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Recreation in Dallas and the Metroplex

There's plenty to do in Dallas and the surrounding area. Check here for recreational activities both indoors and out, including area lakes, waterparks, zoos, gardens, and wine tastings and tours.
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Fall Fun
There's lots of fall fun in DFW in 2012.

Lone Star Park
The 2011 Spring Thoroughbred Season kicks off on April 11, 2031 at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie.

DFW Summer Camps for 2011
Summer camps keep the kids busy and having fun. Some are educational, some are athletic and some are just plain fun.

The State Fair of Texas Debuts Summer Adventures in Fair Park
Enjoy a little State Fair of Texas this summer with the new Summer Adventures in Fair Park opening in May 2013. Rides, attractions, museums, a Flow Rider and more fun for your summer entertainment.

Six Flags Over Texas Debuts World’s Tallest Swing Ride and New Shows
Six Flags Over Texas opens March 2 for the 2013 season.

"Naughty and Nice" is Keith and Margo's Holiday Murder-Mystery Event
Keith and Margo's Murder Mystery "Naughty an Nice" is a fun event to celebrate the holidays in DFW.

Calendar
Welcome the beginning of Spring in DFW with many exciting and fun activities. Many are kid-friendly so have fun checking them out.

The 2012 State Fair of Texas Discounts and Deals
The State Fair of Texas offers several different discounts and deals -- some benefit the North Texas Food Bank. You can feel good about saving money and helping a worthy cause at the same time.

DFW Calendar for Concerts and Shows in June 2014
Here's your guide to great concerts, shows and more in Dallas.

Tucker Hill Hosts Outdoor Concert and Car Show April 26
Tucker Hill is hosting a big car show and classic rock concert. Fun!

Patriotic Things to Do: Celebrate July 4th in Dallas-Fort Worth
Celebrate July 4th in DFW in a patriotic way.

Fall in Dallas means the State Fair of Texas. It's time for corny dogs,...
Fall in Dallas means the State Fair of Texas. It's time for corny dogs, funnel cakes, the Texas Star and some great football.

Dallas Arboretum Concert Series
The Dallas Arboretum is the perfect location for an outdoor concert series

Gluten-Free Foods at the State Fair of Texas
On a gluten-free diet? Believe it or not, there are some g-f foods that you can enjoy at the State Fair of Texas.

Marriott at Legacy Town Center in Plano Texas
The Marriott at Legacy Town Center in Plano is a luxurious hotel walking distance to upscale shopping, dining and entertainment at the Shops at Legacy.

Dove Hunting in Texas: Where to Purchase Your Hunting License
September 1, 2011 is the beginning of dove hunting season in Texas.

State Fair of Texas Attractions, Midway, Shows and More
The State Fair of Texas is in town through October 17, 2010.

Best Place in DFW to Watch the Belmont Stakes
Watch "I'll Have Another" make a run for the Triple Crown at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie.

Don't Miss "Chihuly at the Dallas Arboretum" Through November 5, 2012

Spring in DFW
There are lots of fun things to do in Dallas-Fort Worth this spring. Take advantage of the beautiful North Texas weather and go outdoors, to a festival, or Spring Break at Six Flags Over Texas or one of DFW's great attractions.

Celebrate Memorial Day With Lone Star Park
Celebrate Memorial Day With Lone Star Park. Enjoy a Food Truck Festial, live music, horses and more fun.

2012 State Fair of Texas Concert Lineup Announced
The State Fair of Texas is famous for its concert series. There's no additional charge for concerts.

Grapevine Opens 2 New Spray Parks
Enjoy a spray park. They're fun. They're free.

Unique Valentine's Day Ideas 2012

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. It's time to make plans for your someone special.

Inexpensive Valentine's Day Ideas DFW

You don't have to spend a fortune to show your sweetheart how much you care of them. Impress your sweetie with a gift from the heart that won't require a government bailout.

TCU Horned Frogs 2012 Football Schedule
TCU plans to make big waves in the Big 12 confence in 2012!

