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If it was possible to marry a car, most Volkswagen owners would renew their vows regularly. There's just something about the German vehicle that breeds rabid enthusiasm and inspires "I Love My VW" bumper stickers. For those who've appointed their Volkswagen as sole inheritor in their will, or those who just want to camp out by the water while enjoying live music, food, drinks, and celebrity appearances, the first annual Volk Swaggin on the Lake festival brings a weekend of joy and relaxation to Sycamore Bend Park. Once campers pitch their tents on Friday, they're ready to feast upon Saturday and Sunday's buffet of entertainment. Saturday features a Q&A with former Dallas Cowboy Cory Procter, who tackles questions about his NFL days and his love of heavy metal music. The rest of the day is filled with a variety of acts, including Cathy & Co's belly dancing, fiddle champion Aaron Mingus, classic rockers Dusty Vinyl, and the Led Zeppelin cover band Swan Song. Sunday brings the VW-only car show, in which aficionados gander at various Volkswagen makes and models before a panel of judges awards the prime picks of the lot.

Sycamore Bend Park
Hickory Creek,
TX
US

In the 1950s, Lewisville Lake served as a municipal water source for Dallas. Over the next half-century, it evolved into a popular summertime attraction, even hosting a number of large-scale bass-fishing tournaments. In 2011, Lewisville Lake added a new distinction: it became the office of Boomerang Boat Club. Dedicated to getting people on the water at a low cost, the company rents its fleet of pontoon/deck boats and ski boats for full- or half-day excursions.

Lewisville Lake's waters, fed by the Trinity River and sustained by the Lewisville Dam, provide a placid canvas for boating. Before disembarking from Westlake Park, boaters can shimmy into life jackets and load the deck with snacks, provided they are not packaged in glass, grilled on board, or pilfered from a child's sand castle. As passengers settle in, convivial dockhands provide a basic orientation and answer any questions. Upon request, they also outfit boats with tubes and ski vests.

West Lake Park
Hickory Creek,
TX
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The Range

DFW Shooters Academy's instructors train out of outdoor ranges in the area and all instructors are former police officers.

At a Glance

DFW Shooters Academy hopes to foster safe and responsible gun ownership, and they've worked hard to earn a reputation consistent with their goal. To this end, the facility has acquired certifications from the Texas Department of Public Safety and the NRA. In addition to teaching pupils safe firearm operation with additional training on state of the art laser simulators, instructors help customers purchase the firearm that is most appropriate for them to ensure safe and consistent performance. DFW Shooters Academy also leads self-protection courses that do not require the use of guns.

1830A Justin Rd.
Highland Village,
TX
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The Cowboy House connects sports fans with sports memorabilia and stadium chairs that were harvested from Texas Stadium, The Ballpark in Arlington, The Astrodome, and SMU Moody Collisuem. Cowboys fans can recline in reminiscence as they re-create cherished game memories in their own living rooms, from celebratory crowd leaps to epic feats of hot-dog eating. Sports memorabilia such as autographed jerseys and plaques provide customers with memorable keepsakes, and each stadium seat comes with a certificate of authenticity and a map to the secret location of Tony Romo's empty-pizza-box collection.

209 S Shady Shores Rd.
Lake Dallas,
TX
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Rave Motion Pictures screens the summer blockbusters in 20 auditoriums outfitted with stadium seating. The theaters' digital projectors allow projectionists to easily play such gripping tales as Scream 4, a documentary about Sidney Prescott's return to Woodsboro, where Ghostface threatens the townspeople's safety (movies playing subject to change). Stretch out while watching as rows are spaced 48 inches apart from one another, one for each of the states recognized by most public-school systems. Check showtimes online for all the movies screening throughout the summer.

8380 S Stemmons Fwy
Hickory Creek,
TX
US

Grill masters at Chasin' Tail BBQ slow-smoke meats kneaded with special seasonings and slathered with a homemade sauce, and they regularly enter their tender treats in barbecue competitions. Diners can gerrymander plates after electing two meats from a trio of candidates that includes slow-cooked pulled pork, beef, or chicken—all drizzled with savory barbecue sauce and body guarded by a hunk of bread. Pairs of sides—with options such as mac 'n' cheese or barbecue baked beans—evoke the down-home comforts of swinging on a back porch and whittling a second back porch out of cornbread. For dessert, peach cobbler or pecan pie shoot down gullets in sweet streaks reminiscent of sugared stars.

8656 South Stemmons Freeway
Lake Dallas,
TX
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