There are serious hotel happenings in Dallas and Fort Worth. With extensive renovations to the Adolphus Hotel completed and $255 million in renovations to the downtown’s historic Statler, now flying the Hilton flag, Dallas is poised for still another significant opening. The 200-room Virgin Hotel will be located in the Design District and is on schedule to open in 2019. Fort Worth welcomes a Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel to the downtown in 2019 and a Springfield Suites by Marriott to the Stockyards National Historic District in fall 2018.
New Flights and Rail
Three airlines will have new flights from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport to Reykjavik, Iceland this summer. WOW Airlines is providing seasonal flights three times a week. On May 30 Icelandair will launch yearlong service with four lights weekly and connections including Heathrow and Gatwick. American Airlines will begin daily lights June 7 and continue through October 27. The $1 billion TEXRAIL project linking DFW International Airport and downtown Fort Worth will open in 2018.
Here We Grow Again
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden has opened A Tasteful Place. This 3.5 acre, $8 million vegetable, herb and fruit garden includes a vineyard, raised beds and shaded porches and patios overlooking White Rock Lake. Gardening programs and tutorials are available.
Art, Culture & Sports
New museums and experiences await visitors to the Metroplex. The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum’s new building will open in the summer of 2019. Located in Dallas’ historic West End, the new venue will expand its educational and cultural programming. The National Soccer Hall of Fame will be an addition to Frisco’s Toyota Stadium, home of FC Dallas, of the MLS professional soccer league.
In Fort Worth the Cattle Raisers Museum is now open, featuring a 10,000-square foot exhibition dedicated to preserving the history of the cattle industry. The Family Museum Pass gives visitors access to six Fort Worth museums, while the Fort Worth Ale Trail Pass features six craft brewery tours and tastings. Fort Worth Tours has introduced walking and trolley (Saturday only) tours of downtown and the Cultural District.
The Metroplex is a treasure chest of events from music and concerts to art and sports. In Dallas every April is Art Month, a month filled with special exhibits and exhibitions at Dallas’ museums and galleries. In May the Soluna International Music & Arts Festival brings together international artists to celebrate the city’s cultural legacy. The Riverfront Jazz Festival brings diverse foods and some of the best national and international musicians.