Dallas is a major metropolis in the US state of Texas. Dallas is also where John F. Kennedy was assassinated. But Dallas is also so much more than just Dealey Plaza and JFK’s assassination is not the only thing that defines it. It is a cornucopia of contemporary art and rich culture. A gastronomical paradise with a bustling nightlife, Dallas also has some of the most awe-inspiring museums and futuristic skyscrapers.
Whether you are a local or a tourist visiting Dallas for the first time, we’ve compiled the ultimate guide for stuff to do in Dallas.
Here are 35 fun things to do in Dallas, Texas:
The “birthplace of Dallas”, Dealey Plaza, is also the place where John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. Situated in downtown Dallas, the JFK memorial at Dealey Plaza is a National Historic Landmark, and rightly so. JFK’s single-handedly shifted the course of American history.
Dedicated in 1970, the memorial at Dealey Plaza is a tribute to JFK and the city’s attempt at coping with the tragedy of that fateful day.
When at the memorial, do not forget to visit the Sixth Floor Museum too.
Address: Dallas, Texas 75202, United States | Timing: 06:00 am to 11:00 pm | Google Maps Location: https://goo.gl/maps/LPoSifLY8PVgSCCC7
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
If you are a conspiracy theory buff, the Sixth Floor Museum is one of the best places to visit in Dallas. It journals the life, career, and assassination of JFK in vivid details through upwards of 60,000 antiquities, including Zapruder’s film that accidentally caught JFK’s assassination on camera.
Stand in the exact window from where Lee Harvey Oswald took those shots and visit the X marked spot on the street where John F. Kennedy fell. Even after nearly six decades since that fateful day, melancholy lays heavy in the air.
Address: 411 Elm Street, Dallas, Texas 75202, United States | Timing: Wednesday – Sunday: 10:00 am to 05:00 pm, Monday – Tuesday: Closed | Google Maps Location: https://goo.gl/maps/jemnx7p92wG9cmmF8 | Phone: +12147476660
Explore the cultural hub called Arts District
Visiting the gargantuan Arts District of the city should be on the top of your list of things to do in Dallas. The city boasts of the largest Arts District in the country. Spanning over 19 blocks, it houses several Dallas attractions, museums, performing arts theatres, and great restaurants.
Some of the famous venues include the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Dallas Museum of Arts, and the AT&T Performing Arts Center to name a few.
Address: Dallas, Texas 75201, USA | Timing: 24/7 | Google Maps Location: https://goo.gl/maps/k7mEC8Xu2yF5YXPDA
Dallas Museum of Art
The Dallas Museum of Art tops the list of things to see in Dallas if you love history. Located in the pulsating Arts District in downtown Dallas, Dallas Museum of Art or DMA was established in 1903 and is one of the 10 biggest museums in the country.
DMA houses more than 24,000 artworks – right from ancient history to murals and art by contemporary artists. What’s more? The DMA has free admission!
Address: 1717 N Harwood St, Dallas, Texas 75201, United States | Timing: Monday – Wednesday: Closed, Thursday – Friday: 02:00 pm to 08:00 pm, Saturday – Sunday: 11:00 am to 05:00 pm | Google Maps Location: https://goo.gl/maps/A3dnUE3g18EzvQQ1A | Phone: +12149221200
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science features a sprawling urban forest with native Texan plants and ethereal oversized wind chimes and xylophones. This state-of-the-art Dallas attraction has 11 exhibit halls spread across five floors.
Enjoy some fun and creative hands-on activities like creating music in a studio, experiencing earthquakes, building robots, or marvel at humongous dinosaur skeletons. This museum is certainly worth the money you spend on its admission fee.
