Dazzling Dallas

There’s no shortage of things to do in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, from shopping to watching a real cattle drive to enjoying the area’s bars and restaurants.

Super Bowl fans will find plenty to do in Dallas, from shopping to visiting a musuem to taking in the nightlife at the city's bars and restaurants.

A daily cattle drive takes place Jan. 19 at the stockyards in Fort Worth, Texas. The Fort Worth Stockyards on Exchange Avenue are just one of the sights football fans can see as they descend upon the Dallas-Fort Worth area for Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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"The Dallas Opera has performed three world premieres and five American premieres," according to its website. The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House is located in Dallas.

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Legendary musician Willie Nelson, seen performing last year at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas, will perform ahead of Super Bowl weekend at the Palladium Ballroom.

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Visitors to Dallas can enjoy real, authentic Mexican food, like the Chuychanga at Chuy's.

The Neiman Marcus Building, in downtown Dallas at Main and Ervay Streets, is a recorded Texas historic landmark. The building was completed in 1914.

"More than just a honky tonk," claims the Billy Bob's Texas website. Located in the Fort Worth Stockyards, Billy Bob's offers up meals, drinks, dance lessons, concerts and, yes, bull riding.

Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, will host the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers on Feb. 6, 2011, for Super Bowl XLV.

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This floral festival at the Dallas Arboretum, boasts its website, "is the largest floral festival in the southwest with over 500,000 spring-blooming bulbs."

Kelsi Elkins is seen riding to a time of 18.07 seconds in the Championship Barrel Race event at Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo on Jan. 29. The year 2011 marks the 115th Championship year of the event, according to its website.

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High on the list for first-time visitors to the Dallas-Fort Worth area is Dealey Plaza, nearby the site where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963 in Dallas. An admission fee will get you in to the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, inside the building known as the Texas School Book Depository, where Lee Harvey Oswald set up his perch at a corner window.

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Iconic photographs taken by Neil Leifer are on display at the Neil Leifer exhibit, titled "For the Love of the Game," at the Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery in Dallas, through March 26.

Annaleise Weir, left, of Dallas and Anna Bray, right, of Wylie, Texas, ice skate around a freshly added Super Bowl XLV logo at the Galleria shopping mall Jan. 24 in Dallas.

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Dallas is home to the first frozen margarita machine, invented by Dallas restaurateur Mariano Martinez and inspired by a 7-Eleven Slurpee machine.

Northpark Mall has a "tradition of showcasing major works by world-renowned artists including Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Jim Dine, Jonathan Borofsky, James Rosenquist and others," according to its website.

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Actor Larry Hagman poses in 2008 in front of the Southfork Ranch mansion made famous in the hit 1980s television show "Dallas" in Parker, Texas. At least two Super Bowl parties are planned for the site, about 25 miles north of downtown Dallas.

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The Flashback ride, foreground, and the parachute drop, background, are seen at Six Flags Over Texas, located in Arlington, Texas.


Jap van Zweden, pictured at his premiere concert at the Meyerson Symphony Center in 2007, is the music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

The Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas "is one of the few institutions in the world devoted to the exhibition, study and preservation of modern sculpture," according to its website. The collection at NSC includes 300 sculptures, paintings and drawings.

Self-proclaimed Kennedy fanatic Chris Mays from California takes photos of the grassy knoll in front of the former Texas School Book Depository Building, left, in Dealey Plaza, where the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy took place in Dallas.

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The State Fair of Texas at Fair Park in Dallas with inflatable 'Big Tex' at night. Big Tex stands 52-feet-tall and has been welcoming visitors to the fair since 1952.

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