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Have a great July and Independence Day!!! Joe T. Garcia's Mexican Restaurant opens in Fort Worth July 4, 1935. Addison has Kaboom Town Saturday July 3rd 7pm-Midnight at Addison Circle Park, tickets required, also livestreamed on the Town of Addison's YouTube Channel. Arlington has Independence Day Parade at 9am Monday July 5th. Fort Worth's Fourth Sunday July 4th opens 6pm along the Trinity River at Panther Island Pavilion in Trinity Uptown and Dallas has canceled Fair Park Fourth Sunday July 4th. More July events. Go Texas Rangers baseball team! Summer fun, yes, Texas style big summer fun is in the air and hopefully it's going to be a great rest of 2021!!!

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Around Dallas
Around Fort Worth
Around Arlington/Mid Cities
Especially For Kids
Extreme Adventure
Historic Sites
Horseback Riding, Rodeos & Shows
Museums & Art
Outdoor Recreation & Water Parks
Performing Arts & Shows
Professional Sports, Auto & Horse Racing
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Around Dallas

American Museum of the Miniature Arts, formerly Dallas Dollhouse Museum - Relocated to lower level of Hall of State Building in Sharp Gallery, if on display, Fair Park Dallas.
Aquarium at Fair Park
Arboretum - White Rock Lake, beautiful gardens, seasonal concerts, afternoon tea.
Dallas Children's Museum moved to Perot Museum of Nature and Science - December 2012.
Dallas Firefighters Museum - Parry Avenue, Fair Park.
Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park - Historic homes and structures from Dallas past - Near downtown Dallas.
Dallas Historical Society - Local Historic Site Tours.
Dallas Museum of Art - Arts District, downtown.
Dallas Puppet Theater - Visit web site for performance schedule and locations.
Dallas World Aquarium & Zoological Garden - downtown Dallas.
DART - Take a train ride.
Fair Park - Lots of places to explore plus home of State Fair every September and October.
Farmers Market - Fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables - Downtown.
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Tour - By appointment, Tu & Th, 10AM & 2PM, Min Group 15, Max 45 - Downtown.
Fountain at Fountain Place - On a hot afternoon it is one of the best places to visit.
(Located at NE Corner Ross and Field Street, Downtown)
Frontiers Of Flight Museum - at Love Field (Artifacts from the Hindenburg, Wright Brothers First Flight Plane and Apollo 15 Moon Rock).
George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum - SMU Campus, Dallas.
Heritage Farmstead - Plano - Historic house and 4 acre living farm.
Ice Skating - Galleria Mall.
Ice Skating - Plaza of the Americas, downtown - Closed November 20, 2012. Worth a visit to see the atrium.
International Museum of Cultures
Mary Kay Museum - Addison - At Mary Kay corporate headquarters, open M-F 9:30am-4:30pm 972-687-5720.
Museum of the American Railroad - Frisco (formerly Age of Steam Railroad Museum in Dallas Fair Park).
Main Street Garden - Urban Park - Run through the fountain! - SWC Main and Harwood, Downtown.
Pegasus Plaza - Urban Park - Main and Akard - Downtown.
Moon Rock - From Apollo 15 Mission - at Frontiers Of Flight Museum at Love Field.
Neiman Marcus - Visit the legendary original downtown store.
Old Red Museum - Old Red Courthouse, downtown Dallas.
Perot Museum of Nature and Science - Downtown Dallas. Opened December 1, 2012
Reunion Tower - Hyatt Regency downtown Dallas - Great views of Dallas from top of landmark tower.
Samuell Farm - Mesquite.
Sandy Lake Amusement Park - Open April to September.
The Sixth Floor Museum - downtown Dallas. Honors The Life and Times of President John F. Kennedy.
Slappy's Playhouse - Puppet and Clown Shows - Galleria Mall, 3rd Level, Dallas 214-369-4849.
Southfork Ranch - The Famous home of the Ewing Family from the Dallas TV Series.
Southern Methodist University
Texas Buckeye Trail - Primitive nature trail in Rochester Park Trinity River bottom near downtown Dallas (Additional Trails in Outdoor Recreation).
Texas Discovery Gardens - Greenhouse and 7 acre grounds - Fair Park, just east of Museum of Nature & Science (formerly The Science Place).
Thanks-Giving Square - A Fun place to visit in downtown Dallas.
Trinity Railway Express - Ride the train between Dallas and Fort Worth - runs every day except Sunday.
Trinity River Audubon Center - Visitor Center, Hiking Trails - 6500 S Loop 12, SW Dallas.
White Rock Skate - Go Roller Skating - NEC Shoreview & Thurgood 214-341-6660.

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Around Fort Worth

Billy Bob's Texas - The World's Largest Country Music Nightclub.
Botanic Gardens - Beautiful 109 acre grounds, includes Japanese, Rose and other gardens.
Casa Manana Playhouse
Forest Park Miniature Train - Located by the Fort Worth Zoo
Fort Worth Aviation Museum - Meacham Field.
Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge - Hiking and Visitor Center - check for canoeing and hay rides.
Grapevine Vintage Railroad - Train runs from Grapevine to Fort Worth and Back.
Japanese Garden - In the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens - Very fun to feed the Koi.
Joe T. Garcia's - One of the most popular and probably best known restaurants in the area.
Log Cabin Village - Near Fort Worth Zoo - Living Pioneer town from late 19th century.
Monnig Meteorite Collection - TCU Campus.
Mrs. Bairds Bread Bakery Tour - Tue and Thu, Reservation Required 817-615-3050.
National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame - One of Annie Oakley's rifles on display. Make your own bronc riding video.
Pate Museum of Transportation - Closed December 2009. Link provides additional details.
Stockyards National  Historic District
Stock Show And Rodeo - Mid January to Early February.
Sundance Square - Downtown.
Texas Christian University
Thistle Hill - Cattle barron mansion built 1904 - Near downtown.
Trinity Railway Express - Ride the train between Fort Worth and Dallas - runs every day except Sunday.
U. S. Treasury Western Currency Facility - Tour facility where paper money made, also visitor center with history of U.S. paper money.
Vintage Flying Museum - Mecham Field, Fort Worth.
Water Gardens - Located just south of the Convention Center downtown, Climb down into a waterfall - its a great break from the summer heat.

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Around Arlington/Mid Cities

Cowboy Stadium Tours - Tours of new Cowboy stadium - Arlington.
Glassblowing Demonstrations - Vetro Art Glass Studio - Grapevine.
Founders Plaza - Watch the airplanes come and go at DFW Airport - Founders Plaza Map.
Grapevine Vintage Railroad - Train runs to Fort Worth and Back.
Hurricane Harbor Water Park - Arlington.
International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame - Arlington.
Legends of the Game Baseball Museum - Ballpark Stadium, Arlington.
Maverick Speakers Series - UTA Arlington.
Mustangs of Las Colinas - Bronze Sculpture and Museum - Las Colinas, Irving.
NRH20! Water Park - North Richland Hills, TX.
River Legacy Park & Living Science Center - Arlington.
Sealife Aquarium - Grapevine.
Six Flags Over Texas - Arlington.
C R Smith Aviation Museum - at American Airlines.
University of Texas at Arlington

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Especially For Kids

American Museum of the Miniature Arts, formerly Dallas Dollhouse Museum - Sharp Gallery, Hall of State, in basement, Fair Park Dallas.
Children's Aquarium at Fair Park - Dallas.
Children's Concerts - Dallas Arboretum, May to August.
Children's Medical Center - Largest model train display in America on display in Lobby, Dallas, Texas.
Dallas Children's Museum moved to Perot Museum of Nature and Science - December 2012.
Dallas Gem and Mineral Society Do It Yourself Field Trips.
Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park - Historic homes and structures from Dallas past - Near downtown Dallas.
Dallas Puppet Theater - Visit web site for performance schedule and locations.
DART - Take a train ride.
Dinosaur Valley State Park - Glen Rose - Some of the best dinosaur tracks in the world with great swimming & hiking .
Dr Pepper Museum - Waco - Invented in Waco, learn history of Dr Pepper and have a Dr Pepper at the soda fountain.
Dr Pepper Bottling Company - Dublin - Tours, Museum and Soda Shop.
Forest Park Miniature Train - Located by the Fort Worth Zoo.
Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge - Hiking and Visitor Center - check for canoeing and hay rides.
Fort Richardson - Old west fort 1867-1878. Check calendar for living history re-enactments. 60 miles NW Fort Worth on TX-199 Jacksboro Hwy - Jacksboro.
Founders Plaza - Watch the airplanes come and go at DFW Airport - Founders Plaza Map.
Fountain at Fountain Place - On a hot afternoon it is one of the best places to visit.
(Located at NE Corner Ross & Field Street, Downtown Dallas.)
Fossil Rim Animal Preserve - Glen Rose - Feed Zebras, Ostriches, Giraffes and other animals - Great day.
Glassblowing Demonstrations - Vetro Art Glass Studio - Grapevine.
Heritage Farmstead - Plano - Historic house and 4 acre living farm.
Horseback Riding
Ice Skating - Galleria Mall, Dallas.
Ice Skating - Plaza of the Americas, downtown - Closed November 20, 2012. Worth a visit to see the atrium.
Ice Skating - More locations around the metroplex.
Indoor Rock Climbing - Climbing locations around Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Japanese Garden - In the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens - Very fun to feed the Koi (Koi look like giant goldfish about a foot in length).
Ladonia Fossil Park - 80 miles NE of Dallas, hike/hunt for fossils, 2 miles north of Ladonia on Hwy 34/50 at NWC of North Sulphur River bridge. Park and walk to North Sulphur River bottom.
Legends of the Game Baseball Museum - Ballpark Stadium, Arlington.
Model Train Show - Scale model Train shows - Mid January in Plano and mid November in Fort Worth.
Main Street Garden - Urban Park - Run through the fountain! - SWC Main and Harwood, Downtown Dallas.
Moon Rock - From Apollo 15 Mission - at Frontiers Of Flight Museum at Love Field.
Mrs. Bairds Bread Bakery Tour - Fort Worth, Tue and Thu, Reservation Required 817-615-3050.
Museum of Nature & Science and IMAX Theater (formerly The Science Place) at Fair Park moved to Perot Museum of Nature and Science - Downtown Dallas. Opened December 1, 2012
National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame - Make your own bronc riding video. One of Annie Oakley's rifles on display.
National Scouting Museum - Las Colinas - History of scouting, original Norman Rockwell paintings.
Owens Spring Creek Farm - Richardson - Mon - Fri tours, feed farm animals and hay rides.
Pate Museum of Transportation - Closed December 2009. Link provides additional details.
River Legacy Park & Living Science Center - Arlington.
Roller Skating - Locations around DFW & Texas.
Samuell Farm - Mesquite.
Santa Land - Tyler, TX - Open Nov. - Dec.
Sandy Lake Amusement Park - Open April to September.
Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch - Open Saturdays March to November - Pilot Point, about 15 miles NE of Denton.
Six Flags Over Texas - Arlington.
Slappy's Playhouse - Puppet and Clown Shows - Galleria Mall, 3rd Level, Dallas 214-369-4849.
Star Parties - Astronomy Observations - See the Rings of Saturn and Jupiter's Moons.
For anytime astronomy observations get a Night Sky Map, also helps to have compass to orient map.
Studio Arts - Art classes, art parties, summer day camps - Lake Highlands, Dallas.
Texas Conservatory for Young Artists - Conservatory for talented young pianists grades six to twelve, annual June classes and performances - Plano.
Texas Discovery Gardens - See banana, coffee and other plants in greenhouse and 7 acre grounds - Fair Park, just east of Museum of Nature & Science (formerly The Science Place), Dallas.
Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center - Athens - Visitor center, aquarium, fish hatchery and wetlands hiking trail. Also in Athens East Texas Arboretum.
Trammell Crow Lake - Sylvan Ave Trinity River Park, Dallas Parks and Recreation Department.
Trinity Railway Express - Ride the train between Dallas and Fort Worth - runs every day except Sunday.
Waco Mammoth Site - Visit Exhibit at Mayborn Museum, Waco - Mammoth Exhibit, casts of mammoth bones and large screen film.
White Rock Skate - Go Roller Skating - NEC Shoreview & Thurgood, Dallas 214-341-6660.
Zoo - Dallas.
Zoo - Fort Worth.

