Places To Go

Connemara Conservancy is on 72 acres in Plano. Open dawn to dusk daily. Take I-75 to McDermott Drive, Exit 34, and head west to Alma Road. Turn left on Alma, then turn left on Tatum (a gravel road) and continue to the end of the road. Park before reaching the bridge. 214-351-0990.


Cyclone Indoor Skateboard Park features 17,000 square feet of ramps and rails for skateboarders and in-line skaters as well as a café, video arcade with XBOX zone and Free internet access, batting cages and private party rooms. Sun. to Thu. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. $12 per 4 hour session Mon. to Thu. $13 per 3 hour session Fri. to Sun. 975 South Central Expressway (Highway 75), McKinney. 972-562-2752.


Dallas Aquarium at Fair Park features aquatic life in abundance. Ongoing exhibits include glass catfish, moon jellyfish and piranha or fish feedings at 2:30 p.m. every day except Monday. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily $3 adults, $1.50 ages 3 to 11, free ages 2 and younger. First Ave. at MLK Blvd. 214-670-8443.


Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden features 66 acres of manicured gardens, fountains and sculpture on White Rock Lake. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. $7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 for kids 3 to 12, free for kids 2 and younger. 8525 Garland Road. 214-327-8263.


Dallas Center for Contemporary Art spotlights works by emerging Texas artists. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tue. to Sat. Free. 2801 Swiss Ave. 214-821-2522.


Dallas Farmers Market features products, plants and fresh produce from Texas farmers in this 12-acre market. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily; closed Christmas and New Year’s days. Free. 1010 S. Pearl. 214-939-2806. .


Dallas Nature Center. This preserved native land has 630 acres with hiking trails for novices and experienced backpackers. Dawn to dusk Tue. to Sun. $3 per car donation suggested. Special activities offered for small additional fee. 7171 Mountain Creek Pkwy. 972-296-1955.


Dallas World Aquarium. Marine life displayed by region and a rainforest exhibit with monkeys and birds passing overhead. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. $11.85 adults, $8.66 seniors, $6.50 children 3 to 11, free children 2 and younger. 1801 N. Griffin. 214-720-2224.


Dallas Zoo. The Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo area features educational, interactive exhibits for toddlers to pre-teens. Regular zoo exhibits include “Wilds of Africa” featuring the Monorail Safari and Kimberly-Clark Chimpanzee Forest, “Snout Route” featuring animals with distinctive noses and the Bird and Reptile Building. Monorail open Sept. 15 to Dec. 1. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. $8 adults, $5 seniors and kids 3 to 11, free kids 2 and younger. 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway (Interstate 35E). 214-670-5656.


Dr Pepper Bottling Company of Texas conducts plant tours 10 a.m. Wed. Free. 2304 Century Center Blvd., Irving. Reservations: 972-721-8394.


Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Highlights include rose and Japanese gardens, the exhibition greenhouse and perennial flowering plants in the Trial Garden. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mon. to Fri., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat., 10 to 6 p.m. Sun. Free. West of downtown Fort Worth at I-30 and University Drive. 817-871-7686. .


Fort Worth Museum of Science and History Noble Planetarium. $3.50. 1501 Montgomery St. Program and show times, 817-255-9300.  


Fort Worth Museum of Science and History Omni Theater presents Santa vs The Snowman through Jan. 5 and Straight Up: Helicopters in Action through Feb. Call for show times. $7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 kids 3 to 12, free kids 2 and younger. 1501 Montgomery St. 817-255-9300. .   


Fort Worth Nature Center has trails, canoeing, wildlife, guided hikes, natural history and environmental education classes and school programs. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Fee for some programs. 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth. 817-237-1111.


