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Old 06-05-2007, 08:17 AM
 
Location: DC burbs
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Our first trip to Dallas is this week. There is a job interview and a realtor to meet up with. Outside of that, what should we plan on seeing to get a feel for the area? Bear in mind we're past the bar/club scene age and are more interested in things families can do together...museums, parks, fun malls, activities.

Where would you go and be sure to see if you had three days in Dallas?
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Old 06-05-2007, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Dallas
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The Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center next door are good. The original Neiman Marcus is downtown and it is really beautiful. Fair Park has several wonderful museums. The mall I like is Northpark. Drive around Whiterock Lake, it's really beautiful. Hmmm... what sorts of things do y'all like to do?
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Old 06-05-2007, 09:44 AM
 
Location: DC burbs
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Those were the things I had in mind, a little culture, scenery, and shopping. We are low key. You have given me some good ideas.

Thanks!
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Old 06-05-2007, 09:45 AM
 
Location: The Big D
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The Nasher

White Rock Lake and the Dallas Arboretum (do NOT forget the camera)

McKinney Ave during the day w/ kids and ride the trolley

Victory Park/Plaza (Ch. 8 News is broadcast from here so just like Times Square you can stand at the windows and see the broadcast)

Firewheel Town Center - outdoor mall in Northeast Garland

If you want indoor malls for the kids then Stonebriar is the best one for small kids but if the weather is great then head to the outdoor mall instead and enjoy the weather and eat outside at one of the restaurants

NorthPark Mall is great but not as much for kids - no food court here at all but some great restaurants

Dallas Farmers Market

As I've said to others when you get here it will be well worth picking up the latest issue of D Magazine AND a Dallas Mapsco. It will be money WELL spent. The magazine has hordes of listings for restaurants and reviews along w/ the best of "_______" (this month it is about eating local) and other goings on throughout the metroplex. The Mapsco will be a LIFESAVER when it comes to finding how to get around the area. Easy to use and quick to look a location up.
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Old 06-05-2007, 09:52 AM
 
Location: West Bloomfield
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NorthPark Mall is great but not as much for kids - no food court here at all but some great restaurants
Actually, Northpark has had a food court for over a year now, and it's the best one I've seen! It has a Tin Star, WhichWich (AWESOME subs) Chick-fil-A, Sonic, a pizza place, a salad place, Chinese, etc. I love it!
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Old 06-05-2007, 09:58 AM
 
Location: West Bloomfield
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You've gotten a lot of good suggestions. White Rock Lake has a fun playground area that overlooks the lake. Not sure how old your kids are, but mine are 3 and 6, and this is one of their favorite spots. Especially since they can go feed the ducks first!

The Dallas World Aquarium is a fun place for kids, too.

In my opinion, the Dallas Zoo is not so great. The Ft. Worth Zoo, however, is fantastic. You probably won't venture over there this weekend, but do keep it in mind once you get here!

Good luck!
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Old 06-05-2007, 10:09 AM
 
Location: The Big D
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Actually, Northpark has had a food court for over a year now, and it's the best one I've seen! It has a Tin Star, WhichWich (AWESOME subs) Chick-fil-A, Sonic, a pizza place, a salad place, Chinese, etc. I love it!
See, I tell my kids they still don't have one so that we HAVE to go to PF Changs or the Bistro. LOL!!!
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Old 06-05-2007, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Where are you staying?

Some of the attractions I recommend are:

The Nasher Sculpture Gardens
School Book Depository and grassy knoll (Where JFK was shot from)
The Dallas Galleria
Southfork Ranch (located in Parker)
The downtown area
The Reunion Tower (next to the Hyatt Regency)

I'd also recommend taking the DART around and getting a feel for the area.
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Old 06-05-2007, 10:22 AM
 
Location: DC burbs
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We're staying in Plano. The Dart is a great idea. Do people use it regularly to commute? I am not so into the Southfork Ranch. I have mixed feelings about the grassy knoll and book depository..perhaps because I will have a toddler in tow. Reunion Tower? I have to go google that.

Thanks a bunch!
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Old 06-05-2007, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Garland Texas
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NorthPark Mall is a definate must see, great architecture, world class shopping. It is one of the few malls from the 60's to not only survie but thrive. Anyone who has grown up in Dallas has slid down the inclined planters as a kid.

Stonebriar Centre in Frisco a very family friendly mall, they have a family lounge up stairs, and there is a huge carousel next to the food court. They have an entire kid friendly wing downstairs with a play area, and childrens stores.

The Science Place in Fair Park is a popular destination. I loved going there as a kid. It's highly interactive, so it tends to keeps kids attention span. I'll second Dallas World Aquarium.

The Kimball Art museum in FW has some pretty impressive exhibits, but with your limited time here it may be a bit of a drive. If you want a real back to nature park there is a big chunk of forest preserve along Holford road in Garland. Not playgounds there, but lots of trails with beautiful scenery. Just up the road from there on the Garland/Richardson border is Breckenridge Park. They have paved hike and bike trails, lots of open space, and play areas.
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