Texas may not be Colorado, but hell, that's never stopped us from being awesome. That's just kind of a rule of thumb for life in general, but it's particularly appropriate when it comes to, you know, marijuana. Getting high. Baked. Stoned. Keyed. Whatever the hell lingo you happen to prefer, point is, there are all sorts of ways to maximize a good high. It may mean sitting around in parents' basement, but it almost certainly means finding some munchies.
In the spirit of brotherhood that binds all noble tokers, we've gone to the trouble of picking out 10 of our favorite spots around Dallas to go while we're high.
The State Fair Of Texas 3921 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Of course the world's largest tribute to fried food is a great place to go when you're stoned, but there is more to do than just eat when you're visiting the State Fair of Texas. Outside of the exceptional people watching, there's a bunch of interesting new cars on display, a super cool garden exhibit, and concerts at venues planted across Fair Park. Mostly, though, there is fried food. Treat the munchies with a few Fletcher's Corny Dogs and fried Snickers before getting on the Texas Star for a view that will look more beautiful than ever after a few bowls.
White Rock Lake N. Buckner Blvd. & E. NW Highway
White Rock Lake is great for anybody, but even more so for stoners. Stretching over a thousand acres, the park offers countless smoke spots with a range of scenic views, including some that look out over the downtown skyline. In addition to the chill spots, they have over nine miles of trails to explore. You can fish off the piers, sail or kayak, check out the gorgeous homes, visit the dog park, or feed the ducks (and get some good munchies karma in the process). Granted, families and police are pretty common in the area, so be discreet.
Perot Museum 2201 North Field St.
Let's say you happen to get your hands on some sativa-heavy hybrid with a smooth, cerebral buzz -- say, AK-47 or Blue Crack, for example. It's practically a no-brainer to go to a science museum, especially when said science museum includes a stoneriffic section called "Expanding Universe Hall." And, should the "Being Human" exhibit start to blow your mind a little too wide, take a break to mellow out with a stone-fired pizza at the café. Fracking never sounded so awesome.
Dallas World Aquarium 1801 N. Griffin
Penguins are awesome. And when you play music from your phone while wandering around the Dallas World Aquarium it feels like every time you come across the penguins that the happiest song possible comes on the shuffle. From the penguins you make your way through the indoor rain forest and you'll find yourself face to face with a jaguar. After trying really hard to keep it together you end up locking eyes with a manatee, and start wondering if it's stealing your soul. Once you get the hell out of there you go through a tunnel that's full of sharks, and you get really caught up in the feeding. Nature, it's like amazing man.
Texas Theatre 231 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Want to get creepy and go see a David Lynch film? Or get drinks somewhere chill? Let's cruise down to Oak Cliff, get ripped and waltz into an historic landmark of Dallas' checkered past. Opened in 1931, this building has so much character the walls could talk. Down in the books as Lee Harvey Oswald's last-ditch hideout -- after which its glamorous architecture received a stucco makeover -- and barely dodging demolition, Dallas' first-ever (at the time of construction) air-conditioned theater should be your new favorite baked haunt.
The Dallas Arboretum 8525 Garland Road
Where better to smoke some weed than amongst a bunch of plants? Cool plants, too; some from exotic locales, others home grown, all tucked away in the king of all area parks. The Dallas Arboretum offers a little bit of everything the sophisticated pothead might want. You got nature, cool fountains, selected concerts and a great view of White Rock Lake. Hell, the deep-thinking doper can even avoid the hordes of children that sometime infest the place and find a nice, secluded spot to smoke some serious weed and do some serious thinking.
When you have one of those afternoons with nothing to do but enjoy being baked, take the TRE to Fort Worth -- it's about an hour round trip, and if you need a destination, the T&P Station also houses a pretty great bar with a sizable selection of craft brews called the T&P Tavern. Of course, when you're stoned, it's all about the journey, man, and the ride to Cowtown gives you a new perspective on... well, I-30. It's a lot cooler than it sounds, though; there's graffiti you wouldn't otherwise see, and occasional hobos, and if you come back after the sun goes down, the lights from the Omni and Reunion Tower sort of make you feel like you're in Tron.
Nasher Sculpture Center 2001 Flora St.
You know that scene in Ferris Bueller's day off where Ferris and friends go to the museum and are just kind of standing around silently taking in the art? Yeah, you do that, except your looking at sculptures, and your mind is chemically altered from either a contact high on the dart, or from something someone at a Dart station sold you. Try not to get freaked out by the Bronze Crowd (they're not coming to life, I promise you), and if need be make your way to the Schist Furniture Group, take a seat, and try to level out.
World Market 3888 Oak Lawn Ave., 111
Visit World Market high, but beware: It's like walking through Central Market hungry. You're overcome with a terrible case of cultural munchies. That simple, organic throw pillow becomes alive with sentiment that didn't exist before, rather than the familiarity that traditional smudged plastic affords. Perhaps, amidst the stroll, you'll begin to hate your unnerving need for the mass accumulation of shitty objects. However, as you carefully peruse the maze of strangely juxtaposed foreign consumer products, you'll feel overwhelmed by your apparent connection to all these countries through their objects.
Half Price Books 803 E. NW Highwa
Half Price Books may not seem like the best place for stoners: They don't offer many munchies and reading doesn't exactly fit the "dazed and confused" stereotypes. But c'mon, countless amazing writers have been familiar with having fun and getting baked - and reading their stories can make your high that much better. As famed scientist Carl Sagan wrote, "The cannabis experience has greatly improved my appreciation for art, a subject which I had never much appreciated before." While reading anywhere while stoned can be great, Half Price Books, a Dallas-original, is basically a ginormous warehouse full of books to get lost in.