Spring break is the perfect time to become a tourist in your own city. Take a break from the ordinary, and explore these local wonders. Plus, they are all FREE!
African American Museum
3536 Grand Ave. (inside Fair Park), Dallas, Texas 75210
Tue - Fri 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
This museum houses one of the largest collections of African American folk art in the U.S. It is the only museum in the Southwest devoted to preserving and displaying African American artistic, cultural and historical materials.
Farmers Branch Historical Park
2540 Farmers Branch Ln., Farmers Branch, TX 75234
Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat-Sun Noon-6 p.m.
The park is home to several historic structures from the 1840s through the 1940s. Structures include log cabins, the oldest stone structure on its original foundation in North Texas, and a 1930s gas station. Tours are free, and the park features interactive programs.
The Trinity River Audubon Center
6500 South Loop 12, Dallas, TX 75217
9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
The center is FREE on the third Thursday of each month. The National Audubon Society operates the center, which sits on more than 120 acres. Kids can stay busy using hands-on exhibits, exploring nature trails and a Children’s Discovery Garden.
Fort Worth Stockyards
Catch “Spring Break Fun - The COWBOY Way” March 17 – 19, featuring these daily activities:
Petting Zoo: 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Fort Worth Herd CowCamp: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Cattle drive: 4 p.m.
Activities take place on the lawn of the Historic Livestock Exchange Building at 131 E. Exchange Ave. Historical walking tours of the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District are also available.
Mon-Thu 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., Fri 7 a.m. - Midnight
Sat 10 a.m. - Midnight, Sun and holidays: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Take a ride back in time through one of Dallas’ most historic neighborhoods – Uptown. The M-Line trolley is a restored antique trolley which connects three major Dallas areas: Cityplace West Village, McKinney Avenue and the Arts District. Click here for the route map.
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