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Finding some time with the family can be tough, sure, but finding fun things to do together isn’t Dallas is full of cool family activities, like:

The Dallas Arboretum

Trust us, kids love the Arboretum. This colorful oasis from the big city is a literal breath of fresh air, and some of the flora is alien-looking enough to intrigue even those most prone to saying “I’m booooored!” Interactive exhibits and hands-on places around the Arboretum make it extra fun.

The Perot Science Museum

Kid or kid at heart, Dallas’s 21st century answer to Philly’s famed Franklin Institute is a for-real wonderland. Just try to spend an hour there and have nothing to do. You and the family can explore space, dinosaurs, and even the world of sports before lunch (if

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Dallas has no shortage of malls, like The Galleria and North Park Mall. But everyone knows the best shopping happens where the action is. If you’re looking to do some big-league shopping, visit these areas:

The Shops at Park Lane, 8080 Park Lane

This blend of designer-value and traditional retail mixes premium stores with distinctive restaurants, and the largest Whole Foods Market in North Texas. There’s also boutique fitness offerings in a modern urban setting.

West Village, McKinney Avenue

“Uptown's Downtown” is Dallas' most vibrant shopping and dining district. It’s walkable, it’s in-town, it’s a real neighborhood, and it’s near the city’s best restaurants. Tons of shops lie right near the DART Rail, the McKinney Avenue Trolley, and the

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Yes, Dallas is very cosmopolitan, and yes, it’s very upscale in spots. But this is still Texas, and that means it’s still native turf for country-western music. Drop into a few of these joints for a genuinely Texan good time.

Katy Trail Ice House

Settled in the middle of Uptown’s portion of the Katy Trail is this Austin-influenced beer garden. The 50-plus beers on tap and the wide, bustling outdoor seating areas are enough to lure anyone already. But when the country-western kicks in, it’s a block party. It’s one of the best patios in Dallas and one of the best places to wander into a show to remember.

Gas Monkey Bar & Grill

In Far West Dallas, on Technology Blvd., sits Gas Monkey, which offers two premium music venues. Live music is the pulse

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DFW rapid expansion might be cooling a bit, but the city is still building, and those looking to be part of the DFW scene should be considering these hot new subdivisions.Top 5 Dallas New Subdivisions

Belmont Landing, Coppell

Belmont Landing features stunning homes in the beautiful Dallas suburb to the city’s west. Homes from 1,800 to 4,259 square feet begin in the $580,000s. For that, you get exclusive living convenient to the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, proximity to the city’s major highways, and the highly desired schools of the Coppell ISD.

The Heights at Oak Lawn, Dallas

If you’re looking to stay in Dallas, in the shadow of Uptown and Downtown, these 14 three-story homes offer low-maintenance luxury in the heart of the city. The Heights distinct

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Choosing the right school district is a big factor in your decision to move. But if private school is in the budget, the Dallas area offers some of the finest private schools in the state. Before you move specifically for a school district, consider these elite academies of learning.

Cistercian Prep

Cistercian Preparatory School is a Roman Catholic boys school just outside Dallas, in Irving, that serves grades 5-12.   Each grade is assigned a priest or a dedicated teacher as a "form master," who follows the class over the years and is responsible for helping the students become members of the community outside. Though the school does not accept girls, it is considered one of the top private schools in the Metroplex. It is especially noted for its

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Dallas has long been synonymous with wealth. Heck, we had a whole show about wealthy Texans with the city’s name as the title. Well, enjoy some of that wealth and live like the rich, even if you’re not necessarily J.R. Ewing-level loaded. Here are a few fabulous spas for a day of indulgence.

ESPA at the Joule, Dallas

One of DFW’s premiere hotels hosts one of the region’s premiere spa brands as well.

This is the first ESPA-branded spa in Texas, set on two floors of the glittering Joule hotel. The subterranean level of the spa taps its geothermal inspiration with European heat experiences. There’s also the multi-functional treatment room where guests can retreat for a full day of pampering.

 

Mylinda Renay Salon Spa & Boutique, Arlington

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DFW’s collection of top-shelf museums doesn’t end with the Dallas Museum of Art and Dealey Plaza. In fact, the Metroplex is home to dozens of museums of all sizes for all kinds of tastes. So why not veer off the beaten path and check out some museums you might not have known were right here all along?

International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame, Arlington

Right near Six Flags and the home of the Cowboys sits the International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame, which charts the sport from its beginnings to the biggest names in the game. Did you know, by the way, that bowling (a.k.a. kegling) is more than 5,000 years old? From ancient Egyptians and British monarchs to American taverns and the microchip, the long and fascinating history of bowling is on

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A great glass of wine is a wonderful thing. So is a night out. And when you want to enjoy a glass without having to put up with the bar scene to do it, one of DFW’s great wine bars could be the answer you’re looking for.

Mercy Wine Bar, Addison

Mercy is about the complete wine experience, where novices can learn and would-be sommeliers can indulge their palates. There’s always something new to try at Mercy, where warm and cozy are the watchwords. And you know they’re serious about good times because the name comes from Roy Orbison’s famous exclamation in the song Oh, Pretty Woman.

Cru, Dallas and Allen

With locations in Uptown and at Watters Creek in Allen, Cru manages to combine high-end wine with a non-snooty, welcoming atmosphere sure to

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One of the biggest youth basketball tournaments in the U.S., the Hype Tournament championship, took place last weekend in North Texas, and VIP Realty president Richard Soto’s  son, Caleb, was there when his squad scored the buzzer-beater that won the tournament.

Caleb is a member of the D1 Shooters 2023, which competed against some of the best teams in the country. Teams from California, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, and Texas took to the hardwood for the Hype championship, which seeks to foster drug-free, violence-free, diverse programs that advocate tolerance, unity, and acceptance among the many races, religions, and ethnicities of the world. The Shooters entered the championship 5-0, and put everyone across the county on notice that some of the

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DFW might not be world-famous for pizza, but there are indeed some world-class choices here. Next time you get a hankerin’ for pizza that’s above and beyond the norm, check out these fine examples of Italian bliss.

Campisi’s

In Dallas, if there’s one definitively Texas institution for pizza, it’s Campisi’s. It’s been around since the 40s and trust us, you’ve never seen so many oblong (yet somehow not misshapen) pizzas in one place in your life. Now with nine Dallas-area locations, Campisi’s is a good bet for a great slice (or 4).

Cavalli Pizzeria Napoletana

If you’ve ever heard anyone refer to New York-style pizza, they mean the one with the thin, foldable Napolitano crust. Surprisingly, no one in DFW could get one until 2008, when Cavalli

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