We recently had the opportunity to travel to Dallas, TX for a long weekend over fall break. We had a great time, so I wanted to share with you, my readers, why Oklahoman residents should visit Dallas!
If you haven’t taken the family on a road trip recently, Dallas provides a quick getaway with lots to offer.
We stayed at the Comfort Inn North DFW , these are a couple photos of our room. We were able to have a suite with an additional seating area so that was nice. I would recommend this type of suite if traveling with kids, just to give everyone some room to spread out. I love that it has a microwave and fridge because I always bring microwave popcorn for a healthy snack.
The folks at Comfort Inn were great. I definitely can recommend this location for your Dallas travel, especially if you take part in the Choice Hotel Rewards. The value is great for the room. I appreciate the cleanliness, the kitchenette and the service. My husband always takes note of the type of tv and was happy to have a flat screen, as I’m sure most husbands do. lol.
Comfort Inn at DFW is also conveniently located near Grapevine Mills Mall. We had fun shopping at Grapevine Mills as you can see below…
If you like a combination of outlets and regular retail stores, Grapevine Mills is for you. They have a great setup (you can actually walk in a large triangle around the entire mall and end up where you started and parked)!
Grapevine Mills provides entertainment for the whole family to enjoy, including AMC 30 Theatres, featuring its In-Theatre Dining experience, SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium, LEGOLAND ® Discovery Center, Round 1, Island Carousel and more.
Since I travel a lot, I had fun trying out some casual hat and top combos. Just love the fashions at American Eagle.
Had so much fun trying on these tops! I personally like shopping at malls outside of my hometown, since the stores often have different inventory. This particular mall is so big I could stay all day and find deals. I was able to put together these super cute outfits!
I’m obsessed with Buckle jeans! The only place I buy jeans! Love the skinny mid rise Peyton! Covers everything I need but still looks trendy. If you are wanting jeans that look cute but wear well and are comfortable, be sure to head over to Buckle next time you’re out at the mall.
After shopping away we headed over to the Sea Life Aquarium... It’s actually located right there on site at the mall so if you’re traveling with family, this is a given. No need for an extra stop to take the kiddos to the aquarium!!
It’s a full size Aquarium with an ocean tank that holds 160,000 gallons of water. At 17 feet deep you can imagine there’s all sorts of ocean life to see! Not to mention, you will have sharks, sea turtles and more swimming over your head and all around you.
I love tropical fish and ocean life, as you know from following my travels! These beautiful fish are so photogenic. Their colors are so vibrant, it’s easy to get wonderful pictures.
Pictured above is the touch tank, where you can actually reach and touch the sea life! If you have the family along this is a perfect educational activity for the kids. We even got a behind the scenes tour which you can see in my video below.
Our next stop was the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. This is another family friendly spot to check out on your trip, and is perfect if you don’t have any smaller children along. Educational but not kids only! The Perot Museum of Nature and Science located in Victory Park, near Downtown Dallas is said to be a “world of wonder” by The Dallas Morning News. Five floors house 11 permanent exhibit halls containing state-of-the-art video and 3D computer animation with thrilling, life-like simulations where visitors can exercise their brains through hands-on activities, interactive kiosks and educational games. The extraordinary building and outdoor space serves as a living science lesson, offering provocative illustrations of engineering, technology and conservation.
Take a journey through time and learn all about dinosaurs or check out the more interactive displays including the Journey Through the Solar System. Pretty cool, we thought! We even saw a 3D film called “Astroids”in the HOGLUND FOUNDATION THEATER. Also for a limited time you can also see the Birds of Paradise Exhibit. Oh and did I mention they have an amazing place to eat lunch?
If you saw my Facebook live short video I did, you may remember we stopped in to Medieval Times for dinner and the show! Everyone should stop in at least once! It’s totally worth the admission/dinner cost and the entire family is sure to find something to love about the experience.
If you are celebrating a birthday or special occasion you could be chosen for a Knighting ceremony. I would say this is perfect for older kids through adults.
We found this a little scary but super interesting…they actually have a torture chamber you can walk through before the show, the cost is $2, there are artifacts and photos of real things that happened back then. You won’t believe your eyes!!
This chair looks horrible! I can’t believe this is a real thing, Yikes! the history we learned was pretty interesting though.
At Medieval Times we were on the Yellow knight’s team and he won! He even through me a flower. lol.
If you’re wondering about the setup this is a pretty good pic of the arena and seating area. It’s roomy enough to allow you to enjoy the show without feeling too crowded. But you’re close to all the action! You will be served a meal fit for a king and of course it wouldn’t be medieval if you didn’t eat with your hands. The show was a lot of fun the food was great!
So, we then headed to Fogo de Chao – If you have never heard of Fogo de Chao it’s a Brazilian steakhouse. You start with an amazing salad bar called the Market Table that has just about everything you could ever want on it. I recommend trying the roasted butternut squash salad and the black pepper candied bacon.
Then, it’s on to the main course, an all you can eat meat eaters dream. You will be greeted by Brazilian Gauchos who are in charge of butchering, cooking and serving their own meat. There is a small coaster that sits on the table by each guests plate. One side of the coaster is green and one side is red. When you are ready for your main course just flip your coaster to green and immediately the staff will come by with amazing cuts of premium meat. I am talking chicken, pork, beef and even seafood if you like. If you need to take a break just flip your coaster to red. Oh and did I mention they provide family style sides as well?
I was so mesmerized by all this wonderful that I totally forgot about dessert. I always already full but I managed to squeeze in some room for their Key Lime Pie. Daniel had the Strawberry Cheesecake and it was huge! One of things that I love about this restaurant is they treat their employees like family. At the end of the day all the employees get to sit down and enjoy a meal at the end of the evening. They want to make sure their employees are passionate about the food their serving.
I hope you enjoyed reading about our site seeing and also the great food and hotel accommodations we enjoyed in Dallas. If you have anything to add about these locations, be sure to let me know on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. We love hearing feedback and others’ experiences too!
Be sure to remember these spots for your next Dallas trip, and check back if you need info or more recommendations for your next Dallas family road trip!