Dallas, a modern metropolis in north Texas, is a commercial and cultural hub of the region. Downtown’s Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza commemorates the site of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963. In the Arts District, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Crow Collection of Asian Art cover thousands of years of art. The sleek Nasher Sculpture Center showcases contemporary sculpture.
Dallas, the 'Big D', is Texas' most mythologized city, rich in the stuff of which American legends are woven. For a time, the eponymous TV series Dallas served to define the USA to the world, while the Cowboys and their cheerleaders remain iconic. Unlike many Texan cities, Dallas has avoided the boom-and-bust cycle of the oil industry, to the point where this is the country’s fastest-growing metropolitan area. There’s money here a-plenty, and conspicuous consumption is very much the norm.
Excellent museums in the massive, recently developed Arts District downtown offer world-class displays of art and sculpture, while unmissable sites commemorate the city’s rendezvous with history in 1963, as the site of President John F Kennedy's assassination.
For the quintessential Dallas experience, explore its distinctive neighborhoods, like down-and-dirty Deep Ellum, pivotal in the stories of blues and jazz, or contemporary hipster hangouts like Lower Greenville or the Bishop Arts District.
BEST TIME TO GO TO DALLAS
The best time to visit Dallas – Fort Worth is between September and November, when the temperatures aren't overwhelmingly hot, the tourist traffic has died down and the Texas State Fair is in full swing. Keep in mind: The Cowboys football season can drive hotel prices up, especially in the Metroplex areas. Avoid inflated prices by taking a look at the team's home game schedule. The months between March and May are equally comfortable temperature-wise, and blooming flowers further sweeten the season. Despite temperatures in the 90s and high humidity levels, summer marks Dallas – Fort Worth's high season, so expect hotel costs to climb. You will find deals between December and February, but don't expect exceptionally warm weather. The DFW area experiences all four seasons, with wintertime highs resting in the 50s and low 60s.
GETTING AROUND DALLAS
The best way to get around Dallas – Fort Worth is by car. Both downtown areas are laid out on a grid, making the region easy to navigate; even some of the freeways adhere to the linear plans. And getting between Dallas, Fort Worth and other Metroplex communities is made simple by the several major highways and interstates that crisscross the region. Just be prepared for heavy traffic during rush hour and limited parking no matter the hour. If you don't plan on doing a lot of commuting between Dallas and Fort Worth, you may want to ditch the car and rely on public transit – both cities feature extensive bus services, and Dallas also boasts an efficient (albeit limited) light rail system. Meanwhile, you can rely on the Trinity Railway Express to get between Dallas and Fort Worth, as well as out to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), located about 18 miles northwest of Dallas and 22 miles northeast of Fort Worth. Getting to and from the smaller Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL), which handles flights from Delta, American and Southwest, won't require a car either: Sitting about 6 miles north of downtown Dallas, Love Field can be reached via light rail and bus. That said, rental cars are available at both airports as well as in both downtown areas.
On Foot - Although you can't explore all of Dallas or Fort Worth on foot, the cities' downtown cores and tourist-centric neighborhoods are extremely walkable. When planning your itinerary, aim to group attraction sightseeing together to save yourself commuting time.
By Car - Driving can be frustrating, but it remains the most comfortable option – particularly when the alternative to sitting in traffic is waiting outside in the heat for the next bus. Numerous major highways and interstates weave through and around the Metroplex: I-35 E and I-35 W run north to south through Dallas and Fort Worth, respectively; I-20 and I-30 run east to west, connecting the two cities. Traffic is notoriously bad during rush hour, so stay off the highways. If you're not planning on spending a lot of time traveling between Dallas and Fort Worth (and the neighboring communities), consider holding off on renting a car until you plan on moving on to the next city. Both downtown Dallas and downtown Fort Worth are walkable. This will save you money on rental fees, gas and parking. If you do decide to rent a car, several rental agencies can be found in both downtown Fort Worth and downtown Dallas, as well as at the airports.
Light Rail - Although it has a long way to go until it can stack up to New York City's subway or Chicago 's "L" train, Dallas' light rail does a decent job of connecting the city's downtown to other areas of interest, including Deep Ellum and University Park. Operated by Dallas Area Rapid Transit, the DART rail system features four lines (Red, Orange, Green and Blue) that service 64 stations throughout the city. Trains operate from around 5 a.m. to midnight every day, though schedules vary by line. Meanwhile, the Trinity Railway Express connects Dallas and Fort Worth while servicing Metroplex communities and the airport. Trains run between Fort Worth's T&P Station and Dallas' Union Station Monday through Friday from around 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. On Saturdays, trains do not run as frequently; and on Sundays, they do not run at all.