Fort Worth Zoo features almost 4,000 species in natural habitats. The eight-acre “Texas Wild” exhibit features 300 native Texas animals, geographic scenery, interactive components and conservation and historical information. Other ongoing exhibits include Thundering Plains with American bison, Mexican wolves and wild turkeys; Koala Outback with koalas, red kangaroos and yellow-footed wallabies; African Savannah; Asian Falls; Aquarium/Terminex Insect City; Herpetarium; Meerkat Mounds; Penguin Island; Portraits of the Wild Art Gallery; Raptor Canyon; 11-acre Texas; and the World of Primates. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. $9 adults, $5.50 seniors, $6.50 ages 3 to 12, free kids 2 and younger. Half-price admission Wed. Parking $5. 1989 Colonial Pkwy., Fort Worth. 817-871-7050. .  


Lone Star Park features thoroughbred racing. $3, free ages 3 and younger. 1000 Lone Star Pkwy., Grand Prairie. 972-263-7669.


Nasher Sculpture Center features the internationally-acclaimed Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection of modern and contemporary sculpture displayed inside and in the verdant 2-acre garden. See Spotlight On … on p. XX. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tue. to Sun. Extended hours to 9 p.m. Thu. $10 adults, $7 seniors, $5 students with ID. Free children younger than 12. 2001 Flora St., Dallas. 214-242-5100.


River Legacy Park in Arlington has trails for hiking and biking. The River Legacy Science Center in the park features a Trinity River exhibit, gift shop and naturalist-led hikes Sat. at 9:30 a.m. North Cooper and Green Oaks. 817-860-6752.


Run Your Trains Railroad has 2,100 square feet of model train track layout for visitors to watch for Free or to run their own trains on the layout for an hourly fee. Call for details. Littrell Lane and C.R. 281, McKinney. 972-838-9111.


Science Place Planetarium in Fair Park features the Great Constellation Hunt year-round. $3. 214-428-5555. .


Science Place TI Founders IMAX Theater. See Adrenaline Rush through May. Continuing: Pulse: A STOMP Odyssey through May and Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees through March. Call for show times. $6.50 adults, $5.50 ages 60 and older, $5 ages 3 to 16. 214-428-5555.


Six Flags Over Texas. Holiday in the Park continues through Jan. 4 with carolers, twinkling lights and a snow hill for sledding. Rides include the new Superman Tower of Power, a 325-foot tower that catapults 12 people at a time up in the air and then lets them Freefall at 45 miles per hour. $39.99 adults, $24.99 for seniors and anyone 48 inches and shorter, free children 2 and younger. I-30 at Six Flags Drive, Arlington. 817-530-6000.


South Dallas Cultural Center features black writing, music, art and film as well as author visits, monthly jam sessions, exhibits, film screenings and classes. Noon to 8 p.m. Tue., Wed. and Fri., noon to 9 p.m. Thu. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat. 3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave. 214-939-2787.


Southfork Ranch. J.R., Bobby and Sue Ellen live on in museum and mansion tours. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. $7.95 adults, $6.95 seniors, $5.95 kids 4 to 12, free kids 3 and younger. 3700 Hogge Road, Parker. 972-442-7800.


The Studios at Las Colinas. See movie production facilities, a blue screen visual show, interactive presentations and movie memorabilia. Tours 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Mon. to Fri.; 10:30 a.m., 12:30, 2:30 and 4 p.m. Sat. $12.95 adults, $10.95 seniors 65 and older, $8.95 kids 4 to 12. 6301 O’Connor, Irving. 972-869-3456.


Texas Discovery Gardens features seven acres of display gardens, Texas native plant collection and plants of Africa. Monthly garden walks are available third Saturdays at 10 a.m. Free with paid admission. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tue. to Sat., 1 to 5 p.m. Sun. $3 adults, $2 seniors, $1.50 children 3 to 11. Free admission on Tue. 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Fair Park. 214-428-7476.


Texas Motor Speedway. Tours and souvenir store open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon. to Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., 1 to 5 p.m. Sun. $6 adults, $4 seniors and kids 3 to 13. I-35 W. and Hwy. 114, Fort Worth. 817-215-8565.


Texas Sculpture Garden features contemporary works from Texas artists. Dawn to dusk daily; indoor artwork available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon. to Fri. and 9 a.m. to noon Sat. Free. 6801 Gaylord Pkwy., Frisco. 972-377-1152.