10 Things Not to Miss in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex


1. It’s the last days of the season for fresh summer fruits and veggies! Get your fix at Dallas’ Bonton Farms and their two full farms, a farmer’s market, cafe and coffee house. They grow organic food while supporting their neighbors and community.

2. While you’re hanging on to summer, take a lap in Dallas’ best hotel pools. Soak up the sun at Hotel Zaza’s, secluded, Mediterranean-vibe pool. Or for a summer staycation, The Stoneleigh offers day passes to their pool and cozy cabanas. But trust us, you’ll want to extend your pool day into an overnight visit at this historic Uptown gem!

3. Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth offers multiple dance class options throughout the week. (Sundays are for couples.) Ladies Night on Wednesdays includes free entry for women, complimentary line dance lessons starting at 7 p.m. Free line dance lessons are also offered Saturdays during lunchtime.

4. Conveniently located in Fort Worth’s Cultural District, the National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame is a 33,000-square-foot museum that features a traveling exhibit gallery, two theaters, gift shop, research library and a newly renovated second floor. The museum’s archives house more than 4,000 artifacts as well as information about more than 750 remarkable women.

5. Located in Arlington’s bustling Entertainment District, the Esports Stadium Arlington + Expo Center is one of the city’s most sought-after meeting spaces. Carefully arranged gaming pods and a massive stage for main event gaming make this a truly one-of-a-kind experience for gamers.

6. As the first locally owned and operated craft beer company in Arlington, Division Brewing has made a name for itself. They have a loyal neighborhood following, and with over 20 years combined homebrewing experience, these craft brewers know how to make excellent beer.

7. If you’re town in September, the Plano Balloon Festival is not to be missed. Majestic hot air balloons fill the skies over Plano at sunrise and sunset during this three-day event. The festival also features tethered balloon rides, sky divers, fireworks, concerts, food and more.

8. Across from the luxurious patio of the Hilton Granite Park sits a new 30,000 square foot restaurant park called The Boardwalk. From burgers to a brewery, a biscuit house to a French bistro, each restaurant has a patio, and there are beachy deck chairs to enjoy the view of the water feature. New to the Boardwalk is a multipurpose pavilion for live music, fitness classes and community and charity events.

9. The Mandalay Canals in Irving are a charming part of the Las Colinas Urban Center. Inspired by the canals of Venice, the Mandalay Canals are iconic reminders of Ben Carpenter’s visionary development for this area. Connecting with Lake Carolyn, the canals wind through restaurants, shops, hotels, residences and office buildings, offering visitors scenic views of waterfalls, vinecovered bridges, and “Old World” charm.

10. New to the Las Colinas area is the just-opened Texican Court hotel. This boutique hotel features 152 retro-inspired guest rooms, wood-burning fire pits, pool, and, in true southwestern spirit, a tequila bar. Located adjacent to the Irving Convention Center for optimal convenience, the Texican Court Hotel brings rustic and refined Texan charm to Las Colinas.

Sources: Visit Dallas, Visit Fort Worth, Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau, Visit Plano, Visit Irving Texas

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