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Staycation in North Texas? Absolutely! 

Sure, it’s nice to travel during summer break … but, sometimes, you just want to enjoy what you can find close to home. So we’ve compiled a list a great things to do in North Texas that’ll take only a short car ride. (Or even a short walk!) When you live in a state as great as Texas, there’s no need to go far for a great vacation! – By Susan Haney
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Save the Date: Bastille on Bishop Is July 14!

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Plan to head to the Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff from 6-10 p.m. Monday, July 14, for wine tastings, music, dancing and outdoor markets. The annual Bastille on Bishop festival returns! (The video above, from You + Dallas, will give you a taste of fun.)

Why make such a big deal out of a French holiday … in Texas? Glad you asked. Here’s how the organizers of Bastille on Bishop explain it:

“Ever wonder where the Reunion Tower got its name? You’ll have to head back to 1855, when Dallas was in existence for only 14 years, to find a group of 200 mostly French settlers led by Victor Considerant who made their way from Houston by ox cart to setup a “Utopian Community” based on the ideas of Charles Fourier in what is now North Oak Cliff. … The community brought Dallas its first piano and beer brewery, and though it would collapse within a few years, many of the settlers who disbanded would later move to the city of Dallas and formed much of the cultural endeavors that made the young city stand out from other landlocked communities.

“One of the La Reunion inhabitants, François Jean Cantagrel, would later return to France and become the Vice Mayor of Paris. Other notables included former Conductor of the Paris Odeon, Allyre Bureau.

“The Bastille on Bishop Festival honors our city’s rich French history by promoting the art, culture, history, and spirit of a nation who helped form our early identity.”

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Spring Means Festivals, Fun in North Texas

2014 Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival 

The Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival March 27-30 honors the distinctive nature of Fort Worth cooking, food, beverage and culinary traditions in a multi-day festival. fortworthfoodandwinefestival.com

2014 Deep Ellum Arts Festival 

Deep Ellum transforms into one enormous street festival April 4-6 featuring 200 decorative and visual artists, 100 bands, singer/songwriters, the renowned Pet Parade, and food and drink. deepellumartsfestival.com

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Klyde Warren Park Young Dragons with the Crow Collection of Asian Art

Experience ninja games and activities that teach kids and adults how to think and move like a real ninja with lessons on ninja tools, ninja balance and more; Saturdays in March and April from 10-11 a.m. klydewarrenpark.org

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Dallas Museum of Art Spring Break Activities

Enjoy a fun-filled week of art-making activities, family tours, storytimes and gallery activities for families. Spring Break programs are held daily March 12-15. dallasmuseumofart.org


The Dallas Opera’s Spring Gala, Friday, April 4, 2014 

Gala Chairs Betty and Stephen Suellentrop invite you to be mesmerized by internationally renowned Texas-born tenor Jay Hunter Morris in a private recital followed by a gala dinner on stage at the Winspear Opera House. dallasopera.org 


The Kimbell Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection

Discover the life, culture and pageantry of Japanese samurai warriors February 16-August 17 through more than 100 remarkable objects from one of the largest collections in the world. kimbellart.org

Best Things to Do at the Perot Museum

Perot Museum’s Spring Discovery Camp

Spring Break Discovery Camp combines hands-on exploration with stimulating scientific concepts to keep young minds sharp over spring break. March 10-14; children grades K-6. perotmuseum.org

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Dallas Blooms: Birds in Paradise   

Enjoy the 30th anniversary of the Dallas Arboretum’s major floral festival Dallas Blooms February 22-April 6, with the theme “Birds in Paradise.” dallasarboretum.org

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Plano Symphony Orchestra Grand Finale: Lucille & Alessio

Hector Guzman and the Plano Symphony conclude the 2013-2014 season with internationally acclaimed piano team Lucille Chung and Alessio Bax. 8:15 pm April 5 at St. Andrew United Methodist Church. Planosymphony.org


Savor Dallas

Savor Dallas brings together over 60 great chefs and delicious cuisine March 20-23. Events will take place in the Dallas Arboretum, the Dallas Arts District, the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas and Main Street Garden. savordallas.com

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Dallas International Film Festival

The 8th-annual Dallas International Film Festival will be held April 3-13. During the past seven years, the Festival has featured the finest in U.S. and international cinema. Dallasfilm.org

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Frisco Arts in the Square 

Arts in the Square 2014 takes place March 29-30 and features over 120 local and regional artists selling their handmade creations. friscosquare.com

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Texas Discovery Gardens Native Plants for Dallas Landscapes

