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Get Your Family Time On-Track with a DARTable Staycation!

Even if you’re sticking around town this summer, you can still make it memorable when you use DART to explore North Texas!

Find fun both on-board and off as you discover great destinations near rail stations and bus stops across the DART Service Area. Your vacation starts the minute you park your car!

Through Aug. 10, DART offers a buy-one-get-one-free deal on a Local Day Pass. Limited quantities are available. Just use code DARTABLESTAYCATION at checkout on DART’s GoPass app.

Take your loved ones and discover these local hidden gems and off-the-beaten-track spots that give neighborhoods their flavor.

Here are a few suggestions:

Discover downtown Dallas.

Expand your mind and gain an appreciation for the arts in the Dallas Arts District! You and your family can explore most of the galleries and exhibitions at the Dallas Museum of Art for free, though you’re encouraged to reserve spots in advance. Afterward, check out exquisite works by modern and contemporary masters at the Nasher Sculpture Center. Then relax at Klyde Warren Park, home to wide-open spaces, food trucks, and water features.

Make a splash in Las Colinas.

Grab your swimsuits and ride the Orange Line to Las Colinas Urban Center Station for a host of “wet and wild” DARTable adventures! Check out Irving Water Fun, where you and your family can enjoy a gondola ride on the Mandalay Canal or hop on an aqua cycle. Another refreshing option? Tool around Lake Carolyn on a stand-up paddleboard or kayak from SUP NTX. For a dry land experience, stroll along the Mandalay Canal on foot and take in the Old World-inspired ambiance and restaurants. Nearby, dry off at the Mustangs of Las Colinas Museum and Visitors Center, home of the renowned bronze sculpture featuring nine wild horses.

Chill in Carrollton.

Pocket Sandwich Theatre — the longtime East Dallas establishment known for offering “the most fun you can have in a live theatre” — recently moved to its new home in Downtown Carrollton. Just ride the Green Line to Downtown Carrollton Station. The theatre is opening with some high-seas humor in the form of Captain Blood: A Pirate Melodrama. Nearby, you’ll find many great homegrown spots where you can dine and shop in Historic Downtown Carrollton. Let the kids cool off with an assortment of homemade flavors from Beth Marie’s Old-Fashioned Ice Cream, or grab a delicious pizza at Cane Rosso.

DART to the arts in Garland.

DART connects you to charming downtowns like Garland, where you can explore many entertainment options. A must-stop is Downtown Garland for fun family entertainment. Ride the Blue Line to Downtown Garland Station, take in a family-friendly movie or live performance at The Plaza Theatre, or catch a summer musical at the Granville Arts Center.

Pop over to Plano.

Discover walkable family adventures in every direction in downtown Plano, located off both the Red and Orange lines at Downtown Plano Station. You can teach the kids about Texas’s railroad roots at the Interurban Railway Museum, enjoy outdoor time at Haggard Park, or sample some unique finds around 15th Street. Check out the Downtown Plano Arts District, featuring the Courtyard Theater, ArtCentre of Plano, the Cox Building Playhouse, and McCall Plaza.

Explore history in Farmers Branch.

Take the family back in time at Farmers Branch Historical Park. This open-air museum is near Farmers Branch Station along the Green Line and features numerous 19th-century buildings spread across 27 acres, including a train depot, a school, and an old church.

Can you believe all the adventures in your own backyard? It’s time for your family to stay close — but go far — on a DARTable staycation. Hop on board for adventure today!

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