Sights & Attractions
Dallas/Fort Worth has a dazzling array of attractions and sights to fit any interests. Whether you enjoy an evening at the opera or an exciting end to a hockey match, the Metroplex has just what you’re looking for. Adorned with unlimited opportunities for fun, this section should serve as your resource for an incredible selection of attractions, museums, recreation centers, golf courses and sports venues. By canvassing some of the area’s highlights, you’ll be able to explore the very best the Metroplex has to offer.

Famous as the setting for the classic television show, “Dallas,” the city is well known as the residence of the Ewing family and the location of their famous homestead Southfork Ranch. Southfork Ranch may be the perfect place to begin your tour of the Metroplex’s many attractions as the ranch has attracted millions of visitors. Once you’re ready to step out of the past, the Metroplex features many different entertainment and attraction districts for you to enjoy.

Located two miles east of downtown Dallas, Fair Park is home to nine museums and six performance facilities, including the Music Hall, Center, the Band Shell and the Cotton Bowl Stadium. This National Historic Landmark has the largest collection of 1930s Art Deco exposition style architecture in the United States located on 277 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. Noted as the new Western Metroplex filled with friendly people, Fort Worth unites Western heritage, cultural attractions and sporting events into one amazing city. The economy offers diversity that ranges from the Texas Motor Speedway to the Stockyards and Bass Performance Hall.

Arlington is well known throughout the state and the Southwest as the “Entertainment Capital of Texas.” Among its many attractions and destinations, Arlington is the home of Six Flags Over Texas theme park, Hurricane Harbor (the nation’s largest water park) and the new home of the Dallas Cowboys. Along with these three entertainment districts, many other Metroplex cities feature exciting annual events such as Grapefest, Taste of Addison, the Plano Balloon Festival and the State Fair of Texas.

Arts & Culture
The Metroplex prides itself in its arts and culture with applauded performances of music and theater throughout the year. One of the most striking performance centers is the beautiful Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. The Music Hall at Fair Park hosts Dallas Summer Musicals and the Dallas Opera. The Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth showcases the very best of the city’s performances from the Cliburn Concerts, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Opera and the Texas Ballet Theater.

In addition to the wide variety of live productions, Dallas and Fort Worth feature world-class art districts. The Dallas Arts District touts the second largest collection of Asian arts in the United States as well as the nationally recognized Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center. The Fort Worth Cultural District claims several top museums in the state including the Modern Art Museum and the Kimball Art Museum. Recently, the Perryman Group reported that DFW is Texas’s most “arts intensive” metro area on a per capital basis, with more than $6,000 expended per person on cultural arts.

Recreation Centers
Whether you decide to spend an afternoon outdoors or in, Dallas and Fort Worth possess impressive scenery on both fronts. DFW features more than 150 public and private golf courses, and plenty of great weather in which to perfect your game, including five expertly designed and carefully maintained courses by the Dallas Parks and Recreation Department. The Dallas Arboretum, nestled on the southeastern corner of White Rock Lake in east Dallas, is one of the gems of the botanical gardening world. Home of the Southwest’s largest outdoor spring floral festival, Dallas Blooms, it is a nationally recognized display garden featuring fabulous floral color in beds throughout the year. Located on 66 acres minutes from downtown, the arboretum is truly an urban oasis.

Explore the Fort Worth Botanic Garden and walk through a living museum filled with year-round spectacular flowers and foliage. Twenty-one world-renowned specialty gardens are nestled within a nine-acre setting. Enjoy the European designed rose garden, the Japanese rose garden with its koi pond and the lush tropical flowers and foliage of the conservatory.

In addition to the beautiful landscaped recreation centers, the DFW region offers its visitors numerous glistening lakes ready for sun and fun. In fact, lakes surround Dallas. Find a variety of popular fishing and boating destinations including those set along White Rock, Lewisville, Ray Hubbard and Joe Pool lakes.

Equipped with professional football, basketball, baseball, hockey, golf, automobile racing and thoroughbred horse racing, Dallas’s sports fans have a lot to cheer about. Contributing to the popularity of Dallas sports is the year-round great weather.

Ready to play in a new billion-dollar stadium this year, is America’s Team, the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys are five-time Super Bowl Champions and considered the most valuable sports franchise. Thrilling sports fans at the impressive American Airlines Center are the trailblazing Dallas Mavericks and the 1998-1999 NHL Stanley Cup Winners, the Dallas Stars.

Nearby, hotdogs and sodas are devoured as fans watch the legendary Texas Rangers play ball at Ameriquest Field in Arlington. And kicking its reputation into high gear, soccer fans cheer the only division-one professional outdoor soccer team in the Southwest known as the FC Dallas. Sure to stir up some dust, The Mesquite Championship Rodeo saddles up roping and riding excitement. In addition, Texas Motor Speedway hosts major league racing that will get your heart pumping with adrenaline. And get your bests ready as thoroughbred racing circles the track at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie.