Dallas is up and coming as one of the most interesting and dynamic cities for travelers of the United States to visit, providing fascinating museums, a wide variety of architecture, shopping centers, and beautiful art collections.
Here, we have collated all of the most fun and exciting things to do in Dallas, Texas, so you know how to make the most of your city trip.
Why visit Dallas?
Dallas has so much to offer travelers. If you’re looking for the old-fashioned ‘Dallas experience’, the classic trademarks of Texas are not going anywhere soon and you’ll have no trouble finding steakhouses and barbecue restaurants- but if you’re seeking something more modern, large parts of Dallas have been reinvented to fit everybody’s tastes.
The 15 Funnest Things To Do In Dallas
1. Check out the Nasher Sculpture Center
This collection of modern art opened in 2003 and will take you through the history of sculpture. It’s right at the center of the Dallas Art District and thrives with creativity and beauty.
2. Then cross the road to the Dallas Museum of Art!
Just steps away from the Nasher Sculpture Centre is the Dallas Museum of Art, which will take you all the way from the antiquity period to contemporary, including each trend and name you could think of.
This is one of the largest art museums in the United States, so it’s well worth a visit for all travelers who come to Dallas.
3. White Rock Lake
White Rock is only minutes away from Downtown Dallas, providing you with a beautiful green space after a busy day in the city.
It’s perfect for renting paddle boards or kayaks to play about on the water, or if you fancy wandering the 9.33-mile walk around the lake.
4. Go on a walking tour through the Dallas Arts District
There are plenty of attractions to feast your eyes on in the Arts District of Dallas, but perhaps you don’t know where to start, or you don’t wish to miss anything.
There are walking tours on offer, usually about 90 minutes long so you are able to get a little taste of everything.
5. Learn something at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science
This strange and magnificent building was designed by Thom Mayne and is a great attraction for all travelers who have come to Dallas. Inside are interactive activities for all the family, following themes of earth science, technology, and more.
If you want to pack a bit of education into your trip, the Perot Museum is the place for you.
6. Wander around Klyde Warren Park
Klyde Warren Park is already one of the top most popular green spots in Dallas, despite having only opened in 2012.
It has been incorporated into the Arts area and is known for the variety of activities it has to offer – from restaurants to parks, to live performances on its stage.
7. Spend the day at Dallas Zoo
A trip to the Dallas Zoo is a great way to spend the day with the family, and it offers spectacles to any Texas traveler.
Particular highlights are the Giants of the Savanna, as well as the Wilds of Africa Adventure Safari which takes its travelers on a mile-long monorail past habitats of Kenya, Ethiopia, and more.
8. Visit the Sixth Floor Museum
Dealey Plaza is home to what was formerly the Texas School Book Depository, where Lee Harvey Oswald took his fatal shot that assassinated President Kennedy.
Now, it has been converted into a museum that takes you back to that time; the final days of JFK’s time as President, and the aftermath of the shooting. Though a more sobering experience than trips to Dallas Zoo, a visit to the Museum is certainly not one to be missed.
9. Pay your respects at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza
Just beyond Dealey Plaza, you will be able to find the JFK Memorial. This imposing structure was designed by Philip Johnson and is close to a cenotaph in resemblance.
It is certainly worth a visit to see how the city of Dallas has commemorated the fatal shooting of 1963.
10. Unwind at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Within minutes of Downtown Dallas, you could find yourself as one of the loveliest green spaces Dallas has to offer.
There 66 acres of gardens boasting of the most beautiful flowers for you to explore. If you find yourself in Dallas from February to April, go to the Arboretum to enjoy the Dallas Blooms, where you can see thousands of tulips blossoming in the spring.
11. Grab some fresh produce at Dallas Farmers Market
You will find this Farmers Market in Downton Dallas, where you will be able to indulge in fresh produce, snacks, meat, and scrumptious meals any day of the week.
12. Marvel at the famous Reunion Tower
The Reunion Tower (one of the most famous landmarks in Dallas) is made up of four towering shafts that is topped with a stunning dome, which can be seen far and wide when it is lit up at night.
In just one 68 seconds elevator ride, you can find yourself gazing across the Dallas skyline from the GeO-Deck.
13. Indulge in some retail therapy
Dallas has numerous shopping destinations on offer for all travelers wanting to get some retail therapy. The North Park Shopping Center offers a premium experience with luxury stores and everyday retailers.
14. Check out Pioneer Plaza
This plaza is a must-see, as it offers the largest bronze monument in the world, and is one of the best works of art to capture what might have been seen along the old Shawnee Trail.
15. Visit Fort Worth
Once a cowboy town, Fort Worth is now a bustling city with many tourist attractions! If you’re planning on going to Dallas, it’s always worth taking a trip over if your schedule permits it.
From rodeo events to museums and botanical gardens, there’s something for everyone!
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