Valentine's Day Idea for the 'Singles in the City'
Single in DFW? Feel Loved This February 14 with a Fun-Filled Fête Fashioned Just for You.

Fall Things to Do in DFW
Fall weather brings lots of outdoor activities for you to enjoy in DFW. Don't miss pumpkin patches, Halloween events, the State Fair of Texas and so much more.

"Fright Fest" at Six Flags Over Texas
Fright Fest at Six Flags Over Texas is a transormation from theme park to SCREAM PARK!

Six Flags Over Texas Celebrates 50 Years in Arlington Texas
Six Flags Over Texas celebrates 50 years in Arlington, Texas.

DFW Fun: Family Things to Do in June 2014
Here are some fun things to do in June 2014.

Keith & Margo's St. Valentine's Day Massacre
Keith & Margo’s St. Valentine’s Day Massacre/21st Annual Valentine’s Celebration in Dallas will be a bloody good time.

DFW Area Water Parks
Texas summers are hot and water parks are a great way to chill. Most parks open in May and remain open until Labor Day weekend. Water parks usually have lockers for rent, food and beverages for sale and picnic tables.

Discounts for Dallas-Fort Worth Area Senior Citizens and Military Personnel
Many DFW businesses offer senior citizen and/or military discounts.

DFW Haunted Houses

The DFW area has the scariest haunted houses around. Some are not appropriate for small children.

The Dallas Arboretum: "Autumn at the Arboretum 2011"
Fall is the perfect time to visit the Dallas Arboretum. Don't miss 50,000 pumpkins and more during "Autumn in the Arboretum," which runs through November 23, 2011.

Frisco Spray Parks
Enjoy a Sprayground when temperatures climb in Frisco.

How to Stay Cool in DFW This Summer
Here are some great ways to cool off in DFW this summer.

Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game Benefiting the Mike Modano Foundation
The Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game Benefiting the Mike Modano Foundation is a fun family event with lots of your favorite professional athletes, hot dogs and fireworks.

Tim Halperin - American Idol Season 10 - TCU Graduate Tim Halperin - Tim...
Tim Halperin - American Idol Season 10 - TCU Graduate Tim Halperin - Tim Halperin 2011 American Idol Contestant - Frogs for the Cure - The Last Song

Halloween Activities in DFW
It's close to midnight and something evil's lurking in the dark/Under the moonlight, you see a sight that almost stops your heart. Those are the first lines to Michael Jackson's hit "Thriller." I still think it's the greatest Halloween song ever. Dallas/Fort Worth residents love Halloween. From Haunted Houses and pumpkin patches to...

What to Do in Dallas During May DFW - Dallas Spring Calendar Things to Do in...
What to Do in Dallas During May DFW - Dallas Spring Calendar Things to Do in May 2011 - DFW Events Calendar May 2011

Dallas Arboretum - Dallas Blooms - Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden -...
Dallas Arboretum - Dallas Blooms - Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden - Spring Events DFW - Easter Dallas - DeGolyer House - Floral Festival Dallas

Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center at Cedar Hill Grand Opening
Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center at Cedar Hill opens with a free weekend of activities on Saturday, September 10, 2011.

Dallas Spring Break Activities - DFW Spring Break 2011 - Spring Break DFW...
Dallas Spring Break Activities - DFW Spring Break 2011 - Spring Break DFW Things to do - DFW Spring Break Staycation

National Anthem Auditions Held at Lone Star Park February 22, 2011
Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie will host its 15th annual National Anthem auditions on Tuesday, Feb. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Six Flags Over Texas Celebrates 50th Season With Special Spring Break Hours
Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington celebrates 50 years, specials hours for Spring Break 2011.

January 2011 Calendar

Out with the old, in with the new. Make a new year's resolution to have more fun in DFW! I'll provide some fun options for your social calendar.

The NFL Experience Dallas
The NFL’s interactive theme park is coming to North Texas leading up to Super Bowl XLV at the Dallas Convention Center Jan. 27-30, Feb. 2-6, 2011.

Hawaiian Falls Hosts Champions Day for Special Needs Children, Adults
In 2013 Champions Day is set for June 22 and August 17.