Bus - Dallas Area Rapid Transit also operates an extensive bus system with local and express routes serving 11,000 stops throughout central Dallas and the Metroplex. Like the DART rail, DART buses run from around 5 a.m. to midnight and use DART passes as payment. If it is the first time you are using the pass, you must have the driver validate it; for all other subsequent rides, simply swipe your pass through the farebox. If you're planning to visit top tourist attracrtions, such as Dealey Plaza and the Dallas World Aquarium , you can use the D-Link hop-on, hop-off bus. This free route offers 19 stops throughout downtown Dallas, from Convention Center station to the Pearl/Arts District station. Buses run every 15 minutes from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily.
Trolley - For more authentic (and lest costly) means of transportation around central Dallas, hop aboard the M-Line Trolley, an old-fashioned electric streetcar that meanders from downtown to Uptown's bustling McKinney Avenue several miles north. Along the way, the trolley makes stops near several popular attractions, including the Dallas World Aquarium, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center. The trolley (also known as the McKinney Avenue Trolley) operates every day of the year starting at around 7 a.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. on weekends and holidays and going until around 10 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Best of all: Rides are free.
WHERE TO STAY IN DALLAS
Featuring air-conditioned accommodation with a private pool, Luxury Uptown Loft+Entertainment + Pool Table/PS4 is set in Dallas. The property is 2.3 km from Dallas World Aquarium and 2.9 km from Sixth Floor Museum. This apartment comes with 1 bedroom, a kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a flat-screen TV, a seating area and 1 bathroom equipped with a shower. American Airlines Center is 1.8 km from the apartment, while AT&T Performing Arts Center is 2.2 km away. The nearest airport is Dallas Love Field Airport, 7 km from Luxury Uptown Loft+Entertainment + Pool Table/PS4.
Boasting a spa and wellness centre, Hilton Garden Inn Dallas-Central Expy/North Park Area, Tx is situated in Dallas in the Texas region, 6 km from Preston Center and 7 km from Meadows Museum. The property is set 7 km from Gerald J. Ford Stadium, 7 km from Mockingbird Station and 7 km from Southern Methodist University. The accommodation features a fitness centre, free WiFi and family rooms. A continental breakfast is available each morning at the hotel. Free private parking and a business centre are available, as well as a 24-hour front desk. Highland Park Village is 9 km from Hilton Garden Inn Dallas-Central Expy/North Park Area, Tx, while American Airlines Center is 13 km from the property. The nearest airport is Dallas Love Field Airport, 14 km from the accommodation.
Locale Dallas Victory Park features air-conditioned guest accommodation in the centre of Dallas, 500 m from American Airlines Center, 1.3 km from Dallas World Aquarium and 1.3 km from Sixth Floor Museum. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property and private parking is available on site. Each unit is equipped with a balcony, a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher, a seating area with a sofa, a flat-screen TV, a washing machine, and a private bathroom with bath or shower and a hairdryer. A microwave, a fridge and oven are also featured, as well as a kettle and a coffee machine. The apartment offers a terrace. Dallas Holocaust Museum is 1.4 km from Locale Dallas Victory Park, while AT&T Performing Arts Center is 1.6 km away. The nearest airport is Dallas Love Field Airport, 9 km from the accommodation.
Set in Dallas, 2.7 km from Dallas Zoo and 5 km from John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial, JURNY Apartments Bishop Arts District offers air conditioning. The property is 6 km from Dallas World Aquarium and 7 km from AT&T Performing Arts Center. The apartment is fitted with 2 bedrooms, a TV and a fully equipped kitchen that provides guests with a dishwasher, a microwave, a washing machine, a fridge and an oven. Dallas Holocaust Museum is 5 km from the apartment, while Sixth Floor Museum is 5 km from the property. The nearest airport is Dallas Love Field Airport, 16 km from JURNY Apartments Bishop Arts.
Situated in Dallas, 700 m from American Airlines Center and 1.5 km from Sixth Floor Museum, The Guild Victory Park | Katy Trail features accommodation with free WiFi, air conditioning, an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre. Private parking is available on site. Each unit features a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher, a seating area with a sofa, a flat-screen TV, a washing machine, and a private bathroom with shower and a hairdryer. A microwave, a fridge and oven are also available, as well as a kettle and a coffee machine. Guests will find a 24-hour front desk, a shared lounge and a business centre at the property. A barbecue and a sun terrace are provided at the apartment. Popular points of interest near The Guild Victory Park | Katy Trail include Dallas World Aquarium, Dallas Holocaust Museum and AT&T Performing Arts Center. The nearest airport is Dallas Love Field Airport, 9 km from the accommodation.
