Fun & Games, Paintball, Ranch Activities, Nature Centers, Nature Walks, Points of Interest, Tours, Historical, Zoos
FUN AND GAMES
ADVENTURE LANDING - features three challenging 18-hole miniature golf courses, an exhilarating go-kart track, a video game room with over 60 video and prize games, 9 batting cages with softball and baseball, and a Laser Tag arena for the competitive set. When you need to recharge after a full day of fun, visit our restaurant for soft-drinks, chips, pizza and much more!Adventure Landing 17717 Coit Rd. Dallas, Tx. 75252 Ph: 972-248-4653 Fx: 972-931-1599 www.adventurelanding.com
AIR COMBAT SCHOOL 1 1/2-hr "Top Gun" sessions in single-seat jet fighter simulators. 921 Six Flags Dr, Ste 117, Arlington. $39.95 per person. Open 10 daily; appt recommended. Metro (817) 640-1886.
AMERICAS ICE GARDEN Ice skating facility w public sessions, classes, broomball & more. 700 N Pearl, Plz of the Americas. (214) $7 all ages.
CELEBRATION STATION Pizza restaurant w arcade games, mini golf, go-carts, batting cages, bumper boats, more. 4040 Towne Crossing Blvd, SW corner of I-30 & I-635, Mesquite. Mon-Thur 4-9 pm, Fri 5-11, Sat 10-11, Sun noon to 9. Adult play pass $15.99, children's play pass $9.99 for kids below 56 inches tall. (972) 279-7888.
EAGLEQUEST GOLF CENTER Lighted 4-hole par-3 course, outdoor mini golf courses, driving range & teaching facility, golf shop, video & redemption games & batting cages. Frmrly Scotty's. 8787 Park Ln at Abrams. Sun-Thur 9am-8pm, Fri-Sat 9am-9pm. Driving range opens 8:30am. $3-$12 for golf activities. (214) 341-9600.
EISENBERGS SKATEPARK Inline skating, skateboarding & BMX biking. Beginner & advanced courses. Arcade, concessions, video lounge & retail shop. 1st session 10-4:30; 2nd session 5-mdnt. 930 E 15th, Plano (btwn Ave I & J). Nonmbrs $11.50 per session, mbrs $5.50 per session; mbrshps $75. Call (972) 509-7725
GULCH AT GRANBURY Family park w 18-hole mini golf course, batting cages, lighted golf practice range, sand volleyball, video arcade & picnic area. 25 mi S of Ft Worth on Hwy 377. (other times available for groups w adv reservations). (817) 579-1515.
HIT 'N' GO DRIVING RANGE 18-hole mini golf, lighted driving range, pro shop, chipping green. 210 W Centerville. (972) 864-4653. Daily 9-10.
ICE BOUND ENTERTAINMENT CTR Daily public sessions; Ice Skating, hockey, laser tag, arcade, b'day parties, corporate Team Bldg. $5, $2.50 skate rental. 4020 W Plano Pkwy, Plano. (972) 758-SKATE.
ICE SKATING CTR AT THE GALLERIA Daily public sessions; broomball, lessons, private parties & more. Galleria shopping ctr, 13350 Dallas Pkwy. $5, $3 skate rental. (972) 392-3361.
INDOOR GRAND PRIX Indoor cart racing at speeds up to 35 mph. 11511 Emerald. 49 cents per lap plus $2.95 license (one-time fee). Sun-Thur noon-10 & Fri-Sat noon-mdnt. (972) 247-5278.
LASER QUEST Multilevel entertainment arena w fog, special-effects lighting & music. 7601 Grapevine Hwy, Ste 111, N Richland Hills. $6.50 for 25 minutes, $5 w mbrshp ($20). Tue-Thur 6pm-10pm, Fri 4pm-mdnt, Sat noon-mdnt & Sun noon-10pm. Closed Mon but avail for private parties. (817) 281-0360.
LASER STORM Laser tag arena & arcade. 201 Harwood, Ste 218, Bedford. $5.75 for 25 minutes. Tue-Thur 4pm-9pm, Fri 4pm-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 1pm-9pm. Closed Mon. (817) 281-8507.
