Filling the down time
Yes, DFW is a very busy metropolitan area. There's so much to do. But where do you start? Not to fear! I'm here to help. These are things you can do if you're just in town for a weekend for one of those aforementioned events and have time to kill.
Sundance Square in Fort Worth: Many would argue staying at a hotel in the downtown Fort Worth area (which is where Sundance Square is) is better than staying in Dallas. It's a tough argument to beat. There is a lot happening in this area and the city has spent a lot of money renovating it in recent years. There are plenty of restaurants and bars within walking distance (both chains and local ones). Sundance Square is also where ESPN sets up prior to "the big game." This week they are broadcasting there ahead of Monday's college football championship game.
Tour a brewery or distillery: There are several options at your disposal here, many of them within the city of Dallas. Off the top of my head, I can think of six breweries and one distillery.
In Dallas you have:
South Fork Ranch: Have you ever heard of "Dallas"... the TV show? South Fork Ranch is where both the original and re-launch of the show was filmed. You can head there and take a tour of the property. The ranch is located in Parker, Northeast of Dallas. It's about a 30-45 minute drive (depending on traffic) from downtown Dallas. Tours are available for $15, or you can just walk around the property. It's a very cool experience even if you've never watched the show.
Tour the Bush Library: George W. Bush had his presidential library built in Dallas on the campus of Southern Methodist University (which is smack dab in the middle of Dallas). I've been here, but it is the only one I've been to so I can't compare it to others. I can say this, though: it is very nice and modern. A GA ticket is $16 for an adult. Inside, there is an emotional exhibit of 9/11, a replica of the Oval Office, and several interactive exhibits. Even if you aren't a fan of his, I think you'd still enjoy the visit.
There's much more...
The ideas I listed above are just a few of the things you can do during a short weekend trip to DFW. Depending on when you visit there may be more or less going on. For example, the State Fair of Texas runs from mid-September to mid-October. My short list is just a taste of what this area has going on. Most of which won't cost you much. All of which you can do during a short weekend trip to DFW.
Have you done any of these? What did I leave out?