Located in Dallas, within 200 m of Dallas World Aquarium and 500 m of Dallas Holocaust Museum, Downtown Dallas Beautiful Poolside Apartment offers accommodation with free WiFi, air conditioning, an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre. Private parking is available on site. The apartment features 1 bedroom, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and 1 bathroom with a hot tub. The apartment offers a terrace. Guests can enjoy the indoor pool at Downtown Dallas Beautiful Poolside Apartment. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Sixth Floor Museum, John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial and AT&T Performing Arts Center. The nearest airport is Dallas Love Field Airport, 10 km from Downtown Dallas Beautiful Poolside Apartment.
Located in Dallas, The Guild Uptown | McKinney Ave offers accommodation with a patio or a balcony, free WiFi and flat-screen TV, as well as an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre. Private parking is available on site. Guests will find a 24-hour front desk, a shared lounge, a business centre and laundry service at the property. A garden, barbecue and a terrace are provided at the aparthotel. Popular points of interest near The Guild Uptown | McKinney Ave include American Airlines Center, AT&T Performing Arts Center and Dallas World Aquarium. The nearest airport is Dallas Love Field Airport, 9 km from the accommodation.
Boasting city views, Mid Elm Lofts offers accommodations with a balcony and a kettle, around less than 1 km from Dallas World Aquarium. This apartment is a 10-minute walk from Dallas Holocaust Museum. The apartments have a kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven, and 1 bathroom with a bath or shower and free toiletries. A flat-screen TV with cable channels is provided. Cycling can be enjoyed nearby. Sixth Floor Museum is less than 1 km from the apartment. The nearest airport is Dallas Love Field Airport, 11 km from the property.
Boasting a patio with garden views, a restaurant and a garden, Whimsical Charm at Historic M-Streets Suite can be found in Dallas, close to Mockingbird Station and 1.4 km from Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Situated 1.9 km from Meadows Museum, the property features barbecue facilities and free WiFi. The air-conditioned apartment consists of 1 separate bedroom, 1 bathroom with a hairdryer and free toiletries, and a seating area. A flat-screen TV is available. Guests at the apartment can enjoy a à la carte or an American breakfast. Whimsical Charm offers a sun terrace. If you would like to discover the area, hiking is possible in the surroundings and the accommodation can arrange a bicycle rental service. Southern Methodist University is 2.8 km from Whimsical Charm at Historic M-Streets Suite, while Highland Park Village is 3.4 km from the property. The nearest airport is Dallas Love Field Airport, 8 km from the apartment.
The 1920s Mainstay SHELTER IN PLACE HERE is situated in Dallas, 3.7 km from Gerald J. Ford Stadium, 4.2 km from Meadows Museum, and 5 km from AT&T Performing Arts Center. The air-conditioned accommodation is 3.2 km from Mockingbird Station, and guests benefit from complimentary WiFi and private parking available on site. This apartment features 1 bedroom, a kitchen with microwave, a flat-screen TV, a seating area and 1 bathroom with a shower. Southern Methodist University is 5 km from the apartment, while Dallas World Aquarium is 5 km from the property. The nearest airport is Dallas Love Field Airport, 11 km from The 1920s Mainstay SHELTER IN PLACE.
PLACES TO GO & THINGS TO DO IN DALLAS WITH FAMILY
There are some big things that make Dallas an incredible city. They have larger than life sports teams, spectacular universities, and numerous famous celebrities call it home. But what are the smaller things that make Dallas a fantastic place? Read our list to discover places to visit and fun things to do in Dallas.
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
This lovely arboretum has over 20 gardens and groves of exquisite flowers, trees, and other lush plant life. Spend the day strolling around the gorgeous landscape in the warm Dallas sun, while learning about the foliage that grows there. In addition to educational programs and camps, the arboretum hosts many other events. Be on the lookout for their concert series, marathons, workshops, holiday shows, after hours adult events, and kids’ science labs. You can also enjoy tea on the terrace as you snack on elegant appetizers overlooking the scenery.
Dallas World Aquarium
Dallas can get pretty hot at times, and if you don’t have a pool, you need a way to cool off. Even if you can’t get into the water at the Dallas World Aquarium, being surrounded by it might help. Explore an underwater wonderland and see dozens of fascinating species from all over the world, which you won’t see anywhere else except the deep blue sea. The aquarium has tons of exhibits, feeding hours, and talks, which are all great opportunities to learn about fish, reptiles, and more. Surprisingly, the aquarium is also a popular venue for special events, giving occasions a beautiful aquatic theme. Eat lunch at one of the three restaurants and cafes before you run to the touch tanks!
Wildlife habitats Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! See all of your furry friends at the Dallas Zoo, from the biggest and brightest animals, like elephants, giraffes, and cheetahs, to the tinier birds, snakes, and reptiles. For more special access, look into the Backstage Safari, an opportunity to learn about how the zoo is run, the care of endangered species, and more behind-the-scenes fun. There are numerous exhibits to explore, including special feeding times and a dinosaur discovery to learn about times past. The zoo hosts many special events and is also a poplar venue for people to celebrate their own special occasions. Be on the lookout for camps and educational programs in addition to nighttime events, such as a night hike or sleepover! Price: Budget Opening Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm Monday-Sunday Watch out for: penguins!
Arts and culture museum Appropriately located in the arts district, this downtown Dallas museum is home to exquisite works of art from all over the world. There is also a special exhibit that caters specifically to Texas artists, both well known and up and coming, and you can see paintings from famous artists in addition to photographs, drawings, sculptures, tapestries, old-world flatware and furniture, and more. There are dozens of mediums and cultures represented, so there’s an opportunity to learn all about the origination of such beautiful creativity. The museum also participates in an exchange program where they share and exchange different pieces with other museums all over the world. Price: Budget Opening Hours: 11:00am-5:00pm Tuesday & Wednesday and Friday-Sunday, 11:00am-9:00pm Thursday.
Unconventional amusement park Are you an adrenaline junkyie with a need for speed? Get your fix at the Zero Gravity Thrill Park, an intense theme park is ideal for those looking for extreme fun! Try rides such a a bungee jump from a seven-story platform, a 130-ft drop free fall attraction, the Texas Blastoff (which is a kind of giant slingshot that will send you soaring 150 ft in the air at 70 mph in only 1.2 seconds), and finally, the Skycoaster, which shoots you 110 ft. in the air at 60mph, and then you have to pull your own cord to release yourself! If heights and speed don’t faze you, definitely check out the Zero Gravity Thrill Park. You can also get video footage of your crazy adventures, so even your most skeptical friends will believe you! Price: Mid-Range Opening Hours: 2:00pm-10:00pm Monday-Thursday, 2:00pm-Midnight Friday & Saturday, Noon-10:00pm Sunday.
This art deco building was built in the early 1930s as a traditional bathhouse. Located near White Rock Lake, the bathhouse was a place for swimmers to rent bathing suits, use lockers and changing rooms, and purchase snacks and fun lake activities from concession stands. It was closed 20 years later in 1953, but reopened in 1981 as a cultural center, with a 116-seat theatre, three gallery spaces, small museum, and other multi-purpose facilities. Take a brief tour of the center to learn more about the rich history of the bathhouse, or alternatively, to discover the art exhibits and upcoming performances and events.
Lofty Dallas landmark At 561 ft. tall, the Reunion Tower is an observation tower with 360-degree views of the city of Dallas. The observation deck level features interactive and digital experiences, including information about Dallas history, the Reunion Tower itself, and more, and there are also numerous telescopes to get a close-up view of the skyline. Pop into the Cloud Nine café for a snack or refreshing drink or eat at Five Sixty, a Wolfgang Puck fine dining restaurant located in the top, rotating floor. Eat a delicious gourmet meal while enjoying incredible views that overlook the city. The tower is also connected to the Hyatt Regency Hotel, so it’s perfect for visitors who want to stay close by to this Dallas attraction. Price: Mid-Range Opening Hours: 9:00am-6:00pm Monday-Friday Watch out for: make reservations at the eating establishments.
Popular public park Most parks are just open green spaces for people to stroll around for fresh air, but not Klyde Warren Park! This public space is a hub of activities and events hosted all year long. For the body, enjoy Sunday morning yoga, Wednesday night Zumba, or Saturday afternoon tai chi and boot camp. For your mind, attend a pleasant outdoor meditation or take a guided tour of the city skyline, while learning historical facts about Dallas. For your appetite, there are a variety of food trucks at the park nearly every day, including an ice cream truck! You can also take a free art class or listen to a concert, and if you want a more traditional park experience, you can relax in the sun, play chess, bring your dog to the dog park, or participate in a group sport. Price: Budget Opening Hours: 6:00am-11:00pm Monday-Sunday Watch out for: free wifi throughout the park.