Joe Satriani Set List
The set list for the Joe Satriani concert at the Granada Theater in Dallas on January 18, 2011.

DFW Businesses Offer Discounts to Seniors, Active Military Personnel

Many DFW businesses offer senior citizen and/or military discounts. Here are a few local business that offer special deals.

Simple Ways to Throw the Perfect New Year's Eve Party in DFW
Let's get this party started whether it's in Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Frisco or Burleson! It doesn't matter whether you pick up the phone and invite friends over or send an engraved invitation, people love to be with other fun people. So send a text message, announce your party to your friends on Facebook, or just email them, but have...

Super Bowl XLV
The Super Bowl is more than just a game--it s a full-on NFL experience. Throughout the weekend there are parties, concerts, celebrity events and a whole lot more--all geared toward the main event. If you have a ticket to the Super Bowl, then you are one lucky person. Super Bowl XLV will be played on February 6, 2011 at Cowboys Stadium in...

Super Bowl XLV Headquarters

Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX is going to be the most-watched sporting event in America.

Dallas Public Pools
The city of Dallas has twenty-one public pools. Admission costs $1 for kids 11 and under and $2 for those older. Call the specific pool for details about swim lessons.

Cottonbelt Trail - Hurst, Texas Segment
The Cottonbelt Trail is part of the planned Dallas Fort Worth Veloweb which will connect suburbs to downtown and residential neighborhoods to the areas where the residents work. The Hurst segment of the Cottonbelt Trail is still in the planning stages. When complete, it will stretch for one mile from Precinct Line Road at the Hurst/North Richland Hills city line to the Hurst/Colleyville near the intersection of Bettinger Drive and L. D. Lockett Road.

Cottonbelt Trail - Grapevine, Texas Segment
The Cottonbelt Trail is part of the planned Dallas Fort Worth Veloweb which will connect suburbs to downtown and residential neighborhoods to the areas where the residents work. The Grapevine segment of the Cottonbelt Trail stretches for 2.78 miles from Pool Road/Brumley Avenue to William D. Tate Avenue/Ball Street with a planned expansion of 2.8 miles.

Cottonbelt Trail - Colleyville Segment
The Cottonbelt Trail is part of the planned Dallas Fort Worth Veloweb which will connect suburbs to downtown and residential neighborhoods to the areas where the residents work. The Colleyville segment of the Cottonbelt Trail stretches for 2.3 miles from Bettinger Road to John McCain. Colleyville provides one access point at the Pleasant Run Road Soccer Complex and Park (6501 Pleasant Run Road).

Boot Camps - Getting in Shape in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex
These boot camps are designed to get you in shape fast. Most are five days a week for one hour each day for four weeks, although some camps offer Fitness Blasts of shorter durations. The intense workouts will improve your fitness and strength and might reduce your size, too.

Heritage Senior Center in Irving
The Heritage Senior Center in Irving provides recreational activities, hot meals, and informative classes for senior citizens.

Hike and Bike Trails in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex
The Dallas area has excellent weather for outdoor activities. Here is a collection of hike and bike trails in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. Remember your sunscreen and hat and some comfortable shoes and get outdoors.

Waterparks
Summer is hot around here and waterparks are a great way to cool off. These parks open in mid-May to the end of May and stay open until August or early September. All the waterparks have lockers for rent, food and drinks for sale (and cooler restrictions), and picnic tables. Check their web sites for promotional offers and special group and...

Oval Rose Garden at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens
The oval rose garden at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens is a great place to view roses that grow well in this area and get an idea of what will look good in your landscape. All roses in this garden can be sniffed while your feet are firmly planted on the paved path. The garden consists of several planting beds arranged in three concentric ovals. The raised beds contain rich, fluffy soil and are…

Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park
The Texas Discovery Gardens in Fair Park features themed gardens with native and adapted plants. The caretakers pride themselves on their organic gardening methods with low water use and environmentally friendly practices.

