This weekend isn’t all about the Super Bowl. Well, actually, it kind of is, but if you’re heading to the Dallas-Fort Worth for the big game, you might get some spare time to do things other than drinking, eating and watching. If you do, here’s what to see.
Sixth Floor Museum: This Downtown museum narrates, minute by minute, the assassination of JFK and the aftereffects of the event. It even covers the conspiracy theories surrounding the killing. Nearby, you can visit the infamous grassy knoll and see the white X in the road marking the spot where the president was shot.
Southfork Ranch: Spot the Ewings! This is the ranch in Plano used for exterior filming of Dallas (interiors were shot in Hollywood). It’s now an events center managed by Forever Resorts, but even if you don’t want to hold a wedding or a conference there, you can take a tour of the mansion and visit the small museum that contains the gun that shot JR.
Cowtown Coliseum: You can’t visit Fort Worth without taking in a rode. Cowtown Coliseum holds shows Friday and Saturday nights throughout the year, so it’s the perfect way to gear up for the game. It’s in the Stockyards National Historic District, otherwise known as cowboy central – so if the mood takes you, you can stock up on cowboy gear yourselves.
National Cowgirl Museum: If the Super Bowl leaves you overwhelmed by testosterone, then head on over to the National Cowgirl Museum in Fort Worth. There’s a history of cowgirls (and boys), from their rough times as frontier folk to a video about Jessie from Toy Story. And, of course, there’s the obligatory bucking bronco for you to do battle with.
Crawford: Whether or not you’re a fan of George W Bush, it’s interesting to see where his roots lie – he owns an enormous ranch in Crawford, two hours south of Dallas. You can’t enter the ranch, obviously, but you can drive around its perimeter – and the town itself (which barely has one stoplight and two gas stations) has been given a new lease of life – the couple of shops on Main Street have been converted into political memorabilia stores. You might even catch a sighting both George W and Laura Bush have gone in to buy products.