The Lone Star State is known for its distinctive accents, tall hats, and other Western traditions. But don’t let the stereotype of Texas steer you away from unexpected must-sees the locals love. Dallas has no shortage of fun things to do, here are a few you can add to your itinerary.
1. The Great Outdoors
Visiting one of Texas’ largest cities may not seem like the best place to enjoy nature, but Dallas is filled with hidden gems that will fulfill any nature lover.
We recommend the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, which has over 66 acres of beautiful gardens along the shore of White Rock Lake.
2. City Views
Get the perfect selfie angle 561 feet above Dallas. Reunion Tower is the 15th largest building in the city and is known for its 360-degree view of the city.
There are shops and restaurants in the tower too. Grab a bite to eat at Wolfgang Puck while enjoying the view.
3. Game Time
A football game at the Dallas Cowboys stadium is full of some of the most passionate fans in the country, and you can be a part of the action. Between the Texas Rangers, Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Starts, FC Dallas, Be Elite Basketball and Dallas Wings there’s no shortage of quality sporting events to choose from.
One of our favorite things to do in Dallas is a tour at AT&T Stadium. This gigantic stadium is home to the Cowboys and happens to be the largest domed structure in the world.
Become a Dallasite for the night or cheer on your home team in one of the city’s stunning arenas. Afterwards, you can enjoy popular restaurants and bars nearby as the traffic dies down. Finding exciting nightlife is never a challenge in Dallas.
4. Dallas World Aquarium
Explore a rainforest, marine life and more in the middle of the city at the Dallas World Aquarium. Located downtown, the aquarium is known for various conservation efforts to protect endangered species around the world.
Be sure to get a photo in the 40-foot observation tunnel where sharks, sea turtles and more will be swimming around you!
5. Rich Dallas History
Ever wonder what living in North Texas would be like over a hundred years ago? The Dallas Heritage Village is the closest you’ll get. The museum is located in historic Old City Park, the first official park in Dallas.
Schedule a guided tour around the village and see the Miller Log House, Shotgun House and more. You may even catch a mock gunfight and other historical reenactments.
6. Bungee Jump
Thrill seekers will love the Zero Gravity amusement park, famous for its seven-story bungee jump drop. Get a video of yourself on the ride and share it with friends. Or, keep it to yourself for a good laugh with the family.
7. Grapevine Vintage Railroad
Take a drive 30 minutes northwest of Dallas and find yourself in another era. The Grapevine Vintage Railroad is an authentic 1920’s Victorian coach train that will take you and the family on a scenic ride through the Cotton Belt Route. While in Grapevine, make a pit stop at Grapevine Lake for swimming, boating, and fishing. Many of the homes in central Dallas have a historic feel to them too.
8. Dallas Museum of Art
The Dallas Museum of Art is one of the largest art museums in the country. General admission is free and the museum houses a collection of more than 24,000 pieces ranging from prehistoric times to today. Keep in mind the museum is closed on Mondays and most holidays.
9. Desert Tours
There are dozens of food tours offered in Dallas, but none quite like the Dallas by Chocolate. Book a tour just in time for their special Valentine’s Day events. Or sample your favorite sweets at some of Dallas’ other popular foodie attractions.
Food tours and special events aside, Dallas is home to dozens of famous desert shops. Finish off your night at the Sablon Chocolate Lounge, Cake Bar or Sweet Daze.
10. John F. Kennedy Memorial
This may be the saddest part of your trip, but the John F. Kennedy Memorial is a mesmerizing monument that captures the president’s true spirit. While you’re there, look at the life and legacy of JFK at the Sixth Floor Museum.
As the third largest city in Texas, and ninth in the country, Dallas certainly lives up to the Texas expectation: the bigger the better. From major sporting events to world-class museums, the list of things to do in Dallas is endless.