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Plant lovers will want to be sure and spend some time at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8617 Garland Road, 214-327-8263. Here you'll find the Palmer Fern Dell, Jonsson Color Garden, the DeGolyer Gardens, the Herb Garden, the Lay Ornamental Garden, Pecan Grove, Fogelson Fountain, and two historic homes. By the time you leave this 66-acre arboretum you should be fired up with enough enthusiasm to landscape your whole neighborhood!
While in Fort Worth, you will want to enjoy the beauty of the Fort Worth Botanic & Japanese Gardens & Conservatory, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, 817-871-7686. As you tour this 100-acre garden you will discover rose gardens, tidal and fragrance gardens, a 7.5-acre oriental garden, and wonderful conservatory. Then once you finish admiring this garden, head on over to the Forth Worth Nature Center & Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd, 817-237-1111, where you can explore over 3,500-acres of wilderness complete with native wild life.
For more outdoor fun, head to the Centre at Preston Ridge, 8400 Gaylord Parkway, 972-668-2986, where you can enjoy the longest continuous-themed bronze sculpture collection in the US. Highlighting life on the Shawnee Trail, viewing this display will give you a chance to see life sized cowboys, a chuck wagon, and longhorns.
The Dallas World Aquarium, 1801 N Griffin Street, 214-720-2224 is where you can watch bonnet head sharks, jellyfish, and giant grouper, then walk through the 22,000-gallon tunnel tank.For more fish fun head to the The Dallas Aquarium at Fair Park, 1462 First Ave. & MLK Blvd., 214-670-8443. Housed in its original Art Deco building in historic Fair Park, this neat aquarium features the "World of Aquatic Diversity" with unusual and bizarre salt-water and fresh-water fish species and the "Amazon Flooded Forest Exhibit" with 25 fish species from the Amazon River.
For more wildness head to the Fort Worth Zoo, 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth, TX, 817-871-7050, where you'll find over 4,500 native and exotic beasties including a rare white tiger and Raptor Canyon, which houses one of the US's top bird collections.
Then you can drop on over to the Dallas Zoo, 650 Thornton Fwy, 214-670-5656, to see gorillas, Sumatran and Indochinese tigers, and poison dart frogs, which by the way almost never turn into princes so aren't worth bothering to kiss. As you stroll around this zoo, you'll also be treated to one of the best African zoo exhibits in America.
Want something with a wild west flair? Then you'll want to head to Fort Worth and the Livestock Exchange Building, 131 E. Exchange, at either 11:30 a.m or 4: pm to catch the real live long horn cattle drive. While in this area you can also enjoy historic tours from the Visitors Center, rides on the 1896 Steam Train, the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, and the Sterquell Wagon Collection. And of course for some real western entertainment and grub there is always the world famous Billy Bobs. To see the final resting places of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde, head to Crown Hill Memorial Park, 9718 Webb Chapel Road for Bonnie; and Western Heights Cemetery, 1617 Fort Worth Ave, for Clyde.
History enthusiast will enjoy stepping back in time at the Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, 972-406-0184. Here you will find a 22-acre landscaped park featuring historic buildings from the 1800s to 1930s including a schoolhouse, train depot, and homes.
You'll find more historic homes open to the public in downtown McKinney, TX, Hwy. 75 North to exit 40, east one & 1/2 mile to Chestnut Square Hihstoric Village. Along with unique shops and restaurants this town has preserved five homes from 1853-1910 complete with period furnishings, a blacksmith, smokehouse, and chapel. You'll find more historic buildings situated to recreate a village atmosphere at the Old City Park, 1717 Gano St., Dallas, 214-421-5141.
For some interesting indoor sight seeing, you can head to the Palace of Wax and Ripley's Believe It or Not, 601 E Safari Pkwy., Grand Prairie, TX, 214-263-2391. Here you'll find over 175 lifelike figures from Hollywood, history, horror, religion, and fantasy, and weird stuff from around the world.
Fans of the TV show "Dallas" will get a kick out of visiting Southfork Ranch, 3700 Hogge, Allen, TX, 972-442-7800. Here your guide will take you on a tour of the Ewing Mansion and a tram ride around the grounds. For another taste of Hollywood, head to the Studios at Las Colinas Tour, N O'Connor at Royal Lane, Irving, TX, 972-869-FILM. On your tour you'll get to see sets, props, and other movie memorabilia belonging to the motion picture and television production company that worked on the productions of movies like Robocop, Problem Child, JFK, and Leap of Faith.
If you think sports stars are even better than those from the movies, then you'll want to set aside some time to tour Texas Stadium, 2401 E Airport Frwy., Irving, TX, 972-785-4780, call for tour information. During your tour you'll get a chance to kick a field goal, run a pass route on the field, and see the press box, stadium club, a Texas Stadium luxury box, and the Dallas Cowboys locker room.
If you love thrilling rides, you'll want to visit Six Flags Over Texas, 2201 Road to Six Flags, Arlington, TX, 817-640-8900, where they have one of the world's best rated wooden roller coasters--The Texas Giant. Plus, they will also entertain you with great shows, Warner Bros characters like Bugs Bunny, and more thrilling rides like "The Right Stuff."
If a roller coaster is way to tame for you, you might want to make reservations at Air Combat, 921 Six Flags Dr., #117, Arlington, TX, 817-640-1886. Here you will get to attend ground school, receive vertigo training, strap into an actual jet fighter cockpit/flight simulator and fly a 30 minute simulated flight. If you'd rather be all wet, you'll want to check out Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, 1800 East Lamar, Arlington, TX, 817-265-3356.
Those of us who like our thrills slow and relaxed, will enjoy hopping a ride on the Tarantula Steam Train, Depots at 2318 8th Ave and 140 E Exchange Ave in the Stockyards, Fort Worth, TX, 817-625-7245. Here you can enjoy one of three round trips beginning around in a vintage coach pulled by a full-gauge steam engine.
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