By Jessica Safavimehr, NewsCastic
Dallas may be the hub of the Metroplex but Fort Worth is where it’s at for summer fun. The sun is shining, the heat hasn’t reached triple digits quite yet and the fall is still a couple months away. It’s time to break up with Netflix and use this list to get out there and give your couch a rest. Here are 7 things you should be doing instead of binge watching Netflix.
Sundance is located in beautiful downtown Fort Worth. You can take the day to shop and dine. While you’re at it, enjoy a live band in the square and run through the water fountains. Sundance has something for the whole family but also has an exciting night time flare with jazz club Scat Jazz.
Fort Worth Zoo
It's going to be a hot one this weekend, but fear not. You are able to cool off at Safari Splash ($5 per Zoo guest) before, during or after a stroll through the park. During your visit, be on the lookout for animals taking a dip in their exhibits, like the greater one-horned rhino pictured above. Thanks to @darlingniki12 for this great summertime shot! Show us how you're spending your summer days here at the Fort Worth Zoo by including #fortworthzoo in your photos.
Fun for the whole family, Fort Worth Zoo has a large gorilla exhibit as well as an entertaining family of monkeys. Make sure to bring some extra change to load up on fudge and souvenirs. It may be hot outside but this zoo has a splash area to let the little ones go wild, pull up a lounge chair and relax.
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
The Fort Worth Botanic Gardens are a gorgeous 109-acre outdoor gallery with over 2500 species of native and exotic plants. During the summer months you can enjoy concerts in the garden and chow down on some snacks courtesy of the Garden’s Restaurant.
If you want sandy beaches but don’t want to fly or drive to a coast, Burger’s Lake is the next best place. Burger’s has two sandy beaches for getting your tan on and a spring fed lake for swimming. Pack a picnic and grab some friends there are charcoal grills, picnic table and even a 25-foot trapeze! What more could you want out of summer?
Fort Worth Stockyards
Want to live like a real cowboy for a day? Head on out to the Fort Worth Stockyards, visit the stables and see some prize winning horses. There is so much to do at the stockyards it’s hard to list. Take a day or two and hit up the Cowtown Winery or the Stockyard Museum. Want to cruise around? Rent an electric bike and enjoy the views. There is definitely something for everyone, just don’t forget to pass up the line dance lessons!
Texas Motor Speedway
NASCAR! If NASCAR won’t get you off the couch you have some serious excitement issues. Watch cars go 300 mph or more, tailgate, meet world renowned drives and so much more! Texas Motor Speedway host some of the hottest races of the summer and you can even take a driving lesson from a pro. Make sure to check their calendar as there is always something awesome going down at the track.
Panther Island Pavillion
Last but definitely not least on this list is Panther Island Pavilion. Panther Island is for those looking to take a load off and enjoy some tunes or movies while chilling out in an inner tube. Pack some snacks and get your drink on while enjoying some of your favorite bands, people watch and gather a group of friends for a great time. Panther Island is one continuous party and has some of the best Sunday fun days in the Metroplex.