Address: 2201 N Field St, Dallas, Texas 75201, United States | Timing: Monday – Wednesday: Closed, Thursday – Saturday: 10:00 am to 05:00 pm, Sunday: 11:00 am to 05:00 pm | Google Maps Location: https://goo.gl/maps/dHmNaBwbk4kmBohf7 | Phone: +12144285555
Enjoy the lush greenery at Klyde Warren Park
Spread across 5.2 acres, the lush green open spaces of Klyde Warren Park are like an oasis amidst the city’s concrete jungle. Loved by locals and tourists alike, Klyde Warren Park is one of the most popular spots in Dallas.
Situated in the heart of downtown Dallas, it connects the Arts District with Uptown. Klyde Warren Park has something for everyone and features a playground area for kids, a dog park, a botanical garden, water fountains, several daily activities, amazing food trucks and two restaurants.
Address: 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy, Dallas, Texas 75201, United States | Timing: 06:00 am to 11:00 pm | Google Maps Location: https://goo.gl/maps/QyzUdh9W7Nr9wDJj9 | Phone: +12147164500
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Just 15 mins from downtown Dallas lies a jaw-dropping nature’s exhibit – Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Spread across 66 acres, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden hosts the largest floral festival, Dallas Blooms, from mid-February to early April every year.
Enjoy spectacular views of over 500,000 tulips, wine and beer pairings, live music and entertainment events, children’s activities, lazy garden picnics and so much more!
At other times, take a leisurely walk on the Texas Skywalk, simply chill at the rooftop at Moody Oasis, or take your children to Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden.
Address: 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas, Texas 75218, United States | Timing: 09:00 am to 05:00 pm | Google Maps Location: https://goo.gl/maps/CmbSQKSD6U722gHi9 | Phone: +12145156615
Have the mesmerizing view from the Reunion Tower
For some breathtaking views of the city, visit the famous Reunion Tower. Just south of the Dealey Plaza, the Reunion Tower is famous for the ball sitting atop the height of 171 meters. Take the 68-second elevator ride to the GeO-Deck atop the tower and witness some of the most mesmerizing views of the city’s skyline.
You can also have dinner at one of the two rotating hotels – the Cloud Nine Café or Wolfgang Puck’s Five Sixty – both serve lip smacking food.
Address: 300 Reunion Blvd E, Dallas, Texas 75207, United States | Timing: Monday – Thursday: 04:00 pm to 07:30 pm, Friday – Sunday: 01:30 am to 09:00 pm | Google Maps Location: https://g.page/Reunion-Tower-Dallas?share | Phone: +12147127040
Nasher Sculpture Center
The Nasher Sculpture Center, a lush 2-acre space located in the Dallas Art District, is an Instagrammers’ paradise.
It displays the sculptures collected by Raymond Nasher throughout his life. The collection on display at the center is revamped and refreshed every couple of months and features the crème de la crème of contemporary sculpture including pieces from Giacometti, Hepworth, Matisse, and many more.
Address: 2001 Flora St, Dallas, Texas 75201, United States | Timing: Monday – Wednesday: Closed | Thursday – Sunday: 11:00 am to 05:00 pm | Google Maps Location: https://goo.gl/maps/32qqK5MSAAeFQt2V6 | Phone: +12142425100
Visiting the AT&T Stadium should be on every sports lover’s list of things to do in Dallas. Situated 20-minutes’ drive west of Arlington, the AT&T stadium is the largest domed sports building in the world. Even when there are no games ongoing at the stadium, it makes for a wonderful addition to the Dallas sightseeing experience.
Its innovative gridiron design attracts millions of visitors every year. You can take a guided tour or a self-guided trip to explore the contemporary art displayed at the stadium.
Address: 1 AT&T Way, Arlington, Texas 76011, United States | Google Maps Location: https://goo.gl/maps/EnAHvyTL7TCoDY7v7 | Phone: +18178924000
The Meadows Museum located at the Southern Methodist University campus is Algur Meadow’s homage to Spanish Art and houses the largest collection of Spanish art away from Spain. The many attractions at the Meadows Museum feature artists such as Velazquez, Goya, Zurbaran, Rodin, Picasso, and many more.
