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Rainy Day Recreation


Wet weather got you down?  Here are some ideas for fun (and you don’t have to drive!)

by Tricia White | Managing Editor

Springtime is rainy season in North Texas, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay cooped up all weekend. There are loads of “DARTable” places to go and riding DART can be part of the adventure!

What exactly does DARTable mean? It means interesting and unique places around the Dallas area that you can reach via DART trains and buses. So grab your umbrella! Here are a few destinations worth leaving the house for:

Addison’s Water Tower Theatre features an array of plays and other entertainment in a state-of-the-art facility—from classics to the latest works by up-and-coming authors. It’s an acclaimed mainstay in the local theater scene, and it’s within steps of the Addison Transfer Center.



If you’re looking for a little adventure, check out the North Texas Outdoor Pursuit Center, an indoor rock climbing facility housed in historic grain silos. Located near Downtown Carrollton Station, this facility has programs for all ages and ability levels.



Who doesn’t love a good book? Located in the Bishop Arts District and accessible via the Dallas Streetcar, The Wild Detectives is a funky book store that offers a small selection of titles ranging from bestsellers to poetry. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a good read and a cup of coffee or a local brew.



The Firehouse Theatre in Farmers Branch is a community theater company that transformed the city’s historic Fire Station #1 building into a performance space. The troupe’s family friendly offerings include musicals, dramas and comedies. The venue is located a few blocks from Farmers Branch Station.



Arcade enthusiasts will love Garland’s Nickelrama, home to one of the largest selections of pinball machines in DFW. After a nominal entrance fee, the games range from one to six nickels each. So step back in time and watch your dollar last for hours of fun. Take the Blue Line to Downtown Garland Station and jump on Bus Route 400 or 566 to the intersection of Belt Line and W. Brand roads.


The Mustangs of Las Colinas is the largest equestrian sculpture in the world, and it draws visitors from far and wide. But you may not know about the adjacent Mustang Museum. Free to the public, this museum features a wealth of information about the development and creation of the sculpture. It’s a short walk from Las Colinas Urban Center Station.


From Broadway musicals to lively concerts to breathtaking ballet, Richardson’s Eisemann Center for Performing Arts presents over 450 events a year. This much-acclaimed performance venue is located at Galatyn Park Station.



Let it rain!

Editor’s Note: Check out more fun things to see and do at DART.org/DARTable.

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