In November, Reagan and I will be heading to Dallas for the Family Travel Conference. Right off the bat, I knew this conference was for me because I could bring my kid! Besides all the great workshops to help me improve my travel writing and hopefully, give me the nerve to start video blogging on location, there are some great post-conference tours lined up for all those who attend. As this is our first visit to Dallas, I have to admit, I never knew there was so much to do and see. Reagan and I have chosen to explore Grapevine, the Christmas Capital of Texas!
The Dallas Arboretum nestled on the eastern shore of White Rock Lake, is an urban oasis boasting 66 lush acres of fabulous blooms throughout the year and features two historic mansions. Now through November, hosting the works of renowned artist, Dale Chihuly.
Dallas World Aquarium
A unique display of flora and fauna from five continents, 14 countries, three oceans and numerous seas and rivers. 80,000 gallons of saltwater exhibits including sharks, stingrays and hundreds of reef fish all in living coral reef ecosystems make the Aquarium a can’t miss spot.
Perot Museum of Nature & Science
A unique merger between the Dallas Museum of Natural History, The Science Place and the Dallas Children’s Museum. The facility will also include TI Founders IMAX Theater and a cutting-edge digital planetarium.
Medieval Times Dinner Show
The pageantry and thrills of an authentic medieval tournament come to life inside the walls of the King’s 11th century-style castle. A four-course feast awaits as you watch the incredible Andalusia stallions perform feats of equine skill, the pageant unfolds and cheers of the guests fill the arena.
Wild Bill’s Western Wear
A trip to Dallas wouldn’t be complete without visiting one of Dallas’ most exciting western stores.
National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame
The only museum in the world dedicated to honoring and documenting the lives of women who have distinguished themselves while exemplifying the pioneer spirit of the American West.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
Adding to the rich architectural legacy of Fort Worth’s Cultural District, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, designed by internationally renowned archietect, Legorreta + Legorreta. is dazzling with its bright colors, geometric forms, and abundant natural light. To strengthen the museum’s presentation of history, the expansion incorporates a major new center for the Cattle Raisers Museum.
Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Featuring exceptional works of major 19th– and 20th-century American artists, including masterpieces by legendary Western artists Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, plus other many other works by Georgia O’Keeffe, Stuart Davis and other noted artists.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Housing the second largest collection of modern and contemporary American and European art in the United States. Museum exhibits feature works from 1945 to the present, including painting, sculpture, works on paper, and photography.
Kimbell Art Museum
Known as “America’s best small museum,” the museum is the permanent home to Michelangelo’s first painting, The Torment of Saint Anthony. The Kimbell offers a world-class collection of art, with masterpieces from antiquity to the 20th century, including works by El Greco, Cezanne, Rembrandt, Picasso, and Matisse.
Stockyards National Historic District
Filled with sites from the Old West, great Texas-themed shopping and cuisine, rodeos, Western saloons, the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, and the Fort Worth Herd twice-daily cattle drive. You’ll see legendary structures such as the Livestock Exchange Building, and the Stockyards Station shops and restaurants in the old sheep and hog barns.
Fort Worth Herd
The world’s only twice-daily cattle drive. The Old West comes to life before your eyes as a team of cowhands drives a herd of longhorns along Exchange Avenue through the Stockyards during the Fort Worth Herd’s cattle drive. Every detail of this cattle drive – from the saddles to the chaps, from the hats to the boots – is authentic and historically true.
Billy Bob’s Texas
The world’s largest honky-tonk. At 100,000 square feet and able to hold 6,000 people, Billy Bob’s offers pool tables, a souvenir shop, a bull riding arena, more than 30 bar stations, a restaurant and more.
A national model of urban revitalization is considered one of the premier downtown settings in the country. The critically acclaimed entertainment/business district boasts 35 square blocks of shopping, restaurants, live theater, a movie theater, art galleries and more.
Grapevine Wine Trail
Grapevine is the fifth-largest wine-producing state in the U.S., and is home to several wineries and tasting rooms, as well as the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association.
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center
LEGOLAND Discovery Center DFW is like stepping into the biggest box of LEGO® bricks in the world. This 35,000-square-foot attraction has over two million bricks under one roof. Featuring hands-on play areas, a 4D cinema, LEGO rides, special party rooms for birthdays and other celebrations and the brand new LEGO City: Forest Ranger Pursuit where riders between 40 and 60 inches in height can retrieve the gold from the bank robbers!
SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium
A two-story, 45,000 square-foot aquarium housing more than 30 spectacular displays of diverse marine life for visitors to enjoy – everything from shrimp and starfish to seahorses, sharks and rays. In addition, a stunning centerpiece is the huge tropical ocean tank with a walk-through underwater tunnel.
Grapevine Vintage Railroad
Ride the rails in Victorian-style coaches that give riders the feel of travel in the days of the Wild West. The Fun Run is a shortened train ride and is perfect for younger train riders.
ICE! Merry Madagascar at the Gaylord Texan Resort.
From November 9 – January 1, see your favorite characters brought to life in an interactive world of colorful ice sculptures carved entirely from two million pounds of ice. You can also enjoy Lone Star Christmas at the Gaylord Texan Resort, a winter wonderland including 1.5 million holiday lights, a 52-foot rotating Christmas tree, a life-sized Gingerbread House, 12,000 ornaments and Santa Claus.
Photo by Victorfe.