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Extreme Adventure

Flying and Floating Toys - Powered parachute and parasail rides, jet ski rentals - Lewisville.
Texas Driving Experience - Drive a Corvette on the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth!
Zero Gravity Thrill Amusement Park -  Near NWC I-35 and Walnut Hill in Dallas.

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Historic Sites

Atalanta, Jay Gould Private Railroad Car - Jefferson, Texas.
Audie Murphy Exhibit at the American Cotton Museum - Greenville, Texas.
A.W. Perry Homestead Museum - Turn of the 20th Century home - Carrollton.
Confederate War Memorial - Pioneer Park Cemetery in front of Convention Center, Downtown Dallas.
Dallas County Pioneer Association - Preserving early Dallas history.
Dallas - Fort Worth National Cemetery - Dallas.
Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park - Historic homes and structures from Dallas past - Near downtown Dallas.
Dallas Historical Society - Local Historic Site Tours.
Dallas Holocaust Museum - West End Historic District downtown Dallas.
Dallas "Suffragettes" - Historical marker about women's voting rights, Old Red Courthouse, downtown Dallas.
Dealey Plaza - Historic Plaza in Dallas.
Doak Walker Plaza - SMU campus, Dallas. Doak Walker won the 1948 Heisman Trophy while attending SMU.
Dwight Eisenhower, 34th President, Birthplace - Denison, Texas.
Elizabeth Crockett Burial Place - Acton, Texas. Elizabeth Crockett, who lived out her later years in Texas, was second wife of Davy Crockett.
Fair Park Mural Conservation Project - About conservation of murals at Fair Park, Dallas.
Fort Richardson - Old west fort 1867-1878. Check calendar for living history re-enactments. 60 miles NW Fort Worth on TX-199 Jacksboro Hwy - Jacksboro.
George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum - SMU Campus, Dallas.
Heritage Farmstead - Plano - Historic house and 4 acre living farm.
Don Meredith Exhibit at the Fire Station Museum - Mount Vernon, Texas.
John Neely Bryan Cabin - Replica of the first house in Dallas - Downtown Dallas.
Log Cabin Village - Near Fort Worth Zoo - Living Pioneer town from late 19th century.
Original copy of United States Declaration of Independence signed July 4, 1776 - Central Public Library downtown Dallas -7th Floor.
Pioneer Plaza Bronze Longhorn Cattle Statues - with Shawnee Trail history - In front of Convention Center, downtown Dallas.
Pioneer Park Cemetery - Burial place of many early Dallas settlers, dates from 1857, with Confederate War Memorial - In front of Convention Center, Downtown Dallas.
The Portal to Texas History - Historic Photos, Maps, Newspapers and Books - UNT Library - Denton.
Old Red Museum - Old Red Courthouse, downtown Dallas.
Sam Rayburn Library & Museum - Bonham, Texas. Sam Rayburn was longest serving Speaker of the House in United States history to date.
Sam Rayburn Home - Bonham, Texas. Sam Rayburn was longest serving Speaker of the House in United States history to date.
Shakespeare Folio Book - 400 year old book of Shakespeare plays - Central Public Library Downtown Dallas - 7th Floor.
The Sixth Floor Museum - downtown Dallas. Honors The Life and Times of President John F. Kennedy.
Squire Haskins Photo Collection - Historic Dallas/Fort Worth Aerial Photos - UTA Library Special Collections - Arlington.
Stockyards National Historic District - Fort Worth.
Thistle Hill - Cattle barron mansion built 1904 - Near downtown Fort Worth.

