You know what they say – everything’s bigger in Texas! And few cities in Texas embody this more than the sprawling, action-packed Dallas.
Packed full of world-renowned museums, green city parks, and famous sports stadiums, there’s always something to see or do in Dallas.
We’re here to show you some of the Dallas highlights. Whether you’re a local wanting to discover more to do in your city, or you’re visiting the city on vacation, here are some of the top spots you can’t miss.
1. McKinney Avenue Trolley
Did you know that Dallas once ran a 25-streetcar service? The city ended the service back in 1956, replacing the streetcars with buses and extra parking space.
The McKinney Avenue Trolley is the last of Dallas’s remaining streetcar line and it runs from downtown through uptown passing some of the city’s most exciting sites, museums, and dining spots. It’s a very exciting way to travel throughout the city!
The best part about the trolley service is that it runs totally free of charge, with help from the DART (Dallas’s rapid-transit authority) and local business improvement districts.
2. Dallas Museum of Art
The Dallas Museum of Art is a highlight on any Dallas itinerary. Established in 1903, the museum is one of the largest of its kind in the country and is home to nearly 25,000 objects ranging from the third century through to the present day.
As you roam the striking halls of the museum, you’ll feel like you’re traveling across the world as the rooms take you across continents and time periods.
General admission is free (woohoo!) but the special exhibits will cost you.
3. Katy Trail
Fitness fanatics will love the Katy Trail, which runs a little more than three miles from American Airlines Center near downtown toward Southern Methodist University’s campus in the North.
As the scenic paved trail is protected from traffic and sunlight, it’s the perfect route for joggers, bicycle riders, and walkers.
4. Reunion Tower
If you’re a tourist in Dallas, you can’t miss a trip up the city’s famous glowing orb which sits on a 561-foot-tall tower located on the edge of downtown.
The Dallas skyline is known for the Reunion Tower, and the views from the top are simply marvelous. If you’re lucky enough to head up on a clear day, you can see the city for miles.
If you’re happy to splurge, book dinner Wolfgang Puck’s Five Sixty, the tower’s 50th-floor fine-dining restaurant offering dramatic city views from all angles.
5. Klyde Warren Park
Across the street from the Dallas Museum of Art is Klyde Warren Park, a public green space spanning more than five acres sitting across a major freeway.
At Klyde Warren Park, there’s always something to do from yoga classes to alfresco movie screenings. Here’s to not forgetting the abundance of grassy areas and paved trails that are fantastic for joggers and dog walkers.
Plan ahead to discover any special events occurring beyond the usual dancing, yoga, and workout classes that are so common.
6. Trinity Groves
One of the Texas highlights is Trinity Groves – a 15-acre development transformed into a foodie paradise. Whatever your favorite type of food is, you’ll be able to find it at Trinity Groves.
Whether that’s Mexican, Asian, Italian, vegan, seafood, tapas, or anything else, it can all be found in this downtown restaurant hub.
Grab some pals and make an evening of it from this open-air market. You can even alternate where you head for your starter, main, dessert, and drinks!
7. White Rock Lake
Nature lovers will adore White Rock Lake where rowing, fishing, and paddle-boarding is popular among visitors. Spanning more than a thousand acres, the lake is also surrounded by nine miles of trails that entice cyclists, birdwatchers, picnickers, runners, and walkers.
It’s a popular spot too, with more than one million visitors exploring the area every year.
8. AT&T Stadium
Sports fans can’t miss a trip to the AT&T Stadium on a visit to Dallas, with the $1.3 billion stadium seating a whopping 80,000 people with enough standing room for an additional 20,000.
Home to the Dallas Cowboys, many visitors partake in a VIP guided tour of the stadium to explore it for all its worth. Or better yet, if you plan ahead, enjoy a game for a true American football experience.
If you’re heading to a game in a big group, a convenient and fun way to transport everyone to and from the game together is by arranging a charter bus. This way, the celebration never ends!
9.The State Fair of Texas
The State Fair of Texas is the largest in the country and visitors from across the globe flock to experience Texas in its biggest and boldest form.
Running for a month from September through October, expect there to be acres upon acres of attractions, concerts, rides, and other exciting events. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the food!
If you do plan to go, prepare to spend a bit of cash. There’s so much to do, see, and eat and you’ll want to experience as much of it as possible!
10. Dallas Arboretum and Botanic Gardens
Another green space to see in Dallas is the Dallas Arboretum and Botanic Gardens, one of the prettiest parts of the city. Take a stroll to admire the new art and stunning flowers and plants.
Don’t forget to take plenty of pics for Instagram!
Ready to Explore These Dallas Highlights?
This is just a small selection of the Dallas highlights available to explore in this exciting city. The trouble with visiting Dallas is that there’s simply so much to do! However, these 10 spots are some of the most popular and highly rated things to do in this awesome Texan city.
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