The art pieces featured at the Meadows Museum date back to the 900s up to the present and include Renaissance artifacts, Baroque canvases, graphic art, abstract paintings, Imperialist landscapes to name a few.
Address: 5900 Bishop Blvd, Dallas, Texas 75205, United States | Timing: 10:00 am to 05:00 pm | Google Maps Location: https://goo.gl/maps/muTCB8itrdLy3KaB9 | Phone: +12147682516
John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza
Designed by famous American architect Philip Johnson, who also happens to be a family friend to the Kennedy’s, the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza is a fitting tribute to JFK’s life and work.
It is an understated monument that comprises of a square room with no roof. The walls of this room are 15 meters wide and 9 meters high. It was personally approved by Jacqueline Kennedy and serves as a somber reminder of the tragic day.
Address: 646 Main St, Dallas, Texas 75202, United States | Timing: 24/7 | Google Maps Location: https://goo.gl/maps/RTYtPiga38QXY45W6 | Phone: +12147476660
If you have little ones (or yourselves) to entertain for a day, the Dallas Zoo is worth your while. Unveiled in 2011, the Dallas Zoo has giraffes, impalas, zebras, guinea fowl, and ostriches sharing the same huge habitat.
Another habitat in the same zoo houses African elephants, African lions, warthogs, South African Cheetahs, and wild dogs. But the most impressive habitat is a lush replication of the Congo Rainforest for two gorilla troops.
Address: 650 S R L Thornton Fwy, Dallas, Texas 75203, United States | Timing: 09:00 am to 04:00 pm | Google Maps Location: https://goo.gl/maps/UwM8pYJjNAY5abMt8 | Phone: +14695547501
Enjoy the Entertainment District aka Deep Ellum
If you are in the mood for some live music, mouthwatering Texan food, and alcohol on tap then head out to Deep Ellum in downtown Dallas. Considered to be the epicenter of the city’s musical history, this neighborhood was home to some of the most iconic yesteryears’ jazz clubs.
Today this neighborhood symbolizes the rich tapestry of Dallas culture with music venues, art galleries, and restaurants lining the streets and entertaining the patrons since the 1900s.
Address: 2911 Main St, Dallas, Texas 75226, United States | Google Maps Location: https://goo.gl/maps/533KZENQQHV87GGE8 | Phone: +12149847300
Dallas World Aquarium
The Dallas World Aquarium is situated in the West End district. But fishes aren’t all that you will find here. Visit the Dallas World aquarium to witness the colossal cuteness of the black-footed penguins, see some beautiful American flamingos, cuddly sloths, adorable river otters, and pygmy marmosets.
At the lower level you’ll find magnificent aquatic life from everywhere around the world such as Japanese spider crabs, Percula clownfish, angelfish, moon jellyfish, and butterflyfish.
Address: 1801 N Griffin St, Dallas, Texas 75202, United States | Timing: 10:00 am to 04:00 pm | Google Maps Location: https://g.page/officialdwazoo?share | Phone: +12147202224
Visit the tourist hotspot, Fair Park
This historical fairground dates back to the 1800s and is a much-loved Dallas attraction. Home to the Texas State Fair, there is much to explore in Fair Park even when the Texas State Fair is not running its four-week long course.
Fair Park also features Music Hall, Hall of State and one of the largest exhibits of Art-Deco style architecture. The African American Museum here is the only one of its kind that preserves the rich legacy of African American history and displays a collection of African American art.
Address: 3809 Grand Ave, Dallas, Texas 75210, United States | Timing: 06:00 am to 09:00 pm | Google Maps Location: https://goo.gl/maps/7F9szMx8CZ49JxdE6 | Phone: +12146708400
Participate in Cattle Drive at Pioneer Plaza
Pioneer Plaza features world’s biggest bronze installation – 49 larger than life Longhorn Cattle and three cowboys steering them. Set against the backdrop of native Texan flora, flowing streams, waterfalls, and cliffs, this re-creation of cattle drive on the old Shawnee trails is reminiscent of the early history of Dallas.
