Dallas is a city that needs no introduction – it has become a major business, commercial and cultural centre of northern Texas.
Whether you live in Dallas or come to Dallas, we wanted to make a comprehensive list of the best things you can do when you’re in Dallas. From museums and major attractions to nature, surroundings, attractions and sports facilities, we’ve got it all.
If seeing the sights of Dallas isn’t enough for you, check out our list of 20 fantastic road trips from Dallas that can take you anywhere in Texas and beyond.
Let’s just get on the list.
Board of Directors: The Dallas CityPASS offers 39% discount on some of the best attractions and museums in Dallas. If you plan to use at least 3 out of 6. Whether you want to visit the Pero Museum, the Dallas Zoo, the Reunification Tower or the George Bush Library and Museum, you can save money with CityPASS.
Dallas museums to visit
1. Museum on the sixth floor
Dallas has a lot to offer and see, but unfortunately it is also known as the place where John F. Kennedy was killed when he was taken by Dealey Plaza in a limousine in November 1963.
The museum on the sixth floor is dedicated to the life and work of JFK until his death. The museum is located in the same room where the shots were fired, in the building of the former Texas School Book Depository. Part of the museum was left as it was on the day of the murder, with folded boxes pointing to the spot.
From the window where the shots were fired, you can see the spot on the street where the president was shot – it’s marked with a white X. There’s something to see, and below the items shown are a copy of the gun used by Lee Harvey Oswald and tickets for a meeting with the president in Dallas.
All tickets, with the exception of free entry for children, include an audio guide to help you understand the exhibits and familiarise yourself with the details during your visit to the museum.
The museum can be very busy, especially on public holidays or in high season – you can reserve your seat by buying your ticket online in advance and avoiding the queue.
Operating hours: Monday – 12:00 to 18:00, Tuesday – Sunday – 10:00 to 18:00.
Price: Adults – $18, Seniors (65+) – $16, Teenagers under 18 – $14, Children under 6 – free (or $5 with audio guide)
2. Nature and Science Museum Stift
The Pero Museum is housed in a large cube-shaped building in the purpose-built area of the Siegespark. The American Airlines Center, home of the Dallas Mavericks and the Dallas Stars, is one of its neighbors.
The museum is named after Margot and Ross Pero, a famous local billionaire couple whose children donated $50 from their estate.
This extensive exhibition includes everything from reconstructed dinosaur skeletons and a visual representation of the Big Bang to a large exhibition of various Texas ecosystems.
Be prepared to pay extra for certain parts of the exhibition and for 3D movies, as the standard price of a ticket includes only the most important parts.
Operating hours: Monday to Saturday – 10:00 to 17:00, Sunday – 12:00 to 17:00.
Price: Adults – $20, seniors (65+) – $18, children under 12 – $13, children under 2 – free; 3D movies are $6, temporary exhibitions – extras.
3. Dallas Art Museum
The Dallas Art Museum opened in 1984 in the Dallas Art District and has a collection of works of art from different eras, styles and continents.
Some of the most interesting exhibitions can be found in the collections of American Art and Ancient American Art. Ancient works include art from all over America, from Mexico to Peru, while the section on American art from the colonial times of the United States to the mid-twentieth century receives special attention.
The collection of Wendy and Emery Reeves – a fantastic collection of Impressionist and post-impressionist art by Cézanne, Degas, Gauguin, Money, Manet, Pissarro and even Van Gogh – is not to be missed, all housed in a replica of the Reeves House in France.
Free entrance is a rarity, so make use of it. It takes 2 hours or more to see the various exhibitions and you will surely find something you like, with collections from Africa, Asia and Europe, as well as ancient Mediterranean objects from Egyptian, Greek, Roman and other civilizations.
Operating hours: Tuesdays to Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays to 9 p.m., Mondays closed.
Price: Admission is free. Fees for special exhibitions: adults – $16, high school (65+) and military – $14, students – $12, children under 12 years – free.
4. Boundaries of the Air Museum
If you like flying, this is the perfect museum for you.
The Flight Boundary Museum in Dallas tells the story of aviation, from the early models of the Wright brothers to modern jets.
Each phase in the development of air transport is literally described in detail, including fighter planes, from the First and Second World Wars, through the interiors of large airships to classic and modern commercial aircraft.
The Love Field Gallery presents the history of Braniff, a famous American airline that operated from 1928 to 1982.
The space exhibition includes the Apollo VII spacecraft, a real moonstone and even a model of the modern Sputnik I Union.
The Flight Limit Museum may not be the largest, but it certainly takes up a lot of space and should be on your to-do list in Dallas.
