Clang, clang, clang goes the trolley

Girls on Wheels traveling via vintage wheels on the Dallas trolley.

Girls on Wheels traveling via vintage wheels on the Dallas trolley.

Vicki Baker

Imagine being able to park once and then hit all the happening spots in downtown Dallas. Impossible, you say? Well, not for Girls on Wheels as we hopped aboard the lovingly restored vintage (and climate controlled) red trolley operated by Big D Fun Tours during our June outing. What a nostalgically charming and relaxing way to see the myriad of neighborhoods which comprised downtown Dallas.

During the narrated tour given by a certified guide, we felt a connection to the history and lifeblood of this international city. We discovered where the city got its start, where it is today and where it’s going in the future, with lots of unexpected surprises along the way. We became acquainted with such popular sights as Reunion Tower, Dealey Plaza, Sixth Floor Museum, JFK Memorial, Dallas World Aquarium, Arts District, Deep Ellum, Farmers Market, historic West End, Klyde Warren Park, Thanksgiving Square and many, many more.

It’s certainly not the fastest way to travel – with trolleys going an average of 20 mph, a round trip takes about 80 minutes if you don’t get off anywhere – but it sure was sweet to merely amble through the streets of busy downtown, taking in the unique blend of history, modern entertainment and culture found only in Dallas.

Our trolley ride was just like going back in time. But with lunchtime fast approaching and tummies rumbling, we re-oriented to the present and visited a local favorite, Ellen’s, which offered exceptional, homemade comfort food inspired by the rich traditions of Southern cuisine with all their dishes made from fresh locally sourced ingredients.

Sure, we know Dallas has all sorts of ways to get around and experience the city, but the downtown trolley was delightful, fun and entertaining. So, what are you waiting for? Next time you’re in Dallas jump on a trolley, and soak in a little slow-time city charm.