Home of sports, thrills, and cowboys, Arlington, Texas, is sometimes overshadowed by its larger neighbours, Dallas and Fort Worth. Make the short journey over to Arlington, and you’ll soon see why many are glad they visited. A lot of tourists go to Arlington for sporting events and find themselves booking an IHG hotel near Arlington’s famous Cowboys Stadium, while others go for a slice of culture. I’d visit Arlington for these cowboy-inspired adventures in and around the city.

Learn the Ropes on a Cowboy Ranch

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Always wondered how cowboys throw ropes, hang on tight at rodeos, or drive the cattle across the fields? You can learn the ropes at one of the many cattle ranches around Arlington.

One of the bigger options is Beaumont Ranch, which is about 20 minutes south of Arlington. Here you can learn the cowboy way of life or get your fill of adrenaline by taking part in archery or hopping on an all-terrain vehicle. If you’ve ever wanted to rope and ride like a real Texan cowboy, then this ranch will show you how!

Watch a Rodeo

You couldn’t possibly go to Texas without seeing a rodeo. The American Rodeo championships kick off on February 19 in Arlington’s AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. With almost 100,000 people watching the rodeo go down, this is one event you simply can’t miss. The American Rodeo is one of the richest and largest shows of its kind in the whole country, complete with events like barrel racing and steer wrestling.

Buy Your Own Cowboy Boots

You’ve learned the ropes and watched a rodeo, and now it’s time to look the part, too. Arlington has several outlets where you can buy your very own standard-issue or custom-made cowboy boots. Cavender’s Store will outfit you cowboy goods from head to toe, while Boot Barn, America’s largest Western and work store, is your place for all things boots. Boot Barn also has many exclusive designs, so you’ll be the coolest looking cowboy in Arlington.

Eat Like a Cowboy

Everyone knows that cowboys like their meat and beans. When you’re in Arlington, you’ve got to try some barbecue, and Jambo’s Barbecue Shack comes highly recommended. With restaurants in several locations throughout the city, there’s no excuse not to visit. On the menu are delectable ribs and brisket in sandwiches or by the pound. You’re in for a real cowboy feast at this barbecue shack!

Watch a Game at the Cowboys’ Stadium

If dressing up or learning the ropes isn’t your thing, you can still feel every bit the cowboy simply by watching a game at the famous AT&T Stadium. Home of the Dallas Cowboys, this huge stadium in Arlington is the place to be on game day. If there aren’t any games on during your visit, then you can always sign up for a stadium tour. You can choose from several different options, including the VIP Stadium Tour, which lets you into the players’ and cheerleaders’ locker rooms.

Arlington isn’t just about cowboys. The Six Flags theme park and some excellent museums are also major attractions. But who doesn’t want to pretend to be a cowboy for a bit? Not me!

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