Deep in the Heart of Texas - My Family Travels

Living in a place that is known around America is pretty crazy, but not everyone really knows a lot about Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. Of course there are the stereotypes of everyone rides their horses to school in Texas; well the only way you are going to see that is if you visit the Fort Worth Stockyards, and a Rodeo teacher is teaching a class. 

There are so many interesting things going downtown into Fort Worth. Along with the ever popular Rodeo, there are night clubs like Billy Bob’s, there are Mazes that kids can participate in for entertainment, the Stockyard Museum,  Photo Parlors where you can get dressed up like the old west and take pictures with your friends, and even petting zoos. Being a Texan, we eat a lot of meat. So of course there are some astounding restaurants in downtown, including Cattlemen’s Steak House, Coopers pit BBQ, H3 ranch, which from experience is the best steak I’ve ever eaten, and many more restaurants to satisfy any hungry appetite.

For the Sports fans there is the amazing new Dallas Cowboy Stadium located in Arlington, where many concerts and football games are preformed. As one of the biggest stadiums in America, it is a definite must see.  There are  Cowboy Stadium tours were you can experience the whole package, including the history of the stadium, the art throughout the stadium, and of course a little football practice on the field. For more of the baseball fans, you have the Texas Rangers Ballpark, also located in Arlington, where games are played almost every weekend. Before most games, Texans have a tradition of “tail-gating”, where most people meet up in the parking lot and grill burgers and drink beer. If you’re not for eating off a paper plate in a parking lot, there are still many restaurants in the area. We Texans love to eat, so again, there is a variety of food ranging from Mexican to Italian to Chinese to BBQ; anything to suit your appetite. 

If you are looking for more of a family activity to bond with the kids, there is Six Flags over Texas, again located in Arlington. You walk in with a welcoming picture with a loony toon, and then your adventure begins.  They range from Loony toon, “kid appropriate” rides, to the giant “Titan”, and their newly added ride the Texas Skyscreamer, the world’s tallest swing extreme ride. The fun doesn’t stop at the rides in Six Flags, they entertainment is beyond great. They are very seasonal at Six Flags; During the Month of October, they have “fright fest” where they dress up like zombies, have haunted houses, crazy decorations, and walk around and scare the guest. As December rolls around, they have “Holiday in the Park”, where they have sleigh rides on actual snow and celebrate the holidays with hot cocoa. There is something fun for every person in the family. Again they have many different eating areas, ranging from burgers and fries, to Baskin Robbins ice cream. So I’m sure there is something you can find to do.  

We are all for Country music down here in Texas, but obviously everyone listens to different music. As you walk around downtown, you could run into a jazz player, and as you go a ways down, you could walk in on a techno party. Texas isn’t the stereotype that everyone thinks we are, I will admit that we like rodeo and country a little more than most states, but there is always something fun and entertaining to do in this city!

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