1. Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
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Pappadeaux’s is not your typical restaurant. Sure it has your typical seafood dishes like Lobster, Crawfish, Oysters, and Salmon. It’s real secret dish locals find mouth-watering, however, is probably something you may only find in the deep south, or maybe even Texas: Crispy Fried Alligator. Each gator is farm-raise and is super tender. A taste that tastes vaguely of chicken and is hard to describe, locals will tell you it’s a taste you have to experience for yourself. The Creole sauce, however, is a mixture of spicy with a hint of sweet and tangy. They do also offer kid-friendly and gluten-free options, which makes this the perfect place to visit in order to munch on tasty food.
2. Cowboys Dance Hall:
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Directions: 10310 Technology Blvd. Dallas, TX 75220
You’ve heard the songs about Honkytonks, now it’s time to try one. Lace up your boots and put on your hats, this is an old-fashioned dance hall for 18 years old and above, so it makes for a fun couple date night. With live music from popular country bands, two-step country dancing, bull rides, and a disco ball made out of a saddle, this is a must-see for anyone looking to try being a cowboy or cowgirl for a night. Not a good dancer? Free dance lessons are offered every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Fee to get in varies depending on which night you’re going. For popular bands, it’s recommended you reserve online in advance.
3. Uptown Food Tour
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Ever dreamed of being a food critic? Explore 125-year-old uptown Dallas through the eyes of a foodie. For just $49 per person and 2.5 hours of your time, you’ll get to enjoy the VIP treatment as you learn the cultural history of Dallas and background of each restaurant, enjoy a delicious tasting of foods from scratch, and get to see 5-star restaurants. This is a walking tour, so wear your walking shoes, casual clothes, and sunscreen. These tours are available for Lunch and Dinner. Attendees must be at least 8 years to come.
4. Go to the Dark Lego Side at the Legoland Discovery Centre
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Did you know that the LegoLand Discovery Centre offers Adults Only nights as well? Normally, an adult must be accompanied by a child in order to go, but the last Monday of every month, adults are invited to leave the kids at home and come to an event for kids-at-heart. You can build and create to your heart’s content and all for a mere $12.99. Of course, you’ll need to make sure you purchase tickets ahead of time to ensure you get in.
5. Bike or Walk the Katy Trail
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Remodeled from an area filled with old railroad tracks, this fun pedestrian trail is beautiful. People can rent a bike to bike the trail or walk/jog it. After you bust a sweat, stop by Katy Trail Ice House for an ice cold beer. This Australian-style beer garden and restaurant has over 50 beers on tap and is a great way to cool down after hoofing or biking the trail. Just make sure to drink plenty of water, because this trail spans quite a ways.
6. Log Cabin Village
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Enjoy the sights and smells of 19th century Texas. This log cabin village brings Texas history to life. There are log cabins authentic to the time period, blacksmith shops, old fashioned schoolhouses, smokehouse, gristmill powered by water, and a herb garden. Dressed like the time period, the staff gives the place a unique feel for visitors while they teach history in a fun way. Although you can’t go directly through each structure (you go in and view via a barrier), they do have a schoolhouse and a hands-on cabin for families that are a must see. People wishing to learn more about history or are history buffs will enjoy seeing this village.
7. Flight Deck Trampoline Park: 7751 Scott Street, Fort Worth, TX 76108
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This building is filled with trampolines everywhere. Its indoor-connected deck is massive and fun for the whole family. They have basketball hoops, dodgeball, and workout classes that are done via trampolines. They have flight deck controllers to make sure your jump is a safe one. For the little ones, there is a kids’ corner, so they can still have fun. This fun-filled arena is perfect for families or for people wanting a good workout or hour of fun. No outside food or drinks are allowed, so make sure to bring enough money to keep yourself hydrated.
8. Authentic Fort Worth Ghost Bus Tour
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Over the centuries, Fort Worth has been home to outlaws, cattle drives, oil barons, and even ghosts. Learn about the madness, mystery, and mayhem of Ft. Worth through a bus tour. Tour the most haunted places in Fort Worth in such places as Parker Cabin: the last known home of Cynthia Ann Parker, the blue-eyed squaw, before her untimely death and the spot where John F. Kennedy gave his final address before he was assassinated. Fans of ghost hunting or those looking for a little-haunted fun will enjoy this bus tour.
9. Fort Worth Zoo
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Ft. Worth Zoo was founded in 1909. Starting with one lion, two bear cubs, an alligator, a coyote, a peacock and a few rabbits, it now is home to more than 500 species. In addition to beautiful animals, attractions include a Safari Splash area for kids, an outdoor learning center, train, carousel, petting zoo, play barn, shooting gallery, and more. It currently is home to a baby elephant and gorilla. Perfect for families who love animals, this fun-filled zoo not only focuses on conservation of animals but also on education. Because it is a larger zoo, make sure to bring plenty of water to keep hydrated.