Like a long-lost love, Big Tex has finally returned. And what better way to reconnect with the big man than rekindling the relationship with your significant other at the State Fair of Texas. To make the most of your date night, here's a list of events and attractions to spark some magic, excitement and romance between you and that special someone.
Keepsake Selfie with Big Tex
This larger-than-life legend has been a staple of the State Fair since 1952. Standing tall at 55 feet, Big Tex is the beloved cultural ambassador and icon of the fair, so don't be afraid to drop by and say howdy. While you're there, cuddle up and snap a selfie to commemorate the date.
Indulge responsibly and literally taste the romance with some of the best wines the great state of Texas has to offer. Under a canopy of colorful umbrellas, the State Fair Wine Garden features a wonderful variety of wine that you can get by the sample, glass or bottle. Grab a shaded picnic table for two and snack on a meat & cheese or fruit & cheese plate to go along with your new favorite wine.
Oncor Petting Zoo
Just a short walk away from the Wine Garden, you'll find the Oncor Petting Zoo. It's hard not to gush and say awwww when you come face-to-face with these adorable baby farm animals. Pet and feed the little baby goats, piglets, lambs and calves and you're guaranteed to get your date in the cuddling mood.
Like to dance? With four different stages located throughout the fairgrounds, you're never too far from an opportunity to get down and show off your fancy foot-work. Featuring country, Latino, R&B, rock, jazz and everything in between, catch some of the best musical artists from across the Lone Star State. Check here for stages, performers and dates.
State Fair Food
Dining and culinary adventures are synonymous with dating. That's why the State Fair is perfect for your special night. From traditional favorites like Fletcher's Corny Dogs and turkey legs to the newly crowned winners of the Big Tex Choice Awards, Deep Fried Seafood Gumbo Balls (Best Taste - Savory) and The Armadillo (Best Taste - Sweet), there's something for every taste and craving. Check here for maps to the Big Tex Choice Awards finalist, new foods and old favorites.
Did you know that a sure-fire way to make a romantic evening even more memorable is to get your adrenaline pumping? What better way to do than hopping on one of the more than 70 pulse-pounding and scream-inducing rides throughout the Midway! Plus, winning a stuffed animal together at one of the Midway games is a great way to create an emotional keepsake.
Kroger Starlight Parade
A time-honored tradition, the Starlight Parade glides through the park each night beginning at 7:15 p.m. Filled with bright colors and dazzling lights, the illuminated parade features a colorful assortment of decorative floats, life-size puppets, ornate stilt-walkers and animated characters.
Mattress Firm Illumination Sensation
Like a scene right out of your favorite rom-com, the Illumination Sensation is guaranteed to add some fireworks to your romantic evening. Feel the love as dancers and acrobats dance to high-energy music and synchronized pyrotechnics and dancing waters set the mood for the grand finale.
Texas Star Ferris Wheel
No trip to the State Fair is complete without a ride on the Texas Star, one of the tallest Ferris wheels in North America. Ride to a height of more than 200 feet and hold your special someone tight as you witness the beauty of the fairgrounds and the Dallas skyline at night. It's the perfect ending to your date night at the State Fair of Texas.