Peaceful lake Once a privately owned reservoir located on over 1,000 acres of land, the lake (and adjacent park) is an amazing place to spend the day. The lake is a popular site for mild water activities, such as kayaking and sailing, and the park has a 10 mile hiking and biking trail, in addition to it being a great site for bird watching. This spot features both a dog park and picnic areas, and the lake is in very close proximity to the White Rock Lake Museum, Bath House Cultural Center, and Dallas Arboretum. Rent a pavilion to have a private family event or stay active by taking a stroll around the scenic waterfront. Price: Budget Watch out for: urban legend, Lady of White Rock Lake.
Small historic museum On the fateful day of November 22, 1963, 35th president John F. Kennedy was assassinated at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, TX. Now, Dealey Plaza has been converted into a memorial for the late President and houses the Sixth Floor Museum, a place to learn all about that historic day, and the life and death of the president. Watch short films, see photographs, hear first-hand testimonies, discover artifacts, and more. The museum also has a full library and reading room for more literature on the subject in addition to information about other Dallas history. Be sure to check out the educational, youth, and teaching programs that are available. Price: Mid-Range Opening Hours: Noon-6:00pm Monday, 10:00am-6:00pm Tuesday-Sunday.
The Dallas skyline is jaw-dropping, especially at night. Explore the impressive buildings of the city up close by walking through downtown during the day. Places like NYLO Dallas South Side, HG Sply Co., Stirr and Happiest Hour all offer rooftop bars with great views of the downtown skyline. The same can be said of the patio at Trinity Groves and the Reunion Tower.
Sports are held in such high esteem in Dallas that it’s a real cultural experience that shouldn’t be missed. There’s plenty of professional sports teams in Dallas that cover all types of sports – the Dallas Cowboys (football), Texas Rangers (baseball), Dallas Mavericks (basketball), Dallas Stars (hockey), FC Dallas (soccer) and Dallas Wings (basketball). Buy some tickets to a game, tailgate with fans that love their teams and then scream and chant with Dallas locals during the game. It’s an experience you won’t forget.
Located near the Convention Center on the south end of downtown, the Fort Worth Water Gardens is a unique urban oasis surrounded by high walls and shade-providing trees. The urban plaza was designed by Philip Johnson and includes 4.3 acres of three pools, waterfalls, and fountains. Though there are three separately designed pools, the best known is the active pool featured in the 1976 sci-fi film Logan’s Run. As you descend the terraced steps, you can feel the force of falling water all around you. Be sure to check out the gardens at night; they are illuminated until 10 p.m.
An authentic Texas cowboy experience can be found in nearby Fort Worth, approximately an hour’s drive from downtown Dallas. The Fort Worth Stock Yards are situated in a national historic district, which retains the feel of a Western movie set and even hosts a twice-daily cattle drive. Complete with brick walkways and wooden corrals, this is the place to visit if you’re looking to step back in time. Daily rodeos, horse-and-cart rides, the world’s largest honky-tonk, and a choice of BBQ joints make this the Texan experience many tourists are looking for.
Thom Mayne, a winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate designed the astoundingly beautiful Perot Museum of Nature and Science. There’s 11 permanent exhibit halls at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science that offer hands-on science experiences for kids, the likes of which include activities that focus on minerals, geology, energy, fossils, and technology. Architecture tours, speakers, and family experiments are other ways the Perot Museum engages visitors.
Cedar Ridge Preserve is a place that is dedicated to the land and wildlife. It’s maintained by the Dallas Audubon and is free to the public. There is a lot of hiking going on here, and many people come and let their dogs get in on the challenge with their trails. With nine miles of trails, ranging from easy to difficult, there is something for everyone. It’s quiet and cool from the shade of the trees. Many people also come to bird-watch year-round. It’s a great attraction for locals and tourists alike.
Even casual art fans will appreciate the breadth of the Kimbell. From ancient art to 20th-century pieces, the Kimbell’s display is world-class. It contains Michelangelo’s first painting as well as works from Rembrandt, Picasso, and Monet, making it one of the country’s best small museums. Recognized as a prime example of modern architecture, the building itself has an open-floor plan and is filled with natural light. The Kimbell’s permanent collection is manageable in one visit, while high-profile traveling exhibits are worth returning for. Enjoy lunch at the museum’s well-prepared buffet of sandwiches, salads, and quiches, and sit in the manicured courtyard of one of the city’s best museums.
