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Dallas Sports & RecreationAthletes can enjoy many sports offered in and near Dallas. The list ranges from golf to horseback riding to ice skating. Many city parks have public golf courses, tennis courts and swimming pools. For fishing, boating and water-skiing enthusiasts, there are a number of lakes within an hour's drive.

A variety of professional sports is played in Dallas and nearby cities. Surely the best-known local team is the National Football League's Dallas Cowboys, who in 2009 inaugurated the 80,000-seat AT&T Stadium in Arlington. The state-of-the-art sports complex hosts the annual Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic and was the venue for the 2011 Super Bowl XLV.

The National Basketball Association's Dallas Mavericks, who claimed their first NBA crown in 2011, and the National Hockey League's Dallas Stars play at American Airlines Center. The American League's Texas Rangers play baseball at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Rounding out the local professional-sports lineup, FC Dallas of Major League Soccer play at Toyota Stadium.

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Also popular are amateur basketball and tennis tournaments. During fair weather, sailing buffs can enjoy the amateur races on Sunday at White Rock Lake. Professional rodeos are held weekends April through September in suburban Mesquite.

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Dallas, TX

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Travel Information

City Population

1,232,940

Elevation

420 ft.

Sales Tax

Municipalities may impose additional rates of up to 2 percent on the statewide 6.25 percent sales tax. Sales tax in the city of Dallas is 8.25 percent; rates vary in the suburbs. The hotel occupancy tax is 13 percent.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(214) 744-4444

Time and Temperature

(817) 844-6611

Hospitals

Baylor University Medical Center, (214) 802-0111 or (800) 422-9567; Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake, (214) 324-6100; Medical City Dallas Hospital, (972) 566-7000; Methodist Dallas Medical Center, (214) 947-8181; UT Southwestern University Hospital–St. Paul, (214) 645-5555.

Visitor Information

325 N. St. Paul St. Dallas, TX 75201. Phone:(214)571-1000 or (800)232-5527

Air Travel

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

Rental Cars

Hertz, (972) 453-4600 or (800) 654-3131, at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, offers discounts to AAA members.

Rail Service

Amtrak's Union Station is at 400 S. Houston St. For train schedule and ticket information, phone (214) 653-1101 or (800) 872-7245.

Buses

The Greyhound Lines Inc. bus station, (214) 849-6831 or (800) 231-2222, is at 205 S. Lamar St.; five other bus lines depart from this address.

Taxis

Taxis are metered. The initial charge is $2.25 plus $1.80 for the first mile. Rates are then $1.80 for each additional mile, and $2 for each additional passenger. Taxis leaving from the airport charge an additional $5 departure fee. Yellow Cab, (214) 426-6262, is the main company serving the area.

Public Transportation

The Dallas Area Rapid Transit System (DART) provides light-rail and bus service in the area. Two-hour passes are $2.50 for local routes and $3.50 for system routes including all DART buses and trains. Day passes are $5 for local routes and $7 for system routes. A 7-day pass is available. Exact change is required. Phone (214) 979-1111.

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