A Starter Guide to Dallas & Dallas- Fort Worth (DFW)

It’s been a minute since I lived in Texas and I’m finally getting around to publishing my travel guides. We lived in Austin, which is a pretty centralized location in relation to the other popular cities like Dallas and DFW, Houston and San Antonio. We have visited each of those cities a number of times and always explored something different with each visit. These cities, especially Dallas and Houston, are huge and obviously offer a ton of things to do- so I thought I would compile a list of suggestions. Sometimes, I can find the endless options the cities offer to be overwhelming, here’s a couple of places to begin!

The Fort Worth Stock Yards was probably my favorite place out of everything I’ve seen in Dallas and DFW. It really transports you back in time to a simpler life. There are saloons, restaurants, a winery and shops all within walking distance. The infamous hotel where Bonnie & Clyde stayed. Each afternoon there is a cattle drive, where longhorns are escorted through the stockyards by cowboys on horses. You can watch a rodeo and even sit on a longhorn! You can also take the train to Grapevine, which I will talk more about later!

The Fort Worth Botanical and Water Gardens is a place of serenity you wouldn’t expect to see in the middle of a city.

Eat & Drink:

Acre Distillery 

Blue Mesa

Brewed 

Flying saucer- There are multiple locations around the US, the one in Austin closed but we did go to one in Little Rock, AR. They have an extremely impressive selection of craft beer, I could spend hours here.

Fort Brewery & Pizza

Hop Fusion Ale Works 

Houston Street Bar & Patio- A great low-key place to grab a beer while waiting for a friend!

Jakes Burgers & Beers

Rant & Suns Brewing 

Rodeo goat- This was everything we wanted, greasy craft burgers with a local craft beer selection.

The Collective Brewing Project- They had some great beers to choose from, we only got one round and headed to the next place.

The Brass Tap- I thought this might be a chain since I’ve been to other craft beer places with the same name, but I actually don’t think its affiliated with the others.

Thompson’s speakeasy

Whiskey & Rye

Winchester- An awesome, below street level bar. Gorgeous outdoor seating with a divey vibe on the inside.

Wine thief 

Things to Do:

Sundance Square was a beautiful section in DFW near a bunch of bars and restaurants. There are fountains to admire and plenty of tables and chairs for seating. It’s a great spot to hang out and kill time.

The Texas State Fair is in Dallas! Each year, the fairground is transformed to all things Texas pride! You can eat almost anything fried and on a stick, even things like fried coca-cola and fried spaghetti… I tried their award winning Fried PB&J, Banana and Bacon “Sandwich” and it was amazing! Of course there are carnival rides, but we mostly ate snacks and hung out in the Magnolia Beer Garden.

Grapevine

As I mentioned before, you can ride the train from Fort Worth Stockyards to Grapevine. There were so many excited children on the train. During Christmas, it transforms into the Polar Express, something that’s on my bucket list!

Do:

Historic downtown- there are so many shops off Main Street

City Hall- They feature Christmas lights at dusk

Whoville at Town Square Gazebo

Snow Land at Great Wolf Lodge

Gaylord Texan Ice

Eat:

Grapevine Olive Oil Company

Dr. Sue’s Chocolate

Fireside Pies

Winewood Grill

Main Street Bakery

Drink:

There are 10 wineries right Main Street, hence the name, Grapevine.

Hop & Sting Brewing Co.

I will also share my suggestions for Houston and San Antonio! Make sure to check out my travel guide for my home city, Austin! Having the advantage of being a local, I found some awesome spots I probably wouldn’t have had the time to hit if I were just visiting. Now that we moved across the country- there are still some restaurants I miss like crazy!

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