Riding the DART train on a Dallas adventure with the kids has long been on my list, but I had been nervous to tackle it by myself with five kids. My husband Jason works in Dallas so heading back on his days off hasn’t been a high priority. My adventurous sister Miriam and her son Z had a day off so she suggested we tackle the DART! I was so excited. It was kind of a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants adventure as we decided what to do as we went–so exciting!
We found a nearby train station and purchased day passes for everyone.
The anticipation was high as we waited.
And then the train arrived. We quickly loaded everyone in and were surprised to see we had the car to ourselves!
It was so exciting that I couldn’t even get my youngest to look at the camera for a photo!
It was so fun and relaxing to see the sights of Dallas fly by as we sat back and enjoyed the ride. My sister, and fellow foodie, and I both wanted food try some amazing Dallas food somewhere.
We chose Avila’s Restaurant since my sister had read it was featured on the show Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives. We just found the closest DART station to Avila’s and walked several blocks to the restaurant. It was such a fun adventure!! Look for my review of Avila’s soon!
Then we hopped back on the train and headed to downtown Dallas and exited our train at the West End District.
All of these years living here and the kids had never walked around downtown Dallas. For shame! We had so much fun.
We walked the ten or so blocks to Liberty Plaza. I knew they would love the Run of the Bulls bronze statues. I have always loved them!
It was a great place to let the kids run, play, and explore as we had kept a close rein on them walking the streets of Dallas. They had a blast!
My laugh of the day happened as we walked back to the train. My sister and I had decided to get the kids a treat. In hopes of a frugal, quick, refreshing snack we stopped at McDonald’s for ice cream cones. It had been a sunny day and with the walk we were all thirsty, so I ordered a cup of water for each of us. When presented with the bill I was surprised it was so high, so I asked the man if he had charged me for the water. “Oh no ma’am, the water’s free. I charged you for the cups.” How much? $1.08 each which is the same price for a small soda. Ha ha. How that made me laugh! I had forgotten things run a little different in the inner city.
We were all pretty done in when we made it back to the train station, but how nice to just be able to ride the train out of all the traffic. It was such an amazing day and one we hope to repeat again soon!
What have you explored on the DART?