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Splash | Dallas Area
Snap a selfie from the wading pool with the falls in the background.
A hidden gem, Airfield Falls Conservation Park is home to the largest natural waterfall in Tarrant County. Located just minutes from downtown Fort Worth in Westworth Village, the park features parts from a McDonnell Douglas C-9 aircraft. Splash in the natural wading pools or stroll along the walking and biking trails.
History | Dallas Area
$5 - 7 park admission
Snap a photo in front of some vintage farm equipment or the Penn family home.
The Penn Farm Agricultural History Center inside Cedar Hill State Park offers a glimpse into rural life in 19th century Texas. Step back in time to when farm machinery first took the place of the horse and mule. Take a self-guided tour of the reconstructed and historic buildings and see how life changed over time.
Wildlife | Dallas Area
Take a selfie at the 26,000- gallon Dive Theater aquarium.
In Texas, a ShareLunker is a bass that weighs more than 8 pounds. Anglers dream of catching one, and the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center Lunker Bunker helps keep that dream alive. One of five state fish hatcheries, the center produces 3 million to 4 million Florida largemouth bass fingerlings annually. The wheelchair-accessible Interpretive Wetlands Trail winds past ponds, woodlands and wildflower areas.
Parks | Dallas Area
$7 park admission
Snap a photo from the scenic overlook guardrail.
Located an hour west of Fort Worth, Mineral Wells State Park’s Penitentiary Hollow is one of the few natural rock-climbing venues in North Texas. Climbers must sign a liability release before tackling rock formations such as the charmingly named Scrambled Egg Boulder or the Refrigerator. Those more inclined to watch can do so from a scenic overlook above.
Quirky | Dallas Area
Snap a selfie with the Woofus in the photo. Be creative!
Created for the Texas Centennial Exposition of 1936, the mythical Texas Woofus combines the mane and neck of a horse, a pig body, duck wings, a turkey tail, a sheep’s head — all topped off with a set of longhorns. The original statue mysteriously disappeared in the 1940s; today, you can find its 1998 replacement on the side of the Swine Building in Dallas’ Fair Park.
BONUS | DALLAS AREA
Snap a selfie outside the store with a kolache of your choice.
If you love kolaches — and who doesn't? — then the town of West is where you belong. Theoff Interstate 35 has been promoting Czech heritage and satisfying kolache cravings for years.