Dresdner Does DFW

A few years ago I made a list of all the things I should do in the DFW area before I move away.  I haven’t made it very far on the list, but my plan is by having it on this page of my new and improved blog, I am held accountable.  Also, some of the items I have done before, but prior to making the list, so I will do them again for photo documentation!  I’ve had to make a few minor adjustments since some of the places have closed since I first made the list, but more or less, it’s close to what it originally was.  So here is the list, in no particular order:

Dresdner Does DFW

1. Run the Rock

I did it!  13.1 miles later, I’m so proud!

2. Eat a hot dog and frozen custard at Wild About Harry’s
3. Volunteer at the North Texas Food Bank
4. Attend a football game at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium

The Cowboys stadium, transformed for the Cowboys Classic: Michigan vs. Alabama

Yup, I was there, miserable, horrible, despicable game and all!

5. Find a dinosaur footprint at Dinosaur Valley State Park 
6. Drink a beer on Lower Greenville during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Block Party

At the St. Patrick’s Day Parade

St. Patrick’s Day Beer Garden on Lower Greenville

7. Eat something fried (that wouldn’t normally be fried) at the Texas State Fair 

Fried Peaches and Cream


8. Attend the Dallas International Film Festival

Not only did I attend, but I volunteered!

I made it on the red carpet!

 9. Go to Billy Bob’s, just for the experience
10. Take country dance lessons at Gilley’s 
11. Have High Tea at the Adolphus
12. See a rodeo at the Fort Worth Stock Show

Ride ‘em cowboy!

Proof that I was really there!  Talk about Texas in its true form 

13. Make mozzarella at the Mozzarella Company
14. Eat at LBJ’s favorite BBQ joint, Angelo’s
15. Take a tour of Southfork Ranch, where Dallas was filmed
16. Order one of the three items to choose from off the menu at Joe T. Garcia’s

Waiting in the really long line to get into Joe T. Garcia’s 

Joe T. Garcia’s Chicken Fajitas 

17. See the bluebonnets along a bluebonnet trail

Bluebonnets in Ennis

So purdy!

18. Experience the Canton First Monday Trade Days

We’ve arrived in the world-famous Canton, Texas 

It’s a flea-market junkie’s heaven! 

19. Go to the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth
20. Pick lavender at Lavender Ridge Farms in Gainesville

Fresh lavender

Pick-your-own lavender field

21. Drink a soda at the Old Doc’s Soda Shop
22. Eat a kolache at the Czech Stop in West

Can’t travel down to Austin without stopping at the Czech Stop!

I’ve got the goods to bring home   

23. Go to the museums and gardens at Fair Park
24.  Visit the Kimball Museum in Fort Worth (have already done several times, but will do again for photo documentation)
25. Visit the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (Have already done several times, but will do again for photo documentation)
26.  Visit the Amon Carter Museum of American Art
27. Go to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
28. Visit the Sid Richardson Museum
29. Go to the Dallas Museum of Art (have already done several times, but will do again for photo documentation)
30. Go to the Nasher Sculpture Center

Nasher Sculpture Garden; even the front sign is cool!

Blending in with the statues  

31. Visit the Dallas Arboretum (have already done, but will do again for photo documentation)
32. Go to the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens
33. Visit the Sixth Floor Museum and the JFK Memorial Plaza (have already done, but will do again for photo documentation)
34. Hang out by a fire pit at Lee Harvey’s (have already done, but will do again for photo documentation)
35. Explore the Trinity River Audubon Center (have already done, but will do again for photo documentation)
36. Enjoy a popover and Neiman Marcus
37. Discover and get lost in the tunnels in downtown Dallas
38. Walk around White Rock Lake

Crossing one of the many bridges at White Rock Lake

Stopping for a quick break on our 9.3-mile trek out side the old pump house

39. Drive to see the christmas lights at Jeff and Bridgett Trykoski’s home in Frisco
40. Check out the view from Five Sixty in Reunion Tower (have already done, but will do again for photo documentation)
41. See a show at the AT&T Performing Arts Center
42. Enjoy the Dallas Opera
43. Listen to a show at the Dallas Symphony (have already done, but will do again for photo documentation)
44. See a show at the Dallas Black Dance Theatre
45. Hang out at Sundance Square
46. Explore the Perot Museum of Nature and Science

IMG_4424 Checking out the dinosaurs!

IMG_4432We finally got tickets to the Perot museum!

Do you have anything you think I should add to my list?  I’m always looking for new and interesting things to do and see in DFW!

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Laura Stockdale March 11, 2013 at 7:30 am

So impressed with a non-native Dallasite list . . . must admit there are several I haven’t done and want to try. Dallas Arboretum is, of you listed, a must, but go now at Dallas Blooms! It’s AMAZING!!! Dallas Opera — do a Sunday matinee and go have brunch in the arts district! When in Fort Worth, be sure to drive thru TCU — right down the street from the Ft. Worth Arts District — there’s even a DG house there!!!


Kim March 11, 2013 at 10:55 am

Thanks Laura! I agree, the Arboretum is one of my favorite spots in Dallas. I had a membership for a while and love the Blooms! Hopefully I’ll get a photo of me actually being there this time around so I can officially cross it off the list ;)


Tyler Hitchcock May 10, 2013 at 11:15 am

Great List Kim! If I ever need something to do, I am going to print your list, and pick one. There is stuff on here I would never have thought of.


Tyler Hitchcock May 10, 2013 at 11:24 am

Also, you should probably see a Rangers, a Rough Rider’s, Texas Tornados, Stars, Cowboys, and Mavericks Game. Just sayin. Maybe a FC Dallas game too if you are into that.


Kim May 10, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Thanks for the additions! I’ve gone to some of those sporting events before, but yeah, I guess they’d be good to add to the list.


Renee Gibson August 30, 2013 at 11:04 am

You should check out one of the SMU Meadows School of the Arts performances. In particular, the brown bag performance by the dance department! It’s free and you bring a lunch. It happens for one week in the fall and spring. Let me know if you ever want to go!


Kim August 30, 2013 at 11:05 am

Ooh, yeah, that does sound like a fun one! I’ll add it to the list and we can make a lunch date out of it! ;)


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