Four Days of Fun in the "Big D"

posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 8:51:55 AM

Welcome to Texas! This week we're exploring the Lone Star State with a Dallas Vacation!

Day 1: You land in Dallas and make your way to the Grapevine area and the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center. The resort overlooks a beautiful lake and brims with Texas style and hospitality. It’s the Holiday season and you’re in for a big treat tonight, as the Gaylord Texan is presenting its annual Lone Star Christmas. With no less than two million twinkling lights, 15,000 ornaments and dozens of lavish holiday displays that include larger-than-life decorations, the evening is nothing short of spectacular. The live ice carving zone enables visitors to watch a masterful ice carver create amazing sculptures right before their eyes. And the snow tubing is a major highlight, with 12 lanes of fun. You’re quickly realizing that everything is indeed bigger in Texas!

Day 2: This morning you’re headed into downtown Dallas to visit one of the city’s truly unique attractions. The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Located just above the area where President John F. Kennedy’s life was taken, the museum chronicles the life, the assassination and ultimately the legacy of the 35th President, with films, photographs and artifacts. Following your visit, you’ve decided you’re hungry enough for the Uptown Dallas Food Tour, which enables you to enjoy three different sit-down restaurant tastings, cocktails, plus a dessert tasting. With over 15 different bites and sips - including BBQ Burger Bites, Margaritas, Enchilada Suizas and Lebanese Lahm bil Ajeen, the tour is a nice substitute for a run-of-the-mill lunch.

Day 3: You are up early and headed to the Dallas Zoo for its unique Backstage Safari. The guided tour enables you to feed the world’s largest land mammal , the African elephant, hold an endangered penguin and experience introductions to some remarkable animals, such as a cheetah, serval, tamandua, eagle owl and more. Throughout the tour, zookeepers share special stories and information about the animals they care for each day. From there, you pay a visit to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden - a really nice place for an afternoon stroll. The walkways are lined with majestic trees and shrubs. along with beautiful fountains and flowers that change with the seasons. Take a deep breath and relax.

Day 4: White Rock Lake Park offers a variety of activity options. It’s nice outside, so you begin the day with a bike ride around the park – one of the most popular places in the city to experience natural areas. Once off the bike, head over to the White Rock Paddle Company and get out on the lake itself in a kayak. Enjoy the city views, and be careful not to drop your phone in the water as you snap a photo of the skyline. Next, make the drive over to TopGolf Dallas. A fun take on a golf driving range, TopGolf offers addictive point-scoring games that anyone from a hopeful pro to a seven-year-old can play. There’s a 240-yard outfield with dartboard-like targets in the ground. The objective: get close to the “bull’s-eye” with your micro-chipped balls. It’s an entertaining way to finish off your visit to the Dallas area.

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