Operating hours: Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Price: Adults – $10, seniors (65+) – $8, teenagers under 18 – $7, children under 3 – free.
5. Old red museum
The Old Red Museum is housed in the impressive 1892 building of the District Court of Dallas.
Dedicated to the cultural and social history of Dallas County, the museum was established in 2007, more than 40 years after the court moved from the historic building to a new purpose-built space.
The building itself is half the reason why you have to leave. Made of sandstone and characteristic red marble, designed by architect Max Orlopp Jr. of Arkansas, it will not be confused with a majestic town hall somewhere in Central Europe.
Inside is an interactive exhibition that traces the history of Dallas from its creation as a shopping centre to its growth and reputation as a centre for international trade.
Operating hours: Every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Price: Adults – $10, high school students (65+), students and military – $8, children under 16 – $7, children under 3 – free. Sunday before noon, tickets at a reduced price up to $7.
6. President George W. Bush Library and Museum
The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is part of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, which includes the Policy Institute and the offices of the foundation on its behalf.
The library and museum are located on the outskirts of Southern Methodist University and have a vast archive of documents, materials, information and artifacts from the early 2000s, which characterized George Bush’s two White House terms.
In addition to the exhibition, which focuses on the attacks of 11. September and the following rooms concentrated, you can consult a copy of the Oval Office, where you will get a click when sitting at the presidential table. There is even a miniature pink garden outside to feel like a real garden!
Tickets are street-side, but the library and museum are part of the Dallas CityPASS programme, which offers a 39% discount on admission alongside other top attractions – see our tips in the introduction!
Operating hours: Monday to Saturday – 9:00 to 17:00, Sunday – 12:00 to 17:00.
Price: Adults – $21, seniors (62+) and students – $18, retired servicemen – $10, children under $18 – $19, children under $12 – $15, servicemen and children under 5 – free.
7. Meadow Museum
The Meadows Museum is also located on the campus of Southern Methodist University and is part of the Meadows Art School.
Sometimes it is also called Prado in the Meadow, named after the world famous museum in Madrid because of its extensive collection of Spanish art.
The collection covers the period and styles and includes some of the best Spanish artists, with works by Picasso, Murillo, Goya, El Greco, Velázquez and others.
The other two important collections of the museum are a collection of modern sculpture and the University Art Collection, which is dedicated to art produced in Texas and works by university graduates.
You’ll probably need at least a few hours to get your bearings in the museum. Combine that with a visit to the Presidential Library and the George W. Bush Museum, located across campus, for a break in the afternoon of your trip to college.
Operating hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays to 9 p.m. late open, Mondays closed.
Price: Adults – $12, high school students (65+) – $10, students – $4, children under 12 years – free; free admission on Thursday from 5pm.
8. Raven-Asian art collection
You can enter the gallery, where works of art and cultural objects from China, Japan, India and other Southeast Asian countries are exhibited free of charge.
The museum is located in the Dallas Art District and has a private collection collected during the travels of Trammell and Margaret Crow in Asia. A wealthy couple who have made a fortune in real estate have been able to collect more than 4000 works of art from all over the region, including Cambodia, Myanmar and Nepal.
Only part of this huge collection could be exhibited with Chinese jade as one of the tricks.
It also includes objects from Asian cultures, such as samurai costumes and swords, as well as household items, and curators often change the layout and parts of the collection.
Operating hours: Tuesdays to Sundays from 11:00 to 17:00, closed on Mondays.
Price: Dismissed! Donations are welcome.
9. Museum of Afro-Americans
The Dallas Museum of Afro-Americans is located in Fair Park, whose walls are covered with ivory stones.
The museum displays art of African and African-American origin, as well as sections on the history and culture of African-America.
The exhibited art is a mixture of sculpture and painting with a large number of modern and evocative pieces and body shapes.
The cultural collection contains many objects from the era of slavery and segregation, including signs telling people where to sit in the bus and signs banning access to African-Americans, Mexicans and dogs.
A powerful demonstration takes place in the era of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the rise of soul music.
Operating hours: Tuesdays to Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays and Mondays closed.
Price: Adults and pensioners – $10, children under 12 – $5, children under 3 – free, pensioners (65 years and over) have free admission on Thursdays.
10. Dallas Holocaust Museum
It is another museum with important exhibitions about the struggle of the people, founded by a group of Holocaust survivors in Dallas.
The museum moved to new premises in September 2019 and tells the story from the perspective of the founders in three departments: the Holocaust Wing, the Human Rights Wing and the American Wing.
The museum has a real caravan, which was used to transport Jews to the Nazi concentration camps, and an area entirely dedicated to the memory of the deceased parents of those who stood at the beginning of the museum.
