Around Dallas - 3/15/2015
Find Your Own Adventure!
Your Wilshire Heights newsletter often features nearby neighborhood businesses, restaurants and things to do. But with spring upon us and summer not far behind, here is a look at some ideas for exploring the Dallas region as a tourist in your own city. Whether you have lived in Dallas all your life or are new to the city, there are many gems to check-out and explore. Maybe you are expecting out-of-town visitors this summer or just want to take a “stay-cation,” here are some ideas to consider:
DALLAS BY CHOCOLATE!
Wow, what could be better? A tour bus will take you through Uptown, Downtown, Oak Cliff, Park Cities and beyond to sample an array of savory and sweet items from local small businesses while soaking up fun facts and history of Dallas. Helpful information about Dallas by Chocolate and Dallas Bites! is found at www.dallasbychocolate. com.
Here’s a new way to see Dallas:
DALLAS SEGWAY TOURS offers three different tours, each showcasing a unique perspective of some of Dallas’ most interesting areas. There is a tour of the KATY NATURE TRAIL, the DEALEY PLAZA THEN AND NOW, and THE AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER TOUR. All tours begin in the West End Historic District and are led by Certified Dallas Tourism Ambassadors and include thorough safety training for all tours. Ages 14-70 will enjoy these activies. For additional details, check their website at www.DallasSegwayTours.com.
Another outdoor adventure awaits you at the TRINITY RIVER AUDUBON CENTER. Along the Trinity River, the great TRINITY FOREST, at 6,000 acres is the largest urban hardwood forest in North America. It supports an incredibly diverse community of plants, animals and ecosystems. FIND OWL PROWLS, BIRDING CLASSES, a 2 HOUR GUIDED FLOAT TRIP down the Trinity River in canoes, as well as CAMPING and HIKING for all ages at trinityriver.audubon.org.
We all know about Dallas’ many fine art museums, but do you know about some of the free programs such as THE NASHER’S 1ST SATURDAYS PROGRAMS FOR KIDS? On the first Saturday of each month, a free program of activities based on a monthly “Big Idea” is offered that includes an art project, an art scavenger hunt, yoga in the garden and storytime. See www.nashersculpturecenter.org for more information.
The DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART offers a free program of LIVE JAZZ every Thursday from 6:00 - 8:00 pm in the Atrium, with food and cocktails available for purchase. For specifics, visit www.dma.org fon upcoming performances.
DALLAS BLOOMS: DEEP IN THE HEARTS OF TEXANS is the annual floral festival at the DALLAS ARBORETUM running through April 12th and featuring some 500,000 blooming bulbs along with life size Texas themed topiaries including two longhorn steers, two horses and the Texas Star: all great photo-ops!
COOL THURSDAYS CONCERT SERIES resumes at the DALLAS ARBORETUM in April with an exciting new 2015 lineup featuring eight new tribute bands, honoring such greats as Elton John, Billy Joel, Buddy Holly, Dave Matthews Band and more. Plan to picnic on the lawn with White Rock Lake as your backdrop. For full details and to purchase tickets for all arboretum events, go to www.dallasarboretum.org.
While you are on the Klyde Warren Park website, see the many scheduled events including musical and dance performances, movie nights, yoga, tai chi, boot camps and more. Satisfy your appetite with a variety of nearby food trucks and restaurants.
The Dallas Arts District and the Dallas Center for Architecture have joined to present an ARCHITECTURAL WALKING TOUR of the largest urban arts district in the United States. Held on the first and third Saturdays of each month, the tours begin at 10:00 am at the ceremonial entrance to the Dallas Museum of Art (Flora and Harwood). Led by a trained tour guide, your 90 minute tour will examine buildings from the 1890’s to 2015. For more information, go to www.thedallasartsdistrict.org.
What could be more Texas than AT&T STADIUM, home of the Dallas Cowboys (a.k.a. Jerry’s World or the Death Star)? It is good to know that many of us who would not shell out the big bucks to go to a Cowboy game can still take a reasonably priced tour of the largest domed stadium in the world. Choose from selfguided tours, VIP tours or an Art Tour of the stadium’s museum quality contemporary art at www.attstadium.com/tours.
Also at AT&T Stadium: a free community event presenting PUCCINI’S LA BOHEME, one of the most popular operas of all time on Saturday, March 21st at 7:30 pm (doors open at 6:00 pm). With free seating, free parking and paid concessions, you can view a live simulcast from the Winspear Opera House on the country’s largest high-definition screen. World class opera in a unique, relaxed setting, and a wear-what-you-want dress code. Visit www.dallasopera.org/simulcast for details on this and future events.