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Six Flags tickets are practically a steal at the moment -- just $29.99 if you buy online (www.sixflags.com). If you plan on taking more than two trips south, in fact, it might be worth it to buy a season pass, which can be used at any Six Flags park in the country. There's a new ride in Arlington this season: Tony Hawk's Big Spin Coaster, which supposedly drops you into 360-degree spins, jumps and acrobatics, just like a skateboarder. (The "thrill rating" online, though, doesn't give it a "max"; those are reserved for things like Titan, Mr. Freeze, Batman the Ride and the Superman Tower of Power.)
While you're in Fort Worth, you might want to enjoy the downtown area, and I suggest you also visit the Kimbell Art Museum -- one of our favorites. Admission to the main exhibits is free, but there's a charge for special exhibitions. All day Tuesday and Friday evening, the special admission is half-price, so plan accordingly, because there's always a great exhibit. Beginning June 29, you can see some of the finest Impressionist pieces (including Monet's spectacular "Water Lilies"), so you won't want to miss this one.
If you'd like to venture farther south to San Antonio, you can simply change trains (after a bit of a wait) at the transit hub in Fort Worth, and take the Texas Eagle that afternoon. You'll leave at 2:40 p.m. and arrive at 10:25 p.m. -- a little late, but there are several hotels near the train station, and cabs are always waiting nearby. A round-trip ticket is $124 one way ($111.60 for AAA), and once again, the train is much less stressful than the drive. (Note: The return trip will start at 7 a.m. in San Antonio, arriving in Fort Worth at 1:58 p.m.; the Heartland Flyer takes off at 5:25 p.m. and arrives in OKC at 9:39 p.m.) Incidentally, although trains are notorious for being late, these particular routes are very reliable.