Editor's note: This post from 2015 has aged like fine wine. Each of these spots are still excellent backdrops for a selfie with #dallitude. Also great: This special event on June 21, 2018, where you can get your selfie up-close-and-personal to that bizarre three-story eyeball sculpture across from the Joule Hotel.
It's high time for a selfie.
Selfie got a listing in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary in 2014, there's a TV show called Selfie about a social-media-obsessed young woman and, well, just take a look at your Instagram feed. Dallas-Fort Worth has plenty of places to capture a fun one; here are some of our favorites.
Continental Avenue Bridge park
From nearly anywhere at the newly opened Continental Avenue Bridge pedestrian park, selfie-takers can easily capture their faces against Dallas' full skyline. Plus, there are bocce ball, jungle gyms and, just a short walk west, Trinity Groves, where you can grub down and imbibe after a hard day's selfie.
109 Continental Ave., Dallas. dallascontinentalbridge.com.
Bronze sculptures of cowboys and longhorns by Texas artist Robert Summers depict a cattle drive at Pioneer Plaza, making this one of downtown Dallas' notable photo ops. If you're in a silly mood, you can pretend that the herd is after you. (Elsewhere in the area, the same goes for the Anita Pauwels cattle drive sculptures at Central Park in Frisco, as well as Irving's Mustangs of Las Colinas.)
Pioneer Plaza: 1428 Young St., Dallas; Central Park: 3155 Parkwood Drive, Frisco; Mustangs of Las Colinas: 5205 N. O'Connor Blvd., Irving.
Stevens Park Golf Course
Stop for a selfie at hole 15 at Stevens Park Golf Course if you happen to be out playing a round. Dallas' gorgeous skyline looks tiny, swallowed by blue sky and green grass. It's a good reminder that even in the big city, nature can be the star.
1005 N. Montclair Ave., Dallas. stevensparkgolf.com.
You can't help but feel, er, bowled over - and as if you've stepped into a painting by Magritte - when standing under the Bowler Hat, commissioned by British furniture retailer Timothy Oulton and installed in the Cedars neighborhood just south of downtown. The hat was originally intended as a rooftop piece for Oulton's Dallas store, but didn't comply with the city's sign ordinance. Not willing to say "hat's off," Oulton donated it to the Cedars, where Bowler Hat sculptor Keith Thurman lives. Now it perches in an empty lot, 30 feet tall and 20 feet wide, weighing 2 tons and visible from Interstate 30.
On Griffin Street, between Browder and Ervay streets, Dallas.
Fort Worth Water Gardens
The combination of levels and cool watery backdrops at the Fort Worth Water Gardens makes for a fun selfie (and lots of ways to get your friends into the shot, if you so choose). Designed by Philip Johnson, the urban park covers 4.3 acres and features all sorts of cascading and falling water. Fun side note: It was featured in the movie Logan's Run.
1502 Commerce St., Fort Worth.
State Fair of Texas
Even though the State Fair lasts only until Oct. 19, you can make yearlong memories by stopping for a snap. Better yet, take a couple and put them all in the same frame; it'll be a good memento when you're jonesing for a jaunt through the midway. The visual possibilities at the fair are endless: You and a Fletcher's corny dog. You and Big Tex. You and the Texas Star. You and a baby goat. Or a giraffe. Or the ostrich that spits. You with powdered sugar on your face because you decided to order a funnel cake and it was windy.
At Dallas' Fair Park.
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science downtown abounds with selfie opportunities. My favorite on a recent visit was the Wooden Mirror sculpture by artist Daniel Rozin, in the Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall. The piece's small wooden blocks work with a camera to create pixilation, mirroring back the movements in front of it.
2201 N. Field St, Dallas. perotmuseum.org.
Reunion Tower is one of my favorite things about the Dallas skyline (plus, my husband proposed to me there, so it's a happy memory). A silly selfie where it appears that you're trying to grab the ball on top of the tower is fun, but it takes some effort to get it right. Mine's from the top of the Dallas Morning News parking garage, but there are plenty of downtown vantage points that work just as well (Union Station would be one). Of course, you could pay to go up to the top and capture the view from the GeO-Deck.
