Because one article
just wasn't enough to contain everything Big D, here are 26 more things you need to know before you move to Dallas.
1. Folks Flock From All Over For The Red River Shootout
Source: West Village via Facebook
The Red River Shootout, which pits the University of Texas against the University of Oklahoma, happens once a year in Dallas on neutral turf for both teams.
Beware: All of these people wearing burnt orange and crimson will fill your bars, restaurants, and streets. Either join in the debauchery or get out of town!
2. Brunching Is Considered A Legitimate Hobby
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Dallas is a brunch city, and nothing goes better with brunch than bottomless mimosas. D Magazine named Boulevardier the best brunch spot for 2013, although with so many brunch favorites everyone seems to have an opinion on this subject.
3. Big Hair. We Don’t Care
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The higher the hair, the closer to God. Big hair is still alive and well in Dallas just like daisy dukes.
4. Today’s Forecast Calls For “Patio Weather”
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With Dallas weather being what it is—too hot or too cold, that middle sweet spot is called “patio weather.” When it hits, you’ll know—and luckily we are prepared with plentiful patios. The Rustic, a local restaurant and bar, has a huge patio to hang out on.
5. Get Ready For Some Incredible Views
Source: Flickr user Austin Marshall
The Texas State Fair has been held annually at Fair Park since 1886, and the famous Texas Star ferris wheel, built in Italy, debuted in Fair Park in 1985.
More than 15 employees staff the Texas Star, which carries riders some 20 stories high. On a clear day, riders can see the downtown Fort Worth skyline close to 40 miles away.
6. Dallasites Know How To Rustle Up Some Beer And Baseball
Source: Flickr user Shawn Collins
There’s nothing better than taking in a Texas Rangers baseball game at Globe Life Park. Well okay, scoring awesome seats will make your night a little sweeter.
7. You'll Need To Call A Taxi After Downing Just One Of Dallas' Favorite Drink
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This legendary drink is the brainchild of Dallas based restaurant Mi Cocina (even Conan O’Brien is in the know). The combination of a frozen margarita, featuring Sauza Blanco tequila with Mi Cocina house-made Sangria, can be dangerous if consumed in high volume.
One Mambo Taxi, two Mambo Taxi’s, three Mambo Taxi’s, floor…
8. Start Dieting Now. Dallasites Fry Everything
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It’s true. Deep-fried items you can find include deep-fried Oreos, deep-fried Twinkies, deep-fried s'mores, deep-fried pork ribs, fried cheesecake; deep-fried butter, deep-fried peanut butter, jelly, and banana sandwiches just to name a few.
9. Dallasites Always Have Plans For St. Patrick’s Day
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Named one of the best St. Paddy Day Parades in the nation, Dallas just celebrated the 35th Anniversary of our beloved St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival. The best part? Our hometown hero, the Dallas Mavericks, sponsored the event to ensure this Dallas tradition would continue.
10. Dallas Ladies Roll In Style
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This fast-moving game is full of strong women who have various jobs by day. When night falls, fierce competitors come out to play.
Check out the Assassination City Roller Derby, which is “100% skater-owned and -operated,” catch the Dallas Derby Devils in action, or buy your tickets for the 2014 Blood & Thunder Roller Derby World Cup, taking place this December at the Dallas Convention Center.
11. Dallasites Are Total Band Groupies
Source: Flickr user Jim Wall
With venues for live music such as the House of Blues, The Loft, and the Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas is a regular stop for musicians on tour.
12. It’s Home To Jerry’s World
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Previously known as the Cowboys Stadium, AT&T Stadium is also known as Jerry’s World, after Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones. It opened in 2009 with a construction cost of $1.15 billion, making it one of the most expensive sports venues ever built. It also has the world's largest column-free interior.
13. Dallasites Open Their Big Heart For Visitors
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Being centrally located in the US with more than 70,000 hotel rooms spanning a variety of locations, people come to Dallas for many reasons. The Dallas Convention Center is one of the largest and busiest convention centers in the country, at over 1,000,000 square feet, and the world's single-largest column-free exhibit hall.
