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Southern comfort meets style and culture in Texas’ third largest city. In Dallas, you can indulge in some down-home Texas cooking, visit world-class museums, and explore a bustling urban downtown cultural center. From southern belles and sports fans to cowboys and city dwellers, Dallas offers an array of attractions, shopping and dining options for every taste and all ages.
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Things To Do In Dallas With Kids
For some family fun, take the kids to the Dallas Zoo, visit the Perot Museum of Nature & Science, or head for the Dallas World Aquarium and observe animals who inhabit the rainforest, as well as displays of sea animals from around the world. For excitement of a different kind, spend the day with the thrills and chills that you can find at either of the Six Flags® amusement parks in Dallas.
The largest urban arts district in the United States, the Dallas Arts District spans 20 blocks. This area is packed with galleries, museums and venues for performing arts fans and music buffs including: Annette Strauss Artist Square, Belo Mansion/Dallas Bar Association, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and Nasher Sculpture Center. Tour all of them during one of the free public arts tours held the first and third Saturdays of every month.
Enjoy 360-degree views of the city from the top of the GeO-Deck at Reunion Tower. This popular landmark also features two restaurants and a gift shop. For a different view of the city, explore the grounds of the beautiful 1.7-acre Belo Garden, located in the heart of downtown.
For some luxury shopping, the Neiman Marcus store on the corner of Main and Ervay street is a must. No visit to the flagship store is complete without a stop on the sixth floor and dining at the iconic Zodiac room.
Artists, photographers, models and musicians find themselves right at home in Deep Ellum and the Design District that are filled with galleries, colorful graffiti, and live music venues. Laugh out loud at Dallas Comedy House or Ad Libs. Check out plays at Undermain Theatre or feel the rhythm of blues and jazz musicians who made their break in Deep Ellum like Blind Lemon Jefferson, Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter and Bessie Smith.
View stunning southern mansions or shop high-end retailers like Chanel and Christian Louboutin at NorthPark Center or peruse local custom boutiques at Highland Park Village, the nation’s first outdoor shopping center. Learn all about aviation at the Frontiers of Flight Museum with more than 300 WWII and commercial planes on display. Right next door is Dallas Love Field, home of Southwest Airlines.
Escape to the lush oasis of the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden with gorgeous views of nearby White Rock Lake, a great place to kayak, canoe, and paddle board year-round.
Shoppers in the family will love walking Retail Row while golfers can head to Stevens Golf Course with more than 900 trees and nearly 3,000 rosebushes.
Kylde Warren Park is a favorite among locals and visitors offering activities from yoga and Zumba to food trucks and dog runs. Explore the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, then sample the latest dishes from celebrity chefs Kent Rathbun, Dean Fearling and Stephan Pyles who’ve brought their creative palates to Dallas. Walk along the 3.5-mile Katy Trail, starting in Victory Park and culminating at Mockingbird Station.
Far West Dallas
Take in magnificent views of downtown along the Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge above the Trinity River. Grab a bite or shop at the nearby Trinity Groves plaza. Explore the West End Historic District and the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial, or a visit to the Dallas Museum of Art. The Texas Rangers™ delight the crowd at the Rangers Ballpark in nearby Arlington. Visit the AT&T Stadium, home to the legendary Dallas Cowboys, the largest domed stadium in the NFL. Farther outside of Dallas, the Cedar Ridge Preserve offers seven miles of hiking trails on 640 acres of preserved wilderness.
Fair Park Dallas
In south Dallas, all kinds of fun await. Ride the famous Ferris wheel at Fair Park, walk the grounds to view the world’s largest collection of art deco exhibit buildings, or peddle a swan boat on Leonhardt Lagoon. Take in a Broadway musical at Music Hall, or watch some of biggest football rivalries in Texas at Cotton Bowl Stadium. Tour Texas Discovery Gardens to see hundreds of butterflies at Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House & Insectarium, or explore the grounds at Opal Lawrence Historical Park.
Seeking a cowboy adventure? Head south to Mesquite for a country-western experience at the Mesquite Arena, host of the annual Mesquite ProRodeo and other exciting events, groove to local bands, or relax to classical music at the Mesquite Arts Center.
When traveling to this grand southern city be sure to stay at one of our Best Western’s Dallas hotels.
Things to do in Dallas