Visit Cotton Bowl

Cotton BowlCotton Bowl – Stadium

The Cotton Bowl is a stadium which opened in 1930 and became known as “The House That Doak Built” due to the immense crowds that former SMU running back Doak Walker drew to the stadium during his college career in the late 1940s. Wikipedia

Address: 3750 The Midway, Dallas, TX 75215
Capacity: 92,100
Team: Dallas Tornado
Phone: (214) 670-8400

Today’s Cotton Bowl Stadium is an exciting sports venue that is larger and more sophisticated than ever before.

A $57 million makeover in the 2000s has resulted in an arena that is the ninth largest football stadium in the United States, with 92,100 seats.

Cotton Bowl mapThere are twice as many restrooms and concession stands as before. The upper and lower decks in both end zones now feature wall-to-wall restrooms and concession stands. Meanwhile, fans can now walk the entire inside perimeter of the stadium, thanks to a new upper deck that wraps 360 degrees without a barrier.

A three-story structure above the players’ tunnel at the end of the stadium now features the coaches’ locker room. A media room accommodating 250 people has replaced the tent that used to serve as the working space for reporters.

To improve crowd flow, the stadium also features one larger entrance gate opposite of the tunnel entrance and four, large stair-tower entrances where the old part of the stadium adjoins the new section.


Visit Joe Pool Lake

Joe Pool LakeJoe Pool Lake

Joe Pool Lake is a fresh water impoundment located in the southern part of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in North Texas. The lake encompasses parts of Tarrant, Dallas and Ellis counties. Wikipedia

Area: 12.09 sq miles (31.32 km²)

Joe Pool Lake is a beautiful 7,400 acre lake in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. This lake is located in the cities Grand Prarie, Cedar Hill and Mansfield, Texas. Joe Pool Lake is great for fishing, skiing, relaxing, and recrational boating. There are several nice beaches, campgrounds, parks, hiking and biking trails, kayaking trails and other outdoor activities.

Joe Pool Lake mapOnce the lake opened in 1989, Joe Pool quickly become a favorite destination for residents of the Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex. Today the lake and the amenities found along its shores allow visitors to enjoy a wide variety of outdoor recreational pursuits. Whether you prefer to go bird watching or fishing, jet skiing or barbecuing, or like to spend time in your boat or your camper you can find everything you need to have a great time at Joe Pool Lake.

There are two wonderful campgrounds on Joe Pool Lake. Both are open year round and have plenty of camping and RV spaces.
– Loyd Park Campgrounds have over 200 campsites that come with water and 30 amp electric hookups.
– Cedar Hill State Park Campgrounds offers over 350 heavily treed and shaded campsites.

There are four main boat ramps located on Joe Pool Lake. They are within the four parks that are currently open on the lake.
– Cedar Hill State Park Boat Ramps
– Lynn Creek Park Boat Ramps
– Loyd Park Boat Ramp
– Britton Park Boat Ramp

There are two marinas on Joe Pool Lake:
– Lynn Creek Marina is a very nice marina with both wet and dry boat storage.
– Joe Pool Marina is within the very large and very nice Cedar Hill State Park. This marina has a great marina store and plenty of on the water storage.

Visit Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

Symphony CenterMorton H. Meyerson Symphony Center – Concert Hall in Dallas

The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center is a concert hall located in the Arts District of downtown Dallas, Texas. Wikipedia

Opened: September 1989
Address: 2301 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201
Hours: Mon – Fri 10:00 am–6:00 pm, Sat 12:00–9:00 pm, Sun 12:00–4:00 pm
Phone: (214) 670-3600
Architectural style: Modern architecture
Architect: I. M. Pei

Symphony Center mapUpcoming events
Sat, Jul 27 – The Legend Of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses
Thu, Sep 19 – Dallas Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky’s Fifth
Fri, Sep 20 – Dallas Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky’s Fifth
Sat, Sep 21 – Dallas Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky’s Fifth
Sun, Sep 22 – Dallas Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky’s Fifth
Thu, Sep 26 – Dallas Symphony Orchestra: Van Zwedens Mahler
Fri, Sep 27 – Dallas Symphony Orchestra: Van Zwedens Mahler
Sun, Sep 29 – Lutheran Hymn Festival Sept 29,2013
Fri, Oct 4 – Dallas Symphony Orchestra: An Evening of Gershwin
Sat, Oct 5 – Dallas Symphony Orchestra: An Evening of Gershw

The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center opened in September of 1989 and has been a crossroads of artistic excellence ever since. The Meyerson is located in the Downtown Dallas Arts District and is home to the world-class Dallas Symphony Orchestra and other Dallas-based cultural organizations like the Turtle Creek Chorale, the Dallas Wind Symphony, and the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra.

Parking: Valet Parking available at the Flora Street main entrance. There are several self-parking options in the Arts District, including surface parking lots on Olive Street and along Ross Avenue, and several parking garages. The closest parking garage is the Hall Arts Center Blue Garage (formerly known as the Dallas Arts District Garage). Parking garages are privately operated; event parking rates begin at $10.

Free public and private tours of this magnificent facility are available year round. Enthusiastic and experienced volunteer docents are available to welcome visitors, school groups, conventions, families, and others for a one-hour tour detailing points of interest throughout the Meyerson.

