Guide For Thanksgiving Weekend Visitors To DFW

November 16, 2013 6:00 AM

(Photo by Andrew Kelly/Getty Images)

(Photo by Andrew Kelly/Getty Images)

Thanksgiving Day is a time to spend with family. For the rest of the Thanksgiving weekend, try some of these not-to-be-missed Turkey Day adventures. For those visiting DFW, staying in a hotel room all weekend is simply not an option. Lucky for those passing through, Dallas and Fort Worth don’t stop for the holidays; these cities have action, excitement and plenty of options for holiday travelers.

Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day Game

AT&T Stadium
1 Legends Way
Arlington, TX 76011
(817) 892-4000

It seems almost a requirement every November that families will crowd the couch and watch the Thanksgiving Day football game. This year, 3:30 p.m. CST marks the start of the highly anticipated Thanksgiving Day game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Oakland Raiders at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Get out the chips, drinks and jerseys for this not-to-miss treat while you’re in town.

Dallas YMCA 46th Annual Turkey Trot
1500 Marilla St.
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 945-0500

Date: Nov. 28, 2013 at 9 a.m.

On Thanksgiving Day, November 28 at 9 a.m., departing from City Hall Plaza, the Dallas YMCA Annual Turkey Trot runners and walkers will blast off from the start line on their 5K or eight-mile trek to victory in this traditional Dallas race. The race dates back to the 1940s and has been a regular Big D event since the 1960s. Family and friends are welcome to attend to enjoy games, pony rides, music and other family-friendly festivities. Work up an appetite for that evening feast.

New GeO-Deck Reunion Tower
300 Reunion Blvd. E.
Dallas, TX 75027
(214) 978-8010

Even Dallas locals will be impressed when they check out the revamped, full-fledged makeover of the deck at Reunion Tower. Reopened only recently to the public in October, tickets will be going fast, especially during the holiday weekend where the views of the city lit below are sure to be spectacular. Finish off the experience with a stop at the mouthwatering Five Sixty Restaurant by Wolfgang Puck. Make sure to make reservations in advance if you plan to eat.

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Klyde Warren Park 
2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 716-4500

Who needs ticketed events and shopping to enjoy Thanksgiving weekend in Dallas when there is Klyde Warren Park? Games and activities abound in this outdoor relaxation haven in the middle of the city, and Thanksgiving weekend is no exception. This option will allow for some flexibility in scheduling and provide a well-earned break from the family and an honest breath of fresh air for free.

Fort Worth Parade of Lights
Commerce and 1st St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102
(817) 336-2787

Date: Nov. 29, 2013 at 6 p.m.

So after recovering from the turkey hangover of Thursday evening, Friday, November 29 offers nighttime fun in Fort Worth. The Fort Worth Parade of Lights begins promptly at 6 p.m. at Belknap Street and Throckmorton Street. Tickets can be purchased online to enjoy the sparkle and the spotlight along the streets of downtown Fort Worth.

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