LONE STAR PARK 36,000-sq-ft Post Time Pavilion features simulcast horse racing w 175 TV monitors, giant video walls, dining area, outdoor patio Fri-Sat 11-11 & Sun 11-9, Mon 10:30-5:30, Wed 10:30-10:30, Thur 11-10:30. Belt Line, 1/2 mi N of I-30, Grand Prairie. Under 18 must be accompanied by adult. Adm $2, parking $2. (972) 263-RACE.
MALIBU SPEEDZONE Hands-on racing activities w various car types, simulators, 36-hole miniature golf course, video & redemption games, pool tables, full-service restaurant.Sun-Thur 11-mdnt, Fri-Sat 11-2. (18 & older only after 9). Free adm. 1130 Malibu Dr (I-35E & Walnut Hill). (972) 247-RACE.
MOUNTASIA FANTASY GOLF & GAMES 3 18-hole mini golf courses, skill games, concession area. 2400 Premier, Plano. . $5.60 for 18 holes of golf (ages 13 up), $4.35 ages 12 & under. (972) 424-9940.
NEIL'S WHEELS MODEL CAR SPEEDWAY HO scale slot car raceway w 3 big racing tracks. Cars & parts for sale, rental equipment, organized racing program, slot car racing parties. 909 W Spring Creek Pkwy, Suite 290, Plano. Tue-Thur 11-8, Fri-Sat 11-11 & Sun 1-6. (972) 517-CARS.
NICKEL MANIA TX Nickel arcade w more than 125 video & redemption games, 20 games free, 100 games for 1 or 2 nickels. 2661 Midway, Carrollton. Mon-Thur 4-10, Fri 4-11, Sat 11-11, Sun noon-9. (972) 713-9500
NICKELRAMA Large facility w nickel games - video simulators, kiddie rides, redemption ticket games, party area. Games played w real nickels. 1238 Belt Line, Garland. & Sun noon-9. (972) 414-7042. $1.95 adm.
NICKEL RANCH Nickel arcade w nickel games. Redeem tickets for prizes. Lakewood Shopping Ctr, 1904 Abrams. Mon-Thur 11-8, Fri-Sat 11-10, Sun noon-6. (214) 874-0555. Adm $1.75.
PUTT-PUTT GOLF & GAMES 3 18-hole mini golf courses, arcades, laser tag ($5 per game), batting cages (15 pitches $1) concessions & more. B'day party rooms & outdoor picnic pavilion (holds 1,000). 17717 Coit. (972) 248-4966. Go-Kart track hrs: Mon-Thur 1pm-10pm, Fri 1pm-mdnt, Sat 10am-mdnt, Sun 11am-10pm. Mini golf: $5 for 1 game, $7.50 for 2, $8.95 for 3. Go-Karts: single ride, $6 double ride; Jr track $3.50.
RACE WORLD SLOT CAR RACEWAY 1/24-scale slot car raceway w 8-lane, 70-ft course & 64-ft drag stripan HO scale drag strip & 6 lane road course. Rentals, sales, organized racing programs, b'day parties & day-care packages. 915 W Parker, Ste 201, Plano. Tue-Fri 6-9, Sat noon-9 & Sun noon-5, closed Mon. (972) 881-2368.
SEGA GAMEWORKS Thru Aug 23: First Annual Summer Games Championship Competitions contestants are entered on a first-come, first-serve basis w a different sports challenge ea wk; runner-up heats lead to championship finals. All ages are invited to participate. 32,000-sq-ft entertainment complex w more than 230 games, incl Vertical Reality, Game Arc, Indy 500 Formula, Top Skater, pool, Foosball, air hockey & more. Retail shop. 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy, Suite 525 (Hwy 121 & Int'l Pkwy). Sun-Thur 11-mdnt, Fri-Sat 11am-1am. (972) 53-WORKS.
SKYDIVE DALLAS Tandem skydive $169 or $149 w group of 3 or more. Video $59, video & stills $84. Free-fall course $279. Certified jumpers $17 per jump. Wed-Fri 9 am-sunset, Sat-Sun 8:30 am-sunset. 1 hr NE of Dallas off Tx 160, 3 mi S of Whitewright. Metro (972) 251-5093 or 1-866-688-JUMP.
TX INDOOR KART RACING Cart track racing w competition ea Tue 7. 1210A Scyene, Mesquite. Daily noon-10. (972) 285-5515.
