Discovering Dallas

Perhaps for the first time ever, all the neal ink girls spent the 4th of July holiday traveling separately. We’ll be sharing about our journeys over the next few weeks. First up is Alissa with a Dallas travel guide!

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Having a best friend in Oklahoma and dating a guy in Texas has culminated in several trips to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area this year, including last week over the 4th of July. Thankfully I’ve had the cutest tour guides I could ask for!photo3photo(1)

Here’s a little guide to some of my favorite places in Dallas, should you ever find yourself in the Lone Star State:
I’ve stayed at several different hotels, but one of my favorite Dallas hotels is the NYLO. The rooms are incredible with a touch of modern flare, but my favorite part is the view from the infinity pool and bar/restaurant area. We spent an entire day just lounging by the pool, enjoying the delicious food and drinks, and even headed back out to the pool area to socialize with many of the locals who frequent that spot in the evenings. photo2

Dallas World Aquarium
On my most recent trip to Dallas, we spent a morning at the Dallas World Aquarium. We felt like little kids checking out all the fun creatures. Not only do they have sea animals of all kinds, but also tons of birds and even a jaguar! We had lunch over-looking the flamingos and it was beautiful! photo4 photo1

A can’t miss while in the Ft. Worth area is the Stockyards…a place I never thought I would get so much enjoyment! From a cattle drive down the main street to yummy BBQ, this place is a blast for the whole family. Don’t forget to see the real cowboys riding live bulls at Billy Bobs while there! The bulls even sport bright green glitter on their horns– I can always get behind some good bedazzling.photo5

JFK Museum
If you’re into history (or even if you’re not… like me), check out the Sixth Floor Museum. You learn about the President Kennedy and his assassination by taking an audio tour through time.

While visiting Victory Park in Dallas, we went out for an incredible Moroccan meal at Medina. The atmosphere is amazing and the food is to die for (I highly recommend the sea bass, but I hear the shrimp pizza is great, too). The authentic music playing in the background was a hit with our group, and be sure to make a trip to the restroom for a salt scrub treat for your hands! photo8

Crawfish Boil at Taps
You have to find a crawfish boil while in Dallas– it’s quite a unique experience! We went to a friend’s local bar and restaurant called Taps in North Richland Hills for my first crawfish boil. I learned there is a fine art to eating crawfish…you remove the head to get to the meat in the body, peel it like a shrimp, and eat! If you’re a hardcore crawfish fan, it’s traditional to suck the head of the crawfish for the juice. The locals were so friendly and cheered for us during an intense game of life-size Jenga! I guess everything is bigger in Texas. ;)photo6 photo7

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