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7 Ways to Experience Classic DFW Culture, Virtually

As businesses and institutions continue to adjust to the pandemic, staying home still appeals to lots and lots of North Texans. But reducing the risk of catching Covid-19 doesn’t mean you have to succumb to boredom — or binge-watch your 137th TV series on Netflix. You can experience much of what Dallas-Fort Worth has to offer with just a few clicks, whether you wish to fill your personal space with symphonic music, take a walk on the wild side with some fascinating creatures or savor every sip of one (or more) of the city’s best margaritas. Get comfortable and bring a little local flavor into your world. Here’s how. 

1. Dallas Museum of Art

Art lovers won’t have a lack of inspiration here, with more than 25,000 works of art from various cultures and time periods to explore online, many of which are available to download for further enjoyment. Whether you’re a fan of contemporary art, fashion or still lifes, you’ll find hours (if not weeks and months) of art appreciation at your fingertips. 

2. The Texas Theatre

Located in Oak Cliff, this historic theater played a pivotal role in the JFK assassination saga as the location where police caught up with Lee Harvey Oswald. Refurbished in recent years, the movie theater features a large, old-school auditorium as well as a full bar for craft cocktails to accompany the requisite popcorn and Junior Mints. In an effort to keep movie buffs connected with its roster of cult classics, obscure experimental films and current releases during the pandemic, the owners launched both a drive-in series in the parking lot behind the building, as well as a library of films available for screening at home

3. The Margarita Mile

In 2018, VisitDallas launched the Margarita Mile, a self-guided tour around the city featuring some iconic cocktails, including Mariano’s, home of the original frozen margarita machine, as well as modern interpretations of the classic tequila creation. Through the convenience of home delivery, you can order in margaritas from many of the restaurants on the tour to enjoy on your own patio. And because you won’t be driving, go ahead and order a second round while you’re at it.

4. Dallas Zoo

From soft and cuddly to ferocious and powerful, animals of all varieties call Dallas Zoo home. The park has reopened with several safety measures in place, but you can get lost for hours on the zoo’s YouTube channel, watching gorilla siblings playing around, learning everything there is to know about native creatures such as the Texas brown tarantula or going behind the scenes with zookeepers as they perform essential tasks to keep the animals safe, healthy and happy.

5. Fort Worth Murals

Whether you want to take a drive for a safe art experience throughout downtown Fort Worth (and beyond) or stay at home to scroll through a virtual tour, the murals of Fort Worth will inspire you with their beauty and originality. Start with this must-see list of 10 murals, complete with photographs, descriptions and where to find them — once you’re ready to get out and pose for a selfie in front of them.

6. Dallas Symphony Orchestra

You’re welcome to put on an evening gown or tuxedo, but athleisure wear and pajamas will be equally acceptable at any of these symphony performances. Simply head to the DSO’s YouTube channel for full concerts recorded both at the Meyerson Symphony Center as well as at musicians’ homes during the lockdown. You can also listen in on conversations with musicians and conductors to get an insider’s look at the world of classical music.

7. AT&T Performing Arts Center

Just in time for those fading New Year’s fitness resolutions, pop over to the YouTube channel of the AT&T Performing Arts Center for a variety of virtual dance classes from top instructors in ballet folklorico, salsa, Indian classical dances, and pretty much any form of movement you can imagine. You can also find backstage interviews with casts of past Broadway touring productions and close-up concerts with Dallas originals, as well as tours of the venues that call the Dallas Arts District home.

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