Guided tours are not just for tourists. Even the most savvy locals can learn a thing or two through tours of their city including some of the newest flavors, attractions, local crafts and interesting insights into our own North Texas past. Even if you know the metroplex like the back of your hand, there are a few tours that just might surprise you.
Dallas By Chocolate
17 Las Cruces Circle
Wylie, TX 75098
www.dallasbychocolate.comGrowing its inventory of deliciousness by the day, Dallas By Chocolate has a belt-bursting array of specialty food tours spotlighting local delicacies from chocolatiers and dessert-makers offered year-round. If chocolate is not your thing, not to worry. Dallas By Chocolate also operates under the name Dallas Bites!, giving the public heaping helpings of other local treats for the tongue on walking and driving tours like the Bacon Tour, The Margarita Tour and an Ethnic Foods Tour that will wow foodies and fun-lovers alike.
Winspear Opera House Tours
2403 Flora Street
Dallas, TX 75201
www.attpac.orgThis newborn tour has only just begun in the last few months. Trained docents lead visitors along the development of the Winspear Opera House in the Dallas Arts District for free. Tours can have a general, educational or architectural focus and must be reserved in advance and run an hour to two hours. For those with less free time, there are also First Saturday tours of the facility on the first Saturday of the month every half hour starting at 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Don’t miss this new gem.
Firestone & Robertson Distillery
901 W. Vickery Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX 76104
www.frdistilling.comWe’ve all heard that whiskey comes from one place. That has changed. Firestone & Robertson Distillery has brought its knowledge of distilling and Texas flavors home with its own unique recipes. Tour groups of up to 40 people can peruse the distillery on Saturdays with a guide that will detail the lengthy process of distilling with perfect views of the vats and barrels in this historic warehouse in Fort Worth. Good taste and good times come together on this weekly tour.
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Cowtown Segway Tours
213 W. 8th St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102
www.cowtownsegwaytours.comCowtown Segway Tours travels through Fort Worth attractions, the Stockyards and Trinity Trails. For those locals that have been to Fort Worth and back and know the Stockyards well, the Trinity Trails tour is a great option left unexplored. Recently Fort Worth has expanded these trails to connect many parts of the city, stretching for miles and miles, providing a new wealth of areas to explore without a car. Get a breath of fresh air on wheels with Cowtown Segway Tours.
Discover Dallas Tours
4410 Glenwick Lane
Dallas, TX 75205
www.discoverdallastours.comWith a spread of tours fit for an artist, Discover Dallas Tours has several Dallas options featuring local attractions, shopping or even neighborhood focuses like Highland Park. However, Discover Dallas does not limit itself to the Big D. The company also has Fort Worth tours and Specialty Tours that highlight unique spots like Southfork Ranch or the wonderful wines of Grapevine. With both walking and riding tours, Discover Dallas is bound to have an option for locals and visitors alike.
Kena Sosa is a freelance writer in Dallas. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.