The Wings of Human Rights and Wende to America are not only about Jewish history, but also about the rights of various immigrant groups, women’s rights and LGBT rights.
Operating hours: Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 5pm, Saturday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm.
Price: Adults – $16, retirees, military and disabled – $14, students – $12.
Best sights and places to visit in Dallas
11. Reunification tower
The famous landmark on the Dallas skyline is one of the best things to do in Dallas, whether you come in the afternoon to enjoy the 360-degree view of the city or in the evening before dinner.
The tower dominates the city, which extends as far as Arlington, with the buildings of the city centre and the central districts nearby.
The tower can mainly be visited via the Geo Bridge, a viewing platform with interactive screens and an outdoor area where you can walk around the whole tower.
Another possibility is to take an elevator to the 50th floor. You can drive to the first floor where the restaurant Five Sixty (named after the height of the tower in the legs) is located. The restaurant runs slowly, which means that your appearance is constantly changing as you enjoy your dinner. Note that you have to get dressed to get in!
Operating hours: Open every day from 10:00 to 21:30.
Price: Adults – $17, seniors (65+) – $14, teens under 12 – $8, children under 3 – free; $5 extra (except for children under 3) for the return of the second night.
12. Dallas Scott Sculpture Drive at Pioneer Plaza
Pioneer Plaza, in the centre of Dallas, is a large park known for its group of cattle rustling statues and the Confederate War Memorial in Pioneer Park Cemetery.
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The carvings represent the cattle that were hunted along the Shawnee Trail that ran across Texas and through Austin, Waco and Dallas. We see 49 bullfighters, crossing a mixed terrain led by 3 riders.
The bronze statues stand in a beautiful landscape with a cliff overlooking the stream and the waterfall. If you’re in a facility like this, you can’t go to Dallas and you can’t stop here.
The Confederate War Memorial dates from 1896 and is dedicated to the Texan generals who took part in the American Civil War. This is a controversial issue for the city in connection with a recent trip to the United States to remove confederate monuments.
Operating hours: 24/7 access
Price: Free of charge.
13. View of the Dallas skyline from the Margaret yacht bridge
The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge across the Trinity River offers perhaps the best views of the city, perfect for an evening stroll or a photo of downtown Dallas.
The bridge was opened in 2012 and is open to pedestrians and traffic on Spur 366. The huge arch supporting the bridge with catenaries is visible from a few kilometres away and has become one of Dallas’ most famous landmarks.
On the west side of the bridge there is a good selection of restaurants in the Trinity Groves area (see list below), and on the east side there is direct access to the centre of Dallas.
For the most spectacular views, the time of your visit should coincide with the sunset (or sunrise if you’re an early scarecrow) to capture amazing images of the city’s skyline.
When: In the evening for a panorama at sunset or during the day – open all day.
Price: Access to the bridge is free
14. Dallas Heritage Village in Old City Park
Dallas Heritage Village gives you the opportunity to take a step back in time and see how life was lived in Texas. …in the 19th century.
There are a number of buildings, gardens, streets and things that adults and children can do to get an idea of how the people of northern Texas lived in Victorian times.
The buildings themselves are historic and range from the great Millermore Manor, built in 1857, to the classic bank and the pharmacy. Wherever possible, experiments are animated with real donkeys in the barn and metalworkers in the forge.
You can park for free right next to the Heritage Village, which is very convenient, and with cheap tickets it’s a great way to spend a morning or a day.
Operating hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00 to 16.00, Sunday from 12.00 to 16.00.
Price: Adults – $10, seniors (65+) – $8, children under 12 – $6, children under 3 – free of charge
15. NasherImage Center
Adjacent to the Dallas Museum of Art in the Arts District is the Nasher Sculpture Center, which houses a collection of modern sculptures on display in the museum’s modern buildings and beautiful outdoor gardens.
It is a unique combination of indoor and outdoor exhibitions – it gives the museum a unique feel and is well worth a visit.
The Nasher Center changes its exhibitions from time to time and includes everything from metal to cushion art.
Whether you’re a big art lover or just want a new experience, it’s definitely worth a visit to Dallas. Visit it with the art museum next door, which has been talking about art for a long time!
Operating hours: Tuesdays to Sundays from 11:00 to 17:00, closed on Mondays.
Price: Adults – $10, high school (65+) – $7, students and teachers – $5, children under 12 years and soldiers – free.
16. Wild Bill Western Affairs
It’s our wild card on the Dallas to-do list. It’s not a great art museum, it’s not a big landscaped park or a world-class sports team to look at – it’s a shop selling cowboy stuff with a huge neon boot on the street.
