Dallas was incorporated in 1856 and is currently a part of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area. The city of Dallas maintains and operates 406 parks on 21,000 acres of land. The parks system includes 17 lakes, 61 miles of trails suitable for biking and jogging, 276 sports fields, 60 swimming pools, 258 tennis courts and six golf courses. In addition to its outdoor activities, there are other recommended places to go in Dallas.
Gilley's in Dallas is a high-energy nightclub that caters to a country-western, 18-and-up clientele. This downtown Dallas location has a casual dress code and is part of the nightclub chain that was named for famed country music star, Mickey Gilley, who had 39 top-10 country music hits. The design scheme of this establishment is complete with an enormous dance floor, pool tables, an exciting light show, an exposed brick bar and a mechanical bull. Gilley's has seven different private rooms for personal gatherings and business events where catering is available. Events include live music on Friday and Saturday, and Gilley's even offers dance lessons Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.
1135 S. Lamar St.
Dallas, TX 75215
Dallas Arboretum is the city's botanical garden that is located in the Lakewood area, just off the shores of White Rock Lake. This floral wonderland has more than 500,000 blooming bulbs that will be in full bloom in springtime. There are 13 different gardens at the Dallas Arboretum that includes the Jonsson Color Garden that sits on 6.5 acres, has more than 2,000 different types of azaleas, and is also filled with daffodils, tulips and dogwood in the spring. The Dallas Arboretum features a concert series that runs until the end of October and includes acts such as A Hard Night's Day, which is a Beatles tribute band out of Dallas.
8525 Garland Road
Dallas, TX 75218
State Fair of Texas
The State Fair of Texas is place for adults who are visiting the fairgrounds with or without kids. The 2010 fair will run from Sept. 24 through Oct. 17 at Fair Park, which is in South Dallas. The fairgrounds complex is situated on 277 acres that is two miles east of downtown Dallas. Fair Park is a National Historic Landmark that is also home to the Cotton Bowl. The fair features the Texas Star Ferris Wheel that rises to 212 feet and corn dogs that are now world-renowned as they were first created at the State Fair of Texas in 1942. In addition, there are 70 to 75 amusement rides, about 8,000 livestock entries, 200 food services locations/booths and approximately 7,000 creative arts exhibits. The exhibit space is around 370,000 square feet and is spread throughout six different buildings.
State Fair of Texas
3921 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75210