A general view of the skyline of downtown Dallas, Texas. (credit: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

A general view of the skyline of downtown Dallas, Texas. (credit: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Visitors looking for an entertaining way to see the sights of Dallas and Fort Worth will find that taking a tour is a great way to get oriented. But these sightseeing tours are not your average city tours. They offer newcomers and locals alike a unique way of discovering DFW’s hidden secrets that are off the beaten path.

Urban Adventure Quest
(805) 603-5620

While the “Amazing Race” contestants might race around the world, voyagers on an Urban Adventure Quest tour can enjoy an intriguing challenge in Dallas and Fort Worth. This popular interactive scavenger hunt takes participants on an exploration of the city using a smart phone and the company’s user-friendly web based software.The tours can be taken anytime and participants can do it at their own pace—making pit stops whenever they wish. It’s an entertaining way to explore a new city or learn things you might not know about your own. Tours cost $49 for a group of up to five participants and the website provides a demo to test on your mobile device to give it a try before you buy.

Segway Fort Worth
2901 W. 6th St., Suite D
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 631-3273

Hop aboard a state-of-the-art Segway for some of the most exciting and exhilarating tours of Fort Worth. The wonderful guides at Segway Fort Worth will take you on a unique sightseeing trip to some of the most scenic spots in town. Tours range from riding off the beaten track in the Stockyards or through the Botanical Gardens to riding around the West 7th Corridor and along the Trinity Trails for some off-road fun. Even if you think you know Fort Worth, you will probably see places that you never knew existed on this awesome ride. Tours are $65 for a 1.5-hour ride and are available between 9 a.m.and 6 p.m. daily.

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Fort Worth Tours
(817) 514-9567

Fort Worth native and historian Dawson Granade brings the Old West to life on his cowtown excursions by explaining its history through the lives of the colorful personalities that lived it. Granade takes visitors on a driving tour of 27 sights before taking off to explore every nook and cranny of the historic stockyards by foot. Granade’s two-hour tours are a historical blast to the past that will give even locals a new perspective on the city. Tours run Monday through Saturday twice daily at $60 for adults and $40 for children under 12.

Big D Fun Tours
411 Elm St.
Dallas, TX 75202
(214) 400-9020

Hop on Big D Fun Tours’ classic red trolley for an exciting insight into Dallas and some of its darker moments in history. Take the JFK tour and explore the sights that have helped to define the city’s identity as the guide re-creates the events that made up that historic day. Or take in 30 of the city’s famous downtown landmarks, visiting locations from the West End historic district all the way down to the Farmers Market. Ride along Wednesday through Sunday on either the JFK tours for $20 or the city tours for $24—children under 10 ride for half price.

Dallas Running Tours
(214) 642-3600

Hit the pavement for this active tour where you’ll learn about Dallas’ history, architecture and art on the run. When it comes to multitasking, owner John Lintner doesn’t skip a beat or breath as he gives a detailed narrative about the city while you’re running four to six miles through downtown’s best sights. Lintner’s tours are booked on an individual basis so that he can accommodate any number of people at any pace desired — whether it’s running, walking or both. Tours are offered Saturdays, Sundays and occasionally during the week at $55 for four miles and $65 for six.

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