Taking A Dallas Staycation

September 14, 2011 12:09 PM

Photo Credit: McKinney Avenue Transit Authority

By Barbara Arnondin & Tina Wysk

Have some time off and want to go explore? Stay in Dallas and rediscover your city with these year-round, fun and affordable ways to “Staycation” in and around Big D.

m line trolley Taking A Dallas Staycation

Photo Credit: McKinney Avenue Transit Authority


By Car or Train from Various Access Areas
(214) 855-0006 Ext 1
Hours: Mon to Thurs 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri 7 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Sat 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Sun and Holidays 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Price: Free; Voluntary fare box contributions are welcomed

The M-Line Trolley is a one-of-kind vintage trolley system that drops you off at every interesting spot in Uptown Dallas including Art Museums, West End, Shops at the Crescent, CITYPLACE Tower, Griggs Park and two dozen other places to see and do. The trolleys are air-conditioned and heated and run 365 days a year.

fountain place Taking A Dallas Staycation

Photo Credit: Fountain Place

Fountain Place

1445 Ross Avenue
Dallas, TX 75202
(214) 855-7766
Price: Free

Waters dance and leap skyward at downtown Dallas’ Fountain Place. At the base of the dramatically sculpted 1.2-million-square-foot office tower of green reflective glass lies an oasis of colorful flowers, waterfalls, 172 bubbler fountains and a central fountain. The latter is one of the world’s most complex fountains and consists of 360 computer-driven water jets. Designed by the acclaimed architectural firm of I.M. Pei & Partners, Fountain Place has received international recognition.

heard museum Taking A Dallas Staycation

Photo Credit: Head Natural Science Museum

Heard Natural Science Museum

1 Nature Pl
Mckinney, TX 75069
(972) 562-5566
Hours: Tues to Sat 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Price: Kids 3-17/$5; under 3/free; adults/$8
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The Heard Natural Science Museum is a Wildlife Sanctuary that includes nature trails as well as animal exhibits. Open year round so you can enjoy trials and gardens, collections and exhibits and special events, including free admission days.

texas sculpture garden Taking A Dallas Staycation

Photo Credit: Texas Sculpture Garden

Texas Sculpture Garden

Just outside of and within the lobby of:
6801 Gaylord Parkway
Frisco, TX 75034
(214) 618-6769
Hours: Outside open daily dawn to dusk; Interior artwork: Mon to Fri 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Price: Free

Recognized as the largest private collection of contemporary Texas sculpture ever assembled and made available to the public, the Texas Sculpture Garden is a significant and unique collection that celebrates the work of 41 prominent Texas artists. Visitors to the park enjoy both the art and its remarkable setting. Winding walking trails, lush landscaping, lakes and fountains have been specially designed to complement the art and provide a fitting backdrop for the work. Pick up a map in the lobby or download your own copy from the website.

fishing thinkstock Taking A Dallas Staycation

Photo Credit: Thinkstock

White Rock Lake

8300 Garland Road
Dallas, TX 75218
(214) 695-8665

White Rock Lake is a unique, 1,015 acre city lake which offers six playgrounds, a wide variety of outdoor activities, including a hike and bike trail (9.33 miles), Audubon Society-designated bird watching area and wetlands site, numerous scenic picnic areas, three rental facilities (Winfrey Point, the Dreyfuss Club and Big Thicket), fishing piers for catfish, sunfish, and bass fishing.

Barbara Arnondin & Tina Wysk are co-founders of MetroplexBaby.com, a parenting resource in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and authors of Metroplex Baby & Kids’ Guide to DFW on a Budget. Visit MetroplexBaby.com for over one hundred things to see and do in the Dallas area for free or under $5.