Sunday, October 7, 2012
Five things to do in Dallas since you won’t be watching Cowboys football
What will you do with your free Sunday?
DALLAS So it’s Sunday, and the sports climate around North Texas feels a little odd. With the Dallas Cowboys on a bye week and the Texas Rangers eliminated from the playoffs, dedicated sports fans have an unexpected day off from being glued to the television or packed in the stands. And we needed a break from the tumultuous Cowboys season although we’re only four games in. But what to do with all this free time? Here are five things to do around Dallas instead of watch the Cowboys lose … or, I mean, play.
Brush up on your swing at TopGolf
Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or a fun loving amateur, TopGolf has something for you. At this driving range, every ball has a mini microchip implanted within so that you can keep track of how far you hit. The innovative technology enables players to partake in different point-scoring games that encourage those who cannot drive very far or accurately. Plus, food and pitchers of beer are served directly to your lane. Did we mention the 54 holes of miniature golf? Visit TopGolf at in Dallas or Allen, and keep your eyes peeled for a new location in The Colony come next year.
Support the Houston Texans
Though they have a limited fan base in North Texas, the Houston Texans are a team worth watching. At a record of 4-0, the boys in red, white, and blue are currently in first place in the AFC South and scheduled to take on the New York Jets Sunday afternoon. So far this season, Quarterback Matt Schaub has thrown 953 yards for seven touchdowns, slightly above the league average. The Texans have also been sparking buzz around the sports industry because their running game is spot on: They lead the NFL in rushing attempts which increase their overall yard production. McKinney Avenue Tavern in Uptown and Hat Tricks in Lewisville have great football food and drink specials, so get on out there and support the Texas team that actually wins.
Make time for the Mavericks
Single game tickets for the upcoming Dallas Mavericks basketball season went on sale Saturday, and there’s never been a better time to buy. The 2010 NBA champions gaunt onto the court October 15 for the first preseason game against the Houston Rockets down at American Airlines Center. The official start to the season comes at the end of the month and ticketing officials have made it easier than ever to attend with several different season packages. Check out the Mavericks schedule for details on how you can get front row.
Enjoy the outdoors at White Rock Lake
What better way enjoy the changing of the seasons than play out in the cool, crisp weather? White Rock Lake in East Dallas is a quaint place to run, bike, or walk the dog and several community organization offer fun activities for the whole family. The trail around the circumference of the lake is about nine miles, so you’re guaranteed a credible workout. Don’t want to go around the lake? Rent a kayak or paddle board from White Rock Paddle Co. and venture out into the wild waves. You’ll love the unique view of the Dallas skyline from anywhere on the lake.
Participate in a bicycle scavenger hunt in Oak Cliff
Dallas’ first bike-only lane recently opened in Oak Cliff, so naturally the eclectic neighborhood encourages all riders around the area to use it. One way is through a district-wide photo scavenger hunt organized by Ten Bells Tavern off West 7th Street. Register your bike gang at noon and receive a list of items to photograph around Oak Cliff. The adventure ends at 4 p.m. and the winning team will be announced shortly thereafter. Incentives include a $75 gift certificate to Ten Bells as well as prizes from local shop to individuals based on creative merit and artistic focus. Brunch is being served at the restaurant one hour prior to the race, so get there early.
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