- Series: 100 Things to Do Before You Die
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Reedy Press, LLC; 2nd edition (September 15, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781681061702
- ISBN-13: 978-1681061702
- ASIN: 1681061708
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #524,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Inside Flap
Have you ever drawn a blank when a friend or family member asks, "What do you want to do today?" Maybe you have visitors to show around the Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex, or perhaps you've lived here for years but feel like you're in a rut rather than experiencing anything new.
If so, this book is for you! If you live in, or are visiting, the DFW region, this list will inspire you to start exploring. If you're hungry, flip through the Food & Drink section. Looking for entertainment or want to get outdoors? Dig into the Music & Entertainment or the Sports & Recreation sections. Want to barter for antiques or see a museum? Check out the Culture & History or the Shopping & Fashion sections.This book is here to spark ideas: everything from family outings, date nights, and solo excursions, to simply hanging out with friends on your day off.
About the Author
Tui Snider is an author, speaker, and photographer who specializes in hometown travel. As she puts it, 'I used to write fiction but then, I moved to Texas!' Snider's work has been featured by a variety of outlets, including Coast to Coast AM, LifeHack, and Lone Star Literary Life. Snider s award-winning books include Unexpected Texas, Paranormal Texas, Understanding Cemetery Symbols, and more. Tui enjoys connecting with readers all over the globe and invites readers to tag photos of places they visit in this book with #100Things @TuiSnider online.
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As a Fort Worth, Texas-born gal, I was raised in a family where my momma was always seeking-out and taking us to the cool, off-the-beaten-track places and festivals. Even with that upbringing and the majority of my fifty plus years lived in DFW, I found over half the one hundred places in the books are sights and activities (57 of them, to be exact) I have never experienced -- and a bunch I had never even heard of!
An awesome aspect to 100 Things is that it really is an excellent resource for locals to not only have on hand for visitors but to use as a source for new ideas and a lot of reminiscing. Some of my favorite childhood memories and restaurant experiences were made at places mentioned in the book (like Burger's Lake Fossil Rim, and the National Cowgirl Museum, and Bonnell's, Ol' South Pancake House and Edelweiss). After reading 100 Things, I realize that I am a creature of habit with the local activities I enjoy: for example, Grapevine does not have the only wine trail; Fort Worth does not have the only ghost tour. I plan on getting a bunch of copies of this guide for my local friends and family to enjoy.
The “Hundred Things” is actually well over a hundred because of the glorious sub-lists in many sections. Plus, there are lots of extra cultural details, statistics, and tidbits thrown in that add an extra layer of interest. Again, much of what’s included is new information to me that reinforces DFW has some of the biggest and best events in the US. The organization of the book, which includes a divided table of contents, index, suggested itineraries, and activities by season, and website addresses really helps users find what they need for quick reference. Especially helpful are the "Free Family Fun" and "Rainy Day Fun" lists. Also included in the book are interesting photos sprinkled throughout the book that add interest, though they are not clearly labeled. I am okay with the small selection of photos and that they are black and white since the purpose and focus of 100 Things is informational.
The book is well-edited, the writing is clear and friendly, and the generous white space and formatting make it very user friendly and easy to read (as opposed to other guides that pack too much on a single page with teeny-tiny print). There are a few places where it seems like there are no spaces between words, and this Grammar Policewoman issues only a few citations for some misspelled words and comma issues. (Though the Neiman Marcus police might have a full warrant for arrest out!) Snider gets an Award of Excellence for being on Team Oxford Comma, which counters any punctuation pitfalls. The issues are all minor and none detracts from the overall fabulousness of this book. I can't wait to plan a staycation to include some new excursions and also to re-visit some old favorites around my own stomping grounds.
I subscribe to Tui Snider's newsletter (you should to) and answered the author's call a while back when she asked for suggestions of places to include in the book. What a surprise to find I am mentioned in the acknowledgments! I am excited and honored -- just like I was to finally meet the author at the AME Book Fest in July. When I was there, I bought another copy of her book Understanding Cemetery Symbols and arranged for my gorgeous signed print copy of 100 Things to be sent when it was hot off the presses. There were no strings attached, and my bonus review, shared via Lone Star Book Blog Tours, is my honest opinion -- the only kind I give. This full review and more special features on Hall Ways Blog kristinehallways.blogspot.com
When offering a long list of things to do in a specific city or region, keeping the reader engaged throughout is critical, and Tui Snider does just that. Each entry is short and to the point, with just enough information to pique your interest. As a native Texan (about five hours south of DFW), I must admit to something shocking after reading this book. I have only been to one of the 100 places (the zoo). I typically only pass through the Dallas Fort Worth area, either by car or by plane, but after reading this list, I may just have to stay awhile next time.
The book is divided into categories: Food and Drink, Music and Entertainment, Sports and Recreation, Culture and History, and Shopping and Fashion. With such a comprehensive list, everyone will find at least one thing (or maybe 100) that sounds appealing. I have already earmarked several fun things, such as a visit to 1313 Mockingbird Lane to tour a replica of that super cool mansion from The Munsters. How did I not know about this? Other places high on my list include the Old Red Museum, a Space Alien's Grave in Aurora Cemetery, the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, the Fort Worth Water Gardens, and the Pegasus Theatre to see a live play in black and white like the old movies (I have got to see that!). And don't get me started on all the amazing places to eat. I want to try them all!
Each entry has some sort of contact information, such as a physical address, email address, or website address, to help you proceed to the next step on your DFW journey. In addition, the author has embedded some extra entries, helpful tips, and trivia along the way. Did you know that the site of the first North American vineyard was in Texas in the 1600s (before Texas was officially Texas, of course)? And I readily admit to pulling out some paper money to check for the tiny FW after reading about the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. This short book really does cover a lot of ground.
Overwhelmed by it all and can't seem to narrow down your list? Well, the author has done all the hard work for you by providing some Suggested Itineraries at the end of the book, broken down by category and by season.
I didn't realize that Dallas Fort Worth and the surrounding areas have so much to offer outside of football, Six Flags, the stockyards, and the Ewing family (yes, you can visit Southfork Ranch and see the Ewing mansion from the TV show Dallas). Now I want to see all these wonderful places, do all these exciting activities, and eat all that scrumptious food that the author so succinctly presents in this fabulous book.