Traffic is a pain, no matter how you slice it. And if you’ve lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for any
Staycation Ideas In DFW
Still trying to figure out how to squeeze in a summer vacation before school starts? Time is running out! Why not plan a staycation instead? A staycation is basically a vacation, but in your home town, to save on travel time and expenses. The Dallas-Fort Worth region offers some appealing tourist attractions, historical sites, and natural wonders to explore.
Dallas Museum of Art www.dma.org
Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the Meyerson Symphony Center www.mydso.com
Kimbell Art Museum www.kimbellart.org
Dallas Summer Musicals dallassummermusicals.org
Irving Arts Center www.irvingartscenter.com
Eismann Center www.eisemanncenter.com
Texas International Theatrical Arts Society titas.org
Meadows Museum meadowsmuseumdallas.org
Winspear Opera House
Nature Excursion Nature lovers have plenty of options in the area to explore and enjoy the great outdoors. Some of these are right within the city limits, others are just a short drive from town.
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden www.dallasarboretum.org
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve www.plano.gov/Facilities/Facility/Details/Arbor-Hills-Nature-Preserve-20
Fort Worth Botanic Garden www.fwbg.org
Dinosaur Valley State Park (with dinosaur tracks) tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/dinosaur-valley
Lake Mineral Wells State Park tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lake-mineral-wells
Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge www.fwnaturecenter.org
Perot Museum of Nature and Science www.perotmuseum.org
Noble Planetarium www.fwmuseum.org/exhibit/noble-planetarium
Kid Focused Fun While many of these ideas can be enjoyed by the entire family, kids usually have something a little more playful in mind when it comes to vacations. Fortunately, there are fun opportunities all over!
Crayola Experience www.crayolaexperience.com/plano
Dallas Children’s Theater www.dct.org
Great Wolf Lodge www.greatwolf.com/grapevine
Sea Life Aquarium www.visitsealife.com/grapevine
Legoland Discovery Center dallasfw.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/plan/opening-times/?
Grapevine Vintage Railroad train rides www.grapevinetexasusa.com/grapevine-vintage-railroad
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center fossilrim.com
Storybook Ranch www.storybrookranch.org
Sixth Floor Museum www.jfk.org
Fort Worth Stock Yards www.fortworthstockyards.org
Chisholm Trail Outdoor Museum www.visitcleburne.com/business/chisholm-trail-museum
Frontiers of Flight Museum www.flightmuseum.com
Dallas Holocaust Museum www.dallasholocaustmuseum.org
Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame texascowboyhalloffame.com
National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame www.cowgirl.net
Dallas Heritage Village www.dallasheritagevillage.org
Heritage Farmstead Museum www.heritagefarmstead.org
Bureau of Engraving and Printing moneyfactory.gov
Hometown Hollywood See some famous locations from TV and the movies, without traveling far from home. Who knows, you may even run into a celebrity or 2!
Magnolia Market at the Silos magnolia.com/silos
Gas Monkey Garage gasmonkeygarage.com
Southfork Ranch www.southforkranch.com
AT&T Stadium, a.k.a. “Jerry World” attstadium.com/tours
Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum (not real celebrities, but wax figures, and more) grandprairie.ripleys.com
Other North Texas Tourist Must-Do’s
Reunion Tower Geo Deck reuniontower.com/explore/#geo
Klyde Warren Park www.klydewarrenpark.org
Six Flags Over Texas www.sixflags.com/overtexas
Medieval Times www.medievaltimes.com
Fair Park fairpark.org
Look over this list or other tourist guides and pick a few things you haven’t done before, camp out on a lake on the other side of town, or just simply stay in and enjoy some room service a little luxury. Enjoy being a tourist in your own back yard!
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