And that’s why you have to go. If you are in Dallas for a few days, you have to leave early and equip yourself with important things like a cowboy hat, cowboy boots and a buckle.
If you didn’t bring your own, you can get a matching pair of jeans and a shirt.
The best thing is it’s not really a tourist trap. The building in which the shop is located dates from the 18th century. It has a layout with wooden beams and pewter ceilings and retained its own bar.
The staff know what they’re talking about with rodeo drivers and livestock farmers who give you advice. Celebrities shop there often and the owner, Wild Bill himself, is an unofficial ambassador for Dallas.
Opening hours: Monday to Tuesday – 10:00 to 19:00, Wednesday to Saturday – 10:00 to 21:00, Sunday 12:00 to 18:00.
Price: It depends on what you buy!
Best experience in Dallas
17. American Airlines Center – home to stars and strangers
The stars and outsiders of Dallas play at the American Airline Center, a great multipurpose arena in Victory Park near Dallas.
The Stars and the Mavericks have each achieved a major victory in their history, with a Stanley Cup and an NBA Championship respectively.
Mavericks can boast that over 750 games are sold out, and the band of sold out games have been running since 2001 – tickets can be hard to get, and some games are sold out months in advance, so check before you go!
The arena seats approximately 19,000 spectators for hockey games and 21,000 for basketball games. The atmosphere is excellent, with overhanging giant screens and modern equipment.
When: Both seasons – NHL and NBA – run from October to April, with games alternating.
Price: Both options range from $30 to $100 depending on the ticket you receive with your court/tribunal bonuses.
18. See the Dallas Cowboys on AT&T.
If you go to a sports stadium during your stay in Dallas, you really have to go to the AT&T cowboys.
Dallas is a crazy football city where one of the most successful NFL teams plays in Arlington, west of downtown Dallas.
According to Forbes, the Dallas Cowboys are the most valuable sports team in the world and their popularity is visible throughout the city. The Cowboys have sold every game they’ve played, including outdoor games, since 2002 – more than 260 games, and they still do.
Playing in a huge 100,000 seat AT&T stadium is a masterpiece, so expect to have a better chance of getting a seat through ticket vendors.
When: The NFL season runs from September until the Super Bowl in early February.
Price: Tickets for the Dallas Cowboy generally range from $100 for the cheapest seats to over $1,000 for a decent ticket in the club areas.
19. Attending a performance at Dallas Music Hall
Since its opening in 1925, the Fair Park Music Hall has been the main venue for various musical events in Dallas.
The building was used as the Dallas Opera House until 2009, when it was mainly used for musicals.
The best Broadway musicals often include 2 to 4 week shows, but also shows like Miss Saigon, The Book of Mormon and Aladdin, which have recently been broadcasted.
Located at the fairground you can take a pleasant walk to the city and visit other places in the area, from the African-American Museum to the parking lot (see above) and the State Fair.
When: Check out the calendar of upcoming musicals – concerts take place all year round, but summer usually continues.
Price: Tickets range from $20 to over $130, but be prepared to pay over $100 for good seats.
20. Get on the trolley bus atMcKinney Avenue.
The McKinney Avenue trolley bus, or M-Line, is the coolest form of transport in Dallas – so cool that it has become an attraction in itself.
The line runs from shops and cafes in Dallas to St. Louis. Paul, next to the Arts District in downtown Dallas.
Don’t confuse the trolley bus on McKinney Avenue with the Dallas Streetcar, a modern line connecting the art district with Union Station in the Reunion Island district.
The M-Line is known for its classic trams – there are several very different types, including the 186 Green Dragon, which dates back to 1913, and the 122 Rosie, which was taken from Portugal in the 1980s after it was built in Philadelphia in 1909.
Other vehicles were brought in from Toronto, Belgium and cities in the United States.
As there are many major attractions along the trolley route and it is a free service, you should really take advantage of it on your journey through Dallas.
Working hours: On Fridays and Saturdays the trams generally run from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. with late services until midnight and on Sundays from 10 a.m. onwards.
Price: It’s free! (No, really!)
21. Majestic Theatre Dallas
There used to be several theatres in Dallas along the Theatre Row in Elm Street, and the Magnificent Theatre is the only one still standing and running the show.
The classical theatre opened its doors in 1921 and has developed steadily ever since. Today you can discover everything from jazz and Latin American music to comedy cocktails, magic shows, rock concerts and even fashion shows.
Prices are pretty good, with $50-60 for good seating, which is particularly interesting compared to other sports offered in Dallas.
Inside, the theatre has a classic design, it is narrower and longer than a typical theatre. In the twenties and thirties of the last century it was mainly used for film screenings, because all seats have a nice central view of the stage.
When: Check it when you’re in town.