A classic theme park, but an ultimate goody. Located in Arlington, about 15 miles outside of Dallas, Six Flags Over Texas offers thrilling roller coasters, great entertainment shows, carnival-style games and plenty of restaurants. From rides like the Titan and the Texas Giant for teens and adults to softer rides like Daffy Duck Bucket Blasters and Bugs Bunny Boomtown for toddlers and small children, there is something for everyone. With over 45 rides, including five water rides, be sure to grab an all-access THE FLASH pass to enjoy all of Six Flags Over Texas has to offer.
You don’t have to be a Cowboys fan to tour the Dallas Cowboy Stadium. The AT&T Stadium is full of endless fun and facts as the world’s largest domed structure. Tour the locker rooms, walk through the tunnel, or simply admire its contemporary art. Guests have the option of choosing from four daily tours: Self-Guided, VIP-Guided, Art Tour, or an Educational Tour. Enjoy a quick bite at the café, shop the Official Dallas Cowboys Gift Shop, or toss the football around (bring your own) on the actual field for as long as you want. The AT&T Stadium located in Arlington is an experience sure to appeal to everyone.
Pioneer Plaza is a park that’s home to trees and man-made cliffs, but the centerpiece of the park is the life-size sculpture that recreates a cattle drive, complete with bronze longhorn cattle and three cowboys on horses. Visitors often hike around the cliffs, take photos with the longhorn sculptures, and marvel at the waterfall.
Opened in 2008 along the banks of the Trinity River, this center is at the entry of the 6,000-acre Great Trinity Forest. The Trinity River Audubon Center offers each of its visitors a chance to discover miles of trails that feature local birds, vegetation, and wildlife and features public programs like guided hikes, bird watching classes, and the chance to learn more about the four breeds of owls that are native to Dallas. In addition, there is an indoor exhibit hall that showcases native animals like fish, snakes, lizards, and more. Visitors also have the option to tour the architecture of the eco-friendly buildings, taste local honey from the six beehives, and watch a movie about the Trinity River and its history. The center also offers school field trips, like the four-hour eco-investigations that feature a pond study, guided hike, and nature study. There is a two-hour guided float trip down the Trinity River, which is perfect for a short weekend adventure. The Trinity River Audubon Center serves to educate Dallas residents about the natural environment and the fragility of the ecosystem of the largest urban forest in the United States. With the educational opportunities, scenic wooded trails, and extensive visitor activities, the Trinity River Audubon Center is a great place for field trips, volunteering, and fun.
While casinos are illegal in Texas, Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie offers some gambling fun with a Class 1 horse track. It receives 800,000 visitors per year and offers horse races on weekends during the season, a sports bar, and year-round events like concerts, weddings, and meetings. With seating for 8,000 people and a one-mile track, the odds are good that you’ll have a great time here.
WHERE TO SHOP IN DALLAS
Shopping is an art form in Dallas. With so many shopping centers, it’s easy to get inundated with fashionable options. However, for those who like something a bit funky, unique or high-end, Dallas boutiques are really the way to go. With that in mind, we’ve created a list of our favorite boutiques in Dallas, so grab your wallet and Visa, and get ready to shop at the best of the best.
The Laughing Willow is a charming women’s boutique set in a renovated home in Bishop Arts. It offers a mix of vintage-style and eclectic pieces for women who want to spice up their wardrobe with signature pieces. Baby gear, home items and accessories are also sold here.
Favor the Kind was long known as The Gypsy Wagon, but out of respect for Roma people, owner Carley Seale renamed her store. That’s not to mean that the style, vibe or items will be changing. Favor the Kind will continue to sell bohemian-inspired wear like rompers, headbands, flowy skirts and embroidered tops. It also has home collections and accessories.
STAG Provisions for Men is a boutique for men offering vintage classic wear in high-end quality. Its button-ups are stylish, some of which have prints or stripes. The tees and Henleys are simple but nicely fitted, and its short-sleeve button-ups make statements with cactus and floral prints. STAG also provides accessories like leather wallets, taxidermy bags, artwork and furniture to add to any gentleman’s wardrobe and place.
Indigo 1745 is a boutique in Bishop Arts that caters to both men and women. Its clothing focuses on individuality, and it maintains that aspect by working with local designers. With 10 years in the business, it’s no wonder people are attracted to its chic, shiny skirts, awesome collection of hats, cool bow ties or funky printed tops.
