Friday, December 3, 2010 , Updated 9:48 a.m., December 6, 2010
Traveling on the new DART Green Line? Here’s your must-do guide for each stop
Just carry this with you everywhere you go and you'll be set.
The DART Green Line officially opens December 6, and for those of us who have lived in the DFW area for more than a few years, this $1.8 billion project was a long time coming. The Green Line is 28 miles long and includes new 15 stations, for a total of 24 stations on the Green Line.
Taking a trip on the brand new Green Line? Consult this quick guide for what you should do at each stop. We start at the north end and go south:
- Take in the bright colors of the 12-foot tall way-finder monument at this gateway station to DART’s new Green Line.
- Bring along the clubs and play a round at the Indian Creek Golf Club.
- Shop at the expansive Vista Ridge Mall.
- Have a little time to pass before your departure? Enjoy a drink and a stogie at the unique I-Orchid Bistro and Cigar Lounge.
- Treat the kids to a day at Sandy Lake Amusement Park where the whole family can ride the rides, swim, play mini-golf, and spread out a picnic feast under the trees (open Mid-March through Mid-September).
- If you’re looking for something a little quieter, take a hike on the trails at the Elm Fork Nature Preserve or fish on the riverbank near the McInnish Sports Complex. Ken Good Park also offers picnic facilities and plenty of green grass to roll around in.
- Take the time for a stroll through Old Downtown Carrollton at this stop. There’s no shortage of shopping with merchants plying wares from antiques to mountain bikes, and the cozy, old-fashioned restaurants mingled among the stores will keep your tummy happy while you shop.
- For a bit more of a workout, test your physical skills at Stonework’s Rock Climbing Gym.
- For some of the best fried chicken (or catfish) in the DFW area, bring your appetite to Babe’s Chicken Dinner House.
- Learn to ice skate or relax and get in the Christmas spirit by watching one several holiday ice shoes at the Dr Pepper StarCenter - Farmers Branch.
- Take care of city business at the Farmers Branch City Hall and learn a bit about the history of the area at the Farmers Branch Historical Park.
- Horticulturalists won’t want to miss the gardens at Watterworth Park, known especially for its roses.
- The Royal Lane station boasts access to the Asian Trade District, home to 21 shopping centers and more than 300 specialty shops.
- Have a hankering for some old-fashioned comfort food just like Mama used to make? Check out Mama's Daughter's Diner. They’ll even make a whole pie for you to take home.
- Those looking for a little funkier evening on the town might enjoy Mac Karaoke, the largest private karaoke club in Dallas with 20 individual rooms and more than 20,000 songs, many in multiple languages. (Ooh!)
- Take the train to pay respects to loved ones who’ve gone before us at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
- If you’re a flea market junkie, you’ll want to search for treasures at the Harry Hines Bazaar.
- The Mecca Restaurant serves up breakfast and brunch daily. Rumor has it, they serve cinnamon rolls the size of a dinner plate.
- In addition to regular chiropractic wellness clinics, the Parker College of Chiropractic school of massage therapy offers discounted massage services to the public.
- Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m., happy hour at Paul’s Porterhouse Steaks and Seafood offers ½ off beer, wine, and well drinks.
- Airplane enthusiasts may enjoy watching planes taking off from and landing at Love Field from the southern bank of Bachman Lake. Those more fitness-minded can partake of the pave trail featuring 13 fitness stations in the park around the lake.
- There is plenty of diversity in restaurant choices in the area, from Club Schmitz, an old-style burger and beer joint complete with a pool table for rent, to Stratos, the restaurant some think is the best Greek food in Dallas.
- If you need a man in blue, the Dallas Police Department Northwest Operations Division is accessible from this station.
- No-hassle access to the Southwest Airlines corporate headquarters.
- Lose yourself in a book from the Grauwyler Park Branch Library.
- Enjoy a Texas tradition -- Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse BBQ.
- Don’t ever drive to Love Field Airport again!
- Looking for a new pet? Check out the animals in need at the Humane Society of Dallas County.
- Attend religious services at the Cathedral of Hope.
- Get your Tex-Mex food here at Herrera’s Café, the only Dallas restaurant we know of to have been featured in National Geographic.
Southwestern Medical District/Parkland
- It’s all about healthcare at this stop featuring access to Parkland Memorial Hospital, Children’s Medical Center, UT Southwestern University Hospital (Zale Lipshy and St.Paul building), UT Southwestern Medical Center and School, and Cityville at Southwestern Medical District.
- Surely there’s plenty of cafeteria food to be had in the area with all those hospitals.
- Looking for high-tech office space or business meeting space? Look no farther than INFOMART.
