Perot Museum of Nature and Science#6 in Best Things To Do in Dallas – Fort Worth
If you've brought the kids to the Big D, set aside some time for a visit to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. This 180,000-square-foot facility is jam-packed with hands-on exhibits and educational displays that address such topics as Texas ecosystems human evolution. One particular highlight for recent visitors was the T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall, which features towering dinosaur skeletons and an educational scavenger hunt. The Rose Hall of Birds also captivated visitors: Here, interactive displays explain how birds fly and socialize.
Many travelers say that the Perot Museum makes an excellent respite from the hot and humid Texas weather and they were pleasantly surprised by the museum's excellent hand's-on exhibits. Reviewers also said this is a great activity for the whole family, as its attractions appeal to a wide range of age groups.
The Perot Museum sits a few blocks north of the Dallas World Aquarium, on the outskirts of downtown Dallas. You can reach the museum by taking the No. 52 or No. 59 bus from downtown, or taking the light rail to Akard Station (accessible via all lines). There's also on-site parking available for $10. You can stop by the museum between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday or from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. General admission is $20 for adults, $13 for youth ages 2 to 12. Admission to any special exhibits or 3-D films will cost extra. Tickets can be purchased in advance through the museum's website; however, in order to receive any available discounts (such as military or teacher discounts), you must purchase your ticket at the museum. If you purchased a Dallas CityPASS, your admission is included.
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#1 Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District
If you only have a day in Fort Worth, head straight to the Stockyards. This living museum pays tribute to Fort Worth's Wild West heyday with daily cattle drives and plenty of restaurants serving up cowboy cuisine. Start your visit at Stockyards Station at the heart of this historic neighborhood – from here, you can join a guided walking or Segway tour or hop on a stage coach. If you're interested in the district's history, pay a visit to the Stockyards Museum, which is housed in the former Livestock Exchange building and now contains an extensive collection of documents and artifacts from Fort Worth's Old West era. Meanwhile, the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Texas Trail of Fame will also offer insight into Fort Worth's most notable residents. If you have kids in tow, take a twirl through the Cowtown Cattlepen Maze or a ride on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad.
Recent visitors strongly recommend visiting the Stockyards on a Friday or Saturday night for the Championship Rodeo. Starting at 8 p.m., talented cowboys will show off their riding, roping and racing skills in the Cowtown Coliseum. Afterward, you can test your dancing skills at Billy Bob's Texas – at 3 acres, Billy Bob's claims to be the world's largest honky tonk. While many reviewers said this was a great activity for first-time visitors, they also cautioned that it is quite touristy.
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