It’s summertime, and you’re looking for an adventure. But for whatever reason-, you’re not able to leave the Metroplex.

No worries! Living in the Dallas-Fort Worth area provides many exciting possibilities to be a tourist at home. Explore DFW (and skip the airport and hotel) with these 8 staycation possibilities!


In Grapevine, Texas, the massive, impressive Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel & Convention Center features more than 486,000 square feet of meeting space, 1,814 guest rooms and a lot of things to do.

Completely indoors (and air conditioned!), this facility offers views of beautiful Lake Grapevine, 4.5 acres of lush indoor gardens and riverwalk, a seasonal water park, indoor and outdoor pools, a spa, 10 restaurants, nightlife and more. And you don’t even have to book a room there to enjoy it all!


The Historic Fort Worth Stockyards District could be a daylong excursion of its own, as you look at cattle driving’s past, present and future. Enjoy twice-daily cattle drives at the Fort Worth Herd, a rodeo every Friday and Saturday night at the Stockyards, horseback rides along the river at the Stables, and plenty of history at the cowboy and cowgirl museums.


The Museum shares:

“Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is among the 10 largest art museums in the country and is distinguished by its commitment to research, innovation and public engagement. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its global collection, which encompasses more than 24,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Located in the nation’s largest arts district, the Museum acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary events, and dramatic and dance presentations. Since the Museum’s return to free general admission in 2013, the DMA has welcomed more 3.2 million visitors.”


While you can’t go wrong seeing animals from all over the world at either Dallas’ zoo or Fort Worth’s, popular opinion seems to be that the Fort Worth Zoo has the edge with better habitats and an entertaining train ride.

The Dallas Zoo is the oldest zoo in the state, having been founded in 1888. It is home to more than 2,000 animals, representing more than 400 species. Highlights include a new 3.5-acre Hippo Outpost, a monorail, rescued African elephants and more.

Founded in 1909, the Fort Worth Zoo is now home to 7,000 native and exotic animals, and regularly finds itself near the top of the country’s zoo rankings by Family Life magazine, the LA Times and USA Today. Fans enjoy the aforementioned train, new baby elephants, baby gorillas, and an all-new African savanna habitat.


If you shout out “show me the money,” the Bureau of Engraving and Printing will gladly oblige.

From the Department of the Treasury’s website:

“The BEP’s public Tour and Visitor Center located in Fort Worth, Texas is a great place to learn about U.S. currency. Visitors can see where billions of dollars are printed from an enclosed walkway, which is suspended above the production floor! Over half of the nation’s currency order is produced in Fort Worth. Available before or after the free self-guided tour, the experience includes an informative theater film, and visitors have the opportunity to walk through two floors of interactive exhibits and displays showcasing currency history and the intricate art of currency manufacturing.”


The 109-acre Fort Worth Botanic Garden is the oldest of its kind in Texas, marking 84 years in 2018. It features 2,501 species of native and exotic plants in 21 specialty gardens. Open daily, all but the Conservatory and Japanese Gardens are free to the public. Themed gardens include vegetable gardens, fragrance gardens, rose gardens, a native Texas boardwalk and a water conservation garden. Shaded and lush, it’s a great escape from the infamous North Texas summer sun.


From the Reunion Tower:

“Dallas’ horizon brightens with Wolfgang Puck’s Five Sixty atop Reunion Tower, Downtown’s iconic 560-foot landmark with its distinctive glowing ball. Upon ascending 50 stories, diners depart from the elevator at the center of the master chef’s restaurant. From the moment guests enter, they are greeted by floor-to-ceiling windows that line the restaurant, offering 360-degree views of Dallas as the room revolves.”


But if you’re looking for the best views in DFW, or you realize you want to see everything in one fell swoop, give Texas’ premier helicopter tours and charter service a call.

Longhorn Helicopters offers specialty tours of Dallas, Fort Worth and Mid-Cities that will give you a perspective like never before. Enjoy the experience, take some incredible pictures and live like a tourist in your own town.

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