Darting Around Dallas: 9 great places the DART can take you
December 6, 2018
BY MIA SIMON
If you're a Texas transplant who came from somewhere like Chicago, New York City or Washington D.C., you may miss using public transportation on a regular basis. The traffic here in DFW can give all of us a headache every now and then, so maybe it's time to give our local public transportation aka the DART, a try! Plus, it goes to a surprising amount of cool spots around town!
The world’s largest Christmas light maze is coming back to Globe Life in Arlington! This massive winter wonderland brings DFW an outdoor ice skating rink, thousands of lights, the “North Pole” with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, seasonal food and drinks like hot cocoa to warm you up, a Christmas market to peruse and live holiday entertainment! This event is great for the whole family, but also the perfect occasion for a romantic evening with your significant other as this is geared towards people of all ages!
Fair Park is the home to many events throughout the year, notably the State Fair of Texas. We were just there hosting a booth at the Chi Omega Christmas Market! The popular attractions at Fair Park can draw crowds of people. Consider taking the DART so you can get to all the fun without having to worry about the traffic!
It's the most wonderful time of the year--Christmas! One of our favorite places to go see lights is the Dallas Zoo. Luckily, you can get there using the DART! But even if it isn't Christmastime, who doesn't love to visit the zoo to see all the animals? You can bring some little ones with you, or just relive your childhood by taking a trip there!
If you don't feel like driving around and trying to find a parking spot before brunch, use public transportation instead! The Deep Ellum station is just a few blocks away from where most of the restaurants and bars in the neighborhood are. Get your gang together and head down there for the day.
Going to a Mavs or Stars game? You're in luck! Victory Station is a few steps away from the American Airlines Center. Leave your car at home and take the train into the city for the game. If you're not a huge sports fan, no worries! Victory Park is a hub for lots of great bars and restaurants. We won't judge if you decide to go to dinner instead of a sporting event.
If you don't have solid weekend plans, we suggest spending an afternoon at Mockingbird Station. It's a popular hangout spot because it's home to a movie theater, restaurants, shops and of course, a DART station. Buda Juice, Urban Taco, and West Elm are just a few of our favorite spots. Make sure to head out that way to see all the other great places Mockingbird Station has to offer.
Uptown is one of Dallas' most popular neighborhoods. A lot of us flock to the neighborhood when we're in the mood for a good workout, or a great meal. There's a DART station right off 75 that you can use to get to many of the businesses that make up the Uptown neighborhood. You're also close to Cityplace, which is a major business hub. If you work close to that area, you could consider using the light rail to commute to work!
Nature lovers, rejoice! You can use DART to get to White Rock Lake, one of Dallas' most treasured locations. It's a fan favorite amongst many Dallasites who enjoy exercising and spending time outdoors. Even the station itself is decked out in a sea of greenery. Don't forget to bring your bike with you on the train so you can ride it on the trail after you arrive!
If a day trip isn't enough, it might be time for a weekend getaway. Hop on the DART and use the Orange Line to get to DFW Airport! The railway stops right at Terminal A, meaning you can roll your suitcase straight from the metro rail into the airport. You can also get to Love Field airport using the DART, but it requires getting on a shuttle! Take the light rail to the Inwood/Love Field station (Green/Orange Lines), and then get on the Love Link. That's the shuttle that will take you to the terminals.
That's just the beginning! The DART light rail goes out to other great places like Downtown Garland, Las Colinas and Downtown Plano. The bus and streetcar can get you to even more places. There are so many places to explore around DFW, so hop on the DART and get going! We'd love to hear about some of your favorite stops.