TX INDOOR SPEEDWAY 2 indoor go-kart race tracks, Grand Prix Circuit & Winged Outlaw Sprint Oval. 7601 Grapevine Hwy (Hwy 26 & I-820, exit 22A), N Richland Hills. Mon-Thur 4pm-10pm, Fri-Sat noon-mdnt, Sun noon-10. Metro (817) 577-4544.
TILT Ent ctr w Adventure Motion Theater ride, 30-ft tower of strength, Old West shooting gallery, video, redemption & sports games, motion simulators, table hockey, interactive Daytona driving simulator & more. First level, West End MarketPlace, 603 Munger, West End. Mon-Thur 11am-mdnt, Fri-Sat 11-2am & Sun noon-mdnt. (214) 720-7276.
WHIRLYBALL Game combines jai alai, basketball, hockey while driving bumper car. Party rooms & video arcade. 3641 W NW Hwy at Webb Chapel. Mon-Fri 10-10, Sat noon-mdnt, Sun noon-10. Court rentals $150/hr daily; $170 after mdnt; minimum 8-10 players. (214) 350-0117 or (214) 350-0129.
Zero Gravity Thrill Amusement Park in Dallas is the world’s only “Thrill Amusement Park” featuring 5 different extreme thrill rides. We offer the Bungee Jump, the Nothin’ But Net, Texas Blastoff, the Skycoaster and the Skyscraper. Zero Gravity is the perfect place to have parties and events. Most rides can be done with a friend, so everyone can achieve their adrenaline dreams together. We are open year round, so visit www.gojump.com for ride descriptions, hours and directions or call (972) I-DO-JUMP.”
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ACTION INDOOR PAINTBALL GAMES OF DALLAS 100 acres outdoors w 8 fields, wooded terrain. Open wkdays by reservation & Sat-Sun 9-5; 20,000-sq-ft indoor field wkdays by reservation & Fri 6pm-10pm, Sat 10-6. Retail store. 3305 E John Carpenter Frwy, 1/2 mi E of Tx Stadium. From $10, rental equipment avail. Group rates. (972) 554-1937.
ADVENTURE EXPEDITIONS PAINTBALL GAMES 8 playing fields. Reservations required. Sat-Sun 10-5. I-30 E, Exit 101. $10-$30. (903) 886-7691.
DFW ADVENTURE PARK Multiple playing fields w varied terrain on 60-plus acres. Picnic area. Individual & group rates $7 to $30. Open wkdays by appt, Sat 8-5, Sun 8:30-5:30. 501 FM3040 (5 mi N of D/FW Airport) Flower Mound. (972) 539-6682.
OFFICIAL PAINTBALL GAMES OF TEXAS 3,200-sq-ft fort, cyberball arena, jungle field, pro shop, pizza, covered pavilion & more. Night games ea Fri 7-11. Sat-Sun 9am-5:30pm. E of Town East Mall off FM740 btwn I-30 & Hwy 80. (972) 564-4748.
PAINTBALL JUNGLE Heavy jungle terrrain, speedball field, private fields avail for groups only; minimun 10 players. I-635 & Hwy 175. Reservations only: (972) 557-5151. $25 per player (incl gun, mask & 100 rounds).
PRO PAINTBALL GAMES Rentals and supplies, food and drink ea Sat 9-5, Sun noon-5. Texoma Pkwy s of Midway Mall, Sherman. (903) 892-6732.
SURVIVAL GAMES OF D/FW Outdoor paintball on 125 wooded acres in SW Dallas. Spur 408 & Grady Niblo Rd. Sat-Sun 10-5. $15 rents gun & goggles & camo all day. Metro (817) 267-3048.
TEXAS WOODLAND PAINTBALL Several fields incl a 2-acre vlg. Hwy 75 to Van Alstyne exit, E FM121 to FM2729, N to Tom Bean, E on Rosehill. Sat-Sun 9-dark. $25 per player incl equip, 100 rounds. Group rates. (972) 618-2661.
ULTIMATE PAINTBALL Urban setting w cars & barriers, designated games & more. Pacific Freight Warehouse, I-30 & Lancaster, Fort Worth. Fri 5-mdnt, Sat noon-mdnt, Sun noon-8. Fri $5 field night; $15, incl orientation, equipment & outerwear. Paintballs extra. (817) 335-WEST.
USA PAINTBALL 350-plus acres w varied terrain, 9 playing fields. Restaurant & retail store. 10 minutes E of Town East Mall at Terrell exit. Available for parties. $7-$18. Sat-Sun 9-5; reservations preferred. (972) 564-4USA.
WOLFE CITY WAR GAMES Capture the flag paintball. FM1563, Wolfe City (15 mi N of Greenville). Reservations: (903) 496-2882. $25 incl all equipment & 200 rounds.
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ADVENTURES AT SAMUELL FARM Hrly trail rides daily on 640-acre turn-of-the-century farm w petting zoo, ponies, hayrides, fishing, company picnics, private parties. 100 E Hwy 80, Mesquite. Reservations: (214) 670-8551.
CANYON LAKE RANCH 300-acre ranch w cookouts, picnics, ropes course & more. I-35 past Lake Dallas to Swisher Rd exit; left 1 mi. (940) 321-2840.
CROSS CREEK RANCH Trail rides, corporate parties, hayrides, group evening trail ride dinner w C&W entertainment. Lessons, 2912 Grapevine Mills Blvd N, Grapevine.(972) 471-2349.
DOUBLE D RANCH 85-acre ranch w pony rides, miniature golf, petting zoo trail rides, hayrides. LBJ to Lake June exit; east to Balch Springs Rd; turn right, then left on Eastgate, Mesquite. For groups of 25 only. Reservations required. (972) 289-2341.
JOLABEC STABLES 178 acres of wooded trails, ponies, fishing, picnic areas & hayrides. E of Preston on Hwy 380, Frisco. (972) 562-0658.
PALMEROSA RANCH Hayrides, trail rides, creek swings, bucking barrels & catering for b'day parties. I-20 E to Lawson exit, 1 mi then left on Lumley; ranch is on right. Reservations required. (972) 222-2732.
ROCKING L RANCH Riding in pastures & woods near Lake Tawakoni. Open daily. $13 per hr. Hwy 80 E to FM751; go right 2 1/2 mi, then left on V23815; ranch on right. Reservations required: (903) 560-0246.
126 acre educational park offers field trips, private tours, open to the public Saturdays and rental for events large and small! Group camping, bucket train rides & dining area help make Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch your next wild adventure! Open to the Public, Days are every Saturday March through November. All other events require an advanced reservation.
SHARKAROSA WILDLIFE RANCH is a 501(c)(3) non-profit ranch licensed and regulated by the USDA. www.sharkarosa.com
TX HOEDOWN Ranch w horses, wildlife trails, rocky hillsides, running creeks & more. Saddlebag lunch, sunset champagne rides, Tx Blue Bonnet Rides & all-day team-building events (incl riding & shooting). $20. By appt only: (254) 364-2676.
TX LIL'S DIAMOND A RANCH Dude ranch w riding, hayrides, hikes, playground w tree slide, fishing, all-you-can-eat BBQ. I-35E to Justin exit in Lewisville; W on FM407, continue past 35W for 2 1/2 mi; left on Mulkey to ranch. Metro (817) 430-0192.
WAGON WHEEL RANCH Hrly trail rides, corporate parties, hayrides, evening dinner rides w country & Western entertainment, riding lessons & more. 153 State Rd, Coppell. Reservations: (972) 462-0894
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CONNEMARA CONSERVANCY 72-acre nature preserve for hiking & picnicking. N Cent Expwy to Legacy Dr exit; turn left & go 1.3 mi to Alma; turn right & go 1.5 mi to Hedgcoxe; turn right & go thru cul-de-sac & across bridge into conservancy. Hours: sunrise to sunset. (214) 346-9736.
DALLAS ARBORETUM & BOTANICAL GARDEN "Storybook Playhouses" drawn from children's literature for kids to explore,"Cool Thursdays" entertainment ea Thur evening 66 acres of flowers & gardens on White Rock Lake. Lay Ornamental Garden w 2 acres of perennials; Jonsson & Palmer Fern Dell Gardens; acres of azaleas & a mist garden; toad fountain. The Woman's Garden incl sculpture on permanent loan from the DMA, architectural features & more. Gift shop. Mon-Thurs 10-9, $6, $5 srs, $3 ages 6-12, free for arboretum mbrs & children under 6; parking $3. (214) 327-8263 or (214) 327-4901.