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Horseback Riding, Rodeos & Shows

Agave Hurricane Trail Company - Trail Rides, Excursion Rides & October Haunted Rides - Roanoke (18 miles N. of Fort Worth).
Benbrook Stables - Tail Rides, Lessons, Parties.
Billy Bob's Texas - Rodeo every Friday and Saturday night.
Bridlewood Stables - Riding Lessons - Flower Mound.
Circle D Ranch - Riding Lessons, trail rides, western theme - Hickory Creek, just north of Lewisville on I-35.
Donna Duvall Training Stables - Riding Lessons - Palmer (30 miles S. of Dallas on I-45). Also on Facebook.
Eagle Mountain Lake Equestrain Center - Riding Lessons - NW Fort Worth.
Ellis County Equine Association
Flower Mound Equestrian Center - Riding Lessons and Summer Camp - Flower Mound.
Highland Horses Riding School - Riding Lessons - Rockwall - 972-771-6272.
Hognay Tops Farm - Riding Lessons and Summer Camp - Aubrey (10 miles NE of Denton).
Kid Riders - Riding Lessons and Summer Camp - Fort Worth.
Knoll Farm - Trail Riding, Boarding - DeSoto.
Las Colinas Equestrain Center - Riding Lessons - Irving.
M-Bar-K Farms - Riding Lessons - Cedar Hill.
MD Barrel Horses - Riding Lessons - Mesquite.
Marshall Creek Ranch - Riding Lessons, Trail Rides to Lake Grapevine, Birthday Parties - Southlake.
Navarro County Expo Center - Calendar lists Equestrian and Rodeo Events - Corsicana.
New Ground Farms - Riding Lessons - SW Fort Worth - 817-294-2366.
North Texas Equestrian Center - Riding Lessons, Summer Camps, Boarding - Wylie - 972-442-7544.
North Texas Horse Country - Working horse ranch tours on selected dates - Denton.
Park Lane Equestrian Center - Riding lessons - Near Abrams & Park Ln, Dallas.
Rocking M Stables - Summer Camp - Dallas.
White Rock Stables - N. side White Rock Lake, Dallas.
The Mesquite Championship Rodeo
National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame - Make your own bronc riding video. One of Annie Oakley's rifles on display - Fort Worth.
Fort Worth Stockyards Stables - Open daily 10:30am-6pm.
Fort Worth Stock Show And Rodeo - Mid January to Early February.
Pawnee Bill's Wild West Show - Weekends - Stockyards Coliseum - Fort Worth.
Summer Spectacular Cutting Horse Show - Mid. to Late July - Will Rogers Coliseum, Fort Worth.
World Championship American Paint Horse Show - Late June to Early July - Will Rogers Coliseum, Fort Worth.

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Museums & Art

Dallas (Scroll down or click for Fort Worth Museums)
African American Museum - Fair Park.
American Museum of the Miniature Arts, formerly Dallas Dollhouse Museum - Sharp Gallery, Hall of State, Fair Park Dallas.
Bath House Cultural Center & Museum - East side White Rock Lake.
Cavanaugh Flight Museum - Addison, TX.
Crow Collection of Asian Art - Arts District.
Dallas Museum of Art - Downtown.
Dallas Firefighters Museum - Parry Avenue, Fair Park.
Dallas Holocaust Museum - West End Historic District downtown Dallas.
Dallas Public Library - 7th Floor Exhibits
     - 400 year old Shakespeare Folio Book
     - Original copy of United States Declaration of Independence signed July 4, 1776.
Frisco Heritage Museum - Frisco.
Frontiers Of Flight Museum - at Love Field (Artifacts from the Hindenburg, Wright Brothers First Flight Plane and Apollo 15 Moon Rock).
George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum - SMU Campus, Dallas.
International Museum of Cultures
Mary Kay Museum - Addison - At Mary Kay corporate headquarters, open M-F 9:30am-4:30pm 972-687-5720.
Meadows Art Museum - SMU Campus.
Museum of the American Railroad - Frisco (formerly Age of Steam Railroad Museum in Dallas Fair Park).
Museum of Nature & Science and IMAX Theater (formerly The Science Place) at Fair Park moved to Perot Museum of Nature and Science - Downtown Dallas. Opened December 1, 2012
Mustangs of Las Colinas - Bronze Sculpture and Museum - Las Colinas, Irving.
Nasher Sculpture Center - Arts District.
Perot Museum of Nature and Science - Downtown Dallas. Opened December 1, 2012
National Scouting Museum - Las Colinas - Collection includes 42 original Norman Rockwell paintings.
Old Red Museum - Old Red Courthouse, downtown Dallas.
Planetariun at Fair Park moved to Perot Museum of Nature and Science - Downtown Dallas. Opened December 1, 2012.
Shakespeare Folio Book - 400 year old book of Shakespeare plays - Central Public Library Downtown Dallas - 7th Floor.
The Sixth Floor Museum - downtown Dallas. Honors The Life and Times of President John F. Kennedy.
Texas Discovery Gardens - Greenhouse and 7 acre grounds - Fair Park, just east of Museum of Nature & Science (formerly The Science Place).
The Women's Museum - Fair Park (Closed October 31, 2011).

Fort Worth
Amon Carter Museum - Western Art.
Cattle Raisers Museum - History of ranching and cowboys in Texas.
The Kimbell Art Museum
Fort Worth Aviation Museum - Meacham Field.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Noble Planetarium & IMAX Theater
International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame - Arlington.
Legends of the Game Baseball Museum - Ballpark Stadium, Arlington.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Monnig Meteorite Collection - TCU Campus.
National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame - One of Annie Oakley's rifles on display. Make your own bronc riding video.
Pate Museum of Transportation - Closed December 2009. Link provides additional details.
Sid Richardson Collection of Western Art
C. R. Smith Aviation Museum - at American Airlines.
Texas Civil War Museum - Civil war items on display.
Vintage Flying Museum - Mecham Field, Fort Worth.

