. Don’t miss out in 2007, because there are more reasons than ever to visit Six Flags Over Texas!

2201 Road To Six Flags St E
Arlington, Texas 76011
(817) 607-6150
(817) 607-6144

Texas Motorplex

Texas Motorplex has been the place of many drag racing milestones and world record performances. Ever since Darrell Gwynn christened the first all-concrete, quarter-mile, national records and speed milestones have been commonplace at Texas Motorplex. It’s a favorite of drivers for the all-concrete race surface and ideal weather conditions, NHRA national events at Texas Motorplex commonly yield national records. Season championship titles are commonly clinched here and race fans get a great speed show!

Hwy 287
Ennis, Texas
(972) 878-2641

Speedzone

Get behind the wheel on one of 4 Racing Tracks including Real Dragsters that take you from 0 to 70 in 3.5 seconds. Race into action at Electric Alley, our state-of-the-art game room, and don’t forget to refuel at the SpeedZone Cafe and Bar.

11130 Malibu Drive
Dallas, Texas 75229
(972) 247-7223

Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie

Enjoy world-class live horse racing in a seven-level glass-enclosed, climate-controlled environment. Simulcast racing seven days per week in our state-of-the-art, 36,000-square-foot Las Vegas-style Post Time Pavilion. First Live Race begins at 6:35 p.m. Weeknights and 1:35 p.m. Weekends

1000 Lone Star Parkway
Grand Prairie, Texas 75050
(972) 263-7223
(972) 263-7669

Hurricane Harbor – A Six Flags Water Park

The largest water park in North Texas, Hurricane Harbor’s exciting rides and attractions sprawl over 47 acres of colorful scenery. Blast down thrilling water rides like the Tornado, the Black Hole, and Sea Wolf. Explore the treasures of Hook’s Lagoon, or catch a wave on Surf Rider. The park also features beach volleyball courts, private cabanas, lounging areas, locker facilities and gift shops.

1800 E Lamar Boulevard
Arlington, Texas 76006
(817) 865-3356

Warbird Rides, Cavanaugh Flight Museum

Ready to soar? The Cavanaugh Flight Museum offers rides in two distinctive warbirds, the N2S-4 Stearman and the AT-6 Texan. The N2S-4 Stearman is an open cockpit biplane used by all branches of the American armed services during World War II as a trainer. The AT-6 Texan was a powerful advance trainer with fighter-like features. It was the final test of a World War II fighter pilot’s readiness to climb into the cockpit of a Mustang, Corsair, Spitfire or another Allied fighter.

4572 Claire Chennault
Addison, Texas 75001
(972) 380-8800

Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Sprint car racing, and others, dirt track.

1711 Lawson Road
Mesquite, Texas
(972) 222-2421

NRH20 Family Water Park

Formula for Family Fun.

9001 Boulevard 26
North Richland Hills, Texas
(817) 427-6500

Mesquite Championship Rodeo

Mesquite Championship Rodeo, since 1958 Dallas’ link to the ‘old West’. Air-conditioned Resistol Arena, Pro rodeo action. High-flying broncs, 2000 lb. bulls, daredevil clowns, cowgirls barrel racing. Wild Bill Rodeo Shoppe, chuckwagon races, Sonny Bryan’s BBQ buffet, pony rides, petting zoo, calf scramble. Adjacent Hampton Inn & Suites, Mesquite Convention Center & Exhibit Hall, I-635 at Military Pkwy., 15 min/downtown Dallas. Each Fri. – Sat., April thru September. (972) 285-8777. www.mesquiterodeo.com

1818 Rodeo Drive
Mesquite, Texas 75149
(972) 285-8777
(972) 289-2999

Athens Scuba Park

The Park was dreamed up out of the love for scuba diving. The spring-fed warm waters boast average visibility of 35 ft that can peak at 70ft. The lake’s depth is from 20 to 35 feet with the park facilities designed for maximum safety & enjoyment for divers. 12 docks were built along the shore and shaded pavilions for sun & rain protection, hot/cold showers w/ shampoo & conditioner in the bathhouse, camping areas for all size groups along with a full-service dive shop. And for ambiance, torches that line the lake at night.

