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Staycation in North Texas? Absolutely! 

06/02/2016
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Sure, it’s nice to travel during summer break … but, sometimes, you just want to enjoy what you can find close to home. So we’ve compiled a list a great things to do in North Texas that’ll take only a short car ride. (Or even a short walk!) When you live in a state as great as Texas, there’s no need to go far for a great vacation! – By Susan Haney

Check these out:

Outdoorsy Fun

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When you have a craving for some natural beauty – or at least a break from icy air conditioning, these attractions will satisfy your need to play outside:

Catch a game at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington

Pick your own blueberries at the Blueberry Hill Farm in Edom, or pick peaches and blackberries at the Ham Peach Orchard east of Terrell.

Stop and smell the flowers at the Dallas Arboretum in Dallas or enjoy their Cool Thursdays Concert Series. 

Have some lakeside fun at Lake Ray RobertsLake Ray HubbardLake Arlingtonor Lake Grapevine. (See a full list of Texas State Parks here.)

Geocaching can be done in several locations around DFW.

Art & More

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Frank Stella,  Gobba, zoppa e collotorto, 1985  (The Modern Art Museum Apr 17, 2016 – Sep 18, 2016)

The museums of the Dallas-Fort Worth region have been gaining international recognition. Don’t miss these ones:

The Dallas Museum of Art, the Perot Museum of Nature & Science Museum, and the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas. (See a full list of Dallas museums here.)

The Modern Art Museum, the Kimbell Art Museum, and the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in Fort Worth. (See a full list of Fort Worth museums here.)

Get your STEM on at the Sci-Tech Discover Center in Frisco.

Arlington Museum Of Art in Arlington.

The Grapevine History Museum in Grapevine.

British Flying Training School Museum in Terrell.

The largest collection of Texas sculpture assembled at the Texas Sculpture Garden in Frisco.

Flora & Fauna

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From the furry to the scaly, and everything in between, these attractions for animal lovers let you take a walk on the wild side:

The Dallas Zoo, the Dallas World Aquarium, and the Texas Discovery Gardens Butterfly House in Dallas.

The Fort Worth Zoo and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden in Fort Worth.

The Sea Life Aquarium in Grapevine.

Wet & Wild

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Some days, you need more than a pool to keep the kids entertained.

The Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine.

Bahama Beach Waterpark in Dallas.

Hurricane Harbor in Arlington.

Hawaiian Falls and Surf & Swim in Garland.

Splash Kingdom in Canton.

Wet Zone in Rowlett.

Clear Springs Scuba Park in Terrell.

For the Whole Family

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Weekends are made for all-out fun. Here’s where you can find it:

Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington.

Legoland Discovery Center in Grapevine.

SpeedZone in Dallas.

Shenaniganz in Rockwall.

Official Paintball Games of Texas Inc. in Forney.

And not to be missed …

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Sip some vino at Grapevine Wine Tours in Grapevine.

Shop and dine in Southlake Town Square in Southlake, Highland Park Village in Dallas or Sundance Square in Fort Worth.

Indulge your sweet tooth and take a Chocolate Tour in Dallas.

The shops and restaurants at The Shops at Legacy in Plano.

Learn more about living in North Texas. Visit the Best Neighborhoods Site in DFW. President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with offices in Dallas, Fort Worth Cultural District, Fort Worth-Mira Vista, Uptown, Lakewood, Southlake, The North, Ranch and Land, Ranch and Land West, and The Ballpark.  

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