Thanksgiving is a cherished time to spend with family and friends, eating delicious meals and watching football. But there are some other fun things you can do as well.
1. The Dallas Zoo, covering 106 acres, is the oldest and the largest zoological park in Texas. Established in 1888, it began with two deer and two mountain lions but has grown quite a bit since then. It now shelters over 2,000 animals of more than 400 species and was named one of the 20 best U.S. zoos by USA Today. Their original inmate population of two deer and two mountain lions has grown to dozens of birds, everything from eagles to pelicans, vultures to condors, and green wood hoopoes to macaws. You can see elephants, monkeys, meerkats, and okapi. And let’s not forget their reptiles – the zoo has an impressive collection of snakes, crocodiles, and other critters that most people don’t usually cultivate an acquaintance with. The length of time it will take you to see everything depends on how fascinated you become with some of the special attractions, but you should probably figure on a minimum of three hours.
2. If you’d like to see something a little bigger than your average elephant, you could check out the dinosaurs at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The Perot Museum of Nature and Science also boasts a dozen permanent exhibit halls including the Moody Family Children’s Museum, the Lamar Hunt Family Sports Hall, the Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall, the Lyda Hill Gems and Minerals Hall, and others. And don’t think this is one of those museums where you trudge around behind a tour guide (while stifling yawns). They have activity stations where you can build things, assemble puzzles, create moving pictures and even design a mission patch for space. The building itself is also quite unique, designed with such features as a 54-foot continuous-flow escalator that is enclosed in a glass structure that extends outside the building, the textured outer skin of the structure that makes it look like it dissolves into the sky, and the “landscaped tour across Texas” on the roof.
3. What could be more appropriate at Thanksgiving than Thanks-Giving Square? The Square was the brainchild of four businessmen who wanted the City of Dallas to be recognized for its accomplishments and for the warmth of heart of its citizens. Construction of the park began in 1973 and was later recognized by President Gerald Ford as a “major national shrine”. The Thanks-Giving Square, sitting atop of city-operated Bullington Truck Terminal, features a Great Fountain, a time capsule dedicated in 1996, and three monoliths celebrating Thanksgiving traditions in Texas, America, and other parts of the world.
4. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden features not only 19 gardens over 66 acres, but also a number of other attractions including their All-American Selections Trial Garden, educational programs for the youngsters, and the Children’s Adventure Garden. They have live music every weekend from 2:00 till 4:00. Thanksgiving weekend this year brings you Monkey Love Band (“just point us to the bananas and no one gets hurt”) on Saturday and In10City Band on Sunday.
5. The Reunion Tower is probably one of Dallas’ most recognizable landmarks with its ball-shaped structure perched atop five concrete poles. The Tower’s GeO Deck provides a stunning 360-degree view of Dallas on its Landmark Observation Deck through high-definition zoom cameras and telescopes.
6. If you’d prefer to be far from the madding crowd, there’s a 9.33-mile hike and bike trail at White Rock Lake. Or you could pack up some of those Thanksgiving dinner leftovers for an al fresco feast at one of their picnic areas. There’s a kayak concession or, if you’d prefer something a little more passive, there’s the Audubon Society bird watching area as well. With a little over a thousand acres, you’re sure to find something for everyone.
7. The Galleria Dallas Grand Tree Lighting Celebration is on again this year at noon on November 23rd and at 6:00 on November 24th. U.S. World and Olympic champions and the Canadian Olympic Team champions will be performing this year under “the tallest indoor Christmas tree in the United States”. You could also take a spin around the rink yourself. You don’t even have to own a pair of ice skates – you can get rental skates there.
8. If you have any energy left over after a day of hiking, kayaking, skating, and zoo and museum visiting, you could go to one of Dallas’ 13 entertainment districts where you’ll find everything from live music in Deep Ellum to outside patios and shuffleboard courts in Upper and Lower Greenville. Further along on Main Street, you’ll find “a true Texas experience” complete with live country music, a mechanical bull, and a large dance floor.
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