RECREATION/MUSEUMS

Amon Carter Museum. The Anon Carter provides an overview of 150 years of American art. including 19th-century landscapes by Thomas Cole and Winslow Homer, the modern abstractions of Georgia O’Keeffe and Stuart Davis, and a major collection of works by Frederic Remington and Charles Russell. 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. (817) 738-1933. Tuesday-Salurday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1-5:30 p.m. Tours Tuesday-Sunday 2 p.m. Free.

The Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden. Any time is the right time of year to picnic, loss the frisbee, or simply stroll the grounds of the DeGolyer Estate, overlooking White Rock Lake. Each spring, the estate hosts “Dallas Blooms,” featurine as many as 150,000 tulips from around the world, and then. in the fall. Autumn at the Arboretum. Tours of the DeGolyer home are also available. 8525 Garland Rd. 327-8263, Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m,-6 p.m. Winter/summer rates: adults $3, senior citizens $2, children (6-12) $1. Spring/fall: adults $5, senior citiaeas$4, children (6-12) $2; under 6 free. Free parking.

Dallas Museum of Art. The DMA boasts a varied collection containing some 14,000 works, including pre-Columbian. African, and Post-World War II American art objects. 1717 N. Har-waod. 922-1200. Tuesday. Wednesday. Friday, Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 12-5 p.m. Free.

Dallas Museum of Natural History. Find out who hunts whom and who burrows while others climb; see birds and bones, babies and brontosauruses. State Fair Grounds, Fair Park. 670-8457. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.

Fair Park. Permanent attractions: Old Mill Inn. serving authentic Texas cuisine, 565-1511; Age of Steam Railroad Museum, vintage 1900-1950 passenger and freight trains. $2 adults, $1 children. 421-8754; Dallas Civic Garden Center, a conservatory of tropical plants, free. 428-7476; Hall of State, one of the most magnificent historical buildings in America, 421-4500, free; Dallas Aquarium, one of the largest aquariums in the US., free, 670-8441; Science Place I (428-7200) and Science Place II (428-8351), with a planetarium and exhibits on light, energy, exploration of the planets, and physics; call for admission prices and hours.

Farmer’s Market. Local vendors sell fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers from sheds and outdoor stands, Some of the highest quality and best prices in town. 1010 S. Pearl, 748-2082. Open daily 5 a.m.-7 p.m. in the summer, 6-6 in the winter.

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. An extensive collection covers everything from dinosaurs, human physiology, and geology to Texas history, the history of medicine, and computers. Also houses the Noble Planetarium and the Omni Theater. 1501 Montgomery, Fort Worth. Metro (817) 654-1356. Open Monday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday 9 a.m,-8 p.m., Friday & Saturday 9-9, Sunday noon-8 p.m.

Fountain Place. The First Interstate Bank Tower’s courtyard is the setting for some of the most beautiful fountains in the area. The centerpiece is a square ares of the sidewalk that looks like a sidewalk with holes in it but is really a high-tech, computerized fountain. 1445 Ross Ave. The courtyard is open until 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Free.

Heart Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary. For outdoorsy types, the Heard offers exhibits, tours, and trails with an emphasis on the natural history of North Central Texas. Located south of McKinney on FM 1378. (214) 542-5566; wildflower hotline (214) 542-1947, Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m. Free; charges for tours vary.

Kimbell Art Museum. One of the outstanding small museums in the United States, the permanent collection features European masterpieces as well as selected examples of Egyptian, Greek, pre-Columbian, African, and Asian art. The museum offers a full program of exhibitions, lectures, concerts, films, workshops, and tours. 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. Metro (817) 654-1034. Exhibition tours Tuesday-Friday and Sunday at 2 p.m.; permanent exhibit and building tour Sunday at 3 p.m. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m,5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.

Meadows Museum. The museum’s permanent collection includes Spanish art from the 15th to the 20th century, pieces by Picasso, Murillo Rivera, Miró, Goya. SMU campus, Mockingbird Lane at Hillcrest in the Owen Fine Arts Center on Bishop Boulevard. 692-2516. Monday, Friday, & Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m. Free.

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The emphasis here is on 20th-century European and American art in all media. Permanent collection has 2,000 pieces. This was Texas’s first art museum, chartered in 1892.1309 Montgomery, Fort Worth. (817) 738-9215. Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1-5 Free.

Old City Park. Leave the Nineties far behind and take a peek at what Dallas looked like back at the turn of the century. See farmhouses, a train station, a 1905 bank, a shotgun house, even a dentist’s office. 1717 Gano. 421-5141. Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday 1:30-3:30 p.m. Full park tour: adults $6, senior citizens and children $5. Mini-lour; adults $4, senior citizens and children $3; under 6 free.

Omni Theater. This addition to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History uses the most sophisticated film and sound systems available to create a three-dimensional show. Experience the World of Beavers, the deep sea of the Barrier Kerf, and the fighting at the Alamo without leading your seat. While you’re at the museum, also visit the Noble Planetarium, which has a varietv of star-filled shows. 1501 Montgomery, Fort Worth. Metro (817) 654-1356. Open Monday-Sunday. Adults $5, children (12 and under) and senior citizens $3.

Thanks-Giving Square. Located at Pacific, Ervay, and Bryan in the middle of downtown, Thanks-Giving Square is the perfect place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of downtown, Enjoy a picnic outside or a quiet moment in the chapel. Open Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, Sunday, and holidays 1-5 p.m. 969-1977.

West End MarketPlace. Four floors of shops with every type of food, drink, and fun gift imaginable, There are also nine nightclubs in the Dallas Alley entertainment complex. In downtown’s West End, Murder at Lamar. 954-4350.

YMCAs off Metropolitan Dallas. Offer fitness and wellness programs for all ages, camping, career counseling and leadership programs for teens, after-school child care, financial aid, and moch more. Call your local branch for more information.

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