Spring at the Fort Worth Nature Center
A walk through the Fort Worth Nature Center gave me several ideas for plantings in my own yard. Native wildflowers abound and I know they can stand the tough Texas summers because nobody waters them at the Nature Center. Some butterflies and dragonflies decorated the flowers and made them look even prettier.

Astronomy Clubs in the Metroplex
The Dallas area contains a plethora of astronomy clubs, many with around one hundred members, so it's clearly a popular hobby. Here are just a few of the local astronomy clubs.

Community Recreation Centers in the Metroplex
Getting fit doesn't need to be expensive. These city-owned recreation centers have a variety of classes and facilities ranging from aerobics, basketball, and martial arts classes to free weights and the latest Nautilus equipment. Some even have swimming pools and indoor tracks.

Fort Worth Nature Center
The Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge is 3600 acres of what the Dallas Fort Worth area used to look like.

17 Dallas Public Pools Are Open
Dallas has seven public pools open from Memorial Day weekend through September 6, 2010. Some pools are closed for renovations.

Dallas World Aquarium
The Dallas World Aquarium houses a wide variety of exotic and endangered species.

Stay Cool in Dallas Sprayparks
If you're looking for a cool place to take the kids this summer, try a spraypark. Dallas has 8 sprayparks and it's free. Weekday hours vary at the parks. All parks are open Saturday/Sunday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

August Calendar
Lots of fun things to do in DFW in August.

Klyde Warren Park: The Ultimate Deck Park in Dallas

Bing National Tailgating Championship to Decide Who's #1 in the Parking Lot
Reggie Bush and Fort Worth’s own Joe Cahn will host the Bing National Tailgating Championship as six of America’s best tailgating crews will battle for the “Golden Grill.”

Frisco Public Pools
Summer's here and it's time to find a place to cool down. Frisco has a couple of public pools so you can beat the summer heat.

Arlington Swimming Pools
Arlington has a number of swimming pools. It's a great way to beat the Texas heat and get some exercise.

Dyno-Rock Indoor Climbing Gym
Located in Arlington at 608 East Front Street (near the intersection of Collins Street and Division Street), the indoor rock climbing gym has 25' walls for all skill levels, boulders, and air-conditioning. Bring a partner or use one of their auto-belayers.

TCU Horned Frogs 2010 Football Schedule
Many believe that this year's team could handle itself just fine in the Big 12. The Horned Frogs are expected to dominate the Mountain West division once again. It's possible that we'll see another 12-0 season.

DFW Spas

We love to be pampered. A good mani/pedi and all is right with the world again.

Malibu Speed Zone
Find racing, golf, and video games at Malibu Speed Zone, located at 11130 Malibu Drive in Dallas (near the intersection of I-30 and Walnut Hill).

DFW Area Lakes
DFW has a number of lakes which offer lots of opportunities for fun.

NRH2O
This waterpark in the city of North Richland Hills has body slides, innertube slides, a wave pool, an endless river, and special water fun for kids less than 48" tall. A great way to stay cool in the summer.

Dallas Dog Parks

Dallas Dog Parks.

8th Annual Dog Bowl is May 4, 2014 at Cotton Bowl
Dog Bowl 2014 is set for May 4 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

August in DFW: Hot Deals for a Cool Time
August is hot so here are some hot deals where you can have a cool time!

Check Out The Crockin' Girls and Their New Cookbook at Costco August 15th
Known as The Crockin’ Girls, Jenna Marwitz and Nicole Sparks will hold a book signing August 15, 2012 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Costco in Plano..

Six Flags Over Texas Celebrates "26 Days of Giving"
Six Flags Over Texas is launching a new philanthropic campaign called "Six Flags 26 Days of Giving." The event begins today and will run through December 20.

Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Located at 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. in the Fort Worth Cultural District (near the intersection of I-30 and University), these gardens cover 109 acres and showcases 21 display gardens of both native and non-native plants. The romantic Rose Garden is a popular wedding spot.

Hurricane Harbor
Twenty-one rides make this waterpark the place to go on hot summer days. Opens 26 May 2007. Located near the intersection of I-30 and Highway 360. It's easily visible from I-30.

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