“Our joy is to provide you with a safe relaxing environment to train in, as well as a peaceful & pleasant haven for a weekend escape from the city.”

500 N. Murchison St
Athens, Texas
(903) 675-5762

Zero Gravity Thrill Amusement Park

Zero Gravity, located in Dallas, TX, is the world’s only thrill amusement park. We feature the Nothin’ but Net 100’ freefall ride, the Texas Blastoff Vertical accelerator, the Skycoaster hang gliding-skydiving simulator, and Air Boingo bungee jumping.

11131 Malibu Drive
Dallas, Texas 75229
(972) 496-5867

Xdrenalin Zone

Play Paintball like the pros! With a variety of settings and courses from Awesome Woods a daunting course with over 2,000 sandbags lining the cove with a 45 degree embankment, Ghost Town, Plane Crash, and Forts you can enjoy a great day of fun.

Grapevine, Texas 76051
(972) 471-3200

Dallas Nature Trail Tours & Activities

Imagine meandering through a botanical garden on a moonlit evening, picnicking under a canopy of trees beside a shimmering lake, or taking in the sunset as you hike through natural grasslands. It’s all waiting for you here in Dallas/Fort Worth – and we’ve created the perfect itinerary to get you started. Simply print this five-stop tour or click around and create your own unique outdoor adventure. Then pack up the sunscreen, a picnic blanket and your favorite pair of shades. It’s time to get reacquainted with the great outdoors.

Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge

At the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge explore the Texas wilderness that greeted the first pioneers. You’ll see native wildlife and plants – including buffalo, white-tailed deer and Texas wildflowers – as you discover 25 miles of trails. The 3,600-acre sanctuary is the largest city-owned nature center in the United States and offers visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the natural history of north-central Texas. The Center is located just 10 miles from downtown Fort Worth. The Hardwicke Interpretive Center includes nature programs, exhibits, and a library.

9601 Fossil Ridge Road
Fort Worth, Texas 76135
(817) 237-1111

River Legacy Parks & Living Science Center

River Legacy Parks is a 1,300-acre oasis on the Trinity River in the heart of north Arlington with a State of the art nature center. The Parks currently offer more than eight miles of paved trails winding through thick forest and expansive greenbelts. Wildlife is abundant in the Parks; outdoor enthusiasts from birders to botanists flock to the Parks for a glimpse of its diverse flora and fauna.

701 NW Green Oaks Blvd
Arlington, Texas 76006
(817) 860-6752

The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

The Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary is a natural science education center, uniquely set and preserved in McKinney, Texas. With a 289-acre wildlife sanctuary, four miles of hiking trails, a two-acre native plant garden, live animals, indoor and outdoor exhibits as well as classrooms and laboratories, The Heard welcomes over 60,000 visitors annually. The Heard is dedicated to demonstrating, by example, the extraordinary importance of protecting the environment and natural habitats.

Directions: Take U.S. 75 to exit 38A. Proceed east to SH 5 south. The Heard Natural Science Museum is located one mile east of SH 5 on FM 1378 (Country Club Road).

The Museum is closed on these major holidays: New Years Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. On Christmas Eve and New Year’ Eve, the museum closes early at 3:00 pm.

1 Nature Place
McKinney, Texas 75069
(972) 562-5566

Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

The Dallas Arboretum is nestled on the southeast shore of White Rock Lake in East Dallas. Home of the Southwest’s largest outdoor spring floral festival, Dallas Blooms, the Arboretum is a nationally recognized display garden featuring fabulous floral color in beds throughout the year.

Located on 66-acres on the historic Everette DeGolyer and Alex Camp estates, just minutes from downtown Dallas, the Dallas Arboretum is truly an urban oasis. Over the course of the year, the Arboretum will attract between 325,000 and 350,000 visitors to its finely manicured grounds. Whether visitors come for a weekly respite or from locations around the country, and often around the world, they will find the garden areas listed below resplendent with seasonal color. The Arboretum is a popular bridal photography spot and about 300 weddings are held in the Garden each year.