Price: Tickets for the different shows and concerts are different
22. Dallas Adventure Landing
Adventure Landing is an amusement park for families, ideal to spend the day with the children or to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
Located north of downtown Dallas, the park offers a more relaxed atmosphere than a life-size amusement park, the Zero Gravity Flutter or the Six Flags over Texas (see both below).
You won’t see a big roller coaster here – there are attractions such as golf maps, miniature golf and boat bumpers.
There is an arcade with more than 100 different games and a laser tag that can provide hours of fun for the family.
If you have young children who want to have fun, this is a great way to do what they love.
Operating hours: Monday to Thursday – 9:00 to 23:00, Friday to Saturday, 9:00 to midnight, Sunday – 10:00 to 23:00.
Price: Pass Quest 3 attractions – $ 17.99, Pass Quest 5 attractions – $ 27.99, Pass Quest kids (3 attractions) – $ 12.99
23. Zero Gravity Flotation at Dallas Amusement Park
Zero Gravity Flutter is not a classic amusement park. This park has only 5 attractions, but these are among the most extreme and crazy you have ever seen in the world.
It’s true – the prices of the attractions may seem high, but if you see the size of these attractions and try them out, you’ll feel that it really is a good price.
- Bunjee jumped from a seven-story platform
- Skycoaster, taking three people 110 feet in the air at 60 miles per hour…
- Nothing but the network – free fall in the network from 16 floors high.
- The skyscraper is a gigantic windmill with which you can float over Dallas in seconds.
- The Texas Blastoff is a catapult that accelerates to 70 miles per hour in 1.2 seconds while climbing and then falls freely to the ground.
Check the size and weight of the attractions as they are strictly adhered to.
Operating hours: Monday to Thursday from 2pm to 10pm, Friday from 2pm to midnight, Saturday from 12pm to midnight, Sunday from 12pm to 10pm.
Price: First attraction – $34.99, each additional attraction – $14.99, package of 5 Thrillseeker attractions – $79.99, additional options available.
24. Panic chamber Dallas
If you are not familiar with the concept of the panic room, its operation is simple. You and your family or friends are locked in a room and you have 60 minutes to escape.
The way to escape isn’t obvious – you have to find clues, solve puzzles and find out how different objects in the room can help you find your way.
There are three themed rooms where you can try it out. Cabin Fever helps you out of the wooden huts of the ski area, and Abandoned School is a set of scary classrooms where you have to find a drawing and steal it.
The most complicated batch is called Phase III: Testing on people – You’re locked in a dungeon for crazy doctors and have to find a cure for the medicine you’ve been given and escape. Only a third of the participants actually found out!
As there may be 8 or 10 people in a room, you need to book in advance to make sure you are coming in – there are starting dates and you may need to be with other people each day.
Operating hours: It’s time to start: Monday to Thursday – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday to Saturday – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday – 2 p.m. to 10 p.m..
Price: $25 per person
25. Visit to a baseball game in Globe Life Park.
The Texas Rangers play in the MLB at Arlington’s Globe Life Park and offer great opportunities for baseball fans or visitors who want to immerse themselves in the local culture.
The team has been based in Arlington since 1971, after the franchise company left Washington. It is one of the seven teams that have never won the World Series before, but even played twice in 2010 and 2011.
In March 2020 the rangers plan to move to a brand new stadium, the Globe Life Field, which is also located in Arlington. Globe Life and Accident Insurance Company acquired the naming rights until 2048, so the name of the new baseball park is very similar to its current location.
The new stadium will have a reduced capacity of 40,000 spectators, but will be equipped with better facilities, air conditioning and a retractable roof, which should increase the number of visitors on hot or humid days.
When: The baseball season lasts from the end of March to the beginning of October. The games go on all the time, so see what happens when you leave.
Price: Tickets generally start at $15, with the best areas costing between $70 and $100.
26. Six flags above Texas amusement park
The Six Flags amusement park above Texas in Arlington is the first of the famous Six Flags chain, which opened in August 1961.
It is known as an amusement park that sets the standard for the rest of the world, because it was the first to charge a single entrance fee to the park, which houses the first mining train, the first wooden jacuzzi and the world’s first freefall attraction.
Today it is a very popular place to spend a day with 45 rides, including 13 roller coasters, and lots of entertainment around a large park.
Don’t miss the Texas Skyscraper, which at 400 feet is the highest attraction in the world and offers breathtaking views of the park and the surrounding area.
Be sure to buy tickets online in advance – admission for the day is $82.99, which can be an additional $25 per person.
Operating hours: Opening hours vary depending on the year – from summer to mid-August, the park is open every day from 6pm to 10pm, depending on the day. Weekends only with irregular Fridays and extra working days in the autumn, winter and spring holidays.