Once a month, schedule permitting, an organ recital featuring the Lay Family Concert Organ is presented, followed by a tour of the Center. Lasting approximately one hour, this most important program is faithfully coordinated by the Greater Dallas Section of the National Council of Jewish Women.

Public Tours are given on selected Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 1pm. Dates are subject to change.

The taking of photographs or the recording of Dallas Symphony Orchestra concerts is strictly prohibited. Any cameras or recording devices must be checked at the Security Desk in the Main Lobby prior to entering the Concert Hall.


Visit Katy Trail

Katy TrailKaty Trail

The Katy Trail is a jogging, walking, inline skating, and bicycling path that runs through the Uptown and Oak Lawn areas of Dallas, Texas, following the path of the old Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, which was known as MKT or the Katy. Wikipedia

Directions from the South to the Victory Park Trail Head
– Take your best route to I35 North
– Exit High Line Drive
– Take a Right on High Line Drive (High Line turns into Victory
– Park as close as you can to the corner of Houston St. and Lyle.
– The Trail begins just North of the corner of Houston and Lyle St.

Katy Trail mapBecause the Katy Trail is a City of Dallas park, it is technically open the same times that other City parks are open – 5 a.m. to midnight. Lights are on from 5 a.m. to sunrise, and sunset to 9 p.m. during the late fall, winter, and early spring. As summer approaches, the lights stay on later, turning off at 11 p.m. from July through September.

Perhaps the best place to park near the north end of the Katy Trail is the parking lot behind the Lamps Plus store on Knox Street. To get to it, take Travis Street south from the Knox intersection, then take a right into the first retail parking lot on your right. Go straight and it will turn become an alley that leads you to a lot adjacent to the Katy Trail. Note that some of the spaces are reserved for E2M employees during business hours.

The mile markers on the Katy Trail are imbedded into the concrete trail every quarter of a mile and show the distance from the end of the Trail in the direction you are traveling. Whether you start at Airline Road in the north, or the American Airlines Center in the south, the mile marker says zero. The next marker you see says 1/4, and so on every quarter of a mile until you get to the other end of the Trail, when you reach the 3.5-mile marker. When you turn around, you’re at zero again.

In case you’re asking about the signs on poles along the Trail, those are 911 markers for DPD and DFD. They are labeled KT-100 through KT-125 and are tied to the City’s GPS because the 3.5-mile Katy Trail is too long to have one official address. They are approximately 1/8 of a mile apart, but they are not mileage markers.


Visit Cedar Hill State Park

Cedar Hill State ParkCedar Hill State Park

Cedar Hill State Park is located on FM 1382 and the eastern shore of Joe Pool Lake in Cedar Hill, Texas, ten miles southwest of Dallas. The park was acquired in 1982 and was opened in 1991. Wikipedia

Area: 2.853 sq miles (7.39 km²)
Address: 1570 Farm to Market 1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104
Hours: 6:00 am–10:00 pm Daily
Phone: (972) 291-3900

Cedar Hill State Park mapEntrance Fees: Adult (Day Use Only) Per person 13 years and older – $7 daily
Adult (Overnight) – $5 daily
Child 12 Years and Under – FREE

Texas State Parks Pass: You and your guests can enjoy unlimited visits to more than 90 State Parks, and enter without paying the daily entrance fee. Receive discounts on camping, park store merchandise, equipment rental discounts, eligibility for other specials. – $70 per year

The park is refuge to five native tallgrass prairie remnants that are federally listed as endangered. The tallgrass prairie remnants are the most important natural resource in the park. These small remnant prairies are dominated by Indian grass, little bluestem, big bluestem, sideoats gama, switchgrass and many other native grasses. Other plants of interest in the prairie land include rosin-weed, old plainsman, wand milkweed, antelope-horn milkweed, celestials, spiderwort, sensitive briar, purple coneflower, bluebell, blue sage, fleabane, ladies’-tresses, iron weed, Engleman daisy, maximilian sunflower, downy paintbrush, heath aster, trout lily, standing cypress, eryngo and others. Eastern gamma grass was reintroduced by park staff in selected areas, as well as meadow pinks. The Cedar Hill area is unique in that historically it is where two climax ecosystems converge.

Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Urban Fish and Wildlife Program seeks to educate citizens about the wildlife of Texas by involving them in activities that benefit wildlife and wildlife habitats. The program consists of a team of five urban biologists scattered throughout the metropolitan areas of Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. These biologists work in cooperation with schools, city governments, civic groups, businesses and private landowners to foster sound land management practices not only within metropolitan areas, but beyond.

July 27 – Geocaching 101
August 3 – Penn Farm Tour with Lucinda
August 3 – Butter Churning with Lucinda
August 10 – Geocaching 101
August 10 – Dutch Oven and Campfire Cooking Demo
August 17 – Mammals of Cedar Hill State Park
August 24 – Geocaching 101
August 31 – Penn Farm Tour with Lucinda
August 31 – Butter Churning with Lucinda
October 12 – Go Fish! Learn-to-Fish Event
November 2 – Go Fish! Learn-to-Fish Event