Coronavirus Comeback

Billy Bob's two-steps into the newest list of Fort Worth-area hot spots reopening

Billy Bob's two-steps into the newest list of DFW hot spots reopening

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Billy Bob's Texas won't be this crowded again for a while. Facebook/Billy Bob's

Households that are choosing to get out and about have plenty of options now around Dallas-Fort Worth. Even though the coronavirus pandemic is not over, restrictions on entertainment hot spots have loosened enough that they're ready to open their doors to smaller crowds, with many safety protocols in place. Here are the latest venues, pools, museums, and other amusements that are back in business. (Previous reopenings are here and here.)

Billy Bob's Texas will begin reopening with limited capacity in phases, starting Thursday, June 18. The Fort Worth honky-tonk will open for daytime admission ($3) — including the Honky Tonk Kitchen, retail store, pool tables and games, bar, and ticket office — June 18-21. House bands will return to the Honky Tonk Stage, June 22-28. Free line dance lessons will return, along with larger scale concerts, beginning June 29. (Opening concerts include Randall King on July 2, Neal McCoy on July 3, and Bellamy Brothers on July 4.) To read about the COVID-19 safety measures, purchase tickets, and more, check the website.

WhoaZone at Grapevine Lake (formerly Altitude H20) reopened for the summer on Saturday, June 13. Guests can enjoy an on-water obstacle course, beachside chairs and umbrellas for relaxing, fun land-based games, private birthday parties, and more. Guests must be at least 7 years old, at least 45 inches tall, and capable swimmers. For more information and tickets, check the website.

Urban Air Adventure Park reopens all DFW locations on Saturday, June 20. New safety protocols include hand sanitizing stations throughout, temperature of all guests and employees taken upon entry, employees wearing masks, limited capacities, and social distancing measures. Guests are not required to wear masks or gloves, but they are available for purchase. Ahead of reopening, Urban Air is offering a free day for all essential workers and families on Friday, June 19. Also, tickets purchased before June 20 will be 50 percent off. For more information and tickets, visit the website.

Jubilee Theatre in Fort Worth becomes the first DFW theater to resume performances when How I Got Over opens Friday, June 19. The company had previously postponed the production, a musical review by Nate Jacobs that celebrates the life of Mahalia Jackson and other gospel greats. With Gov. Abbott's permission to reopen with limited audience capacity, Jubilee is now presenting the show from June 19-July 19 — with opening night landing on the theater's 39th anniversary. More information in this story.

Four major Fort Worth museums are reopening soon. First out of the gate will be the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, which will officially open on Friday, June 19, following member-only days, June 16-18. The Kimbell Art Museum will be next up on June 20, following two members-only days. The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame will open on June 24, with a members-only day on June 23. Finally, the Modern Art Museum will open on July 1. Find out more about their safety protocols, exhibitions, and more in this story.

Dallas Heritage Village reopened to visitors on Monday, June 15. The museum has adjusted summer hours of 9 am-2 pm daily (plus 6-9 pm Thursdays), and a reduced admission of $8 for adults and free for children. For safety reasons, the buildings on site are closed, but the walkable grounds are open. Social distancing is enforced, hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the property, and there's a contactless ticket booth. More information at the website.

Southfork Ranch in Parker, the famous home of the Ewing family on TV's Dallas, resumed public tours on Tuesday, June 16. In addition, trail rides and private lessons have resumed. Staff is screened each day and social distancing is required to protect public health. For more information and tickets, visit the website.

The Texas Pool in Plano reopened to the public on Tuesday, June 16. Hours are 11 am-8 pm Tuesday-Friday, 10 am-8 pm Saturday, and 12-6 pm Sunday. Capacity is limited to 50 percent, but reservations are not required and there's no mandatory time limit. Enhanced safety measures include providing soap and sanitizer to staff and guests; staff will wear masks, but they are not required for guests. Members have first priority while capacity is limited. For information about memberships and more, visit the website.

Meadows Museum (including gift shop) on the SMU campus will reopen to the public July 7 at reduced capacity but with regular hours. Healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential workers will receive free admission throughout the month of July. Timed tickets will be available for purchase through the museum's website beginning July 1. Social distancing will be enforced, staff will wear masks, and guests are encouraged to wear face coverings (both cloth and disposable masks will be available for a small donation). To see what's on view through the summer, check the museum website.