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Outdoor Recreation

Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge - Hiking and Visitor Center - check for canoeing and hay rides.
Heard Wildlife Sanctuary - Hiking trails, natural science museum and native plant garden - McKinney.
River Legacy Park & Living Science Center - Arlington.
Sailing Clubs
    Corinthian Sailing Club - White Rock Lake.
    White Rock Boat Club - White Rock Lake.
    White Rock Rowing Club - White Rock Lake.
Cedar Ridge Preserve and Hiking Trails - SW Dallas escarpment park with hiking trails. 7171 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas.
Gateway Trail - SWC Renda Dr & Lacywood Ln, Dallas.
Sycamore Dixon Trail - At Larry Johnson Rec Center, 3700 Dixon, Dallas - Park in lot, walk SE across baseball & soccer fields to trail entrance at tree line.
Texas Buckeye Trail - Primitive nature trail in Rochester Park Trinity River bottom near downtown Dallas.
Trinity Strand Trail - Medical Center Area of Dallas.
Running Events around Dallas/Fort Worth and Texas - RunOn! Race Calendar.
Tennis Centers - Dallas Parks and Recreation Department.
USTA Texas Tennis Association - Recreational and tournament tennis play around Texas.
Trammell Crow Lake - Sylvan Ave Trinity River Park, Dallas Parks and Recreation Department.
Trinity River Audubon Center - Visitor Center, Hiking Trails - 6500 S Loop 12, SW Dallas.
White Rock Lake & Other Area Trails
White Rock Racing - Jogging and running events at White Rock lake in Dallas.
Dallas Off Road Bicycle Association - Off road bicycle trails maintained around Dallas Metroplex area.
Fort Worth Mountain Bikers' Association - Off road bicycle trails maintained around Fort Worth Metroplex area.
Texas State Parks - Swimming, hiking, camping and historic sites within 100 miles of Dallas/Fort Worth.
Water Parks
    Hawaiian Falls Water Park - The Colony, Texas.
    Hawaiian Falls Firewheel Water Park - Garland, Texas.
    Hawaiian Falls Water Park - Mansfield, Texas.
    Hurricane Harbor Water Park - Arlington, Texas.
    NRH20! Water Park - North Richland Hills, Texas.
Zero Gravity Thrill Amusement Park - Near NWC I-35 and Walnut Hill in Dallas.

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Performing Arts & Shows

Ballet & Dance       Musicals, Opera & Shows         Symphony    Upcoming Concerts

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Ballet & Dance

Ballet
Titas - Modern Dance and Music.

Musicals, Opera & Shows

Brinker International Forum - Guest speaker series - Dallas Center Performing Arts.
Casa Manana Playhouse - Fort Worth.
Dallas Summer Musicals
Eisemann Performing Arts Center - Richardson.
Irving Arts Center
Majestic Theatre - Dallas.
Maverick Speakers Series - UTA Arlington.
McKinney Performing Arts Center
Mesquite Arts Center
NasherSALON Speakers Series - Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas.
Opera - Dallas.
Opera - Fort Worth.
Orpheus Chamber Singers - Dallas.
Pegasus Theatre - Dallas.
Shakespeare Festival - Mid June to July, Dallas - (Visit 400 year old Shakespeare Folio Book at the Dallas Library -7th Floor).
Trinity Shakespeare Festival - Mid June to Early July - TCU Campus, Fort Worth.
Turtle Creek Chorale - Dallas.

Symphony

Allen Philharmonic Orchestra
Arlington Symphony Orchestra
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Fine Arts Chamber Players - Dallas
Garland Symphony Orchestra
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Irving Symphony Orchestra
Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra
Plano Symphony Orchestra
Van Cliburn Foundation - Piano concerts and competitions, Fort Worth.

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Professional Sports, Auto & Horse Racing

Allen Americans - CHL Hockey Team in Allen, north of Plano.
Dallas Cowboys - NFL Football Team
Dallas Vigilantes - Ceased operations at end of 2012 season - Arena Football Team.
Dallas Mavericks - NBA Basketball Team
Dallas Stars - NHL Hockey Team
DFWmotorsport.com
FC Dallas - Major League Soccer Team
Frisco Roughriders - Texas League AA Baseball Team.
Fort Worth Cats - Ceased operations at end of 2014 season - United League Baseball (ULB) Baseball Team.
Grand Prairie Airhogs - American Association Baseball Team.
Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie - Horse Racing.
Lone Star Brahmas - NAHL Hockey Team in North Richland Hills.
Texas Legends - NBA Development League Basketball Team - Frisco.
Texas Motor Speedway - Fort Worth.
Texas Rangers - AL Baseball Team.
Texas Tornado - NAHL Hockey Team in Frisco -Relocated after 2012-13 season to North Richland Hills to become the Lone Star Brahmas.

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Seasonal, Holiday Events and Festivals

January           April          July                October         Year Round
February         May           August           November
March             June          September      December

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January
Fort Worth Stock Show And Rodeo - 2021 Cancelled.
Model Train Show - $10 at the door - January 16th to 17th, 2021 - Plano.
MLK Parade and Festival - 2021 Parade cancelled, other events - Dallas.

February
Fort Worth Stock Show And Rodeo - 2021 Cancelled.
Czech Music Festival - Saturday February 13th, 2021 - Ennis.

