11 outstanding Dallas-Fort Worth attractions

Art, history, and the natural world are showcased as these must-see Experts' Choice attractions in DFW.

by Michael Carl Budd

You could be forgiven for first thinking of the coasts when you think of world-class art collections, but if you stopped there, you'd be missing out.  The most populous inland metro area in the U.S. boats some excellent art collections: the Michelin Guide calls Dallas's Kimbell Art Museum "one of the finest small public art museums in the world" and the building itself is perhaps architect Louis Kahn's crowning achievement.  At the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth offers visitors a shining collection of American art particularly notable for its Western and photographic pieces.

Art's not all there is in DFW, though, by a long shot.  The Sixth Floor Museum and the Forth Worth Stockyards, for example, provided lenses for very different aspects of the area's storied past.  The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens as well as the Forth Woo Zoo put visitors in touch with both local flora and fauna and wildlife from further afield.  Whatever your interests, you're sure to find something in this sprawling metro area.

Kimbell Art Museum 94

3333 Camp Bowie Blvd

This beautiful museum in the heart of the Fort Worth Museum District is a strong anchor with exceptional exhibits

- Where

Nasher Sculpture Center 89

2001 Flora St

This very fine building designed by Renzo Piano houses numerous contemporary sculptures

- Michelin Guide

Meadows Museum 86

5900 Bishop Blvd

The centerpiece of SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, the Meadows Museum houses a comprehensive collection of Spanish art including works by Velázquez, Ribera, Zurbaran, El Greco, Murillo, Goya, Miró and Picasso.

- Where

Fair Park 85

1300 Robert B Cullum Blvd

The art deco buildings of Fair Park, which were created for the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition, today contain seven museums.

- Lonely Planet

Thorough and mesmerizing, the museum takes guests through JFK's life, assassination, and legacy through the use of different media.

- Travel + Leisure

Amon Carter Museum of American Art 88

3501 Camp Bowie Blvd

This museum's collection of American art is centered on Remington and Russell... the photographic collection, among the largest in the United States.

- Fodor's

Fort Worth Zoo 85

1989 Colonial Pkwy

The oldest continuous zoo site in Texas, the lush grounds here house more than 5,000 exotic and native animals.

- Fodor's

This 5ha museum-village, south of downtown, contains 38 restored buildings dating from 1840 to 1910 that were moved to the site

- Michelin Guide

With 66 acres of nature at your fingertips just minutes from downtown Dallas, it is no surprise that nearly a million people visit this lush landmark every year.

- Travel + Leisure

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth 87

3200 Darnell Street

This structure... sets the right tone for contemplating one of the country's strongest collections of post–World War II painting and sculpture.

- Fodor's

Western-wear stores and knickknack shops, saloons and steakhouses occupy the Old West–era buildings of the Stockyards.

- Lonely Planet

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