Walk leisurely through the largest open public space in Dallas marveling at the exquisitely crafted steers and perhaps click some goofy pictures with them!
Address: 1428 Young St, Dallas, Texas 75202, United States | Timing: 24/7 | Google Maps Location: https://goo.gl/maps/PCaWTJ1uNY83Zsht7 | Phone: +12149531184
McKinney Avenue Trolley
Experience the vintage M-link trolley that shuffles between Uptown and Downtown Dallas. Operating free of charge for almost 365 days, it is an amazing option for a food and bar crawl across some of the chicest pubs in Dallas.
Alternatively, hop on to the trolley and visit the Dallas Museum of Arts or spend a day at Klyde Warren Park downtown.
Address: 3153 Oak Grove Ave, Dallas, Texas 75204, United States | Timing: Monday – Thursday: 07:00 am to 10:00 pm, Friday: 07:00 am to 12:00 am, Saturday: 10:00 am to 12:00 am, Sundays/Holidays: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm |
Google Maps Location: https://goo.gl/maps/xxrd2eJ3XdKZ4yPt5 | Phone: +12148550006
State Fair of Texas
Texas State Fair is the largest and the most popular Dallas tourist attraction. If you want to experience everything Texas, come September and this is one of the best places to visit in Dallas. We’re talking food, games, rides, events, live music gigs, pig races – there is something for everyone here!
For nearly a century, over two million people are attending the four-week run of the Texas State Fair held at the Fair Park, from September 27th to October 20th every year.
Address: 3809 Grand Ave, Dallas, Texas 75210, United States | Google Maps Location: https://goo.gl/maps/8wmk7CL4ds6Q6c8d6 | Phone: +12145659931
Ronald Kirk Bridge/ Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge
Visit the Ronald Kirk Bridge for a picture-perfect view of the beautiful Dallas skyline. It is a pedestrian footbridge built across the Trinity River and offers some spectacular, Instagram-worthy pictures. The Ronald Kirk Bridge connects west Dallas with downtown Dallas and runs parallel to the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Take a leisurely walk on the bridge and look out for native birds like Blue Herons and White Egrets.
Address: Over Trinity River in Dallas, Texas | Timing: 24/7 | Google Maps Location: https://goo.gl/maps/gkzH8Yx9am7QipgC6
Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park
The only inkling of the present when you enter the gates of Dallas Heritage Village at the Old City Park is the modern Dallas skyline in the backdrop. Arranged in the form of an open museum, the roads are dotted with the several old, heritage buildings of Dallas.
Period appropriate furniture adorns every single building in this park and interpreters posing as villagers bring the bygone era to life.
Address: 1515 S Harwood St, Dallas, Texas 75215, United States | Timing: 10:00 am to 04:00 pm | Google Maps Location: https://goo.gl/maps/ETFTBmmEbjR6XYdu8 | Phone: +12144215141
Trinity Groves is an upscale shopping and dining center and an urban residential apartment spaces built across the striking Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.
Thanks to their Restaurant Concept Incubator program, Trinity Groves boasts of an eclectic range of eateries – everything from Spanish Tapas to Sushi Bars, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean to Pan-Asian Fusion and Italian.
Address: 3011 Gulden Ln, Dallas, Texas 75212, United States | Timing: Sunday – Thursday: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm, Friday – Saturday: 11:00 am to 12 am | Google Maps Location: https://goo.gl/maps/aqFha4JBGQyztKPG6 | Phone: +12147440100
George W. Bush Presidential Centre
The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is home to many interesting exhibits such as things recovered from the site of 9/11, along with the then President Bush’s diary entry about the attacks.
There’s also a replica of the Oval Office at the White House and an interactive Decision Points Theatre where you make some crucial decisions based on the evidence presented to you over a big screen.