March
North Texas Irish Festival - March 6th, 2021 - Virtual Event Online!
St. Patrick's Day Parade - TBD for 2021 or postponed - Greenville Avenue, Dallas.
Dallas Blooms - Mid March to Mid April - Arboretum.
Dog Bowl at Fair Park - POSTPONED until a new date secured - "Dog Bowl is a whole other um, breed of event" - Dallas Fair Park. [This event was cancelled and hopes to be re-scheduled for later in 2021.]

April
Dallas Blooms - Mid March to Mid April - Arboretum.
Main Street Arts Festival - Mid to Late April - Fort Worth.
Denton Arts & Jazz Festival - April 23th to 25th, 2021 - Denton. [2020 Festival cancelled].
Scarborough Faire® Renaissance Festival - Weekends April - May - Near Waxahachie.
USA Film Festival - April 21st to 25th, 2021 - Dallas.
Sandy Lake Amusement Park - Property has been sold, and is no longer open to the public as of end of 2019 season.

May
Dallas Marathon - Sunday 7:00am May 2nd, 2021 - Dallas.
Mayfest - [2021 Mayfest cancelled.] Scheduled May 5-8, 2022 - Fort Worth.
Texas Scottish Festival - May 1st to 2nd, 2021 - Decatur, TX (NW of Fort Worth).
AT&T Byron Nelson PGA Golf Tournament - May 13th to 16th, 2021 - TPC Craig Ranch, McKinney, TX.
Colonial Charles Schwab Challenge PGA Golf Tournament - May 27th to 30th, 2021 - Fort Worth.
National Polka Festival - May 28th to 30th, 2021 - Ennis.
Cliburn International Piano Competition - Returns Late May to Mid June, 2021, at Fort Worth's Bass Performance Hall.
Scarborough Faire® Renaissance Festival - Weekends in May - Near Waxahachie.
Sandy Lake Amusement Park - Property has been sold, and is no longer open to the public as of end of 2019 season.

June
Water-Wise Landscape Tour - Moved to September 2016 - Visit the low water usage garden at the Old White Rock Pump House.
Dallas International Film Festival - June 25th to July 2nd, 2021 - Dallas.
NASCAR All-star Race - Sunday June 13th, 2021, 7:00pm - Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth.
Pawnee Bill's Wild West Show - Weekends in June - Stockyards Coliseum - Fort Worth.
Sommerfest - June 11th to 12th, 2021 - Lancaster.
Texas Blueberry Festival - Saturday June 12th, 2021, 8am to 4pm - Downtown Nacogdoches.
Shakespeare Festival - June 3rd to July 24th, 2021 Samuell Grand Amphitheatre, Dallas - (Visit 400 year old Shakespeare Folio Book at the Dallas Library -7th Floor).
World Championship American Paint Horse Show - June 25th to July 11th, 2021 - Will Rogers Coliseum, Fort Worth.
Sandy Lake Amusement Park - Property has been sold, and is no longer open to the public as of end of 2019 season.
Cliburn International Piano Competition - Returns June 2-18, 2022, at Fort Worth's Bass Performance Hall.

July
Kaboom Town - Saturday July 3rd, 2021 7:00pm - Tickets required, free admission.
Independence Day Parade - Monday July 5th, 2021 9am - Largest Independence Day Parade in Texas - Arlington.
Fort Worth's Fourth Fireworks only Sunday July 4th, 2021 Gates open 6pm Trinity River at Panther Island Pavilion in Trinity Uptown, Fort Worth.
Old Fashioned Fourth - Postponed to July 4th, 2021. A little older fashioned, freedom reopens for business... - Dallas Heritage Village.
Fair Park Fourth - Saturday July 4th, 2020 at Fair Park, Dallas - event cancelled. Freedom takes the day off this year...
Basically Beethoven Festival - Sunday afternoons in July 2021 at 3:00 PM - Free at Moody Performance Hall, Arts District, Dallas.
Pawnee Bill's Wild West Show - Weekends in July - Stockyards Coliseum - Fort Worth.
Shakespeare Festival - June 3rd to July 24th, 2021 Samuell Grand Amphitheatre, Dallas - (Visit 400 year old Shakespeare Folio Book at the Dallas Library -7th Floor).
Summer Spectacular Cutting Horse Show - July 18th to August 8th, 2021 - Will Rogers Coliseum, Fort Worth.
Sandy Lake Amusement Park - Property has been sold, and is no longer open to the public as of end of 2019 season.

August
Shakespeare Festival - June 10th to August 2nd, 2020 Samuell Grand Amphitheatre, Dallas - (Visit 400 year old Shakespeare Folio Book at the Dallas Library -7th Floor).
Pawnee Bill's Wild West Show - Temporarily closed, re-opens Saturday September 5th - Stockyards Coliseum - Fort Worth.
Sandy Lake Amusement Park - Property has been sold, and is no longer open to the public as of end of 2019 season.

September
Pawnee Bill's Wild West Show - Pawnee Bill reports Wild West too tame for shows in September, might get Wild again in October... - Stockyards Coliseum - Fort Worth.
Shakespeare in the Park - "Tis better not to be in September 2020..., back to the slings and arrows in 2021" - Samuell Grand Amphitheatre, Dallas.
Hot Air Balloon Festival - September 2020 edition cancelled - Plano.
Grapefest - 2020 Grape stike closed Wine Festival (maybe the grapes will come to their senses next year, and the days of wine and roses can return...) - Grapevine.
Oktoberfest - September 2020, keep checking, maybe... - Lancaster.
Greek Festival - September 2020 Greek Festival closed due to having construction delays on current Zorba Renewal Project... Hopefully completed by 2021... - Dallas.
Sandy Lake Amusement Park - Property has been sold, and is no longer open to the public as of end of 2019 season.
State Fair of Texas - Big Tex says "Howdy partner, no state fair in 2020, I know it's rough, how do you think I feel..., see you next year or my name ain't Big Tex!" - Fair Park, Dallas.

