8 Attractions and Places to Visit in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area of Texas
About Dallas-Fort Worth Texas
Dallas and Fort Worth are two separate cities in Texas, but together they make up most of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, which also includes the cities of Arlington, Denton, Irving, Plano, Frisco, Richardson, and Grapevine. Dallas is slightly bigger, more popular, and more populous than Fort Worth, with more than 1.3 million residents. This is understandable being that Dallas is one of the top cities with significant job opportunities, which is a huge relocation selling point to many visitors.
Fort Worth, on the other hand, has a population that’s less than 1 million people but is still a very thriving city. Despite these differences, the cities are about a half an hour drive away from each other, and there are tons to do in each! Knowing that, it’s important to note that, of course, the job sector plays a significant role in both city’s growing populations, but you can’t deny the fact that their entertainment and attractions play just as much of a significant role in its population as well.
Here, we’ll take a look at some of Dallas and Fort Worth’s top attractions as well as attractions in a couple of surrounding cities.
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science
If you’re traveling to Dallas with kids, this is one of the best educational places to take them. This museum features many hands-on activities, such as a scavenger hunt, a farmer’s market, and an engineering hall, science has never been so entertaining for your kids.
The Dallas World Aquarium
Not too far from the Perot Museum is the Dallas World Aquarium. This “aquarium” is known for its rainforest that houses a variety of different species in addition to marine life. It is often thought of more as a zoo than just an aquarium.
The Dallas Museum of Art and The Nasher Sculpture Center
This museum houses over 25,000 pieces of art from all over the world. There are even exhibits featuring local artists. Right across the street from the museum is the Nasher Sculpture Center where you can see a variety of outdoor sculptures by modern and contemporary artists.
Klyde Warren Park
Located not too far from the Dallas Museum of Art, you’ll find what is known as an “urban park”. At Klyde Warren Park, you’ll have many activities to choose from, such as concerts and seasonal events, walking trails, and several restaurants.
White Rock Lake and Park
Located 10 miles outside of downtown Dallas, you’ll find this large, 1,000 acre, more traditional “green” park. Here you can enjoy fishing, biking, and even a nice picnic by the lake. This park is the perfect place for families to relax, as there are activities for everyone and the park is also pet-friendly.
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
Inside of White Rock Lake and Park is where the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens are located. You’ll be able to see thousands of varieties of flowers, sculptures, and there’s even an eight-acre museum for children.
Fort Worth Attractions
Again, Fort Worth is a little over a 30-minute drive from Dallas. Though they are two separate and different cities, it’s worth visiting and experiencing both. You can travel in your own car or if you’re traveling with a large group, use a DFW bus rental to spare you from having to navigate between and within the two cities.
The Fort Worth Zoo
Similar to the Dallas World Aquarium, this zoo features tons of different species of animals, most notably from different regions of the world. You’ll be able to see animals native to Asia, such as the white tiger, and animals native to Australia like the kangaroo.
Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District
This unique part of Fort Worth pays homage to its western days. You’ll feel reminiscent of the Wild West with cattle drives and restaurants that prepare traditional “cowboy cuisine”. It’s also worth it to visit the Stockyards Museum and the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.
The AT&T Stadium in Arlington
This is the home of the Dallas Cowboys, one of two NFL teams in Texas. As one of the largest stadiums in the country, this stadium seats 80,000 people. There is also a huge collection of art housed in the stadium.
Austin is another major city, and the capital of Texas, and it’s about a three-hour drive from the DFW Metroplex. Austin also has several places to visit, including the Zilker Metropolitan Park, the Blanton Museum of Art, and the Bullock Texas State History Museum.
There’s no need to try and decide between a trip to Dallas or a trip to Fort Worth because visiting both is very feasible. The cities are more connected than separated, though they both offer something unique but it will require a few visits to take in everything both cities have to offer.