Dallas/Ft. Worth

Things to do in Dallas/Ft. Worth

Study up on the history of the cattle industry from its open range days in the 1850s to the modern era of mechanized ranches and online auctions. There’s also a collection of antique saddles, hand-forged spurs, and over a thousand branding irons.

Since 1866, ranchers have sold and traded cattle at this market; sales reached their peak in 1944 when the stockyards processed 5,277,496 heads. While regular auctions have long since ceased, the historic district still hosts a daily cattle drive and weekend rodeos. 

Located in the middle of the Fort Worth stockyards, this shop is stuffed with barrels full of sweets including old-fashioned favorites such as swirled lollypops and candy buttons.

Stop in to cheerful eatery, brilliantly lit thanks to its corner located and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, to pair cheese and charcuterie boards with bottles of wine. Check out the website for a calendar of events such as cheese tasting classes and dinners with wine pairings.

This 2,000-plus seat theater topped with an 80-foot dome is not only home to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the world-renowned Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, it also regularly invites Broadway plays and global events.

It’s unassuming from the outside, but this stylish bar with blonde-wood walls is the best place in town for a creative craft cocktail such as the Montpelier (made with bourbon, Jamaican rum, Italian vermouth and smoked maple syrup) and the Parlor (gin, Peychaud’s, apricot and lime).

Every year, just two miles East of downtown Dallas, Fair Park hosts one of the largest state fairs in the United States, a Texas-sized affair that welcomes well over two million visitors.

A travel specialist for Rudi Steele, Margery Hunter has been whisking travelers around the globe for more than 20 years. Dallas-based Hunter has been named as one of the Top 125 agents in the world by Travel and Leisure several times, and her area of expertise includes Chile and New Zealand.

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Instead of loading up on multiple vintages of classified-growth Bordeaux and Napa Valley trophy wines, the adventurous wine director here features more challenging bottlings from obscure locations and made from indigenous grapes.

In 1992, Robert Ozarow moved from New York to Dallas to work for an investment bank, but two years later he launched Empire Baking Company with his wife Meadors Moore.

Tadao Ando’s five glass pavilions form a Modernist trilogy with Louis Kahn’s Kimball Art Museum across the street and Philip Johnson’s Amon Carter Museum nearby.

Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper, who pioneered preventive medicine and literally coined the term "aerobics," created the home base for his Wellness Program inside this 30-acre facility in 1985.

Because of their dual love for haute couture and everyday fashion, Jackie Bolin, Liz Thompson, and Elizabeth O'Mahony joined together and opened V.O.D. Boutique in Dallas' trendy Victory Park development.