DALLAS HORTICULTURE CTR Garden ctr features William Douglas Blachly Conservatory w extensive collection of African plants in simulated habitats. 7 1/2 acres of outdoor gardens incl herb & scent garden & rose gardens. MLK Jr Blvd, N of 2nd in Fair Park. Tue-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5. Free; donation requested for conservatory visit. (214) 428-7476.
DALLAS NATURE CTR 630 acres of prairies & woodlands w 7 mi of hiking trails, picnicking, Mary Alice Bland butterfly garden & native plant nursery. Indoor Winter Cycling Program incl training for recreational & competitive cyclists ea Tue & Thur 6:30-7:45. (972) 291-6409. Gift shop wknds. 7171 Mountain Creek Pkwy. Grounds open Tue-Sun dawn to dusk. Free; most programs have fee and require adv registration. (972) 296-1955.
FT WORTH BOTANIC GARDEN & CONSERVATORY 110 acres w rose, fragrance, perennial, Japanese & trial gardens. Conservatory houses exotic & tropical plants. 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd off University N of I-30, Ft Worth. Grounds open daily 8-dusk. Conservatory: Mon-Fri 10-9, Sat 10-6, Sun 1-6. $1 adults, 50 children 4-12. Grounds free. Japanese Garden adm $2 ages 4-12, under 4 free. (817) 871-7686.
FT WORTH NATURE CTR & REFUGE 3,500-acre wildlife refuge. Ctr has interpretive bldg, buffalo & whitetail deer & more than 20 mi of hiking trails. 9601 Fossil Ridge (NW of dtwn Ft Worth, 2 mi past Lake Worth bridge off Jacksboro Hwy), Ft Worth. Daily 9-5. Adm & exhibits free; most programs require adv registration. (817) 237-1111.
FOSSIL RIM WILDLIFE CTR More than 1,100 native & nonnative animals roaming free on 3,000 acres. 9.5-mi scenic drive w nature trail, petting pasture, fossil hunt, store, restaurant, picnic area w playground, education ctr & wildlife walk. Open daily 9-6. 75 mi SW of Dallas, 50 mi SW of Ft Worth & 3 mi SW of Glen Rose off Hwy 67. $12.95, $11.95 srs 62 & up, $9.95 children 4-11. (254) 897-2960.
RIVER LEGACY PARKS 400-acre park w nature trails, meadow, picnic pavilions & paved trails. Nature hikes Sat 10 a.m. 701 NW Green Oaks, Arlington. Park hrs: Daily 5am-mdnt. Living Science Ctr, Tue-Sat 9-5, Sun 1-5. Exhibit Hall adm; $3 adults, $2 children (2-18). (817) 860-6752.
TX EXOTIC FELINE FOUNDATION Parklike setting w lions, tigers, cougars & leopards. Picnic sites. 30 min W of D/FW Airport on Hwy 114, Boyd. By appt. only; call (817) 433-5091 1 wk in adv. $20, $10 for children 7 & older.
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CALIFORNIA CROSSING 400 acres of woods, wetlands W of Walton Walker Blvd, near Carrollton. 1400 California Crossing. Free. (214) 670-4100.
DUCK CREEK GREENBELT TRAIL 3-mi loop thru wooded area along Duck Creek w native plants such as redbud & plum trees. Picnic tables. Duck Creek Dr at Oates; access at Duck Creek Dr & O'Banion Road & Audubon Park Recreation Ctr, Garland. Free. (972) 205-3585.
ELM FORK NATURE PRESERVE 38 acres w 1-mi circular nature trail (no dogs or bikes). S side McInnish Sports Complex (1 mi W of I-35 at Sandy Lake exit), Carrollton. Free. (972) 446-3667.
LB HOUSTON Walking trails in woodland & river habitats w diverse native plants, birds & wildlife. California Crossing & Wildwood. (214) 670-6244. Free.
MUSTANG TRAIL 9 3/8-mi circular route thru Farmers Branch follows city streets & passes 22 historic points. Trail starts & ends at Historical Park in Farmers Branch btwn Denton & Ford roads. (972) 406-0184. Free.
