|Me at the Arboretum|
We arrived at the DFW airport Friday morning around 10:00 AM. The place was really quiet and it took a while for us to find where to go to get the rental car. Once we picked up our car, we headed directly to the Dallas World Aquarium. There was a bit of a line, but it was mostly congested on the inside. I was blown away by the number of exotic birds and monkeys they have! It should really be renamed to a zoo or aviary in addition to aquarium. Looking back on it, the animals may have outnumbered the fish! After we got through the initial part where the crowd was congregated, it was much easier to move through the place and see the different exhibits. The penguins outside were cute (but we have many more Penguins at the NEAQ, yea!) and it made me smile to see a sloth since I just came back from Costa Rica. They even have an art gallery. After a few hours there, we walked back outside to see the GIANT line waiting to get inside. I am so glad we got there relatively early. I would not have waited in that line.
After the aquarium, we went for lunch at a "Modern Texas" restaurant called Stampede 66. I loved the decorations and we had great service. I ordered a Passion-Chile Margarita and the Hell's Eggs appetizer to start. My frozen margarita was good... the only problem was that it was served with a metal straw and every time I tried to drink from it, my lips would stick to the metal. I'm not sure how anyone else could do it! After a good laugh, I eventually gave in and asked for a plastic one. The appetizer was a delicious take on deviled eggs and my entree, the chicken verde tacos, were served with a plate of toppings that I could pile on top. All in all, it was a delicious, but slightly pricey, lunch. I don't normally blog about the food when I go visit places, so you can tell I was impressed.
After lunch we went to the 6th Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza to learn about JFK's assassination. We had to buy timed entry tickets for an hour after we arrived, so we sat around outside and soaked in the sun until we could go in. I've been to a couple of exhibits like this in the past; a few that stand out to me are the MLK Jr one in Memphis and the Norman Rockwell museum in the Berkshires. I like to learn about history, but I can't seem to get into looking at photos on a wall and listening to an audio guide the whole time. After about 45 minutes, I lose interest. A lot of other people seemed very intrigued however, so don't let my opinion sway you.
Arboretum for the Dallas Blooms exhibit. There were so many people there, we were taken to a nearby parking garage to park. The Arboretum was beautiful! The gardens were full of blooming flowers and people were having picnics on the grass while listening to live music. It was hard to decide which gardens to take pictures of because they were all so nice. After walking around for a bit, we enjoyed a glass of Champagne at the terrace restaurant and just soaked it all in. I'm very glad we got to see this.
Saturday night we drove up to Oklahoma to go to the Winstar Casino. I learned some interesting things about gambling laws in that state, including that they can't have dice or roulette balls and that I had to pay an ante for each round of each game I played (the second one might just be specific to that casino, not sure). I didn't enjoy those laws and after a few hours of spending money, we went back to Dallas. Sunday was pretty casual since we had to fly out that afternoon. We spent an hour or so at a local park to see some Easter festivities before going back to the airport.
Dallas was an interesting city. It was a lot more spread out than I expected and I didn't get too much of a charm factor (like how San Antonio was very cute and charming). The people were very nice and welcoming, but I'm not sure that I would go out of my way to go back anytime soon.
|Such pretty gardens!|