School is out, the sun is high and summer is here – usually a time when people start planning their annual vacations. But this year, skip the crowded airports and pack your bags to stay in the North Dallas Corridor. With hundreds of restaurants, entertainment, shopping and parks to enjoy, as well as high-class hotels to stay in, you will have the time of your life – right here at home! And with DART, it’s easier than ever to get here.
No matter where you live in North Texas, you can hop on the DART and follow the posted maps to get to the North Dallas Corridor.
To get to Addison, stop at the Addison Transit Center, located on Arapaho Road and Quorum Drive. This transit center is served by 14 bus routes, available to take you all over town.
“Addison is an urbanist hot spot,” said Linda Webb-Manon, senior manager of external communications for DART. “A quarter-mile from the transit center, you’ll find Italian food, Latin fare, New York-style pizza, taverns, sports bars and an English pub, all clustered around the namesake circle. There’s live theater too at the innovative WaterTower Theatre, a small playhouse that is one of the region’s flagship institutions. Popular festivals take place in Addison Circle Park, right next to the transit center.”
Another great staycation spot is Carrollton! Get there by going to the North Carrollton/Frankford Station, located south of Frankford Road and east of I-35E.
Carrollton was built around the railroads in the 1870s. Many of the buildings built near the tracks still line the town square, except now they’re next to DART Rail. “The historic downtown is more vital than ever, with a mix of local restaurants, mom-and-pop shops, and even a rock-climbing facility housed in an old grain silo,” said Webb-Manon.
Finally, visit Farmers Branch. The Farmers Branch Station is south of Valley View Lane on the east side of Denton.
When you get off this station, walk to the nearby Farmers Branch Historical Park, which is a 27-acre outdoor gem that is both a park and a museum with numerous 19th-century buildings. While there, you can check out the Antique Rose Garden, where the flowers are grown without commercial fertilizers or pesticides. See the roses of all sizes and the beautiful daylily display. Later, stop by the 60-year-old fire station, which has been converted to The Firehouse Theatre – a mainstay local performance venue.
No matter if you live in Addison and want to visit other parts of town that you don’t normally see, or if you are from another city altogether, it’s easy to see all of the Corridor when you ride DART. Bring your sense of adventure, make sure your phone has enough storage for photos, and get ready for the best summer stay-cation ever!