Living in DFW gives us access to all of the cultural events that are happening on any given weekend. This weekend, we drove 25 minutes north to Denton, to the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival. Jillian is the Assistant Director of Advertising at UNT, so we spend quite a bit of time in Denton, and we love the sense of community there. Every Christmas you’ll find us at the Denton Holiday Lighting Festival, and throughout the year we enjoy exploring the stores and restaurants on the square, and enjoying brunch at one of our favorite places in DFW, Seven Mile Café. We can’t wait to introduce our child to these traditions!
Our house is just a 20-minute drive to downtown Fort Worth, which was voted #1 in Livability.com’s Top 10 Best Downtowns. What they say about downtown Fort Worth captures it perfectly, “Few downtowns have achieved the cohesion between cowboy culture and urban sophistication that Fort Worth has.”
We love spending weekends in Fort Worth, volunteering at the BRIT, trying new restaurants, visiting museums, riding our bikes on the Trinity River Trails, or hanging out with friends at Open Streets. One place we can’t wait to take our child is the Fort Worth Zoo. It’s one of the best zoos we’ve ever been to, any biases aside. And Melia is very excited about sharing the gibbon habitat; it’s her absolute favorite!
We’re also a 30-minute drive to the heart of Dallas, with its concert venues, artist communities like Bishop Arts, farmers markets, museums and beautiful botanical gardens. Last year we went to see the Polyphonic Spree Holiday Extravaganza at Lakewood Theater, and we hope to one day share it with our kid. Christmas songs, snowflakes falling from the sky, an appearance by Santa Claus, a magic show during intermission. So much fun!
And last year, for part of Melia’s birthday, we went to the Perot Museum and spent the entire afternoon exploring. We can’t help but think about how much more fun we will have when we can experience all of these places with our child. We live in such an incredible area, and there’s never a shortage of fun and educational things to do. If you haven’t been to Dallas-Fort Worth, it’s definitely worth checking out!