Tired of buzz about attractions that don’t match up to the aspirations of their PR departments? DFW is stocked full with both well-known and new attractions that match the hype and are worth the splurge. These are places to include on the must-see list for both locals and visitors to North Texas.
Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden
8525 Garland Road
Dallas, TX 75218
Gardens galore fill the boundaries of the Dallas Arboretum. For years, the numerous galleries of natural color, like the DeGolyer Gardens, Paseo de Flores and A Woman’s Garden, have enchanted visitors. Now the Dallas Arboretum is bringing in visitors by the swarm to see the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. Geared towards children and families, the Children’s Adventure Garden is laid out over eight acres and features 150 exhibits that focus on science, nature and fun. From canopies to trails to science labs, this new attraction is well worth a visit.
Texas Motor Speedway
3545 Lone Star Circle
Fort Worth, TX 76177
A trip to the Texas Motor Speedway is a multi-sensory and multi-thrill experience. From Formula One races, to the Richard Petty Driving Experience to limo rides around the track, horsepower is expressed in many ways here. For those who wish to learn more about the Speedway itself, there is also a tour of the facilities and an impressive gift shop.
Sixth Floor Museum At Dealey Plaza
411 Elm St.
Dallas, TX 75202
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, being the site of such tragedy, turns history into a platform for open discussion on many levels. Having recently expanded to include a café and gift shop just across the street, this site is keeping history relevant with firsthand photos and accounts of the events of November 22, 1963. The Museum regularly invites guests to give oral histories and first-hand accounts and presentations from their perspective of the day, from doctors to witnesses on Dealey Plaza. Come in, look around, read away and draw your own conclusions.
Cowboys Stadium/AT&T Stadium
1 Legends Way
Arlington, TX 76011
Variety is the key in making an attraction worth the hype. Not only do the infamous Dallas Cowboys play here, but the AT&T Stadium is also the site of concerts, simulcast operas and record-breaking events. The AT&T Stadium also offers standard tours as well as art tours of its facilities, providing insight into its development and inspiration. Jerry Jones has left a monument of sports and architectural magnificence for generations to revere.
Fort Worth Stockyards
500 N.E. 23rd St.
Fort Worth, TX 76164
Fort Worth wouldn’t be Fort Worth without the Stockyards. What makes this area worth the hype is the cornucopia of things to do and see within its borders. From the Cowboy Coliseum to the Cowboy Hall of Fame, this history of the Stockyards is documented, preserved and maintained. The only place for miles where cattle are still driven through the streets once a day, the Fort Worth Stockyards is also home to savory barbecue and sassy fashion boutiques. Making a day of the Stockyards is far from a challenge, it is a given.
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Kena Sosa is a freelance writer in Dallas. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.