DLM Supply is a menswear boutique in Oak Cliff that sells apparel, footwear and accessories for the modern man. The clothes fall under a variety of umbrellas from stylish to practical, business and casual. Brands include Billy Reid, Relwen, Filson, S.M.N Denim, Goodlife, J Brand, Raleigh and La Paz.
There’s a rustic vibe to RYE 51, a West Village menswear boutique. RYE 51’s apparel is luxurious without breaking the bank. It produces clothing items in a batch of about 100 pieces, thereby being able to lower the cost. Its bestsellers include everything from jackets and simple V-neck tees to top-notch denim and cotton twill pants.
Y&I Clothing Boutique is a women’s boutique opened by two Dallas locals in 2012. It sells an assortment of fun pieces like colorful dresses, bohemian sandals and rock star jackets, as well as home items, accessories and shoes. Set in West Village, Y&I Clothing Boutique attracts a customer that likes quality, but fun wear.
Guns & Roses is a high-end boutique that sells men and women’s apparel. The boutique stocks items that are a mix between European streetwear and American chic. For many, Guns & Roses Boutique offers something unique and funky to rock at a day party or at the club at night.
This women’s boutique is known for unusual nightlife clothing and New York flair. The clothes are very trendy but maintain an adult level of style. Strut has plenty of dresses, blouses, jackets, skirts, pants, and jeans. In addition, there is a large selection of accessories, shoes, and jewelry available. The staff is very friendly, and the prices are affordable for any price point, especially within the great sale racks.
This store in Uptown Dallas is 8,000 square feet and is located in a historic building, with a central fountain and courtyard. The clothing has a mix of men and women’s clothing from around the world. Forty Five Ten has supplied clothing to stars such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Laura Bush, and Angie Harmon and draws many customers who are looking for high-end clothing. In addition, the store has a café, which has become known as a chic place to grab a meal. Forty Five Ten is also proud to partner with local charities and institutions, such as The Family Place and the Dallas Museum of Art.
WHERE TO EAT IN DALLAS
Dallas-Fort Worth, one of the largest metropolitan areas in the US, has long been overshadowed by trendy Austin’s gastronomic innovation. However, in recent years, Dallas has seen a culinary resurgence of its own. From haute cuisine classics to Dallas’ best barbecue joints and food trucks, here are some of Dallas-Fort Worth’s best restaurants.
The French Room at the venerable Adolphus Hotel is the grand dame of fine dining in Dallas. The striking dining hall is outfitted in Louis XIV lavishness, with glittering custom-made Murano glass chandeliers and magnificent painted ceilings and ornaments. Dining at The French Room is to step back into another era, with impeccable service and French-inspired haute cuisine — lobster, foie gras and caviar are among the decadent favorites that regularly feature on the Chef’s Tasting Menu. The French Room is particularly famed for its elegant signature soufflé that, by all accounts, makes a perfect denouement to a classic evening.
Chef Teiichi Sakurai is among the most exciting chefs in Dallas and a mainstay on the Dallas food scene. Having been nominated for the 2013 James Beard Award for Best Chef Southwest, Chef Sakurai’s Dallas restaurant, Tei - An– considered by many to be the best Japanese restaurant in Dallas – has won rave reviews and a loyal following for its authentic Japanese cuisine. While it serves a variety of dishes, Dallas locals come for Tei-An’s specialty – soba noodles. One of the very few Japanese restaurants in America to prepare its own fresh soba noodles, Tei-An’s soba noodles can be served hot or cold, with broths or dipping sauces. Some, like the Texas pecan dip, pay homage to Tei-An’s Texas location. In addition to its soba, other must-try local favorites are the white seaweed salad with its unique texture and flavor and the soba ice cream with Kuromitsu honey.
FT33 is Chef Matt McCallister's thrilling debut restaurant; having opened in October 2012, FT33 brings a wave of creative freshness to the Dallas food scene, serving seasonal fresh ingredients that drive the design and flavor combinations of each dish. According to Chef McCallister, ‘I don’t print my menu until I know which ingredients are best that day. That should be the natural progression’. Indeed, FT33’s dishes are infused with a sense of creative naturalism where simple ingredients are brought together through an often surprising layering of flavors with an almost artistic sensibility.
Cafe Modern in the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth boasts of one of the most coveted locations in Dallas. Nestled in the visually stunning museum designed by world renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando, Cafe Modern has been named as one of the ‘world's Most Beautiful Art Museum.’ The concrete and glass encased semicircular cafe overlooks the serene reflection pool. Complementing the iconic architecture and modern art collection, Café Modern’s menu is fresh and seasonal, with ingredients sourced from local family farms and artisan producers.
