I remember visiting the Dallas Zoo as a kid, and seeing the iconic giraffe statue at the front entrance. Since, I've frequently passed that enormous statue along I-35, but never made my way inside until recently. We made an impromptu stop at this wonderful zoo, and it did not disappoint!
I was elated to see penguins, koalas & kangaroos, and even a hippopotamus! The zoo has so many more animals than our local zoo in Waco. The zoo even has a tram that takes you above the animal habitats & African savannah so you can see them in a new light! I've put together a quick guide about what I love most about the Dallas Zoo & why. Hope you enjoy & will check out this beautiful zoo!
For us, it is just a quick drive up I-35 from Waco. I love that the location is right on a major interstate highway so you don't have to navigate through town.
This zoo is much larger than we are accustomed to in Waco, so the selection of animal habitats is wonderful! I loved seeing the kangaroos, hippos, and gorillas! We even had the joy of seeing a mother gorilla carrying her baby on her back. Such a neat sight to see!
Naturally, the design is very well thought out! The beauty of the plants, animal habitats, and other design elements like statues and benches are really beautiful. I particularly love the statues that fit perfectly among the walking areas for added beauty.
The Wilds of Africa Adventure Safari Monorail is a big highlight! You can ride about the African exhibits, and get a birds eye view of the animals in their habitats. Such a great and unique experience!
The zoo also offers small group and private photo safari tours. This is something that is on my bucket list! You are toured around the exhibits by the zoo's photographer to see the animals as they enjoy their breakfast and play!
There are so many great reasons to visit the Dallas Zoo. I can't wait to go back soon, and hope you will visit too!
Update: As of July 2018, The Theodore is no longer in operation.
Happy February! Can you believe how quickly January flew by?! Before we know it, it will be the holidays again. #timeslowdown With Valentine’s Day coming up, we’ll all be looking for that perfect dinner spot to celebrate, so today’s post is all about that! I’m sharing a few of our visits to a delicious restaurant, The Theodore, in Northpark Mall in Dallas.
The quirky and quaint décor, delicious menu items, and delectable desserts make it the perfect spot for a casual Valentine’s date out or resting place during your shopping at one of the top malls in Dallas. The upholstered booths and nail-edge tables had me oohing and aahhing, and how fab is the leather-bound menu! I also happen to be a huge fan of the mural painted on the ceiling in one of the booth cubbies that is a remake of the ceiling in Grand Central Station in New York City. After all, you know New York is one of my favorite places!
The menu is as equally delicious as the décor, and features a variety of contemporary American cuisine & cocktails. Our favorites are the margherita pizza and chicken pot pie. I know the photos are the best, but hopefully you can tell how delicious the plates are! Add this to your list of restaurants to try in Dallas.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you have a great start to a new month.
Hey y'all! Hope your week is flying by, because, let's be real, the 8 to 5 is for the birds! My week has gone pretty well, except it seems that my to do list is growing rather than shrinking. But the weekend is near, and that means work-work-work. Luckily, it's all the work I love to do! :) None of that yucky 8 to 5 mess. Anyway, how about some fun! I've gathered up a few pictures, yes just a few--I must've taken a million, of our visit to the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens during our Dallas trip.
Since we went in the Fall, the Arboretum was fully decked out in some 90,000 pumpkins! It's nothing short of magical! Along with all of the typical garden and lawn views, an area of the Arboretum is covered, and I mean covered, in thousands upon thousands of pumpkins of every variety and of every size! There are houses made of pumpkins, mazes of hay bales, and even a horse drawn carriage. It's truly a beautiful sight to see! Along with the beautiful pumpkins, while perusing the gardens, we caught a glimpse of a sail boat race in nearby White Rock Lake. That was really something, an unexpected treat!
The entire grounds is is truly a sight to see, and if you're ever in the area, especially in the Fall, you must stop by for a little visit. I must add, when you visit be sure to arrive early, just as they open, or you'll be waiting in a very long line! We arrived just in the nick of time, right at opening, and by the time we left, the line was at least a half a mile long. #notexaggerating We were very glad we made the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens our first stop of the day, and definitely happy we put this on our itinerary. You'll be happy you did too!
Hey there! I hope you had a great weekend, and are having a good week so far. Clearly last week got away from me, and I'm just now back to sharing more from our Dallas trip. But just in time for November 1st, and all the Fall-y goodness! Today I'm sharing bits from the Bishop Arts District, and it is fully decorated for Fall with pumpkins and mums and more. This is a happening little area with shops, antique stores, and boutique restaurants galore!
We had a ball perusing the antique shops, looking for nothing in particular, and specialty shops like a pet store! #duh #doglovers My favorite bit of this area is that there are several shops and restaurants that are in old homes! What's not to love? I hate to see old homes and buildings go to waste, and reviving them into stores is the perfect way to keep them around. Along with the old homes, there are strips of the sweetest old buildings filled with the quirkiest treasures. So dreamy! There is no shortage of shops & eats. Take a look at my faves.
A few of my favorite shops were:
Bishop Street Market
We Are 1976
Antiques on Bishop
Restaurants that caught my
Lockhart Smokehouse BBQ
These are really just a few that really struck me, but there are so, so many more! This is an area we'll definitely have to get back to, especially for all of that yummy food! See you back tomorrow for the last bit of our Dallas getaway.
Monday again!!? Can't say I am too excited about it, but I did have a great weekend! I hope yours was good as well. We had a fine time in a sweet little town full of boutiques, antique shops, and B&Bs. Our weekend in Salado was spent shopping, spending quality time together, and making blown glass pumpkins which was the star of the weekend. I'll be sharing more details on our weekend early next week, but, in the meantime, I still have a bit to share from our time in Dallas. Today, I'm sharing one of my favorite stops, Thanksgiving Square in Downtown Dallas.
This breathtakingly beautiful spot is a garden and chapel located right in the middle of the concrete jungle, and is a place for all people of all walks of life of all religions to come to reflect and find solace. The grounds features a tranquil garden with a reflection pool and stone waterfall, as well as beautiful stone work with various quotes and scriptures carved throughout. Another beautiful part are windows etched with lovely quotes from various religions, leaders, and nationalities.
The star of the square is the stunning, stunning Thanksgiving Chapel. It is a spiraled chapel, with a sidewalk that wraps up and around the chapel to the entrance. Once inside, prepare to have your breath taken away! You'll be greeted by an absolutely beautiful stained glass ceiling, that is spiraled itself. It is one of the most beautiful stained glass works I've ever seen! Truly breathtaking! I think what makes this spot the most beautiful is that it is for everyone. How wonderful would the world be if there were more places like that?! Amazing to imagine!
I hope you'll enjoy my photos of Thanksgiving Square, and I hope you'll visit if you have the chance. It's truly a stunning and peaceful place to visit. Until tomorrow.