To kick-off our first local’s interview of March, we have Michelle here from That Texas Couple telling us all about you guessed it, Texas! Dallas-Fort Worth to be exact – take it away Michelle…
1. Could you tell us a little about yourself and where you come from?
Hi! I’m Michelle, the writing half of That Texas Couple. My husband, Marty, is the photographer half. LOL! We are both full-time public servants, but travel EVERY chance we get. Hence the reason we started our travel and lifestyle blog, That Texas Couple.
2. How long have you lived in Forth Worth? And what brought you here?
Marty and I were both born and raised in Fort Worth, TX and still call the Dallas-Fort Worth area home.
3. What do you love most about your hometown?
Dallas-Fort Worth truly has something for everyone. I know on TV, the area is portrayed to be all cowboys and horses, but we are really so much more than that! The Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex is an entertainment and food mecca. We have world class sport teams (including the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Stars, and Dallas Mavericks), exciting attractions (Six Flags over Texas and Hurricane Harbor), incredible shopping, dining, museums, theatre, and history. What more do you need?
4. Is there anything that frustrates or annoys you when tourists visit Dallas-Fort Worth?
Like I mentioned before, everyone thinks of Dallas-Fort Worth as cowboys and horses, but really we aren’t. While you can and will see some of that, Dallas-Fort Worth is really a modern area. Come and enjoy the stockyards and experience the cowboy heritage, but then get out and see the other great sights and attractions in the area.
5. In your opinion, which places should be at the top of any visitor’s wishlist in your hometown?
There are so many great attractions in our city it’s hard to narrow it down. I would definitely recommend visiting the following:
- The Sixth Floor Museum – Located in the historical School Book Depository Building, this museum chronicles the life, presidency and assassination of John F. Kennedy. The shots from Lee Harvey Oswald were said to be fired from this very spot. The museum is fascinating if you like American History. Then located just across the street, you can visit Dealey Plaza, the location of the assassination, where now a monument is built to honor President Kennedy.
- Dallas World Aquarium – The aquarium in Dallas is incredible. You can walk through a rainforest before being surrounded by sharks, rays, fish, and turtles.
- AT&T Stadium – Home of the Dallas Cowboys, this huge stadium can be seen from miles away. Even if you aren’t a sports fan, go and tour the stadium. The tour is fun and informative.
- Dallas Museum of Art – With over 159,000 square feet of exhibit space, the Dallas Museum of Art is one of the largest museums in the United States, and the general exhibits are free!
- Fort Worth Stockyards – You have to experience some cowboy culture while here. You can see the daily longhorn cattle drive down the city streets, ride a mechanical bull, eat some great barbecue, and find your way out of a maze all in the Stockyards.
- Six Flags Over Texas – Adrenaline junkies will love Six Flags. Packed with rides and great food, you can spend an entire day exploring this park.
6. What foods must visitors eat when in Dallas-Fort Worth?
You have to eat two things while visiting Dallas-Fort Worth, barbecue and Tex-Mex! Now there is a lot of debate over who has the best barbecue. I say try several places and find out for yourself, you usually can’t go wrong! As for Tex-Mex, well that pretty much sums up all of the Mexican food we have here. My personal favorite is Uncle Julio’s in Fort Worth.
You can hear all about the great barbecue we tried on an amazing food tour in the Dallas area by reading our post, Eating our Way Through the Bishop Arts District in Dallas.
7. What’s your favorite Texan word? Why? What does it mean?
My favorite word from Texas is y’all. It means you all. You won’t hear it said much outside of the south, so don’t go to New York and use it or they will look at you funny, especially if you don’t have the southern accent to go with it. LOL!
8. What advice would you give to somebody moving to Texas from another country?
Get a car! Texas is like a country in itself and things are spread out. You definitely need a car, and air conditioning! It gets really hot and humid here in the summer so you need to have air conditioning in the car and in your hotel/home.
9. If you could describe your hometown in just one sentence, what would you say?
Fort Worth is a great city full of things to do and wonderful, kind people.
10. If tourists were to know one thing about the Texan culture, what should that be?
Texans, for the most part, are very kind and hospitable. We can be a little loud and rowdy at times, but overall we are welcoming and want our guests to have a good time while experiencing our great state.
Thanks Michelle – we’ve loved getting to know you and Dallas-Fort Worth better!
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