14. The Dog Days Of Summer Are Real Here
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Dallas summers are brutal. It is h-o-t for 3-4 months a year. It’s best to acquire a new indoor hobby because when the heat hits, you won’t want to go outside. Prepare to sweat.
15. Dirk Nowitzki Is A Sports GOD
Source: Flickr user Danny Bollinger
Dallas Mavericks’ basketball player Dirk Nowitzki is a pretty big deal (pun intended). Playing for the Mavericks since 1998, Nowitzki, raised in Germany, has led the team to 12 consecutive NBA Playoffs—including the franchise's first Finals appearance in 2006 and only championship in 2011.
16. Mary Kay Cosmetics Started A Small Army Here
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The city is home to the third-largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the nation. In 2013, the metropolitan area led the nation with the largest year-over-year increase in employment!
Dallas is also currently the third most popular destination for business travel in the United States.
17. Dallas Has Always Been About Connecting People
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The city’s prominence arose from its historical importance as a center for the oil and cotton industries, as well as its position along numerous railroad lines. Ironically, decades later, the railroad tracks would be overshadowed by modern buildings, housing a booming local economy.
The city is sometimes referred to as “the heart of Silicon Prairie" because of its high concentration of telecommunications companies.
18. Cowboy Boots Are Required
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Dallas likes to keep its identity separate from neighboring Fort Worth, but cowboy boots are still required here. You are in Texas, after all.
19. Sunrises Are Always Something Special In Dallas
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Dallas is the main core of the largest inland metropolitan area in the United States that lacks any navigable link to the sea. It’s landlocked, and the surrounding areas are mostly flat and trees are sparse.
20. Dallas Shopping Is Historic
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Dallas has more shopping centers per capita than any other city in the United States and it is also home to the second shopping center ever built in the United States, Highland Park Village, which opened in 1931.
Dallas is home to two other major malls in North Texas, the Dallas Galleria and NorthPark Center, which is the 2nd largest mall in Texas. Also? Neiman Marcus opened his first store here.
21. Vintage Trolley Cars? Dallas Has Got You Covered
Source: Flickr user Bonita de Boer
The M-Line's air-conditioned and heated restored vintage trolleys normally run 365 days a year, providing safe, clean, reliable, and convenient public transportation free of charge in Dallas' vibrant Uptown Neighborhood.
Fun fact: You can rent them out and throw a trolley party!
22. Dallas Built This Park… On Rocks and Roads
Source: Klyde Warren Park via Facebook
Klyde Warren Park is a 5-acre urban green space built over the recessed Woodall Rodgers Freeway between Pearl and St. Paul streets in downtown Dallas. The deck park is a feat of engineering and design. It's street-level and still preserves clearance for the highway below.
23. Clickity Clackity—There’s Cardio Classity!
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Abandoned railroad tracks that had once divided the downtown core have become the 3.5-mile long Katy Trail. This landscaped pedestrian trail system runs through the most densely developed section of the city.
In other words, it’s the perfect place to see and be seen while sweating uncontrollably during your cardio session.
24. Cutie Pies Bloom In Spring
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Named one of the Best Botanical Gardens in the US by the Travel Channel, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is a 66-acre botanical garden.
Seasonal events are held each year, and a favorite is the annual Dallas Blooms festival. After a dreary winter, this festival offers one of the most spectacular floral displays in the world featuring over 500,000 blooming spring bulbs.
25. Dallas Has Its Own Urban Oasis
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Even though Dallas is landlocked, White Rock Lake is a 1,015 acre city lake that offers numerous outdoor activities for water lovers, and welcome relief from summer heat.
26. You Can Be President For A Minute
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Located on the SMU campus, the George W. Bush Presidential Center opened on April 25, 2013, and includes former President George W. Bush's presidential library and museum, the George W. Bush Policy Institute, and the offices of the George W. Bush Foundation.
However, perhaps the most interesting feature is the replica of the Oval Office.
What do you love about living in Dallas? Tell us in the comments below!