How to Make the Most of Your Trip to the Dallas Area

By , May 5, 2015 1:13 pm

Dallas is one of the country’s top cities for hosting meetings, conventions, and family-friendly vacations. May is an excellent time to visit Dallas because the temperatures are still comfortable, the flowers are in bloom, the tourist crowds are manageable, and the flight and hotel prices aren’t as high as when Cowboys football season begins.

Other than football, Dallas is known for rodeos, barbecue, and shopping. And there are many other smaller cities and towns worth visiting while you’re in the area. Whether you’re headed to the Lone Star State now or later in the year, here are a few ways to make the most of your trip to Dallas.

Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

Anyone intrigued with the history and legacy of John F. Kennedy should visit the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. It’s a permanent exhibit full of films, photos, artifacts, and displays about the investigations into Kennedy’s assassination. The museum is open year-around and includes an audio tour with excerpts of radio broadcasts and testimony about one of the most tragic times in American history.

Photo credit: CameliaTWU via Flickr

Photo credit: CameliaTWU via Flickr

Historic Texas Train Excursion

Another short side trip worth taking from Dallas is the Historic Texas Train Excursion in Rusk. There are several different excursion options available to choose from on steam engine and vintage diesel engine trains. The trains operate between July and March and last about 4.5 hours, which includes an hour layover for lunch.

Dinner at Billy Bob’s Texas Honky Tonk

Head over to Dallas’ sister city, Fort Worth to enjoy a good ole’ fashioned Southern dinner at Billy Bob’s Texas Honky Tonk. This is a family-friendly event that includes a cowboy-style dinner and bull riding on the weekends. Checking out the historic Texas Stockyards is a worthwhile visit that’s also close to downtown Fort Worth. Before or after dinner, you can play arcade games and pool, watch live entertainment, and get your photo taken on the huge stuffed replica bull. Expect to spend between two and four hours at the venue.

Photo credit: Cliff via Flickr

Photo credit: Cliff via Flickr

Group Kiteboarding Lessons

The extreme water sport of kiteboarding isn’t often associated with the state of Texas, but it’s definitely an option if you head over to nearby North Richland Hills. This area is about a 30-40 minute drive west of Dallas. Group kiteboarding lessons will teach thrill-seekers the basics of the sport, including how to fly them in the water, setting up the kite, equipment, and safety procedures. By the end of the  four-hour course, you should feel comfortable steering a kite through the water. Both half-day and full-day lesson options are offered, and lessons are scheduled Monday through Saturday throughout the year.

Sunset Champagne Balloon Flight

Another great place to visit in the Dallas area is McKinney Texas, and that’s where the Sunset Champagne Balloon Flight takes place. There’s no better way to get a bird’s eye view of the vast Texas landscape than on a fun and romantic balloon ride through the sky! This experience lasts about three hours and operates year around in favorable weather conditions.

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