Price: Online prices range from $57.99 to $67.99 if pre-ordered, children up to $2.00 free; parking – $27.78, membership – $6.99 per month.
27. Dallas World Aquarium
The Dallas World Aquarium is not only a place to see colorful fish, it offers a comprehensive overview of different ecosystems, including some of the animals that live on or near the surface of exposed waters.
Built in the 1920’s in a large warehouse, the aquarium has a unique layout on several floors. You can see all the aquariums and animals of the typical depths, including different species of sharks, turtles and penguins.
Better, however, is the way they are integrated into the exhibition, which also shows land animals that are intimate with water, including many species of birds, otters and tree kangaroos, to name but a few.
This aquarium may not have the largest number of different species of fish, but it is a great place to come and spend a few hours. Prices may be a bit high when a family trip costs more than $100, but we think it’s worth it!
Operating hours: Every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Price: Adults – $ 20.95, military – $ 18.95, seniors – $ 16.95, children – $ 14.95, children under 2 years – free.
28. Watch FC Dallas in MLS atToyota Stadium
Football may not be the most important sport in Dallas, or the US and Dallas FC are the MLS midfield team, but if you want to try something different, go to the Toyota Stadium in Frisco.
The stadium has 16,000 fans and many matches are sold out or sold out, so buy your tickets online to get good seats.
Unlike some other MLS teams, Dallas FC is not in the habit of recruiting world-class players at the end of their careers. The majority of the team comes from the United States or South American countries and many players are recruited from all over the world. The level may not be very high for a team from the 300’s, but it’s still a great day at a reasonable price.
Don’t avoid the beer garden section for nothing, unless you’re a hardcore fan – the hardcore fans that gather here were originally called FCDrunk, which sums up exactly what’s in store for you.
When: Unlike most football competitions in the world, the MLS season runs from March to October.
Price: Tickets cost between $25 and $55, and seats on the field cost $75.
29. Medieval dinner and tournament
The medieval dinner and tournament will take place in Dallas Castle, a show arena in the designer district.
If you haven’t heard of it, you can enjoy your meal by watching a medieval show with knights, fighters, horses and even falcons, depending on the show.
It won’t be the best show you’ve ever seen, and the food won’t be the best in town either, but if you spend a few nights in Dallas, the combination can be fun until you take the experience too seriously.
Tickets are expensive – a simple lunch can easily cost a family a few hundred dollars. Improvements include bonuses such as queue passes and better seats (including first place in the Queen’s Royalty).
When: Every day in summer, from Thursday to Sunday, from autumn – on weekdays at 7.30pm, up to 3 broadcasts a day on weekends.
Price: Adults – $62.95, children under 12 – $36.95, Royal Blood Group Upgrade – $12 extra, holiday upgrade – $18 extra, Royal Blood Group Upgrade – $22 extra.
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30. Dallas Fair
Fair Park is a very important part of Dallas with museums, gardens and various attractions in a large landscaped park near the centre of Dallas.
Some of the museums and attractions, including the Music Hall, the Afro-American Museum and the Pero Museum of Nature and Science, are located in the park.
It is best to visit the park during the annual Texas State Fair. The fair has been held since 1886 and lasts 24 days since the last Friday in September. More than 2 million visitors come every year to see the big parade, to see the huge number of stands, to visit the attractions that only run during the fair and to enjoy fantastic food.
Cotton Bowl Stadium is one of the main sports facilities of the park, where the football game Oklahoma-Texas College is played during the fair. The stadium has hosted several football teams and the FC Dallas football team for many years, and major sporting events and concerts are still organised there.
Operating time: from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., except when time is changed.
Price: Admission to the park is free, but check the prices for the different parts of the park.
31. Children’s aquarium in fairground park
The children’s aquarium is specially designed for children and has screens that tell the story of the underwater world and allow children to communicate with the creatures in a touch-screen bathroom on the shore.
Inside the aquarium there are 6 different rooms with 55 different exhibits, including more than 250 species.
While most aquariums are traditional aquariums inhabited by fish and aquatic animals from all over the world, children can get up close and personal with crabs, lobsters, hedgehogs and other marine animals in a sensory aquarium.
Don’t miss Stingray Bay – visitors can feed the rays that swim in an aquarium with different shark species.
Operating hours: Every day from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Price: Adults – $8, seniors (65 years and older) and children under 12 years – $6,
32. Dallas Zoo
The Dallas Zoo is located on a large area of more than 100 hectares south of downtown Dallas and is the oldest and largest zoo in Texas.
