Cowboys and thrill rides in Dallas

If you're a fan of margaritas, you have Dallas to thank. The frozen margarita machine was invented here, as was the microchip. If you think cowboys and the desert when you hear, "Texas," you are correct. But there's also a lot more. Did you know that Dallas has the largest urban arts district in the U.S.? Visit these attractions to see what Dallas is all about.

Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House
Margot and Bill Winspear opera house can be found in the heart of the downtown Dallas Arts District. The upper floors house the Dallas Opera administrative offices. The Margaret McDermott Performance Hall is a 2,200-seat main performance space and is designed to be environmentally conscious, and a state of the art space that was built with the hopes of raising the standard for all opera houses to be built in the future.

Attendees enjoy views of downtown Dallas and parts of Uptown through the Harold Simmons Signature Glass Facade, a 60-foot-tall wall that allows a seamless integration from the opera house to the surrounding park. The Grand Portico, which surrounds the facility, gives shade over the 3 acres of Performance Park surrounding the opera house, where visitors can enjoy the outdoors and relax.

Recent operas in production at Dallas, include Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro," Strauss' "Salome" and more. There are even family shows aimed at younger audiences with performances like "The Billy Goats Gruff," a compilation of scenes from Mozart, Donizetti and Rossini. Season tickets are available as well as single or group tickets. Students get special pricing so be sure to mention if you are a full-time student and show your ID for a discount.

AT&T Stadium
The Dallas Cowboys play at this stadium, built in 2009. The team owner, Jerry Jones, was looking to revamp the previous location, Texas Stadium, for 15 years before finally settling on building an entirely new facility. AT&T Stadium is close to nearby Globe Life Park, the home of the Texas Rangers Major League Baseball team.

AT&T Stadium is one of the most recognizable in the NFL, with its 800-foot glass wall and pair of 292-foot arches along the length of the stadium. The roof is retractable, allowing for the blazing Texas sun to shine on the competing teams and their fans. Drive your Dallas rental car to this state-of-the-art facility to cheer on the Cowboys from one of the 80,000 seats.

You'll have a great view of the HD video board above center field to see up-close action of what's happening on the field. The stadium also hosts sporting events like the annual Cotton Bowl and the 2010 NBA All-Star Game. It hosted the 2011 Super Bowl XLV game where the Green Bay Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers. Don your navy, silver and white and head to Dallas to cheer for the Cowboys.

Zero Gravity Thrill Amusement Park
Zero Gravity adrenaline-inducing park opened in 1992 and has been accident-free the entire time. If you want to experience heart-thudding, stomach-dropping thrills, drive your Dallas rental car to this amusement park.

Jump off of a seven-story-tall tower for a bungee jump you're sure to remember. Ever wanted to drag race like a pro? Ride the Texas Blastoff, a giant slingshot-like ride that shoots visitors 150 feet in the air and at 70 miles per hour in just 1.2 seconds.

If free-falling is your thing try Nothin' but Net, where you'll fall from the top of a 16-story tower with no bungee, straps or parachute. Two stunt-quality safety nets will catch you and you'll be smiling non-stop the whole way down.

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