Address: 2943 SMU Boulevard, Dallas, Texas 75205, United States | Timing: The typical timings may have changed owing to the pandemic. Please visit https://www.bushcenter.org/ for the latest timings. | Google Maps Location: https://g.page/TheBushCenter?share | Phone: +12142004300
Ride your bike along White Rock Lake Trail
The White Rock Lake Trail is one of the best places to go in Dallas for every nature lover. This sliver of water was created by damming the White Rock creek and once served as Dallas’ main water source. Today, it is a blissful recreational paradise.
Go swimming, grab a bike and ride along the park’s 9.3 miles long biking trail or pack a picnic and witness a breathtaking sunset at one of the gardens. Other attractions include Winfrey Point, the White Rock Boat Club, and the White Rock Dog Park.
Address: 8000 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, Texas 75218, United States | Timing: 05:00 am to 11:00 pm | Google Maps Location: https://goo.gl/maps/yHSmMLfDoeCZdbQL9 | Phone: +12146601100
Highland Park Village
If shopping for haute couture is your thing, put on some comfy shoes and shop till you drop at the Highland Park Village. Declared a National Historic Landmark in the year 2000, Highland Park Village features luxury fashion houses such as Chanel, Fendi, Ralph Lauren, Dior, Cartier, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Jimmy Choo and so many more. There are more high-end stores to explore than there are hours in a day!
Address: 47 Highland Park Village, Dallas, Texas 75205, United States | Timing: 10:00 am to 06:00 pm, Sunday: Closed | Google Maps Location: https://goo.gl/maps/cxZJY87VcvFDce137 | Phone: +12144439898
Jog over the Katy Trail
The picturesque and scenic Katy Trail is ideal for a refreshing run or a leisurely walk. The 3.5 miles long trail crosses Highland Park, goes Uptown, and ends at American Airlines Centre. Another more appealing reason to jog over the Katy Trail is the Katy Trail Ice House, a beer garden and restaurant serving excellent barbeque and chilled beer on tap.
Address: Dallas, Texas, USA | Timing: 05:00 am to 12:00 am | Google Maps Location: https://goo.gl/maps/4aozhTGYzajW23j1A
Hands down, one of the most fun things to do in Dallas is taking a guided tour of the world famous Southfork Ranch, house to the dysfunctional Ewing family in the hit TV series Dallas!
Located just 40-minutes away from downtown Dallas, in Parker, Texas, the Ranch is famous for its 63,000 square feet event area where they host events such as meetings, weddings, corporate events, and more.
You can also take some fun horseback riding lessons or a guided hike across the trails.
Address: 3700 Hogge Dr, Parker, Texas 75002, United States | Timing: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday: Closed | Google Maps Location: https://g.page/southfork-ranch-parker?share | Phone: +19724427800
Bonnie & Clyde Tour
Follow the steps of Texas’ infamous criminal duo Bonnie and Clyde by taking a Bonnie & Clyde Tour. The three-hour tour starts with a visit to the house at Herbert Street, where they met for the first time.
It is followed by a visit to the café that Bonnie worked at, Clyde’s home and the abandoned gas station run by the Barrow family, their hideout spots, the sites where they committed their crimes and finally their burial places at Crown Hill Memorial Park (Bonnie’s) and Western Heights cemetery (Clyde’s).
(Address, Timings, Google Maps Location, and Phone will vary with the Tour Guide)
Wild Bill’s Western Store
If owning an authentic pair of Texas cowhide boots and a Stetson is your ultimate western dream, then visiting Wild Bill’s Western Store in the West End neighborhood of Dallas should top your list of things to do in Dallas.
This store has welcomed several iconic stars over the years including Bon Jovi and Mick Jagger. Afterward, stroll around on the cobblestone street and experience a myriad of street festivities, good food, and a ton of entertainment.
Address: 311 N Market St #101, Dallas, Texas 75202, United States | Timing: 11:00 am to 06:30 pm | Google Maps Location: https://g.page/WildBillsWestern?share | Phone: +12149541050
Shop at Bishop Arts District
The Bishop Arts District is to Dallas, what Brooklyn is to Manhattan. This quaint little area in the city is simply unmissable. Especially so if you enjoy street murals and love shopping in quirky local shops. And if you are hungry from all the walking around the neighborhood, head to everyone’s fav Eno’s Pizza Tavern for some mouthwatering pizza.
Address: Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas | Google Maps Location: https://goo.gl/maps/6mMXKFnPFavTwuzP8
If you are craving a quick snack, head over to Gemma and make it fine dine! Located on the North Henderson, Gemma is quickly gaining popularity among the locals. Indulge in some fried Texan quail, braised rabbit, or some delectable halibut.
But if you need one more reason to add this little gem to the list of fun things to do in Dallas, let it be this – complementing their exquisite menu is an exceptional choice of wine.
Address: 2323 N Henderson Ave #109, Dallas, Texas 75206, United States | Timing: 05:00 pm to 11:00 pm | Google Maps Location: https://g.page/Gemmadallas?share | Phone: +12143709426
One of the best things to do in Dallas, is indulging in elevated American cuisine and celebrity chef Dean Fearing’s restaurant at Ritz-Carlton is just the right place for it.
If you enjoy traditional recipes with a modern spin, Fearing’s restaurant is the sophisticated fine dining experience you didn’t know you needed in your life. Indulge in some of the most unique (but oh so delicious!) flavor pairings for one of the most memorable meals of your life.
Address: 2121 McKinney Ave, Dallas, Texas 75201, United States | Timing: 07:00 am to 11:00 am; 05:30 pm to 10:00 pm, Sunday – Monday: Closed | Google Maps Location: https://goo.gl/maps/RTdGUVEKr6ZHAkgr7 | Phone: +12149224848
River Ranch at Texas Horse Park
Experience Texas in a truly Texan way – by embracing your inner cowboy (or cowgirl) and riding a horse into the sunset! Visit the River Ranch at Texas Horse Park for some amazing outdoor recreational activities.
Enjoy a day out in nature with majestic horses, ride a pony along the Trinity River or take some serious horseback riding lessons.
Address: 811, Pemberton Hill Rd, Building 2, Dallas, Texas 75217, United States | Timing: Monday – Tuesday: Closed, Wednesday and Friday: 10:00 am to 05:00 pm, Thursday and Sunday: 12:30 am to 05:00 pm, Saturday: 09:00 am to 05:00 pm | Google Maps Location: https://g.page/RiverRanchTHP?share | Phone: +14698042660
Enjoy the best BBQ in Dallas at the Pecan Lodge
If you are a BBQ aficionado, Pecan Lodge deserves to be on your list of to-do Dallas activities. Ask any Dallasite about their favorite place to enjoy an authentic Texan BBQ meal in Dallas and you will get a unanimous answer – Pecan Lodge in Deep Ellum.
The pit-smoked and delectable food at this restaurant has earned it many accolades and awards. Sample their jalapeno sausages, smokey beef brisket, and ribs for a proper food coma.
Address: 2702 Main St, Dallas, Texas 75226, United States | Timing: 11:00 am to 08:00 pm | Google Maps Location: https://g.page/PecanLodge?share | Phone: +12147488900
Tacos Y Mas
It is no secret that the Texans love their Tacos. And while every single Texan has his or her own favorite tacos place in Dallas, everybody seems to love Tacos Y Mas unanimously!
What started as a humble makeshift tent selling tacos from the premises of a grocery store is now a success story with 4 outlets across the city. Don’t want to take our word for it? You know what to do in Dallas the next time you are here – try them out for yourselves before making up your mind!
Address: Multiple Locations | Timing: 07.30 am to 11:00 pm