October
Pawnee Bill's Wild West Show - - Pawnee Bill reports Wild West gone completely wild, postponed until further notice. Please check back often to see more information on the anticipated return - Stockyards Coliseum - Fort Worth.
Shakespeare in the Park - "Tis better not to be in September 2020..., back to the slings and arrows in 2021" - Cypress Waters, Coppell.
State Fair of Texas - Big Tex says "Howdy partner, no state fair in 2020, I know it's rough, how do you think I feel..., see you next year or my name ain't Big Tex!" - Fair Park, Dallas.
Plano International Festival - 2020 edition reports "Elvis has left the building, no festival" - Plano.
Texas Rose Festival - 2020 Rose Festival just wasn't smelling as sweet as previous ones, so have to wait to 2021 to get Rose Festival back... - Tyler, Texas.
25th Water-Wise Landscape Tour - Saturday October 26, 2019 - Dallas, Visit the low water usage garden at the Old White Rock Pump House.
Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering & Western Swing Festival - Red reports 2020 Cowboy Gathering postponed to 2021 due to trail to Fort Worth being washed out, so just out somewhere on the lonely cowboy trail singing this year, maybe you'll hear him if the wind is just right... - Fort Worth.
Alliance Air Show - October 17th to 18th, 2020 - Alliance Airport, Fort Worth.

November
AAA Texas NASCAR Sprint Cup Race - Back in 2021 - Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth.
Greek Festival - No festival 2020, be back next year! - November 12th to 14th, 2021 - Folk dancing & delicious food - Fort Worth.
Veteran's Day Parade - No 2020 parade vets - Downtown Dallas.
Sugar Cane Heritage Syrup Festival - Canceled Saturday November 14th, 2020 - Henderson, East Texas.
Parade of Lights and Sundance Square Christmas Tree - Virtual Only Sunday November 22nd, 2020 7pm - downtown Fort Worth.
Santa Land - Open Nov. - Dec. - Tyler/Lindale, TX. (also https://santalandtylertx.com/)

December
The Nutcracker Ballet - A Holiday Tradition, Fort Worth and Dallas.
Bethlehem Revisited - Nothing for 2020 Free - Waxahachie, Texas.
Dallas Holiday Parade - No in-peerson - Saturday December 5th, 2020 10am - downtown Dallas.
Christmas in the Square - December - Frisco Square, SEC Dallas N. Tollway & Main St, Frisco.
Dallas Symphony Orchestra - December 4th to 13th, 2020 - downtown Dallas.
Dallas Marathon - Moved to Sunday 7:00am May 2nd, 2021 - Dallas.
SERVPRO First Responder Bowl (formerly Heart of Dallas Bowl) - SMU Football Stadium Dallas, Saturday December 26th, 2020 2:30pm.
Armed Forces Bowl - Thursday December 31, 2020 10:30am - Fort Worth.
Cotton Bowl Classic - Wednesday December 30th, 2020 - Arlington, TX.
Santa Land - Open Nov. - Dec. - Tyler/Lindale, TX. (also https://santalandtylertx.com/)
Wonderland of Lights - Open Wednesday before Thanksgiving - Dec. - Marshall, TX.

Year Round
Astronomy Hotline 214-428-5555 ext. 246.
Get a Night Sky Map for viewing, updated monthly, also helps to have a compass to orient the map.
Running Events - around Dallas/Fort Worth and Texas - RunOn! Race Calendar.

Calendar of Events - Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Calendar of Events - Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Upcoming Concerts - Ticket Solutions.

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Trains, Trains, Trains

Amtrak Texas Eagle - Take a train ride to Chicago or Los Angeles in a sleeper car.
Children's Medical Center - Largest model train display in America on display in Lobby, Dallas, Texas.
DART - Dallas Area Rapid Transit, take a train ride.
Model Train Show - Scale model Train shows - Mid January in Plano and mid November in Fort Worth.
Forest Park Miniature Train - Located by the Fort Worth Zoo.
Grapevine Vintage Railroad - Train runs to Fort Worth and Back.
Museum of the American Railroad - Frisco (formerly Age of Steam Railroad Museum in Dallas Fair Park).
Trinity Railway Express - Ride the train between Dallas and Fort Worth - runs every day except Sunday.

East Texas
Bragg Model Train Display - Cotton Belt Train Depot, Tyler, Texas.
Texas & Pacific Railway Museum - Restored Train Depot with Museum, Marshall, Texas.
Texas State Railroad - Train runs between Palestine and Rusk.