The Dallas Arboretum is known for two major annual festivals:

Dallas Blooms- This 6-week festival from early March until mid-April is the largest outdoor floral festival in the Southwest. The showcase of this event is over 400,000 spring-blooming bulbs; including tulips, as well as daffodils, Dutch Iris and hyacinth, flowering in symphony with over 100,000 pansies, violas and poppies and thousands of other spring-blooming annuals and perennials. The finale of this celebration of spring is the mass flowering of our collection of over 3,000 azaleas. May Flower- Starting on May 1st the Dallas Arboretum completely changes out the color beds of the garden with over 80,000 spring-blooming annuals in full color.

Autumn at the Arboretum- The Dallas Arboretum is a rich tapestry of color for this tribute to fall. For six weeks the already lush plantings of over 150,000 summer flowers in full bloom is complemented by an additional planting of 6,000 chrysanthemums and thousands of other fall annuals. The centerpiece of this festival is the “Pumpkin Patch” filled with over 20,000 pumpkins and the striking “Pumpkin House”. This 15-ft. tall house is completely covered in over 200 pumpkins, and surrounded by a garden of over 40 varieties of pumpkins and gourds.

General Visitor Information for The Dallas Arboretum

Address: 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Tx on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake, Mapsco 37U

General: Adults, $8. Seniors 65 and over, $7. Children, ages 3 – 12, $5. Children 2 and Admission: under, free. On-site parking, $5.

Hours: The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is open to the public year-round 9am to 5pm except for Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

Parking: On-site, $5. Free off-site shuttle during peak visiting seasons

Rental: Both the DeGolyer Home and the Camp House are available for rental. In addition, we have 11 unique garden sites that may be rented for weddings or other occasions.

Other Amenities: Audio tours, Meadows Orientation Theater, Hoffman Family Gift Shop, Information Booth, One-Mile Fitness Trail, shaded porches, plazas, and the Gisela H. Rodriguez Gazebo

Yearly Festivals: Dallas Blooms: March-April Autumn at the Arboretum: September-October Cool Thursdays Concert Series: June- July Holiday at the Arboretum: November- December

Information: call 214.515.6500 or visit our website at www.dallasarboretum.org.

8525 Garland Rd.
Dallas, Texas 75218
(214) 515-6500

Texas Discovery Gardens

Located at historic Fair Park in Dallas, Texas Discovery Gardens is a year-round urban oasis filled with natural wonders for visitors of all ages. Ten different themed areas include a butterfly habitat, native wildlife pond, scent garden, shade garden and heirloom garden. The first certified organic public gardens in the state, Texas Discovery Gardens features spectacular native and adapted plants grown using sustainable methods that conserve water and protect the environment.

Gardens open 10 am to 5 pm Monday – Friday and 10 am to 3:30pm Saturday.

3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Dallas, Texas 75210
(214) 428-7476

Fort Worth Botanic Garden & Japanese Garden

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden, the oldest botanic garden in Texas, is a lush 109-acre tapestry of dappled shade and vibrant splashes of color. A peaceful haven nestled in the heart of Fort Worth’s Cultural District, the Garden is home to over 2,500 species of native and exotic plants that flourish in its 21 specialty gardens.

Enjoy the classic European design of the famous Rose Garden, where 2000 roses dance in celebration of the diversity and beauty of our national flower. Meander down the enticing paths, past intriguing sculpture and hidden pocket plantings to the heart of the garden. Sheltered benches invite you to sit, relax, breathe, and contemplate. Take time to stroll through the world-renowned Japanese Garden, with its koi-filled pools, dramatic waterfalls, sculpted hillsides, and meticulously crafted stonework.

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden grounds are open from 8:00 a.m. to dusk.

