Dallas Fort Worth—DFW if you’re in the know—is a growing destination for Texans both born-and-raised and aspiring. From the Big D itself, which offers a bustling downtown complete with gleaming high rises to suburbs such as Plano, White Settlement, Frisco, Grand Prairie, Hurst, Bedford, Mesquite and Aledo, there’s a little pocket of Dallas Fort Worth for everyone. Here are eight reasons why you should make Dallas Fort Worth your home.
There Are Over 20 Fortune 500 Companies
As of 2019, there are 24 Fortune 500 companies in Dallas Fort Worth, making the area an exciting place for job opportunities in a variety of industries. Companies include Exxon Mobil, AT&T, Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, J.C. Penney, Jacobs Engineering, GameStop, Kimberly Clark, Fluor and Dean Foods.
Lions and Tigers and Longhorns, Oh My
Nothing says Texas quite like the sight of longhorn parading through the streets of Fort Worth. You can see this twice a day at the city’s famous cattle drive which happens at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Want to see other animals? Head to the Dallas Zoo for elephants, giraffes, cheetahs, gorillas and more plus fun events like Brew at the Zoo, a craft beer and music festival that takes place alongside the animals. There’s also the Fort Worth Zoo, which houses an impressive 542 species including lions, rhinos, wolves and zebras.
Hang Out at a Honky Tonk
A night out on the town in Dallas Fort Worth is like no place else on earth. Learn to two-step at Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth, the world’s largest honky tonk, or catch a live show at Double Wide in Dallas (don’t forget to check out the toilet cactus garden out back). Or head to Love and War in Texas in Plano for Texas fare and country music every evening.
Go For a Swim
Texas may be associated with prairies, but there are actually quite a few places to go swimming around Dallas Fort Worth. Near Frisco, there’s Lewisville Lake, a 29,000-acre lake that’s known for its famous—or perhaps infamous—Party Cove, a popular spot where boats dock for music and revelry. Another lake is Grapevine Lake, which is home to a floating water park called Altitude H20, plus swimming, boating, camping and other activities.
Two Words: Tex Mex
Who doesn’t love breakfast tacos, queso and fresh margaritas? In DFW, Tex Mex reigns supreme. Stop by one of Blue Goose Cantina’s eight locations for a Tex Mex brunch featuring churro french toast and chilaquiles, or go to Desperados Mexican Restaurant in Dallas for fried tilapia fish tacos and chipotle mayo. Margarita fan? Order a frozen one at the place it was invented: Mariano’s Hacienda in Frisco.
Theme Parks Galore
You probably already know that Six Flags originated in Arlington, but did you know that Dallas Fort Worth has plenty of other amusement parks in addition to the first-ever Six Flags? In Dallas, check out Zero Gravity, an amusement park that lives up to its name with five gravity-defying rides including bungee jumping and the Nothin’ but Net freefall ride. Also in Dallas is Adventure Landing, a family-friendly destination for laser tag, mini golf, bumper boats and arcade games.
Become a Rodeo Fan
In Fort Worth, you’ll find the only year-round rodeo in the world, which is the Fort Worth Cowtown Coliseum. Head there every Friday and Saturday for bull riding, barrel racing and mutton scrambles. In Mesquite, there’s the Mesquite Championship Rodeo, which happens every Saturday throughout the summer and is a great community event—not to mention a great excuse to buy a cowboy hat.
Texas Style BBQ in DFW
If you think Texas style barbecue is the only barbecue, you’ll have plenty of choices in Dallas Fort Worth. For pecan-smoked barbecue, try Meshack’s Bar-B-Que, an unassuming joint with a to-go window where folks line up for hot links, ribs and more. At the Dallas Farmers Market, stop by Pecan Lodge, a hidden gem featuring what just might be the most tender brisket in town. Another popular spot is Lockhart Smokehouse, which is known for daily specials, smoked potato salad and blue cheese coleslaw.
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