Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Handicap Accessible: No
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Pro Tip: Reserve your seat in plenty of time to get your desired tour time.
JFK History Tour's guides relive an important piece of history every day, along with up to 15 passengers in a van. They retrace the steps of President Kennedy's fateful route on November 22, 1963, while replaying radio excerpts and showing historical photos along the way. The journey begins at Dallas Love Field?the landing site of Air Force One?and follows the president's journey all the way to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Then, the guides take up other threads of the infamous assassination, following Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby until their final clash at the Dallas Municipal Building. The guides don't present information on the various conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination, instead letting guests make their own conclusions.
Dallas Fort Worth Air Tours' pilots love to show off their city; they just do it from several hundred feet in the air. They lead airborne tours of the urban landscape, using planes and helicopters. They cruise along waterfronts, observe ripples of light across steel and glass sky scrapers, and provide a bird's-eye view of the interplay of concrete and greenery in the city's parks.
Perched atop a bucolic panorama of sprawling grapevines, Tara Vineyard & Winery's turn of the century four-bedroom house invites guests into a dreamscape of old-fashioned tranquility fused with modern comforts. Take a romantic stroll through acres of the ground's Dionsyian cornrows, then share your favorite crafting stories with a barrel of vintage while touring the winery. Replete with four plush luxury rooms, the ivory abode amply accommodates gangs of eight, ideal for peaceful quadruple-dates or a night of raucous policy drafting for congressional leaders. An array of second-story terraces and an expansive wraparound porch facilitate alfresco revelry, and contemporary amenities including free WiFi and satellite television regale guests in the event of inclement weather or Kato Kaelin movie marathons.
Sometimes, it only takes one family to ruin a neighborhood. In the case of the Voodoo Bayou in 1901, Baron Michael Verdun and his wife, Lady Cassandra, were the ones to blame. The psychopathic werewolf and his vampire bride set about building a menacing Antebellum-style mansion atop an old cemetery, where they began creating twisted human-animal hybrids. Enraged, the townsfolk set the mansion aflame, burning its inhabitants in the process. But the Baron and his wife never truly left.
Today, their spirits still inhabit Thrillvania Haunted House Park's nearly 50 acres, which encompass four distinct haunted attractions. A giant brain controls the clowns who rule Cassandra’s Labyrinth of Terror, a twisting maze of black-lit hallways and neon colors. Monsters roam outdoors at Sam Hain’s Trail of Torment, and Mortimer Thorn continues to perform cruel experiments within the run-down church known as Thorn Hall. However, the epicenter of terror remains Verdun Manor, the decaying—and occasionally flame-throwing—mansion.
Spooky origin stories aside, the manor is actually the invention of the late human Lance Pope. Mr. Pope grew up fascinated by old mansions, monsters, and haunted houses. So together with a design team—including former Disney Imagineers—Mr Pope built a sprawling park with more hidden scares than his childhood self could have imagined. His creations have garnered many fans and led to ample media attention, including a feature on Travel Channel's America’s Scariest Haunted Attractions.
Consider activities that take about an hour to complete: a trip to the grocery store, a relaxing massage, watching a favorite television show. Rarely, if ever, do haunted houses fall into this category?unless you're talking about Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth. In 2009, the attraction?s length caught the attention of Guinness World Records, which deemed Cutting Edge the longest walk-through haunted house in the world.
Looming in a section of the city dubbed ?Hell?s Half Acre,? Cutting Edge populates an abandoned meatpacking plant that was originally built in the late 1920s. The plant?s equipment is still fully operational, and still resides inside?only today, it processes humans. To escape such a grisly fate, guests must grope through a multi-storied labyrinth replete with unthinkable horrors such as live monsters, realistic special effects, and salsas made in New York City. Cutting Edge is so terrifying, in fact, that it even earned the top spot on HauntedHouseRatings.com's list of the best haunted attractions in 2013.