The zoo was founded in 1888 with two deer and two mountain lions, and today has more than 2,000 animals of more than 400 species. One of the most famous exhibitions are the efforts to keep them in gorilla and tiger enclosures.
Special is that the zoo has a hippopotamus area, which is part of the African savannah, where you can also find a number of animals that are rarely seen in other zoos, including rock gypsum (which looks like a bear the size of a squirrel!) and okapi, a relative of the giraffe who looks a bit more like a zebra.
It takes 2 to 3 hours to go around the zoo – it may not be as well known and visited as Houston or even the nearby Fort Worth, but it’s certainly a lot of fun in Dallas, especially on a family day.
Operating hours: March-September – from 9:00 to 17:00, October-February – from 9:00 to 16:00.
Price: Adults: Seventeen dollars. Children under 12 years and older (65+) – $14, children under 2 years – free; parking $10 per car. All tickets are $8 discount in January and February.
33. Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
The Dallas Botanical Garden is a collection of 66 amazing gardens that vary in style, type and size and can take hours to study.
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Some gardens have water, others are full of flowers, there are waterfalls and tree-lined streets.
In some gardens there are pavilions – what is called A Tasteful Place – where every day locally produced organic products are offered with different things.
Rory Meyer’s Adventure Kindergarten is an educational experience for children, teaching them about nature and science. This is the only garden for which you have to buy an extra ticket to enter.
The Arboretum runs a campaign in August in which all tickets cost 2 dollars. So it’s a good time to drop by, to save money if you have a choice!
Operating hours: Every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Price: Adults – $15, seniors (65+) – $12, children under 12 – $10, children under 2 – free, admission to Rory Meyers Adventure Kindergarten – $3 extra; parking – $15 ($6 saving on online purchases)
34. Clyde Warren Park
Clyde Warren Park is a small public park in downtown Dallas that is actually owned by the Voodall Rogers Park Foundation.
The park is free, but it’s closed at night, so you can’t come here after 11pm. The park has a well-maintained lawn and conveyor belts, as well as a children’s playground and playgrounds.
Clyde Warren Park has something to do every day. From playing croquet, chess, ping-pong and petanque to musical performances, summer movie nights and fitness activities such as yoga, tai chi and Zumba.
Best of all, it’s all for free, so there’s no excuse not to get a little shape behind the shoulder!
The park also has rotating dining cars offering all kinds of exciting street dishes, as well as two restaurants – a hamburger shop and a slightly more original Savor-gastro-pub.
Operating hours: 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Price: Free of charge, including all activities in the park!
35. White Rock Lake Park
White Rock Lake Park is a large park area northeast of downtown Dallas that surrounds White Rock Lake. On an area of almost 2,000 hectares (with a lake covering 2/3 of the surface) there is something to do and explore.
The park includes the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens (see above) as well as the historic buildings at Great Beach and Winfrey Point.
It is preferable to walk or cycle along different paths and paths. This is an 11 mile route around the lake, so you may not want to cycle the whole distance, but there are many places that can be reached from the east side that offer more walking opportunities.
Around the lake there are areas with wildflowers and forests. You can have a picnic at a location of your choice or stop for a day to watch the water flow.
Water sports enthusiasts can kayak, row and sail on the lake – there are places everywhere on the lake where you can get equipment. Swimming in the lake and everything that moves on a motorbike is not allowed, but things like paddling and canoeing are good, so rent your favourite means of transport for an hour or two.
Operating hours: 24/7 access
Price: Free of charge.
Districts in Dallas you should visit
36. Highlands Park Village
Highland Park Village is located in the Highland Park area north of the centre of Dallas and is a classic luxury shopping district.
Known as America’s premier business park, the neighborhood is home to a large number of boutiques and designer stores such as Dior, Jimmy Choo and Valentino.
If you don’t like trendy clothes or expensive shoes, this neighborhood is still worth a visit to see the people, have a good coffee and stroll through the luxurious streets.
In the evening, dine in one of the good restaurants, which range from Mexican to luxurious European cuisine.
37. Episcopal Arts District
The Bishop Arts District is the beating heart of everything that happens in Dallas, with some of the best nightlife, quirky shops and great local restaurants.
The most remarkable thing about the region is the large number of independent shops selling everything from interior design to pet supplies and wine.
You’ll notice even more at the cafes, bars, bistros, restaurants and all the other chic places to eat and drink.
The Bishop Arts District is known as the upper and lower city of Dallas, but it’s arrived in style and you can’t miss it as you stroll through the city.
38. Exploration of the Dallas Cathy runway
The Dallas Cathy Trail is a 3.5 mile trail for walkers, runners and cyclists that runs through some of Dallas’ busiest neighborhoods around Aptown and Oak Lawn.
