George and Mikki Borquez detail their 5 day Texas adventure “spurred” by the desire and love of travel.
My husband and I had 5 days to spend on a long weekend and after much deliberation, we decided to fly to Dallas, Texas and see what we could do during that short time period. Our Texas adventure started when we picked up our rental car at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport and began our drive to Arlington, Texas, about 25 miles away. This was our first stop as it was still baseball season, and we decided to get a hotel within walking distance of the Texas Ranger’s baseball stadium (now known as Globe Life Park) in Arlington. We’d be able to take in the game, not worry about fighting traffic or paying for parking plus we’d get to enjoy a few beers without having to drive. It was a fun evening as we walked there and back to our hotel after the game, feeling sorry for those stuck in grid lock traffic!
The following day, we took the VIP guided tour of the magnificent AT&T stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, located across the street from Globe Life Park. Thanks to staying in a nearby hotel, we were able to walk there as well. You name it, we saw it from the locker rooms of the Dallas Cowboy players to those of the Dallas Cheerleaders, the private suites, the press box, the interview room, the Miller Lite Club and most exciting, the field itself. There is nothing like standing on the 50-yard line in that immense stadium!
Our third day was spent at the Fort Worth Stockyards (17 miles from Arlington) where there’s a daily cattle drive through town (definitely an experience for this city girl). We weren’t there for the annual rodeo but I’m sure it would be a lot of fun to see! We had lunch at a cowboy saloon, toured the Cowboy Hall of Fame and listened to some great country-western music before heading to Dallas (36 miles from Fort Worth Stockyards) for the remainder of our stay.
I was always a fan of the TV show “Dallas”, starring Larry Hagman, Linda Grey and Patrick Duffy, so of course touring South Fork Ranch was high on my list of things to do! The grounds and the main house are impressive and meticulously maintained. There is a small restaurant on the premises in addition to a gift shop. A tram takes you from the visitor center to the main house; along the way you see horses and Texas longhorn. They’re open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the cost is very reasonable ($15.00 or less depending on if you’re purchasing an adult ticket, senior citizen or child’s ticket).
A more sobering tour was that of the Texas School Book Depository building, or the JFK History Museum and Sixth Floor Museum, as it’s also known. I was 12 years old when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated and have always been fascinated with his life and legacy. The tour is self-guided and is respectful to all that happened there. It overlooks Dealey Plaza and the grassy knoll, as well as the bridge the motorcade passed under on the way to Parkland Hospital that fateful day in November of 1963. The hours and prices for this museum are almost identical to that of South Fork Ranch.
We managed to get in some time to tour downtown Dallas before heading back to the airport for our journey home. I’d definitely visit this area again, lots to do there!