- Shop Dallas Market Center, the wholesale merchandise resource from home furnishings to fabric.
- For a raucous dinner experience, enjoy your meal while watching a live jousting tournament by the knights of old at Medieval Times.
- Enjoy major sports events and concerts at the American Airlines Center.
- Hike, bike or skate the Katy Trail pedestrian and bicycle path.
- Live, eat and work in Victory Park, which also features live music events and live television broadcasts.
- People-watch from a sidewalk patio outside one of the many restaurants and entertainment venues housed in the restored buildings of the Historic West End District.
- Learn a little more about Dallas’s tragic history and the death of a president at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and the John F. Kennedy Memorial.
- Kids love colorful fish, and they’re sure to enjoy a visit to the Dallas World Aquarium.
- Have a question about the new DART green line? Get it answered here at the DART Headquarters. Buy passes and other merchandise at the DART Store.
- Turn your head up and gawk at the downtown Dallas skyscrapers, One Elm Place, One Main Place, Renaissance Tower and Thanksgiving Tower.
- Pegasus Plaza is a popular place to mingle with the up-and-coming urbanites.
- Take in a live show at the historic Majestic Theatre — without paying for parking.
- Kickoff the holiday season with the City Lights display, including a 65-foot Christmas tree, at the Main Street Garden Park.
- Want to treat friends and family to an event of unmatched elegance? Schedule your next gala at the Belo Mansion in the heart of the Dallas Arts District.
- Absorb some culture in the amazing displays Dallas Museum of Art.
- Eat, shop and be merry at the Plaza of the Americas, which sports a plethora of upscale retail stores as well as more than 40 restaurants and even an ice rink.
- Need a place to stay downtown? Look no farther than the Sheraton Dallas Hotel.
- Music lovers will adore the regency and the performances at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center and the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House while the more visually-oriented visitors might prefer the Nasher Sculpture Center or the Trammell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art.
- Worship with the second largest cathedral congregation in the nation — the largest Latino congregation — at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe.
- Come see the 38-foot Traveling Man sculpture and his two smaller counterparts that welcome travelers to the Deep Ellum station.
- Explore the artistic expressions and cultural roots of Dallas’s Latino population at the Latino Cultural Center.
- Party at the eclectic collection of arts and entertainment venues housed in 170 acres of restored warehouse district.
Baylor University Medical Center
- Hang out on the two-acre plaza emblazoned with a giant fingerprint.
- Grab a cup of Joe for the morning commute at the It’s a Grind Coffee House.
- Take care of yourself at the Baylor University buildings including the Medical Center, College of Dentistry, Fitness Center, Outpatient Therapy Center, or Geriatric Clinic.
- Meet your raw fish and seaweed quota for the week at Deep Sushi.
- Fair Park is home to the State Fair of Texas and iconic statue Big Tex in September/October of each year.
- Best bets for families: the Children's Aquarium or Texas Discovery Gardens.
- Football fans won't want to miss the Cotton Bowl Stadium, which is packed for Texas/OU weekend every fall. Nearby is the Tom Landry exhibit.
- Must-see artwork relevant to the African American experience is here, including the “Walk of Respect” and the “Talking Drums” exhibitions.
- You can easily get to the Fair Park entrance, plus visit the African American Museum, the Women’s Museum, and the Museum of Nature and Science.
- The DART stop is also close to the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce as well as the MLK, Jr. Community Center, Library, Senior Center, and Health Center.
- The Hatcher station is worth visiting as a destination all its own. The backdrop for the station is a mural in the form of a community quilt created by local artists.
- Kids will find plenty of fresh air and green space nearby at the Parkdale and Lawnview Parks.
- Hatcher isn’t just for kids, though. Senior citizens may find help at the Housing Resource Center and their own entertainment at the Juanita J. Craft Recreation and Senior Center.
- In another spectacular display of community art, the Lawnview station features 190 species of native wildlife creatively worked into fencing, windscreens, and columns around the station.
- Golfers take note! The nearby 18-hole Keeton Park Golf Course was named as one of Golf Digest Magazine’s “Best Places to Play.”
- Those looking for a place to live on the southeast side might check out the historic Parkdale community.
- Lose that “city” feel in any of the three parks near this station: Rhodes Terrace Park, Rochester Park, or DeVon-Anderson Park.
- The area is home to the famous Helen’s Irresistible Cookie, but these delectable treats can only be ordered by phone or over the web, so it won't do you any good to go knocking on Helen’s door.
- Also close by is Reyes Mexican Food.
- Home to the Dal-Tile Corporation.
- Looking for a volunteer opportunity or maybe need a little help yourself? The Salvation Army is here to help.
- Hike for health on the Crawford Memorial Park Loop Trail.
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