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Coming to North Texas for the game? Here's a 'native' guide (Part 2)

OK, here's the follow-up to Monday's post on North Texas info. Part 2 will focus on where to go and what to do. I'll break it down by neighborhood - and mostly focus on Dallas and Fort Worth, keeping close to the city cores.

Of course, there's plenty to do in other parts of the cities and the suburbs, but since Interstate 30 (Tom Landry Freeway) connects downtown Dallas and downtown Fort Worth (with Arlington and Cowboys Stadium in between), it's easier to stick to the centers.

Dallas

Downtown Dallas offers a variety of activities, food, and drink. The most notable attraction is the Sixth Floor Museum, which is a must see for everyone. Also nearby is the Old Red Courthouse Museum and JFK Memorial.

The Arts District, on the north side of downtown, is home to the Dallas Art Museum, Nasher Sculpture Center, AT&T Performing Arts Center, Meyerson Symphony Center and Klyde Warren Park, among others. Food trucks often park in the Arts District and around Klyde Warren Park. Bring cash and enjoy the variety of offerings.

Nearby is the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, which is a must-see but requires some planning. All tickets must be purchased in advance. Visit the website to get that done.

The Perot sits on one end of Victory Park, which is also home to the House of Blues and American Airlines Center. The Mavericks have home games Thursday and Saturday and the Stars on Friday, but hockey won't be an option on this trip.

To the east of downtown is Deep Ellum, which historically was home to jazz and other music venues but recently has become a prime destination for restaurants, including Pepe's & Mito's, Allgood Cafe, Cafe Brazil, Cane Rosso, Deep Sushi and Twisted Root. Also, Deep Ellum Brewing Company offers Saturday tours.

The center of downtown offers Main Street, with a variety of restaurants and bars, and Main Street Garden, with nearby Rusty Taco serving good eats.

Southwest of downtown is the Bishop Arts District, part of the Oak Cliff neighborhood. Grab breakfast at Norma's Cafe, browse a number of specialty shops, or dine at Hattie's, Gloria's, Tillman's Roadhouse, Eno's Pizza or Lockhart Smokehouse.

A quick drive up U.S. 75 (North Central Expressway) or DART rail ride on the red line (day passes work on trains and buses) is the mecca of shopping and Dallas cliches, NorthPark Center. Across the freeway is the more reasonable Shops at Park Lane, including Park Tavern, an official KU Alumni Association gathering and watch site.

Finally, the Uptown area boasts more watering holes and restaurants, mostly along McKinney Avenue. Bar locations of note there are McKinney Avenue Tavern (another KU watch site) and Katy Trail Ice House.

Fort Worth

Admittedly, I know far less about the Fort, and memories of the TCU loss still sting. But that doesn't mean you can't check out Sundance Square downtown, including the Flying Saucer, Frankie's Sports Bar, Riscky's Barbecue and Reata.

North of downtown is the Fort Worth Stockyards, home of daily cattle drives, hat and boot shops, and Billy Bob's Texas, the world's largest honky tonk. More great dining there, but nothing beat's Joe T. Garcia's, which is cash only but well worth the hassle.

West of downtown, 7th Street also has great places to eat and drink, including another Tillman's Roadhouse location.

Finally, check out Cowtown arts in the Fort Worth Cultural District. Also nearby are the Will Rogers Memorial Center and related cowboy museums.

Arlington

I bagged on Arlington the other day, but there are some items of note there, including the pregame pep rallies at the Convention Center, Six Flags (now open on weekends) and the Rangers have an exhibition game on Thursday night against a team from Mexico. Should be a great chance to check out the other stadium in Jerryworld.

Downtown Arlington has recently seen several new restaurants, including Flying Fish, Fuzzy's Tacos, Babe's and Mellow Mushroom. They joined old standby J. Gilligan's Bar.

Again, that's just a start. We've got more than 6 million people and lots to do all the time. Hope you enjoy your visit and Rock Chalk!

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