Housed in a historic building that was once the Settles Garage in Dallas’ Bishop Arts District, Bolsa brought the New American farm-to-table concept to Dallas under Chef Jeff Harris. Now headed by Chef Andrew Bell, Bolsa continues its laid-back neighborhood fine dining tradition. Bolsa Mercado, Bolsa’s sister restaurant, is located just down the road. Headed by Chef Justo Blanco, Bolsa Mercado is by turns a deli, market, neighborhood cafe, and wine bar. It is an excellent brunch and lunchtime option with a wide range of sandwich options as well as their signature take home ‘Dinner for Two’ options.
Hattie's brings Low-country food from the Carolinas, Virginia, and Georgia coast to Dallas, taking traditional Southern comfort food and giving it a ‘fresh, modern twist for a surprising new flavor with a hint of home’. Anchoring the Bishop Arts District, Hattie’s opened its doors in 2002, ushering in its imaginative takes on Southern soul food classics, in a tastefully simple white tablecloth setting with fresh flowers and Southern vintage touches. Unsurprisingly, Southern classics shine on Hattie’s menu, including the fried green tomato sandwich, Low-country shrimp and cheddar grits and the buttermilk fried chicken.
Arguably the best restaurant for weekend brunch in Dallas, Boulevardier opened its doors in 2012, bringing country French-inspired bistro cooking — with a Texan twist — to Dallas’ gastronomic scene. Classic French dishes like croque monsieur, bouillabaisse and charcuterie make it onto the menu; some of Boulevardier’s most raved-about items though are its Tate Farm Burgers and crawfish beignets, that give a clear nod to Louisiana cuisine. Simple and rustic, with a distinctly tasteful Gallic flair, the Boulevardier dining room wonderfully complements its French food with a Texan twist.
In a pizza landscape that includes everything from Chicago deep dish to New York thin crust and everything in between, Cane Rosso describes itself as ‘on a mission to bring authentic Neapolitan pizza to Dallas’. Cane Rosso is the brainchild of Jay Jerrier who, over ten years after his first brush with real authentic Italian pizza during a trip to Italy, launched a mobile catering oven in 2009, and a brick-and-mortar shop in 2011. In pride of place is a big handmade Stefano Ferrara wood-fired brick oven that produces some of the finest pizzas Dallas has ever known.
Ever since Emporium Pies signed its lease in Dallas’ Oak Cliff neighborhood, it has become the go-to destination for pie lovers. Originating as a pop-up shop, owners Meagan Wilkes and Mary Gauntt opened their first brick-and-mortar shop in the trendy Bishop Arts District of Dallas. Housed in a beautiful converted 1930s era Victorian bungalow house, the little boutique pie shop crafts some of the sweetest and tastiest pies in Dallas. Emporium’s handcrafted pies change seasonally and favorites include the Smooth Operator (French silk chocolate filling in a salty pretzel crust) and Cloud Nine (house made caramel-lined bottom, rich, creamy butterscotch custard filling, topped with toasted brown sugar meringue).
Smoked meats is a Dallas specialty, and Lockhart Smokehouse and Pecan Lodge represent the renaissance of the Dallas’ barbecue tradition, both of whom are relative newcomers to the barbecue scene. Lockhart Smokehouse was founded by the granddaughter of the longtime owner of Kreuz Market based in Lockhart, Texas; Pecan Lodge was started by management consultants-turned-barbecue-purveyors with a real taste for fine Southern cooking. Since then, both barbecue joints have been nationally lauded for their take on Texan barbecue. Be sure to try the shoulder clod from Lockhart and the three meat plate with an order of ‘hot mess’ from Pecan Lodge. Decide who takes top laurels for best barbecue in Dallas.
Following in the footsteps of foodie trendsetters –LA, Portland, and Austin –Dallas has its own raft of unique food carts that roam around the city, communicating with their loyal followers via Twitter and Facebook. Two of these trucks, Nammi Truck and Easy Slider are making waves for their excellently prepared foods on the go. Nammi Truck brings the classic Vietnamese bánh mì sandwich to Dallas, which has long been craving an authentic bánh mì shop. Now, diners can satisfy their bánh mì cravings at Nammi's Valley View store, complemented by a Coolhaus ice cream sandwich. Ever since Easy Slider Truck rolled onto the Dallas food truck scene, it has drawn non-stop accolades. Headed by duo Caroline Perini and Miley Holmes, Easy Slider injects the simple American burger with some welcome innovation and creativity, combining different ingredients and flavors into their sliders.