The sweeping Texas Prairies and Lakes Region
runs from Brenham north beyond the Dallas/Ft Worth Metroplex
. Within this massive region is some of Texas most scenic landscapes, as well as some spectacular attractions. From dinosaur tracks to theme parks and from historic sites to the "World's Largest Honky Tonk," there is a wide variety of attractions and landmarks including in the massive Prairies and Lake Region of Texas.
At just 1,500 acres, Dinosaur Valley State Park is one of the smaller state parks in Texas
. However, it houses the largest footprints in the state, as inside the park are some of the best-preserved dinosaur tracks in North America. Additionally, because of the rolling hills and Paluxy River frontage, the park offers visitors a wide variety of outdoor recreational opportunities, including camping, hiking, birding, fishing, mountain biking and swimming. Dinosaur Valley State Park is located just outside the town of Glen Rose.
Located in Arlington, just outside of Dallas, Six Flags Over Texas is one of the "original" Texas theme parks. Through the years, Six Flags has continued to grow and evolve. Today, in addition to a full cast of Looney Tunes characters, Six Flags features a myriad of thrilling rides for kids of all ages.
Founded in 1888, the Dallas Zoo is the oldest zoo in the Southwest United States. Encompassing over 100 acres, the Dallas Zoo is now also the largest zoo in Texas in terms of area. Within this massive zoo are hundreds of animal species found in exhibits throughout one of the zoo's four sections: the Entry Plaza, Lercete Family Children's Zoo, Zoo North, and the Wilds of Africa. The Dallas Zoo also features a monorail tour during the summer months.
Ft Worth's Log Cabin Village is a living history exhibit depicting life in Texas during the mid-1800s. Visitors can see village residents working in the blacksmith shop, making candles, taking care of the herb garden, and demonstrating early meat preservation techniques. There are also seven restored cabins onsite in addition to a one-room schoolhouse known as the "Marine School."
Billy Bob's, which lays claim to being the "World's Largest Honky Tonk," is the main attraction at the historic Ft Worth Stockyards. With a 6,000 person capacity and 127,000 square feet of space for dancing, drinking and eating, Billy Bob's is an attraction unto itself. However, the Ft Worth Stockyards have several other resident attractions, such as the Stockyard Museum, Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, and the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame. The Stockyards also feature great kids' activities, such as their twice-daily "cattle drives" and petting zoo.
The Sixth Floor Museum encompasses the sixth and seventh floors of the building formerly known as the Texas School Book Depository, which is located on the infamous Dealey Plaza. In fact, the Museum is actually set in the spot of the "sniper's nest," which was found following President Kennedy's assassination. Today, the Museum chronicles the events leading up to the assassination, presents information regarding the assassination and places the event in historical context.
The Dallas Cowboys remain one of the most popular sports franchises in America. And, as such, their home stadium is one of the most popular tourist stops in the Dallas/Ft Worth area. Cowboys Stadium is actually located in Arlington, just a short drive from Dallas. Of course, most fans would prefer to visit the stadium during a Cowboys' home game, but stadium tours are available during the week as well.