3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
(817) 871-7686

Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge

11,320 acres. Ideal for photography, nature study, and hiking. Boating, fishing, hunting in designated areas.

6464 Refuge Rd.
Sherman, Texas
(903) 786-2826

Cedar Hill State Park

Cedar Hill State Park is a 1,826-acre urban nature preserve located on the 7500 acres Joe Pool Reservoir. The Park’s proximity to major metropolitan cities makes it an ideal destination for families who want to enjoy the great outdoors without spending precious time driving. The ruggedness and scenic beauty of the area combined with over 100 miles of shoreline and water-based recreation such as boating and fishing as well as camping, mountain biking, bird watching, and picnicking.

Also located at the park is Penn Farm Agricultural History Center that pays tribute to the disappearing Texas’ family farm and affords a glimpse into agrarian history as farm machinery took the place of the horse and mule almost a century ago. The Farm is open 7 days a week to self-guided tours. There are reconstructed and historic buildings from the mid-1800s through the mid-1900s. The Penn Farm has a very relaxing atmosphere and is perfect for family walks. Self-guided and guided tours are available.

1570 F.M. 1382
Dallas, Texas 75104
(972) 291-3900

Paul Mathews Nature Preserve

Paul Mathews Prairie is a 100-acre rare remnant of unplowed Texas Blackland Prairie, part of the once vast (12 million acres) Texas Blackland Prairie, it’ a little piece of wild America. Through an agreement with the Texas Nature Conservancy, it will remain that way. Today the tallgrass prairie is one of the most endangered ecosystems in the world. Only a few postage-stamp-size refuges remain.

The grasses and wildflowers that greeted early settlers still wave in the summer breezes. Native birds still feed on the seed-bearing grasses whose roots are anchored as much as 100 feet deep in the fertile Blackland soil. Birders and wildflower enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to the meadow. In fact, the sea of big bluestem and Indian grass waving in the wind is a treat for everyone.

To visit Mathews Prairie go 4.5 miles west from the intersection of US 69 and US 380 at SH 224 (west Lee St.). Turn north on FM 903, go 2.1 miles then turn west on CR 1116. Continue for 1.8 miles. A sign at the NE corner of CR 1119 and CR 1116 identifies the preserve. Parking is along the county roads.

C.R. 1119 and C.R. 1116, off Hwy 380 W.
Greenville, Texas
(903) 455-1510

Boudreau Gardens Herb Farm

Boudreau Herb Farm is a 77-acre herb farm where visitors discover the beauty and benefits plants provide. Herb gardens, native perennials, and antique roses are on display.

5545 Hwy 281 North
Mineral Wells, Texas
(940) 325-8674

Cleburne State Park

This 528-acre park encompasses a lively 116-acre, spring-fed lake. It offers 5.5 miles of mountain bike trails amid beautiful scenery with a variety of challenges for all experience levels. The terrain on the trail is as diverse as the hills. Its also a great location for camping, picnicking, fishing and boating on the historic Chisholm Trail.

5800 Park Road 21
Cleburne, Texas 76031
(817) 645-4215

Spring Creek Nature Area

51 acres of natural areas & hardwood forest with trails throughout.

Plano Rd & Hwy 75
Richardson, Texas
(972) 744-4399

Tyler Municipal Rose Garden & Museum

Largest in the nation covering 14 acres and containing 400 varieties of roses. The Texas Rose Museum, (903) 597-3130, showcases the history of the Texas Rose Festival, rose industry and hand-sewn jeweled gowns dating to 1935.

420 Rose Park Dr.,
Tyler, Texas 75072
(903) 531-1212
(903) 597-3130

Museum of Nature & Science

A wonderful place for the child in all of us to explore the inspiring and engaging world of nature and science. From dinosaurs to DNA, you and your family can experience hands-on activities and innovative programs that bring learning to life. Exciting IMAX theatre and Planetarium shows too. Come and explore.

3535 Grand Avenue and 1318 S. 2nd Avenue in Fair Park
Dallas, Texas 75315
(214) 428-5555