Discover Metroplex-worthy plants for your garden 10 a.m.-noon March 29 and take home a native plant. Register in advance. texasdiscoverygardens.org

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Trinity River Audubon Center’s Celebrate Birds Festival

The Celebrate Birds Festival will showcase the power and diversity of birds at the Trinity River Audubon Center April 5. trinityriver.audubon.org

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Fort Worth Botanic Garden 

The butterflies of Asia will be featured in Butterflies in the Garden exhibit held in the glass Conservatory through April 6, 2014. fwbg.org

— By Molly Price

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Vintage Dallas: A History Buff’s Guide to Exploring Our City

Dallas may be a thriving modern metropolis, but it’s also full of history. Here are some great ways to explore the historic side of Dallas, from The Dallas Morning News’ GuideLive:

1) THEATERS — “The Majestic Theatre (built in 1921 as a vaudeville house), Texas Theatre (opened in 1931, the Oak Cliff movie theater is where Lee Harvey Oswald was captured), Kessler Theater (opened in Oak Cliff in 1942 as a movie theater) and Sons of Hermann Hall (built in 1910 in Deep Ellum as a private lodge) all offer modern-day films or performing arts in vintage spaces.” Continue reading Vintage Dallas: A History Buff’s Guide to Exploring Our City


Memorial Day Weekend in Dallas-Fort Worth!

See what’s happening for Memorial Day Weekend in Dallas-Fort Worth!

Carry The Load Dallas Memorial March and Celebration

Sunday, May 26 2:30pm
Reverchon Park, Dallas

“Dallas will be celebrating with, Carry The Load, a national 20-hour Memorial Day event honoring service members and their families. The event will be held at Reverchon Park/Katy Trail. Participants are invited to march at any point during the 20 hours. The event kicks off with opening ceremonies at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday and the march begins at 4pm. The march ends at 12:12 p.m. on Monday, followed by closing ceremonies. There will be a performance by The Dallas Symphony Orchestra at Flagpole Hill at 8 p.m. on Monday, followed by fireworks.” Continue reading Memorial Day Weekend in Dallas-Fort Worth!


Great Texas Staycation Ideas

When you live in a state as great as Texas, there’s no need to go far for a great vacation! For that matter, you don’t even need to leave DFW! Here are some great for the exploring the Dallas-Fort Worth area:

Outdoorsy Fun

Texas is full of natural beauty, and these attractions will help you enjoy it:

Catch a game at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington

Pick your own blueberries at the Blueberry Hill Farm in Edom, or pick peaches and blackberries at the Ham Peach Orchard east of Terrell.

Stop and smell the flowers at the Dallas Arboretum in Dallas

Have some lakeside fun at Lake Ray RobertsLake Ray Hubbard, Lake Arlingtonor Lake Grapevine (see a full list of Texas State Parks here)

Geocaching can be done in several locations around DFW


There are tons of museums in DFW, but here are a few you’ll want to be sure to see:

The Dallas Museum of Art, the Perot Museum of Nature & Science Museum, and the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas  (see a full list of Dallas museums here)

The Modern Art Museum, the Kimbell Art Museum, and the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in Fort Worth (see a full list of Fort Worth museums here)

Arlington Museum Of Art in Arlington

The Grapevine History Museum in Grapevine

British Flying Training School Museum in Terrell


Take a walk on the wild side at one of these attractions for animal lovers:

The Dallas Zoo, the Dallas World Aquarium, and the Texas Discovery Gardens Butterfly House in Dallas

The Fort Worth Zoo and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden in Fort Worth

The Sea Life Aquarium in Grapevine

Water Parks

Any of these great water parks are sure to make a splash with your family!

The Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine

Bahama Beach Waterpark in Dallas

Hurricane Harbor in Arlington

Hawaiian Falls and Surf & Swim in Garland

Splash Kingdom in Canton

Wet Zone in Rowlett

Clear Springs Scuba Park in Terrell

More Family Fun

Any of the above attractions can be enjoyed by people of all ages, but these are especially fun for kiddos:

Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington

Legoland Discovery Center in Grapevine

SpeedZone in Dallas

Shenaniganz in Rockwall

Official Paintball Games of Texas, Inc. in Forney

Other Attractions

Sip some vino at Grapevine Wine Tours in Grapevine

Shop and dine in Southlake Town Square in Southlake, Highland Park Village in Dallas, or Sundance Square in Fort Worth.

Indulge your sweet tooth and take a Chocolate Tour in Dallas.