You’re forgiven for wondering who the famous Katie is who gave her name to this long walk. She built this great pedestrian highway where she was a famous local resident. The truth is a little simpler.
Originally built along the route of the Missouri-Kansas Texas Railway, the road was known as the MKT, and was forever shortened to Kata.
The trail is ideal for long walks as it follows a wide tarmac path, although there is plenty to walk and cycle on weekends. Along the way there are cafes and restaurants, although prices may be on the street side.
39. Trinity forests
Trinity Groves – A small area near the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge with a small treasure trove of restaurants and bars.
Trinity Groves, one of the many secrets of Dallas, is popular with locals for its various authentic, well-priced restaurants with breathtaking views of the Dallas skyline above the bridge.
With brasseries, Chinese, Japanese, grill, Italian, Mediterranean and steakhouse restaurants there is something for everyone. Do you want some fish? AmberJax Fish Market Grill here. Do you want some sugar? No problem – at the Cake Bar and the Kate Weiser Schokolade you get a lot of calories.
It’s a good idea to take a walk here before dinner to enjoy the view as you cross the bridge. Then park your car in the Foundry’s Cocktail Lounge with live music before barbecuing in the back of Babb Bros.
40. Lower Greenville
Lower Greenville is a neighborhood that stretches along Greenville Avenue and is known for its many nightlife bars and music venues that are popular with students and young people.
With the expansion of Dallas, the neighborhood became more famous, and Greenville Avenue became the main artery connecting downtown Dallas with new neighborhoods in the north.
When the avenue was replaced by highways as the main axis, the neighborhood began to develop into a cultural and musical space, facilitated by the proximity of the Southern Methodist University campus.
One of the most popular venues is the Theatre of Granada, where concerts of music by various artists take place. ZZ Top, Adele and Bob Dylan played here, so check the schedule while you’re here.
41. Deep illumination
The core area of Deep Ellum, near the centre of Dallas, with a large neon sign indicating its location, cannot be missed while driving on the Good Latimer Expressway.
The roots of Deep Ellum go back to 1884, when it became famous for its blues and jazz scene with some of the most famous artists from the area.
The region has retained its musical atmosphere and is a hotbed of clubs and concerts. It offers everything from a church nightclub with a roof terrace to the Dueling Louis piano bar.
Between you there are bars and music halls where blues is played, but also rock concerts and other types of music.
If you are hungry, you can eat at the Deep Ellum Brewery, which offers 8 different beers brewed on site.
42. Visit to the Plazashop
We put the museum on the sixth floor at the top of the list, but Dealey Plaza has really earned its place on the list of places to visit in Dallas.
The Plaza is known as the place where JFK was killed, but there is more than a white cross that marks the place where the president was killed.
The Kennedy monument, built in 1969, is located in the centre of the square. It is a simple open space surrounded by concrete walls with a black plaque in the middle in memory of President Kennedy.
The Plaza was declared a National Historical Monument in 1993 and the very first building is the birthplace of the city of Dallas, whose city it built here. This building later became the city’s first post office, shop and courthouse – let’s talk about using the building for less money!
The buildings around Dealey Plaza are not very interesting – next to the Dallas County Criminal Court building and the Post-Terminal are the Dallas County Records buildings and some office buildings. The old red museum is all you want to visit – see above.
43. Upper Dallas
Upper Dallas is a trendy, luxurious neighborhood north of the city centre and much of Dallas can be explored on foot thanks to its urban design, which has created large pedestrian zones and sidewalks.
The McKinney Avenue shopping cart (see above) runs through Aptown, and there are several sites worth visiting, including the Dallas Museum of Art (see above!) and the West Village shopping area.
The upper town is more mixed than some of the other neighborhoods we recommend, so the restaurants and bars in the area are more family friendly and cooler. With large companies located in upper and lower Dallas, the neighborhood is also popular with large hotel chains.
44. West End District
The West End is located in the northwest corner of Dallas city centre and includes Dealey Plaza and a museum on the sixth floor.
Just a few blocks away, the neighborhood is best known for its cowboyle life – there are steakhouses, sports bars, and many shops where you can buy cowboy stuff, including the Wild Bill Western Store we talked about earlier.
The Old Red Museum in the old District Court building and the Holocaust and Human Rights Museum in Dallas are two other important items.
The rest of the centre is at your feet, and you really can’t go to Dallas or the West End.
Enjoy your visit to Dallas
We hope you enjoy our list of things you can do in Dallas. We love the city for the enormous amount of impressions that can be captured and for the vibrations of the different areas.
Enjoy the trip and tell us about your favourite things by contacting us.
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