To See & Do: Hidden Gems for North Texas Newcomers

North Texas covers a lot of communities that all have unique gems well worth a visit. Here are a few places we wish we would've known of sooner. Where are some must-sees in North Texas? Send suggestions with an image to

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The Truck Yard on Lower Greenville Avenue has food and music in an eclectic atmosphere.
Fuel City is a gas station that has made a name for itself for selling street tacos 24/7. Head on over to S. Riverfront Boulevard in Dallas or Haltom Road in Haltom City to see what the fuss is about.
The Texas Tulips Farm in Pilot Point is a must-see. The colorful fields are busy during the spring season where many go to pick tulips and take photos.
Fossil Rim is a safari-style zoo in Glen Rose where animals can come up to vehicles. From giraffes, zebras and other animals, there are plenty of furry friends to see.
From Reporter Ben Russell: Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose gives you the opportunity to stand in real, fossilized dinosaur footprints and Dinosaur World lets kids see what the prehistoric creatures might have looked like in real life.
Step right up! That's a dinosaur footprint.
A new office park in Fort Worth built with colorful containers displays artsy murals. There is a salon, shops and other businesses there. It's located at 1953 Golden Heights Rd.
Flag Pole Hill in Dallas is a popular spot with sledders in the sleet or snow.
Uptown Theater in Grand Prairie is a fully restored 1950s performing arts center where visitors can check out plays and concerts.
Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve in Plano has over 800 acres with nature trails, kayaking and paddle boarding.
You may know the Dallas Arboretum and Botanic Garden for it's spring blooms, but in the fall it transforms into an Autumn decor galore. Check out the gardens in the winter, too, when the holiday theme takes over.
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Katy Trail Ice House in Dallas is popular among locals and runners who need a quick bite or drink.
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve is a 200 acre park in Plano with hiking trails, pavilions and a playground. It's popular with families and dog walkers.
Downtown Denton has an old-fashioned ice cream shop, vintage candy shop, book store, restaurants and often, live music. There's something to see for all ages.
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Left: The trees on the Denton County Courthouse on the Square lawn are always lit at night so visitors can relax. Right: Recycled Books, Records & CDs is a large, independent book store with something for everyone.
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Arlington Music Hall is a charming character nestled downtown where visitors can see concerts and shows.
City of Grand Prairie
The Farmers Market at Market Square in Grand Prairie is a fun place to get fresh food and other goodies. It's open Saturdays from late March through mid-December.
Historic Downtown McKinney has a charm of its own. It’s one of the oldest downtowns in the state with more than 120 shops and two dozen restaurants.
Downtown McKinney hosts Oktoberfest every fall where visitors can indulge in beer, food, music and family activities. In the winter, check out “Home for the Holidays: A McKinney Christmas” market for shopping, tree lighting and entertainment.
Avoca Coffee in Fort Worth is a staple for coffee fanatics since the shop roasts their own beans.
Avoca Coffee in Fort Worth is a staple for coffee fanatics since the shop roasts their own beans.
The Fort Worth Botanic Garden isn't necessarily unknown to many North Texans, but with so much acreage and new blooms every season, there's always a pleasant surprise waiting for any visitor.
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Joe T. Garcia's Mexican Dishes is a Tex-Mex icon famous for its fajitas, margaritas and a lush patio. There might be a wait for a table, but locals will tell you it's worth it.
From Reporter Tim Ciesco: As an Arlington guy I may be a bit biased — but to me, this is without question the biggest and best city park there is in DFW! The 1,300 acre River Legacy Park sits on the north end of Arlington and is the perfect place to enjoy some outdoor time — whether you want want to walk / bike / run on the more than 10 miles of paved trails (which I’d like to point out are well shaded by the forest they weave through — a MUST in the Texas heat!), take the kids someplace where they can expend all that energy (tons of green space and a really cool playground), or enjoy a cookout (really nice picnic pavilions with grills). Another awesome feature that’s great for families — the River Legacy Living Science Center right on the edge of the park, where kids (and adults) can learn all about nature and conservation via some really cool, high-tech exhibits. The center just went through a $2.5 million renovation.
Strokers Dallas is a bike shop on Harry Hines Boulevard with custom and used motorcycles where visitors can grab a drink or some grub, or if you're up for it, a tattoo.
Ennis the "Official Bluebonnet City" of Texas is home to some of the best and most abundant bluebonnets in the state. The annual Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival attracts visitors from all over the country.
The Fort Worth Water Gardens is an urban park with an active pool and cascading waters. Perfect for cooling off in the Texas heat.
Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center
Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center is in Cedar Hill on a landscape where visitors can learn about ecosystems, birds, other wildlife, and the earth's biological diversity. With over 200 acres of pristine wildlife habitat, visitors are sure to find something that excites them.
The Big State Fountain Grill in Irving serves old fashioned hamburgers and shakes. Stop by for a step back in time.
Abby Gregory, NBCDFW
Canton's First Monday Trade Days are a great place to find just what you're looking for and a little more. From new items, vintage and trends, there's something for everyone. Check out the food and live music too.
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