300 Reunion Blvd. E., Dallas. reuniontower.com.
Bishop Arts District
The Bishop Arts District has many spots to get a good shot. There are historic storefronts (some brightly painted), elaborate window displays, patio seating, and of course all those places serving delicious food. But my favorite is next to Emporium Pies, 314 N. Bishop Ave., where there's a wall painted with two lines of a musical score. Another good spot is across the street at Simply Austin Furniture, where you can pose walking with a groovy mural of a strolling beatnik.
The area around Bishop Avenue and Davis Street, Dallas.
Deep Ellum, the heart of Dallas' music scene, is ripe with selfie photo ops. But there's one piece you can't miss when you're down there. Enter The Traveling Man, a three-part metal installation that graces three corners off Good-Latimar Expressway. You can't miss him - he's shiny, silver and larger than life. He's also wearing a constant grin, ready for his close-up.
If you love artsy selfies that will make your friends jealous, Deep Ellum is the place to be. Not only will you be able to get your selfie next to The Traveling Man, but you will also have a chance to strike a pose by a bunch of awesome murals in the neighborhood.
Near the DART rail Deep Ellum Station at Good-Latimer Expressway and Gaston Avenue, Dallas.
Spa Castle is like a water park wonderland for adults. Its numerous pools and hot tubs are all different temperatures and equipped with power jets to massage your every muscle. Plus there's a swim-up bar. As I said, it's a wonderland for ages 21 and up. Sure, you have to pay to get in, but you'll want to take that image of relaxation home with you. I recommend sitting at the end of either of the two monstrous pools and trying to get every attraction into the photo.
1020 Raiford Road, Carrollton. spacastleusa.com/tx.
Autumn's my favorite time of year, and the sight of pumpkins, squashes and gourds makes my heart start singing and my stomach start craving candy corn. My favorite spot for fall selfies is the Pumpkin Village at the Dallas Arboretum. You can also snap your own fairy-princess pic in Cinderella's pumpkin-shaped carriage there. I don't really look good in orange, but surrounded by it? That's another matter altogether.
8525 Garland Road, Dallas. dallasarboretum.org.
The Old Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture
What was once known as the symbol for Mobil Oil has become a true Dallas icon, mainly via the neon-red Pegasuses (Pegasi?) - there are two, side by side, that used to rotate - that fly above downtown on the Magnolia Hotel's rooftop. The building was once a petroleum-industry headquarters. But we also have a "Peggie" that's easier to get to: My selfie Pegasus works as a "greeter" inside the Old Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture, was built for the 1939 World's Fair in New York, and later crowned the Mobil gas station in Casa Linda in East Dallas.
600 Commerce St., Dallas. oldred.org.
The sheer hugeness of AT&T Stadium makes it a backdrop worth trying. The $1.2 billion, 3 million-square-foot palace of pigskin is home to the Dallas Cowboys, so there are plenty of photo ops featuring that ubiquitous star. Plus, it hosts tours, holds an art collection and has an LED video board featuring 30 million lights.
1 AT&T Way, Arlington. attstadium.com.
The Freaky-Deaky Eyeball
Ever get the feeling someone is staring you down in downtown Dallas?
Don't worry, it's just Eye, a 3-story sculpture by Tony Tasset that lives in a grassy courtyard outside the Joule Hotel. While there have been yoga classes and other fun on the hotel's outdoor event space in the past, it's not always open to the public.
Eye is visible from the sidewalk through a wrought-iron fence anytime you want to take a selfie from a safe distance. On June 21, 2018, you can get a bit closer, if you dare. Their National Selfie Day contest allows guests to see what they can do through a creative lens.
If you want to compete, follow @1530main on your social media platform of choice, and tag it when you post your pic. The winner gets a day pass to the Joule's rooftop pool.
1530 Main Street, Dallas. thejouledallas.com.
Sarah Blaskovich, Ann Pinson, Shannon Sutlief, Tiney Ricciardi, Rand Duren, Joy Tipping and Brentney Hamilton contributed to this story.