Cayman Airways’ new Grand Cayman-Dallas route will not only give Texans easy access to the wonders of the Cayman Islands, but it will mean Cayman residents are just a flight away from the historical, cultural and leisure attractions of the Dallas Fort Worth metropolitan area.
In a city whose slogan is “Live Large, Think Big” you can rightly expect to find some of the biggest and best the United States has to offer. Between Dallas and neighbouring Fort Worth, the metropolitan area is the fourth largest metropolitan area in the nation and it encompasses a wealth of historic, cultural and entertainment options, with plenty to keep children and adults busy for weeks.
Cayman Airways flights to Dallas Fort Worth depart Grand Cayman on Saturday afternoons at 3.30pm, arriving in Dallas at 7.30pm. Flights return to Cayman on Sunday mornings at 9am, landing at 1pm. For those looking to stay less than a week, connecting flights through Miami mean you can make your stay as long or short as you wish.
A Spot of history
When visiting any new destination, a little history helps put things into perspective. Dallas Heritage Village will give you an insight into what life was like for ordinary Texans a century or more ago. Stroll through the collection of 19th Century buildings, including a Civil War period farm and chat with costumed characters who speak in the style of a 19th Century Texan.
On November 22, 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald shot President John F Kennedy from the sixth floor of the Texas Schoolbook Depository. Today, the site is home to a museum dedicated to the life and death of JFK. The fascinating and highly audiovisual exhibit narrates in excruciating, minute-by-minute detail what happened on that fateful day. Eyewitness photos, video and audio clips add a vivid depth to the experience. Visitors can also view the grassy knoll and an X marks the spot where the car was located at the time of the assassination.
Frustrated cowboys can live the wild west experience at the Fort Worth Stockyards. This is where you can ride a mechanical bull, witness a gunfight re-enactment, buy custom-made cowboy boots, hang out in a honky tonk, see the opry, watch a cattle drive, rent a horse, or head to the rodeo.
Shopaholics can easily satisfy the urge to purchase at the Galleria Dallas, a mammoth mall boasting over 200 retail stores including Macy’s, Nordstroom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Zara. For those who remain unexcited by the prospect of more stores than you can shake a stick at, there is an impressive skating rink on the lower level, a soft play area for little ones on the third level, and of course, endless people watching opportunities - with a fair chance of spotting a celebrity or two.
If it’s fashionable shopping and cafes you are after, Uptown is where you want to be. Stroll down tree lined streets, window shop in the eclectic collection of boutiques, stop for a snack at one of the many restaurants and revel in the abundance of entertainment options this vibrant district offers.
Big and bold need not mean an absence of culture: Dallas’ 68-acre Arts District, is a vast area filled with not only architectural wonders from the 1890s to the present day but also museums, restaurants, homes and churches. The Dallas Museum of Art, the Crow Collection of Asian art and the Nasher Sculpture Center can all be found in the Arts District.
The attractions of Dallas are not confined to the city centre and with 17 lakes and numerous trails there are endless opportunities for fishing, sailing, canoeing, hiking, cycling and running in the area.
Proving that bigger is better in Texas, the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge is the largest city-owned nature centre in the United States. Covering 3,600 acres, visitors can catch a glimpse of Texan wildlife including buffalo, white-tailed deer and wildflowers visible from the 25 miles of trails.
The River Legacy Parks, a 1,300 acre oasis on the Trinity River in the heart of north Arlington offers a further insight into the north Texas nature. There are eight miles of paved trails winding through thick forest and abundant wildlife.
A short drive from downtown the Cedar Ridge Preserve offers visitors 600 acres of wilderness with picnic areas, trails and a visitors’ centre.
For more exotic wildlife viewing the Dallas World Aquarium includes much more than fish: there’s a tropical rainforest filled with exotic birds, monkeys and sloths; endangered species of crocodiles, otters and manatees can be seen as well as some marine rarities including sharks, rays and dragon fish.
It’s fun and thrills for the entire family at the Six Flags over Texas amusement park, with over 100 rides, shows and attractions including the steepest roller coaster in the world with a 79 degree drop.
There are also two zoos and indoor Legoland, a Zero Gravity theme park and more to keep children of all ages amused.