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What's New

Fort Worth Aviation Museum - Meacham Field. Added to Around Fort Worth and Museums & Art 7/4/2020.
North Texas Equestrian Center - Riding Lessons, Summer Camps, Boarding - Wylie. Added to Horseback Riding, Rodeos & Shows 2/20/2018.
Pawnee Bill's Wild West Show - Weekends June to October - Stockyards Coliseum - Fort Worth. Added to Horseback Riding, Rodeos & Shows 7/30/2016.
Texas Tennis Open Women's Professional Tennis Tournament in Grapevive in Mid August. Tournament cancelled after 2012. Removed link 7/30/2016.
Fort Worth Stockyards Stables. Added to Horseback Riding, Rodeos & Shows 7/23/2016.
Removed Libraries section. Local library information is easily available online and not thought to be needed to be listed here. 1/31/2016.
Dallas Gem and Mineral Society Do It Yourself Field Trips. Added to Around North Texas and Especially For Kids 1/5/2016.
Planetariun at Fair Park and Museum of Nature & Science and IMAX Theater (formerly The Science Place) moved to Perot Museum of Nature and Science - Downtown Dallas December 1, 2012. 1/5/2016.
This page is exclusively for old timers. If you're not over 50 you don't belong here! 12/31/2015.
Updated general links and goings on in Dallas/Fort Worth area and removed legacy flash.net links. 12/31/2015.
Perot Museum of Nature and Science - Downtown Dallas. Opened December 1, 2012. Added to Around Dallas and Museums & Art 12/31/2015.
George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum - SMU Campus, Dallas. Added to Around Dallas and Museums & Art 9/30/2014.
Chinese Lantern Festival - November 1st to January 6th, 2013 - Fair Park, Dallas. Added to Seasonal, Holiday Events and Festivals 10/24/2012.
Dallas "Suffragettes" - Historical marker about women's voting rights, Old Red Courthouse, downtown Dallas. Added to Historic Sites 10/17/2012.
Running Events - around Dallas/Fort Worth and Texas - RunOn! Race Calendar. Added to Outdoor Recreation & Water Parks and Seasonal, Holiday Events and Festivals - Year Round 9/15/2012.
Sealife Aquarium - Grapevine. Added to Around Mid Cities and Zoos, Aquariums & Wildlife 8/15/2012.
Museum of the American Railroad moves to Frisco (formerly Age of Steam Railroad Museum in Dallas Fair Park) 5/31/2012.

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Zoos, Aquariums & Wildlife

Aquarium at Fair Park - Dallas.
Aquarium at Fort Worth Zoo - Closed Mid January 2002. Link provides additional details.
Dallas World Aquarium & Zoological Garden - Downtown Dallas.
Sealife Aquarium - Grapevine.
Zoo - Dallas.
Zoo - Fort Worth.
Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch - Open Saturdays March to November - Pilot Point, about 15 miles NE of Denton.
Frank Buck Zoo - Gainesville, Texas.
Fossil Rim Animal Preserve - Glen Rose.
Grapeland Drive-Thru Safari - Grapeland, Texas.
Cherokee Trace Safari Park- Jacksonville, Texas.
Hagerman Wildlife Refuge - Sherman, Texas. Large flocks of Canadian Geese migrate here during winter months.
Caldwell Zoo - Tyler, Texas.
Cameron Park Zoo - Waco, Texas.
Tiger Creek - Tiger Preserve - Tyler, Texas.
Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center - Athens - Visitor center, aquarium, fish hatchery and wetlands hiking trail. Also in Athens East Texas Arboretum.

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Around North Texas    (Listed By City - with Maps)

Atalanta, Jay Gould Private Railroad Car - Jefferson, Texas.
Audie Murphy Exhibit at the American Cotton Museum - Greenville, Texas.
Brookshire's World of Wildlife Museum and Country Store - Tyler, Texas.
Collin Street Bakery - World famous Fruitcakes - Corsicana.
Dallas Gem and Mineral Society Do It Yourself Field Trips.
Dinosaur Valley State Park - Glen Rose - Some of the best dinosaur tracks in the world with great swimming & hiking.
Dr Pepper Bottling Company - Dublin - Tours, Museum and Soda Shop.
Dr Pepper Museum - Waco - Invented in Waco, learn history of Dr Pepper and have a Dr Pepper at the soda fountain.
Dwight Eisenhower, 34th President,  Birthplace - Denison, Texas
East Texas Arboretum - Athens, Texas.
Fossil Rim Animal Preserve - Glen Rose.
Sommervell Co. Expo and Texas Amphitheatre - Glen Rose.
Frank Buck Zoo - Gainesville, Texas.
Hagerman Wildlife Refuge - Sherman, Texas. Large flocks of Canadian Geese migrate here during winter months.
Ladonia Fossil Park - 80 miles NE of Dallas, hike/hunt for fossils, 2 miles north of Ladonia on Hwy 34/50 at NWC of North Sulphur River bridge. Park and walk to North Sulphur River bottom.
Rhino Ridge Outfitters - Glen Rose, Texas.
Roseland Plantation - Built 1854 - Ben Wheeler, Texas.
Sam Rayburn Library & Museum - Bonham, Texas. Sam Rayburn was longest serving Speaker of the House in United States history to date.
Sam Rayburn Home - Bonham, Texas. Sam Rayburn was longest serving Speaker of the House in United States history to date.
Santa Land  - Tyler, TX - Open Nov. - Dec.
Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center - Athens - Visitor center, aquarium, fish hatchery and wetlands hiking trail. Also in Athens East Texas Arboretum.
Texas Heritage Trails - Lakes Trail Region - Historic & cultural sites around north central Texas - Texas Historical Commission.
Texas Highways - Travel magazine of Texas published by the Texas Department of Transportation.
Texas State Parks - Swimming, hiking, camping and historic sites within 100 miles of Dallas/Fort Worth.
Texas State Railroad - Train runs between Palestine and Rusk.
Tyler Rose Garden and Museum - 14 acre rose garden, largest in nation - Tyler, Texas.
Waco Mammoth Site - Visit Exhibit at Mayborn Museum, Waco - Mammoth Exhibit, casts of mammoth bones and large screen film.

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