Spring is in the air. Warmer temperatures and longer days beckon you to discover all North Texas has to offer. Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is more than a convenient way to get there—it’s your trusted guide. Some of the premier destinations in the area are right along the DART Rail lines.

The Dallas Arts District is the largest arts district in the nation, boasting buildings by four Pritzker Prize-winning architects within a few blocks. Don’t miss the Dallas Black Dance Theater; the Crow Collection of Asian Art; Dallas Museum of Art; Meyerson Symphony Center; Nasher Sculpture Center; Winspear Opera House; and the Wyly Theatre. The district is bordered by Klyde Warren Park, the popular spot that has become Dallas’ “front yard.” It’s all within blocks of the St. Paul and Pearl/Arts District stations, or right along the M-Line Trolley.

In addition to the arts, DART Rail can drop you off at some great theaters. From the Granville Arts Center (Blue Line to Downtown Garland Station), to The Firehouse Theatre (Green Line to Farmers Branch Station), to the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts (Red Line to Galatyn Park Station), DART can take you to some of the best performance venues around.

And there are numerous options for a lunch-and-shopping excursion, as well. Check out Deep Ellum (Baylor University Medical Center Station), where boutiques, art galleries and funky curio shops blend with dining and nightlife. The must-have: barbecue at Pecan Lodge, one of the most
talked-about ‘cue joints in the region. You can also hit downtown Plano (Downtown Plano Station), a hotbed of antique shops and other unique offerings. Don’t miss: Urban Crust, one of the area’s premier purveyors of wood-fired pizza. Other great ride-and-walk places include Mockingbird Station and West Village and Uptown (Cityplace/Uptown Station or the M-Line trolley).

For a great day trip, consider Fort Worth. Our neighbor to the west has a boot-load of both cowboys and culture, with plenty of allure for grown-ups and kids alike. It’s all accessible by the Trinity Railway Express (TRE), with shuttles provided by the Fort Worth T leading to outlying attractions, such as the zoo and the cultural district. Check out schedules and routes at DART.org and The-T.com.

Discover other places DART can take you, by visiting DART.org/DARTable. And be sure to download DART’s free GoPassSM app. It has every travel tool you need! Download it from the App Store or the Google Play store.

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