If you’ve ever wanted to toss a rope and wrangle a herd like a real cowboy (or cowgirl), Dallas has got you covered. There’s a reason the city’s major sports franchise is named after the boot-wearing buckaroos: Dallas is crazy about all things Western. Here, you’ll find wealthy businessmen wearing white Stetson hats – remember J.R. Ewing from the TV series Dallas? – and radios tuned to the latest Blake Shelton hit.
If you want to live the cowboy lifestyle while in Dallas, here are three must-see places to mosey on into.
Tour the Famous Southfork Ranch
The home of fictional oil magnate J.R. Ewing’s country mansion, Southfork Ranch was a filming site for the primetime drama, Dallas. No visit to The Big D is complete without a walkthrough of the Ewing’s home, which features memorabilia from the show and a recreation of J.R. and Sue Ellen’s bedroom. See the prop gun that famously shot J.R., then head out to the patio to see the Ewing family breakfast table and view the sparkling pool featured on the series. There’s also a gift shop filled with TV-inspired gifts and Western wear to help you look the part. Tours are offered from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Eat Like a Cowboy
To be a real cowboy, you’ll need to fuel up on some chuckwagon grub. Restaurateur Stephan Pyles’ Stampede 66 is an over-the-top Texas theme eatery that he once compared to Disneyland (we’re guessing he was a regular at Frontierland). Here, chicken fried steak is literally injected with gravy, and ranchero beans are served in a cast iron skillet straight off the farm. BBQ brisket sandwiches, blackened fish tacos and Texas-sized strip steaks round out the menu. Look for smoke billowing from the margarita cart, where servers use liquid nitrogen to flash freeze tasty tequila cocktails. The décor is equally fanciful, with branding iron murals and steer horns suspended from the ceiling.
See Rodeo Pros in Action
No cowboy vacay is complete without a visit to the rodeo. If you’re in town for the annual Fort Worth Stock Show in January/February 2018 or the summertime North Texas Fair & Rodeo, you’re in for a treat. Both shows have rodeo competitions in a variety of categories and age groups, plus live entertainment including some of country music’s hottest stars. For year-round team roping and bronc bustin’ fun, Stockyards Championship Rodeo in nearby Fort Worth hosts live rodeo shows every Friday and Saturday night throughout the year. They also host occasional cowboy gatherings and Wild West shows where cowboys perform rope tricks and riding exercises for excited crowds.
Looking the part is only one aspect of a stellar cowboy adventure. If you want the real Southfork Ranch experience like J.R. and his friends, book a trail ride or riding lesson before your visit by calling 972-442-7800. Our wranglers will help you get comfortable in the saddle, and take you around for a Texas-sized tour of the beautiful grounds. Visit the Southfork Ranch website for more details.