Dallas is one of the amazing places in Texas you can not miss. And, just like Houston, Austin and Saint Anthony, there is a treasure trove of experiences, eateries and live music venues to enjoy. In fact, you’re going to be spoiled for choice with all the best things to do in Dallas … so make sure you plan ahead!
After driving through Texas, we got to see so much epic places across the state. We loved and, and Dallas is no exception! It is a perfect city for a few days outing, a long weekend getaway or a visit as part of a Texan road trip. Plus, you have Fort Worth right next door.
So, to help you get the most out of your time in Dallas, I wanted to share some of the best things to do in Dallas that I’m sure will drive you crazy.
Enjoy the best time to explore Dallas.
1.) Deep Ellum
With quaint galleries, cool live music bars and heaps of street art; Visiting Deep Ellum is one of the best things to do in Dallas if you want a night out on the town!
Be sure to see what music is going on at Trees; visit AllGood Cafe for its lively music evenings and gorge at Terry Black’s Barbecue. their chest is so good and their mac and cheese is mouth watering.
Oh, and for an evening of drinks, skip to Double wide. This is something of a quirky bar in Deep Ellum and totally cool.
2.) Dallas Arts District
The Arts District, located in downtown Dallas, is an area full of venues, concert halls and exhibits to explore. It’s easily one of the best things to do in Dallas which is great for a night out.
Be sure to explore the Crow Museum of Asian Art, the Perot Museum and the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Just look at the Dallas Art District website to find out seasonal shows and events. You will have a great time.
Then check Meso Maya (Comida y Copas) on McKinney Avenue. They make some of the best smoked chicken taquitos and enchiladas in all of Dallas.
3.) Reunion Tower
For some of the best views of Dallas, you want to head to the top of Reunion Tower. Historically, the tower itself is about 40 years old and, in my opinion, one of the most recognizable buildings in the city.
Make sure you get your tickets and go to the GeO deck observation. The views are beautiful, especially at sunset. Just be aware, even though the observation deck is tickets, it can get very busy. Plan your trip on a weekday if you want to miss the majority of the crowd.
Oh, and you can easily take a trip to Reunion Tower with a visit to the nearby John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza. They are both within walking distance of each other.
Getting nice? Step over to Ellen’s which is a totally kitsch and homely Southern meal perfect for brunch. Their pancake pottery is everything!
4.) Southfork Ranch
About a 25 mile drive from downtown, Southfork Ranch is one of the best things to do in Dallas if you like Dallas. You see, this is the farm of the Dallas TV show.
If you are a fan of the TV series, you will even get the opportunity to explore inside as well. Though be warned, guided tours do not happen on a Monday – so make sure you avoid this day. It’s a totally fun day out if you’re a fan of the show; however, you can easily miss it if you’ve never watched Dallas.
After driving back to Dallas, book a table at Kitchen + Kokkies (by Kevin Kelley), their lobster tails and peach shoemaker are incredible. On top of that, their cocktails are just divine.
5.) John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza
A tribute to the horrific assassination of John F. Kennedy, the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza is one place you must visit when visiting Dallas. It was dedicated in 1970 and is an incredibly important website that the president remembers.
Designed by Philip Johnson, it’s a cenotaph designed to show the openness and freedom that Kennedy had. You will also be able to explore the Sixth Floor Museum (at Dealey Plaza) while you are here. It tells the dark day when John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
Though gloomy, it’s a place to remember and an integral part of Dallas history.
Go for a walk next to the nearby Holocaust and Human Rights Museum which is right inside the historic Westend District of Dallas.
6.) Fair Park
First put on those comfortable hiking boots and head over to Fair Park. This is a very extensive website that can fill days of fun.
In addition to walking through the park, take time to admire the art sculptures and statues at the Hall of State and also head to the Leonhardt Lagoon.
If you fancy an indoor scout; go to the African American Museum of Dallas which is so amazing to visit. Oh, and do not forget to notice Big Tex too! He is absolutely charming and stands proudly in Fair Park.
Getting nice? Get yourself over to Lockhart Smokehouse BBQ, their breasts are so soft and their portions are large. Believe me, you will love it.
7.) Arboretum and Botanical Garden
On the shores of White Rock Lake, visiting the arboretum and garden is one of the best things to do in Dallas if you want a more relaxed day.
Offering everything for art shows, seasonal festivals and 500,000 blooming flowers – this is an attraction you will not want to miss. Make sure you stop by the McCasland Sunken Garden, Orchid Hollow and Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden if you are traveling with the larger family.
In addition, during the festive season, they offer “Holiday at the Arboretum”, a picturesque festive season to embrace everything Christmas.
8.) Fort Worth
Yes yes! I know, technically, Fort Worth is a totally different city, but it feels completely connected to Dallas. Especially since the urban distribution includes both cities (and Arlington, in between).
After arriving, head to the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, which is all about the old west. It’s a great place to learn more about “the west”, cowboys and the historic cattle rides that once dominated the region. Plus, if you visit this weekend, you’ll catch the Stockyards Championship Rodeo.
If this is not your thing, also visit the Museum of Modern Art and Kimbell Art Museum. If you have time, also take a look at the Water Gardens which are located right in the city center.
Finally, do not forget to get some tickets to the AT&T Stadium (in Arlington) between Fort Worth and Dallas. It’s home to the Dallas Cowboys and the perfect place to catch a game.
It is definitely worth visiting Fort Worth when exploring the best things to do in Dallas because they are just as close to each other.
9.) Pioneer Plaza
Dallas is known for its historic trails that brought many incoming settlers to Dallas, along with cattle rides that were such an integral part of how the city flourished.
These days, you can visit Pioneer Plaza and see the 49 bronze cattle created by Robert Summers. They spread across the site, along with native trees, flowers and plants that make this area of Texas home.
Then walk to the nearby Dallas Farmers Market (a 15 minute walk) which is ideal for some local delicacies. Rex’s Seafood is a must-stop place … their dishes and market are just too good to miss.
10.) Trammell Crow Park
Looking for a walk in Dallas? Then follow the Trinity River bank through Trammell Crow Park. It’s a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the streets, especially on the Trinity Skyline Trail. On top of that, you will also see Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.
Oh, and just next to the park itself Cake bar, a nice pudding place to grab a key lime cake and gooey cookies that are just as good. This is the most important place to visit if you have something of a sweet tooth like me!
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