OLIVE SHAPIRO PARK N of White Rock Lake at W Lawther & Goforth. Free. (214) 670-8281.
ROCHESTER PARK Grasslands & woods on the Trinity River. 3000 Rochester (exit Hawn Fwy at Municipal). Free. (214) 670-4100.
TEXAS TREKS All-day and half-day hikes w pack llamas & gourmet picnics at Lake Mineral Wells State Park. $30-$60. (817) 596-7731.
TURTLE CREEK GREENBELT Sidewalk from Reverchon Park to Stonebridge is 2 1/2 mi; path breaks & changes jurisdiction from Dallas to Highland Park, resuming N of Wycliff, following creek beside Lakeside & St John's. Free. Highland Park (214) 521-4161; Dallas (214) 670-8895.
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CEDAR HILL STATE PARK Scenic wooded hills, upland forests, tall-grass prairie & more. Campsites; group facilities incl two pavilions w electricity & lights; fishing, swimming, boating & more. Park's Penn Farm Agricultural History Center re-creates farm life from pioneer era through World War II w demos, structures. 4 mi SE of Grand Prairie off FM1382 & Mansfield Rd. Open daily. (972) 291-3900.
CHESTNUT SQ HISTORIC PRESERVATION AREA 5 restored homes, a chapel & general store dating from 1854 to 1918 w exhibits about Collin County history. 315 S Chestnut, McKinney (corner of Chestnut & Anthony, s of the historic dwtwn McKinney Sq). $3, $2 children.
EISENHOWER BIRTHPLACE STATE HISTORICAL PARK State historical park incl birthplace of 34th president, Dwight D Eisenhower. The 10-acre park incl exhibits, 8-ft statue, gift shop, covered picnic pavilion. 6 blks from dwntwn Denison (Hwy 75 to Hwy 120, exit 69, follow signs E). Tours: Mon-Sat 10-4. $2, $1 children 6-12, under 6 free. (903) 465-8908.
FAIR PARK 227-acre Nat'l Historic Landmark incl art deco bldgs, aquarium, Museum of Natural History, Science Place Museum, Age of Steam train exhibit, Civic Garden Ctr, Starplex Amphitheatre, Hall of State bldg, picnic areas & more. Open yr round. Free. (214) 670-8400. http://www.dallasrailwaymuseum.com
°Friends of Fair Park Visitor Ctr in Magnolia Lounge w showings of 10-min film about park. Walking tours by appt. Fair Park, near Grand Ave entrance. Mon-Fri 9-5. Free. (214) 426-3400.
FARMERS BRANCH HISTORICAL PARK Old bldgs incl Farmers Branch Railroad Depot, the Old Church. Grounds open Mon-Thur 8-8, Sat-Sun noon-8. Tours 1st & 3rd Sun ea month 1-3. 2540 Farmers Branch Lane. Free adm. Tours $1, 50 ages 7-17 & srs. (972) 406-0184.
FT WORTH STOCKYARDS Nat'l Historic District preserves architecture of frmr 2nd-largest cattle market in world. Shops, restaurants, saloons & entertainment, incl Western-theme amusement park for children, Cowtown Coliseum (site of rodeos & animal auctions) & Billy Bob's Texas nightclub. Also, terminus for Tarantula steam locomotive tour. N Main & Exchange, Ft Worth. (817) 624-4741.
FT WORTH WATER GARDENS 5-acre park designed by architect Philip Johnson uses water in scenes from tranquil to roaring, w pool, fountains & cascades. Parts of 1976 movie Logan's Run filmed here. 1502 Commerce (s of Convention Ctr), Ft Worth. Daily 10-10. Free. (817) 871-5700.
INFOMART High-tech company showrooms & office space in bldg patterned after Crystal Palace, 19th-century London world's fair building. 1950 Stemmons. Mon-Fri 8-5. Free. (214) 746-5987, (214) 746-3500 or 1-866-367-7100.
MUSTANGS OF LAS COLINAS Larger-than-life herd of mustangs sculpted by Robert Glen. Williams Sq, 5205 N O'Connor Blvd, Carrollton. Visitors ctr (Ste 155 in W tower) open Tue-Sat 10-6. Free. (972) 869-9047.
PEGASUS PLZ Plz w hot spring fountain & muse stones. Main at Akard, dwtn. Free. (214) 871-2440.
PIONEER PLZ Landscaped plaza w bronze re-creation of 19th-century cattle drive by Robert Summers. Young at Griffin, dwtn. Free. (214) 953-1184.
REUNION TOWER Observation deck offers panoramic view. $2, $1 for children 3-12 & srs, free under 3. Mon-Thur 10-10, Fri 10-mdnt, Sat 9-mdnt. (214) 651-1234.
SOUTHFORK RANCH Tourist spot associated w former TV show Dallas, including Lone Star Atrium & Ewing mansion. Private event scheduling & group tours available. N of Plano: Hwy 75 to exit 30; E 6.5 mi; right on FM2551; ranch on left. Tours 9:30-4:30, every 30 minutes. $6.50, $5.50 srs, $4.50 children 4-12, free under 4. Parking free. Daily 9-5. (972) 442-7866.
THANKS-GIVING SQUARE Complex honors concept of gratitude in all world religions. Spiral-shaped chapel designed by Philip Johnson w stained glass by Gabriel Loire, bell tower, Norman Rockwell mosaic, Hall of Thanksgiving w presidential Thanksgiving proclamations dating from 1777. Set in garden w waterfalls. Intersection of Ervay, Pacific & Bryan. Mon-Fri 9-5, Sat, Sun & holidays 1-5. Free. (214) 969-1977.
UNION STATION Restored 1914 railroad terminal houses Amtrak headquarters. Tunnel to Hyatt Regency hotel & 50-story Reunion Tower. 400 S Houston. (214) 746-6603.
WEST END MARKETPLACE Retail shops, cart vendors, food, arcade, movie theaters & Dallas Alley entertainment complex w nightclubs, outdoor stage & statues of Tx musicians Buddy Holly, Bob Wills & Blind Lemon Jefferson. Market at Munger. Mon-Thur 11-10, Fri-Sat 11-mdnt & Sun noon-6. (214) 748-4801.
°W End Foundation offers pamphlets for self-guided walking tours of W End Historic District. 1801 N Lamar, Ste 444. (214) 720-7107.
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COMANCHE PEAK Nuclear power plant w exhibits & van tour. Approx 95 mi from Dallas; N of Glen Rose off Hwy 56. Mon-Sat 9-4. Free. (817) 897-5554.
LAS COLINAS WATER TAXIS Water taxi service and private charters on Las Colinas canals. Las Colinas, 202 Mandalay Canal, O'Connor & Hwy 114, Carrollton. $3.25, $1.75 children under 13, free under 4. Call (972) 869-4321 for hours, (972) 556-0123 for charters.
MEYERSON SYMPHONY CTR Public tours Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat at 1 (schedule permitting). Private tours for groups of 15 or more. 2301 Flora. Free. (214) 670-3600.
MCKINNEY AVE TROLLEY Restored vintage electric streetcar service btwn dwtn Arts District & McKinney Ave area of restaurants, galleries & shops. 2.8-mi route from Dallas Museum of Art along St Paul & McKinney N to Hall, Cole, Allen & back. Charters avail. 75 ea way. Cars every 15-30 min Sun-Thur 10-10 & Fri-Sat 10-mdnt. Free transfers btwn trolley & DART Hop-A-Buses. (214) 855-0006.
MRS BAIRD'S BAKERIES Ft Worth plant offers group tours by reservation. 7301 S Frwy (Sycamore School Rd exit), Ft Worth. Free. (817) 293-6230.
°Dallas plant offers group tours by reservation. 5230 E Mockingbird. Free. (214) 526-7201.
STUDIOS AT LAS COLINAS Movie & TV production complex offers studio tours plus tours of Nat'l Museum of Communications. Gift shop. Tour times daily: 10:30, 12:30, 2:30 & 4 (no 10:30 on Sun). Studios, Dallas Communications Complex, 6301 N O'Connor, Carrollton. $12.95, $10.95 srs, $7.95 children 4-12. (972) 869-FILM.
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BONHAM HISTORIC TRAIL Historic sites in Bonham incl home & library of Sam Rayburn & replica of Ft Inglish, stockade built by settlers. Brochure outlining 5-mi walking or driving tour at Fannin County Museum of History, 1 Main St, Bonham (75 mi NE of Dallas; Hwy 75 N 60 mi to Hwy 121 E). Tue-Sat 10-4. Free. (903) 583-4811 or (903) 583-8042.
EDDLEMAN-MCFARLAND HOUSE Victorian mansion on Quality Hill incl restored interior woodwork, stained-glass windows & crystal chandeliers. Tours Mon-Fri 10, 11, & 1. 1110 Penn, near dwtn Ft Worth. $2.50, children free. Groups of 12 or more may reserve other times. (817) 332-5875.
STOCKYARDS TRAILS Walking tours of historic Stockyards district & tour of Billy Bob's Tx. Mon-Sat 10-6, Sun noon-5. 130 E Exchange, Ft Worth. $6, $4 children, $4.50 seniors. (817) 625-9715 or metro (214) 988-6877.
SWISS AVE HOMES TOUR 40-minute audio tape recounts history & architecture of 106 restored homes on 8 blks w stories of prominent Dallasites who lived there. Avail at gift shop, Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood, (214) 922-1256, & Preservation Dallas, 2922 Swiss, (214) 821-3290. $10.
TARANTULA EXCURSION TRAIN Restored 1896 steam engine & turn-of-the century coaches & open air patio cars travel btwn Grapevine, Ft Worth Stockyards & 8th Ave. depot. Departs Grapevine Wed-Sat 10am, returns Grapevine 3:15; Sat, departs Grapevine 8:30am & 1:45pm, returns 12:30 pm & 5:30pm; Sat departs Stockyards 11:15am, returns Stockyards 3; Sun departs Grapevine 1, returns 5:30; departs Stockyards to 8th Ave Mon-Fri noon & Sun 3. Depots: 707 S Main, Grapevine; 140 E Exchange (Stockyards); & 8th at Jones, Ft Worth. Fares: Grapevine-Stockyards, $19.95, $9.95 ages 3-12. Stockyards-8th, $10, $5.50 ages 3-12. Reservations: metro (817) 654-0898 or (817) 625-RAIL.
TX MOTOR SPEEDWAY Speedway tours & Speedway World souvenir store. Tx Motor Speedway, I-35W & Hwy 114, Ft Worth. Mon-Fri 8-5, Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5. Tour prices: $5, srs $4, children 3-13 $3, under 3 free. (817) 215-8500.
THISTLE HILL Georgian Revival mansion built in 1903 during the cattle baron era. Listed on Nat'l Register of Historic Places. Mon-Fri 11-2, closed Sat, Sun noon-3. 1509 Pennsylvania, Ft Worth. $4, $2 srs & students. free for under 7. (817) 336-1212.
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DALLAS ZOO Exhibits incl Wilds of Africa w lowland gorillas, saddle-billed storks, zebras, okapi, baboons and others roaming 25 acres (6 natural habitats incl desert, forest & bush); Kimberly-Clark Chimpanzee Forest; outdoor & indoor aviaries; Monorail, gift shop. 650 RL Thornton Freeway (Marsalis exit from I-35E). adm. $8 adults, $4 snrs 65 & older, $5 ages 3-11; pre-registered school groups, $2 (Sept-Jan) and $2.50 (Feb-Aug). Monorail: $2 ages 3 & up; open seasonally March 1-June 15 and Sept. 15-Dec. 1. Parking: $5. Daily 9-5 (regular) and 9-4(winter). (214) 670-5656.
FT WORTH ZOO "Koala Outback," an Australian exhibit including 8-10 red kangaroos & yellow-footed rock wallabies. Exhibits incl Meercats, Komodo dragons, Flamingo Bay, Raptor Canyon, walk-thru birds-of-prey aviary. Also 2.5-acre World of Primates natural habitat for great apes & others; Asian Falls w Sumatran tigers & Malayan sun bears in area w 40-ft waterfall. Overnight camping for groups of 15 or more ea Fri-Sat ($30 per person). 1989 Colonial Pkwy (off Univ Dr S of I-30), Ft Worth. $7, $4.50for ages 3-12, $3 srs, free 2 and under. Half-price Wednesdays. Portraits